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Follow in the footsteps of Paul as we journey through a land of history and legend to experience some of the most important Biblical and historical sites in the world. Join scholar Dr. Mark Wilson, author of Biblical Turkey , on a journey of discovery and and scholarship through the ancient world of one of the Bible’s most influential figures.


Registration

If you are unable to fill out this registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644 ext.208

Tour Price

$4,590

Per person in double occupancy
(incl. airfare from New York) Land/Air

$650

Single Room Supplement


Selected Book


Itinerary

Sept 18 Tue | Depart New York — Fly Istanbul

Sept 19 Wed | Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to one of the most captivating cities in the world! Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “BAS” sign to take you to your hotel for check-in. Following a short orientation of beautiful Istanbul, we will take a leisurely private boat tour along the Bosphorus, the legendary waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and divides Istanbul into two continents: Asia and Europe. Once the capital of two of the world’s most important empires—the Byzantine and the Ottoman—Istanbul represents the best of both in its stunning monuments, architectural wonders and world class museums. Following the Bosphorus cruise we will stroll through the colorful spice bazaar — famous the world over for its exotic spices and sweets. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Sept 20 Thurs | Byzantium— Constantinople — Fly Antalya

Today we explore the wonders of Istanbul. Beginning with the stunning, subterranean Basilica Cistern, we move on to the Golden Mile of the Egnatian Way, Hippodrome Square, and the breathtaking Blue Mosque as well as the magnificent, 1700-year-old Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we will make our way to Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum—one of the most celebrated collections in the world. Among its treasures are the Siloam inscription, the Gezer calendar, and the stunning “Jerusalem mosaic” depicting Orpheus. Following our visit we will transfer to Istanbul airport for our flight to Antalya. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Antalya. (B,D)

Turkey

Sept 21 Fri | Attalia — Perga — Aspendus

Our day begins with a walking tour of the old city Kaleiši, 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. At Aspendus we will see the best-preserved Roman theater in Turkey, which is still used for musical and theatrical performances. Return to Antalya for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,D)

Sept 22 Sat | Myra — Andriake — Patara — Kalkan

Our morning begins with a breathtaking drive along the Mediterranean coast, after which we will arrive at 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 stop briefly at its harbour, Andriake, where Paul changed ships on his way to Rome, and see the newly discovered 4th-5th synagogue. We will then continue on to Patara, which features a beautiful theater and lighthouse. Dinner and overnight in Kalkan. (B,D)

Sept 23 Sun | Xanthos — Aphrodisias — Pamukkale

Our morning begins with a visit to ancient Xanthos. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, Xanthos was ancient Lycia’s largest and most important city. We’ll then continue on to Aphrodisias, where archaeological excavations led by the New York University have unearthed some of the finest examples of Hellenistic statuary in the world. The site features the best-preserved stadium in Turkey as well as the famous temple of the city’s namesake: Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. We will also have the opportunity to visit the newly opened museum of Aphrodisias, which features sculptures from the imperial cult sanctuary - the Sebasteion - among its treasures. Later we will drive to Pamukkale for dinner and overnight. Swimming is available at the hot spring pool of your hotel. (B,D)

Sept 24 Mon | Hierapolis — Laodicea — Colossae — Pamukkale

This morning begins with a visit to stunning Hierapolis, perched above the white cliffs of Pamukkale where thermal waters have made it an attraction to visitors for thousands of years. Featuring the largest known necropolis in Turkey, Hierapolis is also the site of the newly excavated martyrium of St. Phillip, who is believed to have been buried here after his execution at the end of the first century A.D. Paul mentions Hierapolis in his letter to the Colossians. Next we will move on to visit the recent excavations at ancient Laodicea. From here we will continue to the unexcavated site of Colossae in the Lycus valley. Paul wrote two letters to this city—Colossians and Philemon. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Sept 25 Tue | Miletus — Didyma — Priene — Kusadasi

A visit to Miletus this morning will include the well-preserved theater and bouleterion. It is here at Miletus that Paul delivered his speech to the Ephesian elders, near one of its four harbours. As we approach Didyma, we will see the remains of the Sacred Way — the road that linked Miletus to this ancient oracle site. The site of Didyma includes the Temple of Apollo, considered to be the finest in the Aegean region. Continuing on to Priene, we will see the best-preserved Hellenistic theater in Turkey and visit the newly excavated remains of a synagogue in the west residential district. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Sept 26 Wed | Ephesus — Kusadasi

Our morning begins with a visit to the incomparable site of Ephesus, whose most famous feature—the ancient library—will rise majestically into view as we stroll down the monumental street. Located near the modern town of Selšuk, Ephesus is considered the best-preserved classical city of the eastern Mediterranean. Paul spent nearly three years here during his third journey. As we explore the site, we’ll see the Temple of Domitian, the Temple of Hadrian, and the magnificent, 24,000-person theater where the riots described in Acts 19 took place. Our visit includes a special visit to the ongoing excavations at the terrace houses, where the elite of Ephesian society resided. We will also visit the excellent local archaeological museum and the site of the temple of Artemis, the largest religious structure of the ancient world and one of the Seven Wonders. Dinner and overnight in Izmir (B,D)

Sept 27 Thurs | Kusadasi — Smyrna — Izmir

This morning we journey to ancient Sardis, the capital city of the powerful Lydian empire and location of one of the largest known synagogues from antiquity. This magnificant site also features a temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis, a beautifully restored gymnasium and Byzantineera shops. We’ll then proceed to the glittering seaside city of Izmir (ancient Smyrna), Turkey’s third-largest city. We will have the opportunity to explore the ongoing excavations of the agora and acropolis of this site. We will then experience some of Izmir’s modern, vibrant life as we stroll along the famous seaside street of Kordon and through Alsancak — one of Izmir’s most lovely districts. Tonight, we will dine under the stars at one of Izmir’s most beautiful outdoor restaurants. Overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Sept 28 Fri | Pergamum — Assos

This morning we drive north to the stunning city of Pergamon, whose ancient acropolis is perched high on a hill above the modern town of Bergama, commanding sweeping views of the Aegean. The site boasts its famous ancient library, the Trajan imperial cult temple, the steepest and most dramatic theater in Turkey, as well as the foundation of the altar of Zeus. We will also see Pergamon’s Asclepion—an ancient cultic healing center that was renowned throughout the ancient world, and where the famous second-century physician Galen trained and practiced. Continue to Assos for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Sept 29 Sat | Assos — Troy — Istanbul

This morning we will begin with by exploring Assos, the city where Aristotle open his famous Academy before having to flee to Macedonia during the Persian invasion. We’ll see the remains of the city’s temple dedicated to Athena before we continue on to the legendary city of Troy, made famous in Homer’s Iliad. After our visit we will make our way back to Istanbul, crossing the Dardanelles by car ferry. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)

Sept 30 Sun | Istanbul Airport — Fly back to New York

Today we conclude our wonderful adventure in the land of legend and hospitality as we transfer to the Istanbul airport for our flight back to the U.S., arriving in New York the same day. (B)


Tour Host

Dr. Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson combines thorough knowledge of the Bible with an intimate familiarity with Turkey’s historic sites. Mark Wilson is the director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Izmir, Turkey. Mark received his doctorate in Biblical Studies from the University of South Africa (Pretoria), where he serves as a Research Fellow in the Department of Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology. He is currently Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University and leads field studies in Turkey for several universities and seminaries. He is the author of Charts on the Book of Revelation , the revising editor of The Cities of St. Paul , editor of Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor and the author of “The Book of Revelation” in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary. Professor Wilson also served as a consultant for “The First Christians” in the History Channel’s “Lost Worlds” series.


This travel program is run by Tutku Tours and is endorsed by the Biblical Archaeology Society.


Features

Included Tour Features

  • Round-trip airfare between New York and Istanbul
  • Istanbul-Antalya domestic flight
  • 2 nights at Special Class Germir Palas Hotel www.germirpalas.com
  • 2 nights at 5 star Dedeman Hotel in Antalya www.dedemanhotels.com
  • 1 night at 5 star Patara Prince Hotel in Kalkan www.pataraprince.com
  • 2 night at 5 star Colossae Hotel in Pamukkale www.colossae.com.tr
  • 2 night at 5 star Korumar Hotel in Kusadasi www.korumar.com.tr
  • 2 nights at 5 star Moevenpick Hotel in Izmir www.moevenpick-hotels.com
  • 1 Night at 4 star Grand Assos Hotel in Assos www.grandassoshotel.com
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All escorted transfers
  • Daily open buffet breakfasts at hotels
  • 10 dinners at hotels
  • One dinner at outdoor restaurant in Izmir
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned bus
  • English-speaking. professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • All entry fees to the sites & museums
  • Luggage portage at hotels
  • Tips for the hotel and restaurant staff
  • Service charges & local taxes
  • Tips for the tour guide and driver ($5 per person per day for the guide - $2 for the driver)

Excluded Tour Features

  • Drinks and lunches
  • All personal expenses, such as alcohol and souvenirs, and any other items or services that are not listed above
  • Turkish visa fee ($20.00 per person for US citizens - to be paid upon arrival before passport control)

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.

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.

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 Registration please contact:

Anne at 202-364-3300 ext. 202
Biblical Archaeology Society Travel/Study Programs
4710 41st Street NW
Washington, DC 20016-1700
USA
Toll free: 1-800-221-4644 ext.208
Fax: 1-202-364-2636
email: travelstudy@bib-arch.org