Disciples Women Travel to Turkey
Oct. 14 – 25, 2010
14 OCT (THU) ISTANBUL
Arrival on Delta #72 non-stop from NY with transfer from Ataturk Airport to Hotel Marinem. After lunch -Bosphorus Cruise weather permitting; 5 pm – Walking tour of the area around our hotel – Laleli – and “Dos and Don’ts” session with our Turkish tour guide. Overnight at the Hotel Marinem.
15 OCT (FRI) ISTANBUL
Full day tour. Roman Hippodrome + Blue Mosque + Underground Cistern + St. Sophia. Afternoon visit to an Islamic Theological School / Conversation with Muslim women scholars.
16 OCT (SAT) ISTANBUL / IZMIR
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a domestic flight to Izmir (it leaves Istanbul at 08:00 am). Visit Izmir High School. After lunch start out for Kusadasi. Visit St. John Basilica in Selcuk. Dinner and overnight at the Tatlises Hotel / Kusadasi.
17 OCT (SUN) IZMIR / GAZIANTEP
Visit the ancient site of Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, the Selcuk Archaeology museum and Sirince village. Continue to Izmir Airport for domestic flight to Gaziantep (it leaves Izmir at 20:50 hours). Upon arrival to Gaziantep, our group will be transferred to the Dedeman Hotel.
18 OCT (MON) GAZIANTEP / MIDYAT
Visit to historic hospital, talk to nurses and doctors. Visit Gaziantep Mosaic Museum. Continue to Midyat. Overnight at Kasri Nehroz Hotel / Midyat.
19 OCT (TUE) MIDYAT/MARDIN
Visit Mor Gabriel Monastery and talk to Metropolit (Archbishop in the Ancient Syrian Church) and nuns. Join noon prayer at the monastery. Afternoon visit to project in Mardin that helps women who are threatened by so called “honor killing.” Overnight at Kasri Nehroz Hotel / Midyat.
Read up on the history of the Ancient Syrian Church (Syrian Orthodox.) Some of the women you will meet later on in Istanbul come from this ancient church and others – the Chaldean Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Greek or Rum Orthodox Church. There is a book on your reading list (The lost history of Christianity: the thousand-year golden age of the church in the Middle East, Africa and Asia – and how it died,)or you can check out these Web sites, especially the last one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syriac_Orthodox_Church (which has a photo of a Midyat church building) http://www.syrianorthodoxchurch.net/Location/Global/SOC-index-Global-en.htm (explains some history and where the name comes from) http://sor.cua.edu/Intro/index.html (explains history, rituals, etc. in some detail)
20 OCT (WED) MIDYAT / MARDIN / ISTANBUL
Transfer from the hotel in Midyat to Mardin Airport for a domestic flight to Istanbul (it leaves Mardin at 09:40 am) Visit the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program (IIMP) at Tunel. Return to hotel. In the evening we will attend a “Whirling Dervishes” Ceremony which begins at 19:30 hours and lasts approximately 1 hour. Return to Hotel Marinem.
21 OCT (THU) ISTANBUL / IZNIK
Drive from Istanbul to women’s handcraft center in Bolu area (4 hours). Drive to Iznik (Nicea). Overnight at Camlik Motel / Iznik.
22 OCT (FRI) ISTANBUL / IZNIK
Sightseeing in Iznik: visits to the City walls, the Green mosque, the museum, the ruins of St. Sophia and the theater. Iznik used to be the ceramic center for the Ottoman Empire. Iznik tiles were world famous! There are museums here in Istanbul dedicated to Iznik tiles and pottery produced throughout the centuries of the Ottoman Empire. But pottery making died out there. Recently it is being revived. We hope to meet some of the women artisans who are part of this revival. Return to Istanbul for overnight at the Hotel Marinem.
Iznik is both a beautiful place and an historic place. You might want to review its importance in the history of Christianity. Hint – its Greek name is Nicene. Here is a Web site to begin from: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/turkey/nicea-iznik.htm
23 OCT (SAT) ISTANBUL
Morning speakers : Women from the Turkish Bible Society, Istanbul World Day of Prayer Committee, and the American Board. Photo presentation on women in Turkey. Have lunch in the historic American Board/Bible Society building with speakers and their friends. We hope that Global Ministries mission personnel Alison Stendahl and associate Ruth Briddock will also join us at some time during this day. In the afternoon we will visit St. Saviour in Chora and shop in the Grand Covered Bazaar. Overnight at the Hotel Marinem.
24 OCT (SUN) ISTANBUL
11:00 Attend Moda Presbyterian Church, which features special music. Lunch hosted by the church. In the afternoon we will visit the Rustempasa Mosque and the Spice Bazaar. Final dinner is being arranged – hopefully at a fish restaurant. Overnight at the Hotel Marinem.
25 OCT (MON) ISTANBUL
Departure transfer from the hotel to Ataturk Airport for the departing flight.