RUGS,CARPETS & TEXTILES

11 Days / 10 Nights

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

MAY – JUNE - OCTOBER

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 980 USD

100 USD

JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 1050 USD

120 USD

This tour is only available with at least 8 participants

                                                     Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

Day 1 - Istanbul ( L – D )

Arrive to Istanbul Ataturk airport and transfer to your hotel located in the old city.  Afternoon explore Topkapi Palace, the magnificent palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the 16th and 19th centuries. The extensive exhibits include priceless world-class collections of jewellery, porcelain, textiles and costumes of the Sultans. A visit to the Harem quarters is an absolute highlight. Overnight Istanbul.

Day 2 - Istanbul  ( B – L – D )

Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, with highlighted exhibits of calligraphy, Turkish miniatures, manuscripts and ethnographic displays. The museum is also considered to house some of the oldest examples of early Ottoman textiles and carpets. Continue to the impressive Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), with its beautiful blue Iznic tiles, unique architecture and marble latticework and the Hippodrome, the centre of Byzantine life for 1000 years. Visit the Vakiflar Kilim and Textile Museum housing one of the finest collections of flat weavings and carpets in the world. Afternoon visit to the magnificent Haghia Sofia, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. Enjoy the underground cistern, Yerebatan Saray – the largest Byzantine Cistern in Istanbul before we make a special visit to the Center for Anatolian Ethnography and Textile Studies in Istanbul. Photographs, accompanying field notes, related literature, a broad selection of textiles and ethnographic objects collected by Donor Josephine Powell are on display. Overnight Istanbul. 

Day 3- Hereke – Iznik - Bursa  ( B – D )

After breakfast travel to Hereke, world famous as a production center for Turkey’s finest silk carpets. We visit workshops where exquisite designs from the Ottoman period are transposed into silk creations sold throughout the world. Continue to the city of Iznik (Ancient Nicaea), founded in 1000BC and famous for its ceramics. The Archeological Museum here is home to exhibits of Ottoman weaponry, embroidery and calligraphy; and several items from the city’s Roman past. After lunch continue to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. As befits a city with a rich Imperial past, it has many fine examples of Islamic architecture and also remains an important center of the Silk Trade. Here we will see exactly how silk is cultivated and spun into thread. Enjoy a visit to the fascinating silk markets and the amazing Green Mosque Complex. In the evening enjoy a warm mineral bath in your hotel, one of the outstanding features of this town. Overnight Bursa. 

Day 4- Bursa - Pergamum – Manisa – Selcuk ( B - D)

Travelling from Bursa to Selcuk we visit the ancient city of Pergamum, once a powerful and cultured kingdom. A line of rulers beginning with a general under Alexander the Great ruled over this small but wealthy kingdom, whose asclepion (medical school) was extremely famous and whose library rivaled that of Alexandria in Egypt. The most stunning of the attractions are the acropolis and the Great Theatre, which retains its astounding acoustics. We may also make a stop in Manisa to visit the specialist school that teaches wool dyeing techniques to many of Turkey’s well-known dye masters. Continue through Izmir, a major port on the Aegean to Selcuk. Overnight Selcuk.

Day 5- Ephesus - Selcuk  ( B - L - D)

Today we visit the biblical city of Ephesus, the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor. Ephesus is widely regarded as one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world and a centre of early Christianity. The Basilica of St John is an incredible sight with its labyrinth of halls and marble courtyard. The House of the Virgin Mary is believed by many to be the place where Saint John took the mother of Jesus after the crucifixion and from which she ascended to heaven. Also make a visit to the nearby and highly regarded Archeological Museum, with some of the best collections of Greek and Roman artifacts to be found anywhere in Turkey. Overnight Selcuk.

Day 6 - Selcuk – Hierapolis - Pamukkale  (B – L – D)

Departing Selcuk we visit a traditional Anatolian village that is famous for the weaving of cotton and linen, much of which is still woven on the traditional wooden handlooms. The cotton and linen weavings produced here are traditionally used to form part of a bride’s dowry and includes items such as hand towels and the traditional Hammam towel or “Pestamal”. We have the opportunity to witness this ancient yet dying craft before the faster and more complicated machines completely take over. Meet with the weavers and enjoy the local village hospitality. Journey to Pamukkale or ‘Cotton Castle’ where the white limestone cliffs have attracted visitors since before the time of Christ. Visit the Roman city of Hierapolis and stand at the ‘Gateway to Hell’.  Overnight Pamukkale.

Day 7- Pamukkale – Egridir  (B – L - D)

Leaving Pamukkale we visit a unique school established by the Ministry of Culture and Education to teach many of the young local women the art of carpet weaving.  Focusing on traditional motifs and ancient designs, this is one of the few government-sponsored carpet weaving schools in Turkey. Continue to the Dosemealti villages and nomad tents on the high pastures of the Taurus Mountains. This area produces a coarser nomadic style of carpet famous for its plentitude of tribal motifs and rich colors.  We may have the opportunity to enjoy nomadic hospitality in their unique goat hair yurts. Continue to our hotel in Egridir Overnight Egridir.

Day 8- Egridir – Konya – Cappadocia (B)

We Travel from Egridir to Konya, one of the oldest cities in Turkey. Famous for its Seljuk architecture, Konya is a major center of Islam.  Home of the famous Whirling Dervishes and final resting place of the mystic, Mevlana, it was also a major trading center of the Silk Road. The highlight of the day is the Mevlana Museum, a place of worship and now home to many famous collections of art and textiles. Traveling on to Cappadocia we visit the village of Sultanhani. Sultanhani is famous throughout Turkey for its master carpet repairmen and vast numbers of beautiful antique carpets are transported to this area for cleaning and restoration. Visit the numerous carpet repair workshops and the magnificent Seljuk Caravanserai. Continue to the spectacular sheer-sided canyon of Ihlara and before arriving in Goreme, also visit the fascinating multi level subterranean underground city of Derinkuyu. 

Day 9- Cappadocia (B – L - D)

Full day tour of Cappadocia including the fascinating frescoed and rock-carved churches of the Goreme Open Air museum, known for it’s fascinating frescoes. Continue to the troglodyte dwellings of Zelve, the fairy chimneys of Pasabag and Devrent Valleys. Explore the uniquely Turkish village of Urgup and enjoy the panorama views of Red and Rose Valleys. Late afternoon will be spent to enjoy an exclusive carpet and kilim educational. These educational sessions will enable you to learn more of how both the culture and the tribal way of life is such an intrinsic part of carpet and kilim weaving. Overnight Cappadocia. 

Day 10- Cappadocia (B – L –D)

Visit the village of Uchisar to learn more of the process of professional carpet washing. You will be amazed to see fields of carpets drying in the sun.  Continue to the traditional rock-carved village of Avanos and enjoy a visit to the famous pottery artisans.  Visit the spectacular rock hewn village of Soganli (Valley of the Dolls) and the ancient village of Mustafapasa, renowned for its excellent Ottoman and Greek architecture. In the afternoon      drive through the extraordinary troglodyte landscape of Cappadocia to carpet-weaving villages at the base of the Taurus Mountains. In these villages you will be invited into village homes to see and participate in the age-old crafts of handspun wools, natural vegetable dye processes, and women hand making local carpets. Afternoon transfer to Kayseri airport for your Istanbul flight. Overnight Istanbul.

Day 11- Istanbul (B)

Explore the fascinating Egyptian Spice Bazaar and to enjoy a Bosphorus cruise. You'll mingle with the locals on a public ferryboat, viewing the many palaces, castles and kosks that line the shores. Your afternoon is free for last minute shopping and to explore the labyrinth of the 1000 shops of the Grand Bazaar.  Depart for ongoing destinations.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 10 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 Hotels
Istanbul
Bursa
Selcuk
Pamukkale
Egridir Lake
Cappadocia