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Turkey Study Tour with GTI Tours

January 10-21, 2022

Led by Rich Ferreira, Randy Alonso
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Priene, Didyma & Miletus

posted on Thursday January 20 2022 at 5:00 pm UTC

Our final day arrived. Thoughts and conversations began to shift to return flights home, packing, and the COVID test. But this day wasn’t to be overlooked! Our journey continued with another cold morning visiting the first of three sites. The first site was the ancient city of Priene. While...

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Day 08 – Ephesus, Mama’s Cooking, Ephesus Museum, Ice Cream, and the Temple of Artemis

posted on Wednesday January 19 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

Waking up to watch the sunrise on the Aegean Sea as we make our way to the ancient city of Ephesus is a great way to start the day. The weather, being January, was a bit on the nippy side even for my acclimated Michigan blood, while those from the south, and California, looked as though they were...

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Day 07 - Pergamum (Part 2) & Kusadasi

posted on Tuesday January 18 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

We started our Tuesday returning to Pergamum. We visited the Temple of Asklepios, god of healing, where many early citizens made pilgrimages due to the hot healing waters. The earliest columns date to the 7th century BC, with Roman renovations made in 117-138. The city of Bergma, where it is located,...

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Day 06 - Sardis & Pergamum

posted on Monday January 17 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

I greatly enjoyed our time at Sardis today. Seeing the Synagogue next to the Roman gymnasium was especially moving for me. To know that two distinctly different faiths and cultures shared space and little else was amazing. Revelation 3:1-6 reminded me the followers of Christ were very similar to...

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Day 05 - Aphrodisias & Philadelphia

posted on Sunday January 16 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

Today we left the area of Heiropolis and headed to the ancient city of Aphrodisias with a possible population of 60-70,000. Aphrodisias is a city that honors Aphrodite the goddess of beauty and love. One might wonder why do you visit an ancient city that isn't mentioned in the Bible. While walking...

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Day 04 - Hieropolis & Laodicea

posted on Saturday January 15 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

The day began with amazing joy, a hot air balloon ride over the Lycus river valley. Below we could see not only the white lime cliffs near the 1st century city of Hieropolis but also the general location of two other major New Testament cities of Colossae and Laodicea. The green of the valley surrounded...

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Day 03 - Pisidian Antioch & Colossae

posted on Friday January 14 2022 at 10:00 pm UTC

So, you think there is tension in the world? I’m convinced that it’s nothing new: that the greatest tension that has existed throughout history is whether we will follow the wisdom of our own ways or that of God. It is largely this tension that Paul addresses in his missionary journeys...

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Day 02 - Antalya & Perge

posted on Thursday January 13 2022 at 5:00 pm UTC

Welcome to Turkey! Coming to a new place, seeing new sights, learning new culture, etc. All these things can be exciting, but can also be difficult. Today we looked at a very small glimpse of the biblical narrative (Acts 13:13-14a; only one and a half verses), yet some very challenging and new circumstances...

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Day 01 - Wed., January 12

posted on Wednesday January 12 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

Hello, friends and family! Our group was reminded that when you travel internationally, you have to be flexible. We all left the states on Monday and arrived in Istanbul 12 hours later on Tuesday. We boarded our 1 hour flight to Antalya at 6 pm and ended up back in Istanbul 7 hours later! Bad weather...

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Preparing for Turkey

posted on Tuesday January 11 2022 at 1:05 am 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...

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