Past Travel Seminars with Faculty

"Turkey: The History of Christianity and Islam"

  • May 15 - Jun 2, 2011
  • Religion 485
  • Dr. Fogg & Dr. Thomas


Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Turkish culture. Walk ancient and modern streets to discover the interwoven histories of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. CLU Religion Professor Rev. Dr. Julia L. Fogg will lead this travel seminar through western Turkey, beginning in Istanbul, moving east to Ankara, south through Cappadocia and west along the Mediterranean coast. We will visit Alexandria Troas, Sardis, Hierapolis, Ephesus, Laodicea, Antioch, and Aphrodisias.

The travel seminar explores ancient Christian sites from the famous Hagia Sophia to the small churches nestled in the caves of Cappadocia. Hear the interpretations of two thousand year old iconograpic paintings; see the Greek statues and Roman architecture that line the streets where first century Christians worked. Visit a modern spice market, ancient Muslim mosques and Turkish palaces. From the capital city to tiny fishing villages, participants will experience the fullness of religious and cultural history in this land of convergence.

This course counts for 4 units and satisfies the following Core 21 requirements:

  • Upper-division religion
  • Global perspectives


Day 1
Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk airport. Transfer to the hotel in the Old City. Depending on the arrival time, short walking tour in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Day 2
Walking tour in the morning: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia. PM: Take the bus to go to Kariye Museum (St Savior in Chora). Late afternoon excursion on the Bosphorus by a private motor-boat starting and ending at Eminonu (about 1 ½ hour).

Day 3
Drive from Istanbul to Canakkale cossing the Dardanalles (Canakkale strait) by car-ferry. PM: Visit Troia (Troy) and afterwards drive to Assos.

Day 4
Visit Assos (Old Harbor,Theater, City Walls, Temple of Athena). Drive to Bergama (ancient Pergamum) to visit Acropolis, Asclepieion and Red Courtyard. Later drive south to Izmir.

Day 5
Sightseing in Izmir: Kadifekale (if accessible by bus), Museum of Archaeology, Agora, Synagogue and Bazaars. PM: Free afternoon.

Day 6
Drive to Kusadasi. On the way, visit Ephesus, Slope Houses at Ephesus, Ephesus Museum at Selcuk, St John’s Church. Free time before dinner. Visit to a carpet-weaving center is possible.

Day 7
Free day in Kusadasi.

Day 8
Drive to Pamukkale. On the way visit Sardis (Temple of Artemis and Barh/Synagogue Complex). In Pamukkale, visit Hierapolis. Before and after dinner, enjoy the thermal pool of the hotel.

Day 9
Drive to Antalya. On the way visit Aphrodisias.

Day 10
Visit Perge, Aspendos. PM: Visit Antalya Museum. Before dinner, walking tour of the Public Park, Old City and Old Harbor.

Day 11
Visit Termessos. Return to Antalya by noon. PM: Free afternoon.

Day 12
Start early to drive to Konya. In Konya, visit Mevlana Museum and Karatay Tile Museum. PM: Drive east to Cappadocia. On the way, visit Sultanhan Caravanserai (13C).

Day 13
Sightseeing in Cappadocia: Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar, Avanos, possibility of visiting a potter’s shop. Free time in Urgup. After dinner, watch Sema ritual of the Mevlevi dervishes at the Sarihan Caravanserai (13C).

Day 14
Sightseeing in Cappadocia: Zelve Open-Air Museum, Cavusin Village, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Visit to a Rock-Carved Dwelling.

Day 15
Drive to Ankara. Visit Mausoleum of Ataturk and Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Short walk inside the citadel.

Day 16
Drive from Ankara to Istanbul arriving Istanbul in the afternoon. In Istanbul, visit the Underground Cistern and the Grand Bazaar.

Day 17
Topkapi Palace. After that, free time.

Day 18
Group transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk airport.

Info Sessions

To learn more about the Turkey Seminar, you can attend an information session and hear about the course from the faculty leader.  We will be discussing the course in more detail, in-country itinerary, as well as approximate cost.  Applications will also be available at this time.

Info Session Offered:

Tuesday, November 6th
Humanities 114

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