The UMBC Ancient Studies Department will conduct its 49thannual study tour in Turkey March 13-22, 2015. The price of $2,650.00 (based on
a group of 30) includes all air, land, and sea travel, twin-share accommodation
for 8 nights at 4-star hotels, buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners, 1 lunch, and
entrance to all archaeological sites and museums on the itinerary. Single rooms
are available at an additional cost. ANCS
majors and minors, UMBC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the
community are welcome on the tour. The trip can be taken as a 3-credit course in
the Winter 2015 term (ANCS 301; winter semester tuition applies). Scholarships
are available to Ancient Studies majors taking the course for credit. Places
are limited, so reserve yours today! A $350.00 deposit is required at time of application
The tour begins in Istanbul
with visits to monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires: the church of Hagia
Sophia, the Hippodrome, Tokapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque. The following day,
we brave the waters of the Dardanelles for a ferry ride to Çanakkale before
spending a day at the site of ancient Troy. From Çanakkale we fly inland to
Ankara to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, the sacred Hittite site
of Yazilikaya, and Hattusa, the sprawling capital of the Hittites.
From Ankara, we fly to Ismir
(Smyrna), catching the splendor of Ephesos, city where Artemis was worshipped
in earnest and an early outpost of Christianity, before settling in at the
seaside resort of Kuşadasi.
On our final day, we tour the ancient cities of Priene and Miletos and visit
Didyma, site of the magnificent temple and oracle of Apollo.