Are you ready for an adventure?
They left their fingerprints. Shall we find them?
Macrina the Elder, her daughter Emmelia, and her daughter Macrina the Younger formed the Cappadocian Church Mothers. Priscilla shaped the church in Ephesus. Irene, Theodora, Roxelena, and Kosem Sultan left their mark on Istanbul.
Women have shaped Turkish history. How will they shape you?
Join other women to explore the story of women and be ready to find more of your own.
We'll fly to the center of the country and, climbing and crawling, follow the footsteps of the early Church Mothers, belly dance with locals, and look for treasures in piles of antiques. We'll stay in a cave hotel!
Meet Your Guides:
I'm Beth Bruno, your travel guide. My husband and I moved to Istanbul in 1997, before we had kids or knew Turkish. We stayed for a year and then returned in 2001 - one month before 9/11 - with a one year old. 6 years and 3 kids later, we moved back to the States. I've returned every other year since 2007 because Turkey is a part of me now. Trust me when I say I'll take good care of you and show you the country like a local, including all of the stories of women you never hear about on large tours. Let me show you this exotic land in a way few westerners ever see.
Leading our Souls on the Journey...
Tracy Johnson, friend, colleague, and co-creator of good things, is our co-leader. As the Storywork Supervisor at ReStory, co-founder of Red Tent Living, and seasoned traveller, Tracy joins us as a story sherpa. As we conclude each evening, Tracy and Beth will invite you to be curious about your own story as it was stirred by the experiences and stories our day encountered. Using some of the prompts you'll have in your guide, we'll gently facilitate through a storied lens. Your heart will be in good, safe (and fun!) hands.
This trip is for you if...
You are a Christian woman
You love to travel off the beaten path in small groups not large buses (the trip is capped at 10)
You are curious about the stories of forgotten women in history
You would consider yourself a foodie and can't wait to try Turkish cuisine
You want fast paced adventure not long lazy days of rest and relaxation
You understand there is ALOT of walking (10k+ steps/day), some climbing, and some tight spaces
You are curious to discover more of your own story as we explore the hidden feminine story
What Women Are Saying...
It was AMAZING! If you have felt tugged to go to Turkey then this is the trip for you! I would never have had the same experience had I gone on my own. Beth was so organized and made sure we had the full experience. I’d do it all over again!
~ Kate '22
Amazing. Educational. Awakening.
This trip goes beyond sightseeing. This trip challenges you to see history in a new and exciting way. And, it encourages you to acknowledge your place in this world - that you are seen and you matter.
~ Carin '22
Life Changing. Surprising. Profound.
It is sumptuous and startling. It is a beginning, a re-ordering of self and soul. It is a challenge and a gift, a pathway that opens to unexpected terrain for journeying forward with new skin, new ears, new eyes, new senses and a map both into self and back out to your world.
~ Margaret '23
Immersive. Lovely. Educational.
It is a deeply enriching experience. The immersion. The food. The fellowship at meals and the relationships built are worth all of it. That thing that is keeping you stuck, or that ache or emptiness in your heart might just get loved right through you into a new peace.
~ Angela '23
9 nights in double-occupancy 4-5 ⭐ hotels
All breakfasts and dinners, lunches except on travel and free days, includes non-alcoholic beverages
All domestic travel, including flights and airport transports to and from hotels with one checked bag and a carry on
All entrance fees, tour guides, and tips
Dinner theater & folk dance show in a cave
What's Not Included?
Travel to Istanbul and from Izmir, Turkey
Tourist evisa (~$50 to be purchased online before arrival)
Insurance (trip and medical)
Optional activities such as Turkish bath & massage in Istanbul, hot air balloon, horseback ride in Cappadocia, or spa services in Kuşadası
Snacks, water outside of meals, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, lunches not specified, etc.
Bargaining for better deals in the bazaar or carpet shops!
2024 Itinerary Overview:
Friday, September 13th - Overnight flight to Istanbul (on your own)
Saturday, September 14th - Meet at Istanbul Airport by ~4pm to be transported to hotel for opening dinner
Sunday, September 15th - Istanbul Day 1: Ottoman Empire - Topkapi Palace and Harem, Spice Bazar
Monday, September 16th - Istanbul Day 2: Byzantine Empire - Haghia Sophia, Underground Cistern, Optional Hamam
Tuesday, September 17th - Fly to Cappadocia: Dinner & folk dance show in a cave
Wednesday, September 18th - Underground city, Ancient monastery, and Other regional gems
Thursday, September 19th - Optional hot air balloon, Free morning, Food and Culture Walk
Friday, September 20th - Shopping and leisurely morning; Fly to Izmir
Saturday, September 21st - Tour ancient city of Ephesus
Sunday, September 22nd - Silent retreat day, Closing evening
Monday, September 23rd - Depart from IzmirFull Itinerary
ONLY 8 SPOTS Available!
Early Bird Price $3990*
*If paid in full and by check by February 1st. After February 1st, $4290 (with check) or credit card fees apply.APPLY NOW. PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE.