WHY EMBARK ON THIS JOURNEY?
Choosing this tour is not merely selecting a travel itinerary; it’s investing in a transformative experience.
The ancient streets of Asia Minor will not only be pathways through historic sites but corridors into deep philosophical introspection. With each step, you’ll witness the genesis of ideas that have shaped civilizations. As you traverse these ancient cities, you’re not just a tourist; you become a time-traveler, a philosopher, and a storyteller.
By journey’s end, you’ll possess a richer understanding of humanity’s intellectual heritage, a trove of unforgettable memories, and a renewed perspective on life’s most profound questions. This isn’t just travel; it’s a voyage of the mind, an awakening of the spirit, and a rejuvenation of the soul.
Don’t miss an opportunity to be part of this unique, enlightening journey. Your future self will thank you and ISTANBUL CIRCLE for the wisdom and wonder you’ll bring home.
A CONCISE PHILOSOPHICAL EXPLORATION
3-day voyage through the birthplaces of foundational thoughts and ideas that shaped Western thinking.
Day 1: İzmir & Ephesus – From Crossroads to Philosophical Flux
Begin in İzmir. Explore its confluence of Eastern and Western philosophies. Drive to Ephesus. Wander through the ruins, diving deep into Heraclitus’ concepts. Dine in Ephesus, reflecting on the city’s historical and philosophical significance.
Day 2: Priene, Miletus, Didyma – Dual Hubs of Ancient Ideas
Journey to Priene, embracing its Hellenistic influences. Make your way to Miletus. Marvel at its status as the cradle of Western philosophy with thinkers like Thales. Engage in a dinner discussion on the birth of philosophical ideas. Head to Didyma. Explore the renowned Temple of Apollo and ponder the crossroads of philosophy and mysticism.
Day 3: Assos – Philosophical Retreat by the Aegean
Travel to Assos, Aristotle’s haven. Dive deep into Aristotle’s contributions amidst Assos’ tranquil settings. Final dinner in Assos, reflecting on the philosophical insights gained over the past days.
Over these three days, we will journey rapidly yet profoundly through Asia Minor’s philosophical milestones. As we prepare to depart, we are not merely travelers but time-travelers, having ventured through the minds and ideas of some of history’s greatest thinkers. Return not just with memories, but with a renewed sense of wonder and inquiry.