Istanbul and the Turkish coast, August 29 – September 12, 2011

Each time we have offered this program it has sold out! An optional extension to Cappadocia and Ankara is offered (9/12-16).

Turkey has been a crossroads of civilizations, safeguarding historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. With such a magnificent history, gorgeous land and seascapes, and a modern culture rich with food, song, and story, it is the perfect place for a getaway. Join fellow Princetonians August 29 – September 12, 2011, for an in-depth look at coastal Turkey from both land and sea.

Begin the journey in Istanbul, center of far-reaching empires and bestowed with a rich architectural assembly, which tells the story of the numerous peoples, cultures, and religions that found their home there. Visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, Topkapi Palace, and the Sunken Palace before continuing down the coast for an exploration of Ephesus.

The journey includes in a four-night private cruise aboard traditional Turkish fishing vessels, the teak sailboats known as gulets. With your own crew and cook, sail in and out of pristine coves along the renowned Turquoise Coast. Disembark occasionally for an island hike or an Aegean swim. End the program in seaside Antalya.

About the Study Leader

Professor Mario Zucconi will serve as the Princeton Study Leader for this program.

A visiting professor and lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and international affairs since 2003, Professor Zucconi has a long history at Princeton, having been a post doctoral Harkness Fellow at the University from 1968 to 1970. In the past, Professor Zucconi has taught or has been a research fellow at a number of Italian and American universities, including Johns Hopkins-SAIS, University of Maryland and Columbia University. As part of his broader interest in European-American relations and in the European Union’s soft, transformative power, at the Woodrow Wilson School he has taught about the EU and Russia, the EU and China, the EU and the Middle East, as well as a number of courses about Turkey and its growing relevance in international politics. For many years he has focused on the evolution of Turkish politics in connection with the accession process to the European Union. A recent publication by him on the topic is: “The Impact of the EU Connection on Turkey’s Domestic and Foreign Policy,” in Turkish Studies (UK). He is currently writing a book on Turkey-European Union relations.

During our journey, he will be available to discuss a number of topics such as the evolution of Turkish politics, Turkey’s relations with the EU and the US, and Turkey as a rising international actor.


Trip Details

  • Dates: August 29-September 12, 2011
  • Cost: From $4,175 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $500 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

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