Welcome to the SAIT Travel and Tourism blog in which we will share some many of our upcoming adventure! Previously our students have ventured south to Central America, west to China and east to Europe and Egypt. This year we will be travelling with 26 students and instructors on a 12 day trip to Turkey, where East truly meets the West, where Asia meets Europe. I think this is described as the best of both worlds - what an experience awaits us!
We had a planning meeting on Friday and received our finalized itinerary:
May 7th - Calgary to Istanbul, via London, Heathrow - travelling on British Airways
May 8th - Arrival in Istanbul
May 9th - Full day in Istanbul, including visits to the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and Haghia Sophia
May 10th - Our tour bus awaits and on to our first stop in Canakkale. Sights will include Gallipoli, crossing the Dardanelles (entering Asia) and on to Troy.
May 11th - Canakkale to Kusadasi - enroute we will visit Pergamon, the Acropolis, Temple of Trajan, Dionysos, Zeus, Athena and the Seven Churches of Revelation.
May 12th - Kusadasi to Pamukkale - stops will include House of the Virgin Mary in Selcuk, Ephesus, Temple of Artemis and the Antique City of Hierapolis and the calcareous hot springs. Our stay is at a thermal spa hotel!
May 13th - Pamukkale to Cappadocia, via Konya and Mevlana, home to the Whirling Dervishes
May 14th - Cappadocia - today we will visit the Underground Cities and the Goreme Valley. Stops will include a pottery factory and a carpet store.
May 15th - Cappadocia to Istanbul - travelling the famous silk and spice route back to the bustling metropolis on Istanbul.
May 16th - Istanbul - tour to Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar for some shopping
May 17th - a day of leisure with a optional trip to the Spice Market and a cruise on around Istanbul
May 18th - time to pack and check in for our flight home.
From the looks of our itinerary it may be a very good thing that we have two students, both history buffs, to help us with the significance of all we will see along our journey.
We are looking forward to a meeting with one of our students who is from Turkey. He will be helping us with all those necessary phrases in Turkish!