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Discover the Treasures of
ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA
Including the Greek Cities of Ephesus & Troy!
October 14-25, 2021

Dear Travelers:

We invite you to join us to see the cultural wonders of Turkey with a superb archaeological leader.

It is a good time to visit Turkey, Non-stop flights are available to Istanbul from the United States and visitors are exempt from COVID restrictions. The archaeological sites are open for visitors and are un-crowded.

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 the outstanding 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.

Istanbul & Cappadocia

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 renowned Troy, one of the oldest discovered sights along the Aegean Coast, with nine different settle ments and 30 outlying cities with its centerpiece the symbolic wooden Trojan Horse.

We invite travelers with an appetite for adventure and discovery to explore the wonders of Turkey with our popular archaeological guide!

Sincerely,

Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
For AAAS Travels, Sigma Xi & ACS Expeditions

LEADERSHIP
Leading our expedition will be Bulent Sahan. Bulent has been guiding cultural tours throughout Turkey in English and German based on Archeology and Art History for the last 10 years. He has led trips for the US Embassy in Ankara, and looks forward to showing you the wonders and fascinating sites in Turkey.

$3,995 plus air.

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Photo courtesy of John Ryan

 

 

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