Greece & Turkey Study Tour – in the Steps of Paul plus Seven Churches of Revelation
The Book of Revelation (English & Greek Text options)
This unique experience will bring the Bible to life as you study the Scriptures in their ancient context. Travel through Greece and Western Turkey walking in the footsteps of Paul and visiting the Churches of the Revelation. Explore ancient cities, discover Roman culture and stand where Paul stood. Lectures and Bible studies at each site will help you read the Bible with new depth and understanding.
BB445/645/745: Greece & Turkey Study Tour
5 to 21 June, 2019
Credit: FEE-HELP ($6,498) (twin share)
Non-credit (audit): ($4,800)
Plus airfares, lunches & visa (approx. $1,900)
Single supplement: $1,080
NT427/627/437/637 New Testament Apocalyptic (English & Greek Text options)
21 to 30 June, 2019
Credit: FEE-HELP ($2,500) (twin share)
Plus domestic airfare & food ($300)
Note: It is not necessary to take both units, but you cannot take Revelation without taking the Study Tour.
Spend a further 10 days in this beautiful city and dig deep into the biblical text of Revelation with Dr Mark Wilson. Building on the lectures given at the sites of the Seven Churches during the study tour you will understand the genre, structure and context of this enigmatic book. As you read the text explore the hidden meaning behind the symbols and codes and discover how this book still speaks to us today. Greek text option available.
Classes held over six mornings. Greek text option is held over 3 afternoons. You will also participate in the life of the local church, meet local Christians and discover what it is like doing ministry in an Islamic country. There is plenty of time to relax, enjoy the sites and discover the old city in depth.
Accommodation is provided in a comfortable, traditional-style hotel in the heart of the old city offering air conditioned rooms, Turkish breakfast and a swimming pool.
A two day tour of Istanbul may be arranged at the conclusion of this unit.
What past students have said:
Turkey is amazing, the group dynamic was great, the people at St Paul’s are wonderful! – Kieran
I would highly recommend it. – Lauren
I definitely recommend doing everything you can to participate in this program. I loved it. – John
Turkey is an amazing country, the sites we visited were well-preserved, interesting and relevant to our studies, Our guides and teachers were excellent. – John
FEE-HELP loans may be used by Australian Citizens for tuition fees which cover tuition, entrance fees and guides. Accommodation, food and transport costs cannot be deferred to FEE-HELP and are around $5,000 for the entire program. The tuition fees, which may be deferred to FEE-HELP are $11,928).
June 5 Wed
Departure from Melbourne (Wed 5 June)
Make your own arrangements or join the group on an Emirates flight which will take us on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history via Dubai to Athens.
June 6 Thu
Arrive in Athens mid-afternoon and transfer to the hotel located in the heart of the city. Beat jet-lag with a stroll to Syntagma Square or the Plaka district.
June 7 Fri
Visit the Acropolis which features the iconic Parthenon before viewing Athens from Mars Hill where Paul engaged the philosophers of the day (Acts 17:19-33). Then, on to the Agora (Acts 17:17) which includes an impressive reconstruction of an ancient stoa. After lunch you can enjoy a free afternoon before dinner together.
June 8 Sat
Leaving Athens drive along the coast towards Corinth. Stop at the Corinth Canal, a wonder of 19th century engineering, before driving to nearby Cenchrea (Rom 16:1) to view the harbour where Paul sailed (Acts 18:18). View the diolkos, along which ancient ships were dragged to avoid sailing the long way around the Peloponnese, and then travel to Acrocorinth with its magnificent views towards Delphi. After lunch explore the ancient city of Corinth with its abundance of significant artifacts that shed light on the Epistles. See the Erastas inscription which relates to several of Paul’s letters (Rom 16:23, Acts 19:22, and 2 Tim 4:20) then the excellent archaeological museum, ancient agora, temples, theatre and bema where Paul was on trial before Gallio (Acts 18:12-17). We then head towards central Greece and overnight near Delphi.
June 9 Sun
Delphi & Meteora
Delphi is second most important site in Greece (after the Acropolis in Athens). It was here that the Oracle of Delphi was situated since this was considered to be the place where heaven and earth met so the gods were close-by. Continue through the mountains to Meteroa where we see the world famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of grey rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Accommodation near Meteora.
June 10 Mon
Vergina, Thessalonica, Amphipolis & Kavala
Travelling northward into Macedonia visit the recently discovered tomb of King Phillip (father of Alexander the Great). Passing Mount Olympus head to Thessalonica to view the old city ramparts, newly excavated forum, St. George Church, and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous via Egnatia. Time-permitting, visit the impressive remains of Amphipolis where the Spartans and Athenians fought. Overnight in Kavala (ancient Neapolis) for two nights where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas (Acts 16:12).
June 11 Tue
Philippi & Kavala
Drive to nearby Philippi where Paul baptised the first Christians on European soil (Acts 16:13-15) and was subsequently imprisoned. View the baptismal site of Lydia and visit the famous acropolis, agora, basilica and theatre. Take a closer look at beautiful Kavala where there will also be free time before dinner.
June 12 Wed
Head across Thrace, a stretch of land that has been contested for centuries and enter Turkey. Visit Gallipoli to recall the experiences of the ANZACS with stops at ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and The Nek. A scenic crossing of the Dardanelles leads to the hotel by the water.
June 13 Thu
Troy, Pergamum & Smyrna
First stop is nearby Ancient Troy, well known from Homer’s Iliad, Brad Pitt’s Troy and for its extensive excavations. Walk the beach at Troas, where Paul had a vision during his second missionary journey and was called to Macedonia (Acts 16:8-13) and trace his journey to Assos (Acts 20:1-2). Spend a relaxing evening in a resort on the edge of the Aegean.
June 14 Fri
Pergamum & Smyrna
Begin visiting the sites of the Seven Churches of Revelation with the impressive site of Pergamum (Rev 2:12-17). Specialist lectures on each site will be provided by Dr Mark Wilson, recognised as a leading authority on the biblical sites of Turkey. Take the cable car to the acropolis and get a feel for life in the midst of Roman paganism viewing the many temples and visit the ruins of the library. Continue south to Izmir (ancient Smyrna) (Rev. 2:8-11). Visit the agora with special access to see some very significant graffiti dating from early second century. Drive on to the resort town of Kusadasi for the next three nights.
June 15 Sat
Today you can sleep in, relax by the pool, shop and explore Kusadasi.
June 16 Sun
Drive to nearby Ephesus, once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. See the spectacular excavations of this ancient city including the agora where Paul worked with Priscilla and Aquila, and the theatre where the riot took place (Acts 19:29). Walk the streets that Paul walked as you view numerous other ruins, including the recently excavated terrace houses, which give you a sense of life in the ancient world. After lunch a wealth of artefacts awaits at the nearby Museum of Ephesus before heading to the ruins of the Church of St John where the Apostle was buried and from where the remains of the Temple of Artemis are visible.
June 17 Mon
Sardis & Laodicea
Leave the coast to visit the impressive ruins of Sardis (Rev 3.1-8). Here we’ll visit the gymnasium, synagogue and temple. After lunch make a brief stop at another of the Seven Churches, Philadelphia (Rev 3:7-13), commended for patient endurance under suffering. Drive through the Lycus Valley to Laodicea and see how, with hot springs of Hierapolis on one side and cold mountain springs on the other, Laodicea was ‘luke-warm’ (Rev 3:14-22). Laodicea is the most actively excavated site in Turkey at the moment and contains many acres of ruins to visit, including temples, an early church and remnants of a sophisticated water system. Overnight for two nights at a thermal spa hotel set in a rural village.
June 18 Tue
Hierapolis & Colossae
Begin with a morning stroll through the extensive necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis. This huge city was a centre for pagan cults until it was transformed into a major Christian centre in the 4th and 5th centuries. Today it is a popular tourist destination with its stunning white calcified terraces and thermal springs. According to tradition, the Apostle Philip lived and was martyred in Hierapolis. Visit his martyrium and recently discovered tomb before walking a section of the pilgrim’s trail. Visit the newly discovered Plutonium where you can see the entrance to Hades (the underworld), and the impressive theatre. Plenty of free time will be provided to swim in the Pools of Cleopatra ($20), visit the terraces, or the museum. Finish the day at Colossae. The site has yet to be excavated, but walking over the mound provides an opportunity to observe ancient artefacts on the surface.
June 19 Wed
Drive over the Taurus mountain range to Antalya (biblical Attalia). A walking tour includes a boat ride from the same harbour from which Paul and Silas sailed (Acts 14:25-26). Then enjoy some free time exploring the narrow streets, shops and bars of the beautiful old city.
June 20 Thu
Perge & Side
Visit two striking archaeological sites along the coast. Begin with Perge, a wealthy and culturally well-developed city in ancient times (Acts 14:25). After lunch continue to Side, an ancient Turkish harbour that has made a graceful transition into a lovely resort village. Its present popularity is due not only to its resort atmosphere, but also to the many archaeological ruins that permeate this ancient settlement. Return to Antalya for overnight.
June 21 Fri
Home or Revelation Unit or Extension
After a free morning transfer to the airport for a 1:25pm flight to Istanbul. Those taking the extension will then fly to Cappadocia. Students staying in Antalya to study the Book of Revelation will start classes.
Cappadocia & Istanbul
21 to 26 June
Extension cost: $1,500
Plus airfares & lunches (approx. $400)
Single supplement: $420
June 21 Fri
Flight to Cappadocia
Leaving Antalya fly to Cappadocia (Acts 2:9; 1 Peter 1:1) via Istanbul. Begin to explore the incredible scenery of this ancient land before checking into the Hilton in Avanos (2 nights).
June 22 Sat
Begin the day with an optional early morning hot air balloon ride over this stunning landscape (extra cost approx. AU$270). After breakfast explore the local sites including the Goreme Open Air Museum with its “fairy chimneys”, home to early (4th century) Christian communities which lived and worshipped deep in the rocks and crags, leaving their frescoes and paintings to be marvelled at centuries later. Next visit the Natural Citadel of Uchisar, the villages of Urgup and Cavusin, and drive through the Rose and Dervent Valleys. Optional (extra cost) of a ‘Whirling Dervish’ show before dinner.
June 23 Sun
Underground and on the Road
After breakfast visit the underground city of Kaymakli, where local people sought protection from marauding bandits over thousands of years. They form ‘cities’ that reach a depth of up to 7 stories below the surface. Head to the tranquil Ihlara valley and walk along the river deep in the gorge and enjoy lunch by the river. Drive to the airport for our flight to Istanbul (ancient Byzantium) for 3 nights.
June 24 Mon
Flavours of Istanbul
Begin with a visit to the Chora Church with its stunning mosaics from Byzantine times. Start a street-food inspired tour with a visit the famous Spice Market to enjoy the smells and flavours of the East. Try some ‘ekmek balik’ before taking a relaxing cruise up the Bosphorous. Eat a special lunch in the trendy Ortakoy district before taking the coach to Taksim Square and the vibrant Istiklal Street where more exotic food awaits. Taste some amazing baklava, walk the Galata Bridge and take the back streets to the hotel.
June 25 Tue
Treasures of Istanbul
Today visit the Hagia Sophia, largest and most significant church in Christendom for over 1,000 years and then onto the famous Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and underground cistern. A free afternoon provides opportunity to explore the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace or the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.
June 26 Wed
A transfer to the airport (10am) will meet most flights back to Australia or onto other destinations.
The Study Tour may be taken for credit by students enrolled in ACTh awards. Limited audit places are available for spouses and supporters of Ridley. No places are available for children.
Please complete an expression of interest here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Turkey19
There is no deposit payable. There are no refunds after the census date (26 Feb 2019).
Applications close: 18 October, 2018
Late applications close: 25 February, 2019 (subject to availability)
Census date: 26 February, 2019
8 November, 2018, 7.30pm
29 April, 2019, 7.30pm
Included in the Tour Price
15 nights lodging in superior hotels, breakfast, dinners, tour leader and guide, services of air conditioned deluxe coach, entrances as described in the itinerary except those described as ‘optional’, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary. Baggage handling at hotels (one piece). Tips to driver, guides and hotel staff are also included.
Not Included in the Tour Price
Anything not explicitly included. International airfare, travel insurance, lunches, drinks, visa and personal expenses are not included.
Final Payment/FEE-HELP Form
Final payment is due on or before 26 February 2019. Students paying through FEE-HELP are required to submit a FEE-HELP form by this date. Consult FEE-HELP Guidelines for eligibility.
Payments/Forms not received on time will result in reservation cancellation without refund of the deposit. All students using FEE-HELP will be required to sign a declaration at the time of confirming a place on the tour that they will make a serious and conscientious effort to complete all required assessments. There are two items of assessment for each unit as detailed on the website, all are due during semester 2.
An invoice will be issued for final payment from those auditing or paying a single supplement which is due on 1 April, 2019.
A small contingency and exchange rate margin have been built in to the costs. However, the final price is subject to changes in exchange rates, airport taxes, fuel costs or tariff rates. A surcharge of $60 per person will be levied for every 1 cent the Australian dollar is below US$0.72 on 1 April, 2019. Ridley College reserves the right to vary itineraries and prices, and to substitute facilities and hotels if necessary.
In the event of an elevation of the travel warnings by the Australian Government it may be necessary to vary the itinerary. While Ridley College will try and absorb any extra costs associated with such a variation, it may be necessary to levy additional charges where the variation is significant. Under these circumstances Ridley may, at its discretion, offer full refunds of tour costs as an alternative; however Ridley College will not be responsible for international air fares and other costs incurred directly by the participant.
Age & Fitness Limitations
The tour is not particularly strenuous, although it does involve walking, some of which is over uneven ground as well as stairs. Participants must be capable of self-care throughout the tour. Children under 15 are not permitted.
Participants are required to have travel insurance. It is the responsibility of the participants to obtain insurance. Travel insurance should be obtained when flights are booked.
Participants are responsible for purchasing their own international airfares from and to Australia. Details of recommended flights will be provided. This is the flight that will be met by the tour operator. Participants are not required to travel with the group on these flights. Where a participant organises flights other than those recommended they are responsible for their own transfers, and in the event of missed connections are responsible for any extra costs associated with meeting the group.
Every effort will be made to find a room-mate for single travellers wishing to share a room with another same-sex traveller. For those auditing where no such room-mate can be found they will be required to pay a single supplement. For those taking the unit for credit, no supplement will be payable in the event that a room-mate cannot be found.
Passports & Visa Requirement
All international tours require a current passport with at least 7 months validity from the date of entry into Greece and Turkey. Australian passport holders will need to purchase a visa for Turkey at least one month prior to departure.
While most special dietary requirements can be met at our hotels and restaurants, certain needs cannot always be met.
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The ethos of the program requires participants to engage in the student community and the local church and its activities. This is not a private holiday or individualistic learning experience. You are expected to engage with other group members in a collegial and communal manner. You are also expected to participate in the local church (St Paul Union Church), including weekly church services, Bible study and other activities. Other Ridley policies and standards of behaviour also apply.
Accommodation is in a secure compound of five two-bedroom villas in the heart of the Old City. Right next door is a restaurant for breakfast (included). There is the option for single accommodation for a 25% accommodation surcharge (subject to availability). You can stay for two days before and after your units at no extra cost (subject to availability).
Airfares to Antalya are additional. They are around $1,700. You only need about $15 per day for lunch and dinner (daily breakfast included). Other costs are visa ($75) transfers ($30) and travel insurance. Personal items are extra. A person who undertook four subjects over seven weeks including the tours in Turkey and Israel would pay between $4,800 and $5,200 including airfares, accommodation, food, visa, transfers and travel insurance with tuition costs on FEE-HELP ($11,928 for four units including the Israel tour).
Your spouse is welcome to accompany you. If he/she wishes to audit the subjects, then the audit costs are $500 for Islamic Studies, $640 for Archaeology (including field trips), $3,990 for Israel Tour and $990 for the Book of Revelation (including field trip). Family accommodation is by special arrangement subject to availability.
International travel entails a certain level of risk. This program has been developed to minimise those risks in accordance with Ridley’s risk mitigation strategy. No travel will be undertaken to those areas deemed by the Australian Government “Reconsider your need to travel”. The program will be modified if the security situation changes before or during the program. Any extra costs associated with changes in itinerary due to security issues are the responsibility of the student.
Revelation will have an assessment piece due on 8 January, worth 30%. Final assessments will be due over a period 4-8 weeks after the trip.
There are just twenty spaces available, and they are subject to an application and interview process. To apply, click on the button below.