Join us on a journey of New Testament Exegesis through the Book of Acts, where we travel through modern day Türkiye & Greece to unpack the context and dive deeper into Scripture in the land of the Bible.
Please speak to the team at Selah for the best available airfare for you.
Included Meals: None
the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Later in the day we see both Hagia Irene and Hagia
Sofia, both once Byzantine churches, as well as the Hippodrome. Hippodrome. Free time will
allow you to visit the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Return to the hotel to freshen up
before a dinner cruise on Bosphorus River.
Hotel: Grand Gulsoy Hotel, or similar
Adana. On arrival we will drive to the town of Tarsus (42km) which is part of the Adana-Mersin
metropolitan area, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Türkiye. Biblically this is where the
apostle Paul was born. Visit St Paul’s church bult in the 12th century & reconstructed in the
18th century, followed by a short visit to St Paul’s Well near to his supposed home. Continue to
ancient Iconium (now modern day Konya). Iconium was a well-chosen place for Paul’s
missionary operations. The apostle's first visit with Barnabas was from Antioch in Pisidia,
which lay to the west in 44A.D. From that city he had been driven by the persecution of the
Jews (Ac 13:50-51). Overnight in Konya
Hotel: Bera Hotel, or similar
the entire city is buried under the mound and not yet excavated.
Continue to the ancient sites of Laodicea (Rev 3) and the Phyrygian city of Hierapolis. We then
travel to our hotel in Pamukkale. Enjoy the thermal pools at the hotel before dinner.
Hotel: Pam Thermal, Pamukkale
(another of the Seven churches in Revelation). We then continue to ancient Sardis, also a church
mentioned in the book of Revelation with its impressive Roman gymnasium and one of the
largest synagogues ever excavated. We will continue to the port city of Kusadasi and check in
for a 3 night stay.
Hotel: Efe Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi
Hotel: Efe Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi
Apollo & Artemis and even though the temple was not completed, it functioned as an oracle.
We continue to Miletus where we see a seat with a Greek inscription mentioning the God-fearers. The God-fearers were Gentiles who chose to worship the God of the Jews and even keep most of the Law, although the men stopped short of full conversion because of the stigma of circumcision.
Return to our hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
HOTEL: Efe Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi
Hotel: Eden Garden Hotel, Assos
The apostle Paul visited Troas during his second (49 to 52 A.D.) and third (53 to 58 A.D.) missionary journeys. While travelling through Asia during his second journey he finds himself in the city when God twice forbids him to evangelise certain areas. While wondering what to do next, God gives Paul a vision of a man in Macedonia (Greece) begging him for help (Acts 16:6-10). We drive on to Canakkale for dinner and overnight.
Hotel: Buyuk Truva Hotel, Canakkale
several sites from the Gallipoli campaign. We will spend time for reflection and devotions at the
ANZAC Memorial. In the afternoon, we will drive to the border with Greece and cross over to
the town on Kavala, Kavala (ancient Neapolis), Greece’s most picturesque mainland port. Paul
arrived in this city with his coworkers Timothy and Silas. They sailed from Troas (acts 16:11) to
Neapolis. At this gateway Paul’s team first set foot on Europe. Check-in at the hotel followed
by dinner & overnight rest.
Hotel: Oceanis Hotel, Kavala
where the apostle Paul preached his evangelistic sermon to women who had gathered at the
river. You will visit the river where Paul baptised Lydia, a purple fabric merchant, who became
the first Christian woman to be baptized on European soil (Acts 16:14, 15, 40). You will see the
crypt, dating from the Roman period, which according to church tradition may have been the
place where Paul was flogged and imprisoned. Also at Philippi you will see, the ancient Roman
forum built during the time of Augustus and mentioned in the Book of Acts as the place where
Paul was publicly punished after he healed the demon-possessed girl (Acts 16:19). You will see
the Basilicas and the Greek Theatre (4th century BC), which was converted into an arena by the
Romans and used during the persecutions of the early days of the church. Paul’s letter to the
Philippians was addressed to the local Christians 14 years after his first visit there. Of all the
churches Paul founded, probably none was as near and dear to him as the church at Philippi
(Acts 16:9-33). Philippi was named after Philip II, king of Macedonia father of Alexander the
Great. The Roman road Via Egnatia crossed this city and ran from Rome to Byzantium. On the
way to Thessaloniki you will pass by the Lion statue of Amphipolis, which was a district capital
of Macedonia, on the Via Egnatia, the route used by Paul, Timothy and Silas (Acts 17:1).c
Check-in at the hotel in Thessaloniki. Dinner & overnight.
Hotel: El Greco Hotel, Thessalonica
the Via Egnatia), a town of Greeks, Jews, and Romans. It became a pulpit for Paul’s preaching
for three weeks (Acts 17:10-15). The city was praised for evaluating preaching by comparing it
with the Scriptures. If time permits, we will visit the local synagogue where according to his
custom went to the synagogue where, to his pleasant surprise, he discovered that these Jews
were “more noble” than those he had encountered in Thessalonica. We see the Byzantine
mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching and visit the Jewish synagogue (it the
time allows). According to the local tradition, it was at this place where he stood and delivered
his sermons (Acts 17:10-11). Afterwards transfer to Thessaloniki Airport to board our domestic
flight to Athens (flight duration: 55 minutes). Arrive at Athens Airport. Meet, assist and transfer
to the hotel in Athens for check-in. Dinner & overnight.
Hotel: Acropolis Hill Hotel, Athens
Cenchrea, this port city across the narrow isthmus from Corinth was the embarkation port for the apostle Paul when he sailed after 18 months in Corinth to Ephesus (Acts 18:18-19).
Phoebe was a deaconess (Rom. 16:1). To avoid delay and danger of sailing around the Peloponnese, ships were unloaded at Corinth, and then dragged overland to be reloaded at Cenchrea, or vice versa. Dinner & overnight in Athens.
Hotel: Acropolis Hill Hotel, Athens
of ancient Athens and birthplace of politics and philosophy. Here the apostle Paul reasoned
with the most skeptical audience he met in the course of his travels.
Transfer to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” for departure flight home.
HOTEL: Titania Hotel, Athens
Option of land
Option of upgrading
to single room
Sights and entry
|Audit student (participation in the study tour and associated activities without needing to complete assessment tasks)
|Level 7 for credit in NT202/208
|Level 8 & 9 for credit in NT202/208
Pricing is based on a minimum 15 passengers.
Students eligible for FEE Help maybe able to defer part of the tour cost between $4,400-4,700 depending on the level of enrolment.
For further information please contact the Ridley registry team.