Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Istanbul

9 07 2008
  • Atatürk Airport for homebound flights.


Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Cappadocia – Ankara

8 07 2008
  • Ankara- Although it only became Turkey’s capital in 1923, Ankara is by no means a new city, indeed it is considerably older than Istanbul, having been founded by the Hittite, circa 1.200 B.C. It was soon taken over by the Phrygians whose vast necropolis came to light in 1925. It prospered under the Romans and a number of monuments have survived from this era, including a Temple of  Augustus and a Column of Julian.
  • Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey.
  • Lunch at Ankara Castle.
  • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The museum has a priceless collection stretching from prehistoric times to the classical period. It is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest museums, and is housed in a restored Ottoman Han. The different cultures of Anatolia are presented here in chronological order and include outstanding examples of the art of the Hatti, Hittites, Phrygians and Urartians
  • Breifing on domestic/foreign policy issues hosted by Eurasia Strategic Research Foundation — ASAM.


Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Cappadocia

7 07 2008
  • Cappadocia tour.
  • Goreme Open Air Museum, which was once a major center ofmonasticism. The finest of its frescoed churches are undoubtedly the Karanlik Kilise(the Dark Church), the Elmali Kilise (the Apple Church), and the Tokali Kilise (thechurch with a Buckle). The last named has frescoes painted by a certain Nikephorosin an exceptionally sophisticated, classicizing style.
  • Underground city of Kaymakli (or Ozkonak).
  • In Avanos, the town famous for its pottery, we will visit a pottery workshop.
  • Whirling Dervishes ceremony at the magnificent Saruhan Caravanserai.


Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Pamukkale – Konya – Catalhoyuk – Cappadocia

6 07 2008
  • Konya- 12th and 13th centuries Konya was the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, one of the most enlightened and tolerant states of the entire medieval period. It was also home to the great Sufi mystic and poet Rumi, who founded the Mevlevi Order of the Whirling Dervishes.
  •  Museum and Tomb of Rumi, which is one of the supreme achievements of Turkish Art. Its dome is completely covered with an amazingly intricate faience mosaic.
  • Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk where humans first congregated in villages. We will be given a private tour of this neolithic Anatolian site, excavated by an international team, by Dr. Ian Hodder of Stanford University, who leads the excavation project.
  • 13th century Agzikarahan Seljukcaravanserai.
  • Cappadocia- In the Neolithic period Cappadocia was caught between two active volcanoes, Mounts Hasan and Erciyes, which buried it under a thick layer of ash. This formed the soft malleable stone known as tufa, and over the centuries erosion and human effort combined to create the fantastic landscape we see today, with its many thousands of varicolored pinnacles and surreal rock formations. The Byzantines carved hundreds of churches into the rock of Cappadocia and sheltered themselves from the armies of the Abbasid Caliphate in enormous refuges descending hundreds of feet into the earth. Many of the churches are lavishly decorated with frescoes dating mostly from the 9th to 11th centuries.


Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Kusadasi – Aphrodisias – Pamukkale

5 07 2008
  • Ephesus Archeological Museum.
  •  Aphrodisias, the city dedicated to the goddess of love and home to one of the most important schools of sculpture inthe Roman world. Aphrodisias was recognized as a sacred sanctuary and wasawarded special privileges that began in the time of Augustus.
  • Temple of Aphrodite, built around the 1st century B.C. and converted into a basilica in the 5th century A.D and one of the finest ancient stadiums ever built.
  • A village school, Atakoy Ilkogretim Okulu, in Karacasu.
  • Delightful ¨frozen waterfalls¨ and the healing hot mineral springs of Pamukkale, the main cotton growing area of Turkey and an ancient health resort for the Roman.
  • Hierapolis and see distinctive limestone travertines created over the millennia and the large Roman bath which later became a church, theater, main streets, gates and Necropolis.


Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Bursa – Ephesus – Kusadasi

4 07 2008
  • Green Mosque and Tomb.
  • Ephesus- If you’ve ever heard the words ¨an epistle to theEphesians¨, now is your chance to sit in the theatre where St. Paul preached.
  • Walkalong colonnaded streets imagining them crowded with people visiting the shops
    and taverns or simply strolling in the shade. Ephesus was one of the greatest cities of antiquity with a population approaching100,000 and its vast Temple of Artemis was numbered among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The city housed everything that was necessary for
    civilization to flourish, education, politics, entertainment, sport, and the good life
    in general.
  • Library Celsus, bathhouses, a gymnasium and luxurious mansions, decorated with mosaics and frescoes rivaling those of Pompeii.
  • Ephesus is among the best preserved classical cities of the Mediterranean, and the
    perfect place to get a feeling for what life was like in Roman times.
  • House of Virgin Mary where it is believed that she spent the last years of her life. 


Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Adapazari – Iznik – Bursa

3 07 2008
  • Meeting with teachers at Enka Schools.
  • Lunch at Enka Schools.
  • St.Sophia. The town has witnessed many civilizations which have left their marks on every corner. It was the center of tile production in the 16th century, producing tiles for famous architectural landmarks.
  • Iznik Foundation, an organization reviving thetradition of Turkish tile-making
  • Bursa, rich in religious monuments, mosques, tombs, andtraditional Turkish baths. Bursa was a center of Ottoman silk production, atradition still enduring today and is also home to the famous “Turkish towel”.
  • Great Mosque which was built by Bayezid I after the Nicopolis (Nigbolu) victory. After being burnt down by Timur in 1402, the building was damaged by fires in 1493 and 1889 and by an earthquake in 1855 and restoredextensively.
  • Koza Han, Home of the Silk Trade.
  • Bursa is also the hometown of the famous traditional Turkish shadow theatre,
    Karagoz and Hacivat.
  • Traditional Turkish Shadow Theatre: Karagoz.


Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Istanbul

1 07 2008
  • 17th century Spice Bazaar, where you can find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight.
  • Tour will continue with Istanbul Modern.
  • Darussafaka Schools, a school for orphaned children.
  • Bosphorus  cruise on privately chartered local boat. Crossing back and forth between Europe and Asia, sail past opulent palaces, fine mosques, imposing fortresses and traditional, wooden Ottoman mansions.
  • Seafood lunch in Arnavutköy.
  • Uskudar, there you will have a chance to see, and try your hands at a demonstration  of the ancient Turkish art of “Ebru” (paper marbling) by one of the leading ebru artists of Turkey, Mr.Hikmet Barutcugil.
  • Informational session with educational NGO’s and reception at the Turkish Cultural Foundation Turkey office.
  • Blue Mosque, so called because of its exquisite tile decoration. Its courtyard is exceptionally beautiful, and it is the only mosque in Istanbul to have six minarets.
  • Hippodrome, the former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople.
  • Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and Fountain of Wilhelm II.
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, which contains a priceless collection of Ottoman calligraphy in gold, intricate miniatures, ceramics, and magnificent carpets, some of them dating back to the 13th century. What makes the museum unique is the fact that it is housed in the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha, one of Suleyman the Magnificent’s grand vezirs.
  • Topkapi Palace, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans. For centuries, this was the place from which the Sultans ruled over an empire that stretched from eastern Europe to the Atlantic Ocean. It contains a priceless collection of jewelry, porcelain and costumes.
  • Lunch at Konyali Restaurant, which is located inside the palace overlooking the Bosphorus, we enter the intricate maze of the Harem and rooms decorated with superb Iznik tiles.
  • Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), which was built by the Emporer Justinian and inaugurated in 537 AD. For over nine centuries it was the center of the eastern Orthodox Church, was turned into a mosque with the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul and now is a museum. It contains some of the finest mosaics to have survived from the Byzantine period.
  • Underground cistern, which is the work of Justinian. This is the most impressive of Istanbul’s ancient cisterns with a roof supported by more than 300 columns.
  • Live Turkish classical music at dinner.


Teacher Study Tours 2008 – Group 1 Istanbul

30 06 2008
  • Wellcome Dinner.