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Turkey: Ottoman Treasures and Mediterranean Gems

Sponsored By The University Of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies in cooperation with the Oriental Institute

October 12-26, 1997

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Richard L. Chambers

I would like to invite you to join me and the World of Oz on a tour of discovery of Turkey's fabulous Ottoman Treasures and Mediterranean Gems. The Ottomans were known for their masterpieces of architecture and their elegant ceramic wares. Where better to see and learn about these than in the three capitals of the Ottoman Empire--BURSA, EDIRNE and ISTANBUL--or the two most celebrated ceramics production centers--IZNIK and KUTAHYA? And what could be more exciting to conclude our discovery than an excursion to ANTALYA, the jewel of Turkey's Turquoise Riviera, and the near-by classical sites of PERGE, ASPENDOS, TERMESSOS, PHASELIS, OLIMPOS and MYRA, stretching east and west along Turkey's Mediterranean shores?

Turkey is being "discovered" by more Americans every year. Twice as large as California, situated at the crossroads of civilizations where Europe and Asia meet, washed by the waters of the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas, with spectacular landscapes, superb cuisine and hospitable people, Turkey is deservedly called "The World's Largest Outdoor Museum." Monumental relics from civilizations as diverse as those of the Hittites, Lydians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Seljuk and Ottoman Turks vie with luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, ski resorts, seaside holiday villages and yacht marinas for the traveler's attention.

This will be a memorable trip, and I hope you will join us for this discovery of Turkey's Ottoman Treasures and Mediterranean Gems.


Richard L. Chambers



Professor Chambers is a 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 Director of Development for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He has enjoyed extensive acquaintance with Turkey and has accompanied several tour and study programs.


The World of Oz is an award-winning creator of deluxe tours to Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey and the Orient. The premier tour operator to Turkey for over twenty years, the World of Oz earned a singular honor from Turkey's Ministry of Tourism, being cited as an "expert" on Turkey in 1989, the only tour operator to receive such a citation for excellence. This is the fourth program with Professor Chambers that the World of Oz is conducting for the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

TOUR COST: (per person sharing double)

Land/Air Package: $2975 + tax from New York

$3100 + tax from Chicago

Add on fares from other gateways and upgrades to Business Class available on request.

Land Only Package: $2250 (does not include round trip flight, Istanbul/Antalya)

Single Room Supplement: $475

Plus: Voluntary $300 tax deductible contribution payable to THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO


* Educational program of lectures, discussions and reading materials provided by Professor Richard L. Chambers of The University of Chicago.

* Round trip economy class air on Turkish Airlines non-stop from New York or Chicago to Istanbul and including round trip Istanbul/Antalya.

* 13 nights hotel accommodations at Deluxe and First Class hotels as stated on itinerary.

* Buffet breakfast daily, ll lunches and 12 dinners at some of Turkey's finest restaurants as well as at some of the hotels. All beverages except alcoholic ones are included at all meals, and alcoholic drinks at arrival and farewell dinners.

* All transfers and sightseeing as stated by latest model air-conditioned private coach.

* All entrance fees.

* Services throughout of licensed World of Oz/Magister guide, proficient in English.

* All service charges and taxes, porterage and tips at included meals.

* Travel kit with complete itinerary, destination information, hotel list, baggage tags, document holder and flight bag.


Sunday, Oct. 12 DEPARTURE Departure for Istanbul aboard Turkish Airlines

Monday, Oct. 13 ARRIVAL ISTANBUL Mid-morning arrival in Istanbul, meeting and assistance at airport and transfer to the charming ARMADA HOTEL. Early evening briefing and cocktail followed by dinner at local restaurant. D

Tuesday, Oct. 14 ISTANBUL Full day of sightseeing visiting the Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet and adorned with vivid blue tiles; the Roman Hippodrome; the Underground Cistern; the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, once one of the grandest private residences of Ottoman Istanbul; and Aya Sofya Museum (St. Sophia), the great Byzantine basilica. The original church on this site was built by Emperor Constantine; work on the existing structure was begun during the reign of Justinian. It is considered one of the greatest marvels of architecture of all times and is a designated World Heritage site. Lunch at Arcadia Hotel. Dinner tonight at one of Istanbul's finest fish restaurants, the Bogazici. B/L/D

Wednesday, Oct. 15 ISTANBUL Morning sightseeing starts with a visit to Dolmabahce Palace. Built as the new principal residence of the Ottoman sultans in 1854, it is a Turkish- Indian Baroque masterpiece worthy of a storybook. Drive to Rumeli Hisar on the Bosphorus, the strait dividing Europe from Asia Minor and linking the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. After lunch at a local restaurant and viewing the massive fortress built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, cruise by private boat along the Bosphorus back to Istanbul. Return to hotel mid-afternoon. Balance of the day and evening at leisure to explore on your own. B/L

Thursday, Oct. 16 ISTANBUL Another day of sightseeing begins with a visit to Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans and center of the imperial government from the 15th century. Visit the Treasury containing jewel-encrusted thrones, the famous Topkapi dagger, and one of the world's largest diamonds; the Kitchens that house one of the greatest collections of Chinese porcelain; and the Harem quarters. Continue to the Archaeological Museum. Lunch at Daruzziyafe, located in the 16th century Suleymaniye complex, serving traditional Ottoman delicacies. Visit the Mosque of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent designed by the master Ottoman architect, Sinan, then the Kariye Museum (St. Savior in Chora) with its magnificent Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. Dinner at the deluxe Park Samdan in Ortakoy. B/L/D

Friday, Oct. 17 ISTANBUL Morning visit to the Grand Covered Bazaar, with plenty of time for shopping. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell to Istanbul Dinner at the deluxe Resat Pasha Konak, located on the Asian side in an elegantly restored Ottoman villa. B/D

Saturday, Oct. 18 TO BURSA Morning departure by coach to Bursa, situated at the foot of Uludag (Mt. Olympus of Asia Minor). Bursa became the first capital of the Ottoman Empire in 1326, and here early Ottoman architecture reached its peak. Bursa is famous for its thermal springs and baths, silk trade and towel manufacturing. Lunch at a typical Bursa kebab restaurant. Afternoon city touring with visits to silk and towel factories. Dinner and overnight at KERVANSARAY TERMAL HOTEL. B/L/D

Sunday, Oct. 19 BURSA Full day of touring, highlighted by visits to the Green Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet I, the Ulu Cami (Great Mosque), and several 18th century Ottoman houses. Ride a cable car to the top of Uludag for a splendid view of the city. Dinner at the hotel. B/L/D

Monday, Oct. 20 TO KUTAHYA Morning departure for Kutahya, one of the oldest cities of Turkey. It is famous for its marvelous ceramics, produced there by skilled artisans since the 16th century. Visit artisan workshops, the 14th century Great Mosque and Kutahya Castle with its panoramic view of the old town. Dinner and overnight at ERBAYLAR HOTEL. B/L/D

Tuesday, Oct. 21 TO SILIVRI Depart morning for Silivri, located on the European shore of the Sea of Marmara, about 40 miles from Istanbul. Stop enroute to visit Iznik (ancient Nicaea). During the 16th and 17th centuries, it was the center for production of exquisite ceramic vases and tiles. Visit the ruins of St. Sophia, seat of the first Ecumenical Council. After lunch, continue to Silivri. Dinner and overnight at KLASSIS HOTEL, a deluxe resort and spa. B/L/D

Wednesday, Oct. 22 EXCURSION TO EDIRNE Early morning departure for Edirne (Adrianople), near the Turkish border with Greece and Bulgaria. This town dates back to Macedonian rule. It was conquered by Sultan Murat I in 1361 and became the second capital of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Selimiye Mosque, the masterpiece of the Ottoman architectural genius, Sinan; Sinan's Rustem Pasha Caravansaray, Sokollu Hamam and several mosque complexes. Return to Klassis Hotel early evening. Dinner at hotel. B/L/D

Thursday, Oct. 23 TO ANTALYA Morning transfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Antalya. After arrival in Antalya, proceed to the ancient city of Perge, founded by the Greeks after the Trojan Wars, later to become a Roman city. Visit the stadium, tower gates, elegant baths and colonnaded streets. Continue to Aspendos to see the world's most magnificent ancient theater. Amost completely restored, it is renowned for its acoustics and is still in use today. Return to Antalya to the deluxe TALYA HOTEL. Dinner at the hotel. B/L/D

Friday, Oct. 24 ANTALYA Morning visit to the Antalya Museum whose fine collection encompasses artifacts from the many ancient and classical sites in the vicinity as well as Ottoman relics and Turkish crafts and costumes. Proceed to the harbor to board a private boat for a cruise to Phaselis, a Lydian port where Alexander the Great set up winter quarters. The ruins of the city are beautifully arrayed around three small bays, providing ample opportunity to contemplate classical architectural forms while relaxing on one of the surrounding beaches. Lunch on board the boat. Stop at Olimpos where, above the ancient ruins in the foothills of Mt. Olimpos, burns the eternal flame of the mythical Chimaera. Return to Antalya. Tonight's dinner is at Kral Sofrasi, a charming restaurant in the old harbor. B/L/D

Saturday, Oct. 25 ANTALYA Today's sightseeing starts with a visit to Termessos. Referred to as "the Eagle's Nest," the ancient city is perched high in the mountains north of Antalya and was so impregnable that even Alexander the Great could not conquer it. From there, drive down the coast to Demre. Just north of the town are the ruins of ancient Myra. Visit the Greco-Roman theater, the Lycian rock tombs and the Church of St. Nicholas, who was born in nearby Patara in 300 A.D. and served as Bishop of Myra. Return to Antalya for the Farewell Dinner at the hotel. B/L/D

Sunday, Oct. 26 DEPARTURE Early morning departure to the airport for your return flight. B

TO BOOK: Simply call or fax World of Oz. A reservation is confirmed upon receipt of your deposit of $500 per person sent to World of Oz. Your $300 per person tax deductible contribution to the University is to be paid by separate check made out to THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO and sent directly to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Chicago, 5828 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.

FINAL PAYMENT: Final payment for travel arrangements is due at World of Oz/Magister by August 22, 1997.

CANCELLATION PENALTIES: Cancellations must be made in writing and are subject ot the following penalties. Deposit is refunded less $200 administration fees if cancellation notice is received before August 22. From August 22 to September 13, 50% of total tour cost; from September 14 to 30, 75% of total tour cost; from October 1 to departure, 100% of total tour cost.

INSURANCE: We STRONGLY suggest that, to allow for any unexpected contingencies, you purchase Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance. We will send the policy to you and invoice you for this at time of booking. If insurance payment is received along with deposit, the company waives exclusion for pre-existing conditions. If you do not wish to purchase the insurance, simply do not pay the charge. We offer a comprehensive trip cancellation and travel insurance plan from Trip Mate Insurance at $169 per person.

AIR TRANSPORTATION: Rates shown in brochure are based on Turkish Airlines group bulk fares, round trip economy class, and are subject to change without notice. Rates do not include taxes in conjunction with air tickets.

VISAS: For U.S. and Canadian citizens, a visa is required to enter Turkey. Visas can be obtained from Turkish consulates in the U.S. and Canada or upon arrival at the Istanbul airport. The present fee is $20 U.S.


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