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Turkey & Rhodes

We are about to embark on a magnificent journey through lands of legend and sacred landscapes aboard a beautiful, private and fully-appointed sailing vessel. We’ll follow in the footsteps of one of the Bible’s most influential figures, exploring some of the most beautiful sites and monuments visited by Paul the Apostle during his 1st-century journeys. Every day aboard the ship—which is known as a “gulet” in the region—will bring the opportunity to swim and explore the marine world of the crystal clear waters of secluded coves along the stunning Turkish coast, or simply relax aboard and soak in the majestic scenery that inspired some of the world’s most well-known myths and legends. Following the sea journey, the adventure continues on land as we explore some of the most important ancient sites of Turkey and Rhodes.


Registration

If you are unable to fill out this registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644 ext.216

Tour Price

Double Occupancy and Round-trip Airfare: $5,190
Land Only Rate: $3,990
Single room supplement: $1,290
$200 per person. Deposit at the time of booking. Fully refundable until March 2, 2014.
Early Bird Registration discount of $100 will be applied if Full Payment is received by November 28th, 2013.
Full Payment Due by March 3, 2014.

Itinerary

May 28 Wed | Fly from New York to Izmir

May 29 Thurs | Arrive Izmir Airport

Arrive Izmir Airport. Our representative will meet you after the baggage claim with a “BAS-TUTKU TOURS” sign. Meet and transfer to the KORUMAR HOTEL DE LUXE hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner. 2 Nights (D)

Ephesus

May 30 Fri | Ephesus Tour

Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1:11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets. Today you will be impressed with the spectacular excavations of the major streets of ancient Ephesus. You’ll view the Library and the huge Agora. You will visit the Terrace Houses. The Temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, only a single column remains to mark the site. You’ll visit the Basilica of St. John, traditional site of his grave. From the basilica, enjoy a commanding view of the area. You’ll visit the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at artifacts from the ancient city. You will have time to explore this impressive city on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. Dinner and overnight in KORUMAR HOTEL DE LUXE in Kusadasi. (B,D)

May 31 Sat | Kusadasi — Priene — Miletus — Marmaris

Visit Priene, the best-preserved Hellenistic city in Turkey, and where a Jewish synagogue has been found. BAS supported its excavation in 2009-10.

Then visit the excavations at Miletus, where Paul bid farewell to the elders of the church of Ephesus at the end of his Third Missionary Journey (Acts 20). Drive to Marmaris to board our wooden yacht called; GULET. Welcome Dinner and briefing about the tour. Overnight on board. (B,D)

June 1 Sun | Gulet — Marmaris — Sail to Rhodes

Departure after formalities to Rhodes. The walls of the medieval Crusader castle of the Knights of St. John are visible from the harbor. After lunch, we will visit the walled old town with its numerous shops and streets dating to the Crusader era. Following dinner on board, free time to experience the colorful night life of Rhodes. Overnight stay in Rhodes harbor. (B,L,D)

Rhodes

June 2 Mon | Gulet — Rhodes

Morning tour to St. Paul’s Bay. Back to Marmaris after lunch for the harbour formalities. After harbour formalities cruising about 2 hours, we reach Ekincik. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served on board. (B,L,D)

June 3 Tue | Gulet — Ekincik

From Ekincik, you can take a boat trip to the ancient city of Kaunos, Lycian rock tombs and mud baths where you can take a bath in sulfurous mud. The journey will be made in the labyrinth of the delta of Dalyan çayi, surrounded with thick vegetation of reed. Here is also the beach of Iztuzu, famous for the sea turtles called Caretta Caretta. Dinner and overnight in one of the bays of Ekincik. (B,L,D)

June 4 Wed | Gulet — Manastir Bay — Yassica Island

Cruising approx. 3.5 hours to Agalimani behind Kap Kurdoglu. Swimming and lunch here. In the afternoon, arrival in the bay of Manastir. Swimming breaks here and in the neighbourhood (Kleopatra and Hamam bays). Gulf like Tersane and/or Yassica islands overnight near a bay Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

June 5 Thurs | Gulet — Oludeniz — Gemiler

Departure to Ölüdeniz. (Charter yachts are not allowed to enter the inner side of the bay of Ölüdeniz.) for a swimming stop here and than cruising to Gemiler Island for overnight. (B,L,D)

June 6 Fri | Gulet — Patara — Kas

Visit Patara, which features a beautiful theater and lighthouse. Dinner and overnight in Kas. (B,L,D)

Myra

June 7 Sat | Disembark in Kas — Andriake — Myra — Phaselis — Antalya

Disembark in Kas and drive to Andriake, then visit the ancient site of Myra, with its lovely Roman theater and Lycian tombs. Today Myra is best known as the city of St. Nicholas, where he served as bishop in the fourth century A.D. After visiting Myra we will visit Phaselis on the way to Antalya. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,D)

June 8 Sun | Attalia — Perga — Afternoon Flight to Istanbul

Our day begins with a walking tour of ancient Attalia (the old city Kaleiçi), where we will see the harbor that Paul and Barnabas departed from, as well as Hadrian’s Gate, a beautifully preserved testament to Roman architecture. Entering through the beautiful Hellenistic gate of Perga, we’ll experience the city that Paul visited during his first journey. Fly to Istanbul for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Istanbul

June 9 Mon | Istanbul

After breakfast, we will visit the Roman Hippodrome Square, the Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles, and the Topkapi Palace. Then we will take an afternoon private Boat Tour along the Bosphorus seeing the European and Asian shores of Istanbul. Following the Bosphorus cruise we will stroll through the colorful spice bazaar – famous the world over for its exotic spices and sweets. Tonight we will have dinner at a local seafood restaurant in Kumkapi district. (B,D)

June 10 Tue | Istanbul

After breakfast, we will visit the Chora Church famous for its golden mosaics. Then we will visit the 1700-year-old Hagia Sophia, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels and a designated World Heritage site. Afternoon visit to the Istanbul Archaeological Museum containing the Gezer Calender, the Titus Inscriptions, City Walls from Babylon. Tonight we will have dinner at historic Flower Passage. (B,D)

Turkey

June 11 Wed | Fly Back to New York — End

Transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight back to New York. End of our services. (B)


Hotels

May 29 - 31,2014

KORUMAR HOTEL DE LUXE
- Address: Gazi Begendi Mevki P.K. 18
09400 Kusadasi-Aydin
- Phone: +90-256-618-1530

May 31 - June 7, 2014

Gulet Boat

June 7 - 8, 2014

ANTALYA HOTEL
- Address: Sirin Yali mah.Lara Yolu No: 102 Antalya
- Phone: +90-242-316-1010

June 8 - 11, 2014

GERMIR PALAS HOTEL
- Address: Cumhuriyet Cad. No: 7
Taksim-Istanbul
- Phone: +90-212-361-1110


INCLUDED TOUR FEATURES:

  • Roundtrip Air fare between New York and Istanbul
  • Istanbul-Izmir domestic flight
  • Antalya-Istanbul domestic flight
  • 2 nights at 5 star Moevenpick Hotel in Izmir
  • 7 nights at Private Gulet (Wooden Yacht)
  • 1 nights at 5 star Dedeman Hotel in Antalya
  • 3 nights at Special Class Germir Palas Hotel in Istanbul
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All escorted transfers
  • Daily open buffet breakfasts at hotels
  • 4 Dinners at hotels, 7 Dinners onboard
  • Farewell dinner at outdoor restaurant in Istanbul
  • All transportation by Private A/C bus
  • 12 Dinners at hotels
  • Farewell dinner at outdoor restaurant in Istanbul
  • All transportation by Private A/C bus
  • English-speaking professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • All Entry fees to the sites & museums
  • Portage at hotels
  • Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver
  • Service charges & local taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and Lunches
  • All personal expenses — Any other item which is not listed above
  • Turkey and Greece Visa Fees: Turkey Visa fee is $20 for US citizens/$60 Canadian citizens to be paid upon arrival. No visa is required for entry to Rhodes, Greece for US and Canadian citizens. Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations for entry to Turkey and Greece

PAYMENT PROCEDURE:

  • $200 per person. Deposit at the time of booking: Fully refundable until March 2, 2014.
  • Full Payment: March 3, 2014

15-20 days prior to departure:
You will receive all the travel documents, including airline tickets.

Air Cancellation Policy: We will be liable to airlines’ standard rates and rules.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be given as a separate package at an extra cost. Travel Insurance agreement is contract between the traveller and the Insurance Company (American Express).


Terms and Conditions

Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. BAS/Tutku Tours are not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from airline delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, BAS/Tutku Tours strongly recommend the purchase of domestic tickets, which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline changes flight schedules, BAS/Tutku Tours reserve the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If airline changes necessitate an extra overnight, you will be charged (per night) the full cost of the hotel room.

Passport Requirements: A valid passport, good for at least 6 additional months from date of return is required of all tour members.

Air Transportation: Round-trip flights, group economy class, scheduled from New York JFK to Istanbul. Your tickets are usually finalized and written a minimum of 45 days prior to departure in order to guarantee the fare. Once your group ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded to the passenger by the airlines. Air transportation will be jet economy class aboard carriers which may utilize non-refundable, non-transferable tickets to/from your destination for groups flying together for the entire itinerary. Any fare increases or surcharges will be paid by the passenger. Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) and Tutku Tours cannot be responsible for any such increases.

Luggage: Restricted in size and shape by your airline. You may contact them if you need.

Insurance: We highly recommend that applicants purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment in the event of illness or accident. Information will be provided upon deposit.

Tour deviations: All deviations from or additions to the tour may be subject to a handling and processing fee plus any out-of-pocket charges (i.e., telex, hotel cancellation charges, messenger or other fees involved).

Notice: Dates, schedules, program details and costs, although given in good faith and based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure, are subject to change and revision. In the event of such an omission or substitution, no liability will be granted by BAS/Tutku Tours. All itineraries are subject to change. Prices quoted for this tour are based on a minimum group size of 15 participants.

Cancellation penalty:

  • 60-46 days prior to departure: No penalty
  • 45-15 days prior to departure: 10%
  • 14-7 days prior to departure: 25%
  • 6-1 days prior to departure: 50%
  • After tour departure No refund

Responsibility: The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS), Tutku Tours and/or their agents, affiliates, assignees and cooperative agents act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation, hotels and automobile contractors. They exercise every care possible but cannot be held responsible for personal injury in connection with the service of any hotel, ship, airplane, train, automobile, horse, donkey, carriage or other conveyance used in carrying out the tours, nor are they responsible for delay, accident, sickness, loss of personal property, strikes, armed conflict, additional expenses due to weather, disruption of advertised schedules, refusal of visas or other causes beyond their control. Further, the operation of vehicles used in their tour is the full responsibility of the companies and individuals engaged in the conveying of passengers; said companies or individuals are governed by the laws of the country of operations, and recourse for any mishap must be filed locally. Unforeseen conditions may necessitate tour changes and the right is reserved to make such changes or withdraw the tour as deemed advisable. The right is also reserved to refuse to accept or retain any passengers on any tour at any time for any reason. Cooperating airlines and steamship companies are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board; the limit of their liability is that of a common carrier, and the passage contract in use by such carriers, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between companies and the purchaser of this tour and/or passenger. Acceptance of the services of BAS/Tutku Tours, by all agents and/or travelers constitutes acceptance by them of all the above terms and conditions.

The program conditions become a binding contract when your signed enrollment form and deposit payment are received and accepted by Biblical Archaeology Society, Travel/Study Department.


Contact

For more information contact:

The Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st St. NW
Washington, D. C. 20016
1-800-221-4644 ext.216 or 202-364-3300 x 216
E-mail: travelstudy@bib-arch.org