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Extension: Istanbul: Ancient City - Modern City

Program Number: 16878RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/17/2014 - 10/20/2014; 10/31/2014 - 11/3/2014; 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: $649.00 - 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

10-17-2014, 10-31-2014, 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
   Armada Hotel Istanbul
  Istanbul, Turkey 3 nights
 Armada Hotel Istanbul
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Armada hotel is centrally located in the old city of Istanbul, on the city's historical peninsula. It is surrounded by the ancient city walls and is within walking distance and has views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Open since 1994, the building was constructed on the site of a series of row houses which were built for the marine soldiers of the famed Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa) in the 16th century. The hotel's façade replicates the original structures.
  Contact info: Ahirkapi Cad, 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul,  34400 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr
  Room amenities: 110 rooms, decorated in the Ottoman style with traditional Edirnekari woodwork painting, are a graceful blend of past and present and offer all modern amenities, including air conditioning, central heat, hair dryer, mini-bar, cable TV, direct-dial telephone, Internet connection and safety-deposit box.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, rooftop terrace, room service and laundry service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact info@baltactours.com Contact the Program Provider to inquire about availability and prices at info@baltactours.com.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact info@baltactours.com Contact the Program Provider to inquire about availability and prices at info@baltactours.com.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
09:00 AM You will be staying at Armada Hotel Istanbul that night.
  End of Program:
08:00AM You will be staying at Armada Hotel Istanbul 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: Walking Tour to the Old City to explore the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
(Friday, November 20)

Note: Walking up to 1 mile on cobblestone streets



   
 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 Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, displaying the most exquisite examples of early Turkish and Islamic pottery, carpets, calligraphy, stonework and textiles. 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: Armada Hotel Istanbul
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Dolmabahce Palace, the second grand palace of the Ottoman Sultans, located on the waterfront
(Saturday, November 21)
   
 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 at a local gozleme restaurant
 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: Armada Hotel Istanbul
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Modern Art Museum and the ferry ride to Kadikoy on the Asian side of the city.
(Sunday, November 22)
   
 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: Take the local commuter ferry and cross the Bosphorus to Kadikoy. Walk around the lively bazaar of this neighborhood and get a sense of life on the Asian side of the city. Take the ferry back to the old city. Rest of the day free on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Armada Hotel Istanbul
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: DEPARTURES
(Monday, November 23)
   
 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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