Pre and Post Tours

TGA, the Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency hosting SATW in İstanbul, has generously provided an $800 subsidy to the first 100 Actives registering for our 17 pre- and post-convention tours. Active members are encouraged to enroll early to ensure they receive this limited time offer.

PRE-01, POS-01

Antalya: Jewel of the Turkish Riviera

As Türkiye’s premiere coastal resort destination, Antalya offers a range of experiences for travelers seeking relaxation, adventure, and culture. The city is home to ancient ruins, including the well-preserved Roman Hadrian’s Gate and the Antalya Museum, which houses a large collection of artifacts from the region’s past. Head to Perge, an ancient city dating back to the Bronze Age, renowned for its Roman ruins, including a grand theater, stadium, and extensive colonnaded streets. Visit Aspendos, where a well-preserved Roman theater and aqueduct systems offer a glimpse into the remarkable engineering prowess of the ancient Romans. The charming coastal town of Side boasts a blend of ancient Greek and Roman ruins, including the Temple of Apollo and a picturesque harbor, set against a sparkling Mediterranean backdrop.  Kaleiçi, Antalya’s historic old town, has narrow, cobblestone streets lined with Ottoman-era buildings and ancient ruins that invite visits to landmarks such as Hadrian’s Gate, the Hidirlik Tower, and Yivli Minaret. In Belek, enjoy a round of golf at Gloria Golf Resort, where meticulously designed greens cater to both amateur and professional golfers. Alternatively, non-golfers can take a short hike to Kurşunlu Waterfalls, a nature park located just outside Antalya.  Overnights: Antalya.

Pre-tour: November 9-12 (3 nights) – See a detailed itinerary here

Post-tour: November 16-19 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1425limited time offer to early registrants: $625

Associates/Emeritus: $1425

Accompanying Guest: $1175

PRE-2, POS-02

Sparkling İzmir: Heritage and Harvest on the North Aegean Coast

Offering a captivating blend of ancient charm and modern vitality, İzmir is Türkiye’s third largest city, dating to the first millennium BC when it was a vital Greek port known as Smyrna. From the iconic clock tower in Konak to the ancient ruins of the Agora, the city’s rich history unfolds at every turn. A scenic cycling tour to İnciraltı offers coastal views, then explore the historic Agora Archaeological Site, a fascinating glimpse into İzmir’s ancient past, followed by visits to Kemeraltı and Havra Street, both bustling with vibrant market life and rich cultural heritage. Urla Art Street is known for its unique galleries and local art scene, and then head to a local winery to indulge in a wine-tasting experience. A stroll through the picturesque Uzbaş Arboretum, reveals the diverse collection of plants and trees. Overnights: İzmir.

Pre-tour: November 9-12 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Post-tour: November 16-19 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1650‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $850

Associates/Emeritus: $1650

Accompanying Guest: $1325

PRE-03, POS-03

Soaring Over Cappadocia: Fair Tale Spires and Underground Cities

A land of surreal beauty and ancient enchantment, Cappadocia is famed for its otherworldly landscapes dotted with whimsical fairy chimneys carved by nature’s hand. Start with a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia’s surreal landscape offers breathtaking views of the unique rock formations bathed in the golden light of dawn. Visit UNESCO-listed Göreme Open Air Museum, renowned for its rock-cut churches, intricate frescoes, and monastic communities. Explore the Karanlık Church and the Tokalı Church, both exemplary of Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) art and architecture. Your journey continues to Paşabağ Valley, famed for its remarkable fairy chimneys and serene landscape, and visit a pottery workshop, where you get a firsthand look at an ancient craft. The next morning visit the Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the largest and most fascinating underground systems built by ancient communities. Mustafapaşa Village is famed for its beautifully preserved Greek architecture and rich cultural heritage. Following lunch, transfer to a local winery for wine tasting, savoring the unique bounty thriving in Cappadocia’s fertile soils. Overnights: Goreme.

Pre-tour: November 9-12 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Post-tour: November 16-19 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1625 ‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $825

Associates/Emeritus: $1625

Accompanying Guest: $1350

PRE-04, POS-04

Southeastern Anatolia: Megaliths at the Brink of Human Civilization

Explore the historical and cultural wonders of southeastern Türkiye, known for its rich heritage and stunning landscapes. In Gaziantep, visit Bakırcılar Çarşısı, a bustling bazaar renowned for its exquisite copperware and vibrant atmosphere, providing a window into the city’s craftsmanship and traditions. Enjoy a coffee break at the historic Tahmis Kahvesi, where you can savor traditional Turkish coffee, followed by free time to wander the streets or shop. Then, immerse yourself in the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, home to spectacular mosaics and artifacts from the Roman city of Zeugma. Transferring to the charming town of Halfeti, a boat trip offers stunning views of the sunken old town, with a leisurely lunch on board amid the serene surroundings. Göbeklitepe offers a fascinating glimpse into early human civilization and religious practices, and in Şanlıurfa visit the Şanlıurfa Archeology Museum, home to a vast collection of artifacts tracing back to prehistoric times and Balıklıgöl, the sacred fishpond revered in Islamic tradition. The day culminates with an evening of local cuisine, music, and dance. Overnights: Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa.

Pre-tour: November 9-12 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Post-tour: November 16-19 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1325‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $525

Associates/Emeritus: $1325

Accompanying Guest: $1075

PRE-05, POS-05

Türkiye’s Southwest Coast: History and Culture in the Land of the Lycians

Immerse yourself in the enchanting Lycian region, where ancient history and stunning landscapes come together for a captivating adventure. As one of the oldest and most important Lycian cities, Tlos boasts fascinating ruins, including rock-cut tombs, a hilltop fortress, and Roman baths, offering insights into the region’s rich history. Discover the ancient city of Xanthos, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its impressive monuments such as the Harpy Tomb and the Nereid Monument. Another UNESCO site, Letoon, is dedicated to the goddess Leto – feel the spiritual energy that still lingers in the air served as a significant religious center of the Lycian civilization. Patara is the birthplace of St. Nicholas and home to one of the longest beaches in Türkiye, which we’ll enjoy at sunset.  In the charming coastal town of Kaş, enjoy free time to explore its vibrant markets and picturesque harbor before continuing to the ancient city of Myra, home to rock-cut tombs, an impressive Roman theater, and St. Nicholas Church, dedicated to the saint who inspired the modern-day Santa Claus. Overnights: Dalaman, Kaş, Antalya.

Pre-tour: November 9-12 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Post-tour: November 16-19 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1700‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $900

Associates/Emeritus: $1700

Accompanying Guest: $1125

PRE-06, POS-06

The Seven Churches of Revelation: A Prophecy from the Apostle John

Led by expert guides, this tour delves into the world of the seven churches of early Christianity, as described in the Book of Revelation. Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of these ancient sites and gain a deeper understanding of their historical and spiritual importance. Explore Ephesus, the magnificent ancient city of almost unparalleled wealth that contains perhaps the Mediterranean’s best-preserved ruins. Nearby, visit the sacred Virgin Mary House, believed to be the final home of the Virgin Mary, a significant pilgrimage site for Christians.  Following lunch in the bucolic village Şirince, St. Jean Church stands on the presumed burial site of St. John the Apostle, and nearby visit the İsa Bey Mosque. Easy-going Pergamon is next, with its ancient Acropolis, home to the famous Altar of Zeus and the grandiose Temple of Trajan. Walk in the footsteps of early Christians and uncover stories of faith and perseverance as the other Seven Churches are revealed in Thyatira (now known as Akhisar), Sardes, and Philadelphia.  Rich with archaeological treasures, Laodicea – known for its wealth, medical advancements, and sophisticated aqueduct system – was admonished for its lukewarm embrace of spirituality in the Book of Revelation. Overnights: Izmir, Manisa and Denizli.

Pre-tour: November 8-12 (4 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Post-tour: November 16-20 (4 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1875‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $1075

Associates/Emeritus: $1875

Accompanying Guest: $1675

PRE-07, POS-07

Ankara and Çorum: Anatolian Civilizations of Gordion and the Hittite Empire

Unravel the mysteries of Anatolia on a journey through Ankara and Çorum, where ancient civilizations beckon. Begin in Ankara, Türkiye’s sophisticated capital, where we delve into the realms of the Hittite Empire at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum. Climb the historic Ankara Castle for a glimpse into the city’s Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, along with panoramic views of Ankara from its ancient walls. Venture 150 miles east to Çorum and unearth the secrets of the Hittite heartland at the Boğazköy Museum and the awe-inspiring Hattusa Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site, rich with remnants of the Hittite Empire. At the Yazilikaya Open Air Temple, marvel at rock carvings that offer insight into ancient religious practices.  Dulkadiroğlu Mansions provides a peek into the historical architecture and lifestyle, while the Hattusa Excavation Memorial House chronicles fascinating archaeological discoveries. Explore the Alaca Höyük Ruins, another significant Hittite site, and visit the Gölpınarı Hittite Dam, an ancient water management marvel. Explore the ancient city of Gordion, renowned for its rich Phrygian heritage and explore the ancient burial mounds, including the reputed tomb of King Midas. Overnights: Ankara and Çorum.

Pre-tour: November 8-12 (4 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Post-tour: November 16-20 (4 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1425‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $625

Associates/Emeritus: $1425

Accompanying Guest: $1175

PRE-08

Epic Chronicles of Çanakkale and the Dardanelles: From Troy to Gallipoli

The Çanakkale region is a treasure trove of history and natural beauty, boasting iconic sites such as the legendary city of Troy, the poignant battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula, and the charming vineyards of Tekirdag. Alexandria Troas was an important port on the Aegean Sea, visited by the Apostle Paul during his missionary journeys. Explore the archaeological remains of this once-thriving city before continuing to the Troy Museum, hosting a wealth of artifacts and exhibits relating to the ancient city. Following lunch visit the ancient city of Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, immortalized in Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Wander through the ancient walls and gates to imagine where the legendary Trojan War took place on these grounds. We’ll make our way to the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical Site, which holds immense significance as the site of the famous World War I battle, where Allied forces fought against the Ottoman Empire in a grueling and tragic campaign. The memorials, cemeteries, and trenches stand as a sobering reminder of the sacrifices made during this historic conflict. A three-hour drive takes us back to Istanbul for dinner at the Michelin-recognized Giritli. Overnights: Tekirdag, Çanakkale, İstanbul.

Pre-tour: November 9-12 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1150‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $350

Associates/Emeritus: $1150

Accompanying Guest: $975

PRE-09

Legends of the Black Sea: Following in the Footsteps of Jason and the Argonauts

Türkiye’s lush Black Sea region is rich in history and natural beauty, laced with terraced tea plantations and orchards, dotted by castles and monasteries.  Once an important stop on the Silk Route, today bustling Trabzon is home to the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a 13th-century example of Byzantine architecture with a history spanning both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. The hilltop Atatürk Pavilion is a charming early 20th-century mansion offering insights into the life of Türkiye’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Climb to the Sümela Monastery, a spectacular Greek Orthodox monastery built into the cliffs of the Altındere National Park, a remarkable site offering both spiritual enrichment and breathtaking natural views. Visit the Sürmene Knife Factory to see the craftsmanship of knives famed for their exceptional quality and intricate designs. In the tea-growing district of Çayeli, the village of Çeçeva captivates visitors with verdant tea plantations and scenic landscapes. Here, you’ll get an insight into the tea cultivation process and perhaps enjoy a refreshing cup of Turkish tea. Overnights: Trabzon, Rize.

Pre-tour: November 9-12 (3 nights) See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1275‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $475

Associates/Emeritus: $1275

Accompanying Guest: $1075

PRE-10

Capturing Cappadocia: The Photographer’s Odyssey

Designed for dedicated photographers seeking pre-dawn vistas and nighttime panoramas, this tour will explore one of Türkiye’s most spectacular regions through the camera lens. Renowned for its surreal landscapes and unusual history, we’ll start the first morning with a sunrise balloon trip to capture the landscapes and landmarks from above.  At the Goreme Open Air Museum, photograph rock-cut churches adorned with striking frescoes dating back to the Byzantine period, including the iconic Karanlık and Tokalı Churches.  Then, explore Cappadocia’s rock formations and fairy chimneys of Pashabag Valley, capturing the geological formations against a backdrop of rolling hills, then experience sun setting over the enchanting Red Valley, with its dramatic cliffs and vibrant hues. Grab an ethereal sunrise at Aşk Valley and then delve into the underground maze of Kaymakli Underground City, a remarkable complex of tunnels and rooms carved into the volcanic rock. Climb to the top of Uchisar Castle for panoramic sunset views of the surrounding valleys and cave dwellings. Overnights: Göreme.

Pre-tour: November 9-12 (3 nights) ‎See a detailed itinerary here

Actives: $1625‎– limited time offer to early registrants: $825

Associates/Emeritus: $1625

Accompanying Guest: $900

*If two Actives share a room on a pre-post tour, contact [email protected] for a discounted rate applicable for each member.