Legendary Turkey

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OCT. 7-21, 2014 From $3,495
Istanbul, Troy, Assos, Izmir, Ephesus, Antalya, Perge
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Legendary Turkey

OCT. 7-21, 2014
Istanbul, Troy, Assos, Izmir, Ephesus, Antalya, Perge

At the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey and its dramatic Turquoise Coast offer unrivaled historical sites. UCLA English professor Michael Allen offers valuable insights as you tour Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, to the World War I battlefield of Gallipoli. The northern Aegean coast offers the ruins of Troy and the remarkably well-preserved ancient sites of Pergamum and Ephesus. Visit the hidden cove of Aga Limani and relax near the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra. Conclude your journey with a visit to the ruins of ancient Perge and the old world charm of Antalya with tours of Hadrian’s Gate and Yivli Minaret.

Cost: From $3,495
Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.
Activity Level: Active
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  • Exotic Istanbul, including Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia
  • Private Bosphorus cruise
  • WWI battlefield of Gallipoli
  • Ruins at ancient Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus
  • Rustic village of Sirince
  • Four-night “Blue Voyage” aboard privately chartered gulet yacht
  • Opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, hiking
  • Sunken Baths of Cleopatra
  • Ancient site of Perge
  • Antalya’s acclaimed Archaeological Museum

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Michael Allen
UCLA Professor of English
Michael Allen is a Distinguished Professor of English with a doctorate also in History, a former director of UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a past President of the Renaissance Society of America, and a Fellow of the British Academy. A popular professor, the winner of UCLA's Eby award for undergraduate teaching and a Phi Beta Kappa national lecturer, he is currently fascinated by the drama of the Turks' interactions with the Mediterranean world.



DAY 1 | Oct. 7. Depart U.S. for Istanbul, Turkey

DAY 2 | Oct. 8. Arrive Istanbul
We arrive in Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart today and transfer to our hotel located near Taksim Square, the heart of modern Istanbul. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned. Dinner tonight is on our own.

DAY 3 | Oct. 9. Istanbul
We get our first real taste of this city straddling two continents today as we set out on a walking tour along lively pedestrian Istiklal Street, lined with boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and late Ottoman-era buildings. We see the acclaimed mosaics and frescoes at Chora Church (now Kariye Museum) then take a pan¬oramic drive along Istanbul’s Old City walls. Then we visit intimate Rustem Pasha mosque, followed by the renowned Spice Market. After lunch on our own here, we take a private cruise on the Bosphorus, which separates Europe from Asia. This evening we take a short walk to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner of traditional Turkish fare. (B, D)

DAY 4 | Oct. 10. Istanbul
Today we encounter Old Istanbul, beginning with the ancient Roman Hippodrome, the 3,500-year-old obelisk brought from Egypt in 390 ce. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, with its 20,000 blue Iznik tiles and signature six minarets. We then visit the renowned Museum of Turkish & Islamic Art, housing priceless artifacts from the 8th to 20th centuries. After lunch at a local restaurant we continue on to Hagia Sophia, the 6th-century church that was Christendom’s most important before becoming a mosque in the 15th century. (B, L)

DAY 5 | Oct. 11. Istanbul
This morning we tour splendid Topkapi, for 400 years the palace of Ottoman sultans that today ranks among the world’s richest museums. We continue on to the Basilica Cistern, the marble-columned underground chamber that provided water to Istanbul in antiquity, and the Grand Bazaar, housing some 5,000 shops along 60 “streets.” The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration. (B)

DAY 6 | Oct. 12. Istanbul / Gallipoli / Troy / Assos
Leaving Istanbul this morning, we travel to the northern Aegean Coast for a brief visit to Gallipoli, haunting site of 31 Allied cemeteries from World War I. Then we ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, once believed to exist only in Homer’s epic poem until the present site was discovered in the 1870s. After touring here we continue south to Behramkale, ancient Assos, where we spend the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 | Oct. 13. Assos / Pergamum / Izmir
Today we explore one of Turkey’s most spectacular ancient sites: windswept Pergamum, a major power in the 3rd and 2nd centuries bce, with a wealth of Hellenistic ruins. Then we continue on to Izmir. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 | Oct. 14. Izmir / Ephesus
Few ancient sites compare to Ephesus, the world’s best-preserved classical city which we explore today. Dating to at least 1300 bce, Ephesus was Asia Minor’s largest metropolis and principal port. We also visit the acclaimed Ephesus Archaeological Museum, housing relics from the ancient site. Lunch is in the rustic village of Sirince. (B, L)

DAY 9 | Oct. 15. Izmir / Göcek
Today we journey south to coastal Göcek, stopping along the way at a carpet factory to watch a demonstration of this age-old craft. Late afternoon we board our gulets. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 | Oct. 16. Cruising – Aga Limani / Cleopatra Baths
We begin our “Blue Voyage” this morning as we cruise to the hidden cove of Aga Limani. From here we have the option of taking a three-hour hike to the Greco-Roman ruins at Lydea, ending at the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra. Set in a breathtaking inlet, the Baths offer crystal-clear waters for swimming and snorkeling. Those who prefer a less strenuous day can stay aboard the gulets as they sail to the Sunken Baths. (B, L, D)

DAY 11 | Oct. 17. Cruising – Ekinick Cove / Dalvan
This morning we disembark and coach to Dalyan, an environmentally protected area known for its log¬gerhead sea turtles. Here we board a small skiff for a trip through an intriguing maze of channels; high on the hills above we see well-preserved ancient Lycian rock tombs. (B, L, D)

DAY 12 | Oct. 18. Cruising – Gemiler Island / Kayakoy
Today we cruise to Gemiler Island to tour its 6th-century Byzantine monastery. Then we coach to the Greek “ghost town” of Kayakoy, abandoned after World War I and now preserved as a his¬torical monument. We explore the town and its churches then return to our gulets for our last night on board. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 | Oct. 19. Fethiye / Antalya
We cruise this morn¬ing to Fethiye, where we disembark then set out by motorcoach through the Taurus Mountains for Antalya. After stopping for lunch en route, we reach the seaside city mid-afternoon and visit the acclaimed Archaeological Museum here. (B, L)

DAY 14 | Oct. 20. Antalya / Perge
This morning we visit the ruins at Perge, an ancient Greek city once among the world’s prettiest and most prosperous. Then we return to Antalya for a walking tour of its charming Old Town, including Hadrian’s Gate and the lovely Yivli Minare (Fluted Minaret). This afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 15 | Oct. 21. Depart for U.S.
This morning we board an early flight for our return to the United States. (B)


This tour includes a four-night cruise aboard privately chartered gulet yachts. Gulets are teakwood with a broad sun deck plus both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Cabins are small but comfortable, each with private facilities.


Pricing: $3,495
Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.

What’s Included

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 9 nights in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and unrated hotels; 4 nights aboard privately chartered gulet yacht
  • 30 meals: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Services of a UCLA Alumni Travel faculty lecturer (with 15 booked travelers
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Special Program Available

  • Cappadocia & Ankara Extension: $995
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  • Traveling with UCLA Alumni Travel, we know attention will be paid to every detail and the precision of handling of each and every day makes traveling a pleasure no matter what part of the world you are in."
    Larry and Paula Shuman ’65, Travelers
  • Group travel is a superb and fabulous way to see an exotic part of the world."
    Jo Giese, Traveler

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UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Refund policies vary, but generally are as follows: Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.1 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
  • Traveling with UCLA Alumni Travel, we know attention will be paid to every detail and the precision of handling of each and every day makes traveling a pleasure no matter what part of the world you are in."
    Larry and Paula Shuman ’65, Travelers
  • Group travel is a superb and fabulous way to see an exotic part of the world."
    Jo Giese, Traveler