Venture off the beaten path to explore central and southern Turkey. Begin with a three-day stay in Istanbul, which introduces you to its cultural and spiritual heart. Then travel to Gaziantep, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, and learn more about the city’s Arabic and Assyrian influences. A cruise on the Euphrates evokes stories from the Bible and ancient civilizations, as does a tour of Urfa (thought to be the birthplace of Abraham) and a day-trip to the early city of Harran.
At Mt. Nemrut, see the incredible mountain-top statues and temples and learn about the history of King Antiochus. In Cappadocia, renowned for its awe-inspiring natural rock formations, explore churches hewn out of the landscape and an open-air museum with 8th-century murals. Stop at the Hittite site of Hattusha, a World Heritage site, then conclude in the capital city of Ankara to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey.
This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.
Throughout this tour, travel in the company of an exceptional Smithsonian Study Leader. Kim Codella is an archaeologist who has worked in Armenia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey. His interests in Anatolia range from the Neolithic period to the formation of the modern Turkish Republic. Kim will lead the September 2012 departure. Janet Jones is an archaeologist and professor of Classics at Bucknell University. She will lead the May 2013 departure. Jackie Maxwell has expertise in the Late Roman Empire, especially what is now Turkey. She will lead the September 2013 departure.
Sample Gaziantep’s renowned cuisine through a cooking lesson.
Enjoy a cruise on the Euphrates River.
Discover King Antiochus’ statues and temples at Mt. Nemrut.
Explore Cappadocia’s surrealistic landscape, underground cities, and open-air museums.
World Heritage Sites
This expedition visits these World Heritage sites in Turkey: