Cal U’s Office of International Programming, in conjunction with the Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh offered a trip to Turkey in June 2014, and arrangements are being finalized for a similar trip in summer 2015.
Turkey offers unique historical and archeological sites, natural beauty, and an unparalleled tradition of hospitality. The trip will introduce students to the Turkish people, their history and culture, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
The itinerary below summarizes last year's tour. Watch this space for details about the 2015 trip!
Visiting Turkey: Our 2014 itinerary
Itinerary: Students who visited Turkey in summer 2014 made stops in these cities:
- Istanbul, a world city where East meets West, where ancient meets contemporary, and where there is something for everyone. Istanbul is the country’s largest city and the economic, cultural and historical heart of Turkey. Among the places to visit are the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome and Blue Mosque, as well as many interesting bazaars and markets.
- Izmir, located on the scenic Aegean coast. Izmir has a rich cultural history that spans thousands of years. This is the home of the Temple of Artemis, also known as Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
- Konya, a “living museum” that has been inhabited since 3000 B.C. Traces of ancient civilizations remain visible throughout the city. Konya was the final home of the poet Rumi, whose 13th-century followers established the Mevlevi Sufi order of Islam, also known as the whirling dervishes.
- Kayseri, the gateway to Cappadocia, a World Heritage Site. This is a stunning area of otherworldly rock and cave formations that have served as homes, churches, monasteries and underground cities since 1800 B.C.
Accommodations: During their visit to Turkey, students stayed in residence halls, guesthouses and with families.
Eligibility: The trip was available ONLY to Cal U undergraduate and graduate students in good standing at the University. A valid passport is required prior to departure for all international travel.