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Uncovering the Origins of Western Civilization: Rome, Athens and Istanbul

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Program #21335RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Dec 4 — Dec 17, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, December 04 - US Departure
Depart From: Departures from the US. Overnight flights to Rome.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Rome, where history is dominant, you feel tradition and innovation. In a building erected at the turn of the century, the Hotel Nord embraces a pioneering style based on essential lines and furniture design to accommodate its guests. The Hotel Nord is a short walk to the center of Rome, and is connected to the main Roman monuments, train station, airport and main roads. Within a short walking distance are many famous monuments immersed in centuries of Roman history: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Opera House, and Diocletian’s Baths.

Contact info:
Via G. Amendola, 3
Rome, 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 4817163
web: http://www.romehotelnord.it/

Room amenities: Easy, elegant, spacious and cozy. All 157 rooms of the Hotel Nord are soundproof and some are non-smoking. The ambience is comfortable thanks to antique wooden furniture, but is also young and dynamic with a great care and service details: air conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar, colour TV with international channels, and safety deposit box. The lovely and spacious bathrooms are equipped with every comfort, with shower or bathtub and hairdryer. Internet access and free WI-FI in all the guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Room service is available from 6.30 am till midnight. From 6.30 am to 10.30 am you can order breakfast. During the opening hours of the restaurant you can have starters or main courses available on the menu of the day. In addition, throughout the day, you can request drinks, sandwiches or cold dishes such as salads, cold meats and cheeses. A modern equipped gym is available to guests. Massage also available at extra cost. Free Wi-Fi Internet is available. If needed they do have computers with printers for boarding passes, etc.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact the provider for most current pricing for this progrma.


Day Two: Friday, December 05 - In Flight/Arrivals in Rome
Arrive To: Afternoon flights arrive in Rome. Meet your group leader and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Afternoon: Join your group leader for an orientation to your program before dinner.

Dinner: Get to know your fellow participants over a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Rome, where history is dominant, you feel tradition and innovation. In a building erected at the turn of the century, the Hotel Nord embraces a pioneering style based on essential lines and furniture design to accommodate its guests. The Hotel Nord is a short walk to the center of Rome, and is connected to the main Roman monuments, train station, airport and main roads. Within a short walking distance are many famous monuments immersed in centuries of Roman history: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Opera House, and Diocletian’s Baths.

Contact info:
Via G. Amendola, 3
Rome, 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 4817163
web: http://www.romehotelnord.it/

Room amenities: Easy, elegant, spacious and cozy. All 157 rooms of the Hotel Nord are soundproof and some are non-smoking. The ambience is comfortable thanks to antique wooden furniture, but is also young and dynamic with a great care and service details: air conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar, colour TV with international channels, and safety deposit box. The lovely and spacious bathrooms are equipped with every comfort, with shower or bathtub and hairdryer. Internet access and free WI-FI in all the guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Room service is available from 6.30 am till midnight. From 6.30 am to 10.30 am you can order breakfast. During the opening hours of the restaurant you can have starters or main courses available on the menu of the day. In addition, throughout the day, you can request drinks, sandwiches or cold dishes such as salads, cold meats and cheeses. A modern equipped gym is available to guests. Massage also available at extra cost. Free Wi-Fi Internet is available. If needed they do have computers with printers for boarding passes, etc.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact the provider for most current pricing for this progrma.


Day Three: Saturday, December 06 - Rome
Note: Be prepared for walking through museums, and standing for up to an hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip: "Archaeological Excavations in the Roman Garden" (inside the Palazzo dei Conservatori) Field Trip: Discover Musei Capitolini, the most ancient public museum in the world which houses a considerable quantity of archaeological examples in addition to a significant collection of medieval and modern works. Recently, a large glass-walled room was built out of the covering of the Roman Garden to exhibit the original of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, previously located in Piazza del Campidoglio. Join with your study leader for a lecture entitled "Rome, Athens and Istanbul, the rise of Western Thought".

Lunch: Enjoy lunch as a group at a lcoal restaurant.

Afternoon: Take the afternoon at leisure to explore this treasured city.

Dinner: Explore the culinary options of Rome on your own this evening.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Rome, where history is dominant, you feel tradition and innovation. In a building erected at the turn of the century, the Hotel Nord embraces a pioneering style based on essential lines and furniture design to accommodate its guests. The Hotel Nord is a short walk to the center of Rome, and is connected to the main Roman monuments, train station, airport and main roads. Within a short walking distance are many famous monuments immersed in centuries of Roman history: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Opera House, and Diocletian’s Baths.

Contact info:
Via G. Amendola, 3
Rome, 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 4817163
web: http://www.romehotelnord.it/

Room amenities: Easy, elegant, spacious and cozy. All 157 rooms of the Hotel Nord are soundproof and some are non-smoking. The ambience is comfortable thanks to antique wooden furniture, but is also young and dynamic with a great care and service details: air conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar, colour TV with international channels, and safety deposit box. The lovely and spacious bathrooms are equipped with every comfort, with shower or bathtub and hairdryer. Internet access and free WI-FI in all the guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Room service is available from 6.30 am till midnight. From 6.30 am to 10.30 am you can order breakfast. During the opening hours of the restaurant you can have starters or main courses available on the menu of the day. In addition, throughout the day, you can request drinks, sandwiches or cold dishes such as salads, cold meats and cheeses. A modern equipped gym is available to guests. Massage also available at extra cost. Free Wi-Fi Internet is available. If needed they do have computers with printers for boarding passes, etc.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact the provider for most current pricing for this progrma.


Day Four: Sunday, December 07 - Ancient Rome
Note: This day involves walking around historic sites such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. There will also be a short walk to the lunch restaurant.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Learn about Ancient Rome, the classical period and the birth of merchant exchange (Mercati Traianei) and the birth of law (Roman Forums) Field Trip: Explore the famous archaological wonders of Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and learn about life in ancient Rome.

Lunch: Walk to lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take the afternoon at leisure to explore Rome.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own in Rome.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: In the heart of Rome, where history is dominant, you feel tradition and innovation. In a building erected at the turn of the century, the Hotel Nord embraces a pioneering style based on essential lines and furniture design to accommodate its guests. The Hotel Nord is a short walk to the center of Rome, and is connected to the main Roman monuments, train station, airport and main roads. Within a short walking distance are many famous monuments immersed in centuries of Roman history: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Opera House, and Diocletian’s Baths.

Contact info:
Via G. Amendola, 3
Rome, 00185 Italy
phone: +39 06 4817163
web: http://www.romehotelnord.it/

Room amenities: Easy, elegant, spacious and cozy. All 157 rooms of the Hotel Nord are soundproof and some are non-smoking. The ambience is comfortable thanks to antique wooden furniture, but is also young and dynamic with a great care and service details: air conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar, colour TV with international channels, and safety deposit box. The lovely and spacious bathrooms are equipped with every comfort, with shower or bathtub and hairdryer. Internet access and free WI-FI in all the guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Room service is available from 6.30 am till midnight. From 6.30 am to 10.30 am you can order breakfast. During the opening hours of the restaurant you can have starters or main courses available on the menu of the day. In addition, throughout the day, you can request drinks, sandwiches or cold dishes such as salads, cold meats and cheeses. A modern equipped gym is available to guests. Massage also available at extra cost. Free Wi-Fi Internet is available. If needed they do have computers with printers for boarding passes, etc.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact the provider for most current pricing for this progrma.


Day Five: Monday, December 08 - The Vatican
Note: This day will include walking around historic sites and through museums. Be prepared to stand for up to an hour at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Join your study leader for a morning Lecture: Examine the history and rise of the Christian churches with a focus on the vatican. Field Trip: Discover the Vatican Museums The tour follows an itinerary which includes: the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries (Renaissance art), the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Duration of the tour is about 2 hours.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch on your own to explore local options.

Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon to explore Rome.

Dinner: Rejoin your group leader this evening for your last dinner in Rome at a local restaurant.

Evening: Take this evening to pack up for the trip to Athens.

Lodging: Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

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

Description: This classically designed modern hotel is an urban oasis conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial center of Athens, between Syntagma and Omonia, the city's major squares. Reflecting the ancient atmosphere of its location, the hotel features a typically decorated interior with traditional touches that evoke images of the city’s historic heritage. There are also artistic antique-style elements which decorate the rooms, creating the perfect atmosphere for your stay in this wonderful city. The Titania Athens hotel is surrounded by the most important monuments of the Grecian History, such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of Acropolis, the Parliament, the Archaeological Museum, and the National Library. It is located within short distance to theaters, modern commercial shops and city malls, offering its guests a wide variety of sightseeing and entertainment choices.

Contact info:
Panepistimiou 52
Athens, 106 78 Greece
phone: +00302103326000
web: www.titania.gr

Room amenities: All rooms have sound-isolation and offer an up-to-date integrated communication and entertainment system with high-speed Internet access and a wide variety of digital movies and music, instant PC connection, fax modems and Satellite TV. Each room has its own private safe deposit box with a personal security password, a fully-stocked mini bar, and an independent cool/heating system. The spacious bathrooms in the deluxe suites include a Jacuzzi, whereas all bathrooms are equipped with a luxury brand of amenities

Facility amenities: Titania Hotel features 2 restaurants - La Brasserie, and its reknowned rooftop restuarant called the Olive Garden. The property provides 24-hour room service. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, exhibit space, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. Titania Hotel also offers a bar/lounge, a business center, a gym, and a coffee shop/café. The property has a 24-hour front desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, December 09 - Rome to Athens
Note: This day includes a flight. You should be able to carry your own bags through the airport.

Breakfast: Take an early breakfast at the hotel before your flight.

Morning: Depart the hotel for a morning flight to Athens.

Lunch: Upon arrival in Athens, enjoy a light lunch typically enjoyed by the Greeks.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Athens. See the sites of Athens as you make your way from the airport to the Hotel. Check in to the hotel. Presentation: Join your study leader for an introductory presentation about Athens.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Titania Hotel

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

Description: This classically designed modern hotel is an urban oasis conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial center of Athens, between Syntagma and Omonia, the city's major squares. Reflecting the ancient atmosphere of its location, the hotel features a typically decorated interior with traditional touches that evoke images of the city’s historic heritage. There are also artistic antique-style elements which decorate the rooms, creating the perfect atmosphere for your stay in this wonderful city. The Titania Athens hotel is surrounded by the most important monuments of the Grecian History, such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of Acropolis, the Parliament, the Archaeological Museum, and the National Library. It is located within short distance to theaters, modern commercial shops and city malls, offering its guests a wide variety of sightseeing and entertainment choices.

Contact info:
Panepistimiou 52
Athens, 106 78 Greece
phone: +00302103326000
web: www.titania.gr

Room amenities: All rooms have sound-isolation and offer an up-to-date integrated communication and entertainment system with high-speed Internet access and a wide variety of digital movies and music, instant PC connection, fax modems and Satellite TV. Each room has its own private safe deposit box with a personal security password, a fully-stocked mini bar, and an independent cool/heating system. The spacious bathrooms in the deluxe suites include a Jacuzzi, whereas all bathrooms are equipped with a luxury brand of amenities

Facility amenities: Titania Hotel features 2 restaurants - La Brasserie, and its reknowned rooftop restuarant called the Olive Garden. The property provides 24-hour room service. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, exhibit space, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. Titania Hotel also offers a bar/lounge, a business center, a gym, and a coffee shop/café. The property has a 24-hour front desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, December 10 - Athens
Note: This day will include a walk from the Acropolis Museum to the Acropolis. This walk may be uphill over uneven ground.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Discover the new Acropolis Museum. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis houses treasures from the sanctuaries that were found on the slopes of the Acropolis, as well as objects that Athenians used in everyday life from all historic periods. In antiquity, the slopes of the Sacred Rock constituted the transition zone between the city and its most famous sanctuary. This was the area where official and popular cults, as well as large and small sanctuaries existed alongside private houses.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover the Acropolis. This ancient citadel is home to the remains of many of Athens' most famous landmarks, including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion, and the temple of Athena Nike.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Titania Hotel

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

Description: This classically designed modern hotel is an urban oasis conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial center of Athens, between Syntagma and Omonia, the city's major squares. Reflecting the ancient atmosphere of its location, the hotel features a typically decorated interior with traditional touches that evoke images of the city’s historic heritage. There are also artistic antique-style elements which decorate the rooms, creating the perfect atmosphere for your stay in this wonderful city. The Titania Athens hotel is surrounded by the most important monuments of the Grecian History, such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of Acropolis, the Parliament, the Archaeological Museum, and the National Library. It is located within short distance to theaters, modern commercial shops and city malls, offering its guests a wide variety of sightseeing and entertainment choices.

Contact info:
Panepistimiou 52
Athens, 106 78 Greece
phone: +00302103326000
web: www.titania.gr

Room amenities: All rooms have sound-isolation and offer an up-to-date integrated communication and entertainment system with high-speed Internet access and a wide variety of digital movies and music, instant PC connection, fax modems and Satellite TV. Each room has its own private safe deposit box with a personal security password, a fully-stocked mini bar, and an independent cool/heating system. The spacious bathrooms in the deluxe suites include a Jacuzzi, whereas all bathrooms are equipped with a luxury brand of amenities

Facility amenities: Titania Hotel features 2 restaurants - La Brasserie, and its reknowned rooftop restuarant called the Olive Garden. The property provides 24-hour room service. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, exhibit space, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. Titania Hotel also offers a bar/lounge, a business center, a gym, and a coffee shop/café. The property has a 24-hour front desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, December 11 - Athens
Note: This day includes taking public transit lines. Be prepared to walk to public transit lines, and walk up and down stairs. You will be walking around a museum, and may be asked to stand for up to an hour at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Join your study leader for a lecture: Learn about the Byzantine period and modern Greek history. Field Trip: The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in Athens.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the city on your own, or you may wish to continue exploring the museum.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Titania Hotel

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

Description: This classically designed modern hotel is an urban oasis conveniently nestled in the historic and commercial center of Athens, between Syntagma and Omonia, the city's major squares. Reflecting the ancient atmosphere of its location, the hotel features a typically decorated interior with traditional touches that evoke images of the city’s historic heritage. There are also artistic antique-style elements which decorate the rooms, creating the perfect atmosphere for your stay in this wonderful city. The Titania Athens hotel is surrounded by the most important monuments of the Grecian History, such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of Acropolis, the Parliament, the Archaeological Museum, and the National Library. It is located within short distance to theaters, modern commercial shops and city malls, offering its guests a wide variety of sightseeing and entertainment choices.

Contact info:
Panepistimiou 52
Athens, 106 78 Greece
phone: +00302103326000
web: www.titania.gr

Room amenities: All rooms have sound-isolation and offer an up-to-date integrated communication and entertainment system with high-speed Internet access and a wide variety of digital movies and music, instant PC connection, fax modems and Satellite TV. Each room has its own private safe deposit box with a personal security password, a fully-stocked mini bar, and an independent cool/heating system. The spacious bathrooms in the deluxe suites include a Jacuzzi, whereas all bathrooms are equipped with a luxury brand of amenities

Facility amenities: Titania Hotel features 2 restaurants - La Brasserie, and its reknowned rooftop restuarant called the Olive Garden. The property provides 24-hour room service. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, exhibit space, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. Titania Hotel also offers a bar/lounge, a business center, a gym, and a coffee shop/café. The property has a 24-hour front desk.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, December 12 - Athens
Note: Public transit lines will be used to travel between sites. Participants must be able to use public transit lines.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Learn about DEMOS - Classical Athenian Democracy and the Rise of Democratic Thought. Field Trip: Discover the ancient Agora where democracy was born. The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. The site was occupied without interruption in all periods of the city's history. It was used as a residential and burial area as early as the Late Neolithic period (3000 B.C.). Early in the 6th century, in the time of Solon, the Agora became a public area.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch on your own in Athens.

Afternoon: Take an afternoon to explore your favorite side of Athens. Your study leader and guide will provide suggestions for your last afternoon in Athens.

Dinner: Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Take this evening to repack and prepare for the trip to Istanbul.

Lodging: Titania Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel Barceló Saray is an urban hotel , in a modern, minimalist style situated in the historic centre of Istanbul. Located only 200 yards from the entrance to the Gran Bazaar and a few minutes walk from the city's main tourist attractions: Santa Sofía, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Sunken Chapel, making it the ideal starting point to discover Istanbul. The hotel Barceló Saray offers the opportunity to relax after a tour of the city in the Saray Health Club, where you can enjoy beauty treatments and a traditional Turkish bath (hammam). In the Vista Restaurant you'll find extensive culinary offers, with spectacular views of the Beyazit Mosque, a menu and buffet service, and special events organised by the hotel Chef. The hotel also has 3 meeting rooms with a capacity for up to 96 people. A complete hotel in the heart of Istanbul

Contact info:
Yeniceriler Caddesi 77. Beyazit
Istanbul, 34126 Turkey
phone: +90 212 458 98 00
web: http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_GB/hotels/Turkey/Istanbul/hotel-barcelo-saray/general-description.aspx

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, minibar, 24 hour room service, safe, suelos de parquet, telephone, 32" LCD satellite TV, Wi-Fi internet connection (free), fully equipped bathroom, shower, magnifying mirror, hairdryer in room.

Facility amenities: Vista Restaurant: Situated on the upper floor, the restaurant has a fantastic view of the Beyazit Mosque and Istanbul University, with a-la-carte and buffet menus offering a splendid choice of Turkish and international dishes. Piano bar: The piano bar is the perfect place to sit and relax with live music after sightseeing in the city. Saray Café: Situated in the hotel entrance, this is the ideal spot to enjoy light snacks or sweet pastries with a large variety of teas and coffees Heath services include a sauna, Turkish Bath (Hammam), steam room, massage service and body treatments and hair salon. The Internet connection facilities include Free Wi-Fi and a Cyber Corner for guests who do not have their own computers. Additional facilities include a bureau de change, laundry service, luggage service, a bank, and an on-site ATM.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact the provider for the most current post program rates.


Day Ten: Saturday, December 13 - Athens to Istanbul
Note: This day includes a flight. Participants should be able to carry their own bags in the airport.

Breakfast: Take an early breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for your flights to Istanbul. Fly to Istanbul and meet up with your local guide. Check in to your program hotel before heading to lunch.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in Istanbul.

Afternoon: Discover Istanbul: See the sites of Istanbul on a city tour by coach. Lecture: Learn about Daily life at Byzantine Empire & Monophysitism Issue of Early Christianity

Dinner: Enjoy a leisurely dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Barcelo Saray Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel Barceló Saray is an urban hotel , in a modern, minimalist style situated in the historic centre of Istanbul. Located only 200 yards from the entrance to the Gran Bazaar and a few minutes walk from the city's main tourist attractions: Santa Sofía, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Sunken Chapel, making it the ideal starting point to discover Istanbul. The hotel Barceló Saray offers the opportunity to relax after a tour of the city in the Saray Health Club, where you can enjoy beauty treatments and a traditional Turkish bath (hammam). In the Vista Restaurant you'll find extensive culinary offers, with spectacular views of the Beyazit Mosque, a menu and buffet service, and special events organised by the hotel Chef. The hotel also has 3 meeting rooms with a capacity for up to 96 people. A complete hotel in the heart of Istanbul

Contact info:
Yeniceriler Caddesi 77. Beyazit
Istanbul, 34126 Turkey
phone: +90 212 458 98 00
web: http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_GB/hotels/Turkey/Istanbul/hotel-barcelo-saray/general-description.aspx

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, minibar, 24 hour room service, safe, suelos de parquet, telephone, 32" LCD satellite TV, Wi-Fi internet connection (free), fully equipped bathroom, shower, magnifying mirror, hairdryer in room.

Facility amenities: Vista Restaurant: Situated on the upper floor, the restaurant has a fantastic view of the Beyazit Mosque and Istanbul University, with a-la-carte and buffet menus offering a splendid choice of Turkish and international dishes. Piano bar: The piano bar is the perfect place to sit and relax with live music after sightseeing in the city. Saray Café: Situated in the hotel entrance, this is the ideal spot to enjoy light snacks or sweet pastries with a large variety of teas and coffees Heath services include a sauna, Turkish Bath (Hammam), steam room, massage service and body treatments and hair salon. The Internet connection facilities include Free Wi-Fi and a Cyber Corner for guests who do not have their own computers. Additional facilities include a bureau de change, laundry service, luggage service, a bank, and an on-site ATM.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact the provider for the most current post program rates.


Day Eleven: Sunday, December 14 - Istanbul
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Ferry across the famous Bosporus to the Asian side, and walk the narrow lanes in Kadýköy. Participate in a Lecture: Learn from a reknowned chef about the formation of Turkish cuisine - a blend of Mediterranean and Asian flavors with strong ties to the country's history and culture.

Lunch: The local restaurant we visit is a Garden of Lost Cultures and Forgotten Tastes, the Chef will take you on a journey built on passion, keen desire, research and love through the world of food. His cooking is rich in "dishes from a broad geographical space, spanning from Mesopotamia to the Ottomans, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Asia to the Arabian Peninsula."

Afternoon: Return by ferry and tram to the Sultan Ahmet Area. Free time: Continue to explore Sultan Ahmet area on your own or visit the archeological museum on your own. Our Expert guide will also offer to take you on a off the beaten path discovery.

Dinner: Go informed as you explore the unique tastes of Istanbul on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Barcelo Saray Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel Barceló Saray is an urban hotel , in a modern, minimalist style situated in the historic centre of Istanbul. Located only 200 yards from the entrance to the Gran Bazaar and a few minutes walk from the city's main tourist attractions: Santa Sofía, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Sunken Chapel, making it the ideal starting point to discover Istanbul. The hotel Barceló Saray offers the opportunity to relax after a tour of the city in the Saray Health Club, where you can enjoy beauty treatments and a traditional Turkish bath (hammam). In the Vista Restaurant you'll find extensive culinary offers, with spectacular views of the Beyazit Mosque, a menu and buffet service, and special events organised by the hotel Chef. The hotel also has 3 meeting rooms with a capacity for up to 96 people. A complete hotel in the heart of Istanbul

Contact info:
Yeniceriler Caddesi 77. Beyazit
Istanbul, 34126 Turkey
phone: +90 212 458 98 00
web: http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_GB/hotels/Turkey/Istanbul/hotel-barcelo-saray/general-description.aspx

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, minibar, 24 hour room service, safe, suelos de parquet, telephone, 32" LCD satellite TV, Wi-Fi internet connection (free), fully equipped bathroom, shower, magnifying mirror, hairdryer in room.

Facility amenities: Vista Restaurant: Situated on the upper floor, the restaurant has a fantastic view of the Beyazit Mosque and Istanbul University, with a-la-carte and buffet menus offering a splendid choice of Turkish and international dishes. Piano bar: The piano bar is the perfect place to sit and relax with live music after sightseeing in the city. Saray Café: Situated in the hotel entrance, this is the ideal spot to enjoy light snacks or sweet pastries with a large variety of teas and coffees Heath services include a sauna, Turkish Bath (Hammam), steam room, massage service and body treatments and hair salon. The Internet connection facilities include Free Wi-Fi and a Cyber Corner for guests who do not have their own computers. Additional facilities include a bureau de change, laundry service, luggage service, a bank, and an on-site ATM.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact the provider for the most current post program rates.


Day Twelve: Monday, December 15 - Istanbul
Note: This day requires taking public transportation between sites.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Learn about the Ottomans - The peak of the Turco-Islamic Culture. Field Trip: Discover Topkapi Palace of Istanbul. This large palace was home to the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip: Continue to uncover Turkish culture at the Turkish Islamic Art Museum and the beautiful Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The first level of this breathtaking structure is a mosaic pattern made of over 20,000 handmade tiles.

Dinner: Explore the flavors of Istanbul on your own this evening.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Barcelo Saray Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel Barceló Saray is an urban hotel , in a modern, minimalist style situated in the historic centre of Istanbul. Located only 200 yards from the entrance to the Gran Bazaar and a few minutes walk from the city's main tourist attractions: Santa Sofía, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Sunken Chapel, making it the ideal starting point to discover Istanbul. The hotel Barceló Saray offers the opportunity to relax after a tour of the city in the Saray Health Club, where you can enjoy beauty treatments and a traditional Turkish bath (hammam). In the Vista Restaurant you'll find extensive culinary offers, with spectacular views of the Beyazit Mosque, a menu and buffet service, and special events organised by the hotel Chef. The hotel also has 3 meeting rooms with a capacity for up to 96 people. A complete hotel in the heart of Istanbul

Contact info:
Yeniceriler Caddesi 77. Beyazit
Istanbul, 34126 Turkey
phone: +90 212 458 98 00
web: http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_GB/hotels/Turkey/Istanbul/hotel-barcelo-saray/general-description.aspx

Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, minibar, 24 hour room service, safe, suelos de parquet, telephone, 32" LCD satellite TV, Wi-Fi internet connection (free), fully equipped bathroom, shower, magnifying mirror, hairdryer in room.

Facility amenities: Vista Restaurant: Situated on the upper floor, the restaurant has a fantastic view of the Beyazit Mosque and Istanbul University, with a-la-carte and buffet menus offering a splendid choice of Turkish and international dishes. Piano bar: The piano bar is the perfect place to sit and relax with live music after sightseeing in the city. Saray Café: Situated in the hotel entrance, this is the ideal spot to enjoy light snacks or sweet pastries with a large variety of teas and coffees Heath services include a sauna, Turkish Bath (Hammam), steam room, massage service and body treatments and hair salon. The Internet connection facilities include Free Wi-Fi and a Cyber Corner for guests who do not have their own computers. Additional facilities include a bureau de change, laundry service, luggage service, a bank, and an on-site ATM.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Please contact the provider for the most current post program rates.


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, December 16 - Istanbul
Note: This day requires taking public transportation between sites.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Field Trip: Discover Haghia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Haghia Sophia is both rich in religious history, and architectural significance. Famous in particular for its massive dome, the structure is said to be the epitome of Byzantine architecture.

Lunch: Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local Turkish Restaurant

Afternoon: Discover the Grand Bazaar on your own or explore with your Study Leader

Dinner: Take this evening to enjoy a final dinner on your own in Istanbul.

Evening: Repack this evening for a your flights home.

Lodging: Barcelo Saray Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fourteen: Wednesday, December 17 - Istanbul return to North America
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Time to pack, and a morning at leisure. Perhaps take this free time to visit the Mosaic Museum.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Turkey.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for flights. Due to a very late arrival, participants who took advantage of the Free Air offered through Road Scholar Travel Services will receive a free overnight in Rome before transferring on to flights home.

Dinner: Dinner on your own at the airport.

Evening: Participants who took advantage of the Free Air offered through Road Scholar Travel Services will be transferred to the hotel for time to relax before return flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fifteen: Thursday, December 18 - Flights arrive home.
Arrive To: Arrivals to the U.S.


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