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Kurdistan Tour 2020 | Better Friends Than Mountains

With Dalton Thomas & Joel Richardson

From $4,649 per person

March 24-31, 2020

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Tour Leaders:

Dalton Thomas & Joel Richardson

Location:

Kurdistan

TOUR OVERVIEW:

— Discover the rich Biblical history of the Kurdish region of the Middle East. Who are they? Are they part of the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel?
— Learn about the Middle East through the Kurdish eyes of military, government, and faith leaders.
— Interact with the patriots of Kurdistan – the loyal and highly revered Peshmerga, the Kurdish armed forces who defend the borders.
— Be immersed in the beauty of Kurdish culture and its 2,000 year old roots to the Assyrian and Chaldean Churches of Jesus Christ.
— Visit genocide and war memorials to understand the Kurdish struggle.
— Experience the uniqueness of the most pro-Israel Muslim people of the Middle East.


Watch the feature film series “Better Friends Than Mountains, Vol. I & II” from FAI Studios to learn more.


THE BIBLE
The land of Kurdistan is full of rich Biblical significance and history. From Noah’s sons to Abraham’s pilgrimage, from Nahum and Jonah’s ministry in Nineveh to the Assyrian and Babylonian deportations and exile, the area the Kurds call “home” is a profound and powerful vantage point to discover the incredible story of redemption through Middle Eastern eyes.

THE REGION
Iraqi Kurdistan is situated in the heart of the Middle East. With Turkey to the north, Syria to the west, Iraq proper to the south, and Iran to the east, Kurdistan is one of the most incredible, beautiful, tragic, complicated, intriguing, endearing places in the world today. It is one of the best vantage points to observe and understand the uniqueness of this historical land.

THE PESHMERGA
The Kurdish forces who defend the homeland are called, “Peshmerga” (meaning, “those who face death”). They have been engaged in armed struggle with the Iranian and Iraqi regimes for the last half a century. After the rise and bloody advance of ISIS across the Middle East, the Peshmerga dug in along the eastern rim of Mosul and held the front line until they were defeated. Today that are the facing a complex array of potential scenarios as the power brokers of the Middle East vie for power and domination. LEGACY TOUR participants will meet Peshmerga commanders, visit sites of famous battles, and come away with a deep appreciation for those who fought and still fight Islamic extremism on behalf of the world.

THE PEOPLE
The Kurds are the largest stateless people in the world today. 30-40 million strong, they are a people of kindness, gentleness, warm, and honor. LEGACY TOUR participants will experience a life-changing immersion into Kurdish life and culture as we traverse their stunning landscapes. From the flat-land of the Nineveh plains to the heights of the Zagros Mountains, you will be stand in awe of a breathtaking land and a beautiful people. You will visit genocide memorials and learn about the horrific continuum of persecution of the Kurdish people that is almost impossible not to compare to that of the Jews. Their history of ethnic cleansing and genocide and their ongoing struggle for independence and statehood deserves to be heard.

TOUR MAP:

INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

  • Visit the border areas of Iraqi Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, and Iran).

  • Briefings from military, government, and faith leaders about the unfolding geopolitical dynamics in the region.

  • On-site Biblical exposition from renowned Bible teachers.

  • Interact with Christian ministries across the country serving the Kurds.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Kurdish people and their ongoing struggle for survival and independence.

  • Understand the strategic interconnectedness of the Kurdish and Jewish people in history.

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MAIN ITINERARY

Plane Wing Golden Clouds Itinerary
  • March 24, 2020
  • Depart USA
  • Depart from New York / JFK.

Kurdistan Bird Statue
  • March 25, 2020
  • Erbil
  • Arrive in Erbil for lunch. Drive to the beautiful Erbil International Hotel for a welcome dinner.

Kurdistan Hills and Sunset
  • March 26, 2020
  • Erbil / Qaysari Bazar
  • Visit Erbil’s ancient citadel and city center. Lunch hosted by the Kurdish government. Explore the Qaysari Bazar with its spices, perfumes, and exotic honey. Dinner and overnight at the Erbil International Hotel.

Kurdistan Rock Paintings and Flag
  • March 27, 2020
  • Mathew’s Monastery / Ninevah
  • Visit Mathew’s Monastery of Mar Matta (4th Century Assyrian Church from Ninevah & Persia). Enjoy a Kurdish barbeque and overnight in the historic vestige.

Kurdistan Ruins on Hillside
  • March 28, 2020
  • Nineveh Plains
  • Traverse the Nineveh Plains. Visit a 1,600 year old mountain-top Chaldean church. Explore a local cave system. Drive past remains of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. See the Khinis Reliefs and cuneiform writing of King Sennacherib. View the ancient battleground of Gaugamela where King Darius of Persia fought Alexander the Great. Overnight in Duhok at the Rixos Hotel.

Kurdistan Village in Mountains
  • March 29, 2020
  • Nahum’s Tomb / Genocide Memorial / Korek Mountain
  • Visit Nahum’s Tomb, adjacent ceremonial grounds, and observe Mount Ararat in the distance. Access the Kurdistan Genocide Memorial documenting the terror campaign of Saddam Hussein. View lush waterfalls near the Jondian Resort for lunch. Take a modern funicular up to the ski resort of Korek Mountain with views of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey all around.

Kurdistan Hillside with Horse
  • March 30, 2020
  • Rawanduz Valley
  • Join a spring festival celebration in the green hills of the Rawanduz valley. Return to Erbil for a farewell dinner at the lovely Déjà Vu. Depart after dinner.

Plane Wing Pink and Purple Clouds Itinerary
  • March 31, 2020
  • Return Home
  • Return home to New York / JFK.

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Joel Richardson

Author, Joel’s Trumpet
Grandview, Missouri


Joel Richardson is a New York Times bestselling author, filmmaker, and teacher. Joel lives in the United States with his wife and five children. With a special love for all the people of the Middle East, Joel travels globally teaching the gospel and equipping the saints for the greatest challenges of our time. He is the author of numerous books, the producer of ground-breaking documentaries with Frontier Alliance International (FAI), and has been featured by numerous radio, television and news outlets across the world. Joel also hosts  “The Underground” — an online teaching program on his website Joel’s Trumpet.

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Dalton Thomas | Pioneer, Filmmaker, Author

Dalton Thomas

Filmmaker & Author, FAI
Israel & Kurdistan


Dalton Thomas is the founder and President of Frontier Alliance International (FAI), who has been pioneering initiatives in conflict zones all over the world over the past decade.  Dalton is also the CEO of FAI Studios who has produced landmark Christian documentary films such as The Frontier, Better Friends than Mountains, Covenant and Controversy, and Sheep Among Wolves. He has written several books, including The Controversy of Zion and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble and Unto Death: Martyrdom, Missions, and the Maturity of the Church.

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