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Istanbul and the Seven Churches

October 5-14, 2024
Dr. Tim Armstrong
Dr. Andrew Dale JacksonPastor, teacher, and author
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Oct 5 Sat             Depart USA to Istanbul
Tour participants depart on Turkish Airlines to Istanbul (non-stop) from one of the following airports: Seattle, LAX, Chicago, Houston, New York JFK, Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, Miami. 

Oct 6 Sun            Istanbul to Ephesus (Kusadasi)
Our overseas flights arrive in Istanbul where we go through customs and take an in-country flight (one hour) to the Izmir Airport on the Aegean coast. The Tutku guide or representative will meet us after the baggage claim with a sign that reads TUTKU”. We drive (one hour) to our hotel on the Aegean Sea for dinner and overnight (Korumar Hotel, www.korumar.com.tr) (D). 

Oct 7 Mon           Tour Ephesus Region
After breakfast we visit the archaeological museum of Ephesus displaying ancient coins, statues, and mosaics from the Roman period, the archeological remains of the spectacular Basilica of Saint John where the apostle John was buried, and the modern Turkish towns of Sirince and Selcuk where you will meet the locals and shop. For those who are interest, you can visit a local Anatolian Handmade Carpet and Kilim production center and learn how world-famous Turkish rugs are made. We drive (20 minutes) to our hotel on the Aegean Sea for dinner and overnight (KoruMar Hotel). (B, D)

Oct 8 Tue            Biblical Ephesus Tour
After breakfast we tour the archaeological biblical city of Ephesus. This magnificent reconstructed Greco-Roman port city has the great theater, marble-paved roads, Roman baths, the Celsus Library, and much more. Today, Ephesus is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The apostle Paul lived and ministered here for three years from where he wrote 1 Corinthians. Later on Paul wrote the letters of Ephesus and 1-2 Timothy that were sent to Ephesus. After the biblical Ephesus tour, we drive (three hours) to the Lycus River Valley for dinner and overnight (Doga Thermal Hotel www. dogathermalhotel.com) (B,D)

Oct 9, Wed        
Colossae, Laodicea, Hieropolis
After breakfast, we visit the archaeological site of Colossae in the Lycus River Valley, Paul wrote the letters of Colossians and Philemon to the Colossae church. After Colossae we visit the archeological biblical sites of Hierapolis (Pamukkale) and Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). In the huge reconstructed biblical city of Laodicea we see two large theaters, a stadium. and excavated churches dating to the Byzantine period. In the massive archeological remains of Hierapolis we visit the tomb and martyrdom of the apostle Philip, and one of the best reconstructed Roman theaters in Turkey (see Colossians 4:13- 15). We then drive to our spa hotel for dinner and overnight (Doga Thermal Hotel) (B, D)

Oct 10 Thu          Philadelphia, Sardis, and Smyrna
After breakfast we drive to tour the biblical archeological sites of Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) and to Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6). Our first visit is Philadelphia, where most of the ancient remains are buried under the modern city. Our visit will focus on the Basilica of the Apostle John built in the AD 500s. Then we drive (one hour) to the large archeological site of Sardis where we see the remains of the magnificent temple of Artemis (later converted into a church), the beautifully reconstructed gymnasium and public baths, and the largest known synagogue outside Palestine. We then drive (three hours) to Izmir (biblical Smyrna). We visit the archeological site of biblical Smyrna with its Roman Agora and where the early church father Polycarp was martyred. We travel to our hotel to our hotel on the Aegean Sea for dinner and overnight (Kordon Cankaya Hotel) (B,D) 

Oct 11 Fri             Pergamum and Thyatira
After breakfast we drive (one hour) north to visit Pergamum (Revelation 2:12–17), one of the most impressive acropolis and archaeological sites in Turkey, which is called the Seat of Satan in the book of Revelation. Here we see a 10,000-seat theatre on the side of the acropolis that is the steepest in the ancient world, the temple of Trajan, the re- mains of a library of 200,000 volumes second in size only to that in Alexandria, and the remains of the huge altar of Zeus and the temple of Dionysus. We then drive (one hour) to visit Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) where there are only a few archaeological remains. We then drive back (two hours) to our hotel in Izmir for dinner and overnight (Kordon Hotel) (B,D)

Oct 12 Sat           Morning Flight and Istanbul Tour 
After breakfast will take a morning flight from Izmir to Istanbul, and then we will drive (one hour) to our hotel in the old city of Istanbul. After unloading our luggage we take a walking tour of the Hippodrome Square (Blue Mosque) and the famous Hagia Sophia Church, We then walk back to our hotel for free time, dinner, and overnight (Golden Horn Hotel) (B, D)

Oct 13 Sun           Istanbul Tour
After breakfast we visit the Saint Irene Church where the Nicene Creed was written, underground cistern built by emperor Justinian in the AD 500s, take a leisurely boat tour on the Bosphorus Straight, and then visit the Grand Bazaar. We then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight (Golden Horn Hotel) (B, D)


Oct 14 Mon          Departure to USA 
We depart early and drive (one hour) to Istanbul Airport where we take our international flight back to the USA (Seattle, LAX, Chicago, Houston, New York JFK, Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, Miami). End of our services.

Flight Details

TK 158 05OCT MIAIST 1050 0515
TK2310 06OCT ISTADB 0700 0815
TK2311 12OCT ADBIST 0900 1025
TK 077 14OCT ISTMIA 1355 1920

Including

• International flights between MIAMI – TURKEY
• Istanbul-Izmir domestic flight
• Izmir–Istanbul domestic flight
• 2 Nights at Korumar Hotel in Kusadasi
• 2 Nights at Doga Thermal in Pamukkale
• 2 Nights at Kordon Cankaya Hotel in Izmir
• 2 Nights Golden Horn Hotel in Istanbul
• Daily breakfast and dinners at the hotels
• Entry fees to the sites and museums
• All transfers and transportation
• Bosphorus Boat Tour
• English Speaking Professional Tour Guide
• Tips for the Turkish Guide and bus driver
• Service charges and local taxes

Excluding

• Lunches and all drinks
• Turkish Visa Fee to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr  US Citizens do NOT need a Turkish Visa anymore.
• Personal Expenses, All Travel & Health Insurances


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

TK 158 05OCT MIAIST 1050 0515
TK2310 06OCT ISTADB 0700 0815
TK2311 12OCT ADBIST 0900 1025
TK 077 14OCT ISTMIA 1355 1920

Including

• International flights between MIAMI – TURKEY
• Istanbul-Izmir domestic flight
• Izmir–Istanbul domestic flight
• 2 Nights at Korumar Hotel in Kusadasi
• 2 Nights at Doga Thermal in Pamukkale
• 2 Nights at Kordon Cankaya Hotel in Izmir
• 2 Nights Golden Horn Hotel in Istanbul
• Daily breakfast and dinners at the hotels
• Entry fees to the sites and museums
• All transfers and transportation
• Bosphorus Boat Tour
• English Speaking Professional Tour Guide
• Tips for the Turkish Guide and bus driver
• Service charges and local taxes

Excluding

• Lunches and all drinks
• Turkish Visa Fee to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr  US Citizens do NOT need a Turkish Visa anymore.
• Personal Expenses, All Travel & Health Insurances


Hosts
Dr. Tim Armstrong
Dr. Andrew Dale Jackson
Pastor, teacher, and author


Dr. Andrew Jackson is a pastor, teacher, and author. He lives in the Phoenix Valley of Arizona, USA with his wife Barbara.

He earned his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his specialized Doctor of Ministry in the “History of Church Renewal Movements” from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Jackson also studied historical-geography of the Bible for one year at the Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Jackson served as a senior teaching pastor at two large churches, as an adjunct Seminary professor, and taught world religion courses at two colleges. He now focuses his time on writing, teaching, and ministry in Turkey. Dr. Andrew Jackson is the translator and writer of the International English Bible: A New Testament Translation.

Dr. Jackson leads annual tours in the Bible lands of Israel and Turkey. His expertise is in the New Testament and early church history of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). He authored two books related to Turkey: A Guide Inside the Early Church of Asia Minor: 300 Profiles and The Lost Land of the Bible: Prayer Pilgrimages Through Turkey. He was also the co-host on the travel documentary “Exploring Ephesus: The City of the Apostles.”

- DEPOSIT: $200 per person on February 5, 2024
- FULL BALANCE PAYMENT: August 1, 2024

Land and Air Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations made before 60 days of departure: Full refund
Cancellations made within 45 days of departure: 75% refund
Cancellations made within 30 days of departure: 50% refund
Cancellations made within 15 days of departure: 75% refund
Cancellations made within 14 days of departure: No refund

In addition to the above cancellation policy, we charge a 5% processing fee for all refunds, no matter the date of cancellation. This fee is necessary to cover the costs associated with processing refunds, including bank fees and administrative expenses. We understand that sometimes travel plans change, and we appreciate your understanding of this policy.

Dr. Tim Armstrong, Th.M, D.Min
Bell Shoals Church Multi-Site Strategist & Campus Pastor
Email: tim.armstrong@bellshoals.com

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