Study Abroad in Istanbul, Turkey

Study Abroad in Istanbul: Cultural Excursions

Princes’ Islands (day trip)

Included in program fee

Take a ferry to the Sea of Marmara to visit the famous Princes’ Islands, just off the Asian shore. Most of the ferries stop at the four largest islands. The islands have been inhabited since ancient times and today are popular summer resorts for the inhabitants of Istanbul, who come to enjoy the waterfront villages, beautiful old wooden houses, beaches and pine forests. No cars are allowed, so you can spend the day on foot or bike or ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Evening return by ferry to Istanbul.

Includes transportation. Meals are not included.

Optional Excursion to Cappadocia (3 days - $545)

Famous for its conical rock outcrops and cave dwellings, Cappadocia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. Located in Central Anatolia, it is just a one hour flight from Istanbul. Anyone who visits Cappadocia will never forget its unique and extraordinary ‘lunar landscape’, cave dwellings and underground cities, over 1,000 years old.

Day 1 Afternoon flight from Istanbul to Kayseri/Nevsehir. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Full-day tour of the spectacular scenery, including an easy hike in the beautiful Rose Valley to see ‘fairy chimneys’, dove cotes and rose colored striations of volcanic rock. Then stop at old Cavusin cave village, followed by Monks Valley to see the weird mushroom-shaped conical outcrops, left by erosion.

Afternoon visit to Kaymakli underground city, used for hundreds of years by locals to hide from Roman, Persian and Arab enemies. Photo-stop at Uchisar, rock-cut castle, before returning to your hotel.

Day 3 Morning visit to Goreme Open-Air Museum, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Goreme Valley has the largest number of rock-cut chapels and monasteries in caves in Cappadocia. More than 30 churches and monasteries were carved out of volcanic tuff over 1,200 years ago. In many of the churches, the walls and ceilings are covered with amazing frescos with scenes of the Old and New Testaments.

Afternoon visit to Avanos, Cappadocia’s center of pottery and ceramic production for centuries, where you will see a demonstration of ceramic production by hand, in a traditional pottery workshop.

Transfer to Kayseri/Nevsehir airport for the evening flight to Istanbul.

Fee includes airfares, transfers, accommodation and breakfast, sightseeing and guides as listed, but not lunch and dinner. Dates are tentative and subject to change.

Students must enroll and pay for this excursion by April 15. If a minimum enrollment of 10 is not achieved, the tour may be cancelled. Once paid for in the U.S., optional excursions are nonrefundable except in the event of cancellation.