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Extension: Istanbul: Ancient City - Modern City

Program Number: 16878RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/30/2013 - 11/2/2013; 9/24/2014 - 9/27/2014; 9/26/2014 - 9/29/2014; 10/1/2014 - 10/4/2014; 10/8/2014 - 10/11/2014; 10/17/2014 - 10/20/2014; 10/31/2014 - 11/3/2014; 11/21/2014 - 11/24/2014; 2/20/2015 - 2/23/2015; 2/27/2015 - 3/2/2015; 3/13/2015 - 3/16/2015; 4/17/2015 - 4/20/2015; 4/29/2015 - 5/2/2015; 5/6/2015 - 5/9/2015; 5/8/2015 - 5/11/2015; 5/13/2015 - 5/16/2015; 5/15/2015 - 5/18/2015; 5/20/2015 - 5/23/2015; 5/22/2015 - 5/25/2015; 5/27/2015 - 5/30/2015; 9/23/2015 - 9/26/2015; 9/25/2015 - 9/28/2015; 9/30/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/2/2015 - 10/5/2015; 10/14/2015 - 10/17/2015; 10/16/2015 - 10/19/2015; 10/21/2015 - 10/24/2015; 10/28/2015 - 10/31/2015; 10/30/2015 - 11/2/2015; 11/4/2015 - 11/7/2015; 11/11/2015 - 11/14/2015; 11/20/2015 - 11/23/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Turkey
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 7; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Delve deeper into the ancient and contemporary cultures of Turkey. From the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and the lavish Dolmabahce Palace to Istanbul’s Modern Art Museum and bustling squares — experts immerse you in the real Istanbul, bringing to life the city’s heritage of cultural fusion.




Highlights

• Marvel at the exquisite Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great and Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
• Visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the second palace of the Ottoman Sultans built in mid-19th century.
• Gain an insight into Turkey’s contemporary art scene at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile a day; some uneven terrain.



This extension can only be taken in conjunction with Program #12828, From Legends to History: Turkey's Legacy of Civilizations and Culture and Program #18761, Turkey's Living Treasures by Land and Gulet.




Date Specific Information

10-30-2013, 9-24-2014, 9-26-2014, 10-1-2014, 10-8-2014, 10-17-2014, 10-31-2014, 11-21-2014, 2-20-2015, 2-27-2015, 3-13-2015, 4-17-2015, 4-29-2015, 5-6-2015, 5-8-2015, 5-13-2015, 5-15-2015, 5-20-2015, 5-22-2015, 5-27-2015, 9-23-2015, 9-25-2015, 9-30-2015, 10-2-2015, 10-14-2015, 10-16-2015, 10-21-2015, 10-30-2015, 11-4-2015, 11-11-2015, 11-20-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Istanbul, 3 nights; departure.



Istanbul
3 nights
Departure

Trace the region’s human history on an expert-led visit to the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Marvel at the exquisite Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great and Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women and artifacts from ancient Mesopotamian, Hittite and Egyptian periods. At the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, examine Turkish and Islamic pottery, carpets, calligraphy, stonework and textiles and explore the streets around the old Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. Visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the second palace of the Ottoman Sultans built in the mid-19th century. Discussions at the palace paint a clearer picture of the socio-economic and cultural changes the Ottoman Empire underwent in the 19th century. Then, journey to Ortakoy, a charming district on the Bosphorus frequented by young people and artists. Following a narrated stroll through this colorful seaside district, catch a glimpse of the old city from the 14th-century Galata Tower. Gain insight into Turkey’s contemporary art scene at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. Here, your study leader traces the evolution of Turkish modern art, from the later periods of the Ottoman period to today.




Turkey

Turkey is bracketed by seas on three sides, which has facilitated its status as a crossroads of different civilizations for tens of thousands of years. It is modernizing rapidly, but its past is everywhere apparent. It is a country where centuries-old mosques and castles blend with modern streets and buildings to create a unique blend of past and present, European and Oriental influences.



Accommodations
Four-star hotel in the old city on the historic peninsula, surrounded by ancient walls and with views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
Meals and Lodgings
   Blue House Hotel
  Istanbul, Turkey 3 nights
 Blue House Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Contact info: Sultan Ahmet Mh. Dalbastı Sk No:14
Istanbul,  34122 Turkey
phone: +0090 212 638 9010
web: http://www.bluehouse.com.tr/english/default.asp
  Facility amenities: Airconditioner, Minibar, TV Cable System, Hair Dryer, Radio / Music System, Direct Dial Telephone.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please contact info@baltactour Please contact info@baltactours.com
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please contact info@baltactour Please contact info@baltactours.com
  Check out time: 2:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
09:00 AM You will be staying at Blue House Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
08:00AM You will be staying at Blue House Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Transfers are provided
To Start of Program
  Location:  Istanbul
  Nearest city or town:  Istanbul
  Nearest airport:  Istanbul Ataturk
  Transportation to site: Extension starts at the same hotel the main program 12828 ends.
  From End of Program
  Location: Istanbul
  Transportation from site: Same hotel
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: EXCURSION TO THE OLD CITY
(Wednesday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Following breakfast, meet with your guide to embark on your guided day of touring. Start the day by visiting the Archeological Museums of Istanbul that houses some magnificent artifacts, especially the exquisite Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great and Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women. Also located in the same complex, you will also visit the Museum of the Ancient Orient to see some artifacts from the ancient Mesopotamian, Hittite and Egyptian periods.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restuarant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, continue on to visit the Mosaic Museum and Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque. Walk around the streets around the old Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar and return to the hotel in late afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Blue House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: DOLMABAHCE PALACE & ORTAKOY
(Thursday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, after breakfast, you will first visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the second palace of the Ottoman Sultans built in mid-19th century. Visiting this Palace will provide a better insight to the socio-economic and cultural changes that the Ottoman Empire was going through in 19th century.
 Lunch: Lunch in Ortakoy
 Afternoon: After visiting the Palace, you will drive to Ortakoy, a charming district on the Bosphorus frequented by young people and artists. After strolling through this colorful seaside district, drive to the Galata Tower, to catch a glimpse of the old city from the top of this 14th century tower. Rest of the day free on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.
   
Accommodations: Blue House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: MODERN ART MUSEUM OF ISTANBUL
(Friday, November 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Start the day with a visit to the Modern Art Museum of Istanbul, to gain an insight to the modern art scene in contemporary Turkey. Here you will see the evolution of Turkish modern art starting with the later periods of the Ottoman period, all the way to our time. Rest of the day free on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Blue House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: DEPARTURES
(Saturday, November 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Istanbul airport for flights home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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