Unique! Exciting! Amazing! Those are the words to describe this tour. We've only offered this tour twice before, in 1987 and 2007. I have made a personal research visit to some of the area since that time. This will be an especially good tour for those who have already visited Western (Aegean) Turkey, the area of the Seven Churches of Revelation, or who plan to do so in the future. Turkey is an undiscovered jewel for travelers. Those who have traveled to this country simply can't believe the fabulous historical ruins which are totally unknown to many people.
Our Ancient Crossroads tour of Biblical and Historical Turkey is so named because many ancient civilizations made their home in the country, and many others traversed the land in their military and economic pursuits. Sites in Turkey associated with Paul's first missionary journey will be visited.
We Will Visit
- Ankara. The capital of the modern Turkish Republic since 1923. In Roman times the city was known as Ancyra. Visits include the Temple of Augustus and the priceless collection of Hittite artifacts in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
- Hittite Region. Full day excursion to the Hittite sites of Hattusas (now Bogazkale) and the open air sanctuary of Yazilikaya where the Hittite gods are depicted in relief on the rock.During Old Testament days Turkey was the home of the ancient Hittites, once thought by critics of the Bible to be an example of the inaccuracy of the Bible. In 1906 archaeologists began to uncover the Hittite civilization at Boghazkoy (now Bogazkale). The Hittites had numerous contacts with the people of the Bible, especially during the period of the United and Divided Kingdom (Josh. 1:4; Jud. 1:26; 1 Kings 10:29; 11:1; 2 Kings 7:6. See National Geographic, July, 1977).
Lion Gate at ancient Hattusas, the Hittite Capital Temple of Roman Emperor Augustus in Ankara
2007 Group in Cappadocia
- Paul's First Journey. We will visit all of the sites associated with Paul's first journey located in Turkey. Highlights include the following:
- Syrian Antioch (Antakya) where the disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3; 14:26-28; 15:1-41; 18:22-23; Gal. 2). Peter also visited Antioch.
- Seleucia (Samandag). This is the port from which Barnabas and Saul sailed on the first journey.
- Tarsus in Cilicia. Paul described his home town as "no insignificant city" (Acts 21:39; 9:11; 22:3).
- Cilician Gates. This is the famous pass through which Paul and Silas likely traveled on the second tour (Acts 15:46-15:1).
- Derbe and Lystra. Derbe and Lystra were cities of Lycaonia (Acts 14:20-21; 16:1; 20:4). These cities, along with Iconium, were located in the province of Galatia. One of Paul's earliest letters (Galatians) was addressed to these churches. Lystra was the home of Lois, Eunice, and young Timothy (Acts 16:1-4).
- Pisidian Antioch. This is where Paul presented a lesson summarizing the history of the Jewish nation, especially as it relates to the Messianic promise (Acts 13).
- Pamphylian coast. Visit Attalia (Antalya) and Perga. Attalia served as the port of entry from Egypt and Syria to the interior of Asia. Paul sailed from here back to Antioch (Acts 14:25). John Mark turned back from Perga (Acts 13:13-14; 15:37-39).
Roman Street and Agora at Tarsus in Cilicia.
Roman Aqueduct at Pisidian Antioch.
- The Plain of Antioch (the Amuq Valley). Several archaeological sites are located in this valley along the Orontes River. Tell Ta'yinat has provided two temples built on the same floor plan as Solomon's Temple. Time permitting we will visit the Hittite site of Karatepe.
- Catalhoyuk. The ruins at this fascinating Neolithic site are said to preserve a civilization dating back to about 8000 B.C. We will visit the site if time permits.
- Istanbul. A full day of sightseeing includes a boat ride on the Bosphorus, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica of St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. We will visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum which houses numerous discoveries of biblical interest.
Hagai Sophia built by Emperor Justinian in A.D. 537
The Archaeological Museum exhibits artifacts from ancient Babylon
You will return home with the realization that we have traversed the territory of the ancient rulers and civilizations. This is where Paul and Peter, two great apostles of Christ, labored. The book of Acts, Paul's epistle to the Galatians, and the epistles of 1 and 2 Peter will take on renewed meaning for us.
What Is Included?
Our Ancient Crossroads Tour of Biblical and Historical Turkey includes air transportation from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Lufthansa, superior first class hotels, buffet breakfast and dinner daily, private motor coach, comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide, admissions, porterage, etc.
What is the Cost?
We are able to offer this excellent tour for $4500.00 per person based on double occupancy and 20 or more tour members. Single supplement for an individual desiring a single room is $800 (based on availability). The price of $45000 includes airport taxes and security fees amounting to $420 and tips of $120. A deposit of $450.00 will reserve a place for you. This is really a high quality tour. Early reservation is a must!
Each tour member should secure a Turkish visa online prior to the tour (information will be provided). The price currently is $20.
Is This a Good Time to Visit Turkey?
Our tour is scheduled for depature on May 5. This takes advantage of air fares that increase shortly thereafter. And the weather is good at that time. The average maximum temperatures ranges from about 70° and 80° in the higher terrain of central Turkey (Ankara, Cappadocia). Along the Mediterranean coast (Adana, Antakya, Antalya) the maximum temperature averages from 78° to 89°. Rainfall averages less than 2" a month in May.
Early Reservation a Must
The detailed brochure will be ready in a few weeks. We are now ready to receive reservation deposits from those who wish to join us for the trip. We anticipate good interest in this unique tour and urge you to make your reservation now. The complete brochure will include cancellation policies. There will be an administrative cancellation fee of $50 per person for any person cancelling at any time after making a deposit. Other graduated cancellation requirements begin 100 days prior to the departure date. Details will be in the complete brochure.
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Would You Like to See Some Photos of the Places We Will Visit?
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