March 18 - April 1, 2006
Wonders of Turkey and Total Eclipse:

14 Day tour of Turkey
Featuring Rashid Ergener, author/lecturer
Melissa Miller, dancer/researcher
A Total Eclipse of the Sun
With a Special Guest Speaker on Astronomy and the Eclipse

Note: Because of the eclipse we anticipate that air travel will be very difficult to obtain. To assure your travel to Turkey, please make your air travel arrangements as soon as possible.

Land Package Price: $2250 ppdo (per person, double occupancy); single supplement $518
Estimated Airfare: $1300 from West Coast; $1000 from East Coast.

Group size: minimum 10, maximum 30.

Day 0 March 18: Depart U.S. by air.
Day 1 March 19: Arrival in Istanbul. Pickup at airport. Optional afternoon activity. Dinner included at hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (D)
Day 2 March 20: Istanbul sightseeing: Hippodrome, Underground Cistern, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Bosporus Cruise and welcome dinner. Overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)
Day 3 March 21: Haghia Sophia, Islamic Arts Museum, Spice Bazaar. Drive to Çanakkale. Overnight in Çanakkale. (B,D)
Day 4 March 22: Visit Troy. Visit Pergamum, capital of Hellenistic Turkey, and the ancient healing center Asclepion. Overnight in Izmir. (B,D)
Day 5 March 23: Ancient city of Ephesus (most extensive Roman ruins in the world), Temple of Artemis, the Selcuk Museum, and the House of Mary, where the Virgin spent the last years of her life. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)
Day 6 March 24: Aphrodisias, the city named after the great Goddess, and one of the most exciting Roman ruins in the world. Roman city Hierapolis, where the Goddess was worshipped as Ma and where Romans came seeking cures; and Pamukkale, site of thermal springs and dazzling white travertine terraces. Overnight at Pamukkale. (B,D)
Day 7 March 25: Visit to Sagalassos <>, a little-known archeological site opened only recently to visitors. Overnight in Antalya. (B,D)
Day 8 March 26: Perge, Aspendos, Antalya Museum, Mediterranean Cruise (weather permitting). Overnight in Antalya. (B,D)
Day 9 March 27: Drive to Konya. In the afternoon, visit Sufi shrine of the whirling dervishes in Konya. Karatay Medrese (school) building. Overnight in Konya. (B,D)
Day 10 March 28: Ancient Greek settlement Sile. Konya Archeology Museum. Çatal Höyük. Overnight in Konya. (B,D)
Day 11 March 29: Observe eclipse. Drive to Cappadocia. En route, visit a Caravansaray, a stop on the ancient Silk Road. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)
Day 12 March 30: Full day of sightseeing at Cappadocia where there are unique rock formations reminiscent of a lunar landscape. Visit underground cities and rock churches. Optional folklore show. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)
Day 13 March 31: Anatolian Civilizations Museum, where objects from Çatal Höyük and from other civilizations of Anatolia (Asia Minor) spanning a period of ten thousand years can be observed. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, one of the greatest reformers of history and the founder of Turkish Republic. Late afternoon flight to Istanbul. Farewell dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)
Day 14 April 1: Transfer to airport. (B)

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