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#331 | 7 Day Istanbul and Trabzon | Foreign Independent Tours - FIT Tours
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7 Day Istanbul and Trabzon
Bustling Mediterranean to the Quiet Green Beauty of the Turkish Black Sea
A privately guided tour

Package #331

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • Meet and greet and RT transfers

  • 3 Nights in Istanbul at the Nena

  • 3 Nights in Trabzon at the Zorlu Grand

  • Included Upgrade to Deluxe rooms in Istanbul and Trabzon a $199 value

  • Enjoy the Whirling Dervish Ceremony - from Istanbul a $85 value

  • Turkish style buffet breakfast daily

  • 10 Meals total as indicated in the itinerary;

  • Extensive sightseeing

  • Entrance fees to the museums and historical places mentioned in the itinerary

  • English speaking professional guidance

  • Domestic air in Turkey is not included in the land only price.



    Enjoy the Whirling Dervish Ceremony - while in Istanbul



    Sema (Whirling dervishes ceremony), is the inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi (1207 - 1273) as well as part of the Turkish culture, belief and history in Konya. It symbolizes the different meanings of a mystic cycle to perfection (Ascension - Mirac).



    Contemporary science definitely confirms that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. There is no object, no being which does not revolve. Every thing whirls and man, a whirling dervish, carries on his life, his very existence by means of the revolution in the atoms, structural elements in his body, by the circulation of his blood, by his coming from the Earth and return to it, by his revolving with the Earth itself.



    The Sema (whirling dervishes) ceremony represents all a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through love, finding the truth and arriving to the "Perfect". Then he returns from this spiritual journeys as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole creation, to all creatures without discriminating in regard to belief, class, or race.



    The dervish with his hat (his ego's tombstone), and his white skirt (his ego's shroud) is spiritually born to the truth. When he removes his black cloak, he journeys and advances to the spiritual maturity through the stages of the Sema. At the beginning and each stage of the Sema holding his arms crosswise he represents number one, and testifies to God's unity.



    While whirling his arms are open, his right hand directed to the sky ready to receive God's beneficence, gazing his left hand turned toward the earth for giving what he received to poor, he turns from right to left, pivoting around the heart. This is his way of conveying God's spiritual gift to the people upon whom God "looks with a Divine" watchfulness. Revolving around the heart, from right to left, he embraces all of humankind, all the creation with affection and love.



    Dancers would receive 1,001 days of reclusive training within the mevlevihane, a sort of cloister, where they learnt about ethics, codes of behaviour and beliefs by living a practice of prayer, religious music, poetry and dance. After this training, they remained members of the order but went back to their work and families, combining spiritualism with civic life.
    HOTELS USED
    Istanbul, Turkey
    Nena Hotel
    Trabzon, Turkey
    Zorlu Grand Hotel
    NOT INCLUDED

    Airfare: International or Domestic unless otherwise indicated.
    We can offer airfare from the airport closest to you. Ask your Destination Specialist.

    OPTIONS FOR YOUR TRIP

    ITINERARY
    This is a Private Tour.
    Sunday arrivals are used as a guideline for this package, however, daily arrivals are available. Our Destination Specialists can provide you with a price for your preferred arrival date.


    DAY 01: SUN - Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, meeting and greeting by our representative and proceed to Istanbul for the hotel to check-in. Overnight in Istanbul.

    DAY 02: MON - We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia*. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. Overnight in Istanbul. (B/L)

    DAY 03: TUE - Proceed to Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. Fly to Trabzon. Dinner at Hotel. Overnight in Zorlu Grand Hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 04: WED - Trabzon represents one of the outstanding scenic beauties of Turkey, the quiet green beauty of the Black Sea coast In the north, with pine forested mountains, and lush valleys and hills, running to a coastline of placid beaches. Among the dense green foliage of this rainy area, the mountain villages, and the fishing villages on the coasts, retain the traditional wooden architecture of the region. The region is perfect for nature-lovers with its breathtaking landscapes. We begin our trip with visiting the 4th century Sumela Monastery and Altindere National Park. Later on we drive you up to Zigana Mountain, crossing the mountain with spectacular views of villages. Drive back to our hotel located at the center of Trabzon. Dinner at Hotel. Overnight in Zorlu Grand Hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 05: THU - Today we will explore the highlights of Trabzon city; study the extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes in the 13th century church of St. Sophia, visit Ataturk's Mansion on Soguksu hill facing Black Sea, Girls' Monastery on Boztepe Hill, Sera Lake on the way to Akçaabat. Dinner at Hotel. Overnight in Zorlu Grand Hotel. (B/D)

    DAY 06: FRI - After breakfast, we will proceed to the airport according to our flight and fly to Istanbul. After arrival, proceed to your hotel. Check in and the rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

    Day 07: SAT - You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. (B)


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