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Learn the art of Belly Dancing in mystical Turkey.

People across the world have been mesmerized by the beautiful art of belly dancing. Some consider its origins to be in Turkey, others believe it all started in Egypt or India.

Surprisingly, this unique dance comes from all three of these countries. As one of the most ancient dance forms, you could say that belly dancing is Egyptian, ancient Orient, Arabic or Middle Eastern as it has been cultivated for centuries by these different regions.

Some historical accounts claim traditional belly dancing began in fertility rituals and goddess worshipping ceremonies as performed by women to improve fertility and agility in childbirth.

Belly dancing was also widely performed during the Ottoman Empire. In the imperial harems, women used to dance for sultanas as well as sultans.

In America, it is believed belly dancing was introduced at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where a dancer known by the stage name "Little Egypt" gave the first performance of Middle Eastern belly dancing to Americans.

It is said that the term "belly dance" comes from a French word "danse du ventre," meaning "dance of the stomach." It is called "cifte telli" in Greece and "raks sharki" in Egypt. And in Turkey, belly dance is either referred to as "rakkas" or "göbek dansı," the latter a literal translation of belly dance in English.

In short, there is no correct term for the belly dance, which has evolved and changed over thousands of years.

Audience members may hear Egyptian and Middle Eastern pop during a performance, as well as Saudi rhythms and Hindi music while a belly dancer appears in her "bedleh," a costume featuring a two-piece, decorated bra and skirt set. Join us and immerse in the beautiful art of the belly dance.


The Art of Turkish Belly Dancing (Private)


October 2, 2021 days and October 9, 2021 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Welcome to Istanbul

Welcome to the mystical capital of Turkey, Istanbul!
Istanbul is a blending treasure chest of East and West that delivers the richness of such a unique destination. It has served as the capital of empires and of religions, of cultures and cuisine. As one of the few still existing cities in the world that has for thousands of years contributed so much to culture and people, Istanbul brings together elements of Byzantine, Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Turkish civilizations. A visit to Istanbul is like walking through a time tunnel where history and tradition live alongside one another in perfect harmony.
Rest and refresh at your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 2: Morning Belly Dance Class

Morning Belly Dance Class - Afternoon guided sightseeing of Istanbul City:
Hippodrome, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

DAY 3: Morning Belly Dance Class

Morning Belly Dance Class - Afternoon guided sightseeing of Istanbul City:
Hagia Sophia, Old Spice Market, Cistern Basilica and Grand Bazaar

DAY 4: Morning Belly Dance Class

Morning Belly Dance Class – Afternoon guided cruise on the Bosphorus and Turkish Bath Experience

DAY 5: Morning Flight to Cappadocia

Morning Flight to Cappadocia – Afternoon guided sightseeing of Cappadocia: Devrent, Pasabag & Zelve Valleys, Goreme Monastic Complex and Meeting Local Women Weaving Rugs at a traditional rug workshop

DAY 6: Morning Belly Dance Class

Afternoon meeting and cooking with locals including spice immersion, Pottery Workshop and Winery Visit

DAY 7: Morning Belly Dance Class

Morning Belly Dance Class – Afternoon guided sightseeing of Cappadocia: (Kaymakli Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar Castle) and Whirling Dervish Ceremony

DAY 8: See You Again!

Departure for Cappadocia Airport on a short flight to Istanbul to connect with outgoing flight or program extension.


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<p> People across the world have been mesmerized by the beautiful art of belly dancing. Some consider its origins to be in Turkey, others believe it all started in Egypt or India. </p>
<p> Surprisingly, this unique dance comes from all three of these countries. As one of the most ancient dance forms, you could say that belly dancing is Egyptian, ancient Orient, Arabic or Middle Eastern as it has been cultivated for centuries by these different regions. </p>
<p> Some historical accounts claim traditional belly dancing began in fertility rituals and goddess worshipping ceremonies as performed by women to improve fertility and agility in childbirth. </p>
<p> Belly dancing was also widely performed during the Ottoman Empire. In the imperial harems, women used to dance for sultanas as well as sultans. </p>
<p> In America, it is believed belly dancing was introduced at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where a dancer known by the stage name "Little Egypt" gave the first performance of Middle Eastern belly dancing to Americans. </p>
<p> It is said that the term "belly dance" comes from a French word "danse du ventre," meaning "dance of the stomach." It is called "cifte telli" in Greece and "raks sharki" in Egypt. And in Turkey, belly dance is either referred to as "rakkas" or "göbek dansı," the latter a literal translation of belly dance in English. </p>
<p> In short, there is no correct term for the belly dance, which has evolved and changed over thousands of years. </p>
<p>Audience members may hear Egyptian and Middle Eastern pop during a performance, as well as Saudi rhythms and Hindi music while a belly dancer appears in her "bedleh," a costume featuring a two-piece, decorated bra and skirt set. Join us and immerse in the beautiful art of the belly dance. </p>

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What You Will Learn/Do

Belly Dance and historical immersion of Istanbul ·    Belly Dance classes
·    Cooking Class
·    A traditional rug workshop with local female artisans
·    Pottery workshop
·    Spice immersion
·    Sufism overview
Belly Dance and historical immersion of Istanbul Belly Dance and the city’s history, Hagia Sophia Belly dance, learning European and Asian shores on The Bosphorus Waterway sitting on Two Continents, Turkish way of bathing Getting know of the extraordinary geography of Cappadocia and Carpet Weaving Process: knotting, tufting and hooking Belly Dance, Turkish village lifestyle through food, Turkish spices, Turkish wine making process, Pottery Production Process of The Famous Turkish Ceramics Belly Dance, history, Sufism

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p> Job creation and supports the arts. </p>
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Program

DAY 1: Welcome to Istanbul

Learn the art of Belly Dancing in mystical Turkey.
People across the world have been mesmerized by the beautiful art of belly dancing. Some consider its origins to be in Turkey, others believe it all started in Egypt or India. Surprisingly, this unique dance comes from all three of these countries. As one of the most ancient dance forms, you could say that belly dancing is Egyptian, ancient Orient, Arabic or Middle Eastern as it has been cultivated for centuries by these different regions. Some historical accounts claim traditional belly dancing began in fertility rituals and goddess worshipping ceremonies as performed by women to improve fertility and agility in childbirth. Belly dancing was also widely performed during the Ottoman Empire. In the imperial harems, women used to dance for sultanas as well as sultans. In America, it is believed belly dancing was introduced at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where a dancer known by the stage name "Little Egypt" gave the first performance of Middle Eastern belly dancing to Americans. It is said that the term "belly dance" comes from a French word "danse du ventre," meaning "dance of the stomach." It is called "cifte telli" in Greece and "raks sharki" in Egypt. And in Turkey, belly dance is either referred to as "rakkas" or "göbek dansı," the latter a literal translation of belly dance in English. In short, there is no correct term for the belly dance, which has evolved and changed over thousands of years. Audience members may hear Egyptian and Middle Eastern pop during a performance, as well as Saudi rhythms and Hindi music while a belly dancer appears in her "bedleh," a costume featuring a two-piece, decorated bra and skirt set. Join us and immerse in the beautiful art of the belly dance.


DAY 2: Morning Belly Dance Class

This morning you will be enjoying your first authentic belly dance class led by the tutors of Istanbul Belly Dancer’s Association’s Studio! The studio has an excellent method of exercise and one of the most beautiful dance arts in the world.
If you are looking for a place to purchase a traditional belly dancer costume, Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar is the perfect place to discover numerous glimmering varieties, where each graceful undulation is an expression of femininity and strength. A study at Western Michigan University revealed that the U.S. is incidentally known to have the highest number of belly dancers worldwide, including those of the Middle and Near East. Interestingly, belly dancing is also targeted as preference for its therapeutic aspects and is performed by women who suffer from physical illness, injury or psychological diseases.
This afternoon enjoy a guided immersion of Istanbul: First, you will visit the Hippodrome, was once the social center of Constantinople (the Byzantine name of the city). Built by the Romans in the 3rd Century AD, only fragments are left of what was once a grand stadium that held 100,000 spectators for public meetings and important events, including chariot races, coronations, political discussions, and executions. Later, you will continue to The Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world and named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and with a dome that can be seen from all across the Sultanahmet district.


DAY 3: Morning Belly Dance Class

Morning belly dance class at Istanbul Belly Dancer’s Association’s Studio.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Hagia Sophia. First built by the Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 AD., for more than nine centuries it was the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church and remains the world’s 4th largest church. Containing some of the finest mosaics to have survived from the Byzantine period, a haunting Virgin and Child in the Eastern apse is among them. Visit Old Spice Market where you may find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight. We will complete our experience at the Grand Bazaar, an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops that sell hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts.


DAY 4: Morning Belly Dance Class

Morning belly dance class at Istanbul Belly Dancer’s Association’s Studio.

Enjoy an afternoon guided tour with a nostalgic cruise on the Bosphorus in the comfort and relaxing environment of your private motorboat. Soak up the atmosphere of this famous riviera as you glide by the famous sights and monuments.
Cruise along both Asian and European shores passing the waterfront palaces of Sultans and their Pasha’s villas. Relax and enjoy close-up views, including the European Side, Dolmabahçe Palace, Çirağan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Asian Side, Anadolu Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace, and more.

After the cruise, enjoy a truly local Turkish experience. Learn Turkish bathing culture in one of the historical hammams of the city where you will enjoy the benefits of centuries-old bathing rituals of the Ottomans.


DAY 5: Morning Flight to Cappadocia

This morning, you will have an airport pick-up service for boarding a flight bound for Cappadocia! On arrival continue to our awaiting comfortable vehicle and drive to the land of wonders that is Cappadocia.

Cappadocia’s interesting and remarkable topography features a dream-like landscape of beautiful villages and houses carved from soft volcanic ash, underground cities and frescoed churches.

The so-called fairy chimneys and troglodyte dwellings will take you to another world and guarantee an unforgettable impression. We visit the rock formations in Dervent Valley onto Zelve Valley, the oldest example of Cappadocian architecture, elaborate shelters carved into the rock by the earliest monastic settlers.

Nearby Pasabag also known as Monk’s Valley are the amazing examples of hermitages hollowed out of volcanic rock formations.

Next, visit the village of Avanos situated on the banks of the river Kızıl Irmak, the largest river in Turkey. The city is known mainly for the millenarian handmade confections of tapestry and red clay pottery extracted from the banks of Kızıl Irmak where we will visit a ceramic cooperative to learn of the production process of the famous Turkish ceramics.
Before returning to the hotel, we will participate in a one-hour traditional rug workshop. The ancient tradition of carpet weaving deeply lies in Turkish art and culture.

Observe this disciplined and time-consuming skill at a hand-made carpet weaving demonstration that includes the history of carpet weaving, weaving techniques, the dying process and an explanation of pattern and motif meanings.


DAY 6: Morning Belly Dance Class

For today’s morning Belly Dance Class, you will be joined by professional dancer Clara Sussekind. A native of Brazil, Clara studied classical dance and graduated from the Faculdade da Cidade in Rio de Janeiro. She became interested in the mystical world of Oriental Dance and dedicated her life to traveling the world, researching and performing such specialty dances as belly, Roman, and Indian dances, as well as the Dervish ritualistic turn. Clara has performed in Brazil, Spain, Egypt, Morocco, the Netherlands and now Turkey.

She resides in Cappadocia and is the star of the Turkish Night Show where her solo performances include The Dance of the Seven Veils, Sword Dance, Percussion and Roman dance as well as the breathtaking Egyptian Sema with decorative drums.

Today’s belly dance class with her provide a great opportunity for learning. She has performed at great events all around the world and reaches an audience of almost 70,000 a year during her daily performance in Cappadocia.

In the afternoon, you will be meeting and cooking with locals, including spice immersion in a traditional stone arch house of Cappadocia in a small Turkish style village. Besides cooking in this lovely family house, you will also experience Turkish hospitality and traditional village life.

Then, head to the village of Avanos which is situated on the banks of the river Kızıl Irmak, the largest river in Turkey. The city is known mainly for the millenarian handmade confections of tapestry and red clay pottery - extracted from the banks of Kızıl Irmak - where we will visit a family run traditional pottery shop and get to know the entire production process of the famous Turkish ceramics.

Our final visit is to one of the most popular wineries of the region. Cappadocia’s history has been blessed with many vineyards. The Okuzgozu- Bogazkere combinations (grapes native to Turkey) are quite promising. The family-operated winery is located underground, carved in natural rock. This natural cellar also provides excellent storage conditions for the wine.


DAY 7: Morning Belly Dance Class

Morning Belly Dance Class

In the afternoon, visit the amazing underground city of Kaymakli. Signs of an early troglodyte lifestyle are evident in the communal kitchens blackened by smoke, stables and storage spaces carved into the rocks. The maze of living quarters, hundreds of feet below ground, is startling proof that tens of thousands of people existed deep within the earth. Later you will see the Pigeon Valley, where for centuries the locals kept pigeons in niches carved in the rock for their valuable fertilizing manure.

Uchisar is an extraordinary rock formation towering above the landscape and visible for miles around. This rock, riddled with windows and tunnels, was once used as a fortification, and offers a magnificent panoramic view of Cappadocia and Mt. Erciyes in the distance. Before checking in at our hotel we will get a chance to see a ceremony performed by the Whirling Dervishes in an ancient Caravanserail. This order was founded by a Sufi mystic who believed that music and dance can induce an ecstatic state that liberates one’s soul from the stress and suffering of daily life. The ceremony consists of five parts and includes prayers, greetings, and musical improvisations. Its culmination is the whirling, which symbolizes the spiritual accent to divine harmony.


DAY 8: See You Again!

Don’t leave yet!!

Extend your journey on one of our numerous global learning programs. We look forward to welcoming you back on another Learning Journeys immersion.

Perhaps you’re interested in visiting India to experience the art of Bollywood dance. Visit Russia to study ballet. Whatever your interest, Learning Journeys can assist you with finding the perfect program to fulfil your dreams.




Program Registration Fees

Per person for Package $4,470.00

Per person for Single Package $680.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

10/2/2021 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Moderate


What You Will Learn/Do

Belly Dance classes

Cooking Class

A traditional rug workshop with local female artisans

Pottery workshop

Spice immersion

Sufism overview


Why This Program Is Unique

A unique combination of the belly dancing theme and an immersive understanding of the country’s long history, which traces back to 12,000 BC, depicting a diverse culture and natural history as well as the opportunity of interaction with locals known for their hospitalities.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

Job creation and supports the arts.

Allows opportunities for economic and educational growth

Allows the chance of preserving and protecting cultures which broadens understanding.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1:

Learn the art of Belly Dancing in mystical Turkey. People across the world have been mesmerized by the beautiful art of belly dancing. Some consider its origins to be in Turkey, others believe it all started in Egypt or India. Surprisingly, this unique dance comes from all three of these countries. As one of the most ancient dance forms, you could say that belly dancing is Egyptian, ancient Orient, Arabic or Middle Eastern as it has been cultivated for centuries by these different regions. Some historical accounts claim traditional belly dancing began in fertility rituals and goddess worshipping ceremonies as performed by women to improve fertility and agility in childbirth. Belly dancing was also widely performed during the Ottoman Empire. In the imperial harems, women used to dance for sultanas as well as sultans. In America, it is believed belly dancing was introduced at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where a dancer known by the stage name "Little Egypt" gave the first performance of Middle Eastern belly dancing to Americans. It is said that the term "belly dance" comes from a French word "danse du ventre," meaning "dance of the stomach." It is called "cifte telli" in Greece and "raks sharki" in Egypt. And in Turkey, belly dance is either referred to as "rakkas" or "göbek dansı," the latter a literal translation of belly dance in English. In short, there is no correct term for the belly dance, which has evolved and changed over thousands of years. Audience members may hear Egyptian and Middle Eastern pop during a performance, as well as Saudi rhythms and Hindi music while a belly dancer appears in her "bedleh," a costume featuring a two-piece, decorated bra and skirt set. Join us and immerse in the beautiful art of the belly dance.

DAY 2:

This morning you will be enjoying your first authentic belly dance class led by the tutors of Istanbul Belly Dancer’s Association’s Studio! The studio has an excellent method of exercise and one of the most beautiful dance arts in the world. If you are looking for a place to purchase a traditional belly dancer costume, Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar is the perfect place to discover numerous glimmering varieties, where each graceful undulation is an expression of femininity and strength. A study at Western Michigan University revealed that the U.S. is incidentally known to have the highest number of belly dancers worldwide, including those of the Middle and Near East. Interestingly, belly dancing is also targeted as preference for its therapeutic aspects and is performed by women who suffer from physical illness, injury or psychological diseases. This afternoon enjoy a guided immersion of Istanbul: First, you will visit the Hippodrome, was once the social center of Constantinople (the Byzantine name of the city). Built by the Romans in the 3rd Century AD, only fragments are left of what was once a grand stadium that held 100,000 spectators for public meetings and important events, including chariot races, coronations, political discussions, and executions. Later, you will continue to The Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world and named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and with a dome that can be seen from all across the Sultanahmet district.

DAY 3:

Morning belly dance class at Istanbul Belly Dancer’s Association’s Studio. In the afternoon, you will visit the Hagia Sophia. First built by the Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 AD., for more than nine centuries it was the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church and remains the world’s 4th largest church. Containing some of the finest mosaics to have survived from the Byzantine period, a haunting Virgin and Child in the Eastern apse is among them. Visit Old Spice Market where you may find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight. We will complete our experience at the Grand Bazaar, an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops that sell hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts.

DAY 4:

Morning belly dance class at Istanbul Belly Dancer’s Association’s Studio. Enjoy an afternoon guided tour with a nostalgic cruise on the Bosphorus in the comfort and relaxing environment of your private motorboat. Soak up the atmosphere of this famous riviera as you glide by the famous sights and monuments. Cruise along both Asian and European shores passing the waterfront palaces of Sultans and their Pasha’s villas. Relax and enjoy close-up views, including the European Side, Dolmabahçe Palace, Çirağan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Asian Side, Anadolu Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace, and more. After the cruise, enjoy a truly local Turkish experience. Learn Turkish bathing culture in one of the historical hammams of the city where you will enjoy the benefits of centuries-old bathing rituals of the Ottomans.

DAY 5:

This morning, you will have an airport pick-up service for boarding a flight bound for Cappadocia! On arrival continue to our awaiting comfortable vehicle and drive to the land of wonders that is Cappadocia. Cappadocia’s interesting and remarkable topography features a dream-like landscape of beautiful villages and houses carved from soft volcanic ash, underground cities and frescoed churches. The so-called fairy chimneys and troglodyte dwellings will take you to another world and guarantee an unforgettable impression. We visit the rock formations in Dervent Valley onto Zelve Valley, the oldest example of Cappadocian architecture, elaborate shelters carved into the rock by the earliest monastic settlers. Nearby Pasabag also known as Monk’s Valley are the amazing examples of hermitages hollowed out of volcanic rock formations. Next, visit the village of Avanos situated on the banks of the river Kızıl Irmak, the largest river in Turkey. The city is known mainly for the millenarian handmade confections of tapestry and red clay pottery extracted from the banks of Kızıl Irmak where we will visit a ceramic cooperative to learn of the production process of the famous Turkish ceramics. Before returning to the hotel, we will participate in a one-hour traditional rug workshop. The ancient tradition of carpet weaving deeply lies in Turkish art and culture. Observe this disciplined and time-consuming skill at a hand-made carpet weaving demonstration that includes the history of carpet weaving, weaving techniques, the dying process and an explanation of pattern and motif meanings.

DAY 6:

For today’s morning Belly Dance Class, you will be joined by professional dancer Clara Sussekind. A native of Brazil, Clara studied classical dance and graduated from the Faculdade da Cidade in Rio de Janeiro. She became interested in the mystical world of Oriental Dance and dedicated her life to traveling the world, researching and performing such specialty dances as belly, Roman, and Indian dances, as well as the Dervish ritualistic turn. Clara has performed in Brazil, Spain, Egypt, Morocco, the Netherlands and now Turkey. She resides in Cappadocia and is the star of the Turkish Night Show where her solo performances include The Dance of the Seven Veils, Sword Dance, Percussion and Roman dance as well as the breathtaking Egyptian Sema with decorative drums. Today’s belly dance class with her provide a great opportunity for learning. She has performed at great events all around the world and reaches an audience of almost 70,000 a year during her daily performance in Cappadocia. In the afternoon, you will be meeting and cooking with locals, including spice immersion in a traditional stone arch house of Cappadocia in a small Turkish style village. Besides cooking in this lovely family house, you will also experience Turkish hospitality and traditional village life. Then, head to the village of Avanos which is situated on the banks of the river Kızıl Irmak, the largest river in Turkey. The city is known mainly for the millenarian handmade confections of tapestry and red clay pottery - extracted from the banks of Kızıl Irmak - where we will visit a family run traditional pottery shop and get to know the entire production process of the famous Turkish ceramics. Our final visit is to one of the most popular wineries of the region. Cappadocia’s history has been blessed with many vineyards. The Okuzgozu- Bogazkere combinations (grapes native to Turkey) are quite promising. The family-operated winery is located underground, carved in natural rock. This natural cellar also provides excellent storage conditions for the wine.

DAY 7:

Morning Belly Dance Class In the afternoon, visit the amazing underground city of Kaymakli. Signs of an early troglodyte lifestyle are evident in the communal kitchens blackened by smoke, stables and storage spaces carved into the rocks. The maze of living quarters, hundreds of feet below ground, is startling proof that tens of thousands of people existed deep within the earth. Later you will see the Pigeon Valley, where for centuries the locals kept pigeons in niches carved in the rock for their valuable fertilizing manure. Uchisar is an extraordinary rock formation towering above the landscape and visible for miles around. This rock, riddled with windows and tunnels, was once used as a fortification, and offers a magnificent panoramic view of Cappadocia and Mt. Erciyes in the distance. Before checking in at our hotel we will get a chance to see a ceremony performed by the Whirling Dervishes in an ancient Caravanserail. This order was founded by a Sufi mystic who believed that music and dance can induce an ecstatic state that liberates one’s soul from the stress and suffering of daily life. The ceremony consists of five parts and includes prayers, greetings, and musical improvisations. Its culmination is the whirling, which symbolizes the spiritual accent to divine harmony.

DAY 8:

Don’t leave yet!! Extend your journey on one of our numerous global learning programs. We look forward to welcoming you back on another Learning Journeys immersion. Perhaps you’re interested in visiting India to experience the art of Bollywood dance. Visit Russia to study ballet. Whatever your interest, Learning Journeys can assist you with finding the perfect program to fulfil your dreams.


Program Registration Fees

2021 Departures & Fees 3 Departures
2022 Departures & Fees 10 Departures

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September 10, 2021
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September 18, 2021
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October 02, 2021
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March 19, 2022
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April 09, 2022
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April 23, 2022
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Services Included

4 nights hotel accommodation at Pera Palace Hotel www.perapalace.com in Istanbul or similar 3 nights hotel accommodation at Elika Cave Suites Hotel www.elikacavesuites.com in Cappadocia or similar 7 breakfasts 1 home made lunch during cooking class in Cappadocia on Day 6 Services of professional English speaking expert throughout 2 way domestic flights, economy class : Istanbul/Cappadocia Day 5 &Cappadocia/Istanbul Day 8 All transportation by deluxe a/c vehicles with drivers All Airport Transfers in Istanbul and Cappadocia by deluxe a/c vehicles All admission fees to the sights and museums per itinerary Morning Belly dance classes in Istanbul and Cappadocia on Days 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 Belly dance certificate Rental of private boat for the cruise on the Bosphorus in Istanbul on Day 4 Turkish bath service on Day 4 Whirling Dervish Ceremony tickets in Cappadocia on Day 7 Bottled water on the vehicles Luggage handling at the hotels Welcome packages including wet napkins, maps, bookmarks and postcards

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