We left Tucson for a three and a half hour plane flight to Chicago, then a 10 hour flight to Istanbul. The Turkish Airline plane was less than half full, so lots of room to stretch out. The return flight from Istanbul was 11 hours and even less people on the plane.
On arrival in Istanbul we were the only ones picked up at the airport. We were further surprised when we learned that only 7 people were on the tour plus the tour guide, bus driver and his assistant.
During our bus rides, from city to city, our tour guide gave talks on religion (mostly Muslim which is 99% of Turkey), ancient ruins (most of which were from the New Testament), education, politics, medicine, work (almost 20% unemployment), money (10-20% inflation per year), customs, language, military service, and various other topics.
The menu on the left is the order in which we traveled around the country.
This is the entire tour group for the trip. Seated is our guide Ziya. Standing on the left is Kirsten and John, Barbara and Greg, Diane (in red), and Libby and her grandfather Jim.
Barbara and Greg were from Denver. Diane was from Perth, Australia. Libby and Jim were from Sidney. Libby just graduated with an accounting degree, getting ready to work for a large accounting firm in Australia.
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