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Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul: Seat of Three Empires

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10 Days | 9 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.
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.
Mary from Detroit, MI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/08/15 - 09/17/15
A wonderful trip that helped my place Turkey in ancient and modern history. Names and places that were just words, now have context and meaning.

Jean from Fairway, KS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/19/15 - 05/28/15
This program was especially well-organized and our leader, Sami, was wonderful. The hotel and meals were outstanding. I learned a lot about Turkey's history and architecture. Today Turkey is a leader in the region and its future is important as an example of a secular Muslim society. Our visit was just before the national elections, giving us insights into the politics. Most tours spend only a day or two in Istanbul but this magnificent city still leaves much to explore even after a week-long visit.

Linda from La Jolla, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/02/14 - 09/11/14
Don't miss this magic carpet ride to exotic Istanbul! Your days will be packed with visits to museums and mosques, and you will try foods made from recipes of the sultans' kitchens. My only regret is that the tour ended way too soon!

Sylvia from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/07/14 - 10/16/14
This program gives you so much insight into Istanbul's past that its evolving politics of today becomes more transparent and comprehensible. Our guide, Sammy, was expert and took very good care of each one's individual needs along the way whether it be were to go for the best Turkish Bath to where to shop for scarves or how to get to Pamuk's Museum of Innocent Things. The food was remarkably delicious and the activity level was truly challenging for me with uphills and steps but worth every step of the way to mosques, museums and palaces.

Craig from Green Bay, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/03/14 - 06/12/14
Wonderful program offering a fascinating city with many historical landmarks. Our guide was excellent, friendly and knowledgable.

Carole from Swampscott, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/06/14 - 05/15/14
I share the enthusiasm about this program already expressed by others: it was terrific! It's not easy to capture the depth and breadth of Istanbul past and present in just a week, but our wonderful guide did so. I particularly valued the openness with which we discussed contemporary political and cultural issues. A fascinating and wonderful experience!

Shawn from East Dennis, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/06/14 - 05/15/14
This was a fabulous program with an equally fabulous tour guide. Istanbul is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, very clean, very safe, and very exciting.

Frank from East Dennis, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/06/14 - 05/15/14
I was 100% wrong in my preconception of Istanbul and the Turkish people.It is a wonderful city--beautiful and vibrant. The Turkish people are are engaging and friendly and very proud of their city

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8 nights of accommodations
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