Ancient Studies Department Announces 49th Annual Study Tour in Turkey

The UMBC Ancient Studies Department will conduct its 49th annual 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 eight nights at four-star hotels, buffet breakfasts, three dinners, one 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, and a $350.00 deposit is required by September 26, 2014 to reserve a spot.

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, the group braves the waters of the Dardanelles for a ferry ride to Çanakkale before spending a day at the site of ancient Troy. From Çanakkale, the group flies 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, there is a flight to Ismir (Smyrna), catching the splendor of Ephesos, the city where Artemis was worshiped in earnest and an early outpost of Christianity, before settling in at the seaside resort of Kuşadasi. On the final day, the group tours the ancient cities of Priene and Miletos and visit Didyma, site of the magnificent temple and oracle of Apollo.

Contact Domonique Pitts atdpitts@umbc.edu or at 410-455-6265 (5-6265 from campus) to register your interest now. For more information, click here.