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Athens, Crete, Rhodes and Turkey: Myth and Modernity

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Program #15544RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Elevation Note
There is no portion of the programs where you will be above 3,000 feet.

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 23, 2014

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Day One: Monday, September 08 - In transit
Depart From: Depart the US on an overnight flight to Greece.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Divani Caravel is a luxury Athens hotel ideally situated in the heart of Athens, just minutes away from the business centre, the fashionable Kolonaki with its exclusive shopping, trendy cafes and restaurants as well as important museums such as the Museum of Cycladic Arts and the National Gallery.

Contact info:
2, Vas. Alexandrou Avenue
Athens, 16121 Greece
phone: +30 210 7207000
Room amenities: Standard Rooms feature, direct dial telephone with voice mail, internet access, cable and satellite TV, individual climate control, mini bar, 4 radio channels, hair dryer, safe.

Facility amenities: Every room of our luxury Athens accommodation is recently renovated, well appointed with all the modern amenities, and stylish furnishings. The hotel features a swimming pool and fitness center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services


Day Two: Tuesday, September 09 - Arrival and Check-in/Registration and Welcome Mee...
Arrive To: Upon arrival in Athens Airport, clear passport control, claim your bags, go through customs and the sliding doors and look for the Road Scholar sign.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner

Evening: We will gather in our private meeting room at the hotel at 6:00PM where your group leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedules, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Divani Caravel Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Divani Caravel is a luxury Athens hotel ideally situated in the heart of Athens, just minutes away from the business centre, the fashionable Kolonaki with its exclusive shopping, trendy cafes and restaurants as well as important museums such as the Museum of Cycladic Arts and the National Gallery.

Contact info:
2, Vas. Alexandrou Avenue
Athens, 16121 Greece
phone: +30 210 7207000
Room amenities: Standard Rooms feature, direct dial telephone with voice mail, internet access, cable and satellite TV, individual climate control, mini bar, 4 radio channels, hair dryer, safe.

Facility amenities: Every room of our luxury Athens accommodation is recently renovated, well appointed with all the modern amenities, and stylish furnishings. The hotel features a swimming pool and fitness center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services


Day Three: Wednesday, September 10 - City Tour of Athens and the Acropolis
Note: Walking on the Acropolis on uneven terrain up to 1 mile

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Lecture on the Greek language at hotel before departing on a city excursion of Athens. During your tour of Athens you will view many significant historical and archaeological monuments that date back to the Golden Age of Pericles, in the 5th century BC. During that time, the wealthy, newly democratic and invigorated city-state decided to rebuild the Temples on top of the Acropolis in great splendor. Visit the Parthenon, dedicated to the Goddess Athena, patron goddess of the city, a truly unique masterpiece of Greek Architecture. This monument is recognized as the culmination of Greek architecture and sculpture. Examine the Propylea, which blends Doric and Ionic building principles. Continue to the Temple of the Athena Nike (Wingless Victory) and the Erechtheum Temple, which was formerly used for cult worship and consists of three basic parts: the main Temple, the north extension and the famous Porch of Maidens. From the top of the hill, you can view Mars Hill, where St. Paul preached Christianity. You can also see the Ancient Agora, Tower of the Winds, Herodes Atticus Theater, Theater of Dionyssos. Drive by the Temple of Zeus, see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the former Royal Palace which is now the House of Parliament. Continue to the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, the National Library and then to the “Panathenian” Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. After a short photo stop at the Olympic Stadium, we will proceed to lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in the heart of Athens’ archaeological park.

Afternoon: Visit the New Acropolis museum housing finds from the hill, including among other masterpieces, the famous Caryatids (the statues of young women supporting the Porch of the Maidens of the Erechthium temple) and the frieze marbles of the Parthenon itself. Allow some time to photograph the Acropolis form the museum’s terrace just outside the museum’s restaurant.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Divani Caravel Hotel

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

Description: The Divani Caravel is a luxury Athens hotel ideally situated in the heart of Athens, just minutes away from the business centre, the fashionable Kolonaki with its exclusive shopping, trendy cafes and restaurants as well as important museums such as the Museum of Cycladic Arts and the National Gallery.

Contact info:
2, Vas. Alexandrou Avenue
Athens, 16121 Greece
phone: +30 210 7207000
Room amenities: Standard Rooms feature, direct dial telephone with voice mail, internet access, cable and satellite TV, individual climate control, mini bar, 4 radio channels, hair dryer, safe.

Facility amenities: Every room of our luxury Athens accommodation is recently renovated, well appointed with all the modern amenities, and stylish furnishings. The hotel features a swimming pool and fitness center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services


Day Four: Thursday, September 11 - Argolis
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Take a break from modern day Athens and journey into the past as you enter the island of Pelop, the Peloponese after crossing the awe-inspiring Corinth Canal. The canal offers a unique experience to the visitor and you will realize the enormity of the achievement as you will have the opportunity to photograph it en route. After the Corinth Canal, you enter the region of Argolis, land of Homer’s Golden Mycenae. Mycenae gave its name to the civilization on mainland Greece and the Greek islands. The German archaeologist Schliemann was the one who excavated Mycenae and uncovered the Royal Tombs recognizable from the wealth of objects found there. Among the finds were golden death masks, jewelry, bronze weapons inlaid with gold and a lot more ornaments all of which are displayed in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. You will see the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs and the Treasury of Atreus, a magnificent 14th century BC structure. Break for lunch in a charming local restaurant. After lunch, you will continue on to Nauplion, one of the most charming towns in Greece and the country’s first capital after the war of Independence. A 30-minute drive takes you to Epidaurus. In antiquity, Epidaurus was the center of the Greek medical world and birthplace of Asklepios, patron god of medicine. Psychotherapy, hydrotherapy and brain surgery were some of the treatments performed here. The highlight is of course, its famous theater boasting the best acoustics in the world, even today.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue excursion of Argolis.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Divani Caravel Hotel

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

Description: ATRION hotel welcomes you to a quiet corner in the heart of Heraklion, a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port. Fully renovated in 2004, this modern, minimal-style hotel is right next to Heraklion's vibrant center, with its cafés, shopping center, tavernas and museums but also a short stride from the seashore. The island's main highways can be easily accessed from the hotel, making it an ideal base for discovering the island by car. With its new conference center, business facilities and friendly service, the hotel offers you an environment to suit any mood: business or pleasure.

Contact info:
9, Chronaki Str
Heraklion, Crete, 71202 Greece
phone: +(30) 28 10 246 000
web: www.atrion.gr/

Room amenities: air-conditioning private balcony or veranda mini-bar (refrigerator) electronic laptop safe non-smoking rooms electronic security door lock system direct telephone line, voicemail free High-Speed Internet Access smoke detector satellite TV deluxe bathroom with hair-dryer and emergency telephone

Facility amenities: Atrion's 60 quiet, light and airy rooms and suites are elegantly furnished and fully equipped with modern facilities. Facilities air-conditioning private balcony or veranda mini-bar (refrigerator) electronic laptop safe non-smoking rooms electronic security door lock system direct telephone line, voicemail free High-Speed Internet Access smoke detector satellite TV deluxe bathroom with hair-dryer and emergency telephone bathtub or shower

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, September 12 - Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Begin your day with a scenic drive to Sounion. Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1824).

Lunch: Lunch at a seaside fish restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to Athens Int’l Airport for a short flight to Crete. Upon arrival in Heraklion, transfer to hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Atrion Hotel

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

Description: ATRION hotel welcomes you to a quiet corner in the heart of Heraklion, a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port. Fully renovated in 2004, this modern, minimal-style hotel is right next to Heraklion's vibrant center, with its cafés, shopping center, tavernas and museums but also a short stride from the seashore. The island's main highways can be easily accessed from the hotel, making it an ideal base for discovering the island by car. With its new conference center, business facilities and friendly service, the hotel offers you an environment to suit any mood: business or pleasure.

Contact info:
9, Chronaki Str
Heraklion, Crete, 71202 Greece
phone: +(30) 28 10 246 000
web: www.atrion.gr/

Room amenities: air-conditioning private balcony or veranda mini-bar (refrigerator) electronic laptop safe non-smoking rooms electronic security door lock system direct telephone line, voicemail free High-Speed Internet Access smoke detector satellite TV deluxe bathroom with hair-dryer and emergency telephone

Facility amenities: Atrion's 60 quiet, light and airy rooms and suites are elegantly furnished and fully equipped with modern facilities. Facilities air-conditioning private balcony or veranda mini-bar (refrigerator) electronic laptop safe non-smoking rooms electronic security door lock system direct telephone line, voicemail free High-Speed Internet Access smoke detector satellite TV deluxe bathroom with hair-dryer and emergency telephone bathtub or shower

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, September 13 - Explore Gortys, Phaestos and Matala and learn abo...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Depart for a full day excursion to Gortys, Phaestos and Matala. After breakfast, drive through the most picturesque landscape of central Crete to visit the ancient town of Gortys. Ancient Gortys used to be one of the most powerful cities of historic and prehistoric times. It is well known for its Law Code carved on stone blocks discovered in the Odeum. Other important monuments on site are the Acropolis and the church of St. Titus. Next stop is the renowned palace of Phaistos which was an important centre for the Minoan civilization. From Phaistos the view of the Messara plain and the Ida range is superb. The tour continues southbound to the coastal village of Matala the ancient port of Gortys and Phaistos where lunch will take place. Matala features one of the best beaches in Crete with artificial caves carved into the north face of the coast. In prehistoric times the caves were used as tombs while during the 60’s the caves hosted a hippie commune! Return to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch en route in Matala, home of the hippy community in the 60’s and 70’s.

Afternoon: Continue excursion.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Atrion Hotel

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

Description: ATRION hotel welcomes you to a quiet corner in the heart of Heraklion, a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port. Fully renovated in 2004, this modern, minimal-style hotel is right next to Heraklion's vibrant center, with its cafés, shopping center, tavernas and museums but also a short stride from the seashore. The island's main highways can be easily accessed from the hotel, making it an ideal base for discovering the island by car. With its new conference center, business facilities and friendly service, the hotel offers you an environment to suit any mood: business or pleasure.

Contact info:
9, Chronaki Str
Heraklion, Crete, 71202 Greece
phone: +(30) 28 10 246 000
web: www.atrion.gr/

Room amenities: air-conditioning private balcony or veranda mini-bar (refrigerator) electronic laptop safe non-smoking rooms electronic security door lock system direct telephone line, voicemail free High-Speed Internet Access smoke detector satellite TV deluxe bathroom with hair-dryer and emergency telephone

Facility amenities: Atrion's 60 quiet, light and airy rooms and suites are elegantly furnished and fully equipped with modern facilities. Facilities air-conditioning private balcony or veranda mini-bar (refrigerator) electronic laptop safe non-smoking rooms electronic security door lock system direct telephone line, voicemail free High-Speed Internet Access smoke detector satellite TV deluxe bathroom with hair-dryer and emergency telephone bathtub or shower

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, September 14 - The Palace of Knossos
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Knossos and its museum. Depart from the hotel to visit Knossos the renowned Minoan Palace! Two brilliant palaces built in Neolithic times… Visit the room of the thrown and the frescoes depicting the Prince of Crete. Every single stone suggests that a great civilization was born in this very place. Proceed to the National Museum of Heraklion that hosts the world's richest collection of Minoan items such as jewelry, statues masterpieces of miniature sculpture and signed engraving. It will certainly create a feeling of admiration and awe for an era long gone…. After the visit to the Museum drive to a small village to meet Mrs. Katerina and experience the art of Cretan cooking! Guests will learn how to prepare Cretan delicacies and then lunch will follow. After lunch drive back to the hotel. Free time and dinner in the hotel.

Lunch: Cooking class where you will help prepare your own lunch.

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant to give you the chance to sample the original Cretan cuisine.

Lodging: Atrion Hotel

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

Contact info:
Ialyssos Beach
GR 85101
Rhodes, Greece
phone: +30 22410 94321
web: www.forumhotels.com/the-residence/

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, September 15 - Fly to Rhodes
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to airport for flight to Rhodes via Athens. The direct flight from Heraklion to Rhodes has been cancelled, participants will have to fly via Athens.

Lunch: Lunch at Athens Airport

Afternoon: Short flight to Rhodes. Upon arrival, enjoy an introductory city orientation drive.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: The Residence Hotel

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

Contact info:
Ialyssos Beach
GR 85101
Rhodes, Greece
phone: +30 22410 94321
web: www.forumhotels.com/the-residence/

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, September 16 - Old Town of Rhodes and Lindos
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Full day excursion to the Old City and Lindos. Your tour today starts with a scenic drive to the Acropolis of Lindos. As soon as you arrive in Lindos you will climb the steps to the Acropolis where you will have an extensive guided tour of the site. After the tour of the Acropolis and the church in Lindos and there will be a short time for a photo opportunity. You will proceed to the meeting place from which you will be taken for a typical Greek lunch in Haraki village. After enjoying your lunch, your tour will take you in Rhodes Town after a slow ride around the seaside roads of the city, accompanied by a narration from your guide. The bus continues to drive to the ancient stadium of the Temple of Apollo, where you will have a guided tour and an opportunity to take photographs. You are then driven to the walls of the Old Town where your tour continues on foot and you will walk through the Gate d’Amboise in the Old Town. You will be guided through the Palace of the Knights, see the Inn of England and the Archaeological Museum. When the guided tour is completed, you will have some free time for an independent exploration of the Old City and you will enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue excursion.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: The Residence Hotel

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

Contact info:
Kemal Elgin Bulvarı No:63 48700
Marmaris
Mugla, Turkey
phone: +90 (252) 413 3031
web: www.anemonhotels.com/otel-mugla/anemon-marmaris.aspx

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, September 17 - Local winery and ferry to Turkey
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Visit a local wine factory with meze. Your tour commences from the port and takes you along the sea front roads around the new city, as well as on a panoramic tour of the ancient stadium of Apollo where you will stop for a short guided tour and to take photographs. You will then be driven to a local winery for a Greek wine tasting. Your host will take you through the actual wine making progress and when the tour is completed, you will have an opportunity to savor the wines, if you so wish. When the tour of the winery is finished you will be taken to the old town – there will be plenty of choices for lunch which will be on your own today giving you the chance to explore local cuisine.

Lunch: On your own in the old town of Rhodes

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration. Embark on the Rhodes - Marmaris ferry departing at 5 PM, arriving at 6 PM. Upon arrival in Marmaris, go through passport/visa control and clear customs. Your Turkish group leader will meet you at the pier to transfer you to the hotel in Marmaris.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Anemon Marmaris Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: 5-star resort hotel located right on the Aegean Coast.

Contact info:
Gazibegendi Mah
Kusadasi
Aydin, 09400 Turkey
phone: +90 256 618 1530
web: www.korumar.com.tr

Room amenities: A/C, balcony with view, satellite tv, safe deposit box, hair dryer, mini bar.

Facility amenities: Turkish bath, sauna, swimming pool, private beach, water sports, restaurants, snack bar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, September 18 - Euromos and Didyma on route to Ephesus
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Depart Marmaris heading north to Ephesus. Stop at Euromos to see one of the best preserved but seldom visited ancient temples in antiquity, beautifully set in a forest of olive trees. The temple is one of the best preserved classical temples in Turkey: sixteen columns remain standing and most of the columns are inscribed in honor of the citizen who commissioned their construction.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near the Temple of Apollo in Didyma

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to Didyma home to the largest temples of antiquity dedicated to Apollo. Didyma contained a temple and oracle of Apollo, the Didymaion. In Greek Didyma means "twin". Next to Delphi, Didyma was the most renowned oracle of the Hellenic world but an establishment preceding literacy and even the Hellenic colonization of Ionia. Didyma was the largest and most significant sanctuary on the territory of the great classical city Miletus. Continue on to Kusadasi to check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Korumar Hotel

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

Description: 5-star resort hotel located right on the Aegean Coast.

Contact info:
Gazibegendi Mah
Kusadasi
Aydin, 09400 Turkey
phone: +90 256 618 1530
web: www.korumar.com.tr

Room amenities: A/C, balcony with view, satellite tv, safe deposit box, hair dryer, mini bar.

Facility amenities: Turkish bath, sauna, swimming pool, private beach, water sports, restaurants, snack bar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Friday, September 19 - Ephesus, the Crown of All Ancient Cities
Note: Walking up to 1 mile on ancient uneven streets

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning lecture on Ephesus and its ancient graffiti and its meanings. Following the lecture, we will begin our exploration of Ephesus.Ephesus by far is the most important, largest and the best preserved ancient archeological site in Turkey. Once the capital of the Asia Minor province of the Roman Empire and the most important port on the Aegean, Ephesus enjoyed immense wealth and prosperity in ancient Greek and Roman periods. It is a fascinating feeling to walk on the same marble streets that were once trodden by Alexander the Great, Hadrian, St.Paul, and Virgin Mary. The grand theater with its 24,000 people capacity and the marvelous Library of Celsus still awe their visitors.

Lunch: Lunch at a Handicrafts Center near Ephesus

Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture and hands-on demonstration on Turkish carpets and silk production. Explore the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Also visit the Basilica of St.John, dedicated to St.John the Apostle in 6th century AD.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Korumar Hotel

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

Description: The Armada hotel is centrally located in the old city of Istanbul, on the city's historical peninsula. It is surrounded by the ancient city walls and is within walking distance and has views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Open since 1994, the building was constructed on the site of a series of row houses which were built for the marine soldiers of the famed Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa) in the 16th century. The hotel's façade replicates the original structures.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Cad, 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34400 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: 110 rooms, decorated in the Ottoman style with traditional Edirnekari woodwork painting, are a graceful blend of past and present and offer all modern amenities, including air conditioning, central heat, hair dryer, mini-bar, cable TV, direct-dial telephone, Internet connection and safety-deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, rooftop terrace, room service and laundry service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact info@baltactours.com
Contact the Program Provider to inquire about availability and prices at info@baltactours.com.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, September 20 - Flight to Istanbul and Orientation to Sultanahmet...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Izmir Airport and take the morning flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of Sultanahmet and the old city.

Lunch: Lunch in Istanbul at a typical restaurant

Afternoon: During the orientation walk, visit the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. An awe inspiring architectural site dominating the old city of Istanbul, the Blue Mosque captures visitors with its impressive volume and its majestic dome as soon they enter the mosque. This mosque is famous for its exquisite tile-work decoration from the 16th and 17th centuries, hence one of the reasons for its name. Enjoy a lecture at the hotel on the Urban Development of Istanbul from an architectural perspective, delivered by a professor of History of Architecture.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Armada Hotel Istanbul

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

Description: The Armada hotel is centrally located in the old city of Istanbul, on the city's historical peninsula. It is surrounded by the ancient city walls and is within walking distance and has views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Open since 1994, the building was constructed on the site of a series of row houses which were built for the marine soldiers of the famed Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa) in the 16th century. The hotel's façade replicates the original structures.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Cad, 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34400 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: 110 rooms, decorated in the Ottoman style with traditional Edirnekari woodwork painting, are a graceful blend of past and present and offer all modern amenities, including air conditioning, central heat, hair dryer, mini-bar, cable TV, direct-dial telephone, Internet connection and safety-deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, rooftop terrace, room service and laundry service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact info@baltactours.com
Contact the Program Provider to inquire about availability and prices at info@baltactours.com.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Sunday, September 21 - Splendors of Istanbul
Note: Walking up to 1 mile on cobblestone streets

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Visit the Topkapi Palace and the Harem to witness the power and wealth of the Ottoman Empire in its golden years. This immense palace that was started to be built in 15th century, was the seat of the Ottoman Sultans who ruled the once most powerful Empire of Europe for 400 years. This Palace demonstrates the magnificence of the Ottomans between 15th and 18th centuries. Its massive courtyards, maze of corridors and alleys in the exotic and inspiring Harem, lush gardens, domes and chimneys certainly make up one of the most impressive skylines of the city.

Lunch: Lunch in Istanbul at a local restaurant

Afternoon: A little gem of a church, tucked away by the ancient walls of the city, a visit to the Chora Museum is a must to witness the splendid masterpieces of late Byzantine art in the form of exquisite mosaics and frescoes. The artistic styles demonstrated in this church foreshadows the dawn of European Renaissance.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the local fare.

Lodging: Armada Hotel Istanbul

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

Description: The Armada hotel is centrally located in the old city of Istanbul, on the city's historical peninsula. It is surrounded by the ancient city walls and is within walking distance and has views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Open since 1994, the building was constructed on the site of a series of row houses which were built for the marine soldiers of the famed Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa) in the 16th century. The hotel's façade replicates the original structures.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Cad, 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34400 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: 110 rooms, decorated in the Ottoman style with traditional Edirnekari woodwork painting, are a graceful blend of past and present and offer all modern amenities, including air conditioning, central heat, hair dryer, mini-bar, cable TV, direct-dial telephone, Internet connection and safety-deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, rooftop terrace, room service and laundry service.

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

Elevator: Yes

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Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Monday, September 22 - Bazaars of Istanbul and the Splendid Bosphorus
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Start your day with a field trip to Hagia Sophia. Undoubtedly, the most important landmark of the city, Hagia Sophia has withstood the rigors of time since 537 AD. Often dubbed as the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, the Church of Holy Wisdom is a mind-baffling structure with its huge mystical dome suspended above a basilical plan and the magnificent mosaics that still glisten­ across galleries. Also visit the Underground Cisterns, built by the Illustrious Emperor Justinian in 532 AD, to store water under the ground. The awe inspiring jungle of ancient columns are all recycled from the ancient monuments of Constantinople. The cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill, and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in the old city

Afternoon: This afternoon will be spent exploring some of Istanbul's bazaars, including the Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar. You will have some free time to explore these bazaars.The Spice Bazaar is located in the busy commercial district of the old city right by the Golden Horn. The Bazaar and the surroundings are perfect places to witness the vibrant commercial activity that this city has been attracting for thousands of years. Spices have been traded in this Bazaar since mid 17th century and this Bazaar continues to capture its visitors with its exotic aromas of the Orient. Wits maze-like alleys and narrow streets, the Grand Bazaar attracts everyone like a magnet, shopper or sightseer alike. It is an absolute delight to stroll the streets of this 500 year-old colorful bazaar. Your intentions could be to look for bargains in various Turkish handicrafts, to shop for precious old kilims, to find the workshops of the skillful goldsmiths, to sip a cup of Turkish coffee at the old coffeehouse, or to take pictures of the artisans and shopkeepers, you are guaranteed to have a great time in the Bazaar. End the day with a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus, the straits that separate the city of Istanbul between the two continents. Witness the old fortresses, magnificent palaces and gorgeous mansions built on the waterfront along this lovely but busy waterway.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a restaurant walking distance from the hotel.

Lodging: Armada Hotel Istanbul

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Tuesday, September 23 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: There will be group transfers from the hotel to Istanbul Airport, depending on the departure times of flights. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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