Dates: September 24 - October 4, 2015
Total Duration: 11 days
Cost: $6,345 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,500
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad
Region: Eastern Europe
Begin in fascinating Istanbul to visit such splendid sights as the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia. Stroll through the Grand Bazaar with its myriad stalls selling carpets, textiles, jewelry, and souvenirs, and explore the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. Then continue to the Gallipoli Peninsula, where visits focus on sites of the bloody campaign of 1915-1916, including the Anzac Cove; the Lone Pine Cemetery; the Australian, New Zealand, and Turkish cemeteries, and the World War I Gallipoli War Museum.
Cross the Dardanelles by ferry to the charming port of Canakkale to explore nearby Troy. At Pergamum, the Greco-Roman city that was home to the physician Galen. Visit the extensively restored Asklepion, an ancient medical center that includes a library, temple, and theater. See the site of the vast Altar of Zeus, which now resides in the Pergamum Museum in Berlin. From Izmir, travel to the site of Sardis, capital of ancient Lydia. The city was ruled by Persians, Byzantines, Romans, and Turks, and most remains date from the Roman era.
Professor Jay Winter says "To visit Istanbul, Gallipoli, and Izmir in this year, 2015, is to take advantage of a remarkable moment – the anniversary 100 years ago of the explosion of warfare in the Middle East, the outcome of which has left indelible marks not only on this region but on the whole world. In March and April 2015, the world's attention will be focused on the Dardanelles, the straits between Europe and Asia which the Allies tried to force first with the power of the British and French fleets, and then with an amphibious landing planned by Winston Churchill at Gallipoli, a landing which went catastrophically wrong. The war that followed continued until 1923, when the modern Turkish state was born. Anyone interested in world affairs today will be struck by seeing the beautiful and terrifying crucible of the modern Middle East today."