September 07 Thursday Day 1 - Istanbul
Meet in the hotel lobby at 5 PM. After a short meeting visit the Blue Mosque
followed by dinner at a nearby resturant located between two of the most
impressive buildings in Istanbul - St. Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya.
08 Friday Day 2 - Istanbul
Our day will start with an astonishing site, the underground Basilica Cistern,
built 1,500 years before our time. The Turkish Islamic Art Museum will be our
first exposure to the crafts of a Muslim Culture. Carpets, woodwork, copper,
gold, mother of pearl engraved works of art will give a different dimension to
role of women in different socio-economic groups of Anatolia
will come alive in the displays of the ethnographic part of this museum which
was given the Best Museum of Europe Award.
After lunch visit St. Sophia, the 6th century church dedicated to the wisdom of
Jesus. Finish the day at Topkapi Palace.
Dinner in the Kumkapi district at a fish resturant chosen for its exotic
ambiance. Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya.
September 09 Saturday Day 3 - Istanbul
Visit the Covered Bazaar ( the Grand Bazaar) which can best be described the
oldest mall of the world.
Chora Church is an amazing mosaic museum which reflects the history of
Christianity in an art form.
Lunch at an 19th Century building
After lunch take the ferry to Asian side of Istanbul to visit the batique artist
Bedia Colak. As can be seen here she combined two art forms in her work. The Islamic decorative art of
HAT finds expression on textile. Today we will have the pleasure of meeting another
artist Mehmet Hamdi Eyuboglu,the famous artist of woodprinting.
Train to Ankara. In Turkey, trains are regarded as the most civilized mean of
transportation. Your luggage will be with you in your compartments. Unless you
chose to be single 2 people to a compartment. The train leaves at 10.30 Pm and
arrives Ankara the next morning at 08.00 AM
Breakfast and Dinner included
September 10 Sunday Day 4 - Ankara
visit the most beautiful museum of Turkey, the Anatolian Civilization Museum.
This is a one of a kind museum, displaying 26 different civilizations. All the
artifacts of these civilizations that have been excavated from Anatolia are in
Seeing it will give us a better understanding of the cultural and historic
layers of the Anatolian civilization. After lunch we visit the mausoleum of
Ataturk, the father of the Turks, then take a bus to Cappadocia over a beautiful
country road for a taste of lovely Turkish landscapes and farms. Overnight
at Museum Hotel.
September 11 Monday Day 5 –Cappadocia
. Short sightseeing tour of Cappadocia,
drive to Kayseri to visit one of the biggest carpet cooperative establishments
to see dyes, carpet washing, design
making and many more processes required before and after carpet weaving.
Visit carpet makers at their homes.
Return to Cappadocia to see and maybe buy the finished carpets of this
Overnight at Cappadocia, Museum Hotel.
September 12 Tuesday Day 6 – Cappadocia
Visit Goreme churches. After lunch visit local homes to see the dowery
hope chests full of finished handmade items such as laces, towl edges,
tablecovers, bed spreads, socks, and mittens knitted or embroidered. Watch a
presentation of traditional pottery making. Visit spinners. Old kilim shopping
Overnight at Cappadocia at Museum Hotel.
13 Wednesday Day 7 – KONYA
Visit an underground city. Drive to the town which is in the shade of two
volcanoes. Visit a caravansari on the ancient silk road. At night "Ut" recital
and a chance to enjoy a private embroidery collection of 150-200 year old items.
September 14 Thursday Day 8 – KONYA CATALHOYUK
Visit Carpet Weavers and Catalhoyuk
September 15 Friday Day 9 – Afyon
Drive via Afyon. We will see Mustafa
prepare his felt shepard's coat which he claims will not even let a bullet go
through. If you like you can stomp on it yourself. In Bayat visit a new kilim
weaving center established as a cooperative to stop migration to the cities from
the local villages.
September 16 Saturday Day 10 –Usak
Drive to Usak. Visit the kilim weavers
in Esme Overnight in Dulgeroglu Hotel
September 17 Sunday Day 11 Pamukkale
Visit the local Lydian Museum (one of its kind in the world).
Drive over the rolling hills and mountains to Pasalar village where every house
weaves various colors of Turkish bath towels (Pestemal) on their old but
Overnight at Collesea Thermal Hotel
September 18 Monday Day 12 – Selcuk
Visit one of the most complete ancient sites of Turkey, Aphrodisias.
Visit the weaver's village where people have been weaving for thousands of
Overnight at Selcuk
September 19 Tuesday Day 13 – Selcuk
Dydima Miletus Ancient cities where pre Socratic Philosophies had
flourished overnight at Selcuk
September 20 Wednesday Day 14 - Selcuk
Visit Sirince Village for traditional textiles overnight at Selcuk
21 Thursday Day 15 - Selcuk
Visit the local Ephesus Museum
The Grand Roman site, Ephesus and
Virgin Mary's House
Overnight at Selcuk,Hotel Kalehan.
September 22 Friday Day 16 - Selcuk
The tour will be over after breakfast
Highly recommended tour extension
: US$ 2250
includes the following:
- 15 nights hotel, double occupancy
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
- All entrance fees
- Tips at the hotels and the restaurants
- All transportation
- Guide who is an expert on Weaving and Textile tours
Not included in the price
- Flights to and from Turkey
- Tip for the driver
- Tip for the guide
- Beverages and drinks
- Cancellation insurance
Single Room supplement US$ 320
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