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the early church comes to life

Save the date: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed this trip to 2021.

“In Israel, we experience where Jesus and his disciples walked. In Turkey, we encounter the spread of the gospel and the birth of Paul’s missionary church.” – Dudley Callison, President of T Bar M

Come join us on this 10-day adventure.  There will be lots of beautiful sites, lots of early church history to unfold and lots of fun to be had along the journey. Be ready to be active for we will have 2-4 miles of walking everyday and some days we will adventure off the beaten path.

Land Price:   $2700 per person, double-occupancy / single-occupancy additional $400

Air Price: $1200 per person from Austin/San Antonio

Group Size: 20 participants

Registration opens February 1st!

Tour Highlights

  • 7 Churches of Revelation Tour
  • Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Ruins of Laodicea
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Visit the church in Philadelphia
  • Old city including Hagia Sophia

 

What we know today as the country of Turkey was the epicenter of Christianity for 1,000 years. In scripture it is called Asia Minor. When the believers were scattered among the nations in Acts 8, John the Apostle took Jesus’ mother, Mary, and went there. Paul came from a small town in Turkey, and he planted churches all through the region on his missionary journeys. All seven churches listed in Revelation 2 and 3 are located along the west coast of Turkey. Yet, in the last 500 years, Christianity almost completely disappeared from the region.

Come with us to experience some of the most amazing Biblical sites of the earliest forms of church, and learn what the church has become in that place today. We’ll stand in the amphitheater in Ephesus where Paul preached the gospel boldly. We’ll walk through the Hagia Sophia church in Istanbul where Byzantine Christianity called home. We’ll stand in the place of all seven churches of Revelation, studying what God said to them at that time and what it means for us today. We’ll join a modern International church for worship and hear testimonies of what it means to follow Christ in Turkey today. This will be a small tour to allow for ease of movement and transportation. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to follow Christ as the early disciples did in the spread of the New Testament church.

travel itinerary

Saturday – Arrive and get settled into the hotel. Walk Istaklal that evening and have dinner.

Sunday – Buyuk Camlica Tepesi

Go up to Buyuk Camlica Tepesi. A valuable place to get an overview of the city, and hear a bit about the state of things in the country. Get some big-picture information about life and faith there.

Monday – Smyrna, St. Polycarp, Agora and Pergamon

Begin your 7 Churches of Revelation Tour with Izmir, in ancient times known as Smyrna, visiting the outside of St. Polycarp Church & the ruins of the Agora. Then depart to Bergama and the ruins of Pergamum, previously a renowned cultural and political center used by the Romans as an administrative center for the province of Asia. Here visit the ruins of the Acropolis and the Asclepion along with its theatre. Overnight stay in Bergama.

Tuesday – Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia

After breakfast, time to depart on to visit the ruins of Thyatira which was founded by the Lydian’s. Then to magnificent Sardis which was the wealthy capital of the Lydian Empire. En route to Pamukkale. Stop to visit the church in Philadelphia which was important for the spreading of thought patterns and activities of the Hellenistic civilization and Christian faith. Then stay overnight in Pamukkale.

Wednesday – Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Laodicea

Visit the natural formation of the travertine (Cotton Cliffs) and ruins of Hierapolis in Pamukkale. Then depart to visit the ruins of Laodicea as well as the barely excavated site of Colossae. The day will end with arrival to the hotel and overnight stay in Kusadasi.

Thursday – Ephesus & House Virgin Mary

After breakfast begin the day with a visit of the Ancient City of Ephesus which represents many different facets of Ancient Greek and Roman culture. The day will also include a visit to the Basilica of St. John where he is believed to be buried, House of Virgin Mary where she is said to have spent the last of her days as well as the remains of Artemis Temple.

Friday – Old city including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Cisterns,

Saturday – Grand Bazaar or more time on Istaklal. Possible excursion for those who want to see some other sites like Chora chapel.

Sunday – Fly back to the states.

turkey highlights

payment details

Payment schedule:

  • A deposit of $500 is needed to secure your spot.
  • 50% of tour price is due July 1, 2020.
  • Full tour price is due October 1, 2020.

Airfare is $1200 round-trip from Austin/San Antonio to Istanbul. Airfare may increase if booking after July 1, 2020.

Cancellation policy:

  • Full tour price refunded up to July 1st.
  • 50% of full tour price refunded July 2nd – September 31st.
  • No refund starting October 1st.

Participants need to be ready to walk 2-4 miles a day and not all terrain will be even.

  • 2020 Turkey – Early Church Teaching Tour

    $2700 Land / $1200 Airfare
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What to expect after registration?

  • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Beginning in June, you will receive monthly emails with ways to prepare for the tour.

If you have any questions, please call Keith Myer @ 830.481.7073 or email [email protected]

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