Turkey & Greece (10 – 24 Apr 2020)

Join us for a journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history. Enjoy breathtaking views at some of the most beautiful and unique biblical sites in both Turkey and Greece. Walk through the lands of the Churches of Revelation with visits to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. You will also walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul and experience Greek history, culture and learn more about early Christianity. From the iconic religious sites retracing the footsteps of the Apostle Paul to the UNESCO World Heritage Site like the Acropolis in Athens. A truly inspirational experience!

Tour Highlights:
Turkey - Hagia Sophia, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Laodicea, Philadelphia, Sardis, Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon
Greece - Philippi, Thessaloniki, Meteora, Delphi, Acropolis

Changi Airport

Day 1 - Fri, 10 Apr
SINGAPORE
Assemble at Changi Airport to begin your journey to Turkey and Greece.
Departure Flight: TK55 SIN-IST 2335-0525
Check-in starts from 8.30pm
(Changi Airport, Terminal 1)
Meals on board the plane.

Hagia Sophia

Day 2 – Sat, 11 Apr
ISTANBUL
Arrive in Istanbul and proceed to Sultanahmet Square (Old City). Visit Hippodrome, center of sporty (chariot
races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column and
German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. Then visit the Hagia Sophia, now
called the Ayasofya Museum. Built by Constantine the Great, it was reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century
and is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all time. Then we take the Bosphorus cruise to enjoy the unique experience of cruising between 2 continents, Asia and Europe. Lastly, we will visit the aromatic Spice Bazaar, where the smells of cinnamon, cloves and thyme, rise from hundreds of colourful muslin bags at every store-front. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (L/D)

St Peter's Cave Church

Day 3 – Sun, 12 Apr
ISTANBUL / ANTIOCH
(Check-out in the morning)
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Hatay, ancient Antioch.
Flight: TK2252 IST-HTY 1000-1155

Antioch is thought to have been founded in 300 BC. St Peter was the first to preach here, followed by St Paul and Barnabas whose extensive efforts proved to be very fruitful for Christianity. Highlights include the museum which houses a superb collection of mosaics from Antioch, Daphne and Seleucia Pieria. St Peter’s Grotto, the cave church, came to be known as the meeting place of the early Christians. The most interesting monument here is the Tunnel of Titus, which is a tremendous canal dug for the purpose of diverting waters from the Orontes River. Another highlight is the rock tombs with their impressive facades pertaining to the Hellenistic period. Overnight in Antioch. (B/L/D)

 

St Paul's Well

Day 4 - Mon, 13 Apr
ANTIOCH / TARSUS / CAPPADOCIA
(Check-out in the morning)
After an early breakfast, we drive north to Cappadocia. Our first stop is Tarsus, the birthplace of St Paul. Highlights include St Paul’s well and Cleopatra’s Gate. Than second stop is Derinkuyu, an underground city carved into soft rocks resembling a huge labyrinth of tunnels, rooms, kitchens, wine cellars and passageways. A huge chimney ventilates this 8-level dwelling, which was used by Christians hiding from their Roman and Byzantine persecutors. Their colourful frescoes remain as vibrant as when they were first made. Further on, we come to Cappadocia, which reminds the visitor of a village out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B/L/D)

 

Valley of Goreme

Day 5 - Tue, 14 Apr
CAPPADOCIA
OPTIONAL: HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
(additional USD$250, early in the morning)
In the morning, we visit the Valley of Goreme to explore the unusual troglodyte dwellings, remains of the early churches comprising complicated rooms hollowed out of the cones of volcanic ash and decorated with scratched frescoes. We will visit the Apple Church, the Church of Sandals, and the Church with a Buckle in Goreme. Next stops are Ortahisar and proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries. Stop by the famous local pottery where you can buy some as souvenir. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B/L/D)

 

Antioch Pisidian

Day 6 - Wed, 15 Apr
CAPPADOCIA / PAMUKKALE
(Check out in the morning)
Following an early breakfast, we drive to Pisidian Antioch (Yalvac). During Paul’s time, the population was made up of Jews, Romans and Greeks. Very little is left of Pisidian Antioch today. Thereafter, we proceed to Pamukkale and stay the night there. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B/L/D)

 

Laodicea

Day 7 - Thu, 16 Apr
PAMUKKALE / SARDIS / KUSADASI
(Check out in the morning)
In the morning, visit the Antique City of Hierapolis where Calcareous hot springs descending over cliff shave created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins. Then stop at Laodicea where we find here two Theaters, a large Stadium, a Water Tower and an Odeon. The city is named by Antiochus II in honor of his wife, Laodicea. St. Paul wrote a letter to the church here (Acts:4:16). Drive to Alasehir. Visit Philadelphia which was an important Christian centre during Byzantine times. Then proceed to Sardis whose history dates back to 12th century B.C. Sardis felt the influence of Christianity very early and was included in the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. During the Byzantine times it was the seat of a bishopric. Highlights will be a Synagogue, Gymnasium, Byzantine Church and the Temple of Artemis. Drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B/L/D)

Ephesus

Day 8 - Fri, 17 Apr
KUSADASI / EPHESUS / KUSADASI
(Check out in the morning)
Drive to Selcuk Town and stop at a Leather Outlet on the way. Visit the famous ancient city of Ephesus, one of the world’s finest archaeological sites. Highlights include the Library of Celcius, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Theatre. After lunch, visit the Basilica of St John “the Evangelist” who came here with the Virgin Mary and wrote his Gospel in Ephesus. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B/L/D)

Pergamon

Day 9 - Sat, 18 Apr
KUSADASI / PERGAMON / CANAKKALE
(Check out in the morning)
In the morning, drive to Izmir and visit one of the Churches of Revelation in Izmir (Symra). Then drive to Thyteria to see the remains of the church. This was one of the principle towns where Christianity spread quickly. Proceed to Pergamon. Among the impressive structures of this city, dating from 399 B.C., we will see the Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus and the 200,000 volume library which was surpassed only by that found in Alexandria at the time. Proceed to Canakkale. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. (B/L/D)

Philippi

Day 10 - Sun, 19 Apr
CANAKKALE / GREECE BORDER / KAVALA
(Check out in the morning)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Greece Border. Cross to Greece side at around 11:30am. Depart and drive via the first Greek town, Alexandroupolis. Continue along the coast to Kavala, Biblical Neapolis. Drive to and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Philippi to explore the archaeological site and its incredible ruins. Here you can see the remains of the Agora, the Octagon, the remains of the 2 Basilicas and St, Paul’s prison. Completing the tour, drive to Kavala. (B/L/D)

White Tower

Day 11 - Mon, 20 Apr
KAVALA / THESSALONIKI / KALAMBAKA
(Check out in the morning)
Continue along the coast to Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki. See the White Tower (the symbol of the city), the Via Egnatia, the Church of St. Dimitrios and the Rotunda. After lunch, drive south into central Greece, to Kalambaka, the town nestling at the foot of Meteora. On the way, visit the mountain town of Veria. See the spot where St. Paul preached the gospel and continue on to Kalambaka. (B/L/D)

Meteora

Day 12 - Tue, 21 Apr
KALAMBAKA / DELPHI
(Check out in the morning)
This morning, we drive to Meteora and visit one of the Meteora monastery. Standing amid striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid air. Inside, see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, manuscripts and jewellery. Then drive to Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 13 - Wed, 22 Apr
DELPHI / ATHENS
(Check out in the morning)
After breakfast, we visit the archaeological site of Delphi. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of the Apollo Pythios. See and visit the Doric Temple, the Treasury of the Athenians and see Castalia Spring. Visit also the museum holding masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze charioteer. On the way back to Athens, passing the mountain village of Arachova, Levadia and the town of Thebes.

Arrive in the early afternoon in Athens and proceed with your Half Day City Tour. See Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones in their traditional costume. See the Athens Academy and the University. Stop at the Pan Athenaic Olympic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896). See the archaeological site of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. After dinner, transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight in Athens. (B/L/D)

 

Day 14 - Thu, 23 Apr
ATHENS / DEPARTURE
(Check out in the morning)
After breakfast, we drive west along the coastal highway, the Apollo coast where we will stop to see the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean and the Ionian Seas. Continue to and visit Ancient Corinth. See the Bema, the Temple of Apollo, the remains of the Agora, and Pyrene Fountain. Visit Cenchreaes, from where the Apostle Paul departed on his journey. Lunch at a local restaurant. On the Acropolis, visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon. Free time for shopping in Plaka area and Syntagma Square until dinner at a local restaurant. Evening transfer to Athens airport for flight to Istanbul (transit) for connection flight to Singapore. (B/L/D)
Departure Flight: TK1844 ATH-IST 2225-2355

 

Singapore

Day 15 - Fri, 24 Apr
Transit in Istanbul
Flight to Singapore: TK54 IST-SIN 0200 – 1750
Arrive in Singapore at 5.50pm.

 

Tour Information:

 

Date: 10 - 24 Apr 2020
Price: ≥20 pax: SGD$5,450* ≥30pax: SGD$4,850*

 

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Enjoy $100* discount per pax when you sign up for this Bible Land Tour.
Valid: Register by 31 Dec 2019.

NOTE: THIS TOUR IS FULLY REGISTERED

 

NO HIDDEN COST

 

Registration extended: 31 Dec 2019

 

*Terms and Conditions.
- Tour cost includes airfare, airport & fuel taxes and land package as in itinerary.
- Excludes any increase in taxes.

 

Note:
- The itinerary and flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
- Hotel confirmations will be given 2 weeks before departure.

 

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Spiritual Director

Rev Dr Danny Goh is the Pastor of The Bible Church, Singapore. Previously, he lectured at Singapore Bible College and TCA College and he majors in the counselling, family life and pastoral ministry. With his wealth of experience in teaching and preaching the Word, he will be able share biblical insights on the Word during the tour.

Corinth Canal

Meteora

Delphi

Ephesus

Hagia Sophia

Laodicea

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Greece

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BOOKING AND DEPOSIT
Bookings will be accepted upon payment of deposit as stated in itinerary. The deposit made forms part of the final payment. However, please note the deposit does not constitute confirmation of the tour. Confirmation of tour is subjected to the minimum group size (as determined by the Company) in order for the confirmation to be effected and for the departure to be finalised.

PAYMENT
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In the event that the Company does not receive any payment when due for whatever reason, the Company reserves the right to cancel the participant’s booking immediately, in which case the participant shall pay the relevant cancellation fees accordingly.

CANCELLATION BY PARTICIPANT
In the event of a cancellation of tour, the participant is required to give prior notice in writing or by email to the Company. A cancellation fee is applicable and is based on the following calculation. The Company shall not be held liable for any contingent costs incurred by the Participant arising from cancellation.

CANCELLATION FEE
Once tour confirmation email is sent: Deposit Forfeited
39-35 days before departure date: 75% of Tour Package Price
34-0 days and no show: 100% of Tour Package Price

AMENDMENT TO BOOKINGS
Any amendment requested by the Participant to existing booking will incur an administrative charge of $50 and additional charges levied by the airlines, hotels, or service providers concerned. Any amendment request will be subject to airlines, hotels, and service providers’ approval and conditions.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
All Participants are strongly recommended to purchase a travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances such as trip cancellation, personal baggage loss, personal accident, injury or illness. The purchase of travel insurance is an additional cost and it is to be bore by the participant. Under no circumstance is the Company responsible for expenses of uninsured participants. Under no circumstances is the Company to be construed of as being a carrier under contract for the safe carriage of any passenger and/or his/her baggage and belongings.

* Participants are advised to buy adequate travel insurance, including cover against the following:
(1) the validity of his or her passport, with at least a minimum of 6 months from the departure date of the trip;
(2) the necessary visas, vaccinations, health certificates; and
(3) all necessary travel documents (eg. Exit permit, work permit, social visitor pass, etc) as required by the various government authorities of the country/countries to be visited.

VISA
Different embassies and consulates require varying lengths of time to process visa applications. The Company renders assistance in Visa application wherever possible. The Company cannot, however, guarantee the approval of such visa application. This service is subject to (auxiliary) charges.

If, for any reason, application for Visa or exit permit is rejected, the relevant cancellation fee as stated under the section “Cancellation by Participant”, and/or in the addendums to the terms and conditions, if any, will apply.

The Company will not be responsible for any expense, reimbursement or refund of the trip fare if the Participant is deported or refused entry by immigration authorities on the trip for whatever reasons, including improper travel documents, quarantine, custom regulations, and possession of unlawful items or irregularities that may cause harm/damage to person or property.

EXTENSION OF STAY OR DEVIATION
Any extension or deviation of stay may be permitted at the end of the tour. This is subjected to maximum validity and restrictions of air tickets, seat confirmation and availability of hotel prior to commencement of tour. It is the Participant’s responsibility to hold firm confirmation for their return flight.

When extension or deviation cannot be confirmed three weeks prior to group departure date, Participant is deemed to remain with the original tour schedules.

Extension of stay or deviation will be at Participant’s own expense and transfers to or from the airport will not be provided.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Where the Company has not been negligent nor in breach of any duty, it assumes no responsibility for injury, damage, accident, loss, delay or irregularities that may be caused to person or property where such occur as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

The Company does not accept any liability, whether negligent or otherwise, of those service providers for and during the trip but will render assistance wherever possible. The Company also will not be responsible or liable (for damages, refunds or otherwise) for: mechanical breakdown, government actions, weather, acts of God, strikes, compulsory quarantine, or other circumstances beyond its control.

The Company reserves rights to alter routes, timetables, itineraries, and accommodation reserved if this is so necessary or in the case of force majeure and to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason including insufficient number of passengers.

The Company will as far as possible try to notify the client 14 days prior to departure in the case of cancellation due to insufficient numbers or as early as possible if cancellation is due to other factors.

RIGHT TO REJECT
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(2) Failure of Participant to follow reasonable instructions including but not limited to check-in and check-out places and times.
(3) When it appears to the Company, the Participant is likely to endanger the health or safety of the rest of the Participants.
In any of the foregoing events, the Company’s sole liability shall be to refund to the client any monies paid less the amounts for service utilized, administration and cancellation fees.

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MISCELLANEOUS
The Company will only conduct water baptism upon request by the Pastor or Ministry leader who is leading the tour group for their church.

The Company will not accept any registration for twin sharing if the couple is unmarried.

All claims against The Company must be made in writing within 14 days from the date of return to Singapore for the company’s investigation. No responsibility is accepted in respect of any complaint and/or claim not so made.

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FAQ

Please read the following FAQ.

A. General information about IBEx
1. IBEx is a licensed travel agent with Singapore Tourism Board (TA no. 02822).
2. Office address: International Bible Experiences (Main Office): 7 Armenian Street, #B2-02, Singapore 179932.
3. Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm (Closed on weekends and Public Holidays).
4. General enquiry: Call 6304 3762 or Email info@ibex.sg

B. Bookings and Payments
1. How do I book a tour package?
Visit our website www.ibex.sg to select your choice of tour and register online. After registration, mail the cheque deposit to IBEx’s office (Refer to A2). Please ensure your passport has at least 7 months’ validity from the date of departure.

2. Amendments to booking
If you want to make changes after the online registration closes, there is an IBEx amendment fee of $50 and, in addition, the airline and land operators’ amendment charges will apply where applicable. For cancellation of tour, refer to D.

3. Modes of Payment
We accept the following
i. Cash: Please pay in person at IBEx’s office (Refer to A2.)
ii. Cheque: Crossed and made payable to ‘IBEX’ as indicated in the booking form. Please indicate participant’s name, contact no, tour destination and tour dates on the back of the cheque.
iii. ATM, Bank transfer or PayNow: Please contact us for the bank details or UEN Number.

C. Accommodation
1. What is the hotel standard for the tours?
Generally, we will provide 3-5 star hotel accommodation. This will be indicated in the tour itinerary.

2. What type of room options is available?
The tour cost displayed is based on twin sharing. For single room, there will be a supplementary cost. For triple sharing room, the tour cost for each participant remains the same for twin sharing. There is no reduced cost for triple sharing.

D. Cancellation and Refund
1. What happens when I cancel the tour?
You are required to inform IBEx on your cancellation via email or writing. A cancellation fee will be imposed on the participant. Refer to the terms and conditions for the cancellation charges.

CANCELLATION FEE
Once tour confirmation email is sent: Deposit Forfeited
39-35 days: 75% of Tour Package Price
34-0 days and no show: 100% of Tour Package Price

2. What happens to my tour deposit if the tour fails to materialise?
Upon the closing of registration, if a tour fails to materialize, the deposit will be returned to participants.

E. Visa
1. Do I need a visa?

Please check with us if you require a visa. We will assist in visa application wherever possible; however, there will be extra charges. For overseas participants joining our tours, you are required to apply for your own visas at the nearest embassy to you.

F. Others
1. Can I extend the tour?
Participants who are interested to extend the tour are required to purchase their own air tickets (same departure flight to tour destination). They are only permitted to extend after the end of the tour.

2. Travel insurance
Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase their own travel insurance so as to cover any unforeseen circumstances for their tour.

3. Terms and conditions
The full terms and conditions are available on IBEx’s website.