Turkey

GTI Signature Study Tour

Oct 11-24, 2021

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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. Brian Haynes, we'll explore the past and present of Turkey. Each day we'll unpack what we've learned in the context of biblical history as well as our daily faith.

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Teaching by Dr. Brian Haynes

Lead Pastor, Bay Area Church and Christian School

Brian Haynes (D.Min) is Lead Pastor at Bay Area Church and Christian School where he shepherds people, preaches and teaches, and stewards the vision of restoring people, families, and churches. Brian is an avid learner, hiker, and disciple maker having led hundreds of people to experience the ancient paths of the Bible in Israel. He has authored a few books and is a well known conference speaker. He and his wife Angela and their three daughters live in Houston, Texas.

We are only a few months away from embarking on the journey of a lifetime together in Biblical Asia Minor or modern Turkey. I cannot wait! The journey begins now! Welcome to, Restoring Shalom: A Biblical Study Experience in Turkey.

If we have never met face to face, I’m looking forward to it. My name is Brian Haynes. Married for 27 years, three daughters, one dog. I serve as Lead Pastor for Bay Area Church and Christian School in League City, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Since 2006 I have gained extensive training and experience guiding study tours in the lands of the Bible. I experienced Turkey and guided Turkey twice in 2021 so I am well studied and up to date with archaeology. We have the best Turkish guide in the entire country in the opinion of many. His name is Ozan and you will love getting to know him. I have an earned doctoral degree and am the author of three books with a fourth to publish in 2023 titled, “War in the Wilderness.” Leading people to experience the biblical Text in context is one of the most fruitful Kingdom endeavors of my life. I’m a shepherd at heart.

Jesus told his disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” For the first disciples, the end of the earth was Roman Asia Minor. The annals of history and layers of archaeological evidence indicate followers of Jesus brought the gospel of the risen King Jesus into the propaganda, prosperity, identity, security, power, and view of love that was the Pax Romana; the peace of Rome. How do you restore shalom in a land, among a people, and in the face of Caesar who collectively believe they hold the world market on power and peace? That might be a really important case study for us as followers of Jesus living in America, the world’s great super power.

To that end we will study in context the 7 churches of Revelation. You will put your feet on the site of each of the 7 Churches. We will walk in the footsteps of the disciple John and the Apostle Paul along with other biblical “shalom makers” like Epaphras, Phillip, Timothy, and so many more. You will likely be moved both by the might and prominence of Rome and the power of the gospel of Jesus to bring shalom to that chaos.

Rest assured we are going to walk and hike a lot, learn a lot, laugh a lot, cry a little, and experience things you cannot even imagine at this point. I believe studying the biblical text in context will change your walk with Jesus forever. You will never be the same.

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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 Oct 11 • LAX

Los Angeles to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #10 departing 6:30pm
Tue Oct 12 • LAX

Istanbul to Antalya on Turkish Flight #2434 departing 8:10pm

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Antalya
Wed Oct 13 • LAX

Southern Coast

Antalya Harbor, Antalya Museum, Aspendos, Perge
Thu Oct 14 • LAX

Central Turkey

Pisidian Antioch

Pisidian Antioch
Fri Oct 15 • LAX

West Central Turkey

Hierapolis, Laodicea
Sat Oct 16 • LAX

West Central Turkey

Aphrodisias, Philadelphia
Sun Oct 17 • LAX

West Central Turkey

Sardis, Pergamum
Mon Oct 18 • LAX

Western Coast

Pergamum, Rug Factory, Evening Cruise on the Aegean
Tue Oct 19 • LAX

Western Coast

Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, Free Time
Wed Oct 20 • LAX

Travel to Greece

Izmir to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #2305 departing 4:15am
Istanbul to Thessaloniki Airport on Turkish Flight #1881 departing 7:05am

Porto Palace
Thu Oct 21 • LAX

Greece

Thessaloniki, Philippi
Fri Oct 22 • LAX

Greece

Athens, Parthenon, Mars Hill
Thessaloniki Airport to Athens International on Aegean Flight #111 departing 11:30am
Sat Oct 23 • LAX

Greece

Corinth, Giannikos Winery
Sun Oct 24 • LAX

Athens International to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #1846 departing 10:15am
Istanbul to Los Angeles on Turkish Flight #009 departing 1:10pm
Mon Oct 11 • ORD

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 9:30pm
Tue Oct 12 • ORD

Istanbul to Antalya on Turkish Flight #2434 departing 8:10pm

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Antalya
Wed Oct 13 • ORD

Southern Coast

Antalya Harbor, Antalya Museum, Aspendos, Perge
Thu Oct 14 • ORD

Central Turkey

Pisidian Antioch

Pisidian Antioch
Fri Oct 15 • ORD

West Central Turkey

Hierapolis, Laodicea
Sat Oct 16 • ORD

West Central Turkey

Aphrodisias, Philadelphia
Sun Oct 17 • ORD

West Central Turkey

Sardis, Pergamum
Mon Oct 18 • ORD

Western Coast

Pergamum, Rug Factory, Evening Cruise on the Aegean
Tue Oct 19 • ORD

Western Coast

Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, Free Time
Wed Oct 20 • ORD

Travel to Greece

Izmir to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #2305 departing 4:15am
Istanbul to Thessaloniki Airport on Turkish Flight #1881 departing 7:05am

Porto Palace
Thu Oct 21 • ORD

Greece

Thessaloniki, Philippi
Fri Oct 22 • ORD

Greece

Athens, Parthenon, Mars Hill
Thessaloniki Airport to Athens International on Aegean Flight #111 departing 11:30am
Sat Oct 23 • ORD

Greece

Corinth, Giannikos Winery
Sun Oct 24 • ORD

Athens International to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #1846 departing 10:15am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 2:10pm

Flight Details

Mon, Oct 11 2021
Depart Los Angeles at 6:30pm
LAX to IST on tk10
Arrive Istanbul at 5:40pm
Duration: 13 hours 10 minutes
Tue, Oct 12 2021
Depart Istanbul at 8:10pm
IST to AYT on tk2434
Arrive Antalya at 9:20pm
Duration: 01 hours 10 minutes
Wed, Oct 20 2021
Depart Izmir at 4:15am
ADB to IST on tk2305
Arrive Istanbul at 5:30am
Duration: 01 hours 15 minutes
Wed, Oct 20 2021
Depart Istanbul at 7:05am
IST to SKG on tk1881
Arrive Thessaloniki Airport at 8:20am
Duration: 01 hours 15 minutes
Fri, Oct 22 2021
Depart Thessaloniki Airport at 11:30am
SKG to ATH on AEE111
Arrive Athens International at 12:20pm
Duration: 00 hours 50 minutes
Sun, Oct 24 2021
Depart Athens International at 10:15am
ATH to IST on tk1846
Arrive Istanbul at 11:45am
Duration: 01 hours 30 minutes
Sun, Oct 24 2021
Depart Istanbul at 1:10pm
IST to LAX on tk009
Arrive Los Angeles at 4:50pm
Duration: 13 hours 40 minutes
Mon, Oct 11 2021
Depart O'Hare at 9:30pm
ORD to IST on tk6
Arrive Istanbul at 4:10pm
Duration: 10 hours 40 minutes
Tue, Oct 12 2021
Depart Istanbul at 8:10pm
IST to AYT on tk2434
Arrive Antalya at 9:20pm
Duration: 01 hours 10 minutes
Wed, Oct 20 2021
Depart Izmir at 4:15am
ADB to IST on tk2305
Arrive Istanbul at 5:30am
Duration: 01 hours 15 minutes
Wed, Oct 20 2021
Depart Istanbul at 7:05am
IST to SKG on tk1881
Arrive Thessaloniki Airport at 8:20am
Duration: 01 hours 15 minutes
Fri, Oct 22 2021
Depart Thessaloniki Airport at 11:30am
SKG to ATH on AEE111
Arrive Athens International at 12:20pm
Duration: 00 hours 50 minutes
Sun, Oct 24 2021
Depart Athens International at 10:15am
ATH to IST on tk1846
Arrive Istanbul at 11:45am
Duration: 01 hours 30 minutes
Sun, Oct 24 2021
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!