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Magical Istanbul & Cappadocia
with Ozgen

2 - 8 November 2013

Oriental Istanbul presents a magical week in Turkey with :
Master Teacher and Amazing Performer

Ozgen

Ozgen

Istanbul:
History, Culture, Great Food, Dance along Gypsy street musicians, Get your own tailor made costume, Shopping, Fun

Cappadocia:
Outstanding Nature, History, Sufi whirling dervishes, stay in a cave hotel

* Chance to meet and watch a Kocek (Ottoman style male belly dancer) *

and of course.. lots of belly dancing with Ozgen!

November 2 - Saturday - Welcome to Istanbul (D)

Welcome to Istanbul. The amazing capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. This is the only city in the world located on two continents. Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, where millions of people from many different cultures live and contribute to the colours of the city.

Kumkapi Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by one of our staff members and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city.

After checking in and refreshing, this evening you will meet your teachers, guide and the rest of the group.

Tonight we will have a welcome dinner in a nice traditional restaurant in Kumkapi, where we will enjoy a delicious fish dinner along with Gypsy musicians.

November 3 - Sunday - Istanbul Old City tour (B)

Ozgen class

Here we go..

Today after breakfast, we will be transferred to the studio for our first belly dancing workshop with Ozgen. (2 hours)

After changing and refreshing, we drive to Sultanahmet to start exploring the city.

First pay a visit to Hippodrome, where the chariots were used to race in the Byzantine times and continue to Old City.

We will continue with a tour of Aya Sophia Museum which was built as a Christian church by Byzantines, then turned into a mosque by Ottomans and finally to a museum by Ataturk. The beautiful frescoes and mosaics inside and the magnificent dome impress the visitors. Aya Sophia (St Sophia) Later, we will visit the Underground Cistern which was used as a water supply for the city. Now the Cistern is beautifully restored and presented and offers a magical, mystical atmosphere.

Next stop is Blue Mosque, this is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets and takes its name from the blue tiles used for decorating its walls and dome.

Tonight Istanbul is yours to explore and find a great place to dine. You can stroll along Taksim Istiklal Street where your hotel is located or relax after a big day and get ready for another one.

November 4 - Monday - Old City & Shopping (B)

Ozgen

Our second belly dancing workshop takes place this morning after breakfast. Ozgen will teach us the basics and essentials of Oriental Dance (2 hours)

Then start our guided tour of the Palace which features precious ornaments from Ottoman Empire and the Islam religion. You will visit the treasury where you will see one of the biggest diamonds in the world. You also have the option of visiting the Harem where the women of the palace used to reside (Harem entrance fee not included).

Topkapi Palace

Today get ready for one of the most amazing shopping experiences ever, because we are going to Grand Bazaar! Apart from getting lost in the many streets of the Bazaar, we will also visit a costume shop and do our belly dancing outfit shopping from famous costume designer May Costume.

November 5 - Tuesday - Bosphorus & Cappadocia

Ozgen

After breakfast, transfer to the studio for our final belly dancing workshop in Istanbul with Ozgen. (2 hours)

After our workshop and a lunch break, we will spend the afternoon, cruising along the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe and Asia while we are enjoying the beautiful views of mosques, palaces and old houses along the shore.

This evening we will take a domestic flight to magical land Cappadocia.

Tonight, watch a whirling dervish ceremony in a historical Caravansarai, and after the ceremony you will also have the chance to sit and discuss with the dervishes about Sufi philosophy and rituals.

We will spend our first night in Cappadocia staying in a cave hotel.

November 6 - Wednesday - Cappadocia

Our workshop this morning will take place in our hotel’s terrace in front of the magnificent views of Cappadocia. Enjoy dancing in a truly mystical atmosphere and get your cameras ready for great shots. (2 hours)

Cappadocia After our workshop, we will start a guided tour of the riches of this incredible “moonscape” of Cappadocia including the Goreme Open-Air Museum, with its dozens of painted cave-churches. The surrealistic geological formation of Cappadocia is one of the wonders of the world. It is the result of the natural forces during the intense volcanic activity. Other visits are to Devrent Valley, Pasabag Fairy Towers, and Uchisar Castle as well as many panaromic photo stops. Then we will continue to the pottery making village of Avanos where you watch clay turning into a form of artwork and drive to the hotel. Ozgen

Tonight we are enjoying a traditional Turkish night with wonderful dinner with mezes, meat/fish, desserts and drinks while watching belly dance and folk dance shows.

We will have the chance to watch our teacher Ozgen on stage.

November 7 - Thursday - Cappadocia - Istanbul

Cappadocia

Optional: Rise early this morning for a hot air balloon ride over magnificent views of Cappadocia.

Today our first stop is Kaymakli Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia, where early Christians hid from prosecutors. We will continue our tour with Cavusin, and Zelve Open Air Museum. Finally we visit, an old Greek town Mustafapasa (Sinasos) with fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture.

This afternoon we will take a flight back to Istanbul and after checking in to our hotel, you will have your free time to enjoy some more of Istanbul. Why not try a Turkish Bath today, or catch up with last minute shopping or just enjoy walking the streets of Istanbul..

November 8 - Friday - Departure

Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or to the next destination.

Price:

Per person in DBL Room: € 1199
Single Room Supplement: € 480
PAYMENT IS SIMPLE WITH CREDIT CARD OR PAY PAL!

Price Includes:

  • 8 hours of Oriental Dance workshops with Ozgen
  • A certificate of attendance signed by Ozgen
  • Domestic flights between Istanbul & Cappadocia
  • Arrival and transfer airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation in a boutique hotel located in Sultanahmet (Old City)
  • 2 nights accommodation in a boutique cave hotel in Cappadocia
  • Welcome dinner in Istanbul
  • Daily open buffet breakfast in hotel
  • Sufi whirling dervishes in Cappadocia
  • All sightseeing tours as stated in the itinerary
  • Services of a licensed, English speaking tour guide with the tours
  • Entrance fees to museums (as per itinerary, except Harem)
  • Service charges, 18% VAT tax

Price does not Include:

  • International flights
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with meals
  • Personal expenses
 

Oriental Istanbul is operated by Unison Turkey.
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