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Turkey/Aegean Study Abroad

Want to understand the New Testament better and the ancient world in which it was written? Then join Associate Dean and Biblical and Theological Studies Professor Greg A. Camp, who has led several trips to Greece and Turkey, on a discovery tour that focuses on the Roman world of Paul, John, the book of Acts, and the early church. See temples, sculptures, mosaics, frescoes, ancient houses, gymnasiums, theaters, marketplaces, spas, sewer systems, stadiums, harbors, and more. Layers of history span Hittite, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern times.


Ruins in Turkey

First Two Weeks

  • Walk the streets of Istanbul visiting the Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), underground Basilica Cistern, Kora Church, Galata Tower, Egyptian Spice Market, and so much more.
  • See the oldest international peace treaty between the Hittite and Egyptian empires, the sign from the Jerusalem temple warning Gentiles not to enter, and walls from Nineveh.
  • Tour the site of the Trojan War at the ancient city of Troy.
  • Walk the streets of the cities of John’s Revelation including Pergamum, Smyrna, Philadelphia, Thyatira, Sardis, Ephesus and Laodicea.
  • See the Ephesus slope houses, home to the wealthy, the famed Celsus Library, agoras, and theater.
  • Enjoy the beautiful coastal towns of Assos (where Aristotle met his wife), Miletus, Didyma, Priene, and Bodrum.
  • Visit the Greek islands of Samos (home of the mathematician Pythagoras) and Kos (center of Hippocrates’ medical tradition). 
  • Climb the hill that covers unexcavated Colossae where Paul sent letters to the Colossians and to Philemon.
  • Walk the streets of the ancient sculpting center of Afrodisias with its theater, stadium, houses, monuments, sarcophagi, and numerous examples of exquisite sculptures.
  • Conclude the first two weeks by enjoying the natural spa baths in Pamukkale while touring the ancient resort town of Hierapolis with its grand theater, a temple to Apollo, spas, snow-white travertine terraces and cliffs, extensive necropolis (cemetery), and possible burial spot of the apostle Philip.

Third Week

  • Extend the trip to a third week by crossing the Taurus mountains to the southern coastal city of Antalya, the site of the beginning of Paul’s second missionary journey in the region.
  • See the most complete theater in the ancient world at Aspendos before stepping even further back in time at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük dated 7500-5700 BCE.
  • Marvel at the cave churches, monasteries, and villages in Goreme, Cappadocia that was a crucial site for early Christianity.
  • Complete the tour with a stay in Ankara visiting national museums and colorful markets.

Dates and Cost

Two weeks: June 4 – June 18, 2022. $3490
Three weeks: June 4 – June 25, 2022. $4995

Cost includes airfare, housing, tour guides, breakfasts and dinners (lunches on own), and entrance fees to sites. Scholarships are available for qualifying TUG students*.

This price is all-inclusive except for transport to and from San Francisco International airport, passport cost, lunches, and any food purchases on the trip to and from Turkey, Turkish Visa (approx. $20), required travel insurance arranged by FPU, and personal purchases.

Tutku Tours, based in Izmir Turkey, a leading Biblical Studies tour agency providing trips to Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, and Italy, arranges flights and all tour services.

Traditional Undergraduate Scholarship*

Up to ten $1,200 scholarships will be awarded, primarily on a first-come-first-served basis, to students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program on the main campus for the three-week option, less for the two-week option. (Degree completion, graduate and seminary students do not qualify for these scholarships.)

Course credit

Undergraduate academic units may be earned but must be arranged with the trip organizer. Going on the trip may be used to meet the disciplinary part of the “Focus Series” requirement with no units being given, but a course in theology, ministry, or biblical studies must be arranged (either during the trip or regular semester) to meet the other part of the requirement. Check with the trip organizer for specifics.

Turkish Visa

US and Canadian citizens can get a Turkish Visa online before arrival at

Registration deadline

Deadline TBD. Space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Your $200 registration fee (to be applied toward the balance due) will guarantee your spot. 

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  1. $200 per person Deposit for the airline: December 1, 2021
  2. Full Payment: March 1, 2022

Cancellation penalty

  • 120-90 days prior to departure: No Penalty
  • 89-60 days prior to departure: 10%
  • 59-45 days prior to departure: 25%
  • 44-30 days prior to departure: 50%
  • 29-15 days prior to departure: 75%
  • 14 days & After No refund

Payment is due in three increments: December 1, February 1 and March 1.

Payment timeline
  • January 15 - $300 deposit 
  • February 1 - $2,000
  • March 1 - Balance due

If any of the above days fall on a weekend, then the money is due on the last work day before.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In February, plane tickets for the group will be purchased for the group by FPU and your account will be billed for your ticket. Except in exceptional circumstances, these are non-refundable tickets. Once your ticket has been purchased, you will be billed for it even if you decide not to go. Though it is not required, FPU recommends purchasing additional cancelation insurance on your ticket.

Contact information

For more information, contact Greg Camp to get your name on a list of possible participants and receive a tentative itinerary, regular updates, reminders and an application form.

Informational Brochure