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Doctors and Deities:
Medicine and Faith in the Ancient World

"Life in the ancient world could be risky business. The perils of war, disease, famine and childbirth are a just a few examples of circumstances that contributed to a much lower average lifespan than that which we enjoy today. People in antiquity were no less concerned about the prevention and cure of maladies than they are now, however, and entire cults, sanctuaries and professions dedicated to health dotted the spiritual, physical and professional landscapes of the ancient world.
The most important healing centers were the Asklepia, temple sanctuaries dedicated to the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios. Attracting patients from all over the ancient world, these medical centers also served as prestigious training academies for physicians. Two of the most famous Asklepia were in Pergamon, where the famous Roman physician Galen trained and worked, and on the Greek Island of Kos, the home of Hippocrates, traditional father of western medicine.
Join us as we explore some the ancient world’s most compelling ancient medical sites in two of the world’s most beautiful countries - a truly unique opportunity to see firsthand the birthplaces of western medical
science while surrounded by all the luxury and charm that the modern Aegean region has to offer."

 

BIBLICAL TOURS > Ancient Medicine Tour in Turkey & The Greek Island of Kos


Istanbul


Bodrum


Kos Island


Ephesus


Pergamum

LAND & AIR from New York
(in US$)

$4,390 Per Person in Double Room
$5,490 Single Room
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INCLUDING

• Roundtrip international Air Fare
   between New York JFK (or Boston,
  Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston) –
   Istanbul
• Istanbul-Izmir domestic flight
• Bodrum-Istanbul domestic flight
• 2 Nights at AC Marriott Hotel in
   Istanbul or similar
• 2 Nights at Moevenpick Izmir or
   similar
• 3 Nights at Kempinski Hotel
   Barbaros Bay Bodrum or similar
• 1 Night at AC Marriott Hotel in
   Istanbul or similar
• Daily open buffet breakfasts at the
   hotels (B: Breakfast)
• 7 Dinners as mentioned in the
   itinerary (D: Dinner)
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Transportation by private A/C bus
   throughout the tour including airport
   transfers
• English Speaking, licensed tour
   guides throughout the tour
• Entry fees to the sites and
   museums
• Service charges and local taxes
• Medical Lecture in Izmir
• Maps, TUTKU t-shirts, luggage
   tags, travel bags

EXCLUDING

• Lunches and drinks
• Tips to guide & driver
• All Personal Expenses, Travel and
   Health Insurance
• Turkish Visa Fee to be obtained
   online before arrival
   www.evisa.gov.tr  Please print and
   cary a copy of the visa page with
   the bar code

ANCIENT MEDICINE TOUR
IN TURKEY &
THE GREEK ISLAND OF KOS

Doctors and Deities: A Journey to the Birthplace of Western Medicine

April 26-May 5, 2019
Tour Host: Prof. Sarah Yeomans

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
• SEE THE MOST POPULAR HISTORICAL SITES OF TURKEY; ISTANBUL,
  PERGAMON, IZMIR (SMYRNA), EPHESUS & BODRUM.
• VISIT THE ASKLEPION OF PERGAMON, CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE
  FIRST HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD. (4th Century BC)
• LEARN ABOUT ANCIENT HEALING TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES.
• MEET LOCAL TURKISH DOCTORS IN IZMIR TO DISCUSS AND COMPARE
  MODERN APPROACHES TO MEDICAL PRACTICES.
• VISIT THE ASKLEPION OF KOS, THE BIRTHPLACE OF HIPPOCRATES
• EXPERIENCE BODRUM, ONE OF TURKEY’S MOST HISTORIC, BEAUTIFUL
  AND LUXURIOUS PORTS

TOUR ITINERARY:

Apr 26 Fri Depart New York – Fly Istanbul

Apr 27 Sat ARRIVE ISTANBUL AIRPORT
Arrive Istanbul Airport. Our representative will meet you after the customs and baggage claim. You will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Apr 28 Sun ISTANBUL
Today we will explore some of Istanbul’s most famous sites, including the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome Square. We will also visit the Hagia Sophia, the most fampous Byzantine monument in the world, as well as the Topkapı Palace, the lush palace from where the Ottoman sultans ruled their vast empire. Before returning to the hotel we’ll have an opportunity to experience the Grand Bazaar, the end of the Silk Road and the gateway to trade with Europe for over 500 years. (B,D)

Apr 29 Mon ISTANBUL
This morning begins with a visit to the colorful Spice Bazaar before a leisurely boat tour along the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorus.
After lunch at a local seafood restaurant, we’ll journey to the Beylerbeyi Palace and Chora Church, site of some of the finest existing Byzantine mosaics. The evening is yours to explore and soak up the ambience of one of the world’s most historically rich and atmospheric cities. (B,D)

Apr 30 Tue ISTANBUL – FLY IZMIR
This morning we’ll transfer to the Istanbul airport for our morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, we will transfer to the hotel in city center. This afternoon we’ll tour the ancient Roman agora and then take the famous outdoor elevator to one of the highest points in the city for one of its most beautiful views. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (B,D)

May 1 Wed PERGAMON – IZMIR
This morning we travel north to visit the Asklepion at Pergamon, one of the most famous healing centers in the ancient world and the hospital where the 2nd-century Roman physician Galen trained and practiced. Considered to be the “Father of Pharmacology,” Galen expanded upon the treatments and practices of Hippocrates, his predecessor by approximately 700 years. Galen’s surviving writings on medicinal plants, minerals and their prescribed methods of preparation served as the cornerstone for pharmacology, and students studied his practices and treatments well into the 19th century. Our exploration of Galen’s professional home will be followed by a visit to the Acropolis at Pergamon, which offers stunning mountaintop views of the Aegean coast set in the remarkably well-preserved monuments of an ancient Greek city. In the ancient world, the library of Pergamon was second only to that of Alexandria, and Pergamon was a center of education that drew scholars from all over the Graeco-Roman empire. Following our day in Pergamon, we will return to Izmir. (B,D)

May 2 Thu EPHESUS – BODRUM
Departing from Izmir this morning, we head south to Ephesus, the most famous ancient Roman city in Turkey, remarkable for its state of preservation that allows the visitor to get a sense of what it would have been like to visit such a city two millennia ago. Its temples, theater, odeon and the magnificent Library of Celsus are just a few of the things we will explore before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, we’ll peruse the treasures of the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus before continuing to Bodrum, Turkey’s premier resort town. (B,D)

May 3 Fri BODRUM
Our morning begins with a visit to the ancient theater in Bodrum, which commands an excellent view of the entire marina, followed by an exploration of the remains of the tomb of King Mausoleus, considered to have been one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will tour the famous Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century and which today serves as the site of the world’s largest underwater archaeology museum. This will be followed by a private winetasting in one of the tower rooms where Crusaders toasted six centuries ago. Today we’ll have a late lunch in a charming, characteristic Turkish village before returning to Bodrum, where we’ll have some leisure time to explore its charming shops before dinner. (B,D)

May 4 Sat BODRUM – KOS – BODRUM
This morning we will boar the ferry from Bodrum for a day-trip to the Greek island of Kos. He we will visit the famous Asklepion where Hippocrates lived, trained and worked almost 2500 years ago. This afternoon we’ll explore the charms of medieval Kos Town and its museum before boarding our afternoon ferry back to Bodrum. (B,D)

May 5 Sun BODRUM AIRPORT – END
Bid farewell to beautiful Bodrum as you are transferred to the Bodrum airport. From here you will fly to Istanbul to connect to your international
return flight. (B)

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