"Want a Biblical adventure where we get to the heart of antiquity and the Bible and early Christianity through a visit to both famous and less well known sites? If so, then this tour is for you, as we will visit OT, NT, Greco-Roman and early Christian sites as on previous trips, and once again in two different countries, Jordan and in Turkey, mainly eastern Turkey. As the following itinerary will show, this includes but is not limited to: 1) a full day tour of Petra (no sightings of Indiana Jones promised, but you never know); 2) a visit to the earliest mosaic map of the Holy Land in Madaba; 3) a visit to Jerash, the spectacular Greco-Roman site which was one of the ten cities of the Decapolis; 4) a visit to the lost Armenian Christian city of Ani; 5) a visit to Mt. Ararat; 6) a visit to King Midas’ Gordion city, also the site of Alexander the Great’s famous cutting of the “Gordion Knot”; 7) a visit to the panoramic monasteries and Hagia Sophia Church in Trabzon. And this is just a part of what we shall see!"

Dr. Ben Witherington III,
Amos Professor of Nt for Doctoral Studies Asbury Theological Seminary,
Wilmore, Ky Doctoral Faculty St. Mary's College St. Andrews University, Scotland


BIBLICAL TOURS > Jordan & Eastern Turkey (May 13-26, 2016)

Petra, Jordan

The Lion Gate, Hattusas


LAND & AIR from New York
(in US$)

$4,990 Double per person
$890 Single supplement


• International air fare: New York-
• International air fare: Amman-
  Ankara (via Istanbul)
• International air fare: Istanbul-New
• Ankara-Urfa domestic flight
• Gaziantep-Kars (via Ankara)
  domestic flight
• Kars-Istanbul domestic flight
• 2 Nights at 4 star Hotel in Amman
• 2 Nights at 4 star Hotel in Petra
• 3 Nights at 4 star Hotel in Ankara
• 1 Night at 4 star Hotel in Trabzon
• 1 Nights at 4 star Hotel in Erzurum
• 1 Night at 4 star Hotel in Kars
• 2 Nights at 4 star Hotel in Istanbul
• Daily breakfast at the hotels
• 11 Dinners at the hotels
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Entrance fees to sites as per the
  above list
• Licensed Tour Guide during all tours
• Transportation in private air-
 conditioned tourist coach during tour
• Porters’ fees at hotels
• Service charges and local taxes
• Tips to the hotel staff, tour guides
  and bus drivers


• Turkish Visa to be obtained before
  ($20 for US Citizens) Please print
  and carry the visa document when
  you arrive in Turkey. Citizens of all
  other countries are responsible to
  check their own visa regulations for
• Health and Travel insurance, any
  type of personal expenses
• Lunches and drinks


Travel to the heart of the ancient world, the Bible, & early Christianity,  walk in the footsteps of Paul & John

MAY 13-26, 2016
Tour Hosts: Dr. Ben Witherington
Rev. Allison Posell


May 13 Fri Depart from New York – Fly Amman

May 14 Sat Arrive Amman Queen Alia International Airport – Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight Amman. (D)

May 15 Sun Visit Jerash, Madaba and Mount Nebo. Proceed to Petra for overnight. (B,D)

May 16 Mon Full Day visit to Petra. Dinner and overnight Petra. (B,D)

May 17 Tue Drive to Amman. Visit the new John the Baptist site near the Jordan River. Dinner & overnight Amman. (D)

May 18 Wed Amman Airport - Fly Ankara AMM-IST TK 813 07:00am/ 09:55am + IST-ESB TK 2146 12:00/13:05
Visit Anatolian Civilization Museum. Overnight Ankara. (B,D)

May 19 Thu Full Day Tour to the Hittite sites of Hattusas and Yazilikaya. Overnight Ankara. (B,D)

May 20 Fri Full day visit to the Gordion archaeological site, one of the most important and well-excavated sites in the Near East. It is home to the legendary King Midas, as well as the staging area for Alexander the Great’s watershed campaign against the Persian Empire and the site of his famous cutting of the “Gordion Knot.” Overnight Ankara. (B,D)

May 21 Sat Fly to Trabzon – Visit the stunning Sumela Monastery, Vazelon Monastery and Kaymakli Monastery. Overnight Trabzon. (B,D)

May 22 Sun Morning visit the Hagia Sophia Church in Trabzon, one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in the region. Drive to Erzurum (5 hours). Overnight Erzurum. (B,D)

May 23 Mon Drive to Ani (3 hours). Full Day visit to Ani, a medieval Armenian city that was the capital of the Bagratid Armenian kingdom. Called the "City of 1001 Churches,” Ani stood on various trade routes and its many religious buildings, palaces, and fortifications were among the most technically and artistically advanced structures in the world. Overnight Kars.

May 24 Tue Visit Mount Ararat. Transfer to Kars Airport for TK 2715 17:55/20:15 flight to Istanbul. (B)

May 25 Wed St Irene Church (where the 2nd Ecumenical Council held in 381) and Grand Bazaar. Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

May 26 Thu Transfer to Istanbul Airport. Fly back to New York. End.

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