ANATOLIA : LAND OF THE MOTHER

15 Days / 14 Nights

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

Superior Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 995 USD

185 USD

First Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 840 USD

160 USD

 

This tour is only available with at least 10 participants

Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

When the main concern of the human being was to continue their species through reproduction and make best of the nature for production, Mother Goddess was the symbol of existence. When self-sustainability and self-sufficiency was no longer the motto of the societies, the God of War replaced the honored position of the Mother. But the "mother" never disappeared. Her presence can be felt in the land, in the woman and at the sites of her homeland, Anatolia. Two weeks devoted to nine millennia of women's traditions in Anatolia from worship of the Great Mother to the Mediterranean Goddesses, from Christianity to Islam! Inspired by informative talks by two outstanding Institute Leaders, participants will make daily excursions to well-known Goddess sites and to newly discovered sites well off the beaten path plus experience immersion in women's lives, crafts and culture - ancient and contemporary. And, as part of this extraordinary Institute, participants will share the life-changing experiences of community building, re-creation, and celebration of women's cultural heritage and spirituality.

Day 1 - Istanbul (D)

Arrive in Istanbul. After clearing customs you will be met by your guide. There will be a short drive to hotel where there will be some time to rest and settle in. Short introduction to what we are doing on that day. Dinner at an old Istanbul house in the neighborhood of the Blue Mosque. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2 - Istanbul (B) (L) (D) Women in Ottoman Empire

Start at 0845 visit the Basilica Cistern, a wonderfully eerie underground chambers of 336 columns built by Justinian in AD 537, Turkish Islamic Art Museum the rich ethnographic display in the museum will be used to interpret the role of the Turkish women in different socioeconomic communities in Turkey- the nomad, town, village and city women .The quiet surrounding of the museum will be used for an introduction to the History of Anatolia using the history of the city of Istanbul After lunch we will visit St. Sophia. The Basilica or St. Sophia, now called the Ayasofya Museum is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all time. Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. Our next stop is Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1616, and popularly known as the Blue Mosque because of its interior blue tile decorations. You will also visit the Topkapi Palace, which like the others, is formed by many smaller palaces and apartments. In Topkapi palace we will see the Harem of the palace and try to understand the institution of Harem and the role it played in the History of Europe. Before dinner we will have a group meeting to establish a better understanding of the tour and tour members can ask questions about how the tour will be conducted. This tour meeting is very important. It will be great to see all the tour members at the meeting The dinner will be at a fun local dining area of Istanbul.

Day 3- Istanbul - Ankara (B) (L) (D) Women in Byzantine Empire & Agatha Christie

We will start the day at 09.00. You are free to explore the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar. One could visit Istanbul for the shopping alone. The Grand Bazaar, in the old city is the logical place to start. This labyrinth of streets and passages houses more than 4,000 shops.  The names recall the days when each trade had its own quarter: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers' street, and the street of the skullcap makers. Still the commercial center of the old city, the bazaar is the original shopping mall with something to suit every taste and pocket. After the Grand Bazaar we will visit the Church of Chora which is a very unique museum of Mosaics from the 12th century depicting the role of Virgin Mary as the mother of God with the emphasis on her being mother rather than Jesus being the God. We will visit Pera Palas Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote her famous book "The Murder on the Orient Express." We will get a chance to visit her museum room and go to the Spice Market the last stop of the Silk Road before the riches of the East were distributed to Europe. At 17.00 we will take our private boat and cruise in the Bosphorous towards the Black Sea. Dinner will be on the Asian side of Istanbul. We will take the night train to Ankara 2 people in one compartment their luggage will travel with them. 

Day 4- Ankara - Konya (B) (L) (D) Women in Ancient Civilizations, Women in Modern Turkey, Women in Islam

Guide will give us an introduction of the goddesses before the touring of the museum. We will visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum which is housed in a restored caravanserai, to see its Hittite artifacts. Here you will see the artifacts on display from pre-classical civilizations of Anatolia, beginning with the Old Stone Age and going through the Neolithic civilizations, Phrygians and the Romans. We will learn about the evolution of man kind following their ability to control nature. We will understand how the importance of the cult of the mother goddesses is very closely related to economic system of the community. The museum will give us a good insight to various different civilizations of Anatolia and how they had interpreted the role of women in their communities. After lunch we will visit the Continue to the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Republic of Turkey to have a better understanding of the modern Turkey. We will visit a famous Sufi's place called 'Haci Bayram Mosque'. We will drive for 3 hours to Konya . For part of the ride the tour members will introduce themselves and will talk about why they have chosen to come to Turkey on this tour so that the tour can be tailored to their expectation when possible. At night we will have a music recital with Turkish instruments.

Day 5- Konya - Catalhoyuk - Antalya (B) (L) (D) Women in Ancient Civilizations, Women in Sufi's world 

A lecture in Catalhoyuk/Rituals/Dancing. This will be the longest day on the tour We will start the day at 08:00. At the near by mosque using the mosque as an auditorium we will learn about Rumi. Visit the Whirling Derwish Museum, a very holy place for Turkish Muslims. There are exhibits of Dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts and various ethnographic artefacts. We will leave for Catalhoyuk at 10:00. We will arrive at Catalhoyuk at 11:15. At Catalhoyuk remains of settlements from as early as the eighth millennium B.C. have been unearthed. The homeland of many people and the historic battleground of East and West, here the Hattis, Hittites, Phrygians, Galatians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans all fought for their sovereignty and established their rule. We can have rituals, teachings at the site picnic will be available so if the group decide to spend long time there (Physically there is not much to see it takes 45 minutes to walk around the site) we can use as much time as they wish. We need to leave the site by 2.30 PM. Drive over the Taurus Mountains. Overnight at Antalya at a 200 year old beautiful house in the old city of Antalya, Picnic lunch. Woman in community meeting at the hotel in Antalya.  

Day 6- Antalya - Side - Perge - Aspendos (B) (L) (D) Women in Ancient Civilization of Pamphylia

Guide will teach in Perge, we will not be short for time. Drive to Side, Perge and Aspendos. At Perge on the main street we can see the columns adorned with the images of Artemis. The group can do their rituals and studies at the site .If the tour members can prepare a dance or a song that they would like to perform in Aspendos, we can have a little time for our individual performance .We will be at the best preserved roman theater that we have in Turkey. In Side, we will try to avoid seeing the tourists but enjoy a good lunch and 1 hour of swimming. For those who are not interested in swimming we have a great museum that they can go and a fabulous ancient site to visit. We will finish the day with a great experience in a Turkish Bath. Lunch in Side. Woman in community presentation. Overnight in Antalya. 

Day 7- Antalya - Olympos - Phaselis (B) (L) (D) Women in Ancient Civilization of Lycia

We will have a full day on a gullet. Lunch will be served on the boat. We will go swimming We will have a great superb location for a ritual in the ruins of Olympos. If the tour members are willing to have a more private place than Aspendos for performing in a superb setting they can use this theater and its excellent surrounding for a great spiritual experience. We will finish our boat ride in Phaselis that is a stunning little Roman City on the Mediterranean. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 8- Pamukkale - Hierapolis (B) (L) (D) A Nomad Woman's life, Women in Greco-Roman time

Drive north to Pamukkale visit the Nomads en route. Observe the matriarchal nature of the nomad women.  We will visit the snow-like travertine of calcium at Pamukkale. This is an area with strikingly beautiful mineral springs clinging to the hillsides that will amaze you. Hierapolis is the ancient name for the Greco-Roman city above the travertine. Swim in the natural pool of the hot springs of Hierapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 9- Aphrodisias - Kusadasi (B) (L) (D) Women in Greco-Roman time

Guide will teach at the Temple of Aphrodite /Ritual. Drive to Aphrodisias. Visit the museum and the site. Picnic lunch free time at the site for tour members to enjoy the site on their own and have rituals at the Temple of Aphrodite. Aphrodisias, which was constructed in honour of the Roman Goddess Aphrodite and was an ancient centre of Roman art. We will visit a well-preserved stadium, which seated nearly 35,000 people and in the height of the Roman Period, gladiators performed here. Overnight at Kusadasi.

Day 10- Metropolis (B) (L) (D) Women in Greco-Roman time

Very leisurely day. Visit to unknown new excavations. Visit the new excavated site Metropolis which was the cult center for the Mother goddess Artemis. Visit Notion for the temple of Athena picnic lunch and visit the temple of Apollo and his mother Leto. Swim in the Aegean sea. Overnight at Kusadasi. Lunch and dinner included. 

Day 11- Tire - Prienne - Magnesia (B) (L) (D) Women in Ionia

Visit the local Market of Tire see lots of handcrafts. Lunch at a very beautiful place opportunity to have a ritual. Guide will teach about the Oracles. The oracle center where the women oracles changed the history with their prophesies. The temple of Athena-Prienne. The temple of Artemis - Magnesia ad Meandros. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 12- Ephesus - Kusadasi (B) (L) (D)

Visit Ephesus Museum, the Temple of Artemis and the grand city of Ephesus. If the site is open to Public in the evening an evening ritual at the library of Ephesus. Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia Minor, and a jewel in Turkey’s archaeological crown. It is here where history comes truly alive. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsius, Heracletes Gate, many marble columns, before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where silversmith Demetrius and his friends started a riot against St. Paul, finally we will end up at the Ephesus Museum. In the afternoon visit the nearby Basilica of St. John and the Virgin Mary’s stone cottage, where she is believed to have spent her last days. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 13- Kusadasi - Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale (B) (L) (D)

Drive along the 'wine-dark' Aegean Sea to ancient Pergamum, home to the famous physician, Galen. Visit the Acropolis in the city built on four terraces perched upon a hill, overlooking the Bergama Plain. Tour the “Steepest Theater of the Ancient World”. Then visit the Asclepion, the famous ancient medical center dedicated to Asclepion, the god of health and medicine, and the Archaeological Museum in Pergamon. Lunch in Bergama. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. Next visit the site of one of the most famous wars of ancient times, the legendary city of Troy, immortalized in Homer's Iliad and 'Discovered' in 1871 by Heinrich Schliemann. Troy, where Greek and Trojan heroes fought the famous Trojan War for the honor of Helen. We will have the opportunity to see a replica of the Trojan horse. To date, nine different Troys have been discovered; all built one on top of the other. We will have a chance to see this site still in the process of excavation.Continue on to Canakkale.

Day 14- Gallipoli - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Ferry across the Dardanelles for a somber stop at the very real memorial at Gallipoli, commemorating one of the bloodiest battles in modern history. The beauty of the green hills, sandy beaches and blue waters provides an honored resting place for the soldiers who bravely fought and died in this historic battle. You cannot help but sense the heart of the Turkish nation, in the special spirit of this place. After lunch, your destination is Istanbul, rising from the shores of the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.  Free time in Istanbul.

Day 15- Istanbul (B)

After breakfast transfer to Airport. End of the tour.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 14 nights of accomodation in hotels.

  • All domestic flight/s - train/s mentioned on the itinerary.

  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) .

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Professional guidance on each activity.

  • Comprehensive sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.

  • Local taxes & service charges.

  • Luggage and Port rage tips.

  • Entry fees to sites and museums.

  • Tips to restaurants and hotels.

  • Travel documents kit.

  • International flights.

  • Tips to bus driver & tour guide.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls at the hotels.

  • All services which are not specifically mentioned.

  • Airport taxes or visa fees.

Accomodation

City

Hotel Name  Hotel Type
Istanbul Hotal Taskonak Boutique
Konya Balikcilar 4*
Antalya Le Jardin 5*
Pamukkale Colossae Thermal 5*
Kusadasi Tusan Beach 5*
Canakkale Grand Hotel Temizel 5*