Sep 15-25, 2024


Sep 15-25, 2024

Experience Turkey on a GTI Signature Study Tour and you'll see scripture in a new light.

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 Rich Ferreira and Rich Liverance, 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.

In addition to visiting the ancients cities where the Apostle Paul lived and taught, we'll also enjoy some amazing local hospitality.

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.

Richard Liverance

Assistant General Manager, GTI Tours

Richard Liverance comes to GTI with an extensive background in biblical and Near Eastern studies as well as faith-based travel. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the Master’s Seminary, earning both a Master of Theology in Bible Exposition and a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching. He served as a pastor for 25 years in churches throughout the United States, teaching both Old and New Testament studies. Rich then was privileged to serve the Economic Mission of the State of Israel at the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles, connecting Christian leaders and the travel industry in North America to Israel through the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Most recently, he completed a Masters in Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and now serves as the Assistant General Manager of GTI Tours.

The Details


Sun Sep 15

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 9:40pm
Mon Sep 16

Istanbul to Izmir on Turkish Flight #2334 departing 6:00pm
Hilton Double Tree Hotel
Tue Sep 17

Smyrna, Pergamum
Wed Sep 18

Sardis, Colossae
Thu Sep 19

Hierapolis, Laodicea
Fri Sep 20

Aphrodisias, Weaving Center, Evening Cruise on the Aegean
Sat Sep 21

Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, St. John's Basilica, Free Time
Sun Sep 22

Priene , Didyma, Miletus
Mon Sep 23

Mars Hill, Acropolis
Izmir to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #2313 departing 10:40am
Istanbul to Athens International on Turkish Flight #1849 departing 1:20pm
Tue Sep 24

Corinth, Giannikos Winery, Free Time
Wed Sep 25

Athens International to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #1844 departing 10:15am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 2:10pm

Flight Details

Sun, Sep 15 2024
Depart O'Hare at 9:40pm
ORD to IST on tk6
Arrive Istanbul at 4:10pm
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Mon, Sep 16 2024
Depart Istanbul at 6:00pm
IST to ADB on tk2334
Arrive Izmir at 7:05pm
Duration: 01 hours 05 minutes
Mon, Sep 23 2024
Depart Izmir at 10:40am
ADB to IST on tk2313
Arrive Istanbul at 11:50am
Duration: 01 hours 10 minutes
Mon, Sep 23 2024
Depart Istanbul at 1:20pm
IST to ATH on tk1849
Arrive Athens International at 2:50pm
Duration: 01 hours 30 minutes
Wed, Sep 25 2024
Depart Athens International at 10:15am
ATH to IST on tk1844
Arrive Istanbul at 11:40am
Duration: 01 hours 25 minutes
Wed, Sep 25 2024
Depart Istanbul at 2:10pm
IST to ORD on tk5
Arrive O'Hare at 5:35pm
Duration: 11 hours 25 minutes

Payment Details

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!

Get notified when registration opens!

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