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.

On December 28, 2017, the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., announced that they are restoring visa services for U.S. citizens to visit Turkey. Join archaeologist Nicolle Hirschfeld, who has received rave reviews on past AIA tours of Turkey, and a small group of like-minded fellow travelers on our bespoke tour this spring!

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 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; 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. Maximum of just 14 participants.

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





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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