Post Conference Tour
April 23th-28th, 2007
1- We will take a morning flight from
Istanbul to Ankara. Our first visit will be to
the newly opened Vakiflar Carpet Museum. This
museum includes many carpets and kilims that have
been stored in the Ankara Vakiflar inventory for
years and not exhibited. After lunch we will drive
up to the citadel of Ankara. From here you will
have a wonderful panoramic view of the city and
environs. Next we will go to the Museum of Anatolian
Civilisations. Located in a restored 15th century
covered bazaar and warehouse complex, the museum
includes important exhibitions of Urartian, Hattian,
Hittite, Phrygian and Assyrian artefacts. A significant
exhibition is devoted to Catal Huyuk. Dinner and
overnight in Ankara.
Day 2- We will make the drive
to Tokat. Here we will visit the recently renovated
Vakiflar Carpet Museum. Again, this museum will
contain many weavings not seen before and specific
to this region of Anatolia. Tokat has a number
of interesting old Ottoman houses. The most important
of these line Sulu Sokak. We will see the Latifoglu
Konagi that is one of the finest restored Ottoman
houses in Turkey. We will visit the Gok Medrese
that today functions as a museum and has a fine
display of local costumes, kilims and yazmalar.
Tokat is famous for its yazma, wood-block printing,
and examples can still be found in the backstreets
and bazaars around the Tas Han. Dinner and overnight
Day 3- We will make the short
drive to Sivas early in the morning. Here we see
the many Selcuk monuments that include the Sifaiye,
Buruciye, Gok and Cifte Medreses, and Ulu Camii.
A tour will be made of the Ataturk Congress and
Ethnography Museum that contains kilims, carpets,
embroideries and other provincial artefacts. After
lunch we will make the drive to Cappadocia with
its moonscape terrain created aeons ago by volcanic
eruptions. Our last event of the day will be to
visit the underground city of Ozluce. Dinner and
overnight in Uchisar.
Day 4- Day four finds us visiting
the Goreme Open Air Museum. Here you will see
a multitude of churches and monasteries carved
out of the volcanic tuff by early Christians.
The ‘Dark Church,’ in particular,
contains beautiful frescoes in wonderful condition.
Then we will make the drive west across the Anatolian
steppe towards Konya. In-route we will visit Sultanhani
the best-preserved caravansaray in Anatolia. Built
in the 13th century this caravansaray possesses
extraordinary architectural features. Continuing
on to Konya, our first stop in this city will
be the Mevlana Museum. Here you will see the turbe
of Mevlana and the paraphernalia of the dervish
order. After dinner there will be private performance
of the whirling dervishes. Overnight in Konya.
Day 5- Our morning visit will
be to the Konya Ethnographic Museum. The museum
has a fine display of carpets to include some
important Selcuk weavings. Additionally, this
museum has an excellent display of regional embroideries
and handicrafts. During the museum visit Kathleen
Guvenc will give a presentation on the wool from
the Konya and Toros mountains region. Konya is
filled with exquisite examples of Selcuk architecture
and we will visit the most important monuments
that include the Karatay (tile) and Ince Minare
museums. Next we will go to the felt workshop
of Mehmet Girgic. Mehmet will provide a feltmaking
demonstration. The remainder of the day is free.
Dinner and overnight in Konya.
Transfer to the Konya airport for a morning
flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel.