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A traditional Turkish gulet

Legendary Turkey and the Turquoise Coast

Explore Turkey's landmark classical sites and enjoy a four-day cruise aboard a traditional Turkish gulet
Starting at $4,592
Including airfare, airline taxes & departure fees
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Veronica Kalas
May 1 - 15, 2014; Oct 18 - Nov 1, 2014
Veronica Kalas is an art historian and archaeologist with special expertise in the ancient through Byzantine periods. She has taught courses on such topics as ancient Rome, ancient to medieval art and architecture, and special topics in Byzantine art at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor and Dearborn) and Wayne State University, as well as in Ankara. Veronica has also worked on archaeological excavations and architectural surveys in Greece, Turkey, and Tunisia. She earned her Ph.D. in art history and archeology from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and her B.A. in Classical archaeology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her special area of expertise focuses on the architecture and society of Byzantine Cappadocia, a volcanic region located in central Turkey. She is also very interested in cross cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the history of art and archaeology. Veronica has published many articles and papers, and is currently working on a book on Cappadocia. Her work has been supported by various grants and fellowships, including the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and Dumbarton Oaks Research Libraries and Collections in Washington, D.C. Veronica has enjoyed filming for the History Channel, lecturing to the public, and leading archeological study tours.

Janet Duncan Jones
May 17 - 31, 2014
Janet Duncan Jones is Professor of Classics at Bucknell University. Janet received her B.A. in Latin from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Janet is an active field archaeologist specializing in Greek and Roman art and architecture, ancient urbanization, ancient technology with a focus on ancient glass production, and ancient environmental issues. She has published widely on the history of technology and is a frequent lecturer at universities and museums. She is full of stories from her extensive travels in the Mediterranean and Middle East and from over 20 years of archaeological field work in Greece at Athens and Corinth, in Turkey at Gritille Hoyuk and Gordion, in Tunisia at Carthage and in Jordan at el-Lejjun, Humayma, and Aqaba. Janet will be leading the May 17, 2014 departure.

Gail Cornell
Aug 30 - Sep 13, 2014; May 2 - 16, 2015
Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and independent scholar whose areas of focus include the urban development of Iberia by the Romans and the history of the Islamic civilization of al-Andalus. She has lectured on numerous educational tours to Portugal, Spain, Tuscany, and the Mediterranean over the last 13 years. Gail has a strong interest in historic preservation and raising architectural literacy. As a volunteer for the Save Ellis Island Foundation, she leads tours of newly restored buildings on Ellis Island in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a member of the Municipal Art Society of New York, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Gail will be leading the September 2014 departure.

Bella Vivante
Sep 27 - Oct 11, 2014
Bella Vivante, Professor of Classics, University of Arizona, has eagerly led college age and adult learners on many study tours through Turkey and Greece. She delights in repeatedly seeing the fantastic ancient to modern sites and artifacts herself and in sharing her enthusiasm with other interested learners. She is particularly excited about traveling in Turkey because of the rich array of cultures that have flourished on this landbase, reflected in the places we will visit. A recent adult learners tour she independently directed through western Turkey and a course on Anatolia, Cradle of Civilizations she is teaching in Spring 2014 have reinforced her passion for and knowledge about this Turkey excursion. Her research focuses on ancient Greek poetry, especially Homer, ancient women’s ritual and cultural roles, and on the figure of Helen as icon of femininity and poetic creation in ancient Greek and modern poetry. Her publications include: “Helen in 20th c. Films,” Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, and a translation of Euripides’ Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides. As she has already developed among a local enthusiastic following, Bella looks forward to creating with the Smithsonian Journeys traveler her love for the ancient world with its cultural artifacts and for the modern peoples and cultures we will encounter.

Stephanie Larson
May 16 - 30, 2015
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. She has great interests in the modern histories of both Greece and Turkey, particularly in the rise of the nationstate and its use of the past in creating the present, and currently codirects a new archaeological excavation in Thebes, Greece, at the sanctuary of Apollo.

Bob Stieglitz
Aug 29 - Sep 12, 2015
Robert R. Stieglitz, professor emeritus at Rutgers University, is an archaeologist of Biblical and Mediterranean Studies, with a research focus on cultural diffusion via Greek and Phoenician seafaring. Professor Stieglitz has taught at universities in Greece and Israel, has excavated for many years at several harbor sites therein, and was formerly curator of the National Maritime Museum, Haifa. He received his B.A. in Classics/Linguistics from City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies from Brandeis University. He is the author of over 100 articles on assorted Mediterranean Studies, and recipient of numerous awards. His book Tel Tanninim: Excavations at Krokodeilon Polis 1996-1999 was published in 2006. Professor Stieglitz has taught undergraduate courses on Greek and Roman history, biblical archaeology, the Bible as literature, law in the Ancient Near East, Jewish civilization, and graduate seminars on Bronze Age seafaring. Stieglitz has surveyed along the southern coast of Turkey, lectured extensively on the Sea Peoples linked to that region, and taught courses on the subjects of religion and science in light of pre-Socratic philosophies that originated in western Anatolia. He has presented papers in numerous international meetings, and lectured on many study tours of mainland Greece, Crete and Thera, Cyprus, Malta, Sardinia, Corsica, and maritime Turkey.