Traveling with Reverend Ronald Evans, Chaplain, St. John’s Anglican Church, Izmir. Dates: June 4-11, 2006 Post Extension Tour to Cappadocia and Istanbul: June 11-16, 2006 Travel arrangements by Transbalkan Travel, Istanbul Day 1 Sunday Departure from US gateway cities. We would like to recommend the following air carriers with daily flights from Europen cities to Izmir, Turkey: British Air from London and Lufthansa from Munich. ÝzmirDay 2 Monday (D) Arrival in Turkey at Izmir (ancient Smryna) International Airport. Transfer to your luxurious Aegean Sea coast hotel ten minutes to Ephesos and the Crisler Library at Ephesos. All rooms have sea views. Rest, swim in the pool or sea. Dinner at the hotel. Day 3 Tuesday (BLD) Take a full day excursion to the ancient city of Ephesos, traditional last home of John and site of the first church of Asia Minor. Paul arrived here in A.D. 53 and lived in the city for two and a half years. Visit the vast Hellenistic and Roman ruins including the Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the baths, slope houses, Celsus Library where B. Cobbey Crisler made a significant discovery in 1979, the great theatre where Paul was prepared to meet the riotous assembly, Ephesos Museum with its new exhibit gallery displaying for the first time important monolithic inscriptions relevant to Scripture. Rev. Evans will give a brief summary of their significance and Greek meaning. Lunch in the Crisler Library Terrace Café. A talk by Rev. Evans about John in preparation for a visit to the St. John Basilica built by Justinian II across the street from Crisler Library. Afternoon tea at CLE and a tour of the library with Janet explaining use of the various rooms and valuable research library. Brief talk by Janet Crisler concerning her husband’s discovery at the Celsus Library inside the ancient city. Report about the Crisler Library’s excavations in collaboration with the Austrians. Return to your seaside hotel for quiet time, swim and dinner. Day 4 Wednesday (BLD) Early morning departure to Miletos, which has one of the largest Greek Theatres in PamukkaleAsia Minior, with a seat inscription referring to the “Jews.” Rev. Evans will give a special talk about Paul’s poignant farewell to his Ephesian church leaders before setting sail for his final journey to Rome. Lunch on the Terrace Café at CLE. Time for quiet research in the library and shopping for local handicrafts. Return to your seaside hotel for a swim and dinner. Day 5 Thursday (BD) Drive through the Phrygian countryside to the ancient sites of Hieropolis, famous for its warm baths and home to early Christian church leaders, Epaphras and Papias; Laodicea, one of the seven cities mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Overnight at our deluxe hotel in the area of Pamukkale, famous for its “fairy castle” hot springs. Rev Evans will give a talk regarding the role both these cities played in early Christianity. Dinner on the hotel. Day 6 Friday (BD) After breakfast, drive north to the archaeological sites of Thyatira, Philadelphia and PhiladelphiaSardis. We will see at Sardis, capital of the famous Lydian King Croesus the most perfectly restored Gymnasium in the ancient world as well as a restored early synagogue located prominently in the city, indicating a certain “standing” of the Jewish community in Sardis. Drive along the beautiful Gulf of Izmir to overnight at a seaside hotel for two nights. Further Biblical insights Day 7 Saturday (BD) Early departure after breakfast for Pergamon, one of the Seven Churches and capital of the Hellenistic kingdom of the Attalids, who are famous for their invention of parchment. Visit the magnificently reconstructed Temples of Trajan and Hadrian, the library, and the “Red Hall” the largest temple of the Egyptian gods (Isis, Sarapis) from the Roman world. See the site of the Temple of Zeus which now resides in Berlin. The sanctuary of the healing god Asklepius may be connected with the famous physician Galen. Return to Izmir, where we will visit ruins of the last of our Seven Churches, Smyrna. Farewell Dinner at our hotel. Biblical insights. .. Day 8 Sunday (BL) Sunday service at St. John’s church in Izmir, where Rev. Evans will give a timely and interesting sermon. Socializing with the local members in the church salon. Lunch at a seaside restaurant, departure for the airport and flights home or to Istanbul and Cappadocia. Professional Biographies The Reverend Ronald Evans: Canadian Citizen; degree in Modern Languages, Masters Degree in Theology and Classics, ordained to the priesthood of the Anglican Church in Canada. Teaching Career: Classics at Kings College, Halifax Nova Scotia and University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; English at Bilgi University, Istanbul. Languages: fluent in Turkish, French, Spanish, Greek and reads Italian. Presently posted at the Anglican Church in Izmir. Tour Conditions Tour Land Rate: $634.00 Air Transportation: Travelers today often prefer to use their free “sky miles” but if you would like assistance flying from the US, we recommend Travel Directions in San Francisco. Owner: Ms Christine Grabitzky Tel 1-800 677 0445. Lufthansa flies directly from Munich to Izmir arriving at 2:45 pm which provides the best timing for our itinerary schedule. Turkish Airlines is a good carrier from US Gateway cities, flying directly to Istanbul. Connecting flights to Izmir can be made from the Domestic Terminal. Also contact: [email protected] If possible, we strongly recommend an arrival time close(within ½ hr) to the Lufthansa arrival in Izmir at 2:45 pm for transportation to the hotel. Tour Price Includes Hotel accommodations: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath on double occupancy at deluxe hotels as outlined. Single hotel rooms are on request and carry a supplementary charge of $26 per night. Meals: Meals included in the tour are indicated as BLD. Coffee or tea are included with all meals. Additional drinks are extra. Daily Sightseeing and Transportation: All transfers between airports, hotels, sightseeing and touring by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach. Admission to all museums and archaeological sites including the famous and magnificently restored Slope Houses at Ephesus. If possible, we strongly recommend an arrival time close(within ½ hr) to the Lufthansa arrival in Izmir at 2:45 pm for transportation to the hotel. Fees and Gratuities: Porterage at hotels, airports; gratuities to guide, speaker, driver; tips to the hotels and restaurants included in the tour. Taxes: All government taxes in conjunction with the itinerary Educational Preparation: At time of deposit, a reading list and recommended clothing list will be provided via email. Please provide your email address at the time of booking to [email protected] When you arrive at your hotel in Izmir, we will personally deliver your Site Notebook covering pertinent information for the daily itinerary. Not Included: Additional drinks with the meals. Lunches not mentioned in the itinerary. Turkish Visa. Visas can be purchased with cash at the airport Visa Counter when you land in Istanbul or Izmir or you can purchase it in the US from any Turkish Consulate. Cost is $20.00 US cash, $45.00 US cash for Canadians, British citizens 10 pounds. For further details on Canadian and British Visas please contact [email protected] Domestic Airfare from Izmir to Istanbul or to Ankara for the Post Extension Tour. Reservations: A deposit of $200 per person is required at the time of booking with confirmation. The rest of the amount to be paid two weeks prior to departure. Post Extension Tour Day 8 Sunday – Izmir – air – Ankara (BLD) Sunday service at St. John’s church in Izmir, where Rev. Evans will give a timely and interesting sermon. Socializing with the local members in the church salon. Lunch at a seaside restaurant, departure for the airport. Flight to Ankara and transfer to your hotel in Ankara. CapadociaDay 9 Monday – Ankara – Cappadocia (BLD) In the morning, visit the remarkable Anatolian Civilizations Museum with its treasures of Neolithic frescoes, Bronze Age emblems, the remains of the fabled Phyrigian King Midas, and many Hittite antiquities. Stroll in the old Ankara citadel. Tour the Augustus Temple and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. After lunch drive to Cappadocia traveling along the shores of the great Salt Lake. Arrive in Cappadocia late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Day 10 Tuesday – Cappadocia (BLD) After a leisurely breakfast travel into the magical lunarscape of Cappadocia’s rocky hills and valleys. Dominated by the mountains of Erciyes Dagi and Mt. Argaeus, the region became home to the Romans, early Christians, Byzantines and Seljuks. Visit Goreme Church Valley, Zelve, Avanos, Ortahisar and Uchisar with it many rock carved churches. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Day 11 Wednesday – Cappadocia – air – Istanbul (BLD) (optional balloon ride) In the morning, visit the underground city of Kaymakle carved many stories down into the rock. Short drive to the village of Sinasos, famous for its 19th century stone houses and beautiful stone carvings. Short walk through the village to visit the churches of St. Helen and St. Basil. Late afternoon enjoy shopping for local handicrafts seeing how they are made by the local artisans. Continue to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 12 Thursday – Istanbul (BLD) Full day sightseeing in Istanbul in the Old City. Visit Chora Church famed for itsIstanbul magnificent Byzantine frescos and mosaics, Hagia Sophia, the oldest Christian Basilica used at various times in history for Ecumenical Councils. Visit the Circus Maximus of Constantinople, the Hippodrome where chariot races were held in Roman times. After enjoying the beautiful tile decorations of the Blue Mosque, visit Topkapi Palace and its museum of priceless jeweled objects (made famous in the movie Topkapi with Peter Ustinov and Melina Mercurie) and Porcelain Collection. At the end of the day shopping in the famous Grand Bazaar. Dinner and overnight. Day 13 Friday – Departure (B) Transfer to Istanbul International Airport for your flight home or to your next destination. Post Extension Tour Rate:For 20 persons $485/each, 30 persons $450/each 40 persons $432/each The rate covers: 5 nights at deluxe hotels, air conditioned buses, admission to museums and sites, tours and transfers per itinerary, government tax, tips to guide and drivers, tips to the hotels, restaurants, porterages, all meals indicated in the itinerary(coffee and tea). Not included: Additional drinks on the meals