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Discounted Biblical & Religions Tours for Professors

Join one of the two departures:
Fam Trip #1 MARCH 11-19, 2016
Fam Trip #2 MARCH 18-26, 2016
1390 USD Land and Air

Tuku Tours is organizing a discounted 'Biblical Turkey' FAM (Familiarization) Trip every March for professors who wish to see Turkey on their own before organizing a student (or adult) group tour.

For 2016, we decided to offer two Fam Trips to match your spring break dates.
We are hoping that you will be interested in joining one of our Fam Trips.

* This special tour is not open to public. The discounted rate of $1,390 is for faculty members only. See below for spouse rate.

Tour Itinerary: FAM TRIP #1

(FAM TRIP#2 has the same itinerary on MARCH 18-26)

• LOS ANGELES (LAX) TK 10 departs at 18:20 (arrive Istanbul 17:10 next day)
• NEW YORK (JFK) TK 2 departs at 18:50 (arrive Istanbul 11:40 next day)
• CHICAGO (ORD) TK 6 departs at 22:15 (arrive Istanbul 17:05 next day)
• HOUSTON (IAH) TK 34 departs at 19:50 (arrive Istanbul 15:45 next day)
• WASHINTON DC (IAD) TK 8 departs at 23:25 (arrive Istanbul 16:40 next day)
• BOSTON (BOS) TK 82 departs at 23:45 (arrive Istanbul 16:25 next day)
*Flight times can be changed by the airlines beyond our control.

Mar 12, Sat     Arrive Istanbul Airport
Our representative will meet you after the customs and baggage claim, at the MEETING POINT 2 with a “FAM TRIP-TUTKU TOURS” sign. The location of Meeting point 2 is on one of the following pages. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Mar 13, Sun     Istanbul Tour

Full day Istanbul tour; visit the Roman Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles, Hagia Sophia Church, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels and a designated World Heritage site. Then visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Evening, slide show & presentation of the major Biblical sites in Turkey. (B,D)

Mar 14, Mon     ALEXANDRIA TROAS - ASSOS (Acts 16:8-11; 20:5, 6, II Tim. 4:13 II Cor. 2:12 , Acts 20:13-14)

Drive to Çanakkale. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by car ferry. Continue to Alexandrian Troas, founded by Alexander the Great. Paul visited here at least twice. Dinner and overnight in Assos. (B,D)

Mar 15, Tues     ASSOS - PERGAMUM (Rev. 1:11; 2:12) - SMYRNA (Rev.1:11; 2:8)

Morning tour of Assos, Leave for Pergamon. Visit the Acropolis with the steepest theater of the ancient world and the Temple of Trajan. Then visit the Red Basilica which was an Egyptian Temple, later converted to a church. Continue to Izmir. (B,D)

Mar 16, Wed     SARDIS (Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4) - PHILADELPHIA (Rev. 1:11; 3:7) - HIERAPOLIS

Drive to Sardis, capital of the ancient Lydia where first coin of the world was invented. See the remains of the massive Artemis Temple. Continue to Hierapolis, a World Heritage site and site of the church mentioned in Colossians 4. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Mar 17, Thu     LAODICEA (Col 2:1; 4:13-16, Rev. 1:11; 3:14) - APHRODISIAS - KUSADASI

Morning tour of Laodicea to see the latest excavations. Drive to Aphrodisias, the city of the Goddess of Love. See the well preserved stadium, the Odeon, the theater and the agora. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Mar 18, Fri     EPHESUS - KUSADASI

Visit the famous ancient city of Ephesus (Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1), and its Terrace Houses, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Mar 14, Sat     DEPARTURE BACK
Early transfer to the Izmir Airport for TK 2311 09:00/10:05 flight to Istanbul and connect to your international flight back to US. End of our services. (B)
• LOS ANGELES (LAX) TK 9 departs Istanbul at 12:45 (arrive LAX 16:30 same day)
• NEW YORK (JFK) TK 1 departs Istanbul at 13:15 (arrive JFK 16:50 same day)
• CHICAGO (ORD) TK 5 departs Istanbul at 13:35 (arrive ORD 17:25 same day)
• HOUSTON (IAH) TK 33 departs Istanbul at 13:05 (arrive IAH 18:05 same day)
• WASHINTON DC (IAD) TK 7 departs Istanbul at 13:35 (arrive IAD 18:10 same day)
• BOSTON (BOS) TK 81 departs Istanbul at 13:25 (arrive BOS 17:00 same day)
*Flight times can be changed by the airlines beyond our control.

Tour Price (USD)

Discounted Land and Air

$1,390 Per Person in Twin Room for professors
$1,590 Per Person in Twin Room for spouses
$1,690  in Single Room for professors who wish to stay in one room on their own
*Add $200 per person for Los Angeles Departures.

Tour Features

  •  Round-trip International flights from New York JFK Airport, or Chicago, or Houston, or Washington DC, or Boston, or Los Angeles, based on Turkish Airlines Economy Class.
  •  Domestic Flight in Turkey
  •  Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  •  7 nights at good 4 star hotels in Turkey (Hotel List is available at the following page)
  •  Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
  •  Entrance fees to all sightseeing
  •  Guiding services
  •  Transfers & transportation by private A/C motorcoach
  •  Biblical documents, Tips to hotel and restaurant staff, Portage for one piece of luggage at the hotels
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Tips to tour guide and driver
  • Turkish Visa Fee-to be obtained at Turkish Customs upon arrival
  • Personal Expenses, any other item which is not included above

Payment Procedure

For Booking : $100 deposit per person is required for registration.
Full Payment: on or before December 15, 2015

Payment : Payment can be made by two ways; credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or bank wire.
If you wish to pay with a credit card, you can fill in the secure form at our website.

Tour Hotel List

Istanbul --> Grand Hotel Halic or similar

Assos --> Kervansaray Hotel or similar

Izmir --> Ramada Plaza Hotel or similar

Pamukkale --> Colossae Hotel or similar

Kusadasi --> Ramada Resort or similar

Contact Us

For questions and registration, please email to info@tutkutours.com

Address:Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari 3/303 Izmir 35210 TURKEY
Phone: +90 (232) 441-8676 / 441-8677 / 441-8635
Fax: +90 (232) 441-8636
Email: info@tutkutours.com
Website: www.tutkutours.com

Member of Turkish Travel Agency Association Since 1992 License Number A-2394

Join Ephesus Meeting

Click to see short Ephesus Meeting 2015 Video
Join one of the Future Ephesus Meeting:
May 27, 2016 Friday evening
May 22, 2017 Monday evening

Tutku Tours continues to organize the Ephesus Meeting, a three-hour academic experience for Christian, Colleges, Universities, Seminaries and Church Groups. For further information click www.ephesusmeeting.com.
The 2016 meeting will be held Friday evening, May 27. Featured lecturers included Dr. Ben Witherington, Dr. Mark Wilson, Dr. Mark Fairchild and others. If you happen to be in the area, you are welcome to attend without cost.

President Levent Oral

Levent Oral

I look forward to meeting you in Turkey


Levent Oral

Tour Leader

2013 March Famtrip Troas

Mark R. Fairchild, Ph.D.
Luke J. Peters Prof. of Biblical Studies
Chair Dept. Bible & Religion
Huntington University, Huntington IN

Tour Map

Fam Trip Photo Album

2015 March FamTrip

March 2015, Fam Trip group in Istanbul
Arrowhead Messianic Cong., Calvin Theological Seminary, Center for Christian Study, Claremont School of Theology, Coquitlam Alliance Church, Emmaus Bible College, Fresno Pacific University, Garrett Evangelical Theo. Sem., Lancaster Bible College, Logos Evangelical Seminary, Loyola University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Salvation Army, Spring Arbor University, The Bishop’s School, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wayland Baptist University, Wheaton College

Read the comments of one of the 2015 Fam Participants:

Dear Levent,

It's been almost three weeks since the Biblical Turkey Fam Trip was concluded, but I am still digesting the voluminous information I gathered during the tour. Although this is not my first time to join a study tour, in my opinion, this was the best study tour I have joined so far. I would like to thank you for offering such a high quality tour led by the outstanding guide, Mr. Cenk Eronat, and supported by such a responsive staff like Ms. Sema, I returned home bearing with me not only a treasure trove of new appreciation for the ancient Asia Minor, but I came home with a love for Turkey and the wonderful people of Turkey. Again, thank you for offering such good tours. I pray that the Lord will expand your network and bless whatever you set your hands to do.

Willy W. Chua

CE Ephesus 2014 March FamTrip

March 2014, Fam Trip group in Ephesus
Participants from South Western College, Duke University, San Francisco Theological Seminary, ETS (The Evangelical Theological Society), New College Berkeley, Biblical Research, Pastor of Dodge City Church of Christ.

2013 March Famtrip Troas

March 2013, Fam Trip group in Alexandria Troas
Participants from Kilns College, Bible Intereact Institute, Trinity Soutwest University, Northwest Nazarene University, Duke University, Le Tourneau Universit, Tyndale Seminary.

Tour Brochure

Fam Trip Tour Brochure 2016 Please click image to download Biblical Turkey Fam Trips brochure.

Visit our booth at ETS #88
November 17-19, 2015

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November 21-24, 2015

Visit Tutku Tours booth at ETS or SBL in Atlanta to talk about our upcoming tours, or about your group tour plannings.

Join Tutku ETS-Atlanta Lunch

Join Tutku ETS Lunch in Atlanta
November 18, 2015, Wednesday 11:45-12:45
Atlanta Hilton Room 301 (Space is limited)

This is a complimentary (by invitation only) lunch.
Lunch Place : Atlanta Hiltom Room 301
Presentations by,

“Paul's walk from Troas to Assos”
Mark Wilson Dr. Mark Wilson, D.Litt. et Phil.,
Director, Asia Minor Research Center, Antalya, Turkey,
Adjunct Professor of Early Christianity and author of "Biblical Turkey”.
“Greek Graffiti in the Agora of Smyrna”
Cumhur Tanrıver Prof. Dr. Cumhur Tanriver,
Faculty of Literature, Department of Ancient Languages and Cultures,
Ancient Greek Language and Literature Department, Ege University, Turkey.

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Join Inscriptions and Life in Roman Asia Minor Seminar

Inscriptions and Life in Roman Asia Minor Seminar,
Antalya, Turkey: May 15-21, 2016
Post Seminar optional tour, May 22-24, 2016

The seminar has been rescheduled for 2016. Its cost is $995 with optional tour $395 (in double occupancy). Seminar leader: Dr. Rosalinde Kearsley, Marquarie University, assisted by Dr. Mark Wilson, Asia Minor Research Centre / Regent University, and local epigraphers from Akdeniz University. Seminar topics include: Introduction to Epigraphic Method, Roman Government and Administration, Roman Colonies and Soldiers, Life in the Greek Cities under Roman Rule and Civic Elites. For more information contact Mark Wilson at markwilson@sevenchurches.org

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