Turkey Study Tour

for Pastors and Christian Educators

February 12 – 22, 2018

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All Inclusive

With the exception of your daily lunch, everything is included in the price below—from international airfare to guide/driver tips!

Biblically Focused

This study tour will open your eyes to the color and depth of Scripture in a way that will change how you read your Bible and never ever fade!

In Depth Study

Our pre-trip curriculum, printed study guide, and passionate leaders get the most from the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the Holy Land.

Greetings Potential Travelers!
I’d like to invite you to join me on a special eleven day “Footsteps of the Apostles” tour—discounted for pastors. A remarkable percentage of the New Testament has its context in the Roman province of Asia, modern day western Turkey. The apostles Paul, John, and Peter all spent significant time ministering in this area. Join us as we visit many exciting biblical sites, including the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, Paul’s home base for three years as he planted churches throughout Asia Minor (Acts 19:01), and where John ministered in his later years. We’ll see all seven churches of the Revelation, including Laodicea, site of the “lukewarm” church. We’ll spend time at Miletus, where Paul gave his stirring message on leadership to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20), and Colossae, where the letter to the Colossians was sent. We’ll visit Perga in Pamphylia, Paul’s launching point for his first missionary advance into Galatia. You’ll never read the New Testament the same after having “feet on the ground” at the sites of the first great missionary expansion of the gospel.

—Dr. Mark Strauss, Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

Study tours are a great option for your sabatical, continuing education, or for helping you rediscover your passion for Scripture.

On a GTI Study Tour you’re not a tourist—you’re a ministry investment.

Pricing & Departure Cities

Download trip flyer (PDF)

Prices

Pastors: $2800
Spouses and seminary students: $3200
Single Supplement: $450
These are special prices for pastors, ministry professionals, and Christian educators. Contact Amy Holstege at GTI Tours to learn more.
800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234

Outbound

Turkish Air ORD to IST
Chicago to Istanbul on TK006
Depart Mon. Feb. 12 on flight #6 at 9:20pm
Arrive Tue. Feb. 13 at 4:45pm
Duration 10 hours 25 minutes

Turkish Air IST to AYT
Istanbul to Antalya on TK2424
Depart Tue. Feb. 13 on flight #2424 at 9:25pm
Arrive Tue. Feb. 13 at 9:35pm
Duration 2 hours 25 minutes

 

Return

Turkish Air IST to ORD
Istanbul to Chicago on TK005
Depart Thu. Feb. 22 on flight #005 at 3:00pm
Arrive Thu. Feb. 22 at 5:50pm
Duration 11 hours 50 minutes

Prices

Pastors: $2800
Spouses and seminary students: $3200
Single Supplement: $450
These are special prices for pastors, ministry professionals, and Christian educators. Contact Amy Holstege at GTI Tours to learn more.
800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234

Outbound

Turkish Air LAX to IST
Los Angeles to Istanbul on TK10
Depart Tue. Jan. 2 on flight #10 at 6:45pm
Arrive Wed. Jan. 3 at 6:55pm
Duration 13 hours 10 minutes

Turkish Air IST to AYT
Istanbul to Antalya on TK2424
Depart Tue. Jan. 13 on flight #2424 at 9:25pm
Arrive Tue. Jan. 13 at 9:35pm
Duration 2 hours 25 minutes

Return

Turkish Air IST to LAX
Istanbul to Los Angeles on TK009
Depart Sat. Jan. 13 on flight #009 at 1:55pm
Arrive Sat. Jan. 13 at 4:45pm
Duration 13 hours 50 minutes

To learn more and register over the phone 800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234.
Your travel coordinator for this trip is Amy Holstege.

Your Study Tour Leaders

Dr. Mark Strauss
Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is University Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego, where he has served since 1993. He is the author/coauthor of 15 books and many articles, and editor/co-editor of over 40 volumes. His works include commentaries on Mark’s Gospel in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series (2014) and Expositors Bible Commentary, vol. 9 (2010); Jesus Behaving Badly (InterVarsity, 2015); How to Read the Bible in Changing Times (Baker, 2011); Four Portraits, One Jesus (Zondervan, 2007) and The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts (Sheffield Press, 1996). He serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Bible Translation for the New International Version and as an associate editor for the NIV Study Bible. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Evangelical Theological Society.

Rich Ferreira
General Manager, GTI Tours

After graduating with his Masters in Theology from Talbot Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich’s passions are discipleship and teaching God’s word in a way that brings it alive in today’s world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys leading Israel Study Tours (32 trips and counting), motorcycle riding, off-roading and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel as well as his two sons Jaron and Ronen. In 2016 Rich and his family moved to Michigan to join the GTI staff where he serves as General Manager.

What is a GTI Study Tour?

We’ve built into our study tours everything you need for an enjoyable and educational trip. We want you to be fully focused on the lessons and experiences you’ll encounter, and not be distracted by local tipping practices, transportation arrangements, or meal planning.

We believe that as a Study Tour participant you’re not a mere tourist—you’re an investment! This is evident from the moment you book your trip, through to the time you return home to share what you’ve learned with your friends and family.

Our seasoned guides and ministry partners do so much more than handle the details and keep things on schedule. Our local guides have personal experience and intimate knowledge of the places and events you’ll examine, and our ministry partner’s teachers have a shepherd’s heart and a passion for God’s word.

 

The guides have been so personable and so knowledgeable and so friendly. There’s just never a bad day for these guys. They make you very comfortable throughout the trip.

— STEVE

 

We got to walk the land and it made our bibles come alive, and my son being 17, he needed it to come alive. It solidified his foundation in his faith.

— Joey

 

GTI has done such a great job of taking care of everything… allowing us to feel at home and really focus on the things we needed to from the very beginning.

— Jordan

Your Study Tour Itinerary

Itinerary subject to change.

 

Download Flyer as PDF.

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Southern Coast
Sites: Antalya Harbor, Antalya Museum, Aspendos, Perge
Lodging: Richmond Pamukkale Thermal , Pamukkale
Antalya Harbor

Antalya Harbor

Thursday February 15, 2018

West Central Turkey
Sites: Hierapolis, Colossae, Laodicea
Lodging: Richmond Pamukkale Thermal , Pamukkale
Richmond Pamukkale Thermal

Richmond Pamukkale Thermal

Friday February 16, 2018

West Central Turkey
Sites: Aphrodisias, Philadelphia
Lodging: Lidya Sardes Thermal, Sardis
Aphrodisias

Aphrodisias

Saturday February 17, 2018

West Central Turkey
Sites: Sardis, Thyatira
Lodging: Berksoy Hotel, Pergamum
Sardis

Sardis

Sunday February 18, 2018

West Central Turkey
Sites: Pergamum, Smyrna
Lodging: Fantasia Hotel, Kusadasi
Pergamum

Pergamum

Monday February 19, 2018

Western Coast
Sites: Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, Rug Factory
Lodging: Fantasia Hotel, Kusadasi
Ephesus

Ephesus

Tuesday February 20, 2018

Western Coast
Sites: Priene, Didyma, Miletus
Lodging: Fantasia Hotel, Kusadasi
Priene

Priene

Payment Schedule & Other Details

Payment schedule:

  • $500.00 per person deposit on confirmation
  • $1,150 due July 12, 2017
  • Total balance due January 3, 2018

Refund Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund less $200 fee for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $800 fee for cancellations after July 12, 2017
  • Full refund less $2000 fee for cancellations after November 14, 2017
  • No refunds for cancellations after January 3, 2018

This is an all-inclusive trip which includes:

  • R/T economy class air from/to Los Angeles and Chicago
  • Deluxe Hotels – Buffet dinner and breakfast daily
  • Lunches served on site
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • Backpack, water, flashlight, journal
  • GTI study guide
  • GTI travel blog
  • Guide and Driver tips

Insurance:

GTI recommends “Travel Guard” trip insurance. Please contact them for
rates and information at www.TravelGuard.com or by calling them toll free at 1-800-826-1300. Please note our agency identification number 23666252 which will link any policy to our agency.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Janie Sportel, your travel coordinator at GTI Tours, with any questions you may have at  800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234 or janie@gtitours.org