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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Dalton Thomas & Joel Richardson
— 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
- March 25, 2020
Arrive in Erbil for lunch. Drive to the beautiful Erbil International Hotel for a welcome dinner.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Author, Joel’s Trumpet
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.
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.