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Adventures Afloat: Istanbul, Budapest and the Lands of the Danube: A Journey by River

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Program #19361RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 23 — Oct 6, 2013

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Day One: Monday, September 23 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international flights.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The newly renovated Danubius Hotel Astoria was built on the site of Budapest's medieval town walls and is one of the most charming old-style hotels of Hungary's capital. It was opened in 1914 after the world famous Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The hotel is centrally located and is home to the popular Mirror Cafe & Restaurant.

Contact info:
Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21
Budapest, H-1053 Hungary
phone: +36 18896000
web: www.danubiushotels.com/astoria

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, television, soundproof windows, minibar, room safe, wireless Internet access (for a fee), and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, cafe, air conditioning, Internet access (for a fee), business services (for a fee), porterage, souvenir shop, room service, laundry services (for a fee), and an airport shuttle (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 24 - Budapest, Hungary
Morning: Arrive at Budapest's Liszt Ferenc International airport (BUD). Transfer to the Danubius Hotel Astoria.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Welcome orientation and introductions at the hotel at 6:00 PM.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Danubius Hotel Astoria

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amaprima. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2013. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amaprima (2013) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring our exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range up to 350 sq. ft) the ship also boasts a magnificent glass elevator. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amaprima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amaprima also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Wednesday, September 25 - Budapest, Hungary / Embark
Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a guided excursion through the city passing all places of interest such as Andrassy street, Hero's square, the Parliament building, and the Synagogue. Transfer to the ship.

Lunch: Light lunch on board.

Afternoon: Check into your cabin, followed by crew introductions, and a welcome drink.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner on board.

Evening: The ship sets sail from Budapest to Mohacs.

Lodging: MS Amaprima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amaprima. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2013. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amaprima (2013) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring our exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range up to 350 sq. ft) the ship also boasts a magnificent glass elevator. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amaprima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amaprima also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Thursday, September 26 - Mohacs, Hungary / Pecs / Villany
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Sail on the Danube, bordering Serbia and Croatia. Docking in Mohacs, we enjoy an excursion to the old city of Pecs.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: We travel by coach to Villany for a wine tasting. In the late afternoon we have some free time in Mohacs.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: We sail in the direction of Vukovar, Croatia where we will dock for the night.

Lodging: MS Amaprima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amaprima. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2013. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amaprima (2013) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring our exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range up to 350 sq. ft) the ship also boasts a magnificent glass elevator. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amaprima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amaprima also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, September 27 - Vukovar, Croatia / Novi Sad, Serbia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning we’ll have a combined bus and walking field trip in Vukovar city. It is here that the war started between Serbia and Croatia.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: After some sailing we dock in Novi Sad, Serbia where we will have a guided city tour.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amaprima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amaprima. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2013. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amaprima (2013) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring our exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range up to 350 sq. ft) the ship also boasts a magnificent glass elevator. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amaprima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amaprima also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, September 28 - Belgrade, Serbia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Lecture: "The Yugoslav Puzzle." We dock in Belgrade where you will have a guided excursion passing Tito's memorial, the Town Hall, Republic Square, Terazije Street, Parliament Buildings, and Varos Gate.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the Serbian capital of Belgrade on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amaprima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amaprima. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2013. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amaprima (2013) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring our exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range up to 350 sq. ft) the ship also boasts a magnificent glass elevator. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amaprima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amaprima also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Sunday, September 29 - The Iron Gates
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Today we enjoy a full day of cruising through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds through a range of magnificent gorges between the southern Carpathian Mountains and the northwestern foothills of the Balkan Mountains, forming the natural border between Serbia and Romania. Today’s passage will be an unforgettable highlight of your adventure.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, participate in Open University where the History of Central Europe will be discussed.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amaprima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amaprima. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2013. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amaprima (2013) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring our exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range up to 350 sq. ft) the ship also boasts a magnificent glass elevator. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amaprima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amaprima also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Monday, September 30 - Vidin, Bulgaria
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning we dock in the Bulgarian border town of Vidin, where the Baba Vida Fortress guards over the Danube. The construction of the fortress began in the 10th century at the place of an Ancient Roman watchtower. The building of Baba Vida is tied to a legend, according to which a Danubian Bulgarian king who ruled at Vidin had three daughters: Vida, Kula and Gamza. Prior to his death, he divided his realm among the three. Vida, the eldest, was given Vidin and the lands north to the Carpathians, Kula was awarded Zaječar and the Timok Valley, and Gamza was to rule the lands west up to the Morava. Although Gamza and Kula were married to drunkard and warlike nobles, Vida remained unmarried and built the fortress in her city. The name of the castle means "Granny Vida." Also, enjoy a field trip to the 6th century Belogradschik Castle. Initially, the Belogradchik Fortress was used for surveillance and not strictly defense. Bulgarian tsar of Vidin, Ivan Stratsimir, extended the old fortress in the 14th century, building fortified garrisons before the existing rock massifs. During Stratsimir's rule, the Belogradchik Fortress became one of the most important strongholds in the region, second only to the tsar's capital fortress of Vidin, Baba Vida.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: While sailing to Giurgiu, participate in an Open University focused on the European Union.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amaprima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: AMAWATERWAYS has redefined the concept of luxury travel. From gorgeous contemporary artwork in the lobbies, to the inviting hallways, you will feel at home the moment you step onboard the MS Amaprima. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2013. Decks: 4 - Bottom to top; Piano Deck, Cello Deck, Violin Deck, Sun Deck Crew: 49 Passengers: 164 Registry: Switzerland Length: 443 ft; Width: 38 ft

Contact info:
21625 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311 USA
phone: 800-626-0126
web: www.AmaWaterways.com

Room amenities: Deluxe down bedding, marble bathrooms w/multi-jet shower (bathtubs in Jr. suites), premium toiletries, plush terry bathrobes, hair dryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, an Infotainment System and ample closet space.

Facility amenities: With a design inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 164-passenger MS Amaprima (2013) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring our exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range up to 350 sq. ft) the ship also boasts a magnificent glass elevator. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amaprima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The MS Amaprima also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Tuesday, October 01 - Bucharest, Romania
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning we dock in Giurgiu where we take a coach to Bucharest, Romania for a full day field trip. We will pass the Arch of Triumph, Soseaua Kiseleff, the Atheneum, the library, and then visit Parliament Palace.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with live music.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit the Bucharest Open Air Village Museum where you will see a large variety of housing from Romania.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy the last evening of sailing as we head to Bulgaria.

Lodging: MS Amaprima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Europe Park Hotel is situated in Kenana Park in the city Haskovo. Amidst the greenery, the hotel is charming with its unique architecture, high style, and attractive design. The park is ideal for walking, cycling, jogging, and relaxing.

Contact info:
Kenana Park
Haskovo, 6300 Bulgaria
phone: +359-38-606606
web: www.parkhoteleurope.com

Room amenities: Each room features a desk, hair dryer, mini bar, telephone, satellite TV, wireless Internet, a terrace, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: This hotel features a restaurant, lobby bar, piano bar, spa center, air-conditioning, safe boxes, wireless Internet, business services, shops, laundry services, dry cleaning and ironing services, a fitness room, conference facilities, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, October 02 - Disembark / Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria / Plovdiv
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning we disembark in Rousse, say goodbye to our ship and take a coach to Veliko Turnovo, the former capital of Bulgaria, where you will have some free time to explore.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Kazanlak.

Afternoon: We continue by bus to Plovdiv for a walking excursion of the Old Town. Afterwards, continue to Haskovo and check into the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Park Hotel Green Europe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Eminonu district (Old City) of central Istanbul, the Legacy Ottoman Hotel offers luxury accommodations in a traditional, elegant Byzantine style. This 100-year-old historic landmark boasts modern facilities in a breathtaking atmosphere overlooking the Bosphorus. It is within walking distance of the Spice Bazaar, Galata Bridge and Sultanahmet.

Contact info:
Hobyar Mah. Hamidiye Caddesi No:64
Istanbul, 34112 Turkey
phone: +90 212 527 6767
web: www.legacyottomanhotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a LCD television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, free Broadband Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bars, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, massage, sauna, meeting rooms, lounge, air conditioning, laundry and ironing services, fax machine, shop and free Broadband Internet access in the rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Thursday, October 03 - Edirne, Turkey
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer by coach from Haskovo to Edirne, the second capital of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century and a city with many monuments, mosques, and caravan sarays all from the 14th - 16th centuries. The most beautiful is the Selimiye Mosque built by the great architect Sinan.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Edirne.

Afternoon: Transfer from our Bulgarian bus to our Turkish bus. Our local Turkish expert will join us for the rest of the program and will present a lecture on Turkey and Istanbul during the afternoon coach transfer to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul. Check into our hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Eminonu district (Old City) of central Istanbul, the Legacy Ottoman Hotel offers luxury accommodations in a traditional, elegant Byzantine style. This 100-year-old historic landmark boasts modern facilities in a breathtaking atmosphere overlooking the Bosphorus. It is within walking distance of the Spice Bazaar, Galata Bridge and Sultanahmet.

Contact info:
Hobyar Mah. Hamidiye Caddesi No:64
Istanbul, 34112 Turkey
phone: +90 212 527 6767
web: www.legacyottomanhotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a LCD television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, free Broadband Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bars, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, massage, sauna, meeting rooms, lounge, air conditioning, laundry and ironing services, fax machine, shop and free Broadband Internet access in the rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Friday, October 04 - Istanbul, Turkey
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Today we have a full day guided field trip in Istanbul to experience such sights as Chora Church, a late Byzantine church, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Cisterns built to store water in 6th century. Of course, we also will enjoy the Grand Bazaar with its 4000 shops.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We continue our field trip through Istanbul.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the Eminonu district (Old City) of central Istanbul, the Legacy Ottoman Hotel offers luxury accommodations in a traditional, elegant Byzantine style. This 100-year-old historic landmark boasts modern facilities in a breathtaking atmosphere overlooking the Bosphorus. It is within walking distance of the Spice Bazaar, Galata Bridge and Sultanahmet.

Contact info:
Hobyar Mah. Hamidiye Caddesi No:64
Istanbul, 34112 Turkey
phone: +90 212 527 6767
web: www.legacyottomanhotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a LCD television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, free Broadband Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bars, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, massage, sauna, meeting rooms, lounge, air conditioning, laundry and ironing services, fax machine, shop and free Broadband Internet access in the rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, October 05 - Istanbul, Turkey
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Today we start with a visit to the famous Topkapi Palace, seat of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Explore the Spice Bazaar, where exotic spices were sold for 300 years. Enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus which separates the Asian and European continents.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, October 06 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk airport (IST) for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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12 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
Visas: 1(out of 1 required)

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