Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Antalya, Istanbul, USA

2 10 2006
  • Flight to Istanbul and connect to homebound flights.

Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Antalya

1 10 2006
  • Boat trip around Kemer where blue meets green beautifully.
  • An optional tour is offered to the archeological site of Phaselis by bus, founded on the magnificent shores of Kemer.

Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Antalya

30 09 2006
  • Antalya, Turkey’s principal holiday resort, is an attractive city with shady palm-lined boulevards and a prize-winning marina. Since its founding in the second century B.C. by Attalos II, a king of Pergamon, Antalya has been continuously inhabited. The Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks successively occupied the city before it came under Ottoman rule. 
  • Hadrian’s Gate, the old Harbor, the Old City Walls, Castle and highly praised Antalya Archaeological and Ethnographical Museum.
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • An optional tour to Perge by bus, where the ruins of a colossal theater and stadium and huge Hellenistic and Roman gates, continuing onto Aspendos where the best preserved Roman theater is located.

Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya

29 09 2006
  • An optional Balloon ride at dawn over Cappadocia.
  • Konya was taken from the Byzantine Empire by the emerging Seljuk Turks in 1072 or 1081 and soon became the capital of the Seljuk sultanate in the 13th Century. This city that hosts the Mevlana museum is also known for its theological school of whirling dervishes.
  • Konya tour with the Mevlana (Rumi) Tomb & Museum, Karatay Medrese, İnce Minareli and Alaadin Mosques.
  • In Antalya, the pine-clad Taurus Mountains sweep down to the sparkling clear sea forming an irregular coastline of rocky headlands and secluded coves. The region, bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year, is a paradise of sunbathing and swimming and of sporting activities such as windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, rafting, mountain climbing and hunting.

Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Kayseri, Nevsehir, Cappadocia

28 09 2006
  • Visits to Sultan Kervansaray, and Karatay Kervansaray.
  • Nevsehir, which is the capital of the Cappadocia region and is a perfect starting point for exploring this open air archeological museum. Cappadocia has some interesting remains from the Seljuk period, such as the castle which stands at the highest point of the city and has one of the most interesting and spectacular landscapes in the world.
  • Visits to Byzantine Churches in Urgup and Goreme. The churches of Elmali, St. Basil, St. Barbara, Yilanli, Karanlik, Carikli, and Tokali are of particular interest and their frescoes are very well preserved, many pilgrims still visit these churches.
  • Zelve and the caves of this ancient village.
  • An optional tour of the underground city of Ozkonak which were carved as refuges from persecutors during the early Christian Era.
  • Sarihan Kervansaray for a special presentation of the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevihane.

Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Sivas, Kayseri

27 09 2006
  • Visit to the Kangal Dogs Farm, which are named after a dreary small town near Sivas.
  • Kayseri, one of the most important trade centers of Anatolia over history. The city is well known for its textile and carpet industry, and has impressive monuments that reflect its rich history.
  • Visits to Cifte Medrese, Seljuk era Medrese, Mahperi Hunat Hatun Complex, Surp Krikor Lusarovis Armenian Church, a street market next to Citadel are the most important sights to see during the tour.

Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Tokat, Sivas

26 09 2006
  • Tokat tour: A walking tour will take us through the old town, visiting Gokmedrese, Hatuniye Mosque, Tas Han, the Handicrafts Bazaar, the Latifoglu House and other historical houses.
  • Situated at an altitude of 1275 m, Sivas is the highest city of the Central Anatolian Region, and the most mountainous one with numerous peaks. Visits to Izzeddin Keykavus Sifahanesi, Gok Medrese and Buruciye Medrese, the Cifte Minareli Medrese.
  • Dinner at the hotel in the accompaniment of a Turkish Folk Music ensemble in Sivas.

Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Ankara, Amasya, Tokat

25 09 2006
  • Amasya, a city between the Black Sea and inner Anatolia, which lies at the center of a region of fertile plains crossed by the Yesil, Çekerek, and Tersakan rivers. The ruins of the citadel on the rock face of the cleft shelters 2000 year old water-channels, 1000 year old bridges, a mental hospital, an Ottoman Palace and a secret underground passageway. On the rock faces, impressive rock tombs of the Pontus kings attest to the ancient history of the city.
  • Tokat, home to many Anatolian civilizations  was an important center for Anatolian Seljuks.

Cultural Tours Fall 2006 – Ankara

24 09 2006
  • Ankara, once a Hittite town, then a Roman city, and now the capital of Turkey.
  • Visits to the world famous Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, the Ankara Castle and Mansions.
  • Great Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic.
  • Traditional Turkish Folk dancing presentation by METU Turkish Folklore Club (Türk Halk Bilimi Topluluğu) at Ankara House.