Goddess Tour to Turkey – May 2020

All Goddess Tours have the intention of assisting participants to learn to LOVE themselves. The Goddess Tour to Turkey is no different. As well as experiencing the beauty of Turkey, during the Holy month of Ramadan, we will be doing a lot of inner work too. Meditations, mantras, clearing what no longer serves us, and moving into a space of Divine Love and Pure Joy. No participant of any Goddess Tour has left the same person as they arrived. New perspectives are learned and lives change.

Join me on this beautiful tour of opening your heart to give and receive more Divine Love.

The Itinerary:

Monday 4th of May 2020

Arrival in Istanbul

(No meals included)

Arrive in Istanbul a day before the tour starts, in order to rest and recoup after your International flight.  Accommodation and meals at your own expense for this day. You may book your accommodation through me for this extra night, so that you are at the group hotel and ready for the first day of the tour.

Day 01

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Istanbul

(Dinner included)

After you’ve had breakfast at your own expense, we will have an opening ceremony in the hotel and then head out to 11th century Church of St. Savior in Chora, containing finest collections of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes; and then Basilica of St. Sophia (The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagia Sophia), which has inspired architects and religious leaders for over fifteen hundred years. In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation. Overnight in Istanbul.


Day 02

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Istanbul

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Todays included Islamic Sacred Sites are the Blue Mosque whose interior walls are covered with twenty thousand blue Iznik tiles.

Topkapi Palace houses The Sacred Trusts, the world’s largest and most sacred collection of Muslim artifacts. This collection, which is kept in the Imperial Treasury at the Topkapi Palace, has a magnificent assortment of items that include several personal effects of the Prophet, as well as odds and ends which belonged to his early followers and other prominent Muslims of later periods

Then we will have Private Whirling Dervishes Ceremony (The Sacred Ritual of Love), a physically active meditation, which originated among Sufis followed by a discussion.

In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 03

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Istanbul

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Enjoy a Cruise on the Bosphorus for a magical 3 hours.  Our group will have a private boat. The Bosphorus is an internationally-significant waterway forming part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia. 

Along the way, we will have view of waterfront houses, built during the Ottoman period and some Palaces such as the Dolamache Palace and the Beylerbeyi Palace, a nineteenth century palace on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Then we explore Galata Neighborhood  (“the road to the sea” in Italian), including the  Galata Tower, one of which survived until today of 24 towers that made up Galata’s urban fire defense system and also the most monumental of them all.

Explore traces of Genouse history as you walk around Galata streets and finally Galata Mevlevi House (Whirling Dervish Hall), home to the tombs of some of the important Mevlevi Dervishes who had been the Sheikhs. We will also get to see old Turkish music instruments as well as some art works belonging to Mevlevi culture.

Day 04

Friday 8th of May 2020

Cappadocia

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

After breakfast we will have direct flight to Cappadocia, which became known as the “Land of the Three Saints” because of three remarkable theologians who are still collectively known as The Cappadocians. St Basil the Great, his brother St Gregory of Nyssa, and St Gregory of Nazianzus contributed a great deal to Christian doctrine in general and Eastern Orthodox thought in particular, in the 4th century.  St. Basil was instrumental in developing Christian monasticism, of which these cave churches in his homeland are a product. We will visit Zelve, became one of the most important settlements and religious centers for the Christian community between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, D)

Day 05

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Cappadocia

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

In the early morning enjoy optional hot air ballooning, a dream to gently float over the countryside in complete harmony with the deep canyons and lush fertile valleys of Cappadocia. Gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon.

Then we enjoy a visit to local carpet cooperation, where we will see how carpets are made and you could even purchase a carpet or two.

Our sightseeing continues with fascinating Goreme Open Air Museum (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks.

In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 06

Sunday 10th of May 2020

Cappadocia

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

After breakfast explore the Turkish village, Avanos to see the techniques of ceramic art dating from 12th B.C. to 3rd B.C. periods.

Then we will explore the Kaymakli Underground City. This city dates back to around the sixth century. Inhabitants of this region began to tunnel into the soft volcanic rock of large hills. As deep as two hundred and seventy-five feet with eight different levels, several thousand people lived in this subterranean city.

In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 07

Monday 11th of May 2020

Izmir

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Today we will have (09:20 – 10:55) Sun Express flight to Izmir.

Check into our hotel.

There will be free time to wander around the town, rest, have a swim or do some shopping.

In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Izmir.

Day 08

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Pergamum

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Today we will drive north to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pergamum where we will visit Asclepion. The site was founded in the 4th Century BC around a sacred spring that still flows.

Over the next centuries it became one of the best-known healing centers of the ancient world, second in importance only to Epidaurus in Greece.

The influential physician Galen was born in Pergamum and practiced here in the 2nd Century AD, having first made his medical reputation treating warriors in the gladiatorial games of the city.

On the drive back to Izmir, we will see Red Basilica (Temple of Serapis), the massive structure was built in the early 2nd century (under Hadrian) as a temple to the popular Egyptian god Serapis. It was later (4th-5th centuries) converted into a Byzantine church. There is a statue of Sekhmet, the Lion Headed Goddess from Egypt here too.

In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Izmir.

Day 09

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Pamukkale

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Our tour continues to Hierapolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site), whose name means “sacred city,” was believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians.

In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Pamukkale.  

Day 10

Thursday 14th of May 2020

Aphrodisias

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Our tour takes us to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aphrodisias, has been sacred since as early as 5,800 BC, when Neolithic farmers came here to worship the Mother Goddess of fertility and crops.

Dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess and then the Greek goddess Aphrodite, it was the site of a magnificent Temple of Aphrodite and the home of a renowned school of marble sculpture. The Temple of Aphrodite later became a Christian basilica through an impressive swapping of columns.

In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 11

Friday 15th of May 2020

Kusadasi

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Today’s included sacred site is Ephesus (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the largest ancient city ever uncovered.

We will be delighted with the Prytaneion, one of the most significant public buildings of Ephesus and dedicated to the goddess Hestia; the Temple of Hadrian, having a beautiful arch on the front facade and interesting reliefs of Medusa and the Great Theater, traditionally where St. Paul preached.

Our next sacred sites are Temple of Artemis, the ancient temple, built around 650 BC to the cult of Artemis, was constructed on a site already sacred to the Anatolian Mother Goddess, Cybele and considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Then we travel to the House of Virgin Mary, believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. A spring that runs under the house, is believed to have healing properties.

In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 12

Saturday 16th of May 2020

Istanbul

(Breakfast included)

After the closing Ceremony and reflection on the tour, we will transfer to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to have a flight to Istanbul. You may depart from Istanbul for you International flight or perhaps you would like to spend an extra night in Turkey.  Accommodation can be arranged for you, this will be at your own expense.

Tour Cost:

Per Person Sharing in a Double Room          US$2500

Per person in a Single Room                          US$3000                                 

What’s Included

11 Nights Hotel Accommodation:

3 Nights in Armada Hotel or similar, Istanbul

https://www.armadahotel.com.tr

3 Nights in Kapadokya Lodge Hotel or similar, Cappadocia

http://www.kapadokyalodge.com.tr/en/

2 Nights in Double Tree Hotel or similar, Izmir

https://www.hilton.com.tr/oteller/turkiye/izmir/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-izmir-alsancak/?WT.mc_id=zELWAKN0EMEA1DT2DMH3LocalSearch4DGGenericx6IZMIADI

1 Night in Doga Thermal Hotel or similar, Pamukkale

http://www.dogathermalhotel.com/

2 Nights in Charisma Hotel or similar, Kusadasi

 https://www.charismahotel.com/odalar-1/ 
  • Transportation by Modern A/C Vehicle
  • Baggage Handling at the hotels
  • 11 x Breakfast and 11 x Dinner
  • English speaking Professional Tour Guide
  • Accommodation Tax 1%
  • All entrances Fees
  • All applicable Taxes
  • Tips at the hotels
  • Private Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Discussion
  • 3x Domestic Flights
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • 3 hours Cruise on Bosphorus on a Private Boat 

What’s Not Included

  • Inbound and outbound transfers
  • International Flights
  • Water, Soft or Alcoholic Beverages
  • Lunches and other meals not specified on the itinerary

OPTIONALS:

Hot Air Balloon ride in Cappadoccia   – US$300

Extra nights at Armada Hotel in Istanbul before and after the tour:

US$60 per person per night sharing a room (Breakfast included)

US$90 per person per night in a single room (Breakfast Included)

I would love you to join me on this beautiful pilgrimage. Please leave me a message below if you would like more information or book your space!

5 Comments:

  1. Looks amazing

  2. Hi there ! I’m interested in this !
    Can you let me know more?
    I’m not n Newcastle Australia

  3. Hi there

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