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From Legends to History: Turkey's Legacy of Civilizations and Culture

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17 Days | 16 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. 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.
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Bob K Dec 20, 2015 at 08:04 AM

We have decided to cancel this trip and are going to China instead. Thanks all for your imput
Victor Moffett Dec 27, 2015 at 04:13 PM

Bon voyage. Sounds wonderful. Just don't breathe in Beijing.
Bob K Dec 27, 2015 at 04:15 PM

Bring our own masks or buy there?
Victor Moffett Dec 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

You'll be fine since you won't be there long. Enjoy!
Bob K Dec 29, 2015 at 01:35 PM

Thanks


Victor Moffett Dec 02, 2015 at 09:41 AM

Dear Bob and Premium (who seems to have lost her name again - laff!): I am not worried one bit about going to Turkey in February. I would be worried if I were going back to Colorado Springs, a much more dangerous place with religious radicals.
Premium Email Subscriber Dec 27, 2015 at 09:44 PM

Hi Victor. We are scheduled to go in April. Has your Feb trip been confirmed?mwould love to know. Thanks, Acelaide
Victor Moffett Dec 29, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Waiting for final confirmations.


Bob K Dec 01, 2015 at 05:03 AM

Anyone worried about this trip with all the world wide unrest??? We are planning on going in April 2916.
Premium Email Subscriber Dec 01, 2015 at 11:31 AM

I know what you mean. I am not necessarily worried but watchful. I would love to see some comments from people that have gone this Summer and Fall and see what their experience was like.
Premium Email Subscriber Dec 01, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Bob K, when are you going in April?
Bob K Dec 01, 2015 at 03:05 PM

We are scheduled for April 20- May 6. I think 3 weeks after you trip.


Premium Email Subscriber Nov 30, 2015 at 10:27 PM

We are registered for the April 6th trip. I have read the last year's comments and would love to see some reports from those who have gone this last Summer and Fall. How was your trip? Tell me everything! Thanks, Adelaide
Bob K Dec 01, 2015 at 05:02 AM

I too am looking for some comments as we will be going this spring (2016)


Bob K Nov 16, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Any one else registered for this trip
From Legends to History: Turkey's Legacy of Civilizations and Culture
Program: 12828
Apr 20, 2016 - May 06, 2016

Bob and Pat


Betsy Noyce Nov 13, 2015 at 10:33 PM

There was a question, which seems to have disappeared, regarding the balloon flight in Cappadocia. The flight was optional, although everyone in our group took part. It was 165 Euros or the equivalent in dollars if you paid cash, 10 Euros more using a credit card. The was about 1/3 of the flight cost when we went to Kenya/Tanzania-and we did not do the balloon at that time. The flight, beginning just a dawn in Turkey was Amazing! Exciting,safe, fun and fantastic views. We strongly recommend this opportunity and, considering the overall cost of the tour, if was very well worth the expense. Jeff (Betsy's husband)
Victor Moffett Nov 14, 2015 at 01:17 PM

Thanx, Jeff. Have ballooned over Sonoma, and price is a bit stiff. Glad youse guys had fun. Can't wait to go! How about horseback?
Betsy Noyce Jan 14, 2016 at 03:51 PM

Sorry about the delay-I didn't see an opportunity for horseback-might be fun (or camel)
Victor Moffett Jan 15, 2016 at 09:14 AM

No worry about delay. Am sure we can find horses, or I would prefer mules. Camels? Not! Have already started packing and reading, reading, reading.
Debra Barr Feb 03, 2016 at 01:49 PM

Victor and everyone else: Are any of you worried about going on this trip, given the recent explosions in Istanbul?... Would love your thoughts. PS: Victor: What are you reading?... Many thanks, Debby B.
Victor Moffett Feb 04, 2016 at 01:28 PM

Dear Debra. I am not worried one bit. Nor are my friends who will meet me in Ankara. If I were going to Paris or London or Colorado Springs or etc., that might be another matter. I am reading "The Ottomans: Empire of Faith" by Dr. David Nicole. Very pretty book from library. Keep in touch? Ciao.
Debra Barr Feb 04, 2016 at 02:32 PM

Thanks so much, Victor! I appreciate your thoughts. Definitely, would like to keep in touch. And I'll check out that book, too! Thanks again. PS: Do your friends live in Turkey?...
Victor Moffett Feb 04, 2016 at 04:28 PM

Dear Debra: My friends are from MI. I know no one in Turkey. Not to be afraid: RoadScholar is excellent and people are wonderful all the world over.


Bob K Nov 09, 2015 at 01:57 PM

Is there sufficient free time in the afternoons and evenings to explore the local areas, shops, and such.

And has anyone skipped the hotel dinners for dinner in the local restaurants?

Thanks
Betsy Noyce Nov 09, 2015 at 05:05 PM

Some of the hotels are a little outside business areas so to explore on your own you would need to take a taxi. We felt there were plenty of opportunities to explore local areas, and i think you will find that the lunches give great exposure to Turkish cuisine. They were all authentic and delicious.
Betsy Noyce Nov 09, 2015 at 06:09 PM

This was a fantastic trip and we are so glad we went. However, based on your questions, you ought to consider whether this is the Turkey trip you want to do. This is an archaeological adventure. It's not terribly active, but there is walking at the sites, often over uneven terrain. It covers a lot of ground-we did over 2000 miles, so there is a lot of riding on the bus. Many of the sites are not really in urban areas so the hotels usually aren't either. We really didn't stay in "go out to a restaurant or club in the evening" kinds of places.
Betsy Noyce Nov 09, 2015 at 06:14 PM

Rats, I posted too soo! This is all by Jeff, Betsy's husband. So anyway. you probably could go out in some locations, Ankara was at the begiining so you'd want to have diiner with the group to be social. Antayla gives you the afternoon off so you could eat out, but you'd need a taxi back and there are early starts several days all along the trip. In Istanbul, you do get the night off for dinner. I found the combination of lunches out while traveling-usually great places each with a local specialty and then buffets in the hotels with a variety of choices to be a good combination. Dinner is often later than here in the US and after that we often jst retired to get ready for the next day. Your choices might differ, of course.
Bob K Nov 09, 2015 at 08:55 PM

Actually not an active night life that we are looking for. Just the ability to explore some.
Bob K Nov 09, 2015 at 08:55 PM

We are looking forward to the history and do hope we get to see (meaning walk around) a lot of sites and museums.


Bob K Nov 09, 2015 at 01:15 PM

Any one leaving from JFK or Boston can you tell me what airline you used?

Betsy Noyce Nov 09, 2015 at 05:03 PM

We flew out of JFK on Turkish air last month and it was excellent.
Bob K Nov 09, 2015 at 05:35 PM

Did Roads scholar arrange this for you. We are trying to upgrade to business class with miles
Betsy Noyce Nov 09, 2015 at 06:05 PM

We had RS make the arrangements. The flight over was JFK to Istanbul then Ankara. The flight home was non-stop-Istanbul to JFK. On previous trips, we found the flights we wanted and had RS make the reservations, which they were willing to do. That way, we had transportation and greeetings as well as airport fees arranged by RS. Jeff, Betsy's husband.
Bob K Nov 09, 2015 at 08:58 PM

That is exactly how we are going to do it. Ours is a bit more complicated as we do not live in the US but ratehr in the Dominican Republic (full time for the last 10 years), so we have to start and end out travels from there. RS is helping us booking flights we found to get to the JFK gateway and then on their flights to and from Turkey.
Victor Moffett Nov 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Dear Premium, please get a name? Anyhow, I hope this post proves helpful: I am flying from MIA from rather than JFK. RoadScholar (always helpful) made the arrangements. Ciao
Bob K Nov 13, 2015 at 12:53 PM

It is actually more expensive for us to fly to Miami than JFK if that makes any secnce as it is twice as far.
Bob K Nov 13, 2015 at 12:53 PM

how do i get a name????
Bob K Nov 13, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Never mind figured out name is Bob K
Victor Moffett Nov 14, 2015 at 01:14 PM

Hey Bob K. Glad you have found your identity! JFK is cheaper, but I have relatives in MIA, want to rest in hotel before before long flight, hate the cold, and would rather be stranded in FL than NY. Each to own. Party on, Ataturk!


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