Turkey is often cited as the ultimate convergence of east and west – traditional spice bazaars and ornately adorned mosques thrown together with high speed, cross-country trains and bustling cosmopolitan cities.
On this women-only expedition, you’ll discover both the traditional and modern wonders of Turkey through the lives of the women who live here.
From the ancient practices of an Ottoman-style hamam to the art of Turkish coffee fortune-telling and a visit to a Syrian refugee social enterprise, you’ll meet many extraordinary local women and experience what life is like through their eyes.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Spend an afternoon with female Syrian refugees and hear how they’re rebuilding their lives over lunch and an earring-making workshop.
- Make the perfect cup of Turkish coffee at a family home in Istanbul and learn how to read your fortune in the coffee grounds.
- Spend a day at sea with a female skipper where you’ll visit a sunken city, swim in crystal clear waters and spend the night in an idyllic seaside village.
- Enjoy a traditional meal in a Cappadocian cave home, cooked by a local woman who is changing the face of women in tourism.
- Take part in ‘Gold Day’ in Eskisehir, a local event that’s strictly for women and where all the secret women’s business happens in Turkey.
- Relax in an Ottoman Style hamam and learn about this ancient women’s ritual.
18 April 2021
29 April 2021
9 May 2021
20 May 2021
6 June 2021
17 June 2021
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
This trip includes an action packed itinerary! Please make an enquiry and we'll send you the full itinerary for each day including meals, activities, travel and accommodation.
- 11 breakfasts, 3 dinners and 3 lunches
- Hotel (10 nights), Pension (1 night)
- Private Bus , Public Bus , Train , Dolmus , Gulet , Plane
- Istanbul – Spice Market
- Istanbul – Suleymaniye Mosque
- Istanbul – Grand Bazaar
- Istanbul – Turkish Coffee Reading
- Istanbul – Nazar (Evil Eye) Demonstration
- Istanbul – Tasting Turkish Borek homemade
- Istanbul – Belly Dancing Class
- Istanbul – Zeytin Agaci (The Olive Tree of Istanbul) Tour and Lunch
- Kas – Leader led orientation walk
- Kas – Yoga Class
- Kas – Handicraft market
- Kas – Full day cruise
- Antalya – Leader-led orientation walk
- Goreme – Orientation walk Goreme
- Cappadocia – Carpet shop visit & demonstration
- Goreme – Valley walk
- Goreme – Home Cooked Cappadocia
- Cappadocia – Soganli Valley
- Cappadocia- Wine tasting
- Eskisehir – Neighborhood Walk Odunpazari Historical District and Glass Museum
- Eskisehir – Gold Day (altin gunu)
- Istanbul – Turkish Hamam (incl. massage)
Hotel (10 nights), Pension (1 night)
11 breakfasts, 3 dinners and 3 lunches
Food and dietary requirements
Your group leader or representative will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements.
Please notify your booking consultant of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. For those suffering from particular food allergies, your group leader or representative will endeavour to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.
Who is this trip for?
Is this trip right for you
This trip includes two internal flights so that you can spend more time enjoying Turkey and less time travelling. However, this means for these sections of your adventure you’ll only be able to take 15 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage with you. Don’t worry, you can store any excess luggage at the starting point hotel in Istanbul.
Some activities, like the women’s beach visit and boat tour, are weather dependent and in the unlikely event of rain alternative activities will be provided.
This trip uses a mix of transport options including public buses. Buses in Turkey are comfortable and modern, and it is a great way to mix with the locals and understand local life.
It can get hot in Turkey from May to October and some of the more traditional hotels will not have air-conditioning. Evening temperatures are usually very pleasant and an open window with a breeze should do the trick.
This is an expedition trip and is new to our range this year. Despite rigorous planning and research, new itineraries can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a welcome surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
While we would love to open up these unique experiences to all our travellers regardless of gender, it’s simply not yet possible to do so while operating in a socially responsible and culturally sensitive manner. If you’re interested in travelling to Turkey on a similar itinerary, check out some of other itineraries or consider booking a private group tour.
There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. Windy roads, rough surfaces and cramped conditions make for some challenging travel experiences. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort.
Turkey – Public Transport
When and where possible we will use public buses to travel between cities on this trip.
However due to weather and seasonal bus schedules we may find it necessary to substitute public buses with private transport on some days.
Public buses in Turkey don’t have toilets on board. Breaks are normally scheduled at rest stops every 2-3 hours.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
This operator has a policy in place for COVID-19 and their adventures. Please request full details so we can share the most up to date information with you. Thanks!
We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their style of small group travel is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends and their grassroots style of travel seeks to have a positive impact on the communities they visit.
They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.
In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
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