Ancient-Nomadic Adventure

On footsteps of ancient Anatolian Turkmens and Lycians

Ancient Nomadic Adventure is an interactive tour of 16 days in which our guests will develop a deep understanding of Turkish culture, Turkish textile, cuisine and local history.

The history of Anatolian/Turkish textiles will be pursued in Istanbul with visits to the museums and some shops in the grand bazaar. Also, our guests will feel and experience the cosmopolitan infrastructure of the city while visiting religious and cultural centers such as the Jewish community center and Kadikoy market. The diversity of cultures, races, ethnicities and their impact on social life is strikingly harmonious all together. We should not forget to talk about delicious examples of Turkish cuisine which will be a festive occasion in each meal.

The nomad way! This will be our real perception of the world for one week in company with real nomads. We will stay in the black nomad tent woven in a rug weaving loom by carpet weavers, and migrate from one pasture to another. During this period, we will process wool from the fleece to the carpet, understand and implement the basics of the textile weaving, and walk through forests and plains to arrive at one of the biggest nomadic encampment areas of Southwest Anatolia. Also, we will learn how to make Anatolian Turkmen bread and cheese together.

We will visit ancient cities remaining from Lycians, Hellens, Romans, and Byzantines, and see their monumental art crafts in the museums , we will try to imagine how the area and these ethnic cultures were the glorious and rich in ancient times.

The Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul. Private Transfer to your hotel in the old town. Orientation and welcome dinner.D.

Day 2 – We will begin our journey by visiting the Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, one of the most famous museums in the world with its unique and beautiful Turkish textiles and Antique Turkish Carpets collection. Carpets from the Seljuk era, early and classical period Ottoman workshop and village carpets; we will observe them with a technical view and try to understand the socio-cultural atmosphere in which those carpets are produced. After a small visit to the Spice Market, we will visit the Jewish center of Istanbul, obverve the Jewish Heritage of the ancient capital of an immense empire, and see Galata tower, talk about Genovese and Levantine heritage of the city with a small excursion of the neighborhood. Overnight in old Istanbul. B.L.D.

Day 3- We explore Vakiflar (Turkish Foundation Directorate) Carpet museum with its extensive installation of carpets gathered from mosques and state buildings, mostly coming from rug weaving looms of three major carpet making centers of Anatolia such as Ushak, Bergama, and Konya. Some of the carpets exhibited survived from the 15th century. We will wander in the back streets and hidden corners of the Grand Bazaar with Deniz in search of treasures. We also have an optional visits to the major textile galleries in the old district of Sultanahmet to see the most beautiful textile weavings of the country. Overnight in old Istanbul. B. L. DINNER on OWN.

Josephine Powell Kilim Collection İn Vehbi Koç House

Kadıköy Market

Day 4 – This day is dedicated to understand Istanbul in the past and Istanbul in Today. We begin the day with a Bosphorus tour and see the city by the sea, to understand its socio-cultural and historical infrastructure. Culture, ethnicity, diversity of people, all make a delightful harmony together. Then we will visit nearby the Kilim and ethnographic art Museum of Josephine Powell who had the reputation of “American Nomad” between Anatolian Turkmens. She donated all her textile art collection to KOC Family who exhibit them in an old Ottoman house. After lunch in the area, we will visit Sadberk Hanim Museum which is one of the great Anatolian textile and ethnographic art museums of Turkey. The museum contains over 20.000 artifacts including great Ottoman textile weaving wonders, costumes, Iznik ceramics, and ethnographic art objects. After a short transfer, we will arrive at Caddebostan, the Miami of Istanbul have a coffee, and move to the old neighborhood of Kadikoy. We will taste delightful meals of the Ottoman and Anatolian Turkish Cuisine after a small tour in the old market place. B.L.D.

Day 5 – Morning flight to Dalaman, to the southwest of the Country and drive for 3-3,5 hours to arrive at our encampment in the center of the Western Taurus Mountains with 1.000 meter– 3000 feet of altitude. We will meet with our team, and settle in our big black nomad tent woven on looms by Turkish Carpet Weavers. Each guest will be given a chuval – a nomadic sack, hand-woven on a rug weaving loom to keep his/her belongings into during the walking part of the tour. We will talk about the technical infrastructure of the tent and how to use it as a living room during the day and as a bedroom during the night. The dinner will be taken in company with a real nomad family, living nearly with their cuople of hundreds goats and sheep, we will have the chance to see their authentic lifestyle. Overnight at the Camp. B.L.D.

Day 6 – Migration day. We will wake up at 07:00 have our coffee and snacks made of walnut and molasses, upload animals with our personal sacks, and walk through old nomadic migration paths for 2.5 hours and arrive at our resting point at 10:30. This ancient migration path of Turkmens, a portion of the famous Lycian Way, is among Turkey’s best hiking trails. We will have a stopover there, have traditional Turkish breakfast, and lunch, relax and admire the beauty of the mother-nature between cedar and juniper trees. At 16:30 pm, we will start walking again for our night camp in the center of a cedar sea at 1800 meters of altitude, with plenty of thyme and flowers around. We will have a delicious Turkish village dinner. Overnight at camp in the black tent. B.L.D.

Day 7 – Pasture day. We will wake up at 09:00, have breakfast, walk from the forest road to visit a nomad family living nearby, talk chat with them about their lifestyle, witness their wise and generous perception of life, talk about good old days. Lunch in our tent. We will see a demonstration on how to comb and spin wool. This will be the very beginning of a process of textile weaving. Moreover, we will begin to dye yarn for our small production of textile together to be taken place in the following days. Your leader Deniz will talk about the technique of wool processing and dyeing. We also will have the chance to make our Anatolian Turkmen bread together. We will make and taste nomad bread in our meals and make it again when we need. Dinner and overnight in the black tent. B.L.D.

Day 9 – Half day migration. We will wake up at 07:00 have our coffee and breakfast made of walnut and molasses, upload animals with our personal sacks, and walk through old nomadic migration trails for 2.5 hours. We arrive in a beautiful spot at 10:30. We will visit a nearby village, drink tea in the village teashop, after lunch there, will be transferred to the night camp in 1700 meters through beautiful and fertile apple gardens. Dinner and overnight in the black tent. B.L.D.

The nomadic adventure will begin in minutes, the black tent will be packed and the hand-crafted bags that we use as luggage will be uploaded to horses. We will migrate like real nomads and experience the wisdom of the nomadic lifestyle and the beauty of nature during our journey. Come and join us.

Day 10 – Half Day migration. We will wake up at 07:00 have our coffee and snacks made of walnut and molasses, later start our walk through old nomadic migration paths for 3 hours and arrive at our destination at 11:30. A very beautiful landscape will surround us and we will be able to see Elmali plain from 1800 meters of altitude. We will see Green Lake at 1800 meters of altitude with emerald color and extremely cold water. Our lunch will be next to the lake and we will be transferred to the famous Subasi Pasture camp in 2070 meters of altitude. Dinner and overnight in our black tent. B.L.D.

Day 11 – Pasture day. Late breakfast after morning coffee, we will get the chance to see Anatolian Turkmen nomads coming from Fethiye region in their black tents. We will hike a bit to discover a snow well in which Anatolian nomad Turkmens use as a fridge to preserve their cheese produced in the pasture. There, we will make our “frozen drink” from natural snow and molasses in the old way. Return to the camp, and work on the preparation of small ground loom to weave together some different kinds of flat weavings with the yarns we dyed. Lunch, dinner, and overnight in the black tent. B.L.D.

Day 12- Pasture day. After a relaxed breakfast. We will try to weave some more of warp-faced Jajim, weft-faced kilim, and pile carpet. Late afternoon, questions and answers on wool, weaving, and textiles. Before dinner, we will work on re-packing our bags for tomorrow’s transfer to Antalya. Last night in camp and dinner. B.L.D.

Anatolian Turkmens from Fethiye

Anatolian Turkmens from Fethiye Region

Day 13 – After breakfast. We will say goodbye to the black tent and its crew and will drive to Antalya – the capital of the Turkish Mediterranean. We will visit the wonderful Roman city of Phaselis with three antique bays which were being used as a trade port by Lycians, Romans, and Byzantines. For the volunteers, there will be an occasion to swim in the antique port where Alexander the Great stayed over on his campaign to Asia. Short drive to the city center. Dinner in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Antalya. B.L.D.

Phaselis Ancient City

Day 14 – We will discover two famous ancient historical towns – Perge and Aspendos. Perge is the capital city of Pamphilia, The famous agora, fountains, bath complex, gymnasium and colonnaded street with a waterway in its center. Aspendos city is a bit further on the east with almost a non-touched ancient theatre building and marvel of engineering aqueducts. Theatre survived because it was used as the winter palace by Seljuk Sultans. Lunch, dinner, and overnight in Antalya. B.L.D.

Day 15 – We will visit Antalya Archeology Museum which exhibits extremely beautiful statues, elaborately carved marble coffins, and many other ancient findings and ethnographic materials found around Antalya, remaining from Lycian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. We will visit the old part of Antalya. Walk on streets in between Roman monuments. We will have a chance to see authentic Antalya homes. Lunch, Farewell Dinner, and overnight in Antalya. B.L.D.

Day 16 - Private transfer to Antalya airport to fly to Istanbul to connect your homebound flights.

Old Antalya House in the Medieval Citadel

Antalya Archeological Museum

Tour details

Tour type: Historical, Cultural & Textile adventure

Activity rating: Moderate, walking on countryside trails, museum and old city visits.

Tour length: 16 days.

Tour Leader: (Deniz Coşkun)

Born in 1980 in Istanbul, Deniz met the fascinating oriental carpet world in 1992 while he was studying in one of the respected French high schools in Istanbul.

He specialized in hand weaving and natural dyeing, while he was studying Chemical Engineering in university. Then he completed his MBA degree and pursued his dreams to specialize in the nomadic cottage and semi-nomadic village weavings by studying the subject with scholars and expert dealers.

Fascinated by Anatolian Turkmen nomads’ weaving style, he traveled central Anatolia, Taurus Mountains and lived among some Turkmen tribes for a while. He closely examined continuing tribal and ethnic-social structure of Anatolia since the Ottoman era, and presented comprehensive studies mostly centered upon “weavings and textiles”.

He gives speeches in international textile events and mentors in natural dyeing and international weaving courses. Now he dedicates himself to organize cultural and textile oriented walking and hiking adventures in Anatolia. When you join him with one of his cultural adventures, you will not only experience great cultural contacts with Anatolian rural people but also enjoy the amazing countryside landscape with traditional Anatolian cuisine which has melted down form subjects of the Ottoman empire.

Tour cost: – Per-person sharing in double room

-$ 3975 for 6 to 8 persons

-$ 4425 for 4 to 5 persons

– Hotel Single Supplement – $ 585

Price Includes:

– 15 Nights accommodations in selective boutique hotels and best ones available in small towns;

–; 14- 16 seat A/C Van

– All meals included with selective local fresh choices. We have no restrictions – we provide all kinds of food (vegetarians are welcome);

– 2 Internal Air tickets between Istanbul and southwest Anatolia;

– Bottled water at meals, during transportations and at hotels;

– Tipping to Hotel receptions, bellboys and restaurants;

– All Group and Private arrival and departure transfers.

Price Excludes:

– Personal needs – laundry – drinks, hotel extras, and phone calls etc.

– Gratitude to trip Leader $ 150 – 200 per person

– Gratitude to the bus driver in Istanbul $ 20, Gratitude to the black tent crew: $ 60 per attendant, Gratitude to the bus driver in Antalya $ 20

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