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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. 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.
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Gloria Macmahon Aug 24, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Is anyone else going to Istanbul - September 8 -17?
Rose Murphy Aug 26, 2015 at 02:51 PM

Yes, my husband and I will be on that trip. We are flying out of NYC.
Rose Murphy Aug 26, 2015 at 03:24 PM

Oops - I lost my connection. Perhaps we will meet in travel, if not we will see you at the hotel.
Gloria Macmahon Sep 01, 2015 at 11:46 AM

I will be arriving on the 7th; flying from Toronto. I look forward to meeting you.
Rose Murphy Sep 01, 2015 at 03:17 PM

Great. Have a good flight. We are looking forward to meeting you and enjoying Istanbul.

Dennis Costa Mar 11, 2015 at 01:27 PM

traveling solo to Istanbul arriving May 19 from Hawaii. Interested in chatting on line with anyone else going at this time
Premium Email Subscriber May 12, 2015 at 10:11 PM

Premium Email Subscriber May 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

Dennis: My wife sandra and I are arriving at Marmara Pera late 5/19 from North Carolina. Will probably crash, but glad to say hello. Hope to be more functional on 5/20. Peter
Dennis Costa May 13, 2015 at 02:00 AM

Thanks I will be arriving on the 19th as well and also will crash probably.
Dennis Costa May 13, 2015 at 02:00 AM

Thanks I will be arriving on the 19th as well and also will crash probably.
Dennis Costa May 13, 2015 at 02:33 AM

I will be coming from Hawaii. Aloha

Carol Willer Feb 28, 2015 at 03:41 PM

Leaving for Istanbul March 2 from Chicago on Turkish Air. Is anyone else arriving early?

Elizabeth Webber Feb 23, 2015 at 05:01 PM

Any participants leaving from Dulles March 3, 2015?

Premium Email Subscriber Jan 08, 2015 at 05:48 PM

Any New Yorkers going to Istanbul on March 3rd, '15?

Sylvia Haron Sep 21, 2014 at 03:06 PM

I am leaving for Istanbul on the October 7-16 2014 trip from Dulles International Airport on Oct 7th, 11:45 pm flight on
Turkish Air. If anyone will also be on that flight let me know and
we can meet on board. Thanks so much. Sylvia Haron

Margie Sanders May 31, 2014 at 08:01 PM

Wow, thank you so much for sharing this, Carole! Just really fascinating /encouraging/ wonderful to hear. We are completely looking forward to it, and even feel fortunate and privileged to witness their fascinating "conversations". Again, thank you so much.

Carole Friedman May 31, 2014 at 07:53 PM

Hi Margie,
I was on the May 6-15 trip to Istanbul and will be happy to share my experience with you. I had expected to be moved and fascinated by the old city, architecture and history -- and indeed I was. But what I didn't anticipate was how vibrant and cosmopolitan life is today in modern Istanbul, where our hotel was located. It was thrilling to see the youthfulness and vitality, the successes and continuing challenges of the secular democracy in this majority Muslim-heritage city. The mining disaster took place on our penultimate day, and our farewell dinner was interrupted when protesters and police ran down the street and many of us felt the effects of residual tear gas. But I never for a moment felt unsafe. Our tour guide/leader was superb in her knowledge, depth, and openness, and took complete "care" of us.I should also mention that before this event, I walked alone in public areas a number of late evenings, and felt completely comfortable. Have a wonderful time - I'm sure you will!

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