Strategically located between two continents, Turkey has been a crossroad of civilizations, known for its significant Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and later Ottoman eras. Beginning with a four-night stay in Istanbul, see famous landmarks such as the Roman Hippodrome, the Hagia Sophia (once the largest cathedral in the world), and Topkapi Palace, former palace of Ottoman rulers. Other highlights include a private cruise on the Bosphorus.
Stop at the World War I battlefield of Gallipoli and cross the Dardanelles to explore the site of Homer’s Troy. Continue your discovery of the strong Greco-Roman sites along the coast at Pergamum and Ephesus, where you’ll go behind the scenes to see the recently excavated Terrace Houses. Then board a privately chartered wooden gulet for a leisurely four-day voyage along Turkey’s scenic Turquoise Coast. Conclude your journey with a two-night stay in Antalya, with visits to ancient Perge and Aspendos.
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. Stephanie Larson is an associate professor of classics at Bucknell University who received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin. Stephanie will lead the May 2013 departure. Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and independent scholar. She will lead the August 2013 departure. Karen Britt is professor of Byzantine art and archaeology at the University of Louisville. She will lead the September 2013 departure. Veronica Kalas is an art historian and archaeologist with special expertise in the ancient through Byzantine periods. She will lead the October 2013 departure.
Tour the ancient ruins at Troy, Pergamum, and Ephesus and enjoy an exclusive lecture by a local archaeologist.
Spend four nights aboard a privately chartered, traditional gulet yacht, cruising along the turquoise waters of the Turkish Riviera.
Navigate through an intriguing maze of channels aboard a small skiff to see the Lycian rock tombs at the Lake of Koycegiz.
World Heritage Sites
This tour features the following World Heritage sites in Turkey: