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Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul: Seat of Three Empires

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Program #18720RJ
10 Days | 9 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.
Elevation Note
Istanbul is at sea level and there will be no high elevation during this program.

Itinerary for May 5 — May 14, 2015

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Day One: Tuesday, May 05 - Departures
Evening: Depart on overnight flights from the U.S.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Renovated in 2004, the Marmara Pera is a modern hotel centrally located in the historic Beyoglu district at the heart of Istanbul, in the Pera region, within walking distance of the pedestrian area.

Contact info:
Mesrutiyet Cad
Tepebasi
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey
phone: + 90 212 251-4646
web: www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Pera/index.asp

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, Internet access in rooms, PC modem, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, smoke detector and fire sprinkler. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Pool, fitness area, business center, restaurant, meeting rooms, cinema, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: €165 DBL, €155 SGL.
Includes taxes and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider to reserve additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, May 06 - Arrivals, Welcome and Program Overview
Morning: Arrivals.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: 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.?

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Marmara Pera Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Renovated in 2004, the Marmara Pera is a modern hotel centrally located in the historic Beyoglu district at the heart of Istanbul, in the Pera region, within walking distance of the pedestrian area.

Contact info:
Mesrutiyet Cad
Tepebasi
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey
phone: + 90 212 251-4646
web: www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Pera/index.asp

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, Internet access in rooms, PC modem, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, smoke detector and fire sprinkler. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Pool, fitness area, business center, restaurant, meeting rooms, cinema, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: €165 DBL, €155 SGL.
Includes taxes and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider to reserve additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, May 07 - The Byzantine Heritage of Istanbul
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: A professor from the Istanbul Technical University School of Architecture delivers a lecture on "Urban Development of Istanbul from an Architectural Perspective." Afterwards, set out to discover the breathtaking Hagia Sophia on a guided visit.

Lunch: In a local restaurant in the old city.

Afternoon: You will then explore the Underground Cisterns, the Hippodrome and the Archeological Museums to continue your discovery of the Byzantine heritage of the city.

Dinner: At a local restaurant walking distance to the hotel.

Lodging: Marmara Pera Hotel

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

Description: Renovated in 2004, the Marmara Pera is a modern hotel centrally located in the historic Beyoglu district at the heart of Istanbul, in the Pera region, within walking distance of the pedestrian area.

Contact info:
Mesrutiyet Cad
Tepebasi
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey
phone: + 90 212 251-4646
web: www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Pera/index.asp

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, Internet access in rooms, PC modem, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, smoke detector and fire sprinkler. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Pool, fitness area, business center, restaurant, meeting rooms, cinema, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: €165 DBL, €155 SGL.
Includes taxes and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider to reserve additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, May 08 - The Ottoman Heritage of Istanbul
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today you will set out to visit the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, the second-largest mosque of Istanbul. Continue with the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque for its exquisite tiles. Built from 1609 - 1616, it is the largest and the national mosque of Turkey.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the old city, next to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnficent

Afternoon: Continue to the Topkapi Palace, primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years of their 600-year reign, from 1465 to 1853. At the height of its existence as a royal residence, the palace was home to as many as 4,000 people. The palace collections include Ottoman treasure, jewelry and the most holy relics of the Muslim world. You will also visit the Harem, to gain a better insight to the secret and daily life of the royalty.

Dinner: On your own, at leisure.

Evening: Enjoy the vibrant local nightlife on the streets around your hotel.

Lodging: Marmara Pera Hotel

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

Description: Renovated in 2004, the Marmara Pera is a modern hotel centrally located in the historic Beyoglu district at the heart of Istanbul, in the Pera region, within walking distance of the pedestrian area.

Contact info:
Mesrutiyet Cad
Tepebasi
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey
phone: + 90 212 251-4646
web: www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Pera/index.asp

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, Internet access in rooms, PC modem, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, smoke detector and fire sprinkler. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Pool, fitness area, business center, restaurant, meeting rooms, cinema, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: €165 DBL, €155 SGL.
Includes taxes and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider to reserve additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, May 09 - On the Bosphorus
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Discover Dolmabahce Palace, the second palace of the Ottoman Sultans, situated on the Bosphorus. Visiting this Palace will provide a better insight to the socio-economic and cultural changes that the Ottoman Empire was going through in 19th century. Then you will board a boat for a private cruise on the Bosphorus and witness the magnificent fortresses, palaces and mansions on the waterfront.

Lunch: In a waterfront seafood restaurant.

Afternoon: Stroll at leisure through Ortakoy, a seaside pedestrian area popular with residents and take in the boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses for a perspective to daily life in Istanbul. Rest of the day free on your own.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in the old city.

Evening: Stop by the Whirling Dervish center to witness the ritual of the Sufis. This ceremony will last about one hour where you will learn the symbolism behind this fascinating ritual.

Lodging: Marmara Pera Hotel

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

Description: Renovated in 2004, the Marmara Pera is a modern hotel centrally located in the historic Beyoglu district at the heart of Istanbul, in the Pera region, within walking distance of the pedestrian area.

Contact info:
Mesrutiyet Cad
Tepebasi
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey
phone: + 90 212 251-4646
web: www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Pera/index.asp

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, Internet access in rooms, PC modem, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, smoke detector and fire sprinkler. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Pool, fitness area, business center, restaurant, meeting rooms, cinema, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: €165 DBL, €155 SGL.
Includes taxes and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider to reserve additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Sunday, May 10 - Ancient Walls and the Golden Horn
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Start your day with a very enlightening lecture on Modern Turkey and her issues. This lecture will be given by a professor from the Yeditepe University of Istanbul. After the lecture, we will set out to enjoy a unique opportunity to walk along the ancient walls of Istanbul, including the Yedikule Fortress and Dungeons. See the Church of Chora (Kariye Museum), situated along the walls. The Church of Chora exemplifies the most exquisite and mind boggling examples of late Byzantine Art.

Lunch: In a restaurant in the old city, by the ancient city walls.

Afternoon: Visit the Eyup Mosque, located on the Golden Horn. This mosque is a holy place for Muslims because the standard bearer of Prophet Muhammed is buried here. Continue on to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to visit this important church for the Greek Orthodox faith. Also stop by the Bulgarian Church, assembled on the site completely with iron pieces shipped on the Danube from Austria.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Marmara Pera Hotel

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

Description: Renovated in 2004, the Marmara Pera is a modern hotel centrally located in the historic Beyoglu district at the heart of Istanbul, in the Pera region, within walking distance of the pedestrian area.

Contact info:
Mesrutiyet Cad
Tepebasi
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey
phone: + 90 212 251-4646
web: www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Pera/index.asp

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, Internet access in rooms, PC modem, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, smoke detector and fire sprinkler. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Pool, fitness area, business center, restaurant, meeting rooms, cinema, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: €165 DBL, €155 SGL.
Includes taxes and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider to reserve additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Monday, May 11 - The Crafts and Bazaars of Istanbul
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: A guided visit explores a hidden gem - the Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous for its colorful 16th-century tiles, then moves through the Spice Bazaar, on to the Grand Bazaar, where artisans sell their handcrafts, silver and jewelry. Hear a lecture on hand made carpets and learn more about this art.

Lunch: In a restaurant at the Bazaar.

Afternoon: Free Time. Explore more of the Bazaar on your own or return to hotel

Dinner: On your own

Evening: At leisure

Lodging: Marmara Pera Hotel

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

Description: Renovated in 2004, the Marmara Pera is a modern hotel centrally located in the historic Beyoglu district at the heart of Istanbul, in the Pera region, within walking distance of the pedestrian area.

Contact info:
Mesrutiyet Cad
Tepebasi
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey
phone: + 90 212 251-4646
web: www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Pera/index.asp

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, Internet access in rooms, PC modem, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, smoke detector and fire sprinkler. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Pool, fitness area, business center, restaurant, meeting rooms, cinema, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: €165 DBL, €155 SGL.
Includes taxes and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider to reserve additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Eight: Tuesday, May 12 - The Modern Face of Istanbul
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart for the Modern Art Museum located on the shores of the Bosphorus. A guided visit of the museum will demonstrate contemporary art scene in Turkey starting with late 19th century. Then, you will board a local passenger ferry to cross to the Asian side of Istanbul. Explore the colorful bazaars of Kadikoy and have a glimpse to the life on the other side of the city.

Lunch: In the open kitchen of renowned Ciya Restaurant in Kadikoy, sample the delicacies of Turkish regional cuisine and learn about their origins.

Afternoon: Take the ferry back to Karakoy, the European side. You will then drive through the modern, newly developed areas of Istanbul such as Nisantasi. On the way back to the hotel, climb the medieval Galata Tower, built in 1348, to take in the panoramic sunset views of the old city.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Marmara Pera Hotel

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

Description: Renovated in 2004, the Marmara Pera is a modern hotel centrally located in the historic Beyoglu district at the heart of Istanbul, in the Pera region, within walking distance of the pedestrian area.

Contact info:
Mesrutiyet Cad
Tepebasi
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey
phone: + 90 212 251-4646
web: www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Pera/index.asp

Room amenities: 200 rooms with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, Internet access in rooms, PC modem, TV with satellite channels, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, smoke detector and fire sprinkler. Non-smoking rooms are available.

Facility amenities: Pool, fitness area, business center, restaurant, meeting rooms, cinema, laundry and dry cleaning service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: €165 DBL, €155 SGL.
Includes taxes and breakfast. Contact the Program Provider to reserve additional nights.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Nine: Wednesday, May 13 - Free Day on Your Own to Discover More of Istanbul
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Free time on your own. Here are some suggested activities: 1) Take a boat ride to the Princes Islands and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage around one of the islands 2) Indulge yourself in a Turkish Bath (Hamam) 3) Visit the private Pera Museum (very close to the hotel) to see their impressive collection of Turkish paintings, including the Tortoise Trainer by Osman Hamdi 4) Visit the Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk's brain child 5) Stroll down Istiklal Street, sit at an outdoor cafe and people watch.

Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free time on your own. Continue with the activity of your own choice and interest.

Dinner: Celebrate your in-depth exploration of Istanbul at a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Evening: Return to hotel to pack!

Lodging: Marmara Pera Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Thursday, May 14 - Departures.
Breakfast: In the 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?.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Istanbul
Military Museum and Naval MuseumThe Naval Museum contains over 4,000 items including boats from the Ottoman period, plates written by famous scribes on naval matters, flags, maps including the Piri Reis maps and other objects from Turkish naval history. Approximately 10,000 weapons and armor belonging to Turks and other nations are displayed in the Military Museum. There are 17 different halls organized under the following categories: Weapons, Tents, Clothing, World War I, Republican Era, Canakkale Battles, War of Independence, Ataturk and Martyrs. The Turkish Military Band Mehter holds concerts from 3 to 4 p.m. when the museums are open. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: 3 YTL.
For additional information, visit: www.dzkk.tsk.mil.tr/muze/English/Ana_Sayfa.htm
Pera MuseumRecently opened museum housing a private family collection of old and contemporary Turkish art. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. Entrance fee: Adults: 7 YTL. Discount for 60+ years old.
Turkish Bath (Galatasaray)No visit to Istanbul is ever complete without a visit to a Hamam, or Turkish Bath. Galatasaray Hamam is conveniently located close to the hotel. Open daily: For men: 5 a.m. to midnight, for women: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For additional information, visit: www.atamanhotel.com/bath.html

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