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Turkey Study Tour with Frisco Bible Church, Stepping into the Jordan

July 1-12, 2024

Led by Jared Coe, Rob Kranz
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Ephesus & Ephesus Museum

posted on Friday July 12 2024 at 12:00 am UTC

    Plans change, especially when you’re traveling! A few days ago we looked ahead at our itinerary and saw that there would be two MASSIVE cruise ships in port on the day we were scheduled to go to Ephesus. Thousands of people would be flooding through the gate to see what we are...

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Day 08 - Western Coast: Miletus, Didyma & Pottery Shop

posted on Wednesday July 10 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

Written by Allan Folsom: Today was personal for me. I came to Turkiye after having had surgery on my ankle (fusion) about 16 weeks ago. I tried (unsuccessfully) to get out of going on the tour, as I considered that it might be physically difficult for me. The first part of the tour was indeed quite...

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Day 07 - Western Coast: Pergamum, Weaving Center

posted on Tuesday July 09 2024 at 8:00 pm UTC

  What a day!    Our adventures began at the Asclepius of Pergamum.  The Asclepius was one of the premier medical facilities of the ancient world and people came from every corner of the known planet to find healing in this place.  After touring the site with our...

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Day 06 - West Central Turkey: Sardis, Pergamum

posted on Tuesday July 09 2024 at 12:00 am UTC

  It’s almost impossible to not be distracted from the beautiful mountains and ancient sites by the numerous kittens and dogs roaming the streets of Turkey. While at first glance you may think they are all strays and a growing problem, the reality is quite the opposite! Every urban jungle...

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Day 05 - West Central Turkey: Aphrodisias, Philadelphia

posted on Sunday July 07 2024 at 11:00 pm UTC

This morning began with a great view of the balloons rising up over the horizon at sunrise. Knowing what they were seeing as they soared above Hieropolis reminded us of what we had learned and seen the day before. Our day began at Aphrodisias. The story of how this ancient city was discovered in 1958...

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Day 04 - West Central Turkey: Hierapolis, Colossae, Laodicea

posted on Saturday July 06 2024 at 11:00 pm UTC

  Perspective matters. This morning our perspectives changed, at least for eighteen of us. As we climbed into the hot-air balloon a short distance away from Laodicea, many in our group did not know what to expect. There were dozens of other balloons full of spectators that all lifted off...

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Day 03 - Central Turkey: Pisidian Antioch, Colossae

posted on Friday July 05 2024 at 11:00 pm UTC

The Importance and legacy of a name remembered.   Names are important.  There is power in a “name.”  Remembering someone’s name can make the difference between “friendship” and “relationship.“ In history there are individuals whose names...

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Day 02 - Southern Coast: Aspendos, Perga

posted on Thursday July 04 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

  The theatre at Aspendos was quite remarkable.  What struck me were the acoustics and how spoken word could be heard all the way at the top. We were touring the theatre at the same time as a Korean church group. After our study moment, their group began to sing in Korean “How great...

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Day 01 - Southern Coast: Antalya Harbor, Antalya Museum, Roman Road

posted on Thursday July 04 2024 at 12:00 am UTC

  Our day began walking through Antalya. This is the port the Apostle Paul certainly sailed from at the end of his first missionary journey, and may have sailed into to begin it (he may also have sailed further up, closer to Perga, on a river that no longer exists). While sitting on the very...

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Day 00 - ARRIVAL

posted on Wednesday July 03 2024 at 12:00 am UTC

The group arrived safely in Turkey last night. After a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast, they started their tour Wednesday morning. Keep watching for the first blog post of the trip!...

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Preparing for Turkey

posted on Tuesday June 04 2024 at 6:49 pm UTC

Our trip will be here before you know it! Once we're on the ground we'll post periodic updates and photos. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family, to not only bring you along...

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