Rose Harvest Tour – If May smells like roses (Turkish Rosa damascene) that means you are in Isparta and it is the rose harvest time. Isparta has more than 10 rose oil factories that belong to Gülbirlik and some other private organizations and producing 65% of whole world rose oil which is mainly used as food flavoring agents, perfume fragrances and in pharmaceuticals, to add taste or odor or suppress unpleasant tastes. In addition, many people are now using oils in cosmetics to maintain health and beauty. Examples are for preventing wrinkles and impeding hair loss.
During this 8-day unique trip, you will visit best sights in Western Turkey Istanbul, Antalya, Ephesus Pamukkale and Izmir. And you will take a walk in the rose garden in Güneykent, get information about the rose harvest from the workers, smell the roses, harvest roses with your bare hands, shoot photos and sip your rose tea. Touring rose-plant factories and comparing old and new oil extraction methods will also give your tour an interesting perspective. Rose oil, rose preserve, rose cream, the rose syrup will be among the souvenirs of your travel. Read more about Rose harvest in Turkey