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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 Oct 18 — Oct 31, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, October 18 - 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: Sunday, October 19 - Budapest, Hungary
Morning: Arrive at Budapest's Liszt Ferenc International airport (BUD). Transfer to the hotel Astoria.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Welcome orientation and introductions at the hotel at 4:30 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 Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. 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 Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto 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 Amacerto 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, October 20 - 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 Amacerto

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 Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. 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 Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto 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 Amacerto 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, October 21 - 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 Amacerto

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 Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. 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 Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto 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 Amacerto 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, October 22 - 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: Lecture: "The History of Former Yugoslavia." After some sailing we dock in Novi Sad, Serbia where we will have a guided city tour.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

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 Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. 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 Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto 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 Amacerto 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, October 23 - Belgrade, Serbia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Lecture: "New countries, and now..." 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 Amacerto

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 Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. 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 Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto 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 Amacerto 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, October 24 - 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: Take in the breathtaking scenery while participating in Open University on deck. Themes like school system, taxes, healthcare, and politics in Europe will be discussed on request in sessions of about one hour.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

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 Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. 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 Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto 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 Amacerto 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, October 25 - 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 married to drunkard and warlike nobles, Vida remained unmarried and built the fortress in her city. The name of the castle means "Granny Vida."

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Amacerto

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 Amacerto. The professional ship staff does their best to ensure that each day is filled with memorable experiences.

Ship Information: Built in 2012. 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 Amacerto (2012) offers a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS Amacerto 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 Amacerto 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.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, October 26 - 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 Amacerto

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

Description: Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Hotel is one of the best hotels in Plovdiv, a hotel of international repute for almost half a century. It enjoys a superior location right in the downtown, at the beginning of the High Street, adjacent to the City Garden, and facing some of the most attractive local historical and archaeological attractions - the Roman Amphitheater and the Old Town.

Contact info:
2 Kapitan Raicho Street
Plovdiv, 4000 Bulgaria
phone: +359 32 605000
web: www.ramadaplovdiv.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, mini bar, 24-hour room service, free wireless Internet, television, central air conditioning, iron and ironing board in the room (on request), and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, lobby bar, panorama bar, wireless Internet access throughout hotel, business center, currency exchange bureau, fitness and sauna, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, shop, casino, and a hairdresser.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, October 27 - Disembark / Bulgaria: Veliko Turnovo, 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. We will have a stop near Tsarevets Hill, the citadel and old fortress walls, the Royal Palaces, the Patriarchal church, and Baldwin's tower, where you will have some free time to explore. Afterwards, we drive to Kazanlak, the major town in the Valley of the Roses.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Kazanlak.

Afternoon: We continue by bus to Plovdiv where we will check in at our hotel by the end of the afternoon and have a guided excursion of the Old Town.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Hotel

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

Description: The 4-star Armada Hotel is located in the historic peninsula of Istanbul, with views of two of the great masterpieces of world architecture; the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The hotel offers modern comfort and convenience discreetly incorporated into the Turkish-inspired architecture, and period engravings throughout the hotel provide an insight into Istanbul's by-gone eras. The name of the Armada Hotel is a tribute to the memory of the renowned Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha Barbarossa. Located in the heart of the Old City, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, churches and other major attractions.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Street 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34122 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, hair dryer, bathrobes, telephone, LCD television, safe box, free wireless Internet, 24-hour room service and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, lounge, meeting rooms, business center with computers and printers, library, free WIFI Internet access throughout the hotel, laundry service and air conditioning. The rooftop restaurants offer magnificent views of the area.

Smoking policy: Yes
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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Tuesday, October 28 - 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 14th - 16th century. 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: Armada Hotel

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

Description: The 4-star Armada Hotel is located in the historic peninsula of Istanbul, with views of two of the great masterpieces of world architecture; the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The hotel offers modern comfort and convenience discreetly incorporated into the Turkish-inspired architecture, and period engravings throughout the hotel provide an insight into Istanbul's by-gone eras. The name of the Armada Hotel is a tribute to the memory of the renowned Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha Barbarossa. Located in the heart of the Old City, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, churches and other major attractions.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Street 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34122 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, hair dryer, bathrobes, telephone, LCD television, safe box, free wireless Internet, 24-hour room service and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, lounge, meeting rooms, business center with computers and printers, library, free WIFI Internet access throughout the hotel, laundry service and air conditioning. The rooftop restaurants offer magnificent views of the area.

Smoking policy: Yes
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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Wednesday, October 29 - Istanbul, Turkey
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the Topkapi Palace and the Harem. The Topkapi Palace was the seat of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years and a great testimony to the wealth and power of the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy guided field trip in Istanbul to experience such sights the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Cisterns built to store water in 6th century. Continue on to the Hippodrome, the civic center of ancient Constantinople, where chariot races were run between the four teams of Blues, Greens, Whites, and Reds.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We continue our field trip through Istanbul.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Armada Hotel

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

Description: The 4-star Armada Hotel is located in the historic peninsula of Istanbul, with views of two of the great masterpieces of world architecture; the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The hotel offers modern comfort and convenience discreetly incorporated into the Turkish-inspired architecture, and period engravings throughout the hotel provide an insight into Istanbul's by-gone eras. The name of the Armada Hotel is a tribute to the memory of the renowned Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha Barbarossa. Located in the heart of the Old City, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, churches and other major attractions.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Street 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34122 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, hair dryer, bathrobes, telephone, LCD television, safe box, free wireless Internet, 24-hour room service and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, lounge, meeting rooms, business center with computers and printers, library, free WIFI Internet access throughout the hotel, laundry service and air conditioning. The rooftop restaurants offer magnificent views of the area.

Smoking policy: Yes
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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Thursday, October 30 - Istanbul, Turkey
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: In the afternoon visit the Chora Church/Kariye Museum to witness its exquisite mosaics and frescoes from the 14th century, a period of Byzantine reawakening in arts. Later, we embark on a private cruise on the Bosphorus to explore the stunning palaces, mansions, and fortresses dotted along the Asian and European shores of this marvelous strait.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue the day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar to discover its maze-like streets and alleys and 4,000 shops! Explore the Spice Bazaar, where exotic spices were sold for 300 years.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Armada Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Friday, October 31 - 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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MS Amacerto - At Sea
BicyclesThe ship has plenty of bicycles with helmets and locks onboard which can be used by passengers, free of charge, to explore the small towns. Most regions offer well-maintained bicycle paths along the river.

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