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

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Program #12828RJ
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. 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.
Robert from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/25/15 - 03/13/15
Turkey is absolutely fascinating. Over 5000 years of history and some impressive pre-history can be seen on this tour. We got to see a Hittite Bronze age city (3500 BC), Greek and Roman sites, early Christian sites (pre-Constantine) in Cappadocia, and many wonders of the Ottoman Empire. Besides the history, the country is beautiful -- from cities to forest and plains to mountains. Istanbul is huge and crowded but clean and friendly. Don't miss this opportunity.

Theodore from Lawrenceville, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/01/14 - 10/17/14
An outstanding tour of a magical and beautiful country. This tour has it all -- natural scenic beauty, amazing historic and archaeological sites, introduction to the challenging and fascinating Turkish history and culture, friendly and wonderful local people, and great food! Do not miss this tour!

Shirley from Branford, CT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/26/14
This was a wonderful trip in every way. A n enriching experience with an excellent staff!!

Nitza from Salem, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/23/14
This was a wonderful trip, very well organized and of great educational and cultural value. We received five invaluable lectures by university professors and researchers who added great value to our learning experience. My husband and I enjoyed every day of the tour. The air ballon flight in Capadocccia was awesome. It was such a great feeling traveling around the country, crossing the Taurus Mountain range down to the southern regions by the Mediterranean. Roads are excellent. I loved the city of Antalya by the Mediterranean Sea. And I found Istanbul to be a magical city. I particularly enjoyed the visits to the Spice Bazaar and the Grand Bazaar since you can appreciate the lively culture of the Turkish people. There is such an abundance and variety of produce and food. The weather was marvelous most of the time. Lodging and food were excellent. The guide was knowledgeable, reliable, and supportive. Turkey is a fascinating country and the people are very kind. I would like to go back some other time.

Lloyd from North Haven, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/23/14
Just finished the May Turkey program. MY first RS program and it exceeded my expectations in almost every way----the Leader (Senol), the hotels, the food, the lecturers, the sites & museums, the tempo of each day's activity, and especially the quality of the Program Handbook. Best of all were the fellow participants. We had a small group of 15. My 14 fellow participants were excellent travel companions, including one most interesting and lovely lady. I will probably never take another tour trip because I will fear disappointment by comparison to this trip---just kidding.

Robert from Elgin, IL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/23/14
I just finished the May program. It was wonderful. Imagine standing in Troy, entering the Hagia Sophia, being in the theater at Ephesus where St. Paul preached, flying over Cappadocia in a hot air balloon. I got to do all this and so much. This was a real bucket list check off journey.

Patricia from Evanston, IL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/07/14 - 05/23/14
This was the best tour I have taken with RS. There were only 15 of us and our guide Salon, was absolutely the very best! Informative, fun, used bus time well, explaining all about our destination and answering any questions we had about anything. He really became part of the group. This was also the best group I ever traveled with - friendly, funny, informed. We had a large bus and it was always well stocked with cold water. Great hotels, great food and plenty of it. Lots of walking over uneven surfaces, impressive Roman ruins, interesting cities, fantastic traffic jams, lots of construction, best highways. The stop at Troy could be left out - nothing to see but a wooden horse. I must go back to Istanbul as I did not stay for the extension.

Maureen from Mendocino, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/02/14 - 04/18/14
Outstanding overview of Turkey's many layers of culture, going back thousands of years. I gained a historical perspective on today's political and religious conflicts in the company of well-informed scholars and tour guide.

Claudette from Thompson, CT Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 02/26/14 - 03/14/14
Did you know that nine of the 1,000 places to see before you die are in Turkey. This country has so much to offer with its ancient sites, fascinating landscapes, friendly people and great food. Our program was skillfully handled by our guide Sami Ozcini. Consider visiting Turkey when looking for an interesting destination.

Rosemary from San Luis Obispo, CA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 02/26/14 - 03/14/14
The Road Scholar tour of Turkey exceeded all our expectations. The guide was wonderful -- so knowledgeable and warm. One of the best experiences of our lives!

Martin from Honolulu, HI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/05/14 - 02/21/14
Turkey is a travelers delight and this trip offered all I could have wished. The experience was comprehensive, well planned and organized with a focus on classic Turkey as well as the present one. What a gem!

Susan from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/11/13 - 09/27/13
Happy New Year from California. Our September 2013 Turkey tour was spectacular, and e have posted photos day by day on my blog, postcardsfromsusan.blogspot.com -- follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/klr4ho3 Enjoy!

David from El Sobrante, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/02/13 - 10/18/13
If you were hesitant to travel, this program would cancel all your fears and anxieties. There were amenities I would not have thought of asking for. Road Scholar covered them and made my trip more delightful than I could have imagined!

Lynne from Flourtown, PA Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 10/02/13 - 10/18/13
Excellent program, great leader, very informative about all aspects of Turkish life. One of the very best programs I've been on. I'd recommend it to anyone who can be active all day and climb lots of stairs. Turkey is a wonderful country and the program took us to many varied areas. Take the hot air balloon ride if you get a chance--a highlight!

Joan from Atglen, PA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/11/13 - 09/27/13
I now have an understanding of Turkey that I never would have gained by simply reading about the country. It was an excellent educational experience with an excellent guide.

Ellen from Des Moines, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/01/13 - 05/17/13
For an understanding of the history and religious strife that has shaped the current political climate in Turkey and in the Middle East, Legends to History is the tour to take.

Carol Ann from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/03/13 - 04/19/13
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Turkey with Road Scholar. We learned so much about the country, its history and the Turkish people. Our tour guide, Senol, provided very interesting lectures as we traveled from one town to another. We also had a very capable, friendly bus driver. Every stop from Capadoccia to Istanbul was educational as well as fascinating. Most of the hotels were very good quality. Lunches at local restaurants were very tasty (and considerably better than the dinner buffets at the hotels). Overall, the trip exceeded our expectations.

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