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

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

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, 3 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

COVID-19 RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RULES IN TURKEY

Eskapas is committed to fulfill the following regulations to protect its customers from the risk of Covid-19 :
1 – Eskapas will fulfill all safety rules mentioned in the “Safe Tourism Certification” prepared by Turkish Ministry of Tourism; that plan covers all aspects of the journey from the aircraft to the airport, transfers, touring and hotels (tga.gov.tr/about-safe-tourism-program/ )
2 – Eskapas staff is trained to follow all hygiene rules when in service of our customers; they will respect the social distance
3 –Vehicles will be sanitized regularly as imposed and controlled by Turkish Ministry of Health, 
4 – All hotels used to accommodate our customers are certified by “Hotel Association of Turkey”; they all are committed to use maximum 50 % capacity
Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul Arrival

Arrival to Istanbul Airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2Istanbul Highlights

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 about the importance of Rosa damascena essential oil and usage during Ottoman Empire time and today.

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 4Istanbul / Antalya (Flight)

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.  Overnight in Isparta “The City of Roses”.

Overnight: Isparta Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5Isparta – Guneykent - Pamukkale

Early departure after breakfast to rose fields for harvesting. We are driving to Güneykent town in order to observe the story and magical adventure of the rose on site. Each participant will be given a small bag to harvest rose petals from the fields. These bags of petals will be kept by the participants as souvenir. We will have the privilege to visit a farm for a “hands-on-experience”, harvesting with the locals. You can be intoxicated by the beautiful smell of the roses as it takes over the entire village. Traditional distillation house will be visited to observe the ancient way of rose oil/water production. Lunch at “Gülhane” (House of Roses), prepared by local women at their backyard, followed by one of the largest modern rose oil distillation factories.

After noon a presentation will be given by the owner of Erçetin Rose Oil Inc. which was founded in 1983, and has been the primary rose oil provider for French perfume companies. Nuri Erçetin, will present us the complete process of rose harvesting, transportation to the factory, transferring the roses into the distillation tank, the complete process of distillation as well as other extraction methods, i.e. rose oil, rose hydrosol, rose concrete and rose absolute. Rose Perfume Workshop is planned at the end of the factory tour. Continuation to Pamukkale for overnight

Overnight: Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir

Breakfast and visit of incredible Pamukkale tour 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.

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. Then proceed for Virgin Mary House – has been believed it is the final resting place of the mother of Jesus .

Overnight : Izmir Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7Izmir – Istanbul flight

Breakfast and transfer to Izmir airport for a flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival visit of Taksim , Istiklal Avenue and Galata Bohemian districts of Istanbul to discover daily life.  After lunch , free time at leisure

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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