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CROSS-CULTURAL PROGRAMS > Cross-Cultural Tour to Turkey


Hagia Sophia, Istanbul


Topkapı Palace, Istanbul


Grand Bazaar, Istanbul


Cappadocia


Antalya


Temple of Trajan, Acropolis, Pergamum


Ephesus Theater

NET LAND TOUR RATES
(in US$)

please ask Double per person
please ask Single supplement

INCLUDING

• International roundtrip Air Tickets
  between USA - Istanbul
• Istanbul – Cappadocia domestic
  flight
• 4 Nights at 4 star hotels in Istanbul
• 2 Nights at 4 star hotel in
  Cappadocia
• 4 Nights at 4 star hotel in Antalya
• 1 Night at 4 star hotel in Pamukkale
• 3 Nights at 4 star hotel in Kuşadası
• 4 Nights HOME STAYS in Izmir (4
  star hotels for tour leaders)
• Daily breakfasts (B)
• 18 Dinners at the hotels (D)
• 8 Lunches (L)
• Licensed English Speaking tour
  guide
• Private Boat Tour on the Bosphorus
• Comprehensive sightseeings as
  specified in the program
• 3 Special Lectures by local faculty
  as outlined in the itinerary
• Lecture by the Imam of a mosque
  (including Q&A)
• Whirling Dervish show in
  Cappadocia
• Short cooking course in Şirince
• Public boat tickets in Istanbul
• Public boat tickets in Izmir
• All Transportation with AC vehicles
• All Parking fees
• All entry fees to the sites &
  museums mentioned on the program
• Tips to hotel staff throughout the
  tour
• All local taxes & service charges

EXCLUDING

• Turkish Visa Fee (to be obtained
  online before arrival
  https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/  )
• Citizens of ALL countries are
  responsible for checking their own
  countries visa regulations for travel
• Lunches in Istanbul, Izmir and free
  days.
• Drinks (bottled water included at
  dinners)
• Personal expenses
• Tips to tour guides and drives
• Travel & Health insurance

FACULTY-LED
CROSS-CULTURAL TOUR TO

TURKEY
SCHOOL VISITS – HOME STAYS – COMPANY VISIT – LECTURES FROM LOCAL FACULTY MEMBERS – PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXPERIENCE – LOCAL CULTURAL DISCOVERIES – COOKING TURKISH FOOD

SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1 DEPART FROM USA TO ISTANBUL
Depart from USA non–stop direct flight with Turkish Airlines to Istanbul.

DAY 2 ARRIVE ISTANBUL
Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a sign. Meet and transfer to the hotel for check–in. Your tour guide will give you brief information at th ehotel. Dinner at the hotel. (D)

DAY 3 ISTANBUL – POPULAR MONUMENTS
Full day Istanbul tour to popular sites; the Roman Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles then Hagia Sophia Church, first built by Constantius II., and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels and a designated World Heritage site. Topkapi Palace, the Imperial Residential Palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 16th and 19th centuries and the oldest and largest of the remaining palaces in the world. Its displays include priceless world–class collections of jewelry, porcelain and costumes of the sultans. Then visit the Grand Bazaar. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
*Tonight, we will have a TURKISH LANGUAGE COURSE by our tour guide.

DAY 4 ISTANBUL – LOCAL LIFE
Morning visit to the Asian side of Istanbul. Asian side of Istanbul is less touristic, mostly residential. We will visit Kadikoy, the modern Bagdat Street and see the local life in Asian side of Istanbul. We will take public boat back to European side. In the afternoon, we will walk at the vivid Istiklal Street, where one million people walk a day at weekends. During our walk, we will see local shops, cafes, restaurants, schools, churches, mosques, etc. We will also visit the Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum to see the daily life instruments from the Ottoman period. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
*Tonight, we will have a Lecture about Women’s Role in Turkey by a local faculty member.

DAY 5 ISTANBUL – BOSPHORUS UNIVERSITY & BOSPHORUS
This morning, we will visit the campus of the Bosphorus University (Bogazici Universitesi). We will meet with some local Turkish Students. In the afternoon, we will have a Bosphorus Boat Tour, and our guide will tell us the history of the buildings. monuments on the Asian and European shores of Istanbul. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
*Tonight, we will have a Lecture about Turkey & European Union by a local faculty member.

DAY 6 ISTANBUL AIRPORT – FLY CAPPADOCIA
Morning pick up from your hotel. Transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight to Kayseri. Drive to Cappadocia, land of unique landscapes and the unusual rock formations called “Fairy Chimneys”. Early inhabitants carved the soft volcanic rock to create underground dwellings, that eventually grew to become entire cities where as many as six thousand Christians hid to escape persecution. Visit famous valleys and an underground city. Proceed to the hotel check–in. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 CAPPADOCIA
Full day in Cappadocia. We will continue to explore amazing region which is designated World Heritage Site since 1985. Visit the valleys, the pottery town Avanos, Uchisar, World famous Goreme Open Air Museum and more. Before dinner we will see a “Whirling Dervish” show.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 CAPPADOCIA – KONYA – ANTALYA
Through the spectacular heart of central Anatolia, drive to the holy city of Konya, one of the world’s most ancient cities and Turkey’s most religious site where you visit the shrine of Mevlana, the mystic who inspired the “Whirling Dervishes”. On to Antalya, the capital of the Mediterranean coast, passing through the Taurus Mountains. Still standing on the cliffs that surround Antalya are the ancient city walls and ramparts built by the Greeks. In town stands the 13th–century Alaeddin Mosque and Hadrian’s Gate, built in honor of the Emperor’s visit in A.D.130. The next two nights is at the hotel in Antalya, a city situated on the Mediterranean Coast. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 ANTALYA – AKDENIZ UNIVERSITY
This morning, we will visit the Akdeniz University campus and meet with Turkish students. Founded in 1982, Akdeniz University is an important university with its 17 Faculties, 7 Institutes, 5 Schools, 13 Vocational Schools, and 39 Research and Application Centers. In the afternoon, we will discover local life in Antalya. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
*Tonight, we will have a Lecture about Turkish Arts by a local faculty member. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 ANTALYA – PERGE – MUSEUM
Drive to the archaeological site of Perge and visit the site known for it’s stadium and great bath complex. After the lunch visit the award winner museum of Antalya then free time in Antalya. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 ANTALYA – Free time to explore Antalya on your own. (B,D)

DAY 12 ANTALYA – PAMUKKALE
Drive to Pamukkale (Cotton Castle). See the white terraces of Pamukkale made of calcium deposits by thousands of years. Proceed to our SPA hotel in Pamukklae for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 13 PAMUKKALE – SIRINCE – KUSADASI – COOKING AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT
Morning drive to the Village of Sirince with its beautiful serene landscapes, vineyards and olive groves. As you walk about the cobblestone streets, visit local wineries and taste the fruits of their labor. Although the area has been influenced by the influx of tourism, the local livelihood still lies in the farming traditions and local produce includes olive oil, wine and also some of the finest peaches in the country. After the village visit a short cooking course at a local family restaurant and lunch. Aftenoon proceeed to the hotel in Kuşadası for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 14 EPHESUS – KUSADASI
Visit Ephesus, cradle of the early Churches. Visit the ancient site including the Terrace Houses. We will have lunch at a local handmade Carpet Cooperative where we will have a demonstration by local village women. Then, we will visit the Isa Bey Mosque, which is the oldest mosque of Western Turkey. The Imam of the mosque will give a lecture about Islam and the mosque. Return to the hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 15 BEACH TIME – KUSADASI
Free time at the beach in Kuşadası. Dinner at the hotel (B,D)

DAY 16 KUSADASI – IZMIR – UNIVERSITY VISIT & HOME STAY
This morning, we will visit the campus of the 9 September University (Dokuz Eylul Universitesi). We will meet with some local Turkish Students. Founded in 1982 as the second state university in İzmir, after Ege University, Dokuz Eylul University is housing over 60,000. With its diverse opportunities, DEU also accommodated 824 international students in the last academic year. Today we will also visit a textile clothing factory and workshop. See the process of textile products.. Then free time in the city and meet Turkish families. Students will stay at local homes instead of hotels, and experience real Turkish life and food. Dinner and overnight at homes. (B,D)

DAY 17 PERGAMUM – IZMIR – HOME STAY
Drive to the ancient city of Pergamum, another cultural center of antiquity and one of the seven churches of the Bible. Parchment was invented in Pergamum after Egypt cut off the supply of papyrus. Visit the Acropolis and see the steepest theater of the ancient world. Lunch at a local kebap restaurant. Then proceed to Asclepion, the old healing center. Back to Izmir. Dinner at homes. (B,L,D)

DAY 18 KARSIYAKA BAZAAR – IZMIR – HOME STAY
Drive to Izmir, on the shores of a large bay and encircled by mountains. Today, it is third largest city in Turkey. We will visit the Dareo Moreno Street and the Old Elevator where you can see a panoramic view of the Izmir Bay. We will take the public boat to the other side of the bay, called Karsiyaka. Karsiyaka is the residential area. Visit the local bazaar which offers food, clothing and many other items. Back homes, dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 19 IZMIR - HOME STAY
Visit Izmir and explore the city, Kemeralti Bazaar, local mosques, churches or synagogues, and the modern part Alsancak. Dinner and overnight at homes. (B,D)

DAY 20 FLY BACK TO USA
Transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to USA via Istanbul.

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