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New Testament Alive Tour
Dear NAD Educators:
In June 2019 there will be a New Testament Alive Tour for NAD Educators. The tour includes Revelation’s 7 Churches (Turkey), Patmos, and Greece (June 6-16, 2019)—with an optional Rome extension (June 16-19, 2019). The tour leaders will be Dr. Greg King and Dr. Martin Klingbeil, professors in the School of Religion at Southern Adventist University. Local guides will also accompany the group in Turkey, Patmos, Greece, and Rome.
This special tour brings alive the experiences of the Early Christian Church: from the Seven Churches of Revelation (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea), to Christ’s giving of Revelation at Patmos, to Paul’s defense of the gospel in Athens and Corinth. We will follow in the footsteps of the earliest Christians, worshiping the same risen Lord together—including the first Sabbath in Ephesus and the second Sabbath in Corinth. The group will also enjoy times of fellowship and fun together: relaxing in the Hierapolis hot springs (near Laodicea) and sailing on an all-night ferry from Patmos to Athens in bunk-style sleeper cabins.
Pricing is $2297 for the main tour, and $550 for the Rome extension. For those interested, there are two other study tours happening before and after the New Testament tour. “Israel in Jesus’ Steps” (May 30-June 6) and “Ellen White in Europe” June 19-30. You can view info at Facebook.com/tabghatours.
Feel free to share word of these study tours with the Adventist educators in your circles. To reserve space, email your name(s) to Andy Nash.
Please contact Andy Nash if you have questions.
Tour Itinerary for June 6–16
Revelation’s Seven Churches (Turkey), Patmos, Greece
(Optional Rome Extension June 16-19)
Turkey — 7 Churches
Thur., June 6
Overnight flight to Istanbul from point of origin. (Pending airfare availability July 2018, we’ll provide flight guidance for travelers.)
Fri., June 7
Arrive afternoon in Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Supper and vespers.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Sab., June 8
Restful morning: Breakfast and Sabbath worship. Provided vegetarian lunch. Sabbath afternoon visit to Istanbul Archaelogical Museum and boat trip on the Bosphorus, connecting Europe & Asia. Supper, free time, and overnight in Istanbul.
Sun., June 9
Load and depart. Visit Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. (Wear long pants/long skirt. Women should wear long-sleeved shirt with modest neckline.) Open lunch. Bus to Nicea and Akhisar. Supper and overnight in Akhisar.
Mon., June 10
Begin tour of Revelation’s Seven Churches with visits to
(1) Thyatira, (2) Pergamum, and (3) Smyrna (Izmir).
Supper and overnight at thermal spa hotel near Sardis.
Thyatira: Acts 16:14. Rev. 2:18-29
Pergamum: Rev. 2:12-17
Smyrna: Rev. 2:8-11
Tues., June 11
Visit (4) Sardis, (5) Philadelphia, and (6) Laodicea. Supper and relaxing evening at five-star Doga Thermal Health & Spa near Laodicea.
Sardis: Obadiah 20 (Sepharad); Rev. 3:1-6
Philadelphia: Rev. 3:7-13
Laodicea: Col. 4:13; Rev. 3:14-22
Wed., June 12
Visit Hierapolis/Parmukkale hot springs, Colossae, and (7) Ephesus.
Supper and overnight in port town of Kusadasi on Aegean Sea.
Hierapolis: Col. 4:13
Ephesus: Acts 18:19-28; Acts 19:1-20; Acts 20:16; Acts 20:16-38;
Rev. 2:1-7; Ephesians
Thu., June 13
Take morning ferry to island of Patmos. Tour Cave of the Apocalypse, St. John’s Monastery (conservative dress), and Patmos. Open supper and free time on Patmos. Take overnight Blue Star Ferry (with sleeper cabin) from Patmos to Athens.
Patmos: Revelation (Rev. 1:9)
Fri., June 14
Arrive by ferry in Athens. Buffet breakfast. Visit Parthenon, Mars Hill, and National Archaeological Museum. Supper, vespers, and overnight in Athens.
Athens/Mars Hill: 17:16-34; 1 Thess. 3:1-6
Sab., June 15
Sabbath worship and communion at Corinth. Sabbath lunch provided. Afternoon visit to Mycenae. Supper, worship, and Saturday night free time/shopping in Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Corinth: Acts 18:1-18; Acts 20:2-3: I and II Corinthians
Rome (Optional Extension)
Sun., June 16
Fly one-way from Athens to Rome. (Flight included.). Upon arrival in Rome, take afternoon Roma Barocca guided walk of Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Supper and overnight in Rome.
Mon., June 17
Visit Roman Colosseum/Flavian Amphitheater, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Mamertine Prison (where Paul was held). Lunch. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museum, including Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Supper and overnight in Rome.
Rome: Acts 19:21; Romans 1:13-15; Romans 15:23-29; Acts23:11; Acts 25:10-12;
Acts 27:1-2; Acts 28:14-16; Acts 28:23-24; Acts 28:30-31; Phil. 1:12-13;
John 21:18-19; Rev. 13:1-10; (Rev. 17:9;) Daniel 2:40-45; Daniel 7:7-14; 8:5-27
Tues., June 18
Visit the Catacombs and Pilate’s Staircase/Scala Sancta which pilgrims including Martin Luther climbed on their knees as an act of devotion. Lunch and afternoon free time/shopping in Trastavere district. (Optional departure for those who need to return home.) Supper and overnight in Rome.
Rome: John 21:18-19; Rev. 13:1-10; Daniel 2:40-45; Daniel 7:7-14; Daniel 8:5-27
Wed., June 19
Tour ends. You may depart for airport on hotel shuttle or stay additional nights in Rome.
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