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, 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. We will be asking for the assistance of:

Aphrodite – Goddess of Love and Beauty
Hestia – Goddess of Architecture, Families and Homes
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Cybele – Mother Goddess
Sekhmet, Destroyer of the ego

We honour the Divine Feminine in all participants, whether male or female, and therefore Goddess Tours are open to everyone who would like to move into a space of Divine Love. Nurturing qualities of Self Love, Self Acceptance, Forgiveness, Accepting and Celebrating Diversity, Discovering our Divinity and Soul Purpose.

The tools that we use for Healing our Hearts, Thoughts, Beliefs, are Meditation, Mantras, Sound Therapy, Essential oils, Chakra Balancing and Looking at the Mirror. These tools have proven to be very effective in all Goddess Tours, and assist participants to shift. Some only slightly, and some dramatically. There is always a shift in Consciousness.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping
you to achieve it. ” Paulo Coelho

Join me on this beautiful tour of opening your heart to give and receive more Divine Love. Please see the Itinerary below if you would like to see details of the daily activities. Otherwise complete the Contact Form, and I will email you all the information.

The Itinerary:

Monday 4th of May 2020

Arrival in Istanbul

(No meals included)

It is advisable to 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. Once you have arrived at the hotel, there is plenty to do.  Explore the vibrant markets selling spices, carpets, Turkish Delight of course, delicious Turkish coffee, or simply relax and have a massage or treatment in the Spa. 

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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.  This is where we set our intentions and decide what we want to heal and let go of, in order to fall more and more deeply in love with ourselves.

We then head out to 11th century Church of St. Savior in Chora, containing the finest collections of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes.

Reviews say, that these are the most magnificent mosaics to be seen in all the world.  The walls were plastered when the church was converted into a mosque to hide the Christian scenes depicted.  Restoration work has been done, the plaster removed, and beauty has been revealed.  A little bit like what the intention of this Goddess Tour is, to chip off the old, and reveal, bit by bit, our beautiful, Divine Self.

When Theodore Metochites commissioned the beautification of this church in the early Fourteenth Century, he described it as

“A work of Noble Love, for things Good and Beautiful

We then travel to the 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. There is something really mystical about the Hagia Sophia.  She has withstood numerous earthquakes, where other buildings in the same vicinity, have been demolished by these acts of nature. The way this building was designed, with its domed roof on top of a square base, baffled architects.  It was decided to add windows at the base of the Dome, to strengthen the structure and to allow light into the building.  Of course, where there is Light, there is strength. The beautiful Dome is considered the epitome of Byzantine Architecture.

The Concept of Sophia is the Wisdom of God, the out picturing of the Creator.  Pure Divine Feminine Essence. 

I get the impression that the design and building of this beautiful creation, was surely Divinely Inspired.

Basilica of St. Sophia (The Church of the Holy Wisdom)

Group Healing and Meditation in the afternoon

Overnight Istanbul

Day 02

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Istanbul

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

The Blue Mosque, is the sister to the Hagia Sophia.  In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmed I ordered a structure that would rival Hagia Sophia in beauty.  These two beauties stand opposite each other, mirroring each others beauty.

We will be doing quite a bit of working with the mirror, during our healing and meditations.

The Blue Mosque is named because of the more than 20 000 mosaic tiles, many coloured in shades of blue.

The Blue Mosque has many windows that allow the sun to shine through and reflect the colours of the mosque  like a sea of blues.   Beauty is always infused with love, and surely there was much love invoked when creating this space.

The Blue Mosque was so highly revered for it’s beauty, that the Taj Mahal was commissioned by the same architects.

Let us celebrate beauty and awesomeness and the creativity in others that is reflected back at us.

We will visit one of the Unesco Heritage Sites, Topkapi Palace, which was the home of the  Ottoman Imperial family for hundreds of years before it was converted into a museum.  It is one of the most visited sites in Turkey.

The museum houses sacred relics of the Prophet Mohamed, including a mantle worn by the Prophet. The Holy Pavilion also displays relics from Abraham, Moses, Joseph and King David.

Be amazed by the opulence of the jewelry, glittering gold, shiny gemstones and relics of the past.

The beauty of travelling in another country, that has different religious and cultural beliefs to what we are used to, is that it encourages us to celebrate diversity. To look at things from another perspective, to start understanding that not everything you are exposed to by the media, is necessarily true. 

It is a great opportunity too, to expose oneself to things, ideas, and beliefs that are in complete contrast to our own, and perhaps develop a new understanding and respect.

Whirling Dervishes – A Sacred Ritual of Love

We will have a Private Whirling Dervishes Ceremony (The Sacred Ritual of Love), introduced to the Sufis by Rumi, the Mystical Poet.  The ritual is a physically active meditation. We can learn here, that meditation does not necessarily have to be sitting still in one position for an extended period of time.  We can engage in meditation in many ways.  Gardening, cooking, walking, creating, dancing, singing mantras, are all forms of meditation.

These Sufis taking part in this Ritual, whirl themselves around like a spinning top, for extended periods of time.  Finding a focal point to focus on, to prevent nausea whilst whirling, takes them into a very deep meditative state.  Witnessing this Ritual in Reverence and Respect, could impact on the audience dramatically too, as you can be taken into that space of Higher Consciousness.   We will have a private session with the Sufis after their display, where we can learn, and ask questions.  This is sure to be a very enlightening time for our group.

In the afternoon 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.

Water, is always a good place to release stuck emotions that are no longer serving you.  It would be lovely to sit in silence, as we sail down this beautiful body of water, and allow it to cleanse and renew us.

After the lovely cruise, we will explore the area of Galata.  An interesting place to shop, drink some Turkish coffee, enjoy lunch and watch the activity on the streets of this quaint area. 

We will also go up the Galata Tower, to witness the city of Istanbul with a birds eye view.

In the afternoon group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Istanbul.

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. Here we experience Mother Nature at her most awesome.  Fairy Chimneys, caves, underground cities, and the remnants of volcanoes. 

Overnight in Cappadocia.

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 group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 06

Sunday 10th of May 2020

Cappadocia

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

After breakfast we explore the Turkish village, Avanos to see the techniques of ceramic art dating from 12th B.C. to 3rd B.C. periods. We create from our Sacral Chakra (Womb).  What kind of life would you like to create for yourself?  Every creation is unique and beautiful, when it comes from a space of love.

We will doing lots of exercises during the tour, to connect with our Sacral Chakra, and start creating an even more amazing life, free of emotional burdens. 

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.

Pictures can never do justice to these cities.  They have to be experienced firsthand, to understand the nature of them.

In the afternoon group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 07

Monday 11th of May 2020

Izmir

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

In the morning, take a 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 or have some lunch at a street cafe.

In the afternoon 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. Galen gained his medical reputation by his success in treating warriors in the gladiatorial games of the city.

On the drive back to Izmir, we will see the 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.

The Egyptian Lion Headed Goddess, Sekhmet.

In the afternoon group healing and meditation.

Overnight in Izmir.

Day 09

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

(Breakfast and Dinner Included)

Pamukkale

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.

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We will have an opportunity to take a dip in these mineral rich pools that are contained in white Travertine.  This area is also known as Cotton Castle, and you can see why, by looking at the picture above.
The library, second oldest in the world, the oldest being the Library of Alexandria in Egypt.
The Amphitheatre

In the afternoon 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, which 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.

The Greek Goddess Aphrodite

In the afternoon 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, has a beautiful arch on the front facade and interesting reliefs of Medusa..

A depiction of Hestia, the Goddess of Architecture, Homes and Families

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.

Anatolian Mother Goddess, Cybele

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.

We will possibly have the opportunity to get some water from this spring, and try it out.  Perhaps it will have some healing properties for us?

In the afternoon we will have closing Ceremony and reflection on the tour, and then our final dinner together.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 12

Saturday 16th of May 2020

Istanbul

(Breakfast included)

Our Journey has come to an end. After breakfast we will transfer to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to take 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!

6 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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