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TRA 178 Historical and Cultural Perspectives of Northern Greece and Turkey




Course Description

Over three millennia ago, the ancient Greeks inhabited the area that we will be travelling through. On this trip through Northern Greece and Turkey, we will examine ancient and modern sites that were of paramount importance to the Greeks, Ottomans, Byzantines and Turks who have lived in this region for the past 3,000 years.

Our 14-day journey will explore ancient sites at Delphi, Troy and Athens, beautiful monasteries at Meteora as well as UNESCO World heritage sites in Thessaloniki and Istanbul. Istanbul will amaze you with the culture, history and architecture of the Byzantium, Roman and Ottoman empires, who all called this city their home. We will travel to the ruggedly beautiful Dardanelle peninsula. We will also see the fateful beaches of Gallipoli where the Turks and Anzacs struggled during the First World War a hundred years ago.

We will see the natural wonders of Northern Greece such as Aoos National Park, which will be bursting with pristine rivers and forests, flowering meadows and shimmering lakes. We will stop to view the world's deepest gorge – Vikos Gorge. Our accommodations will be primarily in traditional villages with phenomenally fresh food to enjoy.

Please join us for this two-week tour to visit a region of the Mediterranean often ignored.

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