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Ceramic Tour in Turkey
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Pottery Making, Cappadocia
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
NET LAND TOUR RATES
Double per person
9 nights hotel accommodation.
Professional Licensed Tour Guides
Daily breakfasts (B)
6 dinners (D)
Transportations with AC vehicles
All entry fees to the sites &
Local taxes & service charges
International flights from US
(please ask for our special
International Air Rates)
All personal expenses and drinks
Turkish Visa Fee
Tips to the tour guide, driver.
CERAMIC TOUR IN
Red Clay White Clay Tiles
Quartz & more
art of Turkish tiles and ceramics occupy a place of
prominence in the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be
traced at least as far back to the Uighurs of the 8th and
9th centuries. Its subsequent development was influenced by
Karakhanid, Ghaznavid, and (especially) Iranian Seljuk art.
With the Seljuks' victory over the Byzantines at Malazgirt
in 1071, the art followed them into Anatolia and embarked
upon a new period of strong development fostered by the
Anatolian Seljuk sultanate. The Anatolian Seljuks were
influenced by the cultural heritage they encountered in
their new homeland, adapting them to the techniques that
they had brought with them from the Iranian plateau. This
resulted in a distinctively Anatolian style of Seljuk
architecture that was in full bloom by the 13th century.
Seljuk mosques, medreses (theological academies), tombs, and
palaces were lavishly decorated with exquisite tiles.
Iznik (ancient Nicea)
Archaeological excavations in and around Iznik were very
important parts of its prehistoric cultural history. Today,
Iznik Museum contains examples of Ilıpınar Tumulus and
Hacılar Hills ceramics. (7.300 BC.) During the Hellenistic,
Roman and Byzantine periods, Iznik continued to be an
important center for ceramic art production.
Today, Iznik tiles are admired worldwide for the following
- They are made on very clean white base clay with glazed
decorations in a unique process.
- Seventy to Eighty percent of Iznik tile is composed of
quartz. It is
the beauty in the harmonious composition of three successive
Day 01: Departure from USA or Canada.
Day 02: Arrive to ISTANBUL
Welcome to the city of seven hills, the capital of two
Istanbul is a city that has wonderful art from both
Christian and Islamic cultures, a city of poetry and love, a
city that has been fought for, throughout history. Your tour
guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim.
Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight at
the hotel. (D)
Day 03: ISTANBUL (Byzantine Wonders)
Starting from the old city visit the great city of two
continents. See the Ancient Roman Hippodrome, visit Great
Hagia Sophia from 6th century. This impressive church of
Justinian period is not only known for its size but also for
its decoration. Continue to Underground Cistern to admire
the atmosphere of Byzantium architecture. We will finish the
day in the famous
and eccentric Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
Day 04: ISTANBUL (Ottoman Treasures)
Morning visit to Blue Mosque, With its six minarets, it
is the reflection of Ottoman architecture. Then continue to
the Topkapı Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman
Sultans until the 19th century. Today it is great museum
where you can admire the largest Ottoman collections.
Afternoon discover the award winning Archaeological Museums
of Istanbul. Finish the day in the Spice Market. (B)
Day 05: Istanbul Ankara
Today we drive to Ankara, visit the Anatolian
Civilizations Museum. In this extraordinary museum we will
admire the ancient Assyrians and Hittites potteries.
Overnight in Ankara. (B)
Day 06: Ankara Cappadocia
After a short visit in the capital continue to
Cappadocia via Salt Lake. Dinner and overnight in
Day 07: Cappadocia
Discover Cappadocia. Visit the valleys, villages. Camel
Valley, Pasabag valley and fairy chimneys. Visit a Carpet
School. Discover one of the oldest Turkish art. Rug weaving
in Anatolia first began with the arrival of the Turkish
tribes from Central Asia, who settled in this region.
clay workshop in a pottery factory in Cappadocia. (Red clay
Day 08: Cappadocia
Continue to discover Cappadocia. Visit an underground
city, Goreme open air museum, Onyx Factory. Afternoon we
will return to pottery factory for a white clay workshop.
Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)
Day 09: Cappadocia Eskişehir
Drive to Eskişehir. Visit the Meerschaum museum.
(Meerschaum is a soft white mineral sometimes found floating
on the Black Sea, and rather suggestive of sea-foam. It is
opaque and of white, grey or cream color, breaking with a
conchoidal or fine earthy fracture, and occasionally fibrous
in texture). Overnight in Eskişehir. (B,D)
Day 10 : Eskişehir Bursa Iznik - Istanbul
Drive to Bursa. Visit the famous silk bazaar, then drive
to Iznik. Visit Iznik ceramic factory. Following the
establishment of the Ottoman Empire in the
early 14th century, Iznik pottery initially followed Seljuk
Empire antecedents. Continue to Istanbul. Farewell dinner in
Istanbul and overnight. (B,D)
Day 11: Istanbul airport
Transfer to Istanbul airport, end of our services.
FOR REGISTRATION & QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:
Cenk Eronat, Director of Art Programs
+90-232 441-8635 / 441-8676 / 441-8677