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In the Footsteps of Paul

MAY 15-JUNE 1, 2022 TURKEY, GREECE & PATMOS

Greetings! The following is the handcrafted itinerary of the trip that Mary and I are leading in response to those who have asked us to put together a “not for credit” study tour. I will be giving mini-lectures along the way both on the bus and on the sites, drawing from my studies and from the 26 trips that we have led to Turkey and Greece. We will relate what we are seeing to the New Testament and the Early Christian Church. Thus, it is not a mere tour, but a hands on experience as we study the New Testament and its Greco Roman background together! Noteworthy! We will visit all 7 churches mentioned in Revelation 1-3 and places where 15 of the 27 New Testament books were written to and/or from! This year we are including a day trip to the Island of Patmos where John received his “revelation” (Revelation 1:9) and a visit to one of the “hanging monasteries” of Meteora. You will be amazed at what you will be learning along the way.

We hope you will join us! Contact us soon if you are interested (footstepstours@comcast.net).

Carl and Mary Rasmussen

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Dr. Carl RasmussenBiblical & Theological StudiesBethel University
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May 15 Sun Depart Home Country

May 16 Mon Arrival in Istanbul — Boat Ride on the Bosphorus — ON Istanbul
After morning/mid-day/early afternoon arrival and check-in at our hotel, our bus will leave our hotel for a leisurely Boat Tour along the Bosphorus—seeing both European and Asian shores of Istanbul. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (D)

May 17 Tue Tour Istanbul - Fly to Antalya (southern coast of
Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea) We will visit the famous Blue Mosque, with its six minarets and sparkling interior. We will visit the Archaeological Museum and nearby Museum of the Ancient Orient — two world class museums where artifacts from all over the Near East have been collected — including the famous Jerusalem Temple Inscription and the inscription from Hezekiah’s Tunnel (also from Jerusalem). Walk through St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) that, for 1000 years, was the largest church in Christendom. Built by Justinian (532-537 AD), the church has 107 columns and beautiful glass mosaics. Transfer to Istanbul Airport for late afternoon flight to Antalya (THY). Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,D)

May 18 Wed Perge, Antalya Archaeological Museum — ON Antalya
Full day excursion to the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities of Perge (Acts 13:13-14) and to the award winning Antalya (= Attalia Acts 14:25- 26) Archaeological Museum. Late afternoon free. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,D)

May 19 Thu Colossae, Laodicea, Hierapolis — ON Pamukkale
Morning drive to the unexcavated site of Colossae. Then continue on to visit nearby Laodicea. The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches (Rev 3:14-22), were chastised for being lukewarm, “You are neither cold nor hot” (Rev. 3:14) and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous passage from Revelation (3:20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock...” Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including theaters, a temple, nymphaeum, and columned streets. Then on to Hierapolis that is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor. Christianity came to Hierapolis via Epaphras (Colossians 4:12–13). The ruins cover more than a square mile. We will see the impressive theater with seats still in perfect condition and visit one of themal pools that still has ancient columns in it! Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle.” It is named for the limestone-laden hot springs that cascade from one white-edged terrace pool to the next. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

May 20 Fri Didyma, Miletus, Priene — ON Kusadasi
Visit the Temple of Apollo in Didyma—one of the best-preserved temples from antiquity. Then visit the excavations at Miletus, where Paul bid farewell to the elders of the church at Ephesus at the end of his Third Missionary Journey (Acts 20). Priene is a well–preserved example of a Greco–Roman city that was visited by Alexander the Great (333 BC). Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

May 21 Sat Patmos — ON Kusadasi
Travel by boat to Patmos and visit the famous site where John received his revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:9). Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

May 22 Sun Ephesus (Site, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis,
Museum, St. John’s Church) 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. We will stroll the excavated streets of Ephesus visiting the magnificent Terrace Houses, the Library, the Agora, the huge Theater and visit where the Temple of Artemis used to stand—one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We will visit the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at artifacts from the ancient city as well as the Basilica of St. John, the traditional site of the burial place of John. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

May 23 Mon Smyrna Agora, Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira — ON Soma
In Izmir (ancient Smyrna) we will visit the Roman Agora. Drive to Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation that was berated by John the Prophet for its facade of strength when, in reality, it was weak (Rev. 3:1-6). Coins were first minted in Sardis. The massive Temple of Artemis, the Royal Road, the gymnasium and the synagogue will impress you. We continue on to Alasehir, to see where the Church of Philadelphia (Rev 3:7–22) was located. We continue the day by driving to Akhisar ancient Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29) and original home of Lydia (Acts 16:11-5) and then on to Bergama. Dinner and overnight in Soma. (B,D)

May 24 Tue Pergamum — ON Assos
Today we will visit the site of Pergamum where, according to Revelation, the “Throne of Satan” was located (Rev. 2:12-17). Visit the towering acropolis—1000 feet above the town. Will also visit the healing center (Ascelpion) on the plain below the acropolis. Dinner and overnight near Assos. (B,D)

May 25 Wed Assos, Alexandria Troas, Troy — ON Çanakkale
Visit Assos (where Paul stopped on his third missionary journey; Acts 20:13- 14) and drive to Alexander Troas where Paul had a vision to go to Macedonia (Acts 16; 20; etc.) to see the harbor and the new excavation area. Then visit the legendary Troy and see the replica of the Wooden Horse. Dinner and overnight near Çanakkale. (B,D)

May 26 Thu Turkish-Greek Border — ON Kavala
Drive from Çanakkale towards Greece, crossing the Dardanelles by car ferry. At the Turkish/Greek border change buses and drive to Kavala (in Greece; called “Neapolis” in the New Testament—where Paul landed in Europe; Acts 16:11) for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

May 27 Fri Philippi, Thessaloniki — ON Thessaloniki
Enjoy a picturesque drive to the city of Philippi, where Paul established the first church in Europe. Here we see the river where Lydia and possibly the jailer were baptized and the ancient forum where Paul and Silas appeared before the magistrates. In the late afternnon we will have a city tour of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay in Thessaloniki. (B,D)

May 28 Sat Vergina, Berea, and a Monastary in Meteora — ON Kalambaka
Visit Vergina and the magnificent presentation of the golden finds from the tomb of Phillip II—the father of Alexander the Great. We then drive to Berea (Acts 17) to see the mosaic monument commemorating Paul’s preaching. Drive to Kalambaka and visit one of the famous “hanging monastaries” of Meteora. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D)

May 29 Sun Delphi, drive to Athens — ON Athens
Drive to Delphi. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassos, in a landscape of unparalleled natural beauty and majesty, lies the archaeological site of Delphi. We will visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, and the Museum that contains masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze Charioteer, the famous athlete Aghias and the important Gallio Inscription. Drive to Athens. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Athens. (B,D)

May 30 Mon Corinth, Mycenae, Cenchrea — ON Athens
Our morning excursion out of Athens takes us by the Saronic Gulf to visit the famous Corinthian canal and the Doilkos. From there we drive to ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18). It was to this huge city that the apostle Paul came and worked. Here, we see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Erastus Inscription, the Bema and Gallio’s Seat. The small archaeological museum here is an absolute must! After Corinth we motor to the famous wealthy antiquity site of Mycenae. On the way back to Athens we visit the ruins of the early Christian 5th century basilica at the port of Cenchreae (Acts 18:18; Rom 16:1). (B,L,D)

May 31 Tue Acropolis, Mars Hill, Agora, the afternoon free — ON Athens
The morning we will climb the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheum. Then, we go to nearby Mars’ Hill (or Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon. We will explore the old agora (market place). The remainder of the afternoon will be free for shopping and individual museum visits. Dinner & overnight stay in Athens (B,D)

June 1 Wed Depart Athens for hometown.

Including
  • Internal flight from Istanbul to Antalya
  • 1 night at Kent Hotel in Istanbul or similar
  • 2 nights at Best Western Khan Hotel in Antalya or similar
  • 1 night at Doga Thermal & Spa Hotel in Pamukkale or similar
  • 2 nights at Korumar Hotel De Luxe in Kuşadası or similar
  • 1 night at Movenpick Hotel in Izmir or similar
  • 1 night at Ramada Hotel in Soma or similar
  • 1 night at Kervansaray Hotel in Assos or similar
  • 1 night at Kolin Hotel in Çanakkale or similar
  • 1 night at Air Hotel Galaxy in Kavala or similar
  • 1 night at Grand Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki or similar
  • 1 night at Meteoritis Hotel in Kalambaka or similar
  • 3 nights at Heredion Hotel in Athens or similar
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation by Private AC Deluxe Bus (42 seats)
  • Daily open buffet breakfasts and all Dinners at hotels
  • One lunch in Mycenea
  • All entry fees to the sites and museums
  • English Speaking, Bible Oriented, licensed Tour Guides
  • Private/Special Bus to cross the Turkish-Greek border to provide easy border crossing
  • Service charges an local taxes
  • Tips to tour guides and drivers
Excluding
  • Drinks and Lunches
  • Turkish Visa Fee ($50 per person for US citizens to be paid online
  • before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr )
  • Personal Expenses and any other item which is not listed above
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be given as a separate package at an extra cost. Travel Insurance agreement is contract between the traveler and the Insurance Company (American Express).

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including
  • Internal flight from Istanbul to Antalya
  • 1 night at Kent Hotel in Istanbul or similar
  • 2 nights at Best Western Khan Hotel in Antalya or similar
  • 1 night at Doga Thermal & Spa Hotel in Pamukkale or similar
  • 2 nights at Korumar Hotel De Luxe in Kuşadası or similar
  • 1 night at Movenpick Hotel in Izmir or similar
  • 1 night at Ramada Hotel in Soma or similar
  • 1 night at Kervansaray Hotel in Assos or similar
  • 1 night at Kolin Hotel in Çanakkale or similar
  • 1 night at Air Hotel Galaxy in Kavala or similar
  • 1 night at Grand Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki or similar
  • 1 night at Meteoritis Hotel in Kalambaka or similar
  • 3 nights at Heredion Hotel in Athens or similar
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation by Private AC Deluxe Bus (42 seats)
  • Daily open buffet breakfasts and all Dinners at hotels
  • One lunch in Mycenea
  • All entry fees to the sites and museums
  • English Speaking, Bible Oriented, licensed Tour Guides
  • Private/Special Bus to cross the Turkish-Greek border to provide easy border crossing
  • Service charges an local taxes
  • Tips to tour guides and drivers
Excluding
  • Drinks and Lunches
  • Turkish Visa Fee ($50 per person for US citizens to be paid online
  • before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr )
  • Personal Expenses and any other item which is not listed above
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be given as a separate package at an extra cost. Travel Insurance agreement is contract between the traveler and the Insurance Company (American Express).

Hosts
Dr. Carl Rasmussen

Dr. Carl Rasmussen is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Dropsie University (now the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Rasmussen has spent 16 years of his adult life living in Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey, where he taught and led academic study programs. Since his retirement from Bethel University, Dr. Rasmussen has continued to teach and lead adult study tours in Turkey, Greece, and Israel. Each year he spends time in Jerusalem, where is Adjunct Professor at the Jerusalem University College. He is the author of The Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010) and The Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible (2013). He has created and maintains the web site www.HolyLandPhotos.org that features over 5,150 free High Resolution images of Israel, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Jordan, Italy, etc.

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