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May 6 - 20, 2012

Istanbul • Gaziantep • Antakya • Cappadocia • Göreme
Ankara • Izmir • Seljuk • Ephesus • Bodrum

from New York via Turkish Airlines

Preliminiary Day by Day Itinerary 

May 6 Depart U.S.A.
Sunday
If using our flights on Turkish Airlines, meet your travel companions this afternoon at JFK airport for the overnight Turkish Airlines TK2 flight to Istanbul departing at 4:45 PM. Alternate direct flights from Chicago, Washington, DC and Los Angeles may be available. Ask about connecting flights on American Airlines.
(Meals aloft)

May 7 Arrive Istanbul
Monday Gazientep
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive Istanbul this morning at 9:25 AM. Our connecting flight TK2222, departs at 12:25 PM for Gazientep. Arrive at 2:00 PM where we’ll be met by our guide. Check into the Ravanda Hotel, conveniently located in the city center. The evening is free to recover from jet lag.

**** Ravanda Hotel

May 8 Gaziantep
Tuesday Antakya
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll depart for the Zeugma Museum. A walking tour of Gazientep will take us to the old city and through the old bazaar of Gaziantep. In the old city section experience a copper workshop at the coppersmith by local artist Sabahattin. After lunch at a local rustic restaurant, relax and enjoy the countryside on a drive to Hatay, also known as Antakya (120 miles). Step back in time with a visit to ancient Antioch in the old market. Later a culinary experience lets us discover the secret of the Silk Road’s most special dessert, Kunafa, by learning how to make the shredded wheat dessert with sweet cheese from master Yusuf Uzunparmak in the old market place of Antakya. (B-L)

****Antakya Narin Hotel

May 9 Antakya
Wednesday
After breakfast, visit the Mosaic and Archeological Museum of Antakya. Continue to St. Pierre Church, the earliest Grotto sanctuary designated a “church” from 40 AD. Take part in a sculpture and mosaic workshop by local artist Abdullah Ozalp in Antakya (www.aheykel.com), subject to his schedule.

Make a short excursion to Samandag where we’ll have lunch and visit Vakifli Armenian Village (the only Armenian village outside of Armenia). Return to Antakya for dinner and overnight. (B-L-D)

****Antakya Narin Hotel

May 10 Antakya
Thursday Cappadocia
This morning we start early in order to visit a hand-loom silk weaving workshop with local artist, Yilmaz Buyukasik in Harbiye, where it is said that Apollo fell in love with the beautiful Daphne (www.yilmazipekcilik.com/tr/atelye.asp).

After lunch in Harbiye we’ll be on our way to Cappadocia (290 miles). Cappadocia saw the penetration of Christianity in Anatolia; on the footsteps of St. Paul, the first Christians came to settle in the natural grottoes almost inaccessible in this lost land.

They created the rock carved churches and the underground cities.
The rock-carved churches were painted with simple and brilliant colors relating the important episodes of the Bible. The apogee of Byzantine and Christian Cappadocia took place between the beginning of the 10th Century and the second half of 11th Century. This region is exceptional with its surrealist landscapes. It is certainly one the strangest regions on earth. Several million years of erosion of the earth formed the so-called Fairy Chimneys. Upon arrival, check in and overnight at boutique cave hotel Argos in Cappadocia. Dinner at a local rustic restaurant. (B-L-D)

****Boutique Cave Hotel Argos

May 11 Cappadocia
Friday
After a leisurely breakfast, we visit Göreme Open Air Museum and underground city. Lunch at a local restaurant in Cappadocia.
See the pottery workshop in Avanos village with the local artist “Guray Can”, subject to schedule.
Peer into the Pasabag Valley for a photo stop. Later marvel at the Whirling Dervish Ritual show at Saruhan Kervanserai dating from the 13th century. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

****Boutique Cave Hotel Argos

May 12 Cappadocia
Saturday
Partake if you wish in the optional Hot Air Balloon tour at sunrise (Departure at 5:30 AM from the hotel).
After a leisurely breakfast take part in a traditional double-knot rug workshop (wool spanning, ancient organic dye techniques, etc.) led by local experts.

After lunch at the rug workshop, visit Sinasos, modern Mustafa Pasa, and a former Greek Village. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B-L-D)

****Boutique Cave Hotel Argos

May 13 Cappadocia
Sunday Ankara-Izmir
Seljuk
After a leisurely breakfast, we will board our coach to make the drive to Ankara (180 miles).

See the Ataturk Mausoleum and Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, sometimes called Ataturk’s Hittite Museum.

Drive to airport for Izmir direct flight TK7006 at 6:50 PM. Upon arrival in Izmir transfer to Kusadasi Kismet Hotel in Seljuk for check in. (B)

*** Kusadasi Kismet Hotel

May 14 Seljuk-Ephesus
Monday Bodrum
After breakfast, we visit Mother Mary’s home, a stone house where it is said she spend her last years. Next we visit Ephesus, one of the largest and most famous sites in antiquity. Towards the 3rd Century BC, Ephesus was located naturally on the crossing point of the commercial road, and gathered all the richness of the Orient. Among its numerous monuments are the famous Arcadian Street, huge Hellenistic Theatre, and Celsius Library.

Visit the slope houses (rich estates) and also the Seljuk Archaeological Museum. Then we are off to Bodrum (110 miles). Dinner in a local restaurant. (B-D)

****Elvino Hotel

May 15 Bodrum
Tuesday
After leisurely breakfast, we take in Bodrum Castle & Museum as well as the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Then enjoy a painting workshop at Bodrum Casa Del Arte Hotel, a place some feel is the best boutique hotel in the world. Then enjoy free time at leisure in Dibekli Han, Village of Art, designed in the caravanserai style (www.dibeklihan.com). (B-D)

****Elvino Hotel

May 16 Bodrum-Istanbul
Wednesday
After leisurely breakfast, check-out and head to Bodrum airport for the TK 2505 10:20 AM flight to Istanbul. Situated on two continents, Europe and Asia, inheritor of a great history, where we can still witness the remnants of five civilizations, Istanbul above all is one of the most fascinating capitals of the Orient. The ancient Constantinople became Byzantium, the “New Rome” Christian Capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. In 1453 from Christianity, the city passed to Islam with the rule of Ottoman Sultans, and its urban profile has since then been symbolized by the minarets of its imperial mosques. Our guide and driver are waiting at the International Arrival Hall of Istanbul Ataturk airport after luggage claim.

Upon arrival visit, Pierre Loti, the Spice Market, Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy town for street artists, lively coffee shops, etc. and the Grand Bazaar. Overnight at Amiral Palace Hotel. (B)

***Amiral Palace Hotel

May 17 Istanbul
Thursday
After breakfast visit Topkapi Palace Museum (pictured above), Hagia Sophia Museum (pictured on cover), and Cafer Aga Madrasa.

Participate in a calligraphy workshop at Cafer Aga Madras. Learn from the most famous calligrapher (subject to his schedule).

Visit the Blue Mosque followed by a cocktail at Nakkas Underground Water Cistern. At Nakkas Traditional Hand Art shop, enjoy a lecture about the meaning of the colors and designs in Turkish hand art. (B)

***Amiral Palace Hotel

May 18 Istanbul
Friday
After breakfast depart for the Chora Church Museum.

Continue to the Anatolian side of Istanbul and enjoy a glass workshop at Beykoz Glass Furnace (www.glassfurnace.org/yeni/index_en.php) by local artists.

Visit a sculpture workshop by the famous Sculpture “Mehmet Aksoy” atelier (www.mehmetaksoy.com). (B)

***Amiral Palace Hotel

May 19 Istanbul
Saturday
After breakfast, our coach is waiting to take us on a boat cruise on the Bosphorus by state boat.
To round out our visit to Istanbul, we’ll visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum then the Armaggan high end boutique shop where you can browse museum quality art work for elegant daily use (www.armaggan.com). We’ll continue our with visits to Pera Art Museum and Istiklal Street. The evening ends with a farewell dinner. (B-D)

***Amiral Palace Hotel

May 20 Istanbul
Sunday Arrive New York
After breakfast we will check out and depart for to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Board Turkish Air TK1 departing at 11:00 AM. Arrive JFK at 2:45 PM the same day. Welcome home! (B)

Note: Flight schedule always subject to change.

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