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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.
Susan from Morehead City, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/15 - 10/28/15
It bears mentioning, in light of the recent tragic events in Paris and elsewhere, that we began our tour in Ankara three days after the bombing at the train station there. I never felt that my safety was at risk. On the contrary, I felt that by going about my trip as planned, I was supporting the Turkish people who were flying their flags in solidarity with the victims. We had a wonderful time and the current events added to the learning that travel with Road Scholar is about.

Eileen from Minneapolis, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/15 - 10/28/15
Fabulous experience! Just Do It!

Ewan from Anthem, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/15 - 10/28/15
The program was very well planned and executed at an extremely high level. The destinations were intriguing and enjoyable, from spectacular landscapes to remarkable historical sites and first-class museums. It truly was a learning experience masquerading as a great vacation. The food was outstanding and the Gulet was a terrific experience. Turkey regularly delighted us. Friendly, civilized and welcoming. We would recommend the destination highly and I do hope to visit again. Go, you will enjoy. Overall, simply excellent.

Mary Anne from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/12/15 - 10/28/15
Exceptional, comprehensive overview of Turkey's history and natural beauty. Thoughtful itinerary, outstanding guide, flawless logistics and small friendly group made this one of our most memorable trips.

Jan from Monticello, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/15 - 10/21/15
This program was everything I hoped for. So much to learn and see, and just downright fun. I would encourage anyone to take this trip. You will be kept busy, so make sure you are well rested and energetic.

Margaret from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/28/15 - 10/14/15
This was my favorite trip of several dozen foreign jaunts. The days on the gulet were especially fun (and swimming off the boat with noodles) and the balloon ride in Capadoccia and a Turkish bath are not to be missed. Senol Ogru is the most knowledgeable, opinionated, and fun guide I've ever encountered.

David from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/20/15
This was an outstanding experience with a wonderful guide Sami, great scenery and lectures, excellent accommodations and a wonderful cultural experience. Be sure to take the optional hot air balloon flight at Cappadocia. The gulet cruise was very worthwhile. The trip exceed my expectations. Dave

Sara from Estes Park, CO Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/11/15 - 05/27/15
I've lost count of the RS trips I've taken, but this was one of, if not the BEST of them all. Awesome variety of things to see, do, experience. Loved the balloon ride and the gullet sailing. Excellent museums and other sights. Lecturers were tops, but I definitely don't want any more time closed up in a room listening; I like to be out seeing, touching, feeling. Hotels were superb, please don't cut down on the quality, although I do wish there were someplace else to stay in Kusadashi rather than Charisma or Korumar. LOVED the cave hotel and Armada has been a favorite since RS introduced me to it. Timor was a delightful and knowledgable guide. Kudos to you and to Baltic Tours!

Nurene from Deventer, Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/11/15 - 05/27/15
A fun trip with an interesting variety of sites to visit and things to do. Overly luxurious accommodations and too much food. Gives a general look at Turkey, though visiting exclusively "tourist" sites. Could have more in depth lectures. It is a leisurely trip. I advise going a day or two early to gentle jet-lag before beginning the trip. A top hotel in Ankara (and a good deal cheaper than the one RS uses) is Divan Cukurhan next to the citadel in the old city.

Carol from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/20/15
I am an experienced traveler--both individually and in groups--and can honestly state that this is probably the best organized trip I have ever taken. We were "testing" out Road Scholar in comparison to other tours, and RS passed with flying colors. It is amazing how well geared to our age group this trip was, despite being moderately challenging, and also to our level of interests. People need to pay attention to the "moderately challenging" statement--you need to be able to walk a lot and climb lots of steps. The cave hotel in Capadoccia was the most interesting of all, but our room was up over 50 steps--good exercise, but not if you have knee trouble. The 4-day gulet trip on the Turquoise Coast makes this trip much better than the land version.

Adrienne from Arvada, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/24/14
The entire trip was fabulous. Our guide was Sevil and she made things fun and always interesting. She was happy to have input from the group about time, activities,etc. The Rixos Hotels are really wonderful;wish we could have had a little more time in them. My favorite place was Cappadocia and the cave hotel, but there were so many places that were fascinating. I was disappointed with the food on the gulet, but really didn't care because jumping in the beautiful water after a day on land was very special. Talking and laughing with the group while floating with noodles? What could be better. We had a great group and a great time.

Roger from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/14 - 10/08/14
Fantastic tour! It significantly exceeded our expectations. We have generally not been interested in group tours but decided to try the Road Scholar tour to visit Turkey. We enjoyed it immensely and learned so much from our exceptional Group Leader. As a bonus, the four days on the gulet in the Mediterranean were delightful.

Richard from Arvada, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/24/14
The trip of a lifetime to the crossroads of the world.

Amy from Dayton, OH Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 05/12/14 - 05/28/14
The program was very worthwhile. The food was the best we have ever had on a Road Scholar tour, and we take the vegetarian option. I would have enjoyed the addition of a Jewish museum or synagogue. Amy Dayton, OH

Natasha from Ithaca, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/21/14
Another rave review -- we loved this trip! Road Scholar has put together such an excellent way to see this fascinating country, which is not only a treasure trove of history, but also a vibrant, growing nation that, among other things, really knows how to receive tourists and feed them so well! We loved every bit of it and I echo all the appreciation of my fellow travelers. I was particularly surprised by how much I loved the boat travel. I am not a "boat person", but not only did I not need motion sickness pills, but I loved every moment on this beautiful vessel, staffed by its wonderful crew. I did not miss hiking shoes; for me my walking shoes and comfy sandals worked just fine; everyone's different. My husband and I were glad we spent a little time working with Pimsleur cd's from the library, learning just a smattering of Turkish before we got there; you don't need Turkish but it's nice to be able to say and understand a few things. This was our first RS trip, and based on this, we will definitely do more! We were thrilled.

Daniel from Chesapeake Beach, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/21/14
Absolutely FANTASTIC trip I cannot recommend it enough. Our guide Timor was superb. Take the optional balloon ride in Cappadocia and extension in Istanbul. Boat shoes or barefoot on Gullet manadatory. Consider sea-sick pills as water can be choppy. We were solicited for tips be aware eg $25-$30 per person for driver and gullet crew. The Museum of Anatolan Civilization has been closed for 2 years we wish we had been informed. Tours of rug and pottery places very good but high pressure sales pitches especially the pottery place with very high prices. Still these are minor the tour was exceptional and it was a small group. You will enjoy it.

Karen from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/21/14
My first Road Scholar experience, and already planning the next! If you're considering Turkey, book with Road Scholar. Our guide had 22 years' experience. He and driver couldn't have been better, more helpful, etc. 6 stars out of 5. My personal suggestions: take serious hiking shoes. "uneven terrain" is an understatement. Take jacket w/hood for gulet and Bosphorus boats. Hair dryers were available everywhere. Don't take yours. Complimentary bottled water was available daily on bus, gulet, and in hotels. Don't need a water bottle. Will post more later.

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