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Antioch Seminar - Paul & Peter - Where Disciples Were First Called Christians

July 16-23, 2023 Antioch - Tarsus - Cyprus - Perga - Antalya

ANTIOCH (Antakya) is located along the Orontes River in modern-day Turkey. The city became a center for early Christianity, playing an important role in the ministry of the apostle Paul in the New Testament. It was at Antioch that followers of Jesus were first called “Christians” (Acts 11:26).

 

Dr. Mark Wayne Wilson is program director and Dr. Ben Witherington is guest speaker.

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Dr. Mark Wayne WilsonAsia Minor Research Center
Dr. Ben Witherington IIIJean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies Ph.D., University of Durham, EnglandAsbury Theological Seminary
Itinerary Details Lecturers & Guides Policies Contact Useful Information

July 16 Sun Arrive Hatay Airport – Meet with “TUTKU” sign and transfer to the MUSEUM HOTEL ANTAKYA

July 17 Mon ANTAKYA
09:00-09:45 Opening Lectures – Levent Oral, Sabiha Asfuroglu Abbasoglu, Erin Dailey
10:00-10:45 Lecture - “Paul in Antioch”
11:00-11:45 Lecture - “Peter in Antioch”
12:30 Lunch at the hotel
14:00 St Peter Cave Church
15:00 Antioch Hippodrome
16:00 Archaeology Museum
17:30 Return to hotel
18:00-18:45 Visit the Hotel Museum
19:00 Dinner at the hotel

July 18 Tue ANTAKYA
07:30 Breakfast
08:30 Depart to Samandag
09:00 St Simeon Church
10:30 Seleucia Pereia & Titus Tunnels
12:30 Lunch in Samandag
14:00 Depart back to Antakya
15:00 Stop for famous “Kunefe Desert”
18:00-18:45 Lecture - “Paul’s First Journey”
19:00 Dinner at the hotel

July 19 Wed TARSUS
07:30 Breakfast
08:30 Depart to Tarsus
11:30 Museum and Roman Road
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Roman Bridge & Donuktas
15:00 Depart Adana
16:00 Adana Archaeology Museum
19:00 Dinner at hotel in Adana

July 20 Thu CYPRUS
Morning flight from Adana Airport to Northern Cyprus
Barnabas Church and Salamis
Dinner and overnight Northern Cyprus

July 21 Fri CYPRUS
Paphos
Dinner and overnight Northern Cyprus

July 22 Sat ANTALYA
Fly Antalya in the morning.
Afternoon visit to Perga and SPCC
Dinner and overnight Antalya

July 23 Sun Transfer to Antalya Airport for departure - END
EXTENSIONS AVAILABLE TO: ISTANBUL, SEVEN CHURCHES, CAPPADOCIA, & more


Please contact us for the pre-post tours.

OPTIONAL 1: ISTANBUL PRE-TOUR - JULY 13-16
July 13 Thu     Arrive Istanbul Airport – Meet and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free. Overnight Istanbul.
July 14 Fri       09:00-17:00 Guided Istanbul Tour; Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Archaeology Museum, St Irene Church. Rest of the day is free. Overnight Istanbul.
July 15 Sat     09:00-17:00 Guided Istanbul Tour; Underground Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Bosphorus Boat Tour. Rest of the day is free. Overnight Istanbul.
July 16 Sun     11:00 pick up and transfer to Airport for TK2258  14:15 /15:55 flight to Hatay

OPTIONAL 2: CAPPADOCIA PRE-TOUR - JULY 13-16
July 13 Thu         Arrive Kayseri airport Meet and transfer to Cappadocia – Overnight.(D)
July 14 Fri           Optional Hot Air Baloon Ride.Visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum and see the famous painted rock churches.Then visit Underground City, and the Citadel of Uchisar. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)
July 15 Sat          Visit Avanos Pottery making village,Onyx Factory, the monastic Zelve Valley and the local wine factory. Overnight. (B,D)
July 16 Sun         08:00 pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for TK2027  11:00 /12:35 ASR-IST +TK2258  14:15 /15:55 IST-HTY flight.

OPTIONAL 3: CAPPADOCIA POST TOUR - JULY 23-26
July 23 Sun         Transfer to Antalya Airport for XQ7032  08:10 /09:25 flight to Kayseri. Meet at Kayseri airport, drive to Cappadocia, where nature has scoured surrealistic moonscape shapes, and the persecuted Christians dug underground cities and churches during the 9th century. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
July 24 Mon       Visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum and see the famous painted rock churches.Then visit Underground City, and the Citadel of Uchisar. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B)
July 25 Tue         Optional Hot Air Baloon ride.Visit Avanos Pottery making village,Onyx Factory, the monastic Zelve Valley and the local wine factory. Overnight.
July 26 Wed       Transfer to the airport for your flight to USA via Istanbul.

OPTIONAL 4: ANKARA-NEMROUD-GÖBEKLİTEPE PRE-TOUR - JULY 9-16
July 9 Sun            Arrive Ankara – Transfer to Angora Hotel
July 10 Mon        Ankara – Angora Hotel
July 11 Tue          Gordion visit – Overnight Ankara
July 12 We           Anatolion Civilization Museum, Temple of Augustus. Overnight Ankara
July 13 Thu          Fly Adiyaman via Istanbul. Visit Nemroud and antique city of Perrin (Perrhe).Overnight  Adiyaman.
July 14 Fri            Drive to Urfa.Visit the Museum and Balikligol.Overnight Urfa.
July 15 Sat           Harran and Gobeklitepe.Overnight Urfa.
July 16 Sun          Drive Antioch

OPTIONAL 5: ÇATALHÖYÜK-ANDRIAKE-PATARA-XANTHOSLETOON-CAUNOS POST TOUR - JULY 23-27
July 16-23            ANTIOCH SEMINAR PROGRAM
July 23 Sun          Drive Northeast to visit Catalhoyuk and Konya. Return to Antalya.
July 24 Mon        Drive west, visit Andriake, and Demre. Overnight Kas.
July 25 Tue          Visit Patara, Xanthos, Letoon. Overnight Fethiye.
July 26 Wed        Visit Dalyan and Caunos. Overnight Bodrum.
July 27 Thu          Transfer to Bodrum Airport. End.

Including

• Adana-Northern Cyprus flight
• Northern Cyprus – Antalya flight
• 3 Nights at Museum Hotel Antakya
• 1 Night at Hilton Hotel in Adana
• 2 Nights at 4 star in Northern Cyprus
• 1 Night at Ramada Hotel in Antalya
• Daily breakfasts
• 7 Dinners
• All transportation by private vehicles
• All airport transfers
• All entrance fees to the sites and museums
• All guiding by professional licensed tour guides
• All service charges and taxes
• Special Lectures by Dr. Mark Wilson – Author of Biblical Turkey
• TUTKU gifts

Excluding

• International flight to arrive Hatay on July 9 and depart Antalya on July 16
• Extensions to ISTANBUL, SEVEN CHURCHES, CAPPADOCIA, & more
• Turkish Visa Fee to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr Participants are responsible in getting their own visa
• Lunches and drinks
• Tips to tour guides ($5 per person per day) and drivers ($2 per person per day)
• Travel and Health Insurance, any kind of Insurance, Covid tests andexpenses

Hotels
  • July 16, 2023 - July 19, 2023 Museum Hotel Antakya, Hatay, Turkey
  • July 19, 2023 - July 20, 2023 Hilton Hotel in Adana, Adana, Turkey
  • July 20, 2023 - July 21, 2023 Ramada Plaza Otel, Antalya, Turkey

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including

• Adana-Northern Cyprus flight
• Northern Cyprus – Antalya flight
• 3 Nights at Museum Hotel Antakya
• 1 Night at Hilton Hotel in Adana
• 2 Nights at 4 star in Northern Cyprus
• 1 Night at Ramada Hotel in Antalya
• Daily breakfasts
• 7 Dinners
• All transportation by private vehicles
• All airport transfers
• All entrance fees to the sites and museums
• All guiding by professional licensed tour guides
• All service charges and taxes
• Special Lectures by Dr. Mark Wilson – Author of Biblical Turkey
• TUTKU gifts

Excluding

• International flight to arrive Hatay on July 9 and depart Antalya on July 16
• Extensions to ISTANBUL, SEVEN CHURCHES, CAPPADOCIA, & more
• Turkish Visa Fee to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr Participants are responsible in getting their own visa
• Lunches and drinks
• Tips to tour guides ($5 per person per day) and drivers ($2 per person per day)
• Travel and Health Insurance, any kind of Insurance, Covid tests andexpenses

Hotels
  • July 16, 2023 - July 19, 2023 Museum Hotel Antakya, Hatay, Turkey
  • July 19, 2023 - July 20, 2023 Hilton Hotel in Adana, Adana, Turkey
  • July 20, 2023 - July 21, 2023 Ramada Plaza Otel, Antalya, Turkey

Lecturers
Dr. Mark Wayne Wilson
Asia Minor Research Center

Dr. Mark Wilson is the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, a country in which he and his wife Dindy have lived since 2004. He received a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of South Africa (Pretoria) where he serves as a Research Fellow in Biblical Archaeology. He is a Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University and also Professor Extraordinary Discipline Group Old & New Testament at Stellenbosch University. Mark regularly leads study trips for the Biblical Archaeology Society to Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece. He also blogs periodically for Bible History Daily. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and reviews including Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor. His particular research interest is the ancient Jewish communities, Roman roads, and Biblical routes in Turkey. Mark has been married to Dindy for thirty-nine years; they have four adult children, four grandsons and four granddaughters.

Dr. Ben Witherington III
Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies Ph.D., University of Durham, England
Asbury Theological Seminary

Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Guides
Meltem Çiftçi
Cenk Eronat

He was born in Ankara in 1966. After primary school he moved to Izmir with his family where he finished High School and University. He graduated from the Tourism and Management Department. After much experience with well-known tourism companies and five star hotels, he received his tour guide license from the government and began guiding tour groups in 1989.

Since 1999, he has been working with TUTKU Educational Travel as vice president and tour guide.

He prepares customized tour programs and he personally guides some TUTKU groups. He also enjoys taking the pictures for TUTKU brochures & websites.

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Group registration
Mrs. Erin Dailey
erin@tutkutours.com

Individual registration
Ms. Sema Ankaralı
info@tutkutours.com

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