We're offering three Biblical Study Tours in 2024. The first two (both in February) are in Israel. The third (autumn) is to Turkey. Take a look at what we're offering and shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're interested. —DJ
CLICK FOR TOUR MAP: Eastern Turkey tour
Oct 20 Sun Arrive Ankara Airport (ESB)
Our tour guide will meet us at Ankara Airport. Meet and transfer to our hotel in Ankara for orientation / dinner.
Oct 21 Mon Ankara—Hattusas—Yozgat
Our tour begins at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. After stopping to see the Roman remains of the Temple of Augustus, drive to visit Hattusha, capital of the ancient Hittite Empire, often referred to in the Old Testament. Overnight in Yozgat.
Oct 22 Tue Yozgat—Cappadocia
After breakfast, drive to Cappadocia. After sightseeing in Cappadocia, we visit Göreme, where we'll see the remains of hundreds of early churches—with rooms hollowed out from the cones of volcanic ash. Some are decorated with carved frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia.
Oct 23 Wed Cappadocia—Underground churches—Balloon ride
Optional hot air balloon ride in the early morning. We'll drive through the Zelve Valley on our way to Kaymakli, an underground city which was an early Christian center extending down into the ground for at least eight floors and housing several thousand people in the 8th and 9th centuries. Continue to Uçhisar, another of these early Christian communities, before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Oct 24 Thu Cappadocia—Karatepe—Antioch
Drive through the heart of the Hittite Empire. Visit the Karatepe Archaeology Museum. Then arrive at Antioch, checking in to our amazing hotel.
Oct 25 Fri Tell Tayinat—Archaeology Museum—Antioch
This morning, we visit Tell Tayinat, then drive to Antioch's Mosaic Museum—housing an unusually rich collection of mosaics from this area. We will also explore the extensive archaeological ruins immediately underneath our hotel! Dinner and overnight at the Museum Hotel in Antakya.
Oct 26 Sat Antioch—Seleucia—Antioch
Short visit to the grotto Church of St. Peter where Jesus followers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26). Drive to Seleucia Pieria, the port town from which Paul and Barnabas departed and returned on their first journey (Acts 13:4). There we will see the Titus, one of Rome’s engineering wonders. If time allows, we will visit the monastery complex of the remarkable ascetic Simon Stylites. Dinner and overnight at the Museum Hotel.
Oct 27 Sun Antioch—Zeugma—Carchemis—Gaziantep
Early morning departure to Zeugma, followed by a visit to Carchemish (Jer 46:2). We will also visit the new Gazintep Mosaic Museum, ranked the number 1 mosaic museum in the world. Dinner and overnight in Gaziantep.
Oct 28 Mon Harran—Gobeklitepe—Urfa
Drive to Harran (Edessa) and see its wall, mosque, caravanserai (the oldest university of the world), Jacob’s well, and beehive houses. Then visit the Göbekli Tepe temples, dated to c.10,000 BC. Late afternoon visit to the traditional birth Cave of Abraham. Dinner and overnight in Sanliurfa.
Oct 29 Tue Transfer to Urfa Airport—Fly home
$3590 per person, double accommodation
$850 single room supplement (coming alone)
$400 Per Person DEPOSIT due 1 JAN 2024
Full (BALANCE) payment by 1 JUL 2024
TOUR INCLUDES INCLUDING:
- 1 night at Movenpick Hotel in Ankara or similar
- 1 night at Grand Ser Hotel in Yozgat or similar
- 2 nights at Dilek Kaya Hotel in Cappadocia or similar
- 3 nights at Museum Hotel in Antakya or similar
- 1 night at Doubletree by Hilton in Gaziantep or similar
- 1 night at Hilton Garden Inn in Urfa or similar
Sightseeing as per the itinerary
9 dinners (20th-28th) and 9 breakfasts (22nd-29th)
All Transfers and Transportation by Private A/C bus
Government licensed, Bible-oriented professional tour guide throughout the tour
All entry fees to the sites & museums
Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff; service charges & local taxes; tips to the tour guide and driver
- Turkish Visa Fee to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
- Lunches and extra drinks
- Travel and Health Insurance, any other item not listed above.
- 120 days prior to departure: Deposit and balance refunded
- 90-119 days prior to departure: 90% refund of balance
- 60-90 days prior to departure: 75% of balance
- 30-59 days prior to departure: 50% of balance
- 1-29 days prior to departure: No refund