11 Nights/12 Days
Glass, Tiles & Ceramics, Woodwork, Jewelry, Carpets & Kilims,
Architecture, Whirling Dervishes, Balloon Trip in Cappadocia
and the most popular
For a different itinerary including ancient continuous arts
Arrive Istanbul Airport. Istanbul, the only city in the
world built on two continents, guarding the precious relics
of the three empires of which she has been the capital; a
unique link between East and West, between past and present.
Istanbul is not only historic, it is still a magnificent
great city, fascinating and vividly alive, providing
infinite variety: museums, ancient churches, palaces, great
mosques, the bazaars and the unforgettable Bosphorus.
Meet and transfer to the hotel in city center. After the
check-in to the hotel, we will depart for a short
orientation tour. The bus will drop us at Eminonu port where
we will embark our private boat for a two hour relaxing boat
tour along the Bosphorus, visiting both European and Asian
shores of Istanbul. The boat trip is one way to theNorth.
You will see the city’s most expensive villas, old palaces,
two intercontinental bridges, minarets and mosques, etc. We
will leave the boat in Sariyer where our bus and driver is
waiting for us. Return to the hotel. Free time before the
Dinner at an outside seafood restaurant.
After breakfast, depart from the hotel. Morning visit to the
Hippodrome Square where ancient chariot races were held, the
Blue Mosque, unique with its 6 minarets, and famous for its
blue Iznik tiles, and the St. Sophia Church, built in the
6th century, once was the largest Christian church in the
Afternoon visit to the Topkapi Palace, Imperial Residence of
Ottoman Sultans, with displays of priceless world-class
collections of artifacts, jewelry and rare porcelain. We
will also visit its seperate Treasury Section. Then visit
the famous Grand Bazaar complex including 4,000 tiny shops.
Dinner at an outside Turkish Grill Restaurant.
After breakfast, depart from the hotel. Visit the “Glass
Furnace”. Istanbul’s Glass Furnace is a new center for glass
artistic creativity and an experimental production. The
facility offers a series of educational programs year-round.
The owner says: “One of our primary targets is to bring
together Turkish Glass Art and, in this way, give new life
to our gradually diminishing older art. I believe that
progress in glasswork, as in all arts, is only possible
through the encounter of different cultures and a sharing of
experience and knowledge. The Glass Furnace team will be
happy to host you.” We will spend three hours at the Glass
Furnace and see some of the following classes: Glass Blowing
with flat and stained glass, Mix Media / Lamp Work, Bead
Making/Glass Printing & Painting, Mosaic Fusing & Slumping /
Then, we will drive to Sariyer to visit the “Atli Kösk”, a
private museum owned by Sabanci Family, one of the richest
and well-known families in Turkey. We will see the many
paintings from 19th century, daily life instruments from
Ottoman period and other private collections of the Sabanci
Dinner at an outside restaurant. Return to the hotel for
Istanbul – Iznik (Nicaea) – Bursa
Drive to Iznik. Worldwide famous Iznik Tiles reached their
zenith in the 16th-17th centuries during the Ottoman period,
but due to several reasons, their productions and the
related know-how totally vanished in the 18th century. As a
result of many years of research and experiments, Iznik
Foundation rediscovered the process of production as well as
the recipe for materials and started to produce, using the
traditional way of making, these extraordinary tiles. Iznik
quartz tiles are the result of extremely difficult
production methods which, when carried out successfully, is
realized with an extra-white undercoating, very hard glaze,
and under-glaze decorations. See the different Iznik Tiles
styles such as:
- Dates Tree (contemporary)
- Miniature Style
- Çintemani Style (contemporary design of old paterns)
- “S” Tulips – Tulips in a windy field, 16th century design
- Sazyolu Style (original design used in the 15th and 16th
- Ottoman Galleon
Then, drive to Bursa, once the capital of the Ottoman
Empire. Visit the Silk Bazaar, Green Mosque and the Green
Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bursa.
Pergamon - Izmir
First visit to Asklepion, the ancient Healing Center, served
as a hospital. Famous pharmacist Galenos lived and died at
this hospital and teached his first healing technics to the
local people here. Galenos is considered as the "Father of
Pharmacy". Galenos has accepted the principles and ways of
treatment of Hippocrtaes who lived about 700 years earlier
then him. At his home, he had a drugstore in which he
prepared his herb based medicine which was called "Polypharmacy".
He had medicine for almost every illness. His therapy based
ointment "antidote" contained at least 70 different types of
ingredients. He said "You will never endanger the life of
the patient during the therapy". In this Asklepion "Faith"
came first for the therapy. Today, it is possible to see the
ruins of the ancient healing technics such as Sacred Water,
Herbs and Ointments, Sun Bath, Theater for music and social
Then we will visit the Acropolis, a city built by one of the
generals of Alexander the Great. We will see the steepest
theater of the ancient world, the Temple of Trajan, the city
walls, and more.
Then, we will continue to Izmir.
Izmir, lies on the shores of a large bay furrowed by ships
and yachts and encircled by mountains. The climate is a mild
one and, in summer, the heat is tempered by the constant and
refreshing sea breezes. Behind the palm lined promenades and
avenues, the city gently ascends in terraces on the slopes
of the surrounding hills. Today, it is third largest city in
Visit Izmir Ethnographical Museum; it is right accross the
Archaeological Museum, a 3 floor-old building constructed in
1831 as an hospital, then converted to a museum in 1984. The
museum displays traditional Turkish dresses, wedding
dresses, Ottoman furnitures from late 19th century, hand
arts such as tin processing, bath clog production, blue bid
production, wooden printing, carpet weaving and more
interesting daily life instruments.
Dinner at an outside seafood restaurant. Overnight in Izmir.
(OPTIONAL: TURKISH FASHION SHOW by Mrs. Zuhal
Yorgancioglu, the most renowned name in Turkish Fashion.
Mrs. Yorgancioglu organized a successful dinner called `Sehrazade
Night` for the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Association in
Florida few years ago. In her dresses, you can see the
quality of the rare Ottoman designs. There is also shopping
opportunity for those who wish to buy an Ottoman design
Ephesus – Izmir - Kusadasi
Drive Ephesus, the most famous ancient Roman city in Turkey,
maybe in the world. See the House of the Virgin Mary, the
Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library, the Marble
Street, the Great Theater and the Harbour Road.
Then, visit the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus.
Before driving to Kusadasi, shopping opportunity at Ephesus
Ceramic Center. The color usedint the Hand Made Turkish
Ceramics, especially the coral red, include complex mixtures
and are very difficult to obtain and apply. These colors,
which are obtained according to the traditional methods,
reflect the shades of semi-precious stones such as
malachite, coral, lapis lazuli and protect their luminosity
Then visit Borg Jewelry center on our way. Borg Jewelry
expanded bringing enthusiasm, new ideas in design and
variations on old traditional Ottoman motifs.
Drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
Aphrodisias – Pamukkale
Drive to Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite or Venus, the
goddess of love. The archaeologists named the city
Aphrodisias because they found so many statues of her here.
The New York University is leading and supporting the
excavations financially. We will see the Stadium which
seated 35,000 people and is the most well-preserved in the
world, the Hadrian Baths, the Theater, the Agora and the
Archaeological Museum where many Aphrodite statues are on
Continue to Denizli to explore the glass blowing tradition
in Denizli Glass Factory.
Proceed to Pamukkale, the Cotton Castle. See the white
travertines; there are underground hot water springs in
Pamukkale. This water contains many minerals including
calcium. The calcium deposits formed the white Pamukkale
hill over thousands of years. The city of Hierapolis in
Pamukkale was a spa center during the Roman period. There
are still tourists coming to Pamukkale for its hot spring
waters. Dinner at the hotel. Swimming is available at the
indoor or outdoor hot spring pool of the hotel. It is said
that this water is good for the eyes and for the stomach.
Pamukkale – Konya
In the morning, we will visit a carpet manufacturing
company, a private handicraft center supported by the
government to keep the carpet manufacturing tradition alive
in the Honaz Mountains area. We will see the procedure of
the famous hand made silk carpet weaving. Then drive to
Konya. Visit Konya Mevlana Museum.
Visit the Karatay Tile Museum and the Medrese which was one
of the first universities of the Ottoman Empire. Then visit
the local craftsmen such as felt makers and horse carriage
decorators. Check-in to the hotel.
Dinner and Show at the hotel. We will have the chance to
watch a fascinating show; the special dance of the Whirling
Konya – Cappadocia
Drive to Cappadocia. Visit the 13th century Sultan Hani
Caravanserail en route, enjoy Turkish tea in an authentic
Afternoon sightseeing in Cappadocia. As a result of two
explosions, the area was covered with volcanic matter to a
height of 100 yards. As it was easy to carve these volcanic
stones, local people built underground cities and cave
churches in Cappadocia. In the afternoon, we will visit the
10th century underground city of Kaymakli. Dinner at the
hotel. Tonight, we will sleep early for an early rise the
next day to experience a unique hot air balloon trip over
the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cappadocia.
We will leave the hotel at 6 a.m. without having breakfast
for an unforgettable balloon trip over Cappadocia. The
balloon trip is only available between April-October
(sometimes in March and November too; the weather must be
good), when the weather is calm and only early in the
morning, usually before 8:00 am. The trip ends with a
After breakfast, we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum
including many painted rock churches, the Citadel of Uchisar,
Avanos, the town of pottery makers, and watch a
demonstration at a workshop.
Tonight, we will have our dinner at an outdoor CAVE
RESTAURANT with folk and belly dance show.
Cappadocia – Fly Istanbul
Transfer to Kayseri Airport. TK 261 09:45 am escorted flight
Arrive Istanbul at 11:00 am. Our new bus and driver will
transfer us to the hotel.
After check in to the hotel, we will depart for an afternoon
sightseeing tour. Visit the St. Chora Church famous for its
golden mosaics, the Underground Cistern and the Turkish and
Islamic Art Museum. Return to the hotel.
Tonight, Farewell Dinner at a nice outside restaurant.
Transfer to Istanbul Airport for departure. End of our
11 Nights at Special Class •
Boutique and First Class hotels •
Daily breakfast and dinner •
English Speaking Professional •
Tour Guide throughout the tour •
All transfers and transportation •
by A/C vehicles •
All entry fees •
Portage at hotels •
• Turkish Visa Fee
• Personal Expenses