Greece & Turkey Study Tour - Online Info Session
7 May 2020
Walk in the footsteps of the Apostles during our Greece & Turkey Study Tour in 2021 (Jan 12 - 27) and let it bring bible passages alive in a way you'd never have imagined. It's also an opportunity to discover the beautiful history, landscape and culture of the rich Scriptural heritage. Highlights of the tour include archaeological sites of Athens, Corinth, Library of Ephesus, exclusive entry into the Cave of Paul and the hot springs at Ancient Hierapolis. The study tour is open to all, not just Morling students.
DAY 2 WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY - Arrive Athens (D)
Arrive into Athens today. We will be met by our waiting driver and guide and transferred to our hotel. After checking in we will stretch our legs from the flight with an introductory walk around Athens to view a few select archaeological sites such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch plus more. Early dinner and overnight in Athens.
DAY 3 THURSDAY 14 JANUARY - Athens, Corinth (B,L,D)
In the morning after we check out we enjoy another walking tour of Athens to visit the Theatre of Dionysios, the Acropolis, the Agora, Temple of Hephaistos and the Forum. After a light lunch at a local restaurant, the coach will meet us back at the hotel for our departure to Corinth. On the way, we will visit the Acrocorinth, before we continue our journey to Corinth. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel in Corinth.
DAY 4 FRIDAY 15 JANUARY - Corinth (B,L,D)
Our tour continues today in Corinth with a walking tour to visit Ancient Corinth city including the Temple of Apollo. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Corinth.
DAY 5 SATURDAY 16 JANUARY - Corinth, Isthmia, Chenchreae, Athens (B,L,D)
This morning we will spend more time exploring Corinth, including the Temple of Asclepius. Later we depart Corinth and travel to Isthmia and Chenchreae before returning to Athens. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel in Athens.
DAY 6 SUNDAY 17 JANUARY - Athens, Smyrna (Izmir), Kusadasi (B,L,D)
This morning we will transfer to Athens Airport for an early flight to Izmir. On arrival, we will be met by our Turkish guide and driven to the ancient city of Smyrna which is mentioned in Revelation. There are current excavations taking place at the Smyrna Agora today. We will also visit the Museum of Archaeology. Later proceed to Kusadasi and check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 MONDAY 18 JANUARY - Kusadasi, Selcuk, Ephesus, Kusadasi (B,L,D)
Drive to the town of Selcuk to visit the Temple of Artemis, considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Here we also visit the Selcuk Museum. Continue to Ephesus which was the centre of administration, commerce and culture for Roman Asia and also a base for Paul, John and Timothy. Highlights include the theatre, the Library of Celsus, the houses of the rich (terrace houses), the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the brothel. Return to our hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 TUESDAY 19 JANUARY - Kusadasi, Ephesus, Kusadasi (B,L,D)
We return to Ephesus for further touring. Also (with special permission) we visit the Cave of Paul and Thecla which is closed to the public and also visit the Temple of Domitian and the harbour. Meet back at the hotel this evening for dinner and overnight. (Those who are not Morling students may elect to take this as a rest day.)
DAY 9 WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY - Kusadasi, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale (B,L,D)
We leave the hotel early after breakfast and commence our journey to Pamukkale. On the way, we include a full-day tour of Aphrodisias. This city was famous throughout the ancient world for the Temple of Aphrodite and enjoyed great prosperity during the Roman period. Some of the highlights will include the stadium, the Baths of Hadrian and the theatre. We continue on to Pamukkale and our hotel which is located on the natural thermal springs. Dinner and overnight is in Pamukkale.
DAY 10 THURSDAY 21 JANUARY - Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Pamukkale (B,L,D)
Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, which was named after Hiera, wife of the founder of Bergama (Pergamon). Highlights include the calcified terraces, the Roman Baths, the Temple of Apollo, the Nymphaeum, the famous Necropolis and the recently discovered Tomb of St Phillip. In the afternoon there is time to return to the hotel for a rest or to continue exploring Hieropolis at leisure. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 11 FRIDAY 22 JANUARY - Pamukkale, Pisidian Antioch (Yalvac), Pamukkale (B,L,D)
We will drive to Pisidian Antioch (Yalvac) where St. Paul opened Christianity to the world. Yalvac’s history goes back to 280 BC. During St. Paul’s time, the population was a mixture of Jews, Romans and Greeks. There are propylaea of the Acropolis with a number of carved stones, a small theatre, a prehistoric altar to Cybele in the Augustus Forum, aqueducts, and a Byzantine church, believed by William Ramsay to have been built on the site of the synagogue referred to in Acts 13. We visit the museum here before returning to Pamukkale.
DAY 12 SATURDAY 23 JANUARY - Pamukkale, Laodicea, Colossae, Pamukkale (B,L,D)
We journey on to Laodicea Ad Lycum which is mentioned in Revelation and Colossians. Highlights will be the Imperial Cult Temple and the recent archaeological work on the city centre. Then we will briefly visit the site of Colossae, the city of the Colossians and Philemon (most of which is still buried and awaiting excavation). Return to our hotel in Pamukkale for dinner and overnight.
DAY 13 SUNDAY 24 JANUARY - Pamukkale, Sardis, Bergama (B,L,D)
After check out this morning we have a long drive to Sardis, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The highlights include the 3rd century AD synagogue, gymnasium, House of Bronzes, Temple of Artemis and, of course, the church. Continue to Bergama (Ancient Pergamon) for dinner and overnight.
DAY 14 MONDAY 25 JANUARY - Bergama (B,L,D)
This morning we will tour the hauntingly beautiful city of Bergama. Among the impressive structures of this city, dating from 399 BC, we will see the Trajaneum, Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus, the theatre and the 200,000 volume library which was surpassed only by that found in Alexandria at the time. We will also visit the precinct of Asclepius. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in the nearby town of Soma.
DAY 15 TUESDAY 26 JANUARY - Bergama , Izmir, Istanbul, Depart Istanbul (B)
Transfer to Izmir for our morning flight to Istanbul. On arrival, we transfer to our Etihad Airways for our flight back to Australia.
HOTELS (based on these hotels or similar):
- Athens Hotel Titania: 2 nights
- Corinth Hotel Pegasus: 2 nights
- Kusadasi DoubleTree Hilton: 3 nights
- Pamukkale Pamukkale Dogathermal Hotel: 4 nights
- Soma Ramada by Wyndham Hotel: 2 nights
- Return economy airfares - Sydney – Abu Dhabi – Athens/Istanbul – Abu Dhabi – Sydney with Etihad Airways
- One way domestic ticket from Athens to Istanbul and Izmir to Istanbul
- Current airport and departure taxes
- 9 nights hotel accommodation in Turkey & 4 nights hotel accommodation Greece in shared twin rooms including overnight taxes in Greece
- Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners as indicated
- Transport by deluxe air-conditioned motor-coach
- Whisperer headsets
- All guiding and entrance fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- All tips, porterage and gratuities
Dr David Starling
Chief Academic Officer
MA, Dip Ed, BTh (Hons), BMin, PhD
David is the Chief Academic Officer and lecturer in New Testament, Greek and Theology, whose current research projects include commentaries on Ephesians, Colossians and 1 Corinthians. He joined Morling College in 2005 and became the Head of Morling’s Bible and Theology Department in 2014. Prior to Morling, he was the pastor Petersham Baptist Church. He was also worked as a teacher for three years after graduating from the University of Sydney. He and his wife, Nicole, along with their four children, attend Chatswood Baptist Church, where Nicole serves part-time as a member of the pastoral team.
Benefits of Studying (optional)
This tour is part of the archaeological fieldwork of the 'Bible in Context' unit, taught by Dr David Starling. Studying this unit will help you:
- enjoy the lectures at each site and read the Bible with new depth and understanding
- gain credit towards a range of degrees and awards at Morling
- defer the tuition portion of the cost of this tour to FEE-HELP ($5200) if you're eligible
- connect with other students and create wonderful friendships and memories.
All you have to do is:
- enrol for the unit Bible in Context (unit code: BB202-512) at a level suited to you.
- complete assigned pre-reading before the tour commences and complete the assessment work after the tour (by early Semester 1, 2021).
Ready to enrol? Please submit the form below and indicate your interest or email email@example.com
Tour Insights and Tips
Our Chief Community Life Officer Gayle Kent shares with Dr Starling about her recent study tour and adds her top tips for those who have the opportunity to go on one.
Join our Online Info Session
Date: Thursday, 7 May 2020
Presenter: Dr David Starling
The Online Info Session is a great opportunity to hear more details about the trip and get answers to any questions. Register below and you will receive a link to the online event which will be activated on 7 May at 7pm.
LOCATION: This online event will start at 7pm on 7 May 2020.
PRESENTER: Dr David Starling