Bible Lands Study Tour: Turkey & Greece 2016
May 15-25, 2016
You are invited to see firsthand by land and sea the sites of the churches of Revelation and Paul's missionary journeys.
Hosted by Dr. Andy Wakefield, Dean and Professor of New Testament and Greek, and Dr. Tony Cartledge, Professor of Old Testament. Assisting Dean Wakefield and Dr. Cartledge will be Amber Johnson-Carter, Director of Admissions for the Divinity School.
The cost of the trip is $3,999.99 per person. There is a $1,500 discount available for full-time Campbell Divinity School students. In order for your reservation for the trip to be secured, a deposit of $300 along with the completed registration form must be submitted by February 1, 2016. Students have priority until January 1, 2016. Deposits can be made via cash, check, or online at https://commerce.cashnet.com/cudivinitystudytours. Checks can be made payable to Campbell University Divinity School.
The registration form can be completed online by clicking the link below, or it can be printed, completed and mailed to Campbell Divinity School. Registration forms and deposits can be mailed to:
Bible Lands Study Tour
Campbell University Divinity School
P.O. Drawer 4050
Buies Creek, NC 27506
Amber H. Johnson-Carter
Our Daily Itinerary:
Day 1: Sunday, May 15
The Beginning of the Tour
Depart from Raleigh to Istanbul, Turkey. Dinner and breakfast will be served in flight.
Day 2: Monday, May 16
Into the Land of the First Christians
Upon arrival in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in town. Site visits for the day include the famed Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. In the afternoon discover the city and visit the Spice Market. Then enjoy dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Tuesday, May 17
Full day tour of Istanbul, also known as Byzantium and Constantinople. It was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and a major center of Christianity. Seven Ecumenical councils were held in Asia Minor (Turkey) between the 3rd-8th centuries, three in Istanbul. Site visits for the day include St. Sophia Church, the largest church in Christendom for 1,000 years, the famous Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern. At the end of the day, transfer to the airport for flight to Denizli. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Denizli.
Day 4: Wednesday, May 18
Pamukkale / Hierapolis / Laodicea / Philadelphia / Sardis
Visit Hierapolis the “Sacred City” to see the ruins and the beautiful travertines. Continue to Laodicea to visit the theater, the temple and aqueduct. Drive to Alasehir (Philadelphia) to visit the remains of the church. Then continue to Sardis (Salihi) for dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Thursday, May 19
Sardis / Thyatira / Pergamum / Smyrna (Izmir)
In the morning, drive to Sardis, visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the Byzantine Church, restored Synagogue and Gymnasium. Then drive north to Thyatira (Akhisar), which was famous for purple dyes and place where Paul, on his second journey, received lodging and hospitality from Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. From Thyatira, drive west to Pergamum (Bergama), another one of the Seven Churches, and visit the acropolis, the Great Altar of the Temple of Zeus, Sanctuary of Trajan, the Library, and the steepest theater of the ancient world. Later, visit the Aesclepium, an ancient healing center, as well as the Red Basilica. Drive to Smyrna for dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Friday, May 20
Kusadasi / Ephesus
Drive south to Ephesus, one of the most important of the seven churches. Visit the ancient ruins including the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Roman Baths, and magnificent theater where St. Paul preached. Then, visit the Basilica of St. John, the traditional site where St. John was buried. Later, visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, traditionally identified as the final home of Mary. Visit a Turkish carpet cooperative to see how traditional carpets are made, and have time to shop. Drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 7: Saturday, May 21
Kusadasi / Patmos
A relaxing morning in Kusadasi. Then, board cruise ship and sail to Patmos. Boat will dock at the port of Scala; journey by land to Chora, then visit the Monastery of St. John. Enjoy the chapels, treasures, frescoes and exhibits of the museum of the monastery. Continue to Grotto of the Apocalypse, located under the Church of the Apocalypse in the Monastery. The Grotto is the traditional site of John’s captivity and the writing of Revelation. Return to ship for dinner and overnight at sea.
Day 8: Sunday, May 22
Crete (Heraklion) / Santorini
Cruise to the island of Crete. Drive from the Venetian lion-guarded port of Heraklion to Knossos. Visit the location of the Palace of King Minos and the surrounding area. Return to Heraklion visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Return to ship for lunch. Then, sail to Santorini and enjoy a short trip by local caique to Athenios harbor. Visit site of Akrotiri, location of ruins dated from 2nd millennium BC. Journey to Fira and enjoy the town and its countryside. From Fira, view Kamenes, the two black volcanic islets in the Caldera Bay. Return to Scala and the ship for dinner and overnight at sea.
Day 9: Monday, May 23
Athens / Corinth / Mycenae / Epidaurus
Arrive in Athens in the morning and leave ship. Drive to Ancient Corinth, seeing the Archaeological Museum, the Bema, the Marketplace and Temples. Corinth was home to St. Paul for 18 months. From Corinth, drive to Mycenae to see the Greek remains and the tomb of Agamemnon. Drive to Epidaurus, known as the birthplace of Apollo’s son Aesclepius, and visit theater. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Tuesday, May 24
After breakfast, take a brief city tour of Athens. Tour includes seeing House of Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the stadium. Visit the famed Acropolis, where we will pass through the Propylaea (monumental gate) to see the Parthenon, the Erechtehion, and other temples. Walk to Aeropagus where St. Paul addressed the Athenians. Tour concludes with the National Archaeological Museum. Leisure afternoon followed by dinner and overnight at hotel in Athens.
Day 11: Wednesday, May 24
Travel to airport in Athens for return flight to Raleigh Durham International Airport.