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8 Days
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : 6
Max People : 8

This 8-day tour consists of two work-shops with lavender in terms of aromatherapy and cosmetics, best highlighted visits on the itinerary as well as two unique projects that changed substantially the lives of the locals and more particularly the local women. Why? Because a cooperative consisting entirely of women from the village runs the ‘Lavender Village’ (or Lavanta Kokulu Köyü) project. It has not only become an important source of income, but it is also empowering these women and providing a sense of pride and accomplishment. We will also discover Lisinia nature Project which combats pollution of nature and cancer that arises as a reflection of it and works for the continuation of natural life and its inheritance to future generations. And it is all thanks to lavender!

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul to Istanbul

Departure Time

Flexible

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights accommodation in 4****/First class hotels
  • Meal 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Hotel Dinners, 1 Welcome dinner
  • Transfers and transport as per itinerary with an AC vehicle (Car to Midi-bus depending on the size of the group)
  • Official English-Speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to the museums, parks etc., parking fees and highways
  • Lectures with professionals, specialists on the subject as mentioned in the program
  • Two domestics flights (Istanbul to Antalya and Izmir to Istanbul)
  • Local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Personal Expenses (mini bars, drinks, etc.)
  • Meals other than mentioned, drinks during meals
  • Tips to the guide and driver (suggested as 3 Euros per person per day for the guide and 2 euro per person per day for the driver)
  • Travel Insurance, Visa fees
  • Sales tax 4.75%
Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul Arrival

Arrival to Istanbul Airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2Istanbul

After breakfast, we will stroll through Sogukcesme Street with typical wooden house which are now landmark buildings of ottoman architecture. Arrive to Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest of the remaining palaces where Ottoman Sultans used to live; admire the gardens, kitchens, the treasury section as well as terraces overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. 

 

Photo stop at the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet the 3rd and explore Hagia Sophia, the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture dating back to the VIth century.

After lunch, visit the Blue Mosque covered by more than 20.000 Iznik tiles and continue with the Roman Hippodrome where the char races used to take place. Discover the handcrafts of Anatolia and shop in the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar.

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 3Istanbul

Breakfast.  Visit the Spice Bazaar. Next, we will go to the port to embark and start the Bosphorus Cruise. During this boat tour we can admire Dolmabahce Palace, the Mosque, the bohemian neighborhood of Ortakoy, the Fortresses of Rumeli and Anatolia, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the typical “yali” wooden houses, etc. Lunch under the Galata Bridge at Golden Horne.

 

After noon, return to your hotel for a 3-hour lecture/workshop that will be given by aromatherapy specialist on lavender effects on our health. The lavender flower and the oil derived from it have long histories in herbal medicine such as mental health issues, anxiety, insomnia, depression, headaches, hair loss, nausea, acne, toothaches, skin irritations and even cancer

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 4Istanbul / Antalya (Flight) / Isparta

After breakfast flight to Antalya, short visit of Antalya Old City and its lovely harbor and continuation to the ancient city of Sagalassos, one of the richest cities of the period brought highly advanced masterpieces on art, especially from the Roman period until today and since the city spreading over an area of 120 square kilometers has not been looted until today, it offers great visuals from that period to its visitors. Still running ancient fountain is unique in the world. 

Late afternoon, we will visit Kuyucak is a charming village situated on a high hill at the edge of the Taurus Mountains, surrounded by lavender-covered slopes and plains. Today, the village has a population of 250 residents. Kuyucak Köyü is still quite unknown to visitors who have yet to discover this idyllic village. Kuyucak, as well as the nearby Kuşçular, Çukurören, and Yeşilyurt villages, are some of the prime cultivators and producers of lavender in Turkey.

Lavender has changed the course of life in Kuyucak as many people have left the area because of its barren land and extremely dry climate. With only around 90 households, the villagers of Kuyucak make a living through lavender cultivation and fishing as well as picking and drying the area’s naturally growing flowers and herbs such as hollyhock, daisies, and thyme for the country’s herbalist shops. With its natural cobblestone streets, mudbrick houses, and wild lavender bushes just sprouting out of the sidewalks, Kuyucak is truly a beautiful fairytale place to discover.

Overnight: Isparta Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5Isparta – Lisinia Nature Preserve - Pamukkale

Departure after breakfast to Lisinia Nature Preserve ; which combats pollution of nature and cancer that arises as a reflection of it and works for the continuation of natural life and its inheritance to future generations. Öztürk Sarıca is a veterinarian who lives in Burdur. After losing his family members to cancer, he initiated a project around Lake Burdur in 2005 in order to both raise the awareness of people and preserve natural life. Its name is Lisinia Nature.

9 sub-projects are being carried out under the structure of Lisinia Nature. Some of these are informational activities with “A Future Without Cancer is in Our Hands”, lavender fields with “Keep Lake Burdur Alive to Live”, “Nature School”, “Protection of Native Plant-life and Animal Species”, “Gene Preservation”, “Ecological and Nature Friendly Agricultural Practices”. In addition, one of Turkey’s first wildlife rehabilitation centers is in Lisinia Nature.

Continuation to Pamukkale and visit of incredible Pamukkale where you will see the natural travertine terraces of the Pamukkale Koyu UNESCO World Heritage Site, before going to see the Hierapolis archaeological zone, an Ancient Roman resort city with the largest necropolis in Asia Minor.

Overnight: Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir

Breakfast and continuation to famous Ephesus to visit the Ephesus Ruins – the city that was dedicated to Artemis I the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora.  Transfer to Izmir airport for a flight to Istanbul

 

 

Continuation to Urla, a small town of Izmir city to join a cuisine workshop with our chef who will host you and prepare with you some Turkish food with Lavender added as ingredient.  We will have a special dinner with our chef in her town-house. Return to Izmir for overnight.

Overnight: Izmir Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 7Izmir - Istanbul

Breakfast and flight to Istanbul to visit Taksim , Istiklal Avenue and Galata Bohemian districts and backstreets to discover daily life.  After lunch, workshop to homemade natural cosmetics with lavender oil (face masks or perfume or fitotherapy).

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch 

Day 8Istanbul Departure

Breakfast and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule. End of our services

Overnight : Not Available Meals: Breakfast

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