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The tours that have been planned in conjunction with the 11th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) in Istanbul offer a range of excursions to the most beautiful and interesting locales in Turkey. We are offering the opportunity to see weaving in traditional village settings, ancient archaeological sites, extraordinary panoramic vistas, village bazaars with special regional textiles, excellent Turkish cuisine and a cultural heritage that has made Anatolia special to travellers for centuries.

The four tours will explore almost every geographic region of Turkey. “Weaving Highlights in Western Anatolia” features: the DOBAG project in Suleymankoy; special archaeological sites; silk and hemp weaving masters; feltmaking; and a visit to the Odemis and Tire weekly bazaars which specialize in the finest regional embroidery work. Moving east, “Amazing Sites of Central Anatolia” offers: Cappadocia and its open-air museums; underground cities; ancient caravanserais; mystical Konya with its museums; feltmaking workshop;and visits to Vakiflar carpet museums in Tokat and Ankara.“Distinctly Different Southeast Anatolia” is a tour that will carry you back in time and includes: Seljuk architecture; seriously old Christian monasteries; ancient city walls that are second only to China’s Great Wall; old medreses and mosques with special architectural features; very active bazaars; beehive houses in one of the oldest villages on earth; fabulous mosaics; early churches preached in by Peter and Paul; Roman tunnels; weaving villages; and wonderful Turkish cuisine. Finally, “For the Intrepid Traveler: Eastern Anatolia” is an exciting tour that travels through the hinterland of Turkey and includes: special carpet museum opening in Tokat; extraordinary Seljuk architecture; bustling bazaars; mesmerising panoramas of Mount Ararat and Ishak Pasha Palace; ancient Urartian ruins; and visits to beautiful villages.

These tours have been tailored to meet the interests of the ICOC attendees. Each will be guided by a multilingual expert. This is a wonderful opportunity to travel the back roads of Anatolia and experience the hospitality that is so essentially Turkish.
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Tour Highlights Inclusive Dates Price $ Per Person Double Room Price $ Per Person Single Room
Amazing Sites of Central Anatolia Cappadocia, Konya, Tokat, Sivas 14-19 April $1,365 $1,965
Weaving Highlights in Western Anatolia DOBAG weaving project, Ephesus, Tire 14-19 April $1,275 $1,775
Amazing Sites of Central Anatolia Cappadocia, Konya, Tokat, Sivas 23-28 April $1,365 $1,965
Weaving Highlights in Western Anatolia DOBAG weaving project, Ephesus, Tire 23-28 April $1,275 $1,775
Distinctly Different Southeast Anatolia Diyarbakir, Mardin, monasteries, Urfa, Harran, Antioch 23-28 April $1,475 $2,175
For the Intrepid Traveler: Eastern Turkey Tokat, Sivas, Erzincan, Erzurum, Dogubeyazit, Van 23- 29 April $1,475 $2,175

Daily Tour Highlights Inclusive Dates Price $ Per Person
One-half Day Tour of Istanbul Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, bazaar, Topkapi Saray April 20th & 21st $50
One Day Tour to Edirne Vakiflar Carpet Museum, Selimiye Camii, Bedesten April 20th & 21st $75
One Day Tour to Bursa Ulu Camii, bazaar, Yesil camii, Yesil turbe April 20th & 21st $75
Evening Bosphorus Cruise Evening cruise with dinner included and reception at Sadberk Hanim Museum April 22nd $75
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