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Sailing Acts - The Ports and Voyage of Paul in the Aegean

September 20 - October 4, 2024

Explore the drama of the Roman Mediterranean Sea, the context of Acts,
and retrace the Acts sea-route of Paul’s last voyage in the Aegean towards
Jerusalem, from north to south, following the prevailing winds.

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Dr. Linford StutzmanEastern Mennonite University
Janet Stutzman
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Day 1 Sep 20 Fri Arrive Istanbul
Arrive individually in Istanbul in time for dinner at 7:00 pm in Hotel Moevenpick Golden Horn. After dinner we will have a brief orientation to our travel plans, organizing the group for the journey, and introducing tomorrow’s schedule.

Day 2 Sep 21 Sat Theme: Empire, Religion,and the Biblical Story, Gen
11:1-8 - Istanbul Guided tour to the architectural triumph of Byzantine Christendom, the Hagia Sophia (1,000 years older that St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome!) We will visit the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace of the Ottoman Sultans, now filled with exorbitant riches of their Empire. Opportunity to explore Istanbul further on your own. Dinner and overnight in Moevenpick.

Day 3 Sep 22 Sun Theme: The “Wine Dark Sea” of the Homer and the
Hebrews, Psalm 46 - Canakkale The biblical area of Mysia is packed with unforgettable historical events such as the Trojan War in ancient times to the Battle of Gallipoli in the WW1. In between are other dramatic events mentioned in all text books of western history books and Acts. We will connect with both the biblical and cultural history of this area. Dinner and overnight in Kolin Hotel, Canakkale.

Day 4 Sep 23 Mon Theme: From Land to Sea in the New Testament, Acts
13:1-3 - Embark Gulet Boat Enroute to the sea port of Ayvalik, we will visit the sprawling remains of Troas, a kind of pivotal point in Paul’s mission travels and experience. This is the city that once rivaled Rome, and connected the travel and trade between Asia and Europe. We will also stop at Assos with its stunning views of the sea from its perch high above the harbor. Then it is on to Ayvalik where we will board the gulet that will be our home for the next 11 days. Dinner and overnight aboard. This is a time of relaxation, eating great food. (Except for several meals in Greek restaurants on select islands, all meals will be on the gulet).This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the incomparable Aegean Sea and learn about the people who used it to achieve their goals.

Day 5 Sep 24 Tue Theme: The Magnificent, Legendary Islands of the
Aegean, Acts 16:8-10, 20:6-12 - Mytilene After the formalities of departing Turkey, we will take our first of many short cruises on our gulet to the beautiful island of Mytilene. Here we will join the major north/south shipping route which Paul utilizes to travel as quickly as possible towards Jerusalem in order to make it by Pentecost. Overnight on gulet on Mytilene.

Day 6 Sep 25 Wed Theme: Mediterranean and the Success of Mare
Nostrum, Acts 20:13-16 - Mytilene Today we will explore Mytilene, and some of the ancient and contemporary issues that put this island in the spotlight. Mytilene, as to all of the islands we are visiting, held a key role in Rome’s domination of the entire Mediterranean. Overnight on gulet on Mytilene.

Day 7 Sep 26 Thu Theme: Shipping – “Globalization” in the Roman
Empire, Eze. 27 - Chios After another short cruise we will arrive in Chios, an island that played a key role throughout the history of Mediterranean seafaring until today. Did Chios impress Paul in any way during his overnight on or near this island? We will explore possibilities. Overnight on gulet on Chios

Day 8 Sep 27 Fri Theme: Paul and Roman Shipping, Acts 27 - Samos
After exploring Chios (and mastic!) we will sail on to Samos, a beautiful and important island that dominates the area opposite Ephesus on the mainland. Overnight on gulet on Samos. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 9 Sep 28 Sat Theme:Paul and Pagan Wisdom, Phil. 4:4-14, Eph. 5:18,
Rom. 6:15-23 - Samos Today we have plenty of time to explore the ancient seaport of Pythagoria with its water-front cafes. Some of the most influential, high achievers in western culture were born and worked right here. Was Paul impressed by their insights? After being introduced to several famous citizens of Samos long before his time, Paul may have even adapted some of the ideas in his letters! Overnight on gulet on Samos.

Day 10 Sep 29 Sun Theme: The End of Mare Nostrum , Rev. 1:1-8 - Patmos
Today we deviate from the main shipping route that we’re following with Paul, and take an excursion to the island of Patmos. Here John, some time in the first century, was banished. This is a wonderful place to visit, to enjoy the beauty, and to gain new perspectives on both the Caesar and Jesus. Overnight on gulet on Patmos. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 11 Sep 30 Mon Theme: Mare Nostrum to Mare Dominorum, Rev. 1:9-13
21:1-4 - Patmos Today we will make our way up the hill that dominates this small island, stopping at the traditional cave of John’s vision, and on up to the village of Chora with its fortress/monastery and coffee shops with a stunning views of the harbor and sea. Overnight on gulet on Patmos.

Day 12 Oct 1 Tue Theme: Paul, the Pagan’s Apostle, I Cor. 9:19-26 - Leros
While the island we will sail to today, either Leros or Kalimnos, is not mentioned in Acts, Greek islands are fantastic places to enjoy their distinctive cultures and unique histories. Today will be no exception, and gives you time to just observe and develop, as Paul did, an appreciation for Greeks! Overnight on gulet on island. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 13 Oct 2 Wed Theme: Paul, the sailor, II Cor. 11:22-29 - Kos
Another short sail brings us to Kos, famous for being the birthplace of Hippocrates who served at the Asklepion, the healing center and school of medicine which we will visit along with some very interesting archeological remains in the town center. By the time in his life that Paul stopped in Kos, he is an experienced sailor, and knows how to establish his own credibility among sea workers in a world dominated by the elite, the rich, the powerful, and highly educated.Overnight on gulet on Kos

Day 14 Oct 3 Thu Theme:The Culture of Sea Ports, Eze. 28:1-5 - Bodrum
Today we sail back to Turkey, ending in the mighty sea port of Harlicarnassus (modern Bodrum) the birthplace of the Greek historian Herodotus. Bodrum is a hub of sailing activity, just like in ancient times and houses one of the best maritime museums of the Mediterranean. Here there will be the opportunity to experience the culture of sea ports in a way that will help understand and appreciate Paul who spent most of his time and efforts in these strategic cities that could be both “sordid and dangerous” as well as creative and open at the same time. Overnight on gulet in Bodrum.

Day 15 Oct 4 Fri Disembark and transfer to Bodrum Airport – End

Including

• 2 Nights at 5*Movenpick Golden Horn Hotel in Istanbul or similar
• 1 Night at 5*Kolin Hotel in Canakkale or similar
• 11 Nights at private Gulet Boat (wooden yacht)
• 12 Lunches (bottled water included)
• 14 Dinners (bottled water included)
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Lectures of Linford and Janet Stutzman
• English Speaking local guides during all tours
• All airport-port-hotel transfers
• All transportation by private AC Buses
• All entrance fees to the sites and museums
• All service charges and local taxes
• All tips to hotel staff, guides and drivers
• Sailing Acts/Tutku T-shirt, Maps, Tutku bag
• Tips to the Gulet Boat staff $50 per person

Excluding

• International Flights to arrive Istanbul on Sep 20 & depart from Bodrum on Oct 4
• Meals which are not listed above, and drinks other then water
• Turkish Visa Fee - US citizens to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
• Travel, and Health Insurances, any kind of insurance
• All personal expenses, and any other item which is not listed above


Including

• 2 Nights at 5*Movenpick Golden Horn Hotel in Istanbul or similar
• 1 Night at 5*Kolin Hotel in Canakkale or similar
• 11 Nights at private Gulet Boat (wooden yacht)
• 12 Lunches (bottled water included)
• 14 Dinners (bottled water included)
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Lectures of Linford and Janet Stutzman
• English Speaking local guides during all tours
• All airport-port-hotel transfers
• All transportation by private AC Buses
• All entrance fees to the sites and museums
• All service charges and local taxes
• All tips to hotel staff, guides and drivers
• Sailing Acts/Tutku T-shirt, Maps, Tutku bag
• Tips to the Gulet Boat staff $50 per person

Excluding

• International Flights to arrive Istanbul on Sep 20 & depart from Bodrum on Oct 4
• Meals which are not listed above, and drinks other then water
• Turkish Visa Fee - US citizens to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
• Travel, and Health Insurances, any kind of insurance
• All personal expenses, and any other item which is not listed above


Hosts
Dr. Linford Stutzman
Eastern Mennonite University

Dr. Stutzman’s curiosity for the world and commitment to sharing the good news of Jesus began as a teen-ager in British Columbia where his parents were missionaries among Native Americans. Service in Israel, long-term mission assignments in Germany and Australia, a BA from EMU, and MAR from EMS, and a PhD in Religion and Culture from The Catholic University of America, provide the experiential and educational foundation for Dr. Stutzman’s passion for taking students into the world to learn from Jesus and his early followers.

Janet Stutzman

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– 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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