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Aphrodite, Cleopatra, and Other Mediterranean Beauties

May 18 To June 3, 2001

Escorted by Professor Emeritus Richard L. Chambers


MERHABA! Greetings from "the HOCA" (the Teacher)!

It will be my pleasure again in 2001 to accompany as study leader an exciting and unique tour to Turkey sponsored by the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute and Center for Middle Eastern Studies. This 17-day program is for the dedicated traveler who wants to experience the beauty and study the history and culture of Turkey's "Turquoise Riviera" and northern Cyprus. Amidst the greenery and wild flowers of a Mediterranean spring, you will be introduced to the many civilizations which have flourished along the fabled coasts between Bodrum (Halicarnassus) on the Aegean and Salamis on Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. Scattered profusely along the shore, in the rugged mountains and even beneath the sea stand the remains of Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman temples, theaters, agoras, and baths, not far removed from Byzantine churches, Crusader castles, Venetian palaces, Seljuk fortresses, and Ottoman mosques. Everywhere you will enjoy the deluxe accommodations and the celebrated Turkish cuisine, including dinners in some of the finest restaurants and a lavish medieval banquet in the English Tower of the Bodrum Museum.

As always, I look forward to assisting our experienced, knowledgeable, and personable Turkish guide in making this tour not only comfortable and pleasurable but also a genuine learning experience. We hope to welcome back old friends and make new ones next spring as we go in search of Aphrodite, Cleopatra, and Other Mediterranean Beauties.


Richard L. Chambers
"The Hoca"

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Friday 18 May: USA/Istanbul - Departure from Chicago on Turkish Airlines direct flight to Istanbul. (Meals in flight)

Saturday 19 May: Istanbul - Meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to the deluxe Istanbul Hilton Hotel. Evening briefing followed by "Welcome Dinner" at the hotel. (D)

Sunday 20 May: Istanbul - Day of sightseeing starting with a visit to Dolmabahce Palace, built as the new residence of the Ottoman Sultans in 1854. Enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus by private boat. Lunch at a local fish restaurant and then visit Sadberk Hanim Museum, a private ethnographic museum, and Aya Sofya Museum (Hagia Sophia), one of the world's greatest architectural marvels. Dinner tonight at Le Felek restaurant. (B/L/D)

Monday 21 May: Istanbul - Another day of sightseeing in Istanbul with a visit to Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans and center of the Imperial Government from the mid-15th to the mid-19th centuries. Marvel at the Treasury which contains incredible riches, the celebrated Harem, and the Kitchens which house one of the world's greatest Chinese porcelain collections. Continue to the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I and the Roman Hippodrome. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Ottoman delicacies at Daruzziyafe restaurant, then visit the Mosque of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Continue to the Spice Bazaar and the Grand Covered Bazaar. This evening at leisure to explore Istanbul on your own. (B/L)

Tuesday 22 May: Bodrum - Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus). Visit the Roman amphitheater and the site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Drive down the Bodrum Peninsula, past fishing and sponge diving villages to Gumusluk, the ancient port of Mydos. Lunch at a fish restaurant in the old harbor section, then visit the local market. Dinner and overnight at Kervansaray Hotel. (B/L/D)

Wednesday 23 May: Bodrum - Morning cruise on a private yacht to small bays and coves near Bodrum, with an opportunity for swimming in the turquoise waters of the Aegean. After lunch on board, disembark and return to hotel. Late afternoon visit to the Castle of St. Peter built by the Crusader Knights of St. John in 1043. The Castle now houses one of the finest museums of underwater archaeology. Enjoy a private dinner served in the beautifully restored medieval Banquet Hall of the Castle's English Tower. (B/L/D)

Thursday 24 May: Kalkan - Drive this morning along a scenic route of astounding beauty to the three most spectacular sites of ancient Lycia: Tlos, home of the Lycian hero Bellerphon; Pinara, a vast untouched site set against sheer rock cliffs with many rock carved tombs; and Xanthos with its pillar tombs. Lunch at Saklikent, noted for grilled trout. Drive to Kalkan for dinner and overnight at the Hotel Patara Prince. (B/L/D)

Friday 25 May: Kalkan - This morning drive to Ucagiz for a boat trip around Kekova Bay to view underwater remains of ancient cities. After lunch at a seaside restaurant, drive to Demre, the Roman city of Myra, to see the majestic Lycian rock-carved tombs and the Church of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus), Bishop of Myra. End the day with a brief visit to the lovely seaside town of Kas, returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)

Saturday 26 May: Antalya - After breakfast drive to the Lycian city of Arykanda, built high on a mountainside overlooking one of Turkey's most beautiful valleys. Continue to the ancient Lycian city of Phaselis, situated at the foot of Mt. Olympus and surrounded by three beautiful bays. Arrive in Antalya late afternoon to the beautiful Talya Hotel. Dinner at hotel. (B/L/D)

Sunday 27 May: Antalya - Morning visit to Perge, a city of great importance during the Hellenistic period. See the baths, theater, stadium, agora, and twin towers of Perge's Hellenistic gate. Continue to Aspendos with one of the world's most acoustically perfect, magnificent Roman theaters and a superb aqueduct. Return to Antalya for lunch and an afternoon visit to Antalya's outstanding museum. Evening at leisure. (B/L)

Monday 28 May: Antalya - Drive this morning to Termessos, where the ruins of the city are perched 3,500 feet above sea level overlooking a beautiful, rugged mountain valley. This impregnable fortress city was bypassed by Alexander the Great and was accepted as an ally by the Romans. Return to Antalya for an afternoon at leisure. Dinner tonight is in the Old Town at the picturesque Kral Sofrasi restaurant. (B/D)

Tuesday 29 May: Alanya - Leaving Antalya, drive along the coast to Alanya. Visit the impressive 13th century Seljuk fortress located on the great promontory. Within the outer walls are the ruins of mosques, a caravanseray, and a covered bazaar, while inside the inner walls are the ruins of a cistern and Byzantine church. Go by boat around the promontory to Damlatas Cave as well as others to see the eerie but beautiful rock formations and visit Cleopatra's Beach. Dinner and overnight at the Dinler Hotel. (B/L/D)

Wednesday 30 May: Tasucu - Depart Alanya and drive along the Cilician coast which, from Antalya to the Syrian border, Mark Antony gave to Cleopatra as a wedding gift. Stop briefly at Anamur to see the castle which was built by the Crusaders and later served as an Ottoman stronghold. Continue along the coast to Kizkalesi, the ancient site of Korykos. Dinner and overnight at the Best Resort Hotel, located on the sea in Tasucu. (B/L/D)

Thursday 31 May: Girne, Northern Cyprus - Late morning transfer by hydrofoil to the port of Girne (Kyrenia) in northern Cyprus, a trip of about 2.5 hours. Late lunch and check in at the famous Dome Hotel. Enjoy a few hours to explore the town on your own before dinner at the hotel. (B/L/D)

Friday 1 June: Northern Cyprus - Begin with a visit to St. Hilarion Castle. This castle and royal summer palace is the best preserved of three mountain-top Crusader castles on Cyprus. Continue to the magnificent 14th century Bellapais Abbey. Relax under the "Tree of Idleness" made famous by Lawrence Durrell, who wrote Bitter Lemons while residing in Bellapais. Lunch on specialties of the island at Kleftiko restaurant. After lunch drive to Girne Harbor to visit Girne Castle, located at one end of the harbor. It is thought to have been built by the Byzantines in the 9th century to ward off Arab invaders. Later additions were made by the Lusigans and the Venetians. Housed in the castle is the Shipwreck Museum. Return to hotel late afternoon. Dinner tonight at a picturesque Girne restaurant. (B/L/D)

Saturday 2 June: Gazimagusa (Famagusta) and Salamis - After an early morning breakfast, depart for the town of Gazimagusa, one of the finest examples of medieval urban architecture in the eastern Mediterranean. Visit the Venetian city wall, Othello's Tower, gothic St. Nicholas Cathedral (now Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque), Palace of the Venetians, and Church of Peter and Paul (now Sinan Pasha Mosque). Lunch at a typical restaurant. Drive to the ancient site of Salamis. According to Greek mythology, the city was founded by Teucer, brother of Ajax, on his return from the Trojan Wars; St. Paul and St. Barnabas sailed from Antioch to Salamis to spread the word of Christ. Continue to St. Barnabas Monastery and Tomb and the Icon Museum. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner at hotel. (B/L/D)

Sunday 3 June: Istanbul/USA - Very early morning transfer to airport for flight to Istanbul, connecting with flight to Chicago (or New York). (B/Meals in flight)


Sunday 3 June: Istanbul - Bus at airport to meet flight that arrives 7:00 AM. Drive to Edirne (Adrianople). Near the Turkish border with Greece and Bulgaria, the town dates back to Macedonian rule. It was conquered by Sultan Murat I in 1361 and became the second capital of the Ottoman Empire. Lunch upon arrival. Visit the Selimiye Mosque, the masterpiece of the Ottoman genius Sinan; Sinan's Rustem Pascha Caravanserai and Sokullu Hamam and the Beyazit medical complex on the edge of the city. Return to Istanbul to Crown Plaza Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)

Monday 4 June: Bursa - Depart after breakfast for Bursa, situated at the foot of Mt. Uludag (Mt. Olympus of Asia Minor). Bursa became the first capital of the Ottoman Empire in 1326. It is famous for its thermal springs and baths, silk trade, and towel manufacturing. Lunch at a typical Bursa kebab house. Afternoon visits to the Green Mosque, Mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet I, the Grand Mosque, and several of the 18th century Ottoman houses. Dinner and overnight at Celik Palace Hotel. (B/L/D)

Tuesday 5 June: Bursa - Morning city tour of Bursa with visits to silk and towel factories. Cable car ride to the top of Mt. Uludag for a splendid view of the city. After lunch return to Istanbul to Crown Plaza Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)

Wednesday 6 June: Istanbul/USA - Transfer to airport for flight to Chicago. (B/Meals in flight)

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About your Lecturer

Richard L. Chambers, is an historian of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, a former President of the American Research Institute in Turkey, and a former Director of the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Turkish Studies and former Director of Development of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He has enjoyed extensive acquaintance with Turkey and has accompanied numerous tour and study programs.

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Tour Costs

Land and Air Per Person, Double Occupancy: $4875 + air ticket tax
Land Only: $3750
Single Supplement: $870
Bosphorus view room at Hilton Hotel: $175 per person for 3 nights
Tax-deductible contribution per person to the University of Chicago: $400
Upgrade to Business Class available on request

Your Land and Air package includes:
* Round trip economy class air between Chicago and Istanbul, also includes Istanbul/Bodrum flight and Girne/Istanbul flight
* 15 nights accommodation in deluxe hotels
* Buffet Breakfast Daily, 13 Lunches, and 13 Dinners
* Several dinners at Turkey's finest restaurants
* All non-alcoholic beverages at mealtimes, plus drinks at Welcome Dinner
* Private medieval banquet at Bodrum Castle
* Bosphorus cruise by private boat
* Private yacht cruise in Bodrum
* Private boat trip around Kekova Bay
* Hydrofoil from Turkey to northern Cyprus
* Comprehensive program of sightseeing including all entrance fees
* Fully escorted in Turkey by licensed Turkish guide
* Lecture program by Richard L. Chambers

Your Land and Air package does not include:
Passport fees, visa fees, airport departure taxes, excess baggage charges, insurance, and items of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, transfers for passengers arriving and departing independently and items not on menus.

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Terms and Conditions

To Book: Please fill out registration form and return with $400 contribution to The Oriental Institute/Aphrodite, Cleopatra, and Other Mediterranean Beauties/1155 East 58th Street/Chicago, IL 60637.
Final Payment: Final payment for travel arrangements is due at World of Oz 45 days prior to departure.
Cancellation Penalties: Cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to the following charges regardless of cause: $100 per person handling fee plus the following penalties: 45 to 30 days prior, 30% of tour cost; 29 to 8 days prior, 50% of tour cost; 7 days or less, 100% of tour cost.
Insurance: World of Oz-Magister and the University of Chicago do not assume responsibility for damage or loss of any personal effects or for any personal injury or loss. Baggage, personal effects, accident and health insurance, cancellation and interruption insurance is strongly recommended. This insurance should be purchased from World of Oz-Magister or your travel agent.
Refund of Unused Arrangements: No refund can be made for any tour accommodation, tour feature, tour service, or any portion of air ticket purchased from us, not taken.
Air Transportation: Please consult your travel agent or World of Oz-Magister at time of booking for applicable fare, restrictions, and cancellation policy.
Visas: All passengers must be in possession of a valid passport. For US and Canadian citizens, a visa is required to enter Turkey. We can help you obtain these visas at an additional charge. For other nationalities, please check with the respective embassy.
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