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Study Abroad in Turkey!

Imagine exploring the site of the famous Trojan Wars in Western Turkey or seeing the oldest human settlement in Catalhoyuk.  Here at Gulliver we encourage you to spice up your study abroad experience and take your travels to Turkey! Blending ancient ruins, exotic markets, and European and Asian cultures, Turkey is a can’t miss for any adventurer. Although it means trekking into unfamiliar territory, you’ll soon discover Turkey offers a world of unrivaled beauty, history, and cuisine.


Bosphorus Strait Offers Beautiful Views

Bosphorus Strait Offers Beautiful Views

Turkey’s financial, economic and cultural center, Istanbul is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. From the ruins and remnants of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires to the hustle and bustle of modern-day Istanbul, it is the perfect city to enrich your college education. While exploring Istanbul, check out the historical Sirkeci Train Station. This was the last stop of the Simplon-Orient Express between Paris and Constantinople (Istanbul) from 1883 to 1977.  For other stunning views, catch a ferry heading up the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy a tasty fish lunch at one of the riverside villages. At Anadolu Hisari you can climb up to the castle and gaze out toward the Black Sea.


Whether you experience it by air, foot, or horseback, get up close and personal with the beautiful Cappadocian landscape. Riding horseback around these carved rocks lets you check out all the crazy formations. Look for the abandoned pigeon house. Apparently monks kept pigeons for their soil-fertilizing manure. You’ll also see frescoed churches cut right into the rocks. Don’t be surprised to find treacherous paths and unmarked trails.  You can hire a horse at the stables in Goreme, Avanos, or Urgup.

Ancient Ephesus

Temple of Artemis in Ephesus

Temple of Artemis in Ephesus

One of Turkey’s greatest sites, the extensive Roman ruins of Ephesus are easily accessible on foot along a two-mile tree-shaded path from nearby Selcuk.  Besides the church of St. John, don’t miss the Temple of Artemis. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple was originally built during the 8th c. B.C. It was destroyed, however, and reconstructed by the citizens of Ephesus. Avid walkers could combine a visit to the ruins with a stiff six-mile walk up Mount Bulbul to see Meryemana (Mary’s House), where some people believe the Mother of God lived out the last years of her life.

A word to the wise: When visiting Ephesus, enter through the Lower Gate in the morning, explore the ruins, and then continue out through the Upper Gate and onto the mountain road toward Meryemana as the sun starts to set.

Other fun excursions:

Gap Adventures offers a great travel guides and tips for getting around.

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