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.

ISTANBUL

We start in one of the most exotic cities in the world, where we'll visit a harem, find female secrets, and eat Turkish Delight in the 1700's shop now run by the great great granddaughter.

CAPPADOCIA

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 shop at a female artisan coop. We'll stay in a cave hotel!

EPHESUS

Lastly, we fly to the best archeologically preserved city of the 7 Churches of Revelations and walk the steps of Priscilla, find an old brothel and stay in a 5-star hotel on the sea to enjoy a beach day.

 

I've lived in and traveled to Turkey for 25 years.

I'm Beth Bruno, your 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.

  

This trip is for you if...

  • You are a woman (ages 15+).
  • You love to travel off the beaten path in small groups, not large buses (we're capping the trip 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 are okay with a lot of walking, some climbing, and some tight spaces.
  • You are open to discovering more of your own story as we explore the hidden feminine story.

What's Included?

 

  • 7 Nights in a Double-Occupancy 4-5* Hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 7 Dinners (all meals while we're together)
  • 3 Domestic Flights and All Travel, Including Airport Transport to our Istanbul Hotel
  • Entrance Fees, Tour Guides and Tips, Bophorus Boat Tour
  • Dinner Theater & Folk Dance Show in a Cave
  • Professional Photographer and All Images
  • If you are able to extend your stay, I'll customize a plan for you. More of Istanbul? Mediterranean Coast?

 

What's Not Included?

 

  • Air Travel to/from Turkey
  • Passport and Tourist Visa ($50 to be purchased online before arrival)
  • Insurance (Trip Insurance and Medical)
  • U.S. approved at home COVID test kit for reentry (to bring with you)
  • Optional Activities such as Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia (plan on 100 Euros) or Turkish Bath & Massage in Istanbul (plan on $50-75)
  • Snacks, Extra and/or Alcoholic Drinks, Souvenirs, etc.
  • I do not bargain for better deals in the Bazaar or Carpet shops. I know Turkish, but this stresses me out!

Rough Itinerary:

 
Saturday, July 23 - Overnight Flight to Istanbul (on your own)
Sunday, July 24 - Meet at our Istanbul Hotel at 6pm, Opening Dinner 
Monday, July 25 - Istanbul Day 1: Topkapi and Harem, Haghia Sophia, Spice Bazaar and all the surprises within 
Tuesday, July 26 - Istanbul Day 2: Bosphorus Tour, Optional Grand Bazaar or Turkish Bath, Galata Tower 
Wednesday, July 27 - Fly to Cappadocia: Dinner & Folk Dance Show in a Cave
Thursday, July 28 -  Underground City, Female Monastery, Optional Hot Air Balloon (4am pick up)
Friday, July 29 - Fly to Izmir/ Kusadasi: Afternoon at the Aegean Coast 
Saturday, July 30 - Tour Ephesus, Closing Dinner
Sunday, July 31 - Return to Istanbul 
Full Itinerary

ONLY 10 SPOTS Available!

$3790

Per Person

  • 7 Nights in Double-Occupancy 4-5* Hotels Including a Cave Hotel and Seaside Resort
  • All Meals
  • All Entrance Fees, Tour Guides, Dinner Show, etc.
  • In Country Flights to Cappadocia, Ephesus, and back to Istanbul
  • Professional Photography
  • Customized Plans for Optional Trip Extension in Turkey
APPLY NOW. PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE.

 

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