The trip is designed to enrich the American public’s knowledge of early Christianity, archeology, Turkey and the Middle East.
Tour stops are scheduled to include Istanbul, Konya, Kusadasi, Aphrodisias, Hierapolis, the Mediterranean Sea, Bosphorus, Canakkale, Dardanelles, Ephesus and Troy.
Many of the places referred to in the Bible are located in modern day Turkey. These include Tarsus, Ephesus, Antioch, Harran, and Noah’s landing on Mount Ararat in the east to the Aegean coast in the west, Khosrowshahi wrote in the news release.
The Aegean coast is believed to be where the Virgin Mary spent her final mortal years and where the seven churches referred to in the book of Revelation are located.
Bridging Europe and Asia, Turkey has a long and deep historical legacy including such great civilizations as the Hittites, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottoman Turks.
Vast archeological parks — some of the most impressive in the world — open windows to ancient worlds in Ephesus, Pergamon, Sardis, Aphrodisias and Troy.
Turkey is a favorite destination for Christians who want to explore the history of Christianity including such events as the missionary journeys of Paul and other apostles, the great church councils of the fourth through sixth centuries, and the Byzantine-era communities including the exotic region of Cappadocia.
Because of its location and being the crossroads of civilizations, Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the Mediterranean diet, Khosrowshahi wrote. About 18 million people visited Turkey last year.
Students will travel with a $150 reduced cost of $1,398 plus the cost of airfares.
A $548 deposit is required before Dec. 3. Full payment is due by Jan. 4.
Enrollment for the tour is on a first-come, first-served basis because of space limitations.
The tour is open to the public. However, TJC students may enroll in a special government course to receive three credit hours.
There also is a $5,000 financial aid scholarship available to the TJC students.
For more information, contact Khosrowshahi at 903-510-2279, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www3.tjc.edu/turkey.