Ridley Mediterranean Campus

June 2019

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 Western Turkey walking in the footsteps of Paul and visiting the Churches of the Revelation. Sail the southern Turkish coastline following a section of Paul’s Third and Captivity sea journeys and calling at the sites of the two ancient ports where he changed ship. Walk the same Roman road that Paul and Barnabas walked over the Taurus Mountains on their First Missionary Journey. 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: 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

Full itinerary below

NT427/627/437/637 New Testament Apocalyptic (English & Greek Text options)
21 to 30 June, 2019
Credit: FEE-HELP ($2,500) (twin share)
Audit: $500
Plus domestic airfare, accommodation & food (approx. $600)

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.

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).


3-portrait Tour Itinerary

Wed 5 June
Depart Australia.

Thu 6 June to Sun 9 June, 2019. Theme: Empire & Christendom
We arrive in Istanbul and take a private transfer to Sultanahmet; the Old City of Constantinople. In AD 330 Constantine moved the capital of the Roman Empire here, and it lasted a further 1,122 years. As the empire was Christian during this period the city became the most important Christian centre, quickly eclipsing Rome. Many of the most significant events in early church history took place here: two-thirds of the Nicene Creed was written, John Chrysostom preached, the Cappadocian Fathers defended Trinitarian Orthodoxy and the iconoclastic controversy was fought for 110 years.

Over three days we will learn of its significance as we visit the Hagia Sophia Church, Hagia Irene Church and the Hippodrome. We will also spend time at the Archaeological Museum, Blue Mosque, Chora Church and Topkapi Palace. We will also relax as we take a street food tour, cruise the Bosphorous and visit the New District. Our hotel will be in Sultanahmet, in sight of the Blue Mosque. Dinner will be at local restaurants.

Accommodation: Erguvan Hotel, Sultanahmet (Old City)
Breakfast included. Lunch and Dinner ($40/day = $120)

Sun 9 June. Theme: Persecution/Martyrdom. Scripture: Rev 2:8-11; 13:11-18
We transfer to the airport and fly to Turkey’s second largest city, Izmir, formerly known as Smyrna. Here we visit the first of the Seven Churches of Revelation. We will read of their struggle against their Jewish persecutors, and discover why Judaism was so prominent in Western Asia Minor and its significance for the growth of the gospel. We also see first century graffiti and learn how these discoveries help our understanding of early Christianity and our reading of Revelation, especially the identity of the Beast and the number 666. Uncovered in 2005 this is still being excavated this small site in the middle of a major city is revealing many important finds. Smyrna is also the site of Polycarp’s martyrdom. We will read of his faithfulness, his dramatic trial and martyrdom.

Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch: $12
Flight (Purchase yourself) Pegasus Flight PC3303 Istanbul (Ataturk) to Izmir. Dept: 12:55pm (“Advantage Ticket”) Approx. $75
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton, Izmir.

Mon 10 June. Themes: Imperial Cult; Sexual Immorality. Scripture: Rev 2:12-17; 18-29
We take a full day tour to the site of Pergamum. High on an acropolis and accessible by cable car this is a vast and impressive site. We read about the struggles of the early church, addressed in Revelation 2:12-17, and learn why they faced a different threat to the church in Smyrna. We will visit the temple of Hadrian, the site of the Alter of Zeus, the Pergamum Library and the steepest theatre in the Greco-Roman world. No site gives a better sense of the struggle against paganism that the early church faced than here. Time permitting, we will visit the Asklepion. Then we head to Thyatira. This is a small site which provides a shady place to consider the text of Revelation 2:18-29, find out about the nature of sexual immorality in the ancient world and why it was such a threat. We head back to Izmir to walk the waterfront and enjoy the atmosphere of this unique city.

Breakfast and dinner. Lunch: $7
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton, Izmir.

Tue 11 June. Theme: Paul’s Imprisonment Scripture: Rev 2:1-8; Acts 19:1-41
Today we visit Ephesus, without doubt the highlight of the tour. Walk through the agora where Paul worked with Priscilla and Aquilla, and see how the drama of Acts 19 would have played out. Enter the huge theatre, walk over recently excavated houses of wealthy people where the early church may well have met, see the iconic Celsus Library and dozens of other important buildings that make up this vast ancient city.  More inscriptions were found here than any other site, and Mark Wilson will show you some that shed important light on our reading of the NT. We will stop to consider Revelation 2:1-8 as well as the possibility that this city was the place where Paul wrote the Prison Epistles. We then head to the Ephesus Museum featuring coins, statues and other items from the Ephesus site. We visit the remains of the Church of St John which may be where the Apostle John was buried. From here we can see the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. All that remains today is one column! Lunch is at a Christian outreach restaurant.

We have two nights at our hotel.
Breakfast and dinner. Lunch: $7

Wed 12 June. Theme: Leisure. Scripture: Exodus 20:8-11
Free Day!
Breakfast and dinner. Lunch: $8

Thu 13 June. Theme: Compromise. Scripture: Rev 3:1-6; 7-13; 14-21
We head inland stopping at Sardis. The site has several very interesting features and sheds light on Revelation 3:1-6. We see the remains of the largest synagogue in the ancient world which raises questions about the place of Judaism in this society and the relationship of Jews and early Christians in this city. We stop by Philadelphia to read the most upbeat of all the letters to the Seven Churches and “unlock” some of the key phrases in the passage, such as the meaning of the one who “holds the key of David.” Our last stop at Laodicea provides more recent archaeological discoveries, and its location illuminates the meaning of “hot”, “cold” and “lukewarm.” See why most commentators and just about every preacher get the meaning wrong!

Breakfast and dinner. Lunch: $5
Overnight Doga Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale.

Fri 14 June. Theme: Religion in the Ancient World. Scripture: Col 4:13
The site of Hierapolis is the largest on our tour. We walk through its necropolis and enter the city gates. The shifting of the gates reveals depopulation and provides an opportunity to consider the population dynamics of cities and reasons for their growth and decline. We follow the Pilgrims Way to the Martyrium of St Philip where we evaluate the claims of an archaeologist to have found the Apostle’s tomb. We will see the recently discovered Plutonium, one of just nine such entrances to Hades in the ancient world. There is a bonus swim in the thermal Pool of Cleopatra and you can join the tourists for a paddle through the spectacular calcium formations. We head to nearby Colossae which is yet to be excavated, but it prompts us to think about the challenges faced by archaeologists and to consider the relationship between Paul and the three churches in this area. We then transfer to the coast and spend the night at Fethiye.

Breakfast only. Lunch & Dinner: $40
Overnight: Infinity City Hotel, Fethiye

Sat 15 June to Sat 22 June.
Themes: Shipping under the Roman Empire. Paul’s Captivity Journey. Paul’s 3rd Missionary Journey.
Scriptures: Acts 21.1-7; 27.1-44.

After food shopping we board our yachts for seven days sailing along the Turkish coastline. No sailing experience is necessary, and you will quickly learn how to sail the boat. We cover about 3 hours sailing most days, with two longer 7-8 hour days. The sea is usually calm at this time of the year, especially in the mornings. This section of Mediterranean coast is spectacular and offers some very interesting stops at ancient and medieval sites. This is the coastline that Paul sailed in his Third Missionary Journey, and again, in the other direction during his captivity journey We will visit the two harbours where he changed ships (Patara (Acts 21:1) and Myra (Acts 27:5)). Patara was a large and significant city famous for its oracle. Many of its features are in remarkable condition, including the theatre, main street and temple. Myra is now famous as the city of St Nicholas (Santa Claus) who was bishop here in the 4th century. Along the way we will snorkel among sunken Roman ruins, hike to the abandoned Greek Village that inspired the book, Birds Without Wings, climb up to 2,500-year-old Lycan tombs carved into the rocks, and dine alfresco as your Turkish host barbecues fish caught that day.

The following itinerary is a guide, as it may change according to conditions.

Sat 15 June
We board our yachts and motor-sail 2 hours to Cold Water Bay. We enjoy dinner at a remote restaurant under the stars. We stay the night anchored in Cold Water Bay.

Breakfast & Lunch included. Dinner $30.

Sun 16 June
We start early with a walk to a Greek Village, abandoned in 1923, and which inspired the book Birds Without Wings. Then sail across to Butterfly Bay for a swim, and along the coast to Kalkan stopping for lunch at one of the many bays – a total of 5-7 hours sailing. At Kalkan we visit the local shops and restaurants and will berth at the marina or anchor at a nearby bay.

Breakfast & Lunch included. Dinner $25.

Mon 17 June
We take a local bus to Patara and spend a few hours exploring this large and significant site where Paul changed ships as he returned from his third missionary journey (Acts 21:1). We will consider how it was that Paul had some control over the ship’s itinerary on this journey, the reason Paul changed ships here, and the nature of coastal trading. A short two-hour sail brings us to the beautiful resort town of Kas. There is opportunity to explore the town and eat at one of its many restaurants. We berth at a marina.

Breakfast & Lunch included. Dinner $25.

Tue 18 June
We leave port early and sail 3 hours to Adrianake where Paul changed ships on his captivity voyage (Acts 27:5). See one of the world’s oldest synagogues which was only recently discovered, a replica Roman ship, a cistern and huge Roman granary. This is an opportunity to consider the importance of grain to the Roman empire, the reason Paul changed ships here and the nature of the sailing season. We may take taxis to see the ruins at nearby Myra and the remains of the Byzantine St Nicholas’ Church. We then have a short sail to Kale Koy – our mooring for the night is at Likya, a family run restaurant.

Breakfast & Lunch included. Dinner $25.

Wed 19 June
Begin the day by snorkelling the famous sunken Roman ruins of Kekova, before we head back towards Fethiye. We have 5 hours of sailing to Kalkan with a stop at one of the stunning bays along this stretch of coastline.  We berth at a marina or nearby bay.

Breakfast & Lunch included. Dinner $25.

Thu 20 June
We have a long sail ahead of us to Wall Bay (about 7 hours). On the way we stop at St Nicholas Island, a significant pilgrimage site in Crusader times. See the remarkable ruins of the processional way and Byzantine churches. At Wall Bay we enjoy a special dinner and anchor in Wall Bay.

Breakfast & Lunch included. Dinner $30.

Fri 21 June
Our last day is a relaxing one. We snorkel neighbouring Cleopatra Bay where sunken Roman ruins can be found. We sail to nearby Tomb Bay and hike up to the 2,500 year old Lycian Tombs. After a swim we sail across Fethiye Bay to our home port for the last evening. Head to the fish market for dinner.

Breakfast & Lunch included. Dinner $25.

Sat 22 June
We take the local 9am bus for a 4-hour trip to Antalya. On arrival we check into our home for the next 8 nights located in the heart of the Old City. We will take a walk around the old city, grabbing some lunch and then sail along the coastline on a pirate themed boat! You can have a swim at the waterfall.

Breakfast and dinner included
Bus: $10
Lunch: $7

Sun 23 June
Today we attend St Paul Union Church (11AM) (and hear a guest preacher from Australia!). Free afternoon.

Mon 24 June
Classes in Revelation under Mark Wilson, begun on the tour, continue in the classroom (8.30am to 1pm). Free afternoon except for Greek text.

Tue 25 June.
Theme: Paul’s First Missionary Journey. Scripture: Acts 13:4-14:28
Today we head to the incredible site of Perge, located just 30 minutes away. This is the city where Paul landed in Asia Minor on his First Missionary Journey. See some significant inscriptions in situ and many other well-preserved features. Then we head to the Taurus Mountains in search of the Roman Road taken by Paul on the way to Pisidian Antioch. Why did Mark leave Paul here? Why Pisidian Antioch? Which route did he take?

Wed 26 June.
Classes in the morning. Visit the excellent archaeological museum in the afternoon.

Thu 27 June
Classes in classroom this morning. Free afternoon except for Greek text.

Fri 28 June
Classes in classroom this morning. Free afternoon except for Greek text.

Sat 29 June
Classes in classroom this morning. Free afternoon.

Sun 30 June
Church (if you have a later flight) and departure.

Important information

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
Orientation sessions:
8 November, 2018, 7.30pm
29 April, 2019, 7.30pm

Included in the Tour Price
15 nights lodging, breakfast, dinners, tour leader and guide, services of air conditioned 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.

Final Payment
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.

Travel Insurance
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.

Single Travellers
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.

Dietary Requirements
While most special dietary requirements can be met at our hotels and restaurants, certain needs cannot always be met.

Contact Details
For further information contact: t.foster@ridley.eu.au

Other Information

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).

Accompanying Spouse
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.

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