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The Journey Ministry – Seven Churches of Revelation with an Optional Rome, Italy Extension

Dates/Prices:

5-Star Accommodations
05/20/19 – 05/29/19
Land Only: $2,320.00
Extensions:
Optional Rome, Italy Extension – $1,985.00

Led by: Pastor Ron Moore and Tunch Ilkin
Description:

Ancient Turkey was key to the growth of Christianity.  From magnificent Ephesus, where Paul preached and John is buried, to Nicaea, modern Iznick, where the Christian Creed was established, Turkey lends itself to unveiling the culture and history that necessitated the spreading of the “Good News” throughout the Mediterranean and prompted John to write his letters of warning and commendation from Patmos.

Price Includes

  • 4 or 5-star hotel accommodations. 
  • Meeting at the Izmir, Turkey Airport on arrival
  • Ground transfer from Izmir Airport to the group’s hotel upon arrival
  • Ground transfer from the Istanbul Hotel to the Istanbul Airport in Tel Aviv at the conclusion of the tour
  • All transfers on sightseeing days
  • Gratuity for driver, guide and hotel staff
  • Luxury air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees for sites indicated in the Itinerary
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels as indicated in the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Group Farewell Dinner

Price Does Not Include

  • Domestic or International airfare
  • Hotel cost for any traveler arriving prior to 1:00 PM on MAY 21, 2019Hotel Check in time is at 3:00 PM
  • Lunch and gratuities for lunch unless indicated in the itinerary
  • Optional Travel Protection Insurance
  • Optional Sites not included in itinerary that have entrance fees
  • All beverages including alcoholic beverages including bottled water on-board the tour bus
  • Personal incidentals charged to hotel room
  • Single Supplement Fee of $395 per person for those requesting to room alone or if a roommate cannot be assigned
  • Items of personal nature

Optional Extensions

Optional Rome, Italy Extension – $1,985.00
5-Star Accommodations. Wednesday, May 29th – Saturday, June 1st 2019

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES: OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION

  • 5-star hotel accommodations.
  • One-way flight from Istanbul, Turkey to Rome, Italy
  • Gratuity for driver, guide and hotel staff
  • Luxury air-conditioned motor coach
  • Full day coach and local guide on Day 10 including arrival transfer
  • Half day coach and local guide on Day 11
  • Full day coach and local guide on Day 12
  • Departure transfers to the Rome Airport
  • Entrance fees to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums and Catacombs
  • Headset for each traveler
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels as indicated in the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Group Farewell Dinner

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION 

  • Travel Protection Insurance
  • Lunches and gratuity for lunch
  • Personal incidentals charged to hotel room
  • Single Supplement Fee of $550 per person for those requesting to room alone or if a roommate cannot be assigned
  • Group Farewell Dinner
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels as indicated in the itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1: MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019 – DEPART USA FOR IZMIR, TURKEY

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 – IZMIR
Upon arrival into Izmir, (ancient Smyrna) our tour guide will meet the group at the airport holding a sign and transfer them to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Izmir.

Dinner

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY MAY 22, 2019 – IZMIR / PERGAMUM / THYATIRA
Following breakfast, our touring begins in ancient Pergamum (Bergama) – center of the rule for the Roman Empire. Sights include the Asklepion, an ancient healing center, the Acropolis with its pagan temples, Alter of Zeus (some call the throne on the site) and the Temple of Trajan. Afternoon we will continue on to Thyatira, the smallest of the Seven Churches of which John writes in Revelations. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Izmir.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: THURSDAY MAY 23, 2019 – IZMIIR / PHILADELPHIA / SARDIS / PAMUKKALE
Our morning touring takes us to Philadelphia (Alasehir) the church that “kept the Faith”,and Sardis, the capital of the Lydian Kingdom, and the first city to use coins of gold and silver. Our visit in Sardis will take us to the amazing ruins of the Temple of Artemis, the picturesque gymnasium, and the synagogue with intact mosaic tile artwork. Continue our drive to Hierapolis (Pamukkale). Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Pamukkale

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019 – HIERAPOLIS / PUMAKKALE / LAODICEA
After breakfast, we will visit the Hierapolis visiting the vast, ancient necropolis (burial grounds) large amphitheater, St. Philip’s Church, and famed Roman baths. The white travertine falls and hot springs of Pamukkale are a beautiful secret of nature that we will enjoy today. Afternoon, we will continue traveling to ancient Laodicea, a city known for its riches, development of medicines and where the church was known for being “lukewarm in belief”. Late afternoon drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: SATURDAY MAY 25, 2019 – KUSADASI/EPHESUS/IZMIR
After breakfast, we take a short drive to Ephesus. Walking in the great, marble Ephesian road will take us by the Church of the Virgin Mary, the site of the council of Ephesus – the great amphitheater where the rioters against Paul cried, “Great is the Diana of Ephesians”, the spectacular and famous Celsus Library, the Agora (marketplace) and the city bath ruins. The remainder of the day will be spent back at the hotel in Izmir. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Izmir.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: SUNDAY MAY 26, 2019 – IZMIR / ISTANBUL
After breakfast, we take a Short morning flight to Istanbul followed by a visit to the church of St. Savior in Chora, a beautiful Byzantine church decorated with magnificent mosaics and frescoes. Check into the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: MONDAY MAY 27, 2019 – ISTANBUL
After breakfast, begin the day with a visit to the incredible Blue Mosque-whose 6 minarets dominate the skyline. Short walk to the Hippodrome. We take a short walk to visit Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) that for over 1000 years, the greatest church in Christendom and an architectural wonder built by the Byzantine Empire to impress the world. We end our day with a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans and a miniature a self-contained city. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Istanbul.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: TUESDAY MAY 28– ISTANBUL
Special touring today includes a cruise on the Bosphorus with private boat – the narrow strait linking the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and separating Europe and Asia. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling strait as you view the palaces, small villages, and the Golden Horn. Enjoy Taksim Square, the heart of modern Istanbul, as you walk the pedestrian street enjoying the shops, restaurants, and vendors. Return for more browsing and shopping in the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market, or head out on your own for other sites of the city. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Istanbul.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10: WEDNESDAY MAY 29– USA
We check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to our return flight back to the USA.

Breakfast

OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION

DAY 10: WEDNESDAY MAY 29, 2019 – ROME, ITALY: COLOSSEUM, TREVI FOUNTAIN, FORUM
After breakfast, we transfer to Istanbul Airport for our flight to Rome. We will be met by our Italian representative and transferred to our motor coach for our sightseeing tour of this eternal city. Driving through the main streets of Rome, we will marvel at the monuments of this great capital. Visit the Coliseum, which symbolizes the eternity of the Roman civilization, the Forum and the Piazza Venezia, dominated by the imposing monument to Vittorio Emanuel II. Before returning to our hotel, we stop near the Fontana di Trevi, where, following tradition, one must toss a coin into the fountain, promising a return to Rome! Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11: THURSDAY MAY 30, 2019 – VATICAN, SISTINE CHAPEL
Our first visit will be to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, the celebrated Chapel of the Popes and the venue of the Conclaves for Papal elections. It is one of the most splendid masterpieces in the history of world art and is well known around the world for its magnificent ceiling, beautifully decorated by Michelangelo. From here, visit the Basilica of St. Peter, the largest church in the world overlooking the enormous Piazza San Pietro. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12: FRIDAY MAY 31, 2019 – CATACOMBS, ST. JOHN LATERAN, ST. PETER IN CHAINS
Today we enjoy our sightseeing which will include a special visit to the Catacombs to explore tunnels and see the carvings on the walls from early Christians. From here we visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, dedicated to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome, the Pope and known as “Cathedral of Rome and of the World. Conclude our day with a stop to see the Forum and St. Peter in Chains, a minor basilica that houses St. Peter’s chains. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: SATURDAY JUNE 1, 2019 – DEPART for U.S.A.
Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight back home.

Breakfast

Insurance Info

Insurance Info

Optional Travel Protection Information

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment! We realize that overseas travel is expensive, and while we do all that we can to ensure a safe and flawless trip, there are circumstances that cannot be controlled. Consider Travel Protection for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For your convenience, Faith Based Expeditions offers a travel protection plan, 360 Adult Group Premier, provided by Travelex Insurance Services. 

Trip Cost

Plan Cost*

$0

   $37

$1 – $500

   $68

$501 – $1,000

   $99

$1,001 – $1,500

 $137

$1,501 – $2,000

 $177

$2,001 – $3,000

 $239

$3,001 – $4,000

 $316

$4,001- $5,000

 $397

$5,001- $6,000

 $472

$6,001 – $7,000

 $550

$7,001 – $8,000

 $629

$8,001 – $9,000

 $706

$9,001 – $10,000

 $783

$10,001 – $11,000

$887

$11,001 – $12,000

$970

$12,001 – $13,000

$1,053

$13,001 – $14,000

$1,136

$14,001 – $15,000

$1,219

Plan Benefits

Maximum Coverage Per Person (up to the limits below)

Trip Cancellation

100% of Insured Trip Cost

Trip Interruption

150% of Insured Trip Cost

Trip Delay

$1,000

Missed Cruise Connection

$1,000

Baggage & Personal Effects

$1,500

Baggage Delay

$250

Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses

$50,000

Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation

$250,000

Travel Assistance & Concierge Services**

Included

Please note: If Travel Protection is purchased after the group final payment due date, then any pre-existing conditions will not apply. 

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For questions regarding benefits or coverages, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888-574-7026 and reference plan number APGB-1217.

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