Ancient Splendors of Western Turkey (land tour)

Dates: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 to Saturday, May 21, 2016 (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. (This tour can be combined with our central Turkey tour.) Limited to 14 participants!


Tour Pricing (10 to 14 participants): $5,695 per person double occupancy.
Tour Pricing (7 to 9 participants): $6,195 per person double occupancy.
Single Supplement: $795.


**NOTE**
This brochure contains TWO itineraries. Western Turkey, May 11-21 & Central Turkey, May 20-31.

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Itinerary

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – DEPART HOME
Thursday, May 12 – ARRIVE ISTANBUL
Friday, May 13 – ISTANBUL
Saturday, May 14 – ISTANBUL
Sunday, May 15 – ISTANBUL | TROY | ASSOS
Monday, May 16 – ASSOS | PERGAMON | KUSADASI
Tuesday, May 17 – KUSADASI | EPHESUS | KUSADASI
Wednesday, May 18 – KUSADASI | APHRODISIAS | KUSADASI
Thursday, May 19 – KUSADASI | PRIENE | DIDYMA | BODRUM
Friday, May 20 – BODRUM
Saturday, May 21 – BODRUM | ISTANBUL | FLY HOME

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