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Thoroughly Alive

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Hello all! I did make it home safely, managed to stay awake those last seven, windy hours. I plan to post more travel thoughts and ruminations soon, but wanted to make you all aware of what I think is a rather exciting travel opportunity. The tour below is going to be an amazing journey and I'm planning to go if I possibly can. David Alexander is a great friend - he and his dad, both quite brilliant scholars in church history and all things Bible, will be leading and teaching on this trip and I know it will be a once in a lifetime sort of thing. I've been trying to get in on one of their tours for years. They do, however, need 20 people by Nov. 1 to make it a go, so I decided to post it here just to see if any of you might be feeling adventurous and want a little more info. A small deposit is all the is required to get a place (fully refundable). I've posted the itinerary below, but you can email David for more info. Pauline Journeys Study Tour Turkey & Greece Hosted by Dr. Ralph Alexander and Dr. David Alexander JUNE 16-30, 2011 OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO ROME JUNE 30-JULY 3

Tour Itinerary: JUN 16 THU Fly from New York to ISTANBUL, TURKEY. JUN 17 FRI Arrive ISTANBUL Arrive Istanbul in the afternoon. Meet and transfer to the hotel. If time permits, short sightseeing in the city. Overnight in ISTANBUL. JUN 18 SAT ISTANBUL – FLY ADANA Visit the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Church, Blue Mosque, the Archaeological Museum and Grand Bazaar. TK 2466 16:50/18:25 flight to ADANA. Overnight ADANA. JUN 19 SUN ANTIOCH – ADANA Full day excursion to ANTIOCH (Antakya) ON THE ORONTES, Daphne, and Seleucia, Antioch’s port city, viewing the area of the Battle of Issus on the way. Overnight in ADANA. JUN 20 MON ADANA-TARSUS-LYSTRA-KONYA Visit Tarsus, the birthplace of Paul. Travel to visit LYSTRA and ICONIUM (Konya). Overnight in KONYA. JUN 21 TUE PSIDIAN ANTIOCH – ANTALYA Travel to visit ANTIOCH OF PSIDIA, then to the port city of ATTALIA (Antalya). Overnight in ANTALYA on the Mediterranean Sea Cost. JUN 22 WED ANTALYA – PAMUKKALE Visit PERGE, ASPENDOS. Then drive to view the ancient mound of COLOSSAE and visit LAODECIA and HIEROPOLIS (at Pamukkale). Overnight in PAMUKKALE. JUN 23 THU PHILADELPHIA – SARDIS – SMYRNA Our journey today take us to three of the seven churches of Revelation as we visit PHILADELPHIA, SARDIS, AND SMYRNA [Izmir]. Overnight in IZMIR. JUN 24 FRI MILETUS – EPHESUS – IZMIR Our excursion takes us to visit MILETUS AND EPHESUS. Overnight in IZMIR. Chora Church, Istanbul Istanbul Seleucia Paul Church, Tarsus JUN 25 SAT THYATIRA – PERGAMUM – TROAS - TROY - CANAKKALE Visit THYATIRA, PERGAMUM (Bergama), TROAS, and TROY. Overnight in the area of TROY-CANAKKALE. JUN 26 SUN CANAKKALE – GREEK BORDER – PHILIPPI – THESSALONIKI Travel by bus to Greece to visit ancient NEAPOLIS (Kavalla), PHILIPPI, and AMPHIBOLUS, then via APPOLONIA to THESSALONICA (Thessaloniki) and overnight in THESSALONIKI. JUN 27 MON BEREA – ATHENS Morning visit to THESSALONIKI and Veroia (ancient BEREA). Bus ride from Berea to ATHENS for overnight. JUN 28 TUE HALF DAY ATHENS TOUR Morning touring of ATHENS including the Acropolis, Mars Hill, and the Greek and Roman Forums. Afternoon free. Overnight in ATHENS. JUN 29 WED CORINTH – ATHENS Morning excursion TO CORINTH, ISTHMUS, and KENCHREAI. Return to Athens for overnight. JUN 30 THU DEPARTURE TRANSFER – END OF OUR SERVICES (Or Take EXTENSION TO ROME)

TOUR PRICE: Per Person in Double Room (minimum 20 pax) Turkey & Greece LAND $2,015 (including one domestic flight to Adana) Turkey & Greece AIR $1,745 (including Taxes) (NY-IST + ATH-NY) Single Supplement $710 Optinal Extension to Rome LAND $552 Optinal Extension to Rome AIR $560 (including taxes) (ATH-ROME + ROME-NY supplement) Rome Single Supplement $235 INCLUDING - Roundtrip Airfare between New York-Istanbul & Athens-New York + Rome Extension. - Istanbul-Adana domestic flight with Turkish Airlines ($120 per person) - 1 Night at 4 star Grand Halic hotel in Istanbul - 2 Nights at 4 star Surmeli hotel in Adana - 1 Night at 4 star Ozkaymak hotel in Konya - 1 Night at 5 star Dedeman Hotel in Antalya - 1 Night at 4 star Lycus River Hotel in Pamukkale - 2 Nights at 4 star Anemon Hotel in Izmir - 1 Night at 4 star Iris Hotel in Canakkake - 1 Night at 4 star hotel in Thessaloniki - 3 Nights at 3 star hotel in Athens - 3 Nights at 3 star hotel in Rome (for Rome Extension only) breakfast only in Rome (no dinner in Rome) - Daily breakfast and All Dinners at the hotels (for Turkey and Greece) - Sightseeing as per the itinerary - English Speaking, bible-oriented tour guide in Turkey and Greece - Entry fees to the sites and museums - Service charges and local taxes - Tips to the Guide/Driver ($70 per person) - Tips to hotel staff ($35 per person) *Hotels to be used are or similar. EXCLUDING - Turkish Visa Fee (all participants are responsible to get their own visa to Turkey, Greece and Italy) US and Canada citizens can get their Turkish visa upon arrival. If you have people coming from Mexico or some other countries, they may have to get their visa prior to arrival, from the nearest Consulates. - Lunches (Supplement for 12 Lunches in Turkey and Greece is $240 per person) - All drinks - All Personal Expenses

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