Israel, Turkey, Greece

Faculty: Bob Harder and Neil Ninteman
Class meeting time: Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

A student overlooking a desert

Trip Highlights

This three-hour course and trip are organized around exploring the development of the New Testament Church. We will start in Jerusalem, then go to Samaria, and on to the ends of the earth – namely Turkey and Greece.

As we explore early church development we will have daily trips to biblical and archeological sites. We will spend seven days in Israel visiting Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Nazareth and more. Then we will follow the church as the gospel spread, visiting in Turkey visiting Ephesus and the surrounding area. We’ll stop in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, to explore history and the story of the church there.

We will then travel on to Greece following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul from Philippi to Corinth. In Athens we will stand on Mars Hill and contemplate the words Paul spoke to the listening Athenians. Other Greek stops will include the monasteries of Meteora, Delphi and a day to swim in the Aegean Sea.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 Depart Portland
Day 2 Arrive in Tel Aviv (stay at King Solomon Hotel, Netanya)
Day 3 Visit Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth and Cana (stay at Astoria, Tiberias)
Day 4 Visit Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights (stay at Astoria, Tiberias)
Day 5 Visit Jordan, Beth Shaen, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Gethsemane (stay at Rimonim, Jerusalem)
Day 6 Visit archaeological dig, Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, Holocaust Memorial (stay at Rimonim, Jerusalem)
Day 7 Visit Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea (stay at Rimonim, Jerusalem)
Day 8  Visit Bethesda, Old City, Garden Tomb (stay at Rimonim, Jerusalem)
Day 9 Take El Al Flight 541 from Tel Aviv to Athens, arrive 9:25; ferry to Hios, then Ephesus
Day 10 Visit Ephesus archaeological area (stay at Aksan Hotel, Konak)
Day 11 Visit Pergama and seven churches (stay at Hotel Eterno, Istanbul)
Day 12 Visit Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul Archeology Museum, Grand Bazaar (stay at Hotel Eterno, Istanbul)
Day 13 Visit Hagi Sofia (stay at Hotel Oceanis, Kavala)
Day 14 Visit Philippi (stay at Hotel Lion, Pierias)
Day 15 Visit Vergina, Thessaloniki (stay at Hotel Lion, Pierias)
Day 16 Beach day (stay at Hotel Lion, Pierias)
Day 17 Visit Meteora (stay at Hotel Orfeas, Delphi)
Day 18 Visit Corinth (stay at Hotel Oscar, Athens)
Day 19 Visit Athens (stay at Hotel Oscar, Athens)
Day 20 Visit Sounion, Temple to Apollo (stay at Hotel Oscar, Athens)
Day 21 Return to Portland from Athens