In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: The Conquest of Asia Minor - Part One
Rated one of the world’s ‘Top Ten Learning Retreats’, and one of ‘The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life’ by National Geographic
A brand new tour for 2013. Many travellers have told us how much they would like to go on one of our full length, 20-day In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great archaeological adventures but that they just can’t take undertake epic 3-week long trips. Michael, Heinrich and Peter have spent a great deal of time to create new, shorter Alexander the Great tours in both Greece and Turkey.
In Turkey, we have split our existing Alexander tour in half, so you can do a ‘Part 1’ and a ‘Part 2’. Here we unveil our new Alexander the Great tour in Turkey Part One.
For more than 2,000 years Alexander the Great has excited the imagination of people around the globe. This archaeological tour in Turkey is a unique opportunity to retrace his footsteps across Asia Minor, the first leg of his extraordinary 22,000 mile journey.
Join this remarkable historical tour escorted by Peter Sommer, who in 1994 walked 2,000 miles across Anatolia, from Troy to the battlefield of Issus, retracing Alexander the Great’s march in Turkey. Who better to lead you on Alexander’s route than someone who has walked the entire distance!
“Peter was the ideal person to help produce our In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great TV series for the BBC/PBS. Our particular style of documentary making leans heavily on understanding history by following in its footprints. Peter had worn out 4 pairs of boots doing just that on Alexander’s trail. Who better to show you how the conqueror’s story unfolded and how the locations helped mould the legend.” David Wallace, Director, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
Travelling back through time we’ll delve into Alexander’s personality and the lives of the people that inhabited his tumultuous world.
This is a true archaeological voyage. We’ll discover the history and architecture of the cities on Alexander’s route on this epic escorted tour. Turkey is rich with Alexander’s legacy; Troy, where Alexander ran naked around Achilles’ tomb; Ephesus, one of the best preserved classical cities in the world; Apollo’s great oracular temple at Didyma, where we’ll stroll along the sacred way.
This inspirational historical Turkey tour is a tale of romance, war and power, an amazing expedition full of unforgettable vistas and historical highlights. Won’t you join us for this once in a lifetime archaeological adventure?
You can see a selection of testimonials (for the 20-day version of this trip) on the right and below is an extended piece of feedback from one guest which we think encapsulates the nature of the tour perhaps better than we can:
”I have been raving about the trip to everyone I meet. I had never been on a tour before and was not sure I would like it. I’m used to striking out on my own, don’t want to be trapped with people I don’t find interesting, and I have a real aversion to ‘group food’, and ‘group hotels’. None of my fears were warranted. The food was outstanding in every respect and Cem’s (our tour manager/local guide) choice of places, most of which we would never have found on our own, was terrific, and the choice of each menu, highlighting particular specialities of wherever we were couldn’t have been more perfect.
The places we stayed - mostly small, and each with unique local features - were exactly the kinds of places I choose to stay when I’m on my own, and I felt like Alexander’s gods must have looked favorably on our trip because our little band of travelers couldn’t have been more interesting. It seemed like each person brought a different perspective to the trip that - through their questions, observations, and comments - expanded and enriched what we were seeing. The overall organization of everything, from the separate luggage van so that we never had to carry our suitcases even an inch, to the well timed rest stops, and Cem’s absolutely unflappable approach to the unexpected made it 3 weeks of bliss - no cares or worries, just time to enjoy and soak it all up.
And last but not least, your enthusiasm and knowledge were inspiring and contagious. It was exciting to learn about a man and a country that have so many lessons for us today. We could all learn a lot by studying Alexander’s leadership style, and it is humbling to actually see the succession of civilizations and empires - Hittite, Macedonian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Ataturk to name only the major ones. I couldn’t help but reflect on what a different perspective that offers, and how much better off the world would be if our current empires were less arrogant about their importance in the larger scheme of things.
Life is fleeting, great civilizations pass, but what remains is the evidence - in every site and museum we went to - of the human drive to create beauty, to build beauty not only in our architecture, but in the smallest objects of everyday life. I found the sarcophagi particularly interesting - obviously emblems of death - but all I saw and marveled at was how the stone masons managed to make the stone scenes that decorated the exteriors sing with such life and movement that mortality was the furthest thing from my mind. Sadly, the trip, like the early civilizations, is over, and it’s back to reality, but I find that it’s a reality that has been changed and enriched by walking in the footsteps of Alexander the Great - and Peter Sommer. Thanks for a unique experience… It was truly magical’”
Joan Lancourt, Brookline, MA, USA
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If you would like to read an article Peter has written about his walk across Turkey, click here: In the footsteps of Alexander the Great