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12 Day Tour of Turkey and Greece

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Departs Mar 5, 2018 from Fayetteville, AR

Hosted By: Pastor Mike McDaniel
Destination: Turkey & Greece
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Highlights: Athens, Corinth, Greece, Istanbul, Port City of Kusadasi, Turkey
A Journeys of Paul Tour through Turkey and Greece
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Hosted by Pastor Mike McDaniel

Join Pastor Mike McDaniel and Dr Gordon Dutile as we consider the impact of the Apostle John pastoral influence and Paul’s missionary ministries throughout Asia Minor (modern day Turkey).  We will also visit the place where the gospel first traverses into Europe and throughout Greece under Roman rule.  Dr. Dutile will share from his years of studying and teaching the New Testament at Southwest Baptist University.  He will contribute a depth and breadth of knowledge of the New Testament that will cause the New Testament to come alive like never before.  Pastor Mike and his wife, Lori, helping to make this 12 day journey one of the most enriching spiritual pilgrimages over you faith journey.

 

In 1980 Gordon Dutile came to Southwest Baptist University to teach Greek and New Testament as a member of the faculty of The Redford College of Theology and Ministry. From 1986-1996 he served The Redford College as acting or associate dean. In 1995 he was appointed associate provost and served in that capacity until 2000 when he became provost. Prior to coming to SBU, Gordon served as associate pastor of Rosen Heights Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Before moving to Texas in 1970 to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he worked for McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Corporation as a senior electronics engineer. A native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, he has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University (1963), a M. Div. (1973) and a Ph. D. (1980) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gordon and his wife Judy have been married fifty-one years. They have two children and four grandchildren. Since his retirement in 2009, he continues to supply preach, teach Bible studies, serve on mission trips, and help churches in transition.

12 Day Tour of Turkey and Greece

DAY 01 – MON. MAR. 05  – DEPARTURE FROM THE US

Depart from the USA on a transatlantic flight to Greece, with a connection in Atlanta and Paris.

DAY 02 – TUE. MAR. 06 – ARRIVE ATHENS

Upon arrival we will collect lugggage and meet our bus and guide and drive to Athens, the capital of democracy and one of the important destinations of St Paul during his missions. Dinner and the next two overnights in Athens.

DAY 03 – WED. MAR. 07 – ATHENS / CORINTH

Today after breakfast, we will tour Athens with its famous Acropolis with visits to the Parthenon, Areopagus, and Mars Hill where the Apostle Paul delivered his well known sermon. Afterwards we take a panoramic tour to the rest of the sites of Athens: the library; the university; the parliament. In the afternoon, we make our way to ancient Corinth, where the apostle Paul lived and preached. He wrote his first and second letters to the Corinthians here. We will see also the archeological museum and the temples. This is the site where Paul established the first church made entirely of gentiles.  En route back to Athens we stop to visit the two famous ancient port of Cenchrean, and the Corinth Canal. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight

DAY 04 – THU. MAR. 08 – ATHENS / KALAMBAKA

Depart for Kalambaka, stopping at the Byzantine hanging Monasteries of Meteora where there are 24 but with 6 inhabited only. We will have an idea about the real monastic life looking at these monesteries. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka

DAY 05 – FRI. MAR. 09 – KALAMBAKA / VERIA / THESSALONIKI

Depart Kalambaka to drive to Veria (Berea) where St. Paul escaped the hostility he encountered at Thessaloniki, we will see the monument built to the Apostle at the southern part of the city, also known as the Bema. Upon entering Thessaloniki, we will see the white tower, the Arch of Galerius, and a few churches like Agios Demetrios and St Sophia. We will then check in at our hotel for dinner and an overnight.

DAY 06 – SAT. MAR 10 – THESSALONIKI / PHILIPPI / KAVALA

Follow the ancient highway of Via Ignatia to Philippi. Philippi was witness to Paul’s first Christian converts on European soil. See the Via Ignatia, St. Paul’s prison, and the archeological museum. Continue to where Lydia, the first Christian woman in Europe, was baptized. Drive to Kavala, ancient site of Neapolis. Dinner and overnight

DAY 07 – SUN. MAR. 11 – TURKISH BORDER / GALLIPOLI / TROY / CANAKKALE

Say good-bye to Greece and travel the Turkish borders where we will meet the Turkish bus and guide after crossing at the Turkish Side of the Greek Border and we will head to the Gallipoli Peninsula to see where ANZAC soldiers engaged in a long and bloody campaign against the Ottoman army during World War I. Here, we will visit key ANZAC sites including the Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Australia’s Lone Pine Memorial, “The Nek”, and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand War Memorial. Crossing the Dardanelles by ferry, we will continue to the village of Tevfikiye by the entrance of the Dardanelles to see the remains of the legendary city of Troy. Settled as early as 3,000 BC, Troy was made famous by Homer’s Iliad, the epic account of the Trojan War. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. 

DAY 08 – MON. MAR. 12 – CANAKKALE / PERGAMUM / IZMIR

Today, we continue on to the town of Bergama to visit Pergamum, one of the most powerful cities in the ancient world. We will tour the Acropolis which sits atop a 1000-foot windswept mountain, offering a view of the neighboring modern towns, the azure waters of the Aegean, and the ruins of Pergamum that cascade down from the ancient city center. Here, we will explore the Temple of Trajan, Temple of Athena and the Altar of Zeus. Afterwards, we will explore the Asklepion. Allegedly one of the world’s first full-service health clinics, the Asklepion was the ancient world’s version of a spa, attracting health pilgrims from all over the region, including Roman Emperors Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius. Dinner and two overnights at our hotel overlooking the Izmir Bay. 

DAY 09 – TUE. MAR. 13 – IZMIR / AGORA / SARDIS / IZMIR

This morning, we will visit the archaeological remains of the ancient city of Smyrna. Located in modern day Izmir, Smyrna was one of the Seven Churches that the Apostle John relays the promise from God: “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10). Afterwards, we will visit Sardis, a militarily strong ancient city located along an important highway and among the fertile plains of Hermus (Geldiz River). Though Sardis was a powerful and wealthy city with a reputation for being alive, God announced that it was actually dead (Rev. 3:1-). Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. 

DAY 10 – WED. MAR. 14 – EPHESUS / ST. JOHN / IZMIR AIRPORT / ISTANBUL

After breakfast, we travel on to Ephesus. Located in the modern town of Selcuk, ancient Ephesus is one of the most well-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. Originally an ancient Greek Ionic city built in the 10th century B.C., Ephesus grew to become the largest metropolis and capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor. Today, we will walk on the Marble Road passing numerous historically rich sites including the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the fountain of Trajan, and the Temple of Hadrian. We will also see the Library of Celsus, which adorns the site’s most impressive square, and sit in the theater (the largest surviving from the Roman period). Before returning to Izmir Airport, we will stop at the ruins of St. John’s Basilica. Constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century, this basilica stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. Fly to Istanbul and head to our hotel.  Dinner and the next two overnights in Istanbul. 

DAY 11 – THU. MAR. 15 – FULL DAY ISTANBUL

After enjoying our Turkish breakfast, we will depart from our hotel and begin our tour of the historical highlights of Istanbul. First, we will stroll through Hippodrome Square, the former sporting and social center of Constantinople that hosted chariot races during the Roman period. Afterwards, we are off to witness the incredible majesty and splendor of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Popularly known as the Blue Mosque, this 17th century Ottoman sanctuary is adorned with six minarets and more than 20,000 hand-painted Iznik tiles. And then we will walk directly across from the mosque to visit the domed masterpiece of the Hagia Sophia before we head to Topkapi Palace. Located on the very cape of the peninsula where Constantinople was founded, Topkapi Palace is the former abode of Ottoman Sultans that still houses their legion of treasures, including an extensive collection of royal jewels. Then, we will end our day with an evening of shopping at the Grand Bazaar, the massive covered market that houses a labyrinth of streets lined with shops selling jewelry, leather products and many other handcrafted souvenirs. Our Farewell Dinner will be served at the Hamdi Restaurant in Eminonu.

DAY 12 – FRI. MAR. 16 – DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL / ARRIVE USA

Today, we say good bye to Turkey and head to the Ataturk International Airport to board our flight back home.

General Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions are generic and not specific to any particular tour. In order to view the Terms and Conditions of a particular tour, please download the Tour Brochure or the Tour Registration Form. If none is available to download, please contact Wilcox World Travel and Tours (800-294-5269 or 828-254-0746) for details.

Air Transportation: ARC/IATAN jet economy class, round trip from gateway city applicable on all IATAN and ARC carriers, based on the non-refundable fare. Tours must be fully paid for and tickets issued no later than 60 days before the tour’s departure date. If you cancel or change your reservation for any reason after tickets have been issued, a cancellation fee of 100% of the ticket price will be charged by the airline. Fuel Surcharges: We will review the air costs approximately 65 days before departure and notify you of any changes in air fuel surcharges or taxes. Deviations: Deviation requests should be in writing and will incur an additional service fee plus any applicable fare increases.

Land Transportation and Transfers: By private deluxe motor coach.

Accommodations: Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). 

Meals: Meals as per the itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra.

Baggage: Specific baggage allowance is governed by each airline and is subject to change. Baggage allowance guidelines will be included in your final documents. Excess baggage will be charged at the established rates. Due to limited motor coach capacity we urge our tour members to carry only one bag per person. Porterage for one checked bag is included in the tour price. Excess baggage charges from the airlines and motor coaches are the passenger’s responsibility and will be collected at time of handling.

Service Charges and Taxes: Those normally levied by hotels and restaurants are included and all departure taxes and tipping.

Not Included: Passport costs, and health documentation costs (when required); food and beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular table d’hote meals; optional sightseeing tours and excursions; accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance; transporting and handling excess luggage; tips to persons rendering special services not specifically mentioned as included; items of a purely personal nature such as laundry, telephone and cable expenses, internet access, room service orders, etc.; transportation between hometown city and gateway city.

Insurance: Acting only as agents for suppliers, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For protection, it is important that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. We recommend Access America. Travel protection is available to all residents of the U.S. and Canada, and includes coverage for lost luggage, medical emergencies and more. Guests booking this tour have the option of purchasing cancellation protection in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. This optional Guest Protection may be requested at time of booking and fee included with initial payment. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your tour reservation.

Important Passport Information: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office. Passports must have an expiration date more than six months beyond the departure date in order to travel with this tour.

VISAS: If a visa is required for travel to this destination, further information will be provided with your final documents. 

Deposits and Payments: A deposit of $300.00 per person is required immediately. The balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Please check your statement for specific due dates. Tour conditions and airfares are subject to Governmental, ARC/IATAN, and airline regulation requirements in effect on the date of and during the tour. All airfares and land rates are quoted in US Dollars and are based on tariffs and cost in effect at time of booking and are subject to change without notice. Land costs are based on group rates and final tour cost may be dependent on number of tour participants.

Guests with Disabilities: Please be aware that certain land tours may not be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Wilcox World Travel and Tours must be notified of any special medical, physical or other requirements of passengers at the time of booking. Should a passenger require the assistance of another to make this tour, it is the responsibility of that passenger to arrange for a companion to provide the assistance at all times and for the entire duration of the tour.

Participating Air Carriers: The services of any ARC/IATAN air carrier may be used by Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. for the air portion of these tours.

Responsibility: Your tour operator, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., an ARC/IATAN appointed agent, acts as agent for you in the making and securing of all arrangements for transportation, sightseeing, or for hotel accommodations for the tour. Wilcox World Travel and Tours does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant, or any other supplier of services. All coupons, receipts and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers. Thus, by accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, you agree that neither Wilcox World Travel and Tours nor any of its Tour Hosts or Representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to you or your belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services, or resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation of or changes in itinerary, or schedules, etc. Also, remember that travel documents are your responsibility as well as compliance with custom regulations. No employee of Wilcox World Travel and Tours can change the terms under which you agree to take this tour. Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time you are not onboard the aircraft. The passage contract in use by the airline, when issued, constitutes the sole agreement between it and you.

Cancellations and Refunds: If a passenger cancels his/her tour membership up to 61 days prior to departure, there will be a cancellation fee of $250.00 to cover administration and communication costs. For cancellations within 60-46 days of departure date you will be subject to a 50% penalty or $250.00 whichever is greater. Cancellations within 45 days are subject to a penalty of 100% of tour price. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Wilcox Travel in writing. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

NOTE: Wilcox World Travel and Tours reserves the right to cancel, withdraw, or change the tour, in part or whole, at any time. In the event of a change deemed necessary by Wilcox World Travel and Tours, the sole and exclusive obligation of Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. is to refund monies recovered. Each tour carries its own Terms and Conditions, which apply specifically to that tour.  In cases of conflict between the Terms and Conditions for a specific tour and those listed above, the Terms and Conditions for the specific tour will supersede those above.  To view the Terms and Conditions for a particular tour, please download the tour brochure.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Current round trip economy air fare from Fayetteville AR (XNA) to Athens Greece, returning from Istanbul Turkey via Delta/Air France.

Current airport departure taxes, customs & security fees, fuel surcharges and Turkish Visa.

Superior first-class (4 star) hotel accommodations throughout (10 nights);

 

Athens                2 nights               Titania Hotel

Kalambaka          1 night                Divani Meteora

Thessaloniki       2 nights               Capsis Hotel

Canakkale           1 night                Kolin Hotel

Izmir                   2 nights               Movenpick Hotel

Istanbul               2 nights               Lares Park Hotel

 

Breakfast and dinner daily including a special farewell dinner in Istanbul.

Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary by private deluxe motor coach with qualified driver and English-speaking, licensed guide/escort, who meets you upon arrival after clearing Greek customs (as per itinerary) and stays with the group throughout until change of guides/bus at the Turkish border, your guide will be with you until returning you to the airport for your flight to U.S.A.

Entrance fees to all sightseeing including the National Museum in Athens.

All transfers and porterage (one suitcase per person).

All tipping to hotel and restaurant personnel, porters, drivers, and guides.

Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag and a Greece & Turkey Guidebook.

NOT INCLUDED

Single room supplement $ 495.00.

Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc. – cost is $273 .00

Beverages with meals, or meals not specifically mentioned on itinerary (lunches).

Passports

Personal Items and Immunizations

Option
Price (per passenger)
BASE PRICE
$4,189.00
SINGLE ROOM
+$495.00
TRIP INSURANCE
+$273.00