From Legends to History: Turkey's Legacy of Civilizations and Culture
The story of Turkey is a blend of cultures and people as beautifully complex as the mosaics left by the Byzantine. Join us and see for yourself what makes this country so unique.
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Program No. 12828RJ
17 days
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At a Glance

From Roman ruins and Byzantine mosaics, Turkey’s history spans three continents and more than 10,000 years. Expert instructors leading select excursions survey Anatolia and Asia Minor — the ancient lands of Turkey — to trace the numerous civilizations that have thrived here since the Bronze Age. Gain an overview of Turkey’s rich legacy of civilizations and culture, comparing and contrasting the old world with the vibrancy of today.
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Let's Go!
Walking up to three miles a day over varied terrain. Elevations up to 3,100 feet.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • A local artisan in Avanos teaches ceramic hand arts.
  • Visit the underground city in Cappadocia, complete with ventilation and communication systems.
  • Examine the exquisitely wrought biblical mosaics in Istanbul’s Byzantine Kariye Mosque.

General Notes

Extension #16878 “Extension: Istanbul: Ancient City - Modern City” is available for this program.
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Zeynep Kuban
Dr. Zeynep Kuban is an assistant professor of architecture at Istanbul Technical University, one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey. Her special area of interest is architectural history. Dr. Kuban’s lectures to Road Scholar participants share her wonderful insights on the creation of one of the world’s most architecturally fascinating cities from early Roman times to the 21st century.
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Gul Isin
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Adrian Saunders
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