Discounted 9 Days (8 Nights)
Land Only for Biblical Turkey Fam Trip$1,590Land & Air for Biblical Turkey Fam Trip$2,690
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Biblical Turkey Fam Trip 2024

MAR 8-16, 2024 Discounted Biblical & Religion Tour for Professors
Dr. Mark Wayne WilsonAsia Minor Research Center
Itinerary Details Hosts & Guide Policies Contact Useful Information

Mar 8, Fri     Depart from New York

Mar 9, Sat Arrive Istanbul Airport

Our representative will meet you after you exit the customs and baggage claim areas, at New Istanbul Airport Meeting Point with a “FAM TRIP-TUTKU” sign (a picture of “New Istanbul Airport Meeting Point” can be seen on the following page). Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (D) (Istanbul-1 night)

Mar 10, Sun Istanbul Tour - Fly Antalya

Full day Istanbul tour; visit the Roman Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles, Hagia Sophia Church, 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. Then visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Transfer to the airport for TK2420 18:30 /19:45 flight to Antalya. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,D) (Antalya-2 nights)

Mar 11, Mon Antalya

Visit the Greco-Roman city of Perga (Acts 13:13-14;14:25). Stop at St. Paul Cultural Center & Church for some brief free time and lunch. Afternoon visit to the award-winning Antalya Archaeology Museum. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,D)

Mar 12, Tue Laodicea (Col 2:1; 4:13-16, Rev. 1:11; 3:14) - Hierapolis (Col 4:13) - Pamukkale 

Drive to Lycus River Valley. First, tour Laodicea to see the latest excavations. Then, drive to nearby Hierapolis to see the newly found Tomb of Philip. Also, see the UNESCO world-heritage site of Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D) (Pamukkale-1 night)

Mar 13, Wed Philadelphia (Rev. 1:11; 3:7) - Sardis (Rev.1:11; 3:1-4) - Smyrna (Rev 1:11; 2:8–11)

Drive to Alasehir to see the remains of the Philadelphia Church. Continue to Sardis, capital of ancient Lydia where the first coin of the world was minted. See the remains of the massive Artemis Temple. Proceed to Smyrna, modern Izmir to see the Smyrna Agora. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D) (Izmir-3 nights)

Mar 14, Thu Pergamon (Rev. 1:11; 2:12) - Thyatira (Rev 1:11; 2:18) - Izmir

Leave for Pergamon. Visit the Acropolis with the steepest theater of the ancient world and the Temple of Trajan. Then proceed to Akhisar to visit the remaining of Thyatira church. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Mar 15, Fri     Ephesus - Izmir

Visit the famous ancient city of Ephesus (Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35;20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev.1:11, 2:1), and its Terrace Houses, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Mar 16, Sat    Departure Back

Early transfer to the Izmir Airport for TK2311 09:00/10:05 flight to Istanbul and connect to your international flight back to New York. End of our services. (B)

Including
  • International flights from New York to Istanbul based on Turkish Airlines Economy Class.
    FAM trip group flights depart from NEWYORK.
    For all other departure city requests, please ask for the specific flight rate at an extra cost.
  • 2 Domestic Flights in Turkey (Istanbul-Antalya & Izmir-Istanbul)
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • 1 night at Movenpick Hotel Golden Horn in Istanbul or similar
  • 2 nights at Best Western Khan Hotel in Antalya or similar
  • 1 night at Doğa Thermal Health & Spa in Pamukkale or similar
  • 3 nights at Movenpick Hotel in Izmir or similar
  • Daily breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all sites (listed in the tour program above)
  • Guiding services
  • Transfers & transportation by private A/C motorcoach
  • Biblical documents, Tips to hotel and restaurant staff, Portage for one piece of luggage at the hotels
Excluding
  • Tips to tour guide and driver - total for the tour
  • Turkish Visa Fee-to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Personal Expenses, Travel & Health Insurance any other item which is not included above

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including
  • International flights from New York to Istanbul based on Turkish Airlines Economy Class.
    FAM trip group flights depart from NEWYORK.
    For all other departure city requests, please ask for the specific flight rate at an extra cost.
  • 2 Domestic Flights in Turkey (Istanbul-Antalya & Izmir-Istanbul)
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • 1 night at Movenpick Hotel Golden Horn in Istanbul or similar
  • 2 nights at Best Western Khan Hotel in Antalya or similar
  • 1 night at Doğa Thermal Health & Spa in Pamukkale or similar
  • 3 nights at Movenpick Hotel in Izmir or similar
  • Daily breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all sites (listed in the tour program above)
  • Guiding services
  • Transfers & transportation by private A/C motorcoach
  • Biblical documents, Tips to hotel and restaurant staff, Portage for one piece of luggage at the hotels
Excluding
  • Tips to tour guide and driver - total for the tour
  • Turkish Visa Fee-to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Personal Expenses, Travel & Health Insurance any other item which is not included above

Hosts
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.

– $200 per person Deposit  : July 12, 2023
– Full Payment                     : December 20, 2023

Cancellation Penalty:
– 90–60 days prior to departure       : No Penalty
– 59–45 days prior to departure : 25%
– 44–30 days prior to departure : 50%
– 29–15  days prior to departure : 75%
– 14 days & After                       : No refund

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markwilson@sevenchurches.org        Dr. Mark Wilson

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