10 days
Istanbul, Canakkala, Kusadasi, Pamukkale

Through ancient Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires, Istanbul has kept its artifacts intact.

From Neolithic remains to the Blue Mosque, the city is a testament to time. But there’s more to Turkey than just its capital. Turkey has defended its location through the centuries as a valuable thruway to Asia, and the prized monuments that survived those battles tell a complex historical tale.
Turkey tour map
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Turkey

  • Day 2: Istanbul

    Arrive in Istanbul

  • Day 3: Istanbul

    Take a guided tour of Istanbul

    Stop at the Hippodrome

    Visit Topkapi Palace

    Visit the Blue Mosque

    Stop at the Grand Bazaar

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Whirling Dervishes

    Whirling Dervishes

    The Muslim sect known as the Whirling Dervishes was founded in the 13th century by Mevlana Celeldin Rumi, a celebrated Persian poet and theologian. The Sufi Dervishes are named after their elaborate dance-like ritual, honoring the movement of the earth. Learn more about this fascinating ancient sect, and its modern-day practitioners, during this performance. Available mid-April through October.

  • Day 4: Canakkale

    Visit the Ayasofya

    Travel to Eceabat

    Take the ferry to Canakkale

    Enjoy dinner in Canakkale

  • Day 5: Canakkale + Kusadasi

    Take a guided tour of Troy

    Travel to Pergamon

    Take a guided tour of Pergamon

    • Acropolis

    Visit the Pergamon Acropolis

    Travel to Kusadasi

  • Day 6: Ephesus + Kusadasi

    Take a guided tour of Ephesus

    Visit the Ephesus site

    Visit the House of the Virgin Mary

    Optional: Sirince

    Return to Kusadasi

  • Day 7: Pamukkale

    Travel to Priene

    Take a guided tour of Priene

    Travel to Didyma

    Take a guided tour of Didyma

    Continue to Pamukkale

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 8: Pamukkale

    Visit Hierapolis

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 9: Istanbul

    Fly to Istanbul

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Bosphorus cruise

    Bosphorus cruise

    Take a half-day excursion that includes a cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Begin your adventure with a visit to a traditional spice market and the Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous for the tomato-red color of its exquisite floral and geometric Iznik tiles. Next, board a two-hour cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, disembarking for a seafood lunch.

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Want to learn more about this program?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Turkey

  • Day 2: Istanbul

    Arrive in Istanbul

  • Day 3: Istanbul

    Take a guided tour of Istanbul

    Stop at the Hippodrome

    Visit Topkapi Palace

    Visit the Blue Mosque

    Stop at the Grand Bazaar

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Whirling Dervishes

    Whirling Dervishes

    The Muslim sect known as the Whirling Dervishes was founded in the 13th century by Mevlana Celeldin Rumi, a celebrated Persian poet and theologian. The Sufi Dervishes are named after their elaborate dance-like ritual, honoring the movement of the earth. Learn more about this fascinating ancient sect, and its modern-day practitioners, during this performance. Available mid-April through October.

  • Day 4: Canakkale

    Visit the Ayasofya

    Travel to Eceabat

    Take the ferry to Canakkale

    Enjoy dinner in Canakkale

  • Day 5: Canakkale + Kusadasi

    Take a guided tour of Troy

    Travel to Pergamon

    Take a guided tour of Pergamon

    • Acropolis

    Visit the Pergamon Acropolis

    Travel to Kusadasi

  • Day 6: Ephesus + Kusadasi

    Take a guided tour of Ephesus

    Visit the Ephesus site

    Visit the House of the Virgin Mary

    Optional: Sirince

    Return to Kusadasi

  • Day 7: Pamukkale

    Travel to Priene

    Take a guided tour of Priene

    Travel to Didyma

    Take a guided tour of Didyma

    Continue to Pamukkale

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 8: Pamukkale

    Visit Hierapolis

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 9: Istanbul

    Fly to Istanbul

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Bosphorus cruise

    Bosphorus cruise

    Take a half-day excursion that includes a cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Begin your adventure with a visit to a traditional spice market and the Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous for the tomato-red color of its exquisite floral and geometric Iznik tiles. Next, board a two-hour cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, disembarking for a seafood lunch.

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • On-tour transportation

    Land and air transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Light breakfast daily; 6 local dinners

  • End-to-end Support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • Curriculum Integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your expert Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Istanbul; Troy; Pergamon; Ephesus; Priene; Didyma; Cappadocia

  • Entrances

    Blue Mosque; Topkapi Palace; Hagia Sofia; Troy; Pergamon Acropolis; Ephesus site; House of the Virgin Mary; Pamukkale; Hierapolis

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible Payment Options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.

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