For competitive Economy, Business or First Class airfares and/or group airfares please contact ASA for further information.
The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.
It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.
Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.
Dr Susan Scollay is an art historian and curator with extensive international experience, having studied and lived in the United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States of America. She is widely travelled in the Islamic world and since 1984 has done most of her research work in Turkey, allowing her to base herself in Istanbul on a regular basis and regard the beautiful city as her ‘second home’. In 2012 she completed her Ph.D. at La Trobe University, Melbourne, in which she wrote a cultural history of the lost 15th-century Ottoman palace at Edirne/Adrianople. Susan was specialist guest co-curator of the manuscript exhibition, Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne from March to July, 2012 and again at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, November 2012 to April 2013. She also edited the exhibition publication, now in its second printing. She is a contributing editor to the prestigious London based journal, HALI: carpet, textile and Islamic art, and has numerous other publications. Susan is currently an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the International Association of Historians of Islamic Art. She is a regular lecturer and consultant to museums in Australia and overseas and, for more than a decade, has led special interest study tours to Turkey, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.