—Discover the rich Biblical history of the Kurdish region of the Middle East
—Learn about the Middle East through the Kurdish eyes of military, government, and faith leaders
—Interact with the Peshmerga, the Kurdish armed forces who defend the borders
—Be immersed in the beauty and wonder of Kurdish culture
—Visit genocide and war memorials to understand the Kurdish struggle
—Experience the uniqueness of the most pro-Israel Muslim people of the Middle East
—Visit the borders 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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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 what is happening in the region as a whole.
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.
MARCH 24 - Depart NEW YORK / JFK
MARCH 25 - Arrive In Erbil for Lunch
MARCH 26 - Visit Erbil’s ancient citadel and city center.
MARCH 27 - Visit Mathew’s Monastery of Mar Matta
MARCH 28 - Traverse the Nineveh Plains.
MARCH 29 - Visit Nahum’s Tomb, adjacent ceremonial grounds, and observe Mount Ararat in the distance.
MARCH 30 - Join a spring festival celebration in the green hills of the Rawanduz valley.
MARCH 31 - Return home to New York / JFK
THIS IS THE BASE COST AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON CERTAIN VARIABLES LIKE
ROOM CHOICE, OPTIONAL INSURANCE, AND HOME AIRPORT LOCATION.
frequently asked questions
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Is KURDISTAN A COUNTRY OR A REGION?
The Kurdish people currently have no State. If they did it would be called “Kurdistan.” Today 30-40 million Kurds are spread across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran (as well as other Western countries to which they’ve fled or immigrated). LEGACY TOURS participants will be visiting Iraqi Kurdistan and all its borders.
IS it safe to travel to kurdistan?
Despite ever-evolving dynamics of war and upheaval in the region, Iraqi Kurdistan is surprisingly stable, calm, and safe. The Kurds are warm, kind, and hospitable. LEGACY TOURS provide security details for all our participants.
WHERE DO WE FLY INTO?
Participants will fly into Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq that is under the control of the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government).
do I need a visa?
US Passport holders do not need VISAS beforehand. You will be granted a VISA on arrival. For other passports, contact us for more information.