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New Testament Study Tour of the Early Church - Turkey

May 1-17, 2022 Two or Three Week Option: MAY 1-17 or May 1-22, 2022

An exploration on both land and sea; Sailing, hiking, ballooning.

Following in the steps of the Apostle Paul and John, with an overview of Early Church History.

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Dr. Ken Wilmot
Dr. John E. Johnson
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May 1 Sun Depart from PDX-Fly to Istanbul

May 2 Mon Arrive Istanbul Airport – Fly to Antioch

Arrive Hatay Airport. Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “JOHN JOHNSON-TUTKU” sign. Meet and drive to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

May 3 Tue Antioch

Visit the port of Antioch Seleucid Pieria and Titus Tunnel. After lunch, visit the St.Peter’s Church and Ols Bazaar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

May 4 Wed Antioch – Tarsus – Cappadocia

Drive to Tarsus, the home of the Apostle Paul. There you will visit the Roman baths and see the remains of the ancient bridge over the Cydnus River. You will next visit the Cardo Maximus street of Roman Tarsus and then Donuktaş, one of the largest temples of the ancient world. After lunch Continue to Cappadocia for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

May 5 Thu Cappadocia

*Optional Hot Air Balloon ride. After breakfast you will have a full day of sightseeing in Cappadocia. You will visit Göreme where you will see remains of several hundred early churches, with rooms hollowed out of the cones of volcanic ash. Some of them are decorated with scratched frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible. Drive to Ihlara canyon, walking through the canyon via the Steps of Anatolia to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema. Set by the Melendiz River this is known as the “Valley of the Sky”. Churches carved from the rocks form a gallery of early paintings that are remarkable for their accuracy. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

May 6 Fri Cappadocia

You will drive through the Zelve valley on your way to Kaymakli, an underground city which was an early Christian center that extended downward in the earth for at least eight floors and housed several thousand people in the eighth and ninth centuries. You’ll continue to Uçhisar, another of these early Christian communities,see pottery and rug making before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

May 7 Sat Cappadocia – Konya

You will first visit the ancient acropolis of Iconium in Konya’s city center. You then visit the archaeological museum and its important inscriptions mentioning Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe. Next you will visit St. Helena’s Church at Sille. In the afternoon you will visit ancient Lystra, the home of Timothy, visted by Paul on his three journeys. In Hatunsaray you will see the small open-air museum of antiquities from Lystra. Return to Konya for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

May 8 Sun Konya – Antioch Pisidia – Antalya

You will depart early for Yalvaç, the site of the Roman colony of Pisidian Antioch. Paul visited this city on his three missionary journeys. His first recorded sermon in Acts 13 addressed the congregation of Jews and Godfearers in the synagogue. You will also visit the St. Paul Room in the Yalvaç Museum. Then you will make a scenic drive through Turkey’s lake country before descending through the Taurus Mountains to the plain of Pamphylia. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,L,D)

May 9 Mon Antalya

Morning visit to the St. Paul Cultural Center. Then, we will drive to Perga visited by Paul and Barnabas on their first journey (Acts 13:13-14). There you will see its well-preserved stadium and colonnaded street divided by a water channel. Returning to Antalya, you will see Hadrian’s Gate and the Roman mausoleum of ancient Attalia. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel. (B,L,D)

May 10 Tue Antalya

After breakfast, you will visit Antalya’s renowned archaeological museum. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

May 11 Wed Antalya – Myra – Patara – Fethiye Board GULET (Wooden Yacht)

Our morning begins with a breathtaking drive along the Mediterranean coast. Visit 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,continue to Patara an ancient city visited by Paul (Acts 21:2) which features a beautiful theater and lighthouse.Drive to Fethiye and embark our private GULET (wooden yacht) where we will spend 3 nights. Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

May 12 Thu Sail by Gulet – Fethiye

Hike St. Nicholas Island and spend the afternoon swimming in the Mediterranean. (B,L,D)

May 13 Fri Sail by Gulet – Lydia

Sail to Aga Limani and hike to ruins at ancient Lydia and see the Cleopatra Baths (B,L,D)

May 14 Sat Disembark Gocek – Pamukkale

Leave Gulet boat and drive to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

May 15 Sun Laodicea – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

First drive to Colossae (Paul’s letter to the Colossians) on the foothills of Mount Honaz. You will continue to Laodicea , one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, and Hierapolis where you will visit the monuments, thermal baths and the theater with its well preserved stage and Temple of Apollo. Dinner and overnight will be in Pamukkale. (B,L,D)

May 16 Mon Ephesus Tour – Izmir

Morning drive to Ephesus , the first of the Seven Churches, for a visit. You will see the amazing ruins of this great city: the theater, the library,
the Temple of Hadrian and the newly excavated Roman Terrace Houses. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Izmir. (B,L,D)

May 17 Tue Departure

Some of the group leave from Izmir back to States. (B)

EXTENSION:

May 17 Tue Pergamon – Assos

After breakfast you will visit the acropolis of Pergamum, one of Turkey’s most impressive archaeological sites with its steep theater and Altar of Zeus. You will continue your journey up the Aegean coast to stop briefly at Adramyttium, the home port of Paul’s ship (Acts 27:2). Arriving in Assos, you will visit the panoramic Temple of Athena and enter the West Gate along the same road upon which Paul entered Assos at the end of his walk from Troas (Acts 20:13-14). Dinner and overnight in Assos. (B,L,D)

May 18 Wed Assos – Troy – Canakkale

Walk part of the Roman road between Troas and Assos. After visiting the Apollo Smintheion temple, you will continue to Alexandria Troas where Paul raised Eutychus from the dead (Acts 20:9). Troas was an important transit point for Paul, passing through its port at least three times. Then you will next visit the legendary city of Troy and see the replica of the wooden horse.Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. (B,L,D)

May 19 Thu Bursa

Drive Bursa. Visit Green Mosque & Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

May 20 Fri Bursa – Nicea – Istanbul

Drive to Iznik (ancient Nicaea). Two ecumenical councils were held here: the First Ecumenical Council of 325 and the Seventh Ecumenical Council of 787. Visit the ruins of the St. Sophia Church where the Seventh Ecumenical Council was held. In the afternoon, drive to Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning on two continents; transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

May 21 Sat Byzantium – Constantinople – Istanbul

Today we explore the wonders of Istanbul. We move on to the Golden Mile of the Egnatian Way, visit the Hippodrome Square next to the Blue Mosque as well as the magnificent, 1700-year-old Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visiting the Hagia Irene Church. Afterwards, we will make our way to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and Spice Market. Tonight, Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

May 22 Sun Istanbul Airport – Fly back to Portland

Including

• Round-trip airfare between Portland and Istanbul
• Istanbul-Hatay domestic flight
• Izmir – Istanbul domestic flight
• 2 Nights at 4 star Hilton Antakya Museum in Antakya
• 3 Nights at 4 star Yusuf Yiğitoğlu Hotel in Cappadocia
• 1 Night at 4 star Anemon Hotel in Konya
• 3 Nights at 4 star Best Western Khan Hotel in Antalya
• 3 Nights at GULET WOODEN SAIL BOAT – Tarkan V Boat or similar
• 2 Nights at 5 star Doga Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale
• 1 Night at 4 star Moevenpick Hotel in Izmir

EXTENSION HOTELS :
• 1 Night at special class Assos Kervansaray Hotel in Assos
• 1 Night at 5 star Kolin Hotel in Canakkale
• 1 Night at 4 star Tiara Thermal Hotel in Bursa
• 2 nights at Arcadia Blue Hotel in Old City Istanbul
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All escorted transfers
• Daily open buffet breakfasts at hotels
• 3 Dinners at Gulet
• 17 Dinners (5 Dinners extension) at hotels
• 3 Lunches at Gulet on board
• 16 Lunches (5 Lunches extension) at local restaurants
• 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)

Excluding

• Drinks and lunches which are not listed above
• All personal expenses, such as souvenirs, and any other items or services that are not listed above
• Turkish visa fee ($50 per person for US citizens) to be purchased online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr All participants are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations for travel.
• GULET TIPS: Please do not wear street shoes on deck. Bring soft shoes or slippers. All cabins have shower and toilet but rooms are small. Water is limited on board, use it carefully. There will be free time for swimming. Do not forget to bring your swimming suits. You will have extra towels and snorkeling equipment on board.
• Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be purchased as a separate package. Travel Insurance agreement is contracted directly between the traveller and the insurance company.


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

• Round-trip airfare between Portland and Istanbul
• Istanbul-Hatay domestic flight
• Izmir – Istanbul domestic flight
• 2 Nights at 4 star Hilton Antakya Museum in Antakya
• 3 Nights at 4 star Yusuf Yiğitoğlu Hotel in Cappadocia
• 1 Night at 4 star Anemon Hotel in Konya
• 3 Nights at 4 star Best Western Khan Hotel in Antalya
• 3 Nights at GULET WOODEN SAIL BOAT – Tarkan V Boat or similar
• 2 Nights at 5 star Doga Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale
• 1 Night at 4 star Moevenpick Hotel in Izmir

EXTENSION HOTELS :
• 1 Night at special class Assos Kervansaray Hotel in Assos
• 1 Night at 5 star Kolin Hotel in Canakkale
• 1 Night at 4 star Tiara Thermal Hotel in Bursa
• 2 nights at Arcadia Blue Hotel in Old City Istanbul
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All escorted transfers
• Daily open buffet breakfasts at hotels
• 3 Dinners at Gulet
• 17 Dinners (5 Dinners extension) at hotels
• 3 Lunches at Gulet on board
• 16 Lunches (5 Lunches extension) at local restaurants
• 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)

Excluding

• Drinks and lunches which are not listed above
• All personal expenses, such as souvenirs, and any other items or services that are not listed above
• Turkish visa fee ($50 per person for US citizens) to be purchased online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr All participants are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations for travel.
• GULET TIPS: Please do not wear street shoes on deck. Bring soft shoes or slippers. All cabins have shower and toilet but rooms are small. Water is limited on board, use it carefully. There will be free time for swimming. Do not forget to bring your swimming suits. You will have extra towels and snorkeling equipment on board.
• Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be purchased as a separate package. Travel Insurance agreement is contracted directly between the traveller and the insurance company.


Hosts & Guides
Dr. Ken Wilmot
Dr. John E. Johnson
Guides
Meltem Çiftçi
Zafer Bozoglu

Cancellation penalty:
- 90-60 days prior to departure: No Penalty
- 59-45 days prior to departure: 10%
- 44-30 days prior to departure: 25%
- 29-15 days prior to departure: 50%
- 14 days & After No refund

John E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership
5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd | Portland, OR 97215
phone: 503.517.1865 | cell: 503.522.6807
jjohnson@WesternSeminary.edu
www.drjohnejohnson.org

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