In The Footsteps of Paul and John

A 15-day Journey through Western Turkey, the Greek Isles, and Southern Greece

Led by Dan Kingsley and Barry Britnell

on behalf of the Florida College Hutchinson Bell


Craig Bean, class of 1980

Craig Bean, class of 1980

Dear Hutchinson Bell Members and all Florida College Enthusiasts,

Come with us on June 22, 2020 for the second Florida College Hutchinson Bell Bible Lands Tour. You have experienced the Bible through personal study and classes for years. Why not experience the land of the Bible with fellow believers and alumni and friends? Bring the Scriptures to life in the land of the Bible.

Dan Kingsley (Florida College Board Member and class of ‘93) and Barry Britnell (class of ‘88), have experience in not only the lands of the Bible, but also in leading tours. We have asked them to organize and lead the way as we spend fifteen unforgettable days in the land of Turkey, the Greek Isles, and Southern Greece. You will see and experience first-hand where the stories you know and love actually happened.

We will visit Istanbul and the cities of the seven churches of Asia that are mentioned in the book of Revelation. Then, we will set sea for a cruise across the Aegean Sea with stops at Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini. Finally, we will end our time together with visits to ancient Corinth and the beautiful city of Athens.

Imagine going to the actual places where Paul preached and John visited. The Biblical text will “come alive” in a way like no other.

Our trip will depart from and return to New York City. Every detail of the trip has been thought through and planned in advance to make the best experience possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barry Britnell (barry.britnell@exploringbiblelands.com) or Dan Kingsley (cdkingsley@hotmail.com). 

Craig Bean (class of ’80) - Chairman, The Hutchinson Bell


OUR TOUR LEADERS

Dan Kingsley, on the beautiful island of Santorini.

Dan Kingsley is not a professional tour guide, nor a trained teacher, or even a full time gospel preacher. He is, however, a diligent Bible student who loves the lands we read in the Bible and is very passionate about helping others understand those lands.  It is his strong desire to help others realize that knowing the land better will immensely aid their study of the scriptures. Dan has made multiple trips to the Bible lands, including Turkey and Greece. He is an avid photographer and loves to capture the topography and peoples of those areas. After his first trip to Israel he began using his photography in Bible classes and saw how much understanding the land helped others as well. In 2016 he joined Appian Media and has been actively involved in their productions. Dan, his wife Paula, and their six children live in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he works full time as an oncologist. In his spare time you can find him with his camera, reading the latest Biblical Archeology Review or planning his next trip.

Barry Britnell, standing on the Mount of Olives.

Barry Britnell, standing on the Mount of Olives.

Barry Britnell lives in Athens, Alabama with his wife Tabatha and their children. Despite having a love for travel, Barry did not travel to the lands of the Bible until 2010. Since that time, he started leading tours to Israel and has made a total of 10 trips to that beautiful country. In addition to leading tours, Barry works full-time as a software engineer while teaching and preaching about Biblical geography. In 2016, he started volunteering with Appian Media, to create Biblically accurate media to be used in teaching others about the Bible. In addition to Israel, Barry has traveled to Jordan, Great Britain, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Canada, and Mexico. 



GENERAL ITINERARY

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MONDAY, JUNE 22 - Depart from New York City

Depart the US from New York City in the early evening for an overnight transatlantic flight. Dinner and Breakfast will be served on the plane en route to Istanbul.




 

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23 - Arrival in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul (formerly Constantinople/Byzantium), the city that spans the Bosporus and is in two continents. Capitol of the Eastern half of the Roman Empire, and major city during the first millennia of the church. We will meet our guide and travel to the hotel for dinner and overnight. 


 

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 - Istanbul

A full day of sightseeing in Istanbul will include the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Hagia Sophia (Rebuilt by Justinian and the largest cathedral in the world for 1000 years), Topkapi Palace (former home of the Sultans and now a museum with priceless jewels), and a boat ride on the Bosporus. A visit to the Istanbul Archaeological Museum will reveal many artifacts of Biblical interest. The Grand Bazaar will give a chance for souvenir shopping as there are over 400 shops on 61 covered streets.


THURSDAY, JUNE 25 - Istanbul and Izmir

A morning flight to Izmir begins the tour of the cities of the seven churches of Revelation. A tour of Izmir, Smyrna of the New Testament, will include Mount Pagos that overlooks the city, the Archeological excavations including the Agora, and the Izmir Archaeological Museum. Artifacts at the museum include a runner wearing a wreath and Flavius Damianus, an imperial priest wearing a diadem.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26 - Pergamum, Thyatira, and Izmir

After breakfast, drive to Pergamum to visit the Acropolis with its many temples and buildings including the altar of Zeus, the temple of Athena, the library, the temple of Trajan, and theater (steepest in the world). We will then visit the Asclepieum, an important medical center of the ancient world, and the Pergamum archaeological museum. The day will end with a trip to the archaeological park at Thyatira (home of Lydia, the first convert in Europe) to see the few remains and then back to Izmir for dinner and overnight.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27 - Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, Colossae, and Pamukkale

Drive to Sardis, the capitol of ancient Lydia, where you can view the temple of Artemis, a reconstructed synagogue and gymnasium. Next travel to Philadelphia, built on the slopes of Mount Tmolus. After crossing the mountains, we will view the tell of Colossae at the foot of Mount Cadmus, then travel a few miles west to Laodicea. Excavations are still underway there, allowing one to view the theater, stadium, aqueduct, and water terminals. Overnight in Pamukkale, site of Biblical Hierapolis and its fascinating white limestone terraces.

 

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SUNDAY, JUNE 28 - Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, and Kusadasi

After an opportunity to worship, spend time in Hierapolis where you can view the archaeological remains of the necropolis, amphitheater, gymnasium, baths, or just spend the time exploring the hot mineral springs. Then travel back west to Aphrodisias where National Geographic excavated for over 30 years and one can see a remarkably well-preserved stadium, theater, Odeon, baths and sculptures in the onsite museum. Overnight in Kusadasi, a resort city on the Aegean coast.

 

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MONDAY, JUNE 29 - Ephesus, Miletus, and Kusadasi

Travel to Ephesus with its impressive remains of the Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Domitian, Celsus Library, Agora, harbor, Theater (site of the riot from Acts 19), Temple of Diana (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and the Archaeological Museum of Seljuk with its statues of Diana. Next is a stop at Miletus where Paul met with the Ephesian elders at the end of his third journey. The Lion harbor, agora, impressive theater can all be viewed. Then back to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

 

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TUESDAY, JUNE 30 - Begin Greek Island Cruise and Patmos

Board your Celestyal Cruise line ship for a four-day/three-night cruise of the Aegean and Greek Islands. The first stop will be the island of Patmos, where John was exiled and penned Revelation. Visit the island and the traditional cave of the Apocalypse and Monastery of St. John.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 - Rhodes

Rhodes is known as a place Paul stopped during his travel back from his third journey, where Herod the Great stopped several times, and a trading partner of Tyre. A forty-mile scenic bus ride from the harbor to the town of Lindos will allow us to see the impressive Acropolis, where the temple site was protected by a 400-foot drop to the ocean. After returning to Rhodes, a tour of the city will occur prior to some free time and returning to the ship.

 

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THURSDAY, JULY 2 - Crete and Santorini

The morning starts in Crete with an excursion to the palace of Knossos, home to King Minos, and site of the Labyrinth. Later sail to Santorini, where optional excursions to the amazing island should not be missed. The current six islands were formed from one after a volcanic eruption around 3600 years ago. The cities cling to the sides of the caldera and present many photographic opportunities.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 3 - Athens

Arrive at the port in Athens in the morning. A tour of Athens will include the Temple of Zeus, stadium, Theater of Dionysius, Mars Hill, Acropolis, Parthenon, the Agora, Socrates Prison and the National Archaeological Museum. 

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SATURDAY, JULY 4 - Corinth and Athens

After breakfast, a drive across the Isthmus and Corinth Canal connecting the Ionian and Aegean Seas will lead us to the ancient site of Corinth. Paul stayed here three years working with Aquilla and Priscilla. You can see the Agora, bema (where Paul was brought before Gallio), Temple of Apollo, Fountain of Peirene, and first-century shops. After lunch we will try to visit the port of Cenchrea, used by Paul and home of Phoebe, as well as Isthmia, home of the Isthmian games.


SUNDAY, JULY 5 - Athens

After an opportunity to worship, the rest of the day will be free for leisure activities, personal shopping, and sightseeing.

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MONDAY, JULY 6 - Athens to New York City

Travel to the airport in Athens for the flight home, after spending two weeks with a group who have become good friends, traveling much of the territory that Paul and John worked. The flight will give you time to process the deeper meaning and understanding you will have when you read these passages of the scriptures.


TOUR INFORMATION

The cost of your tour includes:
•  Roundtrip airline travel from New York City.
•  $480 government taxes/airline surcharges.
•  $168 port charges/cruise gratuities.
•  Accommodations on land portion at first-class/select hotels, based on two persons sharing in twin-bedded rooms with private bath.
•  Accommodations on board the cruise in inside cabins with two lower beds and private facilities.
•  Breakfast and dinner daily on the land portion. All meals on board the cruise.
•  All tips for tour guide, bus driver, hotel staff, porterage and dining hall staff.
•  Services of a professional tour escort.
•  Comprehensive sightseeing.
•  All admission fees, porterage, hotel taxes and service charges.
•  Transfers to/from airports by private motor coach including meeting/assistance and porterage.
•  Automatic $100,000 Flight Insurance for Nawas-ticketed passengers (subject to policy terms and limitations)

The total cost for this tour is only $5,450 (per person, based on double occupancy). This is a custom tour built at the request of Dan Kingsley and Barry Britnell for the travelers on this tour. And, as stated above, this tour includes many extras already built in including all tips and most meals.

It will be a tour that you will always remember. If you are interested at all, contact me as soon as possible.

Sign me up! What do I need to do?
•  Download the full brochure from Nawas International Travel to get even more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barry Britnell or Dan Kingsley.
•  Read the General Terms and Conditions in the brochure.
•  Complete the Registration Form in the brochure.
•  Mail the Registration Form, a copy of your Passport and your $800 deposit to the address listed on the form. (Full payment is due by March 14, 2020.)
•  Sit back, relax and count the days until we leave.