Hello all, the dates for the next SSU Ministry trip to Turkey and Greece have been set and spaces are filling up quickly. You can review the itinerary by clicking here.
The SSU Ministry Program’s travel/study tour to Turkey and Greece is set for March 11 – 27, 2010. It’s important that we establish a firm list of those who are committed to being on the trip. To facilitate that please contact Lorna Jones at [email protected] or call her at 1-506-466-1781. As I’m sure you know, spouses of Ministry students are encouraged to participate! This trip is also open to any friends of SSU. To secure your place we request an immediate deposit of $100 CAD.
The flights are now the following:
March 11 … Departing Boston at 5:55 PM on Alitalia Flight #615
March 12 … Arriving in Rome at 7:45 AM
Departing Rome at 10:05 AM on Alitalia Flight #704
Arriving in Istanbul at 1:35 PM
March 27 … Departing Thessalonica at 6:35 AM on Alitalia Flight# 733
Arriving in Rome at 7:25 AM
Departing Rome at 10:15 AM on Alitalia Flight # 614
Arriving in Boston at 2:35 PM
The travel company that we are using, Pilgrim Tours, will help with any connections to and from Boston, if you wish. You would contact them directly for this assistance and pay them for that portion of your trip. For this service email Tim Nyce at [email protected] . Please confirm your place on the trip with us first.
The estimated cost of this program is $4500 CAD. This includes:
- round trip air from Boston, Mass
- domestic flight in Turkey
- 13 nights lodging at 1st class hotels
- 2 nights standard outside cabins on Mediterranean cruise
- breakfast and dinner daily, all meals on cruise
- full time English speaking tour guides in Greece and Turkey
- services of long distance deluxe motorcoach
- all guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary
- Turkey visa (for US and CDN participants)***
- tips to drivers and guides
- SSU admin fee (no extra tuition charge)
If you are meeting us in Turkey and arranging all your own flights, then the estimated cost of your program will be $3500 CDN.
The costs are higher for this trip than previous ones because the cost of everything has risen and we have added 2 extra days, to explore the Cappadocia region, plus a domestic flight in Turkey.
***If you are not a Canadian or American citizen, you will need to obtain and pay for your own entry visa into Turkey, if one is required. This may need to be done ahead of time or upon entry.
You will be responsible for buying your lunches every day except for the 2 days on the cruise ship. We usually stop at interesting local places to eat during the day’s activities. You will also be responsible for any tipping apart from the guides and drivers. It is recommended to leave about 1 Euro a night in each hotel room for the cleaning staff, and you will be expected to tip the cruise staff about 10 – 15 euro. At present the Euro is about $1.38 USD / $1.58 CAD.
We will not have the exact charge for the trip until we know the number of participants. The payment schedule is as follows:
Now: $100 CDN
November 6, 2009: $ 600
December 14, 2009: balance due
You may wish to purchase travel insurance through Pilgrim Tours. The cost would be about $275 CDN (to be paid with November payment) and would include trip cancellation, trip interruption and travel medical.
***We require that everyone have some form of travel medical insurance. You can purchase this from your local insurance agent if needed.
For those who are travelling as SSU students, you will already have received your readings and assignments. Please direct any questions to Peter at [email protected] . For those not going for credit but interested in some extra reading, email Peter for this information.
Please feel free to email me, Mary Ellen Fitch ([email protected] ) with any questions about the travel.
We have a limited number of seats available. Students have top priority and then spaces will be filled as deposits are made.
This trip is sure to be a great adventure, learning experience, and time of connecting and fun with an amazing group of people.
Blessings, Mary Ellen