Experience the land and lessons of the Bible!

Turkey Pastors FAM Tour - Presented by GTI Tours

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9 days including travel
February 12-22, 2018

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How Much?

$2800.00 USD
All Inclusive!

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Led By

GTI Tours and Dr. Mark Strauss, Rich Ferreira

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You’re invited to join us on a 9 day, all-inclusive Turkey 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 Turkey 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.

— Steve

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

Dr. Mark Strauss

Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

Greetings Potential Travelers!
I’d like to invite you to join me on a special eleven day “Footsteps of the Apostles” tour—discounted for pastors. A remarkable percentage of the New Testament has its context in the Roman province of Asia, modern day western Turkey. The apostles Paul, John, and Peter all spent significant time ministering in this area. Join us as we visit many exciting biblical sites, including the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, Paul’s home base for three years as he planted churches throughout Asia Minor (Acts 19:01), and where John ministered in his later years. We’ll see all seven churches of the Revelation, including Laodicea, site of the “lukewarm” church. We’ll spend time at Miletus, where Paul gave his stirring message on leadership to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20), and Colossae, where the letter to the Colossians was sent. We’ll visit Perga in Pamphylia, Paul’s launching point for his first missionary advance into Galatia. You’ll never read the New Testament the same after having “feet on the ground” at the sites of the first great missionary expansion of the gospel.

Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is University Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego, where he has served since 1993. He is the author/coauthor of 15 books and many articles, and editor/co-editor of over 40 volumes. His works include commentaries on Mark’s Gospel in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series (2014) and Expositors Bible Commentary, vol. 9 (2010); Jesus Behaving Badly (InterVarsity, 2015); How to Read the Bible in Changing Times (Baker, 2011); Four Portraits, One Jesus (Zondervan, 2007) and The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts (Sheffield Press, 1996). He serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Bible Translation for the New International Version and as an associate editor for the NIV Study Bible. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Evangelical Theological Society.

Rich Ferreira

General Manager, GTI Tours

After graduating with his Masters from Talbot Theological Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich’s passions are discipleship and teaching God’s word in a way that brings it alive in today’s world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys leading Biblical Study Tours (50 trips and counting), motorcycle riding, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel, and his two sons Jaron and Ronen. In 2016 Rich and his family moved from California to Michigan to join the GTI Tours staff full-time, where he serves as General Manager.

Study Tour Details

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  • $2800.00 USD base cost
  • + $400.00 for Part-Time Ministry/Teacher/Spouse departure.
  • $420.00 single-occupancy supplement available
  • $0.00 discount if booking prior to June 27, 2017

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $1150.00 per-person due by July 12, 2017
  • Remaining balance due by January 3, 2018
  • R/T economy class from LAX and Chicago
  • Deluxe hotels
  • Buffet dinner and breakfast daily
  • Lunches served on site
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • Backpack, water, flashlight, journal
  • GTI study guide
  • GTI travel blog
  • Guide and Driver tips

Extra Costs

  • $3200 spouse
  • $3200 seminary student
  • $3200 non ministry
  • Full refund less $200 for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $800 for cancellations after July 12, 2017
  • Full refund less $2000 for cancellations after November 14, 2017
  • No refunds for cancellations after January 3, 2018


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Mon Feb 12

Los Angeles to Istanbul ( Depart tk10 at 6:45pm )
Tue Feb 13

Istanbul to Antalya ( Depart tk2424 at 9:25pm )

Crowne Plaza
Wed Feb 14

Southern Coast

Antalya Harbor, Antalya Museum, Aspendos, Perge

Antalya Harbor
Thu Feb 15

West Central Turkey

Hierapolis, Colossae, Laodicea

Fri Feb 16

West Central Turkey

Aphrodisias, Philadelphia

Sat Feb 17

West Central Turkey

Sardis, Thyatira

Sun Feb 18

West Central Turkey

Pergamum, Smyrna

Mon Feb 19

Western Coast

Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, Weaving Center

Tue Feb 20

Western Coast

Priene , Didyma, Miletus

Wed Feb 21


Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Archaeological Museum, Grand Bazaar
Izmir to Istanbul ( Depart tk2309 at 8:00am )

Hagia Sophia
Thu Feb 22

Istanbul to Los Angeles ( Depart tk009 at 1:55pm )