Ancient Splendors of Western Turkey (land tour)
Dates: Friday, May 1, 2020 (11 days)
This trip is still in its planning stages. Please contact us for further details.
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. (This tour can be combined with our central Turkey tour.) Limited to 14 participants!
Tour Pricing TBA
(subject to change)
Day 1: DEPART HOME
Day 2: ARRIVE ISTANBUL
Day 3: ISTANBUL
Day 4: ISTANBUL
Day 5: ISTANBUL | TROY | ASSOS
Day 6: ASSOS | PERGAMON | KUSADASI
Day 7: KUSADASI | EPHESUS | KUSADASI
Day 8: KUSADASI | APHRODISIAS | KUSADASI
Day 9: KUSADASI | PRIENE | DIDYMA | BODRUM
Day 10: BODRUM
Day 11: BODRUM | ISTANBUL | FLY HOME
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