Tyler Junior College is taking reservations for “Turkey: Biblical and Archeological Tour of Asia Minor,” planned for March 6 to 15, officials announced.

Designed to enrich the American public’s knowledge of early Christianity, archeology, Turkey and the Middle East, tour stops will include Istanbul, Konya, Kusadasi, Aphrodisia, Hierapolis, the Mediterranean Sea, Bosphorus, Canakkale, Dardanells, Ephesus and Troy.

More than half of the places referred to in the Bible also are in modern day Turkey — from Tarsus, Ephesus, Antioch, Harran, Noah’s landing on Mount Ararat in the east, to the Aegean coast in the west. The Aegean coast is believed to be where the Virgin Mary spent her final mortal years and the Seven Churches of the Revelation.

Turkey is a favorite destination for Christians who want to explore the history of Christianity from the missionary journeys of Paul and other apostles, to the great Church Councils of the 4th to 6th centuries, to the Byzantine-era communities including the exotic region of Cappadocia.

Turkey is a land of breathtaking beauty, of high mountains and deep valleys, with a rich and beautiful folklore, superb food and a hospitable people. About 38 million visited Turkey last year.

More than 1,500 college students, faculty and community members have traveled to Turkey since 1990.

The 10-day tour is $1,590 for the land portion plus the cost of international and domestic airfares. The fee will pay for double occupancy room, ground transportation; accommodations in four-star hotels; entrance fees, two meals per day; professional, English speaking tour guides; and all taxes, tips and fees.

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