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Online Program

Adventures Online: The Legends & History of Turkey

Program No. 24295RJ
Embark on a virtual journey to the Mediterranean to immerse yourself in the history and legends of Troy, Ephesus and Cappadocia on this learning adventure, live from Turkey!
Length
3 days
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349

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Online Program
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DATES & PRICES

Online Program
Accommodation Details

Learn from the comfort of your own home.

3 days
1
Welcome, Orientation, Introductions, Troy
From the comfort of your own home.
2
Review of the Day, Ephesus
From the comfort of your own home.
3
Review of the Day, Cappadocia, Program Concludes
From the comfort of your own home.
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At a Glance

There’s no end to what you can learn when you study the legends and history of Turkey — from your home! Join local experts live from Turkey for a first-hand look into the ancient lands of Troy, Ephesus and Cappadocia during this online learning adventure. From the comfort of your home, embark on virtual field trips to explore the archaeological settlements of these historic places, and take in the artifacts of the Troy Museum, Ephesus Museum and Goreme Open Air Museum. Throughout your learning adventure, attend lectures that shed light on Homer and the Iliad, early Roman and Christian traditions, and the geological evolution of Cappadocia and its landscape. Share your enthusiasm for ancient history with your fellow Road Scholars as you delight in seeing ancient history come to life before your eyes.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Immerse yourself in Trojan history during a virtual field trip to the archaeological settlement of Troy and the new Troy Museum.
  • Explore the marble streets, millennia-old temples and impressive buildings of Ephesus during a virtual field trip, and take in the artifacts of the Ephesus Museum.
  • Journey to Cappadocia on a virtual field trip to explore its underground city and the Goreme Open Air Museum, pay a visit to a local potter’s workshop and take in a Whirling Dervish ceremony.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. In keeping with our Traditional On-Site programs, ALL ADVENTURES ONLINE MULTI-DAY PROGRAMS (INCLUDING THIS PROGRAM) ARE PRESENTED LIVE; THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOT RECORDED. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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Kazim Uzunoglu
Kazim started his tourism career as a licensed national guide in Turkey in 1987. He studied Economics at the University of Virginia but decided to stick to the travel business. After many years of leading educational tour programs around Turkey, he switched to the organizational side of the operation in 2004 and started running Baltac Tourism and Travel, the program provider for Road Scholar in Turkey. He is committed to offering the best educational programs to the discerning Road Scholar participants. His hobbies are riding motorcycles around the world, vintage cars and motorcycles, photography, and rock'n roll music.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Volkan Yazici was born in 1980 and studied physics engineering at Istanbul Technical University. He became a professional group leader in 2005, specializing in art history and architecture. His hobbies include reading and playing basketball, chess, and bridge. He says he loves being a group leader because it motivates self-improvement through interaction with people. “It is also very rewarding to introduce Turkey to Road Scholars as the way it is," Volkan says.
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Kazim Uzunoglu View biography
Kazim started his tourism career as a licensed national guide in Turkey in 1987. He studied Economics at the University of Virginia but decided to stick to the travel business. After many years of leading educational tour programs around Turkey, he switched to the organizational side of the operation in 2004 and started running Baltac Tourism and Travel, the program provider for Road Scholar in Turkey. He is committed to offering the best educational programs to the discerning Road Scholar participants. His hobbies are riding motorcycles around the world, vintage cars and motorcycles, photography, and rock'n roll music.
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Sami Ozcini View biography
Sami Ozcini has shared his love for Turkey — and his home city of Istanbul — with Road Scholar participants for more than 12 years. His on-site lectures bring a different perspective to understanding and appreciating the rich history and legacy of Istanbul. A graduate of Marmara University, Sami has a degree in English literature and enjoys traveling throughout Europe, Australia and the U.S. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking and acting as a referee for amateur football games in Istanbul.
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Zeynep Kuban View biography
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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Ancient Ephesus: The History and Legacy of One of Antiquity’s Greatest Cities
by Charles River Editors
The Iliad
by Homer
The Discovery of Troy and its Lost History
by Bernard Jones
Caves of God: Cappadocia and its Churches
by Spiro Kostof
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(5) Review left 6/30/2022

This was an outstanding program which combined history and art to understand the past and present of 3 cities in Turkey. The presenters were knowledgeable, well coordinated and engaging. This was a terrific way to explore and learn.

(5) Review left 6/29/2022

Great instructors. Take a course with them!

(5) Review left 4/25/2022

This is a fascinating course. The guides, Kazim, Sami and Volkan combine historical perspectives with modern day online sightseeing. The time flies by as you are transported virtually back in time during the historical lectures. Then the sightseeing continues with tours of the areas (without crowds) and interviews of the local people. One of the delights of travel is encountering unanticipated interests, and this program offers that. For example, I had no idea of what to expect from Cappadocia. Now my tour of Turkey would certainly require a visit there to stay in a cave hotel and enjoy the natural wonders.

(5) Review left 4/22/2022

This was a tremendously interesting and informative course, made possible by the knowledge and enthusiasm of Kazim, Sami, and Volgar (sp?). I had last been to Turkey in 1992 , so Ephesus has changed considerably, as have Black Sea areas since taken over by Russia! Before this course, I knew virtually nothing about Troy, beyond what I remembered from the Iliad, But these wonderful guides presented detailed background on how Troy's changing geographic position and related commercial interests evolved over the years. The history and main characters of the Iliad also came alive, as the egos, pride and anguish of Achilles, Priam and others were made clear in quotes and paintings. Having never been to Cappadocia, I was blown away by the photos and field trips showing close-up as well as distant rock formations containing former churches and underground cities containing frescoes up to 2,000 years old, many protected from the elements and thus well-preserved and colorful. Adding to their knowledge and lively presentations, Kazim, Sami, and Volgar (hope I'm not mangling spelling of their names!) were very generous with their time, remaining online with us until the last question had been asked and answered. BRAVO!

(5) Review left 1/04/2022

If ancient Ephesus interests you, this is the place to sign up!

(5) Review left 12/18/2021

This was a great course, tying in nicely with the previous week's program about Istanbul. Same great instructors, with their energetic presentations and obvious love of Turkey. The field trips were awesome and very informative, nicely presented with the detailed pictures. I loved this course for so many reasons, not least because of the historical emphasis. Thanks Kazim, Sami, and Volkan!

(5) Review left 12/15/2021

Turkey is amazing! If you can't get there, this online trip is a great teaser.

(5) Review left 10/21/2021

This was a wonderful program. The instructors are very knowledgeable about the material, provided thorough, well organized, yet not overwhelming, lectures/field trips and their enthusiasm for the material was contagious. I would highly recommend this program if you have an interest in Turkey.

(5) Review left 10/20/2021

Terrific and easy way to “travel”, really learn a lot. Expert guides. This will be my 6tth program AND I have also been traveling physically, many times. The on-line courses avoid jet-lag, lost luggage and fatigue, but WOW do you learn so much!

(5) Review left 7/14/2021

This was a delightful three days. I was sorry to see it end. The group leader and instructors were good natured and interesting. Our group leader gave a history of the Trojan War from start to finish illustrated by about twenty works of art. That was a great start. I think the field trips were more enjoyable because there were no crowds. I have previously been to Ephesus and Cappadocia but this program whetted my appetite for a return trip.

(5) Review left 5/24/2021

Excellent program. I particularly liked the format of lecture followed by fascinating virtual field trips. Since Sami and Volkan videoed the sites during the pandemic, there were few people blocking our views. I particularly liked the visit to the Cappadocia caves. This program piqued my interest in visiting Turkey in person once we can travel again.

(5) Review left 5/12/2021

Feel free to use the comment I made in the survey.

(5) Review left 5/02/2021

Fascinating and extensive information was presented by skilled and engaging presenters. Excellent lectures, interesting and clear slides, and videos that made me feel like I was there! This information underscored my desire to travel to Turkey! (Susan D.)

(5) Review left 4/27/2021

Particpating in this trip to Troy, Ephesus, and Cappadocia was like watching the Super Bowl online rather than being there. One is able to experience much more. I'm sure the trip is fantastic but this virtual excursion runs a close second.

(5) Review left 4/22/2021

Great experience! Well educated, knowledgeable guides. Trips were all well organized and planned. Will do another online adventure. Very creative idea travelling during pandemic.

(5) Review left 4/22/2021

This program was outstanding, and I learned so much. I encourage others to sign up for it and learn more about the wonderful country of Turkey.

(5) Review left 4/21/2021

Best of the best. Excellent instructors. Fascinating material. Just the right balance of information and field trips. I've taken all three Turkey programs and would sign up for another one in a heartbeat.

(5) Review left 4/21/2021

I have never been too archeological sites but this turned out to be so interesting I was glued to my computer every minute I could be. The lecturers were fantastic, the videos wonderful. I learned so much about Troy, Ephesus and Cappadocia I'm shocked. Wonderful wonderful tour!

(5) Review left 4/21/2021

The Legends and History of Turkey is a wonderful ride. So well done and so interesting. I will be looking for the opportunity to visit.

(5) Review left 4/01/2021

Road Scholar never fails to satisfy our quest for knowledge and our desire to connect with local experts and fellow travelers. Adventures Online: The Legends & History of Turkey, didn't disappoint. This expert introduction to the landscapes, history, legends and traditions of this region were fascinating.

(5) Review left 3/24/2021

This is an excellent program, with plenty of information and insights. Highly recommended!

(5) Review left 3/24/2021

This was a great program. The presenters were relaxed, very knowledgeable, and well versed in the technology as we 'travelled' via our computers to an incredible land. Thanks, Dee






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