This fascinating tour delves into the history of Turkey with a focus on the great empires that rose and fell in this area - in particular, the great Ottoman Empire. Noted historian and writer Giles Milton - author of 'Paradise Lost', which follows the last days of the Ottoman Empire, especially the fall of Smyrna - will be your speaker during this journey. Giles will combine his specialist knowledge on Turkey, the fall of Smyrna and Winston Churchill with his personal skill at bringing history to life.
Travel from the fascinating, multi layered city of Istanbul to Bodrum, taking a 7-night cruise on a lovely gulet on the way. Visit key sites in both ancient and modern history including Gallipoli, Pergamum, Ephesus and Didyma, and deepen your understanding of this part of the world during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, which coincided with the establishment of modern Turkey.
Giles Milton is the is the internationally best-selling author of nine works of narrative non-fiction including 'Nathaniel's Nutmeg', 'Big Chief Elizabeth', 'Samurai William', 'The Riddle and the Knight', 'White Gold', 'Paradise Lost', 'Wolfram', 'Russian Roulette', 'Fascinating Footnotes from History'. his most recent work is 'Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'. He is also the author of three novels, 'The Perfect Corpse', 'According to Arnold' and 'Edward Trencom's Nose'.
Giles Milton’s book 'Nathaniel’s Nutmeg' is currently under option in America for a major TV series while his most recent title, 'Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare' is also under option.
His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been serialised on both the BBC and in British newspapers.
The Times described Milton as being able ‘to take an event from history and make it come alive’, while The New York Times said that Milton’s ‘prodigious research yields an entertaining, richly informative look at the past.
Milton's works of narrative history rely on personal testimonies, diaries, journals and letters to tell the story of key moments in history, recounted through the eyes of those who were there.
Giles Milton will be a specialist speaker on this cruise, accompanied by a full time national guide.