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Program #20923RJ
13 Days | 12 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.
Elevation Note
There will be a few hikes hikes where the elevation will be slightly above 3,000 feet.

Itinerary for Mar 1 — Mar 13, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, March 01 - In Flight
Depart From: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

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 before: Contact info@baltactours.com
Contact the Program Provider for reservations; info@baltactours.com.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, March 02 - Arrival in Istanbul. Welcome meeting and dinner ...
Arrive To: Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon: Welcome Meeting at the Hotel to get to know your Group Leader and fellow group members. 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: Armada Hotel Istanbul

Meals Included: 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 before: Contact info@baltactours.com
Contact the Program Provider for reservations; info@baltactours.com.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, March 03 - Highlights of the Old City of Istanbul
Note: This will be a walking tour of the main monuments and museums in the old city of Istanbul. Walking up to 1 ½ miles on busy streets of Istanbul, sometimes on cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: This morning you will start your day with a walking trip to the breathtaking Church of Hagia Sophia. You will learn about the architecture of this unique 1,500 year old building and awe at its size and glamour. You will then visit the Underground Cisterns, built in 532 AD by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in order to store water for his city. Then will follow a visit to the Blue Mosque, the world famous mosque of Istanbul built in 1616.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in the old city

Afternoon: Visit the Topkapi Palace, once the seat of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years and a great testimony to the power and wealth of the Ottoman Empire. You will also be able to visit the Harem and catch a glimpse of daily life behind closed doors. Walk down to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar in Turkish) where the exotic aromas of the Orient will capture you immediately. We will end the day with a private cruise on the wonderful Bosphorus and see its lovely waterfront houses and palaces. On the way back to the hotel, time permitting, stop at the Grand Bazaar, a maze of 4,000 shops and alleys, an old shopping mall for bargains.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Armada Hotel Istanbul

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Surrounded by gardens, the elegant Tuvana Hotel is in the historic center of Antalya, only 1500 ft from Hadrian's Gate. It features an outdoor pool and spacious guest rooms with traditional Ottoman décor. Air-conditioned rooms have hardwood floors and furnishings made from oak and pine wood. They come equipped with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a DVD player. Some rooms have a balcony. In the morning, the hotel serves a buffet breakfast. Seraser Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining, serving international and Turkish cuisine made from fresh ingredients. Guests can relax on the grounds, which are filled with orange and plum trees. Tuvana Hotel is one mile from Konyaalti Beach and is a 5-minute walk from Mermerli Beach. The hotel offers 24-hour front desk service and free on-site private parking.

Contact info:
Tuzcular Mah. Karanlik Sokak
No: 18 Kaleici
Antalya, Turkey
phone: + 90 242 244-4053
web: www.tuvanahotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioned rooms have hardwood floors and furnishings made from oak and pine wood. They come equipped with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a DVD player. Some rooms have a balcony.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Grounds, Terrace, Non-Smoking Rooms, Safe, Heating, Air Conditioning, Restaurant With Dining Menu

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


Day Four: Tuesday, March 04 - Flight to Antalya and field trip to Termessos, a ...
Flight to Antalya and field trip to Termessos, a city perched upon the Taurus Mountains.

Note: 1/4 mile hike up to the ancient city of Termessos.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Transfer to Istanbul Airport to catch an early flight to Antalya.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in the city

Afternoon: Hike to see the ruins of Termessos, a Greco-Roman ancient site located on the top of a hill. Due ot its rugged location, even Alexander the Great could not conquer this city. Activity Detail: Hiking (uphill to the ancient site and then downhill to the parking garage) about 2 miles on uneven terrain. Hike difficulty: 6/10

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Tuvana Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: If you are looking for nature, beauty and a retreat away from the stress of everyday life, you will find it in Arcadia. Sit on your porch and look out onto the turquoise waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Lie under a sun umbrella until the mood for a dip in the ocean strikes you. Hike up to the mysterious fires of the Chimera hidden in the surrounding mountains. Everything is on the doorstep. Arcadia offers five separate and spacious pine bungalows, all hand-made with loving attention to detail. Each room has air conditioning and heating, a mini-bar, coffee maker, a telephone and wireless internet access.

Contact info:
Cirali, Olympos
Antalya, Turkey
phone: + 90 242 825-7340
web: www.arcadiaholiday.com/

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning and heating, a mini-bar, coffee maker, a telephone and wireless internet access.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, beach front location, A/C in rooms, wi-fi

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


Day Five: Wednesday, March 05 - Excursions to Phaselis and hike to Chimera, the m...
Excursions to Phaselis and hike to Chimera, the mythological fire breathing monster.

Note: Hike up to Chimera on a rocky trail for about 45 minutes and then down back on the same trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart from Antalya heading south. Stop at Phaselis to see this beautiful ancient town located right on the Mediterranean. Alexander the Great spent the winter of 334BC here on his way to conquer the rest of the known world. Activity Detail: Hiking on flat surface in ancient town about 3/4 mile. Hike difficulty: 4/10

Lunch: Lunch on route at a local restaurant

Afternoon: After arriving in Olympos and checking in at the hotel, enjoy brisk a hike to see the eternal flame of Chimera, burning forever for centuries on the slopes of the Taurus mountains. Activity level: Hiking uphill (1 mile), sometimes steep and rocky, then same path downhill, total 2 miles. Hike difficulty: 8/10

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Arcadia Holiday

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: If you are looking for nature, beauty and a retreat away from the stress of everyday life, you will find it in Arcadia. Sit on your porch and look out onto the turquoise waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Lie under a sun umbrella until the mood for a dip in the ocean strikes you. Hike up to the mysterious fires of the Chimera hidden in the surrounding mountains. Everything is on the doorstep. Arcadia offers five separate and spacious pine bungalows, all hand-made with loving attention to detail. Each room has air conditioning and heating, a mini-bar, coffee maker, a telephone and wireless internet access.

Contact info:
Cirali, Olympos
Antalya, Turkey
phone: + 90 242 825-7340
web: www.arcadiaholiday.com/

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning and heating, a mini-bar, coffee maker, a telephone and wireless internet access.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, beach front location, A/C in rooms, wi-fi

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


Day Six: Thursday, March 06 - Fields trip to Demre to see the ancient city of M...
Fields trip to Demre to see the ancient city of Myra and the church of St.Nicholas.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Field trip to visit Demre and Myra, birth place of St.Nicholas. Wonder at the ancient tombs carved out of the rock in Myra. Activity level: Easy walking about 1/4 mile in Myra. Hike difficulty: 2/10

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Myra

Afternoon: Enjoy a hike on the Lycian Way, crisscrossing valleys near Olympos. Activity Level: Strenuous hike up to 3 miles. Hike level: 8/10

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Arcadia Holiday

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: If you are looking for nature, beauty and a retreat away from the stress of everyday life, you will find it in Arcadia. Sit on your porch and look out onto the turquoise waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Lie under a sun umbrella until the mood for a dip in the ocean strikes you. Hike up to the mysterious fires of the Chimera hidden in the surrounding mountains. Everything is on the doorstep. Arcadia offers five separate and spacious pine bungalows, all hand-made with loving attention to detail. Each room has air conditioning and heating, a mini-bar, coffee maker, a telephone and wireless internet access.

Contact info:
Cirali, Olympos
Antalya, Turkey
phone: + 90 242 825-7340
web: www.arcadiaholiday.com/

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning and heating, a mini-bar, coffee maker, a telephone and wireless internet access.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, beach front location, A/C in rooms, wi-fi

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


Day Seven: Friday, March 07 - Field trip to Kekova, one of the most picturesque...
Note: Hike up to the necropolis and the old citadel of Simena through paths in the old village.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Kekova, a small hamlet with Lycian ruins and a fascinating necropolis. On the water, the village is not accessible by land yet it is not an island. Take a short boat ride to reach the site.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in Kekova

Afternoon: Hike to the ruins of Simena to see the fortress and the necropolis (cemetery) behind it. Activity level: Hike up to the acropolis and then to the necropolis through the village. 1/4 mile uphill, then downhill same trail. Hike difficulty: 6/10

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Cirali

Lodging: Arcadia Holiday

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Yediburunlar is one of the most magical corners of Turkey. This location is perched on the mountains running parallel along the splendid coastline of southern Turkey. The hotel is located on top of the hills, enjoying a stunning view of the mountains and the sea. The hotel has only 9 rooms and is the most suitable hotel to enjoy hikes along the Lycian Way.

Contact info:
Yediburunlar Bogazici Village Esen
Fethiye
Mugla, Turkey
phone: + 90 252 679 1001
web: www.walkyediburunlar.com

Room amenities: A/C, hairdryer, private bathroom, great views.

Facility amenities: 9 unique rooms equipped with private bathrooms. Restaurant, outdoor seating seating area, outdoor bathtub.

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


Day Eight: Saturday, March 08 - Field trips to Patara and Pinara, ancient Lycian ...
Field trips to Patara and Pinara, ancient Lycian towns. Enjoy hikes to these seldom visited ruins.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for Yediburunlar Light House Hotel on the Lycian Way. Check in at the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch on your own on route in the small resort town of Kas

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon hike on the Lycian Way and visit the ancient town of Patara. Activity Level: Hike in an ancient city, total distance: 1 mile. Hike difficulty level: 4/10

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Yediburunlar Light House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Yediburunlar is one of the most magical corners of Turkey. This location is perched on the mountains running parallel along the splendid coastline of southern Turkey. The hotel is located on top of the hills, enjoying a stunning view of the mountains and the sea. The hotel has only 9 rooms and is the most suitable hotel to enjoy hikes along the Lycian Way.

Contact info:
Yediburunlar Bogazici Village Esen
Fethiye
Mugla, Turkey
phone: + 90 252 679 1001
web: www.walkyediburunlar.com

Room amenities: A/C, hairdryer, private bathroom, great views.

Facility amenities: 9 unique rooms equipped with private bathrooms. Restaurant, outdoor seating seating area, outdoor bathtub.

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


Day Nine: Sunday, March 09 - Hike to Kayakoy, an abandoned ghost village durin...
Hike to Kayakoy, an abandoned ghost village during the Exchange of Citizens between Greece and Turkey in the 1920s.

Note: Hike on the old and sometimes rocky streets of the abandoned village of Kayakoy.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit Kayakoy, an abandoned village during the Exchange of Citizens in 1920s between Turkey and Greece. Learn about the story of this exchange and the people affected by this exchange. Activity level: Hike on uneven and rocky terrain at times. Total distance: 2 miles. Hike difficulty: 7/10

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant on route

Afternoon: Enjoy a hike around the hotel on the Lycian Way. Activity Level: Optional hike around the hotel, about 1 ½ miles. Hike difficulty: 7-8/10

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Yediburunlar Light House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Yediburunlar is one of the most magical corners of Turkey. This location is perched on the mountains running parallel along the splendid coastline of southern Turkey. The hotel is located on top of the hills, enjoying a stunning view of the mountains and the sea. The hotel has only 9 rooms and is the most suitable hotel to enjoy hikes along the Lycian Way.

Contact info:
Yediburunlar Bogazici Village Esen
Fethiye
Mugla, Turkey
phone: + 90 252 679 1001
web: www.walkyediburunlar.com

Room amenities: A/C, hairdryer, private bathroom, great views.

Facility amenities: 9 unique rooms equipped with private bathrooms. Restaurant, outdoor seating seating area, outdoor bathtub.

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


Day Ten: Monday, March 10 - Hike to Oludeniz and Faralya on the Lycian trail ...
Hike to Oludeniz and Faralya on the Lycian trail with stunning views of the Mediterranean.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit Oludeniz, (the Dead Lagoon) and wonder at its pristine beach.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Hike to Faralya and Kabak Valley, a pristine cove on the Mediterranean also on the Lycian Way. Activity Level: Hike challenging at times. Some participants may need walking sticks/canes. Hike level: 8½/10

Dinner: Dinner at at the hotel

Lodging: Yediburunlar Light House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Yediburunlar is one of the most magical corners of Turkey. This location is perched on the mountains running parallel along the splendid coastline of southern Turkey. The hotel is located on top of the hills, enjoying a stunning view of the mountains and the sea. The hotel has only 9 rooms and is the most suitable hotel to enjoy hikes along the Lycian Way.

Contact info:
Yediburunlar Bogazici Village Esen
Fethiye
Mugla, Turkey
phone: + 90 252 679 1001
web: www.walkyediburunlar.com

Room amenities: A/C, hairdryer, private bathroom, great views.

Facility amenities: 9 unique rooms equipped with private bathrooms. Restaurant, outdoor seating seating area, outdoor bathtub.

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


Day Eleven: Tuesday, March 11 - Sydima, a nearby village to explore pastoral and ...
Sydima, a nearby village to explore pastoral and traditional/agricultural life

Note: Strenuous hike on uneven path

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Hike to Sydima, a small and romantic village built on top of the ancient ruins of a Lycian town. Meet the villagers to learn about their rural life.

Lunch: Lunch in the village, hosted by the locals

Afternoon: Enjoy an optional hike along the Lycian Way Activity Level: Great hike up to 2 miles, level: 7/10

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Yediburunlar Light House Hotel

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

Description: Located in the airport, making it easy to transfer to flights.

Contact info:
Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Istanbul, Turkey
phone: + 90 212 465-4030
web: www.airporthotelistanbul.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, satellite tv, music, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Meeting rooms, gym, internet, business center, restaurant, free shuttle service.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: 165 EUR, INCL tax and BRKF
Please contact info@baltactours.com for inquiries and reservations.


Day Twelve: Wednesday, March 12 - Transfer to Dalaman Airport to fly to Istanbul
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Morning at leisure or optional hike on the Lycian Way. Activity Level: Optional hike on the Lycian Trail with difficulty level of 7/10. Up to 2 miles.

Lunch: Lunch on route to the airport

Afternoon: Transfer to Dalaman Airport to fly to Istanbul. Visit and hike the ancient towns of Pinara and Tlos, once part of the Lycian League. Fly to Istanbul and transfer to Airport Hotel upon arrival. 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 the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Airport Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Thirteen: Thursday, March 13 - Fly home
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Check in for your international flight and depart Istanbul for home

Meals Included: Breakfast

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