Turkey / Greece
GTI SIGNATURE TOUR

Apr 24 - May 5, 2025

Turkey / Greece
GTI SIGNATURE TOUR

Apr 24 - May 5, 2025

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

What to Expect

One of the first places the message of Jesus was preached was modern-day Turkey and Greece. At least 22 of the 27 books of the New Testament were written to or from the Biblical Lands of Turkey and Greece. On this Signature Study Tour, we will explore the geography, history, and culture of the First Century audience of these New Testament Letters. With the Bible in hand, we will follow in the footsteps of Paul.

To better step into the world of the New Testament and the Book of Revelation, we will take a cruise on the Aegean Sea to the breathtaking Island of Patmos. It was here, as a prisoner, that John divinely received the contents of the Book of Revelation. We will explore the ancient cities where Jesus uniquely addressed the 7 churches. We will conclude our journey in Greece, diving deep into Scripture and the cities of Athens and Corinth.

Along the way, we will enjoy some of the amazing sights and tastes associated with both Turkish and Greek culture, both past and present.

Your Leader

Jerrell Jobe

Director of Development, GTI Tours

Jerrell has been involved in full-time ministry for the past 25 years. His primary areas of focus have been spiritual formation and teaching. Jerrell has a BS in American Sign Language Interpreting, a MA in Spiritual Formation and Leadership, and is finishing a MA in Archaeology & Biblical History. Throughout his ministry, he has led over 100 trips, to more than 25 countries. For the past twelve years, Jerrell has been leading study tours to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, and Greece. His passion is seeing life-changing spiritual formation transpire as travelers gain a greater understanding of the Story of Scripture in its original context, while engaging the ancient practice of pilgrimage. His on-site teaching is a rich mixture of archaeological discoveries, biblical history, practical application, story-telling and drama. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, cycling, swimming, as well as helping to coach local high school wrestling teams. Jerrell and his wife Charissa have three children.

The Details

Itinerary

Thu Apr 24

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 8:30pm
Fri Apr 25

Istanbul to Izmir on Turkish Flight #2332 departing 5:00pm
Hilton Double Tree Hotel
Sat Apr 26

Smyrna, Pergamum
Sun Apr 27

Sardis, Colossae, Hierapolis
Mon Apr 28

Laodicea, Aphrodisias

Patmos
Tue Apr 29

Patmos
Wed Apr 30

Ephesus, Ephesus Museum, St. John's Basilica, Free Time
Thu May 1

Priene , Didyma, Miletus
Fri May 2

Temple of Poseidon
Izmir to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #2311 departing 8:55am
Istanbul to Athens International on Turkish Flight #1849 departing 1:20pm

Titania Hotel
Sat May 3

Mars Hill, Acropolis, Acropolis Museum
Sun May 4

Corinth, Giannikos Winery, Free Time
Mon May 5

Athens International to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #1844 departing 10:30am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 2:20pm

Flight Details

Thu, Apr 24 2025
Depart O'Hare at 8:30pm
ORD to IST on tk6
Arrive Istanbul at 3:25pm
Duration: 10 hours 55 minutes
Fri, Apr 25 2025
Depart Istanbul at 5:00pm
IST to ADB on tk2332
Arrive Izmir at 6:15pm
Duration: 01 hours 15 minutes
Fri, May 2 2025
Depart Izmir at 8:55am
ADB to IST on tk2311
Arrive Istanbul at 10:20am
Duration: 01 hours 25 minutes
Fri, May 2 2025
Depart Istanbul at 1:20pm
IST to ATH on tk1849
Arrive Athens International at 2:50pm
Duration: 01 hours 30 minutes
Mon, May 5 2025
Depart Athens International at 10:30am
ATH to IST on tk1844
Arrive Istanbul at 12:05pm
Duration: 01 hours 35 minutes
Mon, May 5 2025
Depart Istanbul at 2:20pm
IST to ORD on tk5
Arrive O'Hare at 5:45pm
Duration: 11 hours 25 minutes

Payment Details

Base Cost
  • $5690 base cost
Options:
  • Add $300 for Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • $1100.00 single-occupancy supplement available
  • Optional payment schedule available:
    • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
    • $2595.00 per-person due by December 3, 2024
    • Remaining balance due by March 3, 2025
    • Air to and from Chicago
    • Deluxe hotels - buffet dinner and breakfast daily
    • Lunches in Turkey / Greece
    • Deluxe motor coach touring
    • Osprey hydration pack / bottled water on tour (2 bottles per day in Greece)
    • All transfers, porterage, entrance fees and taxes
    • Guide and driver tips
    • GTI study guide
    • Pre-trip curriculum
    • Ala Carte beverages ordered with meals
    • Insurance
    • Sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride $300 per person
    • Business class seats $3575.00 (holding 6)

    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, plug adapter, 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!

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