Sunday, June 13, 2010

We're excited to leave tomorrow on our next adventure! Linda Danforth, Beth Willis and Michelle Merritt were invited on a cultural tour of Turkey by the Acacia Foundation. The Acacia Foundation's mission is to promote cross–cultural dialogue by emphasizing universal values such as love, truth, faith, brotherhood, solidarity, and sharing; to encourage strong family values, high morals, and ethics among community; and to help establish a society where individuals love, respect, and accept each other as they are. Learn more at:

Here's our expected itinerary:
15 Haziran Sali Istanbul
Arrive at Istanbul: 4:55 pm
Transfer to Hotel
Check in hotel
Dinner at Pirpirim
16 Haziran Carsamba Istanbul
Breakfast at Hotel
9:00 Topkapi palace
11:00 Hagia Sofia
13:00 Lunch at Tamara
14:00 Bazalica Cistern
14:45 Turkish & Islamic Art Museum
16:00 Hippodrome & Blue Mosque
17:30 Egyptian Bazaar
Dinner at Cankurtaran
17 Haziran Persembe Istanbul
Breakfast at Hotel
9:00 Dolmabahce palace
11:00 Karakoy Jewish Museum
13:30 Light Lunch at Tarihi Eminönü balıkçıları
14:30 İDO boat tour from Eminönü (On time)
16:30 Back to Eminönü
17:00 Miniaturk
18:30 Back to hotel
19:30 Dinner at Family House
18 Haziran Cuma Izmir / Kuşadası
Flight to Izmir Airport
9:00 Breakfast with local sponsors
Lunch at Restaurant
Virgin Mary’s house
Selcuk museum
Check in hotel at Kuşadası
Dinner at Kuşadası

20:00 Dinner at Hotel
19 Haziran Cumartesi Izmir
Breakfast at Hotel
Enjoy the hotel facilities
13:30 Lunch at a restaurant
Drive to Izmir
Visit Yamanlar school

City tour
Dinner with locals
Check in hotel at Izmir
20 Haziran Pazar Antalya
Breakfast at Hotel
10:10 Flight to Antalya
Religious Garden in Belek
Lunch at Duden
Drive to Konya
Dinner at Restaurant
Check in hotel
21 Haziran Pazartesi Konya & Nigde
Breakfast at Hotel
Visit tomb of Rumi
Short City tour
13:00 Lunch at a School
Drive to Nigde
19:00 Dinner at Sunguroglu High School
Stay with local families
22 Haziran Sali Nevsehir & Kayseri
Breakfast in Bagevi
Drive to Kapadokya
Visit Kapadoccia
Light Lunch in Capadocia
Contunie Kapadoccia tour
Drive to Kayseri
Dinner at Restaurant
Fly back to Istanbul
Transfer to Hotel
Check in Hotel
23 Haziran Carsamba Istanbul
8:00 Breakfast at Hotel
10:00 Fatih University
12:00 Zaman Newspaper
13:30 Lunch at Zaman
15:00 Grand Bazaar
18:00 Light Dinner
Back to the Hotel
24 Haziran Persembe Istanbul
Breakfast at hotel
9:30 Kimse Yok mu
11:00 STV
12:00 Light lunch at Çamlıca bel.tesisleri (Gözleme)
13:30 Kuzguncuk-Armenian Church
14:30 Bakiad
16:00 GYV mutlaka vaktinde gidelim
18:00 Dinner at Fetih paşa bel.tesisleri
Back to the Hotel
25 Haziran Cuma Istanbul
Breakfast at hotel
Fly back to USA

1 comment:

  1. We made it to Istanbul! Rick Steves was on our same connecting flight to Germany! Rounding out our group are fellow travelers from Seattle: Kevin Rycka and Jannette Rodriguez from Seattle University and Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry. Our Acacia guide who flew out from Renton, Ali, met us at the airport and helped us get into our hotel and took us to Pirpirim for a traditional Turkish meal. An educator from Istanbul, Hasan, joined us and will be our local guide for our time in Istanbul.

    Our hotel, Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is right near the wall to the city built by the Byzantine Empire.

    This morning we are off to: Topkapi palace, Hagia Sofia, Bazalica Cistern, Turkish & Islamic Art Museum, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, the Egyptian Bazaar.