Reed Travel Features
WAYNE, Pa. -- Travelers are being offered an interesting
perspective on Turkey, an ancient country with a rich and diverse
civilization, during a program called History, Folklife &
The 11-night deluxe program, designed by TunisUSA, will be led
by Jerry Sorkin, a noted expert on Oriental rugs and a specialist
in Middle East studies; he also is an author and frequent lecturer
on subjects relating to the culture and peoples of the Middle East
and North Africa.
The tour, which runs from Nov. 14 through 26, is priced at
$2,699 per person, double, and includes hotels, all sightseeing,
most meals and roundtrip air from New York.
Tour members spend the first three nights in Turkey in Istanbul,
including a dinner boat cruise on the Bosporus (weather
Sightseeing will include the magnificent Topkapi Palace, a visit
to Istanbul's famous Covered Bazaar and the Turkish Islamic Art
Museum, to view one of the oldest and best-preserved collections of
The next two days are in Goreme in Cappadoccia, a region of
unusual landscapes integrated with distinctive troglodytic
Driving overland, tour members come to Konya, the unofficial
capital of Anatolia and an historic center for rug production;
included in the visit here is a chance to see the collection of
15th and 16th century rugs in the Mevlana Museum.
The tour then moves west to Pamukkale, ancient Aphrodisias which
is one of the most important archaeological sites in Turkey, to
spend the next two nights in Bodrum, known in ancient times by its
Greek name, Halicarnassus, and moves on to the Mediterranean port
of Bodrum for two nights.
Attractions in this a lively and attractive Mediterranean port
include the Crusader Castle of St. Peter and its interesting marine
One afternoon the group will visit a small settlement outside
Bodrum where villagers will prepare a traditional lunch.
Tour members make a day's excursion to the ancient city of
Ephesus prior to flying from Izmir back to Istanbul for a two-night
stay at the end of the trip.
For additional information and reservations, contact TunisUSA at
(610) 995-2788 or (800) 474-5500.