Ancient Medicine Tour
in Turkey & The Greek Island of Kos 2019

Doctors and Deities: Medicine and Faith in the Ancient World

| Led by Prof. Sarah Yeomans


Life in the ancient world could be risky business. The perils of war, disease, famine and childbirth are a just a few examples of circumstances that contributed to a much lower average lifespan than that which we enjoy today. People in antiquity were no less concerned about the prevention and cure of maladies than they are now, however, and entire cults, sanctuaries and professions dedicated to health dotted the spiritual, physical and professional landscapes of the ancient world.

The most important healing centers were the Asklepia, temple sanctuaries dedicated to the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios. Attracting patients from all over the ancient world, these medical centers also served as prestigious training academies for physicians. Two of the most famous Asklepia were in Pergamon, where the famous Roman physician Galen trained and worked, and on the Greek Island of Kos, the home of Hippocrates, traditional father of western medicine.

Join us as we explore some the ancient world’s most compelling ancient medical sites in two of the world’s most beautiful countries - a truly unique opportunity to see firsthand the birthplaces of western medical science while surrounded by all the luxury and charm that the modern Aegean region has to offer.


April 26, Friday
Depart New York – Fly Istanbul

April 27, Saturday: Arrive Istanbul Airport
Arrive Istanbul Airport. Our representative will meet you after the customs and baggage claim. You will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

April 28, Sunday: Istanbul
Today we will explore some of Istanbul’s most famous sites, including the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome Square. We will also visit the Hagia Sophia, the most fampous Byzantine monument in the world, as well as the Topkapi Palace, the lush palace from where the Ottoman sultans ruled their vast empire. Before returning to the hotel we’ll have an opportunity to experience the Grand Bazaar, the end of the Silk Road and the gateway to trade with Europe for over 500 years. (B,D)


April 29, Monday: Istanbul
This morning begins with a visit to the colorful Spice Bazaar before a leisurely boat tour along the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorus. After lunch at a local seafood restaurant, we’ll journey to the Beylerbeyi Palace and Chora Church, site of some of the finest existing Byzantine mosaics. The evening is yours to explore and soak up the ambience of one of the world’s most historically rich and atmospheric cities. (B,D)


April 30, Tuesday: Istanbul – Fly Izmir
This morning we’ll transfer to the Istanbul airport for our morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, we will transfer to the hotel in city center. This afternoon we’ll tour the ancient Roman agora and then take the famous outdoor elevator to one of the highest points in the city for one of its most beautiful views. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (B,D)

May 1, Wednesday: Pergamon – Izmir
This morning we travel north to visit the Asklepion at Pergamon, one of the most famous healing centers in the ancient world and the hospital where the 2nd-century Roman physician Galen trained and practiced. Considered to be the “Father of Pharmacology,” Galen expanded upon the treatments and practices of Hippocrates, his predecessor by approximately 700 years. Galen’s surviving writings on medicinal plants, minerals and their prescribed methods of preparation served as the cornerstone for pharmacology, and students studied his practices and treatments well into the 19th century. Our exploration of Galen’s professional home will be followed by a visit to the Acropolis at Pergamon, which offers stunning mountaintop views of the Aegean coast set in the remarkably well-preserved monuments of an ancient Greek city. In the ancient world, the library of Pergamon was second only to that of Alexandria, and Pergamon was a center of education that drew scholars from all over the Graeco-Roman empire. Following our day in Pergamon, we will return to Izmir. (B,D)


May 2, Thursday: Ephesus – Bodrum
Departing from Izmir this morning, we head south to Ephesus, the most famous ancient Roman city in Turkey, remarkable for its state of
preservation that allows the visitor to get a sense of what it would have been like to visit such a city two millennia ago. Its temples, theater, odeon and the magnificent Library of Celsus are just a few of the things we will explore before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, we’ll peruse the treasures of the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus before continuing to Bodrum, Turkey’s premier resort town. (B,D)


May 3, Friday: Bodrum
Our morning begins with a visit to the ancient theater in Bodrum, which commands an excellent view of the entire marina, followed by an exploration of the remains of the tomb of King Mausoleus, considered to have been one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will tour the famous Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century and which today serves as the site of the world’s largest underwater archaeology museum. This will be followed by a private winetasting in one of the tower rooms where Crusaders toasted six centuries ago. Today we’ll have a late lunch in a charming, characteristic Turkish village before returning to Bodrum, where we’ll have some leisure time to explore its charming shops before dinner. (B,D)


May 4, Saturday: Bodrum – Kos – Bodrum
This morning we will board the ferry from Bodrum for a day-trip to the Greek island of Kos. He we will visit the famous Asklepion where Hippocrates lived, trained and worked almost 2500 years ago. This afternoon we’ll explore the charms of medieval Kos Town and its museum before boarding our afternoon ferry back to Bodrum. (B,D)

May 5, Sunday: Bodrum Airport – End
Bid farewell to beautiful Bodrum as you are transferred to the Bodrum airport. From here you will fly to Istanbul to connect to your international return flight. (B)


• See the most popular historical sites of Turkey; Istanbul, Pergamon, Izmir (Smyrna), Ephesus & Bodrum.
• Visit the Asklepion of Pergamon, considered to be one of the first hospitals in the world. (4th Century BC)
• Learn about ancient healing techniques and technologies.
• Meet local Turkish doctors in Izmir to discuss and compare modern approaches to medical practices.
• Visit the Asklepion of Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates
• Experience Bodrum, one of Turkey’s most historic, beautiful and luxurious ports

Tour Features


• Roundtrip international airfare between New York JFK (or Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston) – Istanbul
• Istanbul-Izmir domestic flight
• Bodrum-Istanbul domestic flight
• 2 Nights at the AC Marriott Hotel in Istanbul or similar
• 2 Nights at the Moevenpick Izmir Hotel or similar
• 3 Nights at the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum or similar
• 1 Night at the AC Marriott Hotel in Istanbul or similar
• Daily open buffet breakfasts at the hotels (B: Breakfast)
• 7 dinners as mentioned in the itinerary (D: Dinner)
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Transportation by private, air-conditioned bus throughout the tour including airport transfers
• English-speaking, licensed tour guides throughout the tour
• Entry fees to the sites and museums
• Service charges and local taxes
• Medical lecture in Izmir
• Maps, TUTKU t-shirts, luggage tags, travel bags


• Lunches and drinks
• Tips to guide & driver
• All personal expenses, travel and health Insurance
• Turkish visa fee to be obtained online before arrival Please print and carry a copy of the visa page with the bar code.

15 Days prior to departure: You will receive all the travel documents and the e–tickets.

Cancellation Penalty:

– 90–60 days prior to departure: No Penalty
– 59–45 days prior to departure: 25%
– 44–30 days prior to departure: 50%
– 29–15 days prior to departure: 75%
– 14 days & After No refund

Air Cancellation Policy: We will be liable to the airlines standard rules for any name changes, dates changes or cancellations.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be purchased separately at an extra cost. Travel Insurance is a contract between the traveller and the Insurance Company (American Express, or other). To obtain your travel insurance, please call 1–800–TURKIYE and ask for Ms. Ayata.

Turkish Visa: US and Canadian citizens can get the Turkish Visa online before arrival Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations for Greece and Turkey.

Tour Price

Deposit per person (due August 27, 2018): $200
Land + Air (based on double occupancy): $4,390
Single Room Supplement, Land/Air: $5,490
Balance due: January 28, 2019


If you are unable to fill out the electronic registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644 ext. 216.

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For more information contact:

Alicia Bregon
202-364-3300 ext 216
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016