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Explore the world with GLI

Updated: March 6, 2013 03:55 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Greater Louisville Inc. will host a Cultural Awareness Tour to Turkey for both members and non-members as part of its global connections efforts for 2013. 

This is the second year for GLI's Cultural Awareness Program, which also includes a trip to Brazil later this year. Last year, the program sponsored trips to Cuba and India.

This truly unique trip to Turkey is specifically designed to provide you the opportunity to experience a variety of cultural activities, see important ancient sites, tour some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and ruins, and meet local Turkish leaders.

The 12-day trip to Turkey is scheduled for May 23 to June 3 and begins and ends in Istanbul where you will enjoy some of this ancient city's most famous sites, including the Topkaki Palace (residence to the Ottoman Sultans), the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the historic Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world.  

In between, you will sightsee in Ankara, Turkey's capital city, as well as take an excursion to the ancient Greek ruins of Ephesus. The full and varied itinerary also includes trips to Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Troy and Louisville's Sister City, Adapazari. The deadline to register is March 21, 2013, which is fast approaching.

This exciting opportunity includes round-trip international flights from Chicago O'Hare airport, arrival and departure transfers, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, all sightseeing tours, transportation in private coaches and English-speaking guides. Your trip also includes specific amenities based on each locale, including sightseeing entrances and dinners.  GLI sponsors the trips in partnership with Indus Travels.  Packages start at $2590 per person, based on double occupancy.

Participants in previous trips have been very pleased. "India was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Curtis Warfield, CEO of Parallon Business Performance Group. "As the global economy continues to change, it is so important that we continue to learn how to partner with new and thriving economies and learn about other cultures. The trip was a 10. We rode camels and elephants, held king cobras and visited the Taj Mahal." 

"It's exciting to be able to offer our members and non-members alike the opportunity to experience international travel to such fascinating destinations as Turkey," said GLI Manager of

Global Engagement, Michael Iacovazzi Pau. "It's one thing to read and talk about these places and quite another to actually spend time getting to know the people and understanding their points of view.  It is true cultural enrichment that can make a difference in our lives here at home."

For more information or to register, contact Michael Iacovazzi Pau, 502-625-0070 or miacovazzi-pau@greaterlouisville.com.  Full Itinerary and trip information are available at www.greaterlouisville.com/culturaltours.

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