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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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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 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?

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?

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!

Suzanne Milazzo Oct 07, 2015 at 08:53 PM

Felicia, Ben and I should arrive Ankara at 3:00 and we did book through Road Scholar. Therefore, there will be a driver waiting for us. I believe it is the custom for anyone arriving at the same time to be allowed to travel with expected travelers assuming there is room. We have been accommodated when we did not book flights with Road scholar. Look forward to meeting you! Suzanne Milazzo
Felicia Furman Oct 08, 2015 at 11:28 PM

Thanks for the heads up. I'll try to talk my way into the RS van. Looking forward to meeting both of you.

Felicia Furman Sep 29, 2015 at 11:26 PM

Re the trip to Turkey starting in country on Oct. 15, does anyone else need to take a taxi into Ankara from the airport? My flight gets in at 3:00 pm.
Susan Roberts Sep 30, 2015 at 08:53 AM

If you are using Road Scholar flights, they should have a driver for you. Baltac tours can arrange a driver. If they do, know the drivers are outside the doors of the airport. Taxi should be about 25-50 Turkish Lira.to Rixos.
Felicia Furman Sep 30, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Thank you for the info. I'm not using the Road Scholar travel bureau so I need to provide my own transportation.

Susan Roberts Sep 28, 2015 at 05:27 PM

We paid $195 U.S. and used Kapadokya Balloon Company. They were excellent. It was arranged by the Tour Guide.

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