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Turkey

Istanbul -  Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale - Ankara

 

 
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Exploring the Ottoman Empire

Photography adventure

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(TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE TURKEY2019)

 

 

PRICE 

 

    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.

     

    Fostering Empowerment + Celebrating Creativity

    Explore your creativity by weaving earnings and bracelets full of vibrant color and unique to every woman. Take a piece of Turkey home with you when done with your creation and wear it proudly. Through this creative project we are partnering Small Projects Istanbul and all the support they are giving women and refugees. 

     

    PICTURE YOUR DAY:

    • Early Morning yoga and meditation 

    • Breakfast 

    • Travel to destination

    • Lunch + Free Time

    • Afternoon Activity (photography workshop - give back - creative workshop - explore)

    • Dinner

    • Free Time + night circle 

    A more detailed itinerary will be sent to confirmed guests closer to date. 

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Photography workshop led by Marta

    • Daily yoga and meditation 

    • Creative Workshop

    • Give-back Project

    • Experience traditions and customs of the Turkish people

    • Visit to thermal waters of Pamukkale

    • Healthy traditional meals

    • Hot air balloon ride 

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • Accommodation for 7 days / 6 nights

    • Healthy meals for all 7 days (breakfast, lunch, & dinner + snacks) 

    • All taxis + group shuttle to/from airport

    • Photography workshop

    • Jewelry Workshop

    • Giving back project 

    • Onsite photographer

    • Hot air balloon ride

    • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Keyseri

    WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

    • Airfare to Istanbul

    • Travel Insurance 

    • Gratuities for guides


    AMBASSADOR

     

    FACILITATOR

    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.  

     

    Accommodations (TBD)

    Hotel KAri Sonak

    Located in the Faith Neighborhood of Istanbul this hotel is centrally located.  Only 500 feet from the Blue Mosque, Sari Konak Hotel has a central location in the historical Sultanahmet district. Hagia Sophia isjust 1,300 feet from the hotel.  Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern are both 1,650 feet away.  The hotel offers traditional rooms and a terrace with stunning views of the Marmara Sea and the Blue Mosque.

    Sari Konak features unique rooms decorated with classical furniture. Each room includes LCD TV, air conditioning and free WiFi.

    Breakfasts are served as an open buffet in the mornings. You can also enjoy drinks from the terrace bar while admiring the surrounding views.

    Artemis Cave Suites

    You are at the right place in Cappadocia to spend some magical days, where your aim of a classic vacation will turn upside down, when entertainment and rest will be accompanied by an overwhelming of culture.

    You will forget about the comfort and luxury of the 21 st Century, finding yourself in rooms graved into rocks, taking you back for ages and you may not want to leave. Of course we recommend you to have a look outside due to the unique location of our hotel.

    Cinar Otel

    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.

    Gordion Hotel

    Situated just 150 feet from trendy shopping street Tunalı Hilmi in Ankara, Gordion Hotel offers luxurious rooms designed in Ottoman style.

     


    CUISINE

    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). 

     

     


     

    One of the foundational principles of WE ARE’s mission is the desire to give back to the destinations visited; redefining how we answer the call to travel.  We are partnering with Small Projects Istanbul who aims to help more than 200 families displaced by conflict in the MENA region and participates in 20+ weekly volunteer-led programs in support of community-building, personal and professional enrichment, women’s livelihoods, and integration in Turkish society. Specifically, we will be working with local women and Syrian refugees to make traditional jewelry in order help them integrate themselves into the economy. 

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    Hope to see you there!