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.
• 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.
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
4-18-2014, 5-21-2014, 5-23-2014, 5-28-2014, 9-24-2014, 9-26-2014, 10-1-2014, 10-3-2014, 10-8-2014, 10-15-2014, 10-17-2014, 10-31-2014, 11-21-2014, 2-20-2015, 2-27-2015, 3-13-2015, 4-17-2015, 5-8-2015, 5-15-2015, 5-22-2015
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Arrival 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 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.