Turkey & Greece

GTI Signature Study Tour

Apr 20 - May 1, 2020

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A GTI Signature Tour

What to Expect

This trip will enrich your understanding of the Scriptures by introducing you to the vivid context in which the New Testament was written.

Done right, a study tour can be relaxing and fun! Together with Dr. Craig Hill, we'll explore the past and present of Turkey & Greece. Each day we'll unpack what we've learned in the context of biblical history as well as our daily faith.

In addition to visiting the ancients cities where the Apostle Paul lived and taught, we'll have the opportunity for a hot air balloon ride over Turkey, wine tasting in Greece, and enjoying some amazing local hospitality.

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Led by Rich Ferreira

General Manager, GTI Tours

After graduating with his Masters in Theology from Talbot 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 Israel Study Tours (32 trips and counting), motorcycle riding, off-roading and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel as well as his two sons Jaron and Ronen. In 2016 Rich and his family moved to Michigan to join the GTI staff where he serves as General Manager.

Teaching by Dr. Craig Hill

Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

Craig Hill is an affiliate Assistant Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Biola University in New Testament. Hill has taught in university and seminary settings for 18 years and has served for over two decades in youth, and pastoral ministries. He also works with Standing Stone Ministry, a ministry that provides pastoral care for pastors. Hill also serves on the Board of Directors of Hume Lake Christian Camps, one of the largest youth camps in the nation. He has been to Israel on a number of occasions and enjoys teaching the Bible in the context of where it was written. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife Kelly and four kids.

Any Questions?

If you have questions, you're not alone! Use the following form to submit any questions you may have and we'll get back to you.

And of course, you can always give us a call during business hours at 616-396-1234 or 800-829-8234.

  • $4500 base cost
  • Add 325 for Hot Air Balloon Ride - Cappadocia
  • Minus $80 for Chicago O'Hare
  • $800.00 single-occupancy supplement available

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2000.00 per-person due by Dec 2, 2019
  • Remaining balance due by Feb 28, 2020
  • Roundtrip air from Los Angeles or Chicago
  • Hotel accommodations as indicated
  • Daily breakfast and dinner buffet
  • Lunches
  • Deluxe motor coach touring
  • GTI Tour Blog
  • Study guide, journal, flashlight, Bible, plug adapter
  • Osprey hydro packs with bottled water on tour
  • All entrance fees
  • Guide/Driver Tips
  • Porterage fees and taxes
  • Winery visit
  • Turkish Visa ($20)
  • Beverages ordered ala carte with meals
  • Hot Air Ballon ride ($325 per person)

“GTI Tours has been serving, listening to, and learning from their network of leaders and ministries for years—which is why their study tours are exceptional!“

Dr. Mark Strauss
Bethel Seminary Professor

GTI Tours specializes in biblical study tours that bring the land and lessons of the Bible to life for churches, universities, ministries, and teams.

Itinerary

Mon Apr 20 • Depart Los Angeles

Los Angeles to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #10 departing 6:30pm
Tue Apr 21 • Depart Los Angeles

Welcome to Turkey

Welcome to the Republic of Turkey. After we arrive at the Adana airport and our luggage is collected we will be met by our Turkish hosts who will take us directly to our hotel for a good night's sleep.

Istanbul to Adana Airport on Turkish Flight #2470 departing 9:10pm

Anemon Hotel Adana
Wed Apr 22 • Depart Los Angeles

Paul the Evangelist

Today we begin our journey in Tarsus, the hometown of the Apostle Paul. This ancient city will provide the backdrop for beginning to unpack the life of Paul and his missionary journeys. Our travels will bring us north to the region of Cappadocia to experience some of the old cave churches used by Christians.

Saint Paul's house and well , Goreme National Park
Thu Apr 23 • Depart Los Angeles

First Missionary Journey

The day starts with an optional early morning hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia. Enjoy the sunrise and amazing views of the beautiful countryside with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After breakfast we will begin to talk through Paul’s first missionary journey as we pass through the regions of Iconium, Lystra and Debre. Once we arrive in Konya we will enjoy an evening of cultural learning with the Whirling Dervish ceremony.

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Zelve, Pasabag
Fri Apr 24 • Depart Los Angeles

Jews and Gentiles

Today we leave Konya and continue to follow Paul’s first missionary journey as we head to the ancient city of Pisidia Antoch. Acts 13 sets the scene as Paul and Barnabas preach the gospel to both a Jewish and Gentile crowd. After lunch we will drive to the area of Pamukkale and its therapeutic hot springs while experiencing some of the local Turkish culture as we make our way to our hotel for the next two nights.

Pisidian Antioch

Pisidian Antioch
Sat Apr 25 • Depart Los Angeles

Hot and Cold

Today holds many Biblical teachings and historic locations. Our day unfolds with discussion about the book of Colossians and the ancient city with its cold river running through it as well as Hierapolis and the hot healing sulfur pools within its walls. We will walk the streets of Laodicea and discus the passage from Revelation 3:16 to the church in Laodicea that states because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Our day will end with a chance for people to relax and enjoy time at our hotel and spa.

Hierapolis, Laodicea
Sun Apr 26 • Depart Los Angeles

God’s Word to the Churches

After breakfast we bid farewell to the warm springs of the Pamukkale region and head west as we continue to learn about the seven churches of Revelation. Today we will visit the sites of Sardis, Pergamum as we unpack the Biblical significance of the letters to the churches in these cities.

Sardis, Pergamum
Mon Apr 27 • Depart Los Angeles

Satan’s Throne

Today will be our second part to the city of Pergamum which is referred to as Satan’s throne in Revelation 2:13. In the morning we will spend time exploring the acropolis and vast city built on top of a mountain before making our way to the coastal city of Kusadasi. Not far from the port city of Ephesus we will board a boat and sail the Aegean Sea just like travelers form centuries gone by.

Pergamum, Cultural Experience, Ephesus Museum, Evening Cruise on the Aegean
Tue Apr 28 • Depart Los Angeles

Ephesus

After breakfast we will visit the magnificent city of Ephesus and explore its ancient streets as well as the famous library and theater. This city is full of Biblical significance as both Paul and John spent time here and we have an entire book of the Bible devoted to the people of this city. After experiencing the Ephesus museum we will enjoy an evening walk alongside the Aegean and a dinner out together before we leave Turkey.

Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, Farewell Dinner
Wed Apr 29 • Depart Los Angeles

Travel to Greece

Today is a travel day. After a great breakfast we will say goodbye to our Turkish friends and fly from Izmir Turkey to Athens Greece to continue our Biblical journey and follow the footsteps of Paul.

Izmir to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #2311 departing 9:15am
Istanbul to Athens International on Turkish Flight #1849 departing 1:10pm

Titania Hotel
Thu Apr 30 • Depart Los Angeles

Welcome to Greece

As you wake up you will realize you are in the ancient Greek world. We will start our day exploring and studying the important trade city of Corinth for which Paul writes two books of the Bible. Our afternoon will highlight Greek cuisine with a stop at a famous winery in the region. We will visit the Parthenon with its ancient temples to the goddess Athena while reading the account from Acts 17 where Paul preaches Christ from nearby Mars Hill. Our time in Greece will finish with dinner together as we reflect on our trip and prepare to head back home the following day.

Corinth, Giannikos Winery, Parthenon
Fri May 1 • Depart Los Angeles

Departure

Athens International to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #1846 departing 10:25am
Istanbul to Los Angeles on Turkish Flight #009 departing 1:05pm
Mon Apr 20 • Depart Chicago

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 9:40pm
Tue Apr 21 • Depart Chicago

Welcome to Turkey

Welcome to the Republic of Turkey. After we arrive at the Adana airport and our luggage is collected we will be met by our Turkish hosts who will take us directly to our hotel for a good night's sleep.

Istanbul to Adana Airport on Turkish Flight #2470 departing 9:10pm

Anemon Hotel Adana
Wed Apr 22 • Depart Chicago

Paul the Evangelist

Today we begin our journey in Tarsus, the hometown of the Apostle Paul. This ancient city will provide the backdrop for beginning to unpack the life of Paul and his missionary journeys. Our travels will bring us north to the region of Cappadocia to experience some of the old cave churches used by Christians.

Saint Paul's house and well , Goreme National Park
Thu Apr 23 • Depart Chicago

First Missionary Journey

The day starts with an optional early morning hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia. Enjoy the sunrise and amazing views of the beautiful countryside with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After breakfast we will begin to talk through Paul’s first missionary journey as we pass through the regions of Iconium, Lystra and Debre. Once we arrive in Konya we will enjoy an evening of cultural learning with the Whirling Dervish ceremony.

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Zelve, Pasabag
Fri Apr 24 • Depart Chicago

Jews and Gentiles

Today we leave Konya and continue to follow Paul’s first missionary journey as we head to the ancient city of Pisidia Antoch. Acts 13 sets the scene as Paul and Barnabas preach the gospel to both a Jewish and Gentile crowd. After lunch we will drive to the area of Pamukkale and its therapeutic hot springs while experiencing some of the local Turkish culture as we make our way to our hotel for the next two nights.

Pisidian Antioch

Pisidian Antioch
Sat Apr 25 • Depart Chicago

Hot and Cold

Today holds many Biblical teachings and historic locations. Our day unfolds with discussion about the book of Colossians and the ancient city with its cold river running through it as well as Hierapolis and the hot healing sulfur pools within its walls. We will walk the streets of Laodicea and discus the passage from Revelation 3:16 to the church in Laodicea that states because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Our day will end with a chance for people to relax and enjoy time at our hotel and spa.

Hierapolis, Laodicea
Sun Apr 26 • Depart Chicago

God’s Word to the Churches

After breakfast we bid farewell to the warm springs of the Pamukkale region and head west as we continue to learn about the seven churches of Revelation. Today we will visit the sites of Sardis, Pergamum as we unpack the Biblical significance of the letters to the churches in these cities.

Sardis, Pergamum
Mon Apr 27 • Depart Chicago

Satan’s Throne

Today will be our second part to the city of Pergamum which is referred to as Satan’s throne in Revelation 2:13. In the morning we will spend time exploring the acropolis and vast city built on top of a mountain before making our way to the coastal city of Kusadasi. Not far from the port city of Ephesus we will board a boat and sail the Aegean Sea just like travelers form centuries gone by.

Pergamum, Cultural Experience, Ephesus Museum, Evening Cruise on the Aegean
Tue Apr 28 • Depart Chicago

Ephesus

After breakfast we will visit the magnificent city of Ephesus and explore its ancient streets as well as the famous library and theater. This city is full of Biblical significance as both Paul and John spent time here and we have an entire book of the Bible devoted to the people of this city. After experiencing the Ephesus museum we will enjoy an evening walk alongside the Aegean and a dinner out together before we leave Turkey.

Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, Farewell Dinner
Wed Apr 29 • Depart Chicago

Travel to Greece

Today is a travel day. After a great breakfast we will say goodbye to our Turkish friends and fly from Izmir Turkey to Athens Greece to continue our Biblical journey and follow the footsteps of Paul.

Izmir to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #2311 departing 9:15am
Istanbul to Athens International on Turkish Flight #1849 departing 1:10pm

Titania Hotel
Thu Apr 30 • Depart Chicago

Welcome to Greece

As you wake up you will realize you are in the ancient Greek world. We will start our day exploring and studying the important trade city of Corinth for which Paul writes two books of the Bible. Our afternoon will highlight Greek cuisine with a stop at a famous winery in the region. We will visit the Parthenon with its ancient temples to the goddess Athena while reading the account from Acts 17 where Paul preaches Christ from nearby Mars Hill. Our time in Greece will finish with dinner together as we reflect on our trip and prepare to head back home the following day.

Corinth, Giannikos Winery, Parthenon
Fri May 1 • Depart Chicago

Departure

Athens International to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #1846 departing 10:25am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 2:10pm

Flight Details

Mon, Apr 20 2020
Depart Los Angeles at 6:30pm
LAX to IST on TK10
Arrive Istanbul at 5:35pm
Duration: 13 hours 05 minutes
Tue, Apr 21 2020
Depart Istanbul at 9:10pm
IST to ADA on TK2470
Arrive Adana Airport at 10:50pm
Duration: 01 hours 40 minutes
Wed, Apr 29 2020
Depart Izmir at 9:15am
ADB to IST on TK2311
Arrive Istanbul at 10:35am
Duration: 01 hours 20 minutes
Wed, Apr 29 2020
Depart Istanbul at 1:10pm
IST to AIA on TK1849
Arrive Athens International at 2:45pm
Duration: 22 hours 25 minutes
Fri, May 1 2020
Depart Athens International at 10:25am
AIA to IST on TK1846
Arrive Istanbul at 11:50am
Duration: 01 hours 25 minutes
Fri, May 1 2020
Depart Istanbul at 1:05pm
IST to LAX on TK009
Arrive Los Angeles at 4:50pm
Duration: 13 hours 45 minutes
Mon, Apr 20 2020
Depart O'Hare at 9:40pm
ORD to IST on TK6
Arrive Istanbul at 4:15pm
Duration: 10 hours 35 minutes
Tue, Apr 21 2020
Depart Istanbul at 9:10pm
IST to ADA on TK2470
Arrive Adana Airport at 10:50pm
Duration: 01 hours 40 minutes
Wed, Apr 29 2020
Depart Izmir at 9:15am
ADB to IST on TK2311
Arrive Istanbul at 10:35am
Duration: 01 hours 20 minutes
Wed, Apr 29 2020
Depart Istanbul at 1:10pm
IST to AIA on TK1849
Arrive Athens International at 2:45pm
Duration: 22 hours 25 minutes
Fri, May 1 2020
Depart Athens International at 10:25am
AIA to IST on TK1846
Arrive Istanbul at 11:50am
Duration: 01 hours 25 minutes
Fri, May 1 2020
Depart Istanbul at 2:10pm
IST to ORD on TK5
Arrive O'Hare at 5:35pm
Duration: 11 hours 25 minutes

Why GTI Tours?

All Inclusive

More than simply a statement about pricing, “All Inclusive” describes GTI’s holistic approach to facilitating purposeful travel and experiential learning in cooperation with our Ministry Partners.

Biblically Focused

Your tour leader, study materials, and even itinerary are biblically focused, creating a journey that will draw you more deeply into God’s Word with each step you take.

Experiential Itinerary

Each stop on your itinerary is selected because it provides an experience than brings meaning and emotional significance to the information you will be learning.

All Expenses Covered

There’s no need to worry about wasting time and money haggling or being surprised by hidden costs. Except for souvenirs and optional upgrades, every part of your trip is covered.

Online Registration

Our secure online payment and registration system allows for payment plans and reminders, easy passport and document uploads, and confidence that your money and information is safe.

Online Tour Journal

Friends and family can receive daily updates of text, photos, audio, and video from you and other participants to keep up with where you are and what you’re learning via the GTI Online Tour Journal.

Backpacks and Gear

We take care of everything so you can stay focused during your Study Tour, including providing you with a hydration backpack, study guide, passport/ticket carrier, and even a flashlight (when the trip calls for it).

Local Guides & Drivers

We have spent years developing relationships with experienced guides and drivers because they are an integral part of a study tour. And if you already have a trusted guide/driver you prefer that’s ok too!