|< Venetian fortresses and other monuments in some fifty locations in mainland Greece and on the islands.|
> The Byzantine walls of Constantinople and the dramatic events they saw.
|< Antioch and its extraordinary Roman mosaics.|
> A journey on the coast of southern Turkey to discover ancient towns and medieval castles.
|< Gothic cathedrals and Venetian fortresses on XVIth century Cyprus.|
> The town founded by Augustus to celebrate his victory over Antony and Cleopatra.
|< The Roman monuments of Athens and the enlargement of the city by Emperor Hadrian.|
> Genoese trading bases and fortresses near Constantinople and in the Black Sea.
|< Trebizond and its Byzantine monuments including an evocative monastery in the mountains.|
> Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has an ancient Roman heart.
|< Nicaea was an important city for centuries and it retains very interesting walls.|
> In the XIXth century Alexandria was the most European city of Africa.
|< Visit the Christian heart of Cairo and the Coptic Pope's residence.|
> Chios, a Greek island, was owned by a partnership of Genoese merchants.
|< Ancient Pergamum was a strong ally of Rome in Asia and it was rewarded with large buildings and a famous hospital.|
> Ephesus was the capital of the Roman province of Asia and one of the largest cities of the Empire.
|< Cresus, King of Sardis, was the richest man of his time.|
> Most ancient capitals, reliefs and statues were made at Afrodisias, a shrine in southern Turkey.
|< Visit the fortresses the Sultans built to conquer and eventually protect Constantinople.|
> Join the peasants of a small Turkish village who work among ancient temples, bridges and marketplaces.
|< Olive oil was and is a precious commodity and Mytilini, a Greek island, was renowned for it.|
> It is known as Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) for its white rocks, but Hierapolis was a holy city and a spa resort.
|< Emperor Antoninus Pius rebuilt the town after an earthquake and dedicated the forum to his wife.|
> Kos, the Greek island where Hippocrates was born, had one of the best known hospitals of the Ancient World.
|< The Knights of St. John built a small state on some of the most beautiful Greek islands.|
> Dodoni, in the mountains of Greece, was famous for its very ancient oracle.
|< Ioannina is a pretty Greek town which became important as the capital of a state ruled by cruel Ali Pacha of Tepeleni.|
> All the great leaders of the Ancient World came to Delphi to consult its oracle.
|< Bursa was the first capital of the Ottomans and it retains many interesting monuments.|
> Several ancient towns in Turkey, including Miletus, between the Aegean and the Mediteranean Seas.
|< At Adrianopolis, today's Edirne, the Roman Empire began to collapse.|
> Follow a section of the Silk Road across continental Turkey and see its imposing Seljuk buildings.
|< The main rivers of northern Turkey are named after colours. Their valleys house pretty provincial towns and Hittite memories.|
> A historical compendium of the monuments of Constantinople.
|< A journey across Turkey and Syria in a region which was one of the cradles of civilizations.|
> Eleusi, a shrine near Athens, was the site of very secret initiation rites.
|< After destroying it, the Romans made Corinth one of the richest towns of the Empire.|
> Apamea in Syria had one of the longest colonnaded streets of the Ancient World.
|< A forgotten Roman temple built above a mysterious Phoenician shrine in Syria.|
> Do the wheels of Hama in Syria chant or do they rather cry?
|< A bare tableland in Syria houses many Byzantine abandoned towns.|
> Small castles and large fortresses in Turkey, Syria, Cyprus and Israel did not prevent the collapse of the Crusader States.
|< The monasteries perched on the rocks of Meteora in Greece are not just a tourist attraction.|
> Mount Olympus in northern Greece was the seat of the Gods and it housed a famous shrine.
|< A journey in northern Greece along Via Egnatia, the road which (with Via Appia) linked Rome to Constantinople.|
> The splendours of this historical city in February 2011.
|< A Muslim palace in a remote area of the Syrian desert.|
> Small towns in Syria which house Christian communities and monuments.
|< Bosra in southern Syria was a very prosperous Roman town.|
> Syrian Palmyra was so rich that its queen challenged the power of Rome.
|< Delos was a floating island before the birth of Apollo and Diana. It then became the site of a famous oracle.|
> Olympia and its fascinating monuments.
|< A journey in Greek Argolis where Hercules performed his first labours.|
> Epidaurus, its theatre and its shrine.
|< Byron signed a stone of the ancient temple at Cape Sounion in Greece.|
> Crete was home to one of the earliest maritime powers.
|< Ancient towns on Cyprus in spectacular locations.|
> Follow Mark Twain and William Turner in their journey to the Holy Land.
|< Ancient towns, fortresses, necropolises and synagogues in Israel.|
> In 1812 a Swiss explorer in Arab attire was the first European to visit Petra and other ancient sites in Jordan.
|< Troy, the mythical town of Homer's poems.|
> Perched on a high rock, Assos has spectatular views over the Aegean Sea
|< The Anatolian tableland, despite its chilly winters, houses some interesting towns and beautiful landscapes.|
>Manisa was embellished with fine monuments by the Sultans who spent their youth there.