CRAFTS & JEWELERY

14 Days / 13 Nights

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

MAY JUNE - OCTOBER

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 1900 USD

150 USD

JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 2050 USD

170 USD

This tour is only available with at least 8 participants.

Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

Turkey is a land of immense cultural diversity and artistic importance. Here, you will discover art, architecture and crafts that date back 10,000 years. In ancient times, Turkey was a crossroads for many civilizations. Today, it is a showcase of world history. The nature in Anatolia has granted the people a gift of beauty in everything that surrounds them. The Anatolians did not take the heart-warming splendors for granted. They absorbed the colors of the wild flowers and imitated them in their OYA, the crochet work that framed their head covers. The roots of the plants, the minerals, the insects supplied the dyes and the sheep gave the wool for the carpets and the kilims. The creative women of Anatolia added their patience to the looms and the stories woven in the carpets and kilims became the main of records of their ethnic and cultural identities. The dew shining on a clove leaf became an inspiration for the jewelry makers. On this tour we will see the "creators" of Anatolia and what inspired them.

Day 1 - Istanbul ( L D )

After visiting the Blue Mosque dinner will be at a nearby restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya, an old Ottoman house recently renovated to an excellent condition located within walking distance to all the must-see places in Istanbul.  

Day 2 - Istanbul  ( B L D )

In the morning, visit the Byzantine Cistern, and the Turkish Islamic Art Museum. The art style of the Muslim culture displayed in this museum will be a nice introduction to what will be experienced in the workshops of the artists and the craftsmen later on the tour. After lunch visit St Sophia, the grandest standing monument from 1500 years before our time and the first grand palace of the Ottomans. The Topkapi Palace will be the last site to visit on this day. Dinner will be served at a very colorful quarter of Istanbul where the ambiance is just as memorable as the food we will be served in this fish restaurant. 

Day 3- Istanbul  ( B D )

Drive to Sadberk Hanim Museum, the first private museum in Turkey with a superior collection of etnographical and archaeological artifacts. After the museum, drive to Besiktas and take a short boat ride to Uskudar on the Asian side of Istanbul to visit a batique artist at her house-workshop. Bedia Hanim is a world famous artist of calligraphy who combines the inticate work of batique and "hat" in a phylosophic manner on textile. (Sounds complicated but that is the beauty of her unique work.) The rest of the afternoon will be spent at the workshop of the Jewelry artist Pinar Ivedi. Dinner will be served at Turkistan Restaurant near the hotel. 

Day 4- Istanbul ( B - D)

Visit the Covered Bazaar (GRAND BAZAAR). Visit Chora Church /Mosque to see the Byzantine mosaics from the 11th-12th century. This site has the most exquisite mosaics and frescoes of its era describing the theology of the orthodox world. After lunch (on your own) spend some time at the 19th century quarter of Istanbul and enjoy coffee at Pera Palas Hotel that was the terminating point of the famous Orient Express. Agatha Christie wrote her book " Murder On The Orient Express" in of the rooms of this hotel. Visit the Spice Market where the precious goods of the Silk Road found clients from the other of the Old world, Europe. Cruise on the Bosphorous by our private boat. Dinner on the Asian side of Istanbul. Leave for Ankara on the overnight train. The night train cars have been recently renewed. Passengers will have their luggage with them in their two-person compartment. There are showers (one shower for 10 compartments) and breakfast is served in the elegance of the "Orient Express" the train leaves at 10.30 pm and arrives in Ankara the next day at 07.30 am.

Day 5- Ankara  - Cappadocia ( B - L - D)

Breakfast on the train. In Ankara, visit the most beautiful museum of Turkey, the Anatolian Civilization Museum. The 15th century building houses the museum that was given the "Best Museum Of Europe Award." It contains the displays of 23 civilizations of Anatolia going back 2,300,000 years before our time. After lunch visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of the Turks. 4.5 hrs bus ride to Cappadocia. Dinner & Overnight at Green Motel.

Day 6 - Cappadocia  (B L D)

In Cappadocia the Creator and man competed in creating the most unusual and the most beautiful. Enjoy the moon-like terrain of Cappadocia with endless forms of work of art. The colors of the frescoes of the twelve hundred year old churches are just as fresh as the colors of the carpets woven in the region. The rock formations are just as striking as the local pottery made of the clay obtained from the old riverbeds. In the morning easy hike to Zelve to see the 10-11th century churches, monasteries and houses carved in the rocks. Visit villagers at their rock dwellings. Visit the astonishing GOREME monastery to see how each monk had interpreted in their wall paintings the history of Christianity St Paul had visited the region, Ceaseria, to pass the word of God in his 1st Missionary Journey. As one visits the colorful "churches" of Cappadocia, he/she will have no doubt in his/her mind that what is surrounding you in forms of thrilling art form buried in nature, is the ideas and teachings of St. Paul that had sproughted into the life style of the Cappadocians for two thousand years. Visit the carpet cooperative to learn more about the Turkish Carpets that are inseparable part of the Turkish life. Dinner and overnight at Green Motel.

Day 7- Nigde - Mersin Tasucu (B L - D)

Leave Cappadocia at 07.30 Drive over the beautiful Taurus mountains The grandeur of the mountains explains why they are called ''toro'' the bull traditional symbol of power. Visit the underground city in Kaymakli. The giant ant hole like underground refuge of the Christians explains clearly how difficult it must have been to be a Christian hiding away from the 2nd Century Roman Persecution. The road will take you through the Cillician Gates mentioned in the Bible into TARSUS, the city where St Paul was born. The strategic location of the city caught between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean stands as a living witness to the number of civilizations trespassed through this rich town. Alexander the Great, the Persians and the Romans all left their marks in the city and the vicinity of the town. But certainly the most important memory of the city lays in the fact that Saul or St Paul was born in Tarsus. Visit the Pompei of Anatolia, Pompeipolis. In this city, the remains of the older Soloi superimposed with the impressive Roman aqueducts, baths and temples will make it easy to picture what the cities were like at the time of St. Paul. Overnight at Tasucu.

Day 8- Alanya (B)

Drive along the Mediterranean. Visit Anemurium Castle that was built in the 3rd Century AD. This fortress, which is in a remarkable good condition, stands as a monument to the conflict between the fierce pirates of the Eastern Mediterranean and the endless resistance of the land people who wanted to protect the riches of their lands from the invaders from the sea. Today will be the longest bus ride. But driving through banana orchards and the white sand beaches along the Mediterranean might make this 6-hour drive tolerable. Overnight at Alanya.

Day 9- Antalya Side Aspendos -Perge (B L - D)

Today we will have a later departure. This will give enough time, either to swim or to go to the castle and take pictures. On the way to Antalya. Visit the ancient city of Side, one of the most important cities of Pamphylia region with its amphitheater, the stadium, the temple of Apollo and the agora. Continue driving to visit the best-preserved theater of the ancient world - Aspendos. Visiting the ancient site of Perge, where St. Paul preached during his 2nd missionary journey. We will try to picture how Paul and Barnabas were thought to be the God and the messenger of God!! To give the tour members a break from the group feeling tonight's dinner is NOT included in the price of the tour. On Day 9 and 10 the group will split in half and experience the Turkish bath that is a unique experience of Turkish traditions. Overnight at Antalya. At this beautiful Mediterranean city we will stay at a 200-year-old renovated house.

Day 10- Boat (B L)

Today will be a vacation in a vacation. We will sail and enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. The delicious lunch served on board will add to the relaxation of the day. The joy of the evening will be the experience in the Turkish Bath.

Day 11- Pamukkale (B)

Drive to Pamukkale, the most unusual natural phenomena of Turkey. Visit nomads en route. Visit the ancient site of Hierapolis and swim in the natural pool that was a Roman spa. Enjoy feeling the roman ruins under your feet while soaking in the bubbling waters of the pool giving you a feeling of being in a champagne bottle. Overnight at Pamukkale.

Day 12- Didyma, Miletos, Kusadasi (B L D)

Drive to Selcuk. Along the way visit the ancient sites of Didyma and Miletos. Didyma is an oracle center dedicated to Apollo. It was the 3rd largest temple of its time. This 3rd Century BC monument is the best standing building of its age. Miletos as mentioned in Acts 20 is where St. Paul left his homeland Anatolia in his sailboat Teckla. St. Paul had taught the elders of Ephesus one of the best teachings of Christ "Giving is more blessed than taking." Tonight Kusadasi offers a great variety of restaurants so we will not include dinner in the tour. Dinner will be on your own. Overnight at Kusadasi.

Day 13- Ephesus - Kusadasi (B)

Visit the ancient site of Ephesus, the Ephesus Museum and the house of the Virgin Mother. Ephesus is the largest Roman excavation in Turkey. The grand avenues and intact social buildings help one build the city in their imagination with not too much of an effort. When one walks in the theater, which had a seating capacity of 24,000 people, the sounds of the mad Ephesians led by Demitrius, the silversmith, can almost be heard. According to Acts 19 St Paul, who visited Ephesus twice, was never given an opportunity to speak in this theater when the Ephesians were reminded that St Paul and his teachings were a threat to the way they made their living. So Paul wrote everything he had to say to the Ephesians in his letters. Thus Ephesus is mentioned not only in Acts but there is a whole big chapter in the Bible named after the ''Epistle of Apostle Paul to the Ephesians. Overnight at Kusadasi.

Day 14- Kusadasi (B)

The tour is over after breakfast

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 13 nights accomodation in hotels.

  • All domestic flight/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.

City Deluxe Hotel
Istanbul
Cappadocia
Tasucu
Alanya
Antalya
Pamukkale
 Kusadasi