ISTANBUL - CAPPADOCIA & the Ancient Greek Cities
of Ephesus & Troy
September 26-October 7, 2012
We invite you to join
us to see the cultural
wonders of Turkey
with a superb
Our expedition will
begin in the enchanting
international city of
Istanbul, situated on
the Bosporus Strait
(the route to the Black
Sea) and a bridge
between Europe and
Asia! Here we will visit
Topkapi Palace, which
once housed Sultans
who ruled much of the
Middle East. We will
also walk under the
dome of the great Blue
Mosque, and see priceless treasures from
around the world.
We will then fly to ancient Cappadocia, a
city of caves, and one of the oldest cities in the
world. We will stay in a cave-like hotel carved in
the rock cliffs while we explore the ancient
sites of the Goreme Valley and Asikli Hoyuk,
the oldest site in Anatolia.
A short flight will take us to the Aegean Coast
where we can ramble among the superb Greco
Roman ruins of Ephesus and the Temple of
Artemis (Diana) which was one of the Seven
Wonders of the Ancient World.
The following day we will visit Pergamum,
famous for inventing parchment paper. It had
a large library, Acropolis, the altar of Zeus, and
the 10,000-seat amphitheater. We will then
follow a winding road to the picturesque village
of Asclepion, a fourth century shrine to the
God of Medicine.
Other adventures will await us in Assos and
renowned Troy, one of the oldest discovered
sights along the Aegean Coast, with nine
and 30 outlying cities
with its centerpiece the symbolic wooden
We invite travelers with an appetite for
adventure and discovery to explore the wonders
of Turkey. Enjoy trip leadership by Seyhun
Aktoprak, our popular archaeological guide!
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
For AAAS Travels, Sigma Xi & ACS Expeditions
E A D E R S H I P
Leading the expedition will be Mr. Seyhun Aktoprak. Seyhun received his MA in Art History at
Istanbul University and has been leading specialty study tours throughout Turkey since 1989.
As a youth, Seyhun lived in Istanbul, Malta, and Libya, and returned to Turkey in 1985. He
studied American Culture and Literature at Istanbul University for his Bachelor’s degree.
Seyhun has a tremendous interest in the heritage of Turkey, and looks forward to sharing his
knowledge of ancient archaeological and historical sites in Turkey with you. He was a popular leader of our
recent Turkey trips and looks forward
to welcoming you to Turkey.
$3,995 plus air.
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