Turkey (28 Aug – 9 Sep 2020)

Join us on this 13D11N Bible Land Tour to Eastern Turkey which is a great combination of pilgrimage + sightseeing.

Beginning in Tarsus - the birth place of St Paul, you will see the ancient ruins of the Roman city. Visit the ancient civilisation of Gaziantep and Mardin. In the south-east of Turkey, you will find ancient towns that have grown with the time, and icons that have appeared in the Christian Bible. Harran a town described in the bible where Abraham lived.

Enjoy the magnificent Nemrud Mountain to admire the colossal stone head statues that is  erected during the Ancient Near East Times. Unconfirmed but widely accepted is the final resting place of Noah’s Ark at Mount Ararat found standing tall and proud over east Turkey. Visit the stunning natural landscape where ancient monuments can be found all around Erzurum where the history from the Selcuk, Mongols and Ottoman Eras can be found.

This really is Eastern Turkey travel at its best.


Tour Highlights:
Tarsus, St Peter’s Grotto, Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Harran, Nemrud Mountain, Karakus Funerary Columns, Malabadi Bridge, Mt Ararat, Ishak Pasha Palace, Muradiye Waterfall, Ani, Ruins of Ani, Arpa River, Seljuk Monuments, Sumela Monastery

Day 1 – Fri, 28 Aug
Assemble at Changi Airport to begin your journey to Turkey.
Departure Flight: TK55 SIN-IST 2325-0525
Check-in starts from 8.30pm (Changi Airport, Terminal 1)
Meals on board the plane

Day 2 – Sat, 29 Aug
Transit in Istanbul for flight to Adana
Transit Flight: TK2458 IST-ADA 0840-1020
Meals on board the plane

Upon arrival to Istanbul, we continue to Adana with our connected flight and drive straight to Tarsus, the birth place of St Paul. During St Paul’s Time, Tarsus was a university city surpassing Athens and Alexandria. See the ancient ruins of the Roman city before driving on to Antioch. Overnight in Antioch. (L/D)

Day 3 – Sun, 30 Aug
Today, we journey east to Antakya, ancient Antioch. Antioch is thought to have founded in 300 BC, St Peter was the first to preach here, followed by St Paul and Barnabas where extensive efforts proved to be very fruitful for Christianity. Highlights include the museum which houses a superb collection of mosaics from the Roman and Byzantine era. St Peter’s Grotto, the cave church came to be known as the meeting place of the early Christians. Then drive on to Seleucia Pieria to see the ancient port city which Paul and Barnabas departed for their first missionary journey (Acts 13:4). Return to hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 4 – Mon, 31 Aug
(Check out in the morning)
After breakfast, drive to Gaziantep. Visit the Zeugma Mosaic Museum and see wonderfully preserved mosaics showing mythological from the Roman empire. Next visit the local Elmaci Bazaar to buy some local produce. If time permits, you can try out the famous Turkish coffee at a local coffee house (at your own expense). Continue the journey to Urfa. (B/L/D)

Day 5 – Tue, 1 Sep
(Check-out in the morning)
Today we visit Urfa, the city of King Abgar the great is believed to have been the first Christian King. It is also the town of the Bible character, Job. Then we drive to Harran, well known for its brick, beehive-like dwellings and to visit the hometown of Abraham. Recap the bible stories of God calling Abraham out of his hometown to the promise land. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it still contains architectural ruins of ancient civilisations that date back to 2000BC. Then we drive to Adiyaman city and overnight there. (B/L/D)

Day 6 – Wed, 2 Sep
(Check-out in the morning)
Today we drive to Nemrud mountain to enjoy the magnificent view and be awed by the many large statues that is believed to be erected during the Ancient Near East times. You will also see an interesting column craved with an eagle (the Karakus Tumulus) that indicates a royal tomb. This place is in the list of UNESCO since 1987. On the way back to Kahta, we will stop to visit Karakus funerary columns coming from 1st BC. On the way to Urfa, we will stop to see one of the biggest rock-filled dam to the world called GAP. We drive to Mardin for the night. (B/L/D)

Day 7 – Thu, 3 Sep
(Check-out in the morning)
On the way to Van, visit a Unesco site – the Malabadi bridge from 12th AD which has an interesting stone arch design. We continue the drive to the next town- Van which is an ancient Urartian capital of Tuspa. There you will learn about the history of the Armenia, Persian and Seleucid kingdoms in who ruled that area during the early centuries. Overnight in Van. (B/L/D)

Day 8 – Fri 4 Sep
(Check-out in the morning)
We will start our journey to Mount Ararat. On our way, we will see the beautiful Muradiye waterfall, then lunch in Dogubeyazit. After lunch, we will visit the magnificent Ishak Pasha Palace, one of the last few surviving Turkish palaces, built during the Ottoman period. Overnight Dogubeyazit. (B/L/D)


Day 9 – Sat, 5 Sep
(Check-out in the morning)
This morning, if weather permits, you may enjoy the unforgettable scenery of the magnificent Mount Ararat, Turkey’s most scenic natural attraction and wonder about the mystery of Noah’s ark (Gen 8:4). Next , visit Tuzluca, a salt mine town before checking in to the hotel in Kars. (B/L/D)


Day 10 – Sun, 6 Sep
(Check-out in the morning)
Early in the morning, we visit the ancient city of Ani (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a fascinating medieval town situated on the ancient Silk Road. View Arpa riverm which forms the border of Armenia. Then proceed to Erzurum- the largest city in Eastern Turkey known for copper crafting and its oltu stone which is a unique black stone used to make jewellery and beads. The city walls and fortress are reminiscent of the period of Byzantine rule. Visit fine Seljuk monuments such as Cifte Minareli Medrese, Uc Kumbetler and the richly decorated portal and tiled minaret of the 13th-century Yakutiye Medressesi. Overnight in Erzurum. (B/L/D)


Day 11 – Mon, 7 Sep
(Check-out in the morning)
Today we will drive to Trabzon to visit the magnificent Sumela Monastery located high on the cliffs in the Altindere National Park - a Greek Orthodox monastery that is craved out from the mountain. It is a mysterious and unique place, especially when mist swirls over the treetops on the valley. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (B/L/D)

Departure Flight: TK2835 TZX-IST 2100-2310


Day 12 – Tue, 8 Sep
(Check-out in the morning)

This morning, we explore the city of Istanbul. Visit the Chora Church and see the beautiful interior designs of this Byzantine Greek Orthodox Church. Then spend some time in Taksim Square to immerse in the local city life and do some last minute shopping before catching your flight back home.

(B/D) Note: Lunch on your own


Day 13 – Wed, 9 Sep

Departure Flight: TK54 IST-SIN 0200-1750
Meals on board the plane

Arrive back in Singapore at 5.50pm.


Tour Information:


Date: 28 Aug - 9 Sep 2020

Price: ≥25pax: SGD$4,050*, ≥15pax: SGD$4,900*



Registration closes: 15 Jun 2020


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


- 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.


Tel: (65) 6304 3762 | Whatsapp: (65) 8424 7072 | Email: info@ibex.sg.

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Spiritual Director

Bishop Terry Kee

In 2009, The Right Reverend Terry Kee succeeded Bishop John Tan as the second bishop of the Lutheran Church in Singapore since its separation from the Lutheran Church in Malaysia in 1997. ishop Terry Kee was a former missionary to Thailand for about 10 years. He is also currently President of National Council of Churches of Singapore (till April 2020).
He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 30 years. He was pastor of Bedok Lutheran Church, Jurong Christian Church, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and Queenstown Lutheran Church. In 2007, he received Masters in Pastoral Care and Counseling at China Lutheran Seminary in Taiwan. He was also an alumnus of Singapore Bible College where he obtained his Bachelor of Theology.

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39 to 35 days before departure date: 75% of Tour Package Price
34 to 0 days and no show: 100% of Tour Package Price

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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.

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.