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Turkey Signature Study Tour

September 11-22, 2023

Led by Rich Ferreira
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Western Coast : Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, Free Time

posted on Thursday September 21 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

What a fantastic finish to an amazing trip!    We spent the morning in Ephesus. It is a very crowded tourist site but our guide, Ozan, was able to get us in an hour before it opened. We had the whole site to ourselves as we walked the ancient streets to the iconic library building...

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Day 08 - Miletus, Didyma, Priene

posted on Wednesday September 20 2023 at 2:00 pm UTC

  Our journey continued today visiting the first of three sites. The first site was the ancient city of Priene. While it isn’t found in the biblical text, the story and culture interwove beautifully with so much we have seen and experienced. As we gathered in the ancient theater,...

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Day 07 - Western Coast: Pergamum, Rug Factory, Evening Cruise on the Aegean

posted on Tuesday September 19 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

  We started our day in the shadow of the great ancient city of Pergamum, we visited the Healing Center of Asclepion which was named after Asclepius, the hero god of medicine. People coming to the facility ‘qualified’ to enter by carrying a large stone around a circle at the entrance...

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Day 06 - West Central Turkey : Sardis, Pergamum

posted on Monday September 18 2023 at 6:00 pm UTC

Today we started off in Sardis and we were given a lot to process. Sardis was a thriving city with an indefensible wall to fortify their city. On the surface, Sardis was doing everything right. We learn that they got confident and lazy, maybe even fell asleep in defending their city. This lapse in...

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Day 05 - West Central Turkey: Aphrodisias & Philadelphia

posted on Sunday September 17 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

  Meander – mē-ˈan-dur: to travel continuously). This morning we departed our pretty little hotel in Pamukkale to head west. For many of us, a good night’s rest was needed after several days' trying to adjust to the time zone and 10,000-plus-steps-a-day. For others, all the hiking,...

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Day 04 - West Central Turkey: Hierapolis, Laodicea

posted on Sunday September 17 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

So much discovered and yet still so much to be found. For many in the group, the day started with a hot air balloon ride that overlooked the entire valley that is home to ancient cities like Laodicea, Colossae, and Hierapolis. But as the tour discovered, places like Laodicea which have undergone...

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Day 03 - Central Turkey: Pisidian Antioch

posted on Friday September 15 2023 at 5:00 pm UTC

  We covered a lot of territory today! We left Isparta early for a bus ride to Psidian Antioch. We rode through the beautiful Turkish countryside, through orchards, and past lakes and small villages. The weather was perfect.  While we travelled, our guide Ozan gave a fascinating...

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Day 02 - Aspendos, Perga

posted on Thursday September 14 2023 at 9:40 am UTC

After an early morning breakfast, we departed our hotel in the lovely port city of Antalya and took a short bus ride to the ancient city of Perga.  Situated on a river leading to the Mediterranean Sea, many residents of Perga during the Hellenistic and Roman Ages participated in trade. According...

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Day 01 - Antalya Harbor, Antalya Museum, Roman Road

posted on Wednesday September 13 2023 at 10:00 am UTC

After a full day of travel yesterday, the group was rewarded with a wonderful first day in Turkey. We started out with an amazing breakfast buffet which we ate overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. From there we walked along the Sea to the Antalya Harbor where Rich gave us our first teaching. The bottom...

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Day 00 - ARRIVAL

posted on Tuesday September 12 2023 at 6:00 pm UTC

Hi everyone! After a long day, we arrived safely in Antalya, Turkey, and we are excited to be here. We are now at the hotel and looking forward to a good night's sleep. Continue to follow as we journey through the New Testament.  ...

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Preparing for Turkey

posted on Friday August 04 2023 at 1:23 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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