Exploring the Ottoman Empire
T3D 2019 >
(TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE TURKEY2019)
WE ARE invites you to combine modernity and tradition on our adventure to Turkey and its most beautiful cities. Start the adventure in the colorful, bustling city of Istanbul where we will be thrown into the lively culture of Turkey and all it has to offer. Speak to local women about their day to day life and the many Syrian refugees' difficult journey while crafting tradition jewelry. Be stunned by the natural beauty in Pamukkale with it's mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine terraces on a nearby hillsides. While just a few days earlier you were flying above the land of Cappadocia in a massive air balloon seeing the world in a birds-eye view like never before. This adventure will be nothing short of magical, powerful, and unforgettable.
DAY 1 -3 / ISTANBUL
Arrive in the bustling and vibrant city of Istanbul. Dive head first into the culture of Turkey with a walk through the city--pass by city highlights such as the Topkapi Palace, the Aya Sofya, and the Blue Mosque. Immerse yourself in the atmospheric Spice Bazaar, the newly renovated Galata Bridge, which has a great view of Golden Horn, and the Bosphorus shore, a stretch that's home to many bars.
We will give back to this beautiful city with creative workshop designed by and for Syrian women. We will be partnering with a local non profit to partake in an earring workshop.
DAY 2-3 ISTAMBUL/Göreme
Enjoy free time to explore Cappadocia. Opt to hike in the area, explore its underground cities, and enjoy the incredible fairy chimneys dotting the landscape. Consider a hot air balloon trip at sunrise--exploring the city from above is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
DAY 4 / KONYA
Enjoy rest and recuperation time in Konya. Here we will hone our photography skills with a workshop led by Ami.
DAY 5-6 / PAMUKKALE
Enjoy free time and wade into the beautiful and majestic waters of Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow up with a tour of the ancient site of Hierapolis.
DAY 7 / ANKARA
We will say our goodbyes....until the next adventure.
Private Vehicle - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
PICTURE YOUR DAY:
Early Morning yoga and meditation
Travel to destination
Lunch + Free Time
Afternoon Activity (photography workshop - give back - creative workshop - explore)
Free Time + night circle
A more detailed itinerary will be sent to confirmed guests closer to date.
Photography workshop led by Marta
Daily yoga and meditation
Experience traditions and customs of the Turkish people
Visit to thermal waters of Pamukkale
Healthy traditional meals
Hot air balloon ride
Accommodation for 7 days / 6 nights
Healthy meals for all 7 days (breakfast, lunch, & dinner + snacks)
All taxis + group shuttle to/from airport
Giving back project
Hot air balloon ride
Domestic flight from Istanbul to Keyseri
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to Istanbul
Gratuities for guides
GIULIA BACCI - Founder of WE ARE
Born and raised in Florence, Italy Giulia has been on her personal pursuit of what creates and maintains happiness. Giulia's kind heart and creative spirit shine through her work and are showcased in the giving back projects WE ARE does abroad. When she is not trying to find the key to happiness Giulia is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and a lover of any adventure; from snowboarding on the slopes to dancing on water while surfing you will find her with a big smile and open heart.
Cinar Otel is located in Konya, within 300 feet of Mevlana Museum. Around 0.6 miles from Alaaddin Mosque, the property is also close to Mevlana Culture Center. The property is 1,500 feet from the city centre
Melrose house hotel
Pamukkale Hierapolis is situated on the south west of Turkey's Anatolian peninsula. One of the most familiar images of Turkey is the gleaming-white calcium formations, travertine pools, of Pamukkale in Turkey. In this beautiful region the Melrose Residence House Hotel is located.
Situated just 150 feet from trendy shopping street Tunalı Hilmi in Ankara, Gordion Hotel offers luxurious rooms designed in Ottoman style.
Enjoy traditional Turkish cuisines, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and Balkan cuisines. Try classic dishes such as Patlıcan salatası, a delicious eggplant salad, or Kağıt kebabı, lamb cooked in a paper wrapping. Top it all off with Marzipan made with freshly ground pistachios. When it comes to incredible and traditional food, we got you covered.
If you have dietary restrictions please notify us ahead of time.
FLIGHT - HOW TO GET THERE
One way Flight should be booked to Istanbul, Turkey (IST).
Return flights should be booked from Ankara, Turkey (ESB).