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GTI Family Turkey Study Tour

November 17-26, 2023

Led by Craig Hill
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 07 - Turkey Trip Wrap-Up

posted on Wednesday November 29 2023 at 4:00 pm UTC

  What an amazing time we had in Turkey together! Let's be thankful to God for his protection over us while we traveled, for great weather, and for the generosity of our owners who made this trip possible. The above video is the daily videos edited together to make one longer one. Many...

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Day 06 - Miletus and Didyma

posted on Saturday November 25 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

  The last day on tour is always bittersweet. Our gratitude to God continued this morning regarding the weather. A thunderstorm rolled through during the night and the rain continued at breakfast and on our drive to the first site. Just as we turned left into the site, the rain stopped! We...

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Day 05 - Ephesus, Rug Weaving Center, Shopping, Artemis Temple Ruins

posted on Friday November 24 2023 at 5:00 pm UTC

     “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot...

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Day 04 - Aphrodisias, Ephesus Museum

posted on Thursday November 23 2023 at 9:55 am UTC

HAPPY TURKEY DAY FROM TURKEY! We are so thankful for the opportunity to be here and to see and  experience this beautiful country. Our morning started early with breakfast at 6 and departure at 7am. We had a bit of a drive south by southeast to Aphrodisias, the city named for Aphrodite –...

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Day 03 - Hot Air Balloon Ride, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Colossae

posted on Wednesday November 22 2023 at 6:00 pm UTC

Our third day on tour began before sunrise. 73 of us assembled in the lobby and were divided into groups of 18. Each group were sent to a van to drive to nearby Pamukkale (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) for a hot air balloon ride! We stood and watched the men inflate the balloons with fans then propane...

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Day 02 - Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea

posted on Tuesday November 21 2023 at 6:00 pm UTC

  Day 2 of our Turkey tour did not disappoint! The weather was like yesterday - sunny but chilly in the morning, then warming up to a glorious afternoon. We had a delicious breakfast with coffee and tea, then boarded the bus by 7:45.  We had a short drive to the ancient city of Sardis,...

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Day 01 - Pergamum

posted on Monday November 20 2023 at 5:00 pm UTC

"These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where...

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Day 00 - ARRIVAL

posted on Sunday November 19 2023 at 8:30 pm UTC

The time has finally arrived as we started the long day of travel on our journey to Turkey. This was a trip that was originally planned for Nov of 2020 but due to the Covid pandemic it had to be postponed. The Michigan crew met in Holland and took a bus over to Chicago to catch our flight to Istanbul....

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Preparing for Turkey

posted on Thursday August 03 2023 at 7:19 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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