Experience the land and lessons of the Bible!

Turkey, Greece Study Tour

with The Forge Guild

To learn more and register over the phone call 800-829-8234 or 616-396-1234 or email your travel coordinator Signe Koning

Do you remember how much your visit to Israel in the Forge impacted the way you read the Scriptures? As important as Israel is to understanding the Bible, less than half of the New Testament is set in the land of Israel. The rest of the narrative expands from Israel into Asia Minor. Understanding its geography and culture adds the same understanding to Acts and the New Testament Epistles as Israel does to the Old Testament and the Gospels.
So, we figured that your leadership training shouldn’t stop once you graduate the Forge. You get the context of the land of Israel while you are in the Forge. As an alumnus, you’ll have the opportunity to get the context of Paul’s missionary journeys and writings, Peter’s epistles, and the seven churches of Revelation. We hope you will join us for this important and life-changing trip!

-Matt Lantz


11 days including travel
May 1-11, 2018
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How Much


With Who

The Forge Guild and Matt Lantz

You’re invited you to join us on a 11 day, all-inclusive Study Tour.

You will be immersed in the land and lessons of the Bible as you’re led on a journey through Scripture while your local guide and driver will bring the past and present culture of Israel alive to all your senses.

Unlike other Holy Land tours, this tour is solely focused on bringing Scripture to life through first-hand experiences in the places the stories actually happened. An all-inclusive trip you’ll be free to focus on each moment without worrying about lodging, tips, transportation, entrance fees, food or water.

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.


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 Leader

Matt Lantz

Matt Lantz

Forge Founding Director , The Forge Guild

Matt is the Founding Director of the Forge program at Pine Cove Camps where he served for 12 years. Currently he is the Director of Recruiting and Staff Development at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Matt received his Bachelor's degree at Texas Christian University and his Master's degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. Matt has been introducing people to the culture and geography of the Bible lands with GTI Tours since 2008 and thoroughly enjoys it. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and three children.

Study Tour Details

This is an all-inclusive trip which includes:

  • Roundtrip air from Houston
  • Hotel accommodations as indicated
  • Daily breakfast and dinner buffet
  • Lunches served on site
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • All entrance fees
  • Guide/Driver Tips
  • Porterage fees and taxes
  • GTI blog, study guide, journal
  • GTI backpacks

Tour Pricing:

  • $3595.00 per person (double occupancy)
  • $550.00 single supplement
  • $100.00 early booking discount for registrations prior to September 16, 2017

Payment schedule:

  • $500.00 per person deposit on confirmation
  • $1547.50 due October 1, 2017
  • Total balance due March 22, 2018
Refund Cancellation Policy:
  • Full refund less $200 fee for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $800 fee for cancellations after September 30, 2017
  • Full refund less $2000 fee for cancellations after January 30, 2018
  • No refunds for cancellations after March 21, 2018

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.

Your Study Tour Itinerary

Itinerary subject to change.


Tuesday May 1, 2018

IAH to IST on TK34
Depart Houston on Turkish flight 34 at 8:55pm

Wednesday May 2, 2018

Arrive Istanbul at 4:50pm (Duration 11 hours 55 minutes)
IST to AYT on TK2438
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 2438 at 7:25pm
Arrive Antalya at 8:45pm (Duration 1 hours 20 minutes)
Lodging: Crowne Plaza, Antalya
Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza

Thursday May 3, 2018

Sites: Attalia, Aspendos, Perga
Lodging: Richmond Pamukkale Thermal , Pamukkale


Friday May 4, 2018

Sites: Hierapolis, Colossae, Laodicea
Lodging: Richmond Pamukkale Thermal , Pamukkale

Lunch – Pamukkale restaurant

Richmond Pamukkale Thermal

Richmond Pamukkale Thermal

Saturday May 5, 2018

Sites: Aphrodisias, Philadelphia
Lodging: Lidya Sardes Thermal, Sardis

Lunch – Aphrodisias restaurant



Sunday May 6, 2018

Sites: Sardis, Thyatira
Lodging: Berksoy Hotel, Pergamum


Monday May 7, 2018

Sites: Pergamum, Smyrna
Lodging: Fantasia Hotel, Kusadasi


Tuesday May 8, 2018

Sites: Ephesus, Priene
Lodging: Fantasia Hotel, Kusadasi

Lunch – Ephesus restaurant



Wednesday May 9, 2018

ADB to IST on TK2311
Depart Izmir on Turkish flight 2311 at 9:50am
Arrive Istanbul at 11:05am (Duration 1 hours 15 minutes)
IST to AIA on TK1849
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 1849 at 1:10pm
Arrive Athens International at 2:35pm (Duration 1 hours 25 minutes)
Lodging: Titania Hotel, Athens
Titania Hotel

Titania Hotel

Thursday May 10, 2018

Sites: Athens, Mars Hill, Corinth
Lodging: Titania Hotel, Athens
Titania Hotel

Titania Hotel

Friday May 11, 2018

AIA to IST on TK1846
Depart Athens International on Turkish flight 1846 at 9:40am
Arrive Istanbul at 11:05am (Duration 1 hours 25 minutes)
IST to IAH on TK33
Depart Istanbul on Turkish flight 33 at 1:55pm
Arrive Houston at 7:05pm (Duration 13 hours 10 minutes)