Ancient Splendors of Western Turkey (land tour)

Dates: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 to Saturday, May 26, 2018 (11 days)
Tour Leader: Nicolle Hirschfeld

The marble-paved Arcadian Way at Ephesus. Image © R. Todd Nielsen.

Along the magnificent Aegean coast of Turkey are some of the world’s most spectacular Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman temples, theaters, and stadiums; early Byzantine churches, Ottoman palaces, and outstanding museums. Highlights of this custom-designed program include archaeologist Nicolle Hirschfeld, who has received rave reviews on past AIA tours of Turkey; Istanbul, the Byzantine capital for 1,000 years and Ottoman capital for 500; legendary Troy, site of the epic siege in Homer’s Iliad; Assos, Aristotle’s retreat, with breathtaking views of the Aegean; the spectacular ruins at Pergamon, one of western Asia’s greatest ancient cities, established by the great ancient practitioner of medicine, Galen; Ephesus, the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, visited by St. Paul; Priene, the oldest- and best-known example of a Hellenistic city; Didyma’s enormous oracular Temple of Apollo; the vast site of Aphrodisias, with its magnificent sculptures and well-preserved stadium; and Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Prof. Hirschfeld’s research base. Limited to 14 participants!

$4,545 (12-14 participants) per person double occupancy
$4,945 (7-11 participants) per person double occupancy
$645 single supplement


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Depart Home
Thursday, May 17 – Arrive Istanbul
Friday, May 18 – Istanbul
Saturday, May 19 – Istanbul
Sunday, May 20 – Istanbul | Troy | Assos
Monday, May 21 – Assos | Pergamon | Kusadasi
Tuesday, May 22 – Kusadasi | Ephesus | Selçuk | Kusadasi
Wednesday, May 23 – Kusadasi | Aphrodisias | Kusadasi
Thursday, May 24 – Kusadasi | Priene | Diddyma | Bodrum
Friday, May 25 – Bodrum
Saturday, May 26 – Bodrum | Istanbul | Fly Home

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