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YOUR O.A.T. ADVENTURE TRAVEL PLANNING GUIDE Turkey’s Magical Hideaways 2021 Small Groups: 8-14 travelers—guaranteed! (average of 12) ® Overseas Adventure Travel The Leader in Personalized Small Group Adventures on the Road Less Traveled 1

Dear Traveler,We can dream, can’t we? That’s what I’ve been doing these past months, as I look forward to traveling assoon as it’s safe to do so. I know you’re eager to get out there again soon, too, and our Turkey’s MagicalHideaways itinerary described inside is an excellent way to start. Exactly how your adventure unfolds is up to you, because you have many choices to customize it. You can arrive early and stay later—perhaps by adding a pre- or post-trip extension, spending time in a Stopover city, or combining 2 or more trips. Plus, your itinerary is laced with free time, so you’ll have opportunities to do your own thing. More than 80% of the travelers who reserve this trip choose to tailor their adventure. In fact, O.A.T. is the only travel company to offer such flexibility and choice for an experience that is truly personalized.As for Turkey’s Magical Hideaways, thanks to your small group of 8-13 travelers (average 12) you can expectsome unforgettable experiences. Here are a few that stood out for me:When I saw Cappadocia for the first time, it felt like I had been plucked from reality and transported into anotherworldly fairytale. I stood in awe at towering, cone-shaped pillars and pinnacles that met a boundlesssky. The only thing more awe-inspiring than the fantastical landscape was the welcoming nature of thelocals who live here now. I stopped at one of the small villages nestled on the outskirts of Cappadocia,where I visited a local craft cooperative. The women here showed me the intricacies of their handicrafttraditions before speaking with me about their dreams for the future. You’ll meet them, too, and hear theirpersonal experiences before getting a taste of Turkish hospitality during a Home-Hosted Lunch in thevillage.You’ll also hear about another side of Turkey when you meet with a Syrian refugee to discuss Turkey’sconflicting beliefs toward refugees. He’ll delve into his own harrowing account of fleeing from Syria as wellas the challenges he and other immigrants face as they integrate into Turkish society.The way we see it, you’ve come a long way to experience the true culture—not some fairytale version ofit. That’s why we don’t shy away from controversial topics, and why all our Trip Experience Leaders are“insiders” who live in the country. At times you may be nudged out of your comfort zone. But you will alsobe inspired by the resilience and humanity of the wonderful people you meet. And that’s what adventuretravel is all about.Thanks for letting me dream along with you about the Turkey’s Magical Hideaways. I’m optimistic that soonwe won’t just be dreaming, but experiencing the enrichment that only travel can bring. Until then, feel freeto call our Adventure Specialists at 1-800-955-1925.Love and peace,Harriet R. LewisVice ChairmanOverseas Adventure TravelP.S. Due to the uncertainties of the continuing pandemic, we are EXTENDING our Risk-Free Booking Policy through 12/31/21. Please see details at www.oattravel.com/riskfree-booking. USA Today “Best Tours” 10Best Readers’ Presented by Choice Awards Solo Traveler 2

CONTENTSA Letter from Harriet Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2The O.A.T. Difference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4The Grand Circle Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6The Leader in Solo Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7TURKEY’S MAGICAL HIDEAWAYS Climate & Average Temperatures . . . . . . . . . . 63Your Adventure at a Glance: Aboard Your Ship: Cabin Features, Dining & Where You’re Going, What it Costs, Services on Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 and What’s Included . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Turkish gulet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66Your Detailed Day-To-Day Itinerary . . . . . . . . . . 9Optional Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 ABOUT YOUR DESTINATIONS:Pre-Trip Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 CULTURE, ETIQUETTE & MOREPost-Trip Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Turkish Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68Deck Plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Religion and Religious Observances . . . . . . . 69Dates & Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Shopping: What to Buy, Customs, Shipping & More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74ESSENTIAL TRAVEL INFORMATIONTravel Documents & Entry Requirements. . . 43 DEMOGRAPHICS & HISTORYVisas Required . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Turkey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76Rigors, Vaccines & General Health . . . . . . . . . 45 Facts, Figures & National Holidays . . . . . . . . 76 No Vaccines Required . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Turkey: A Brief History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77Money Matters: Local Currency & Tipping Azerbaijan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Tipping Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 RESOURCES: SUGGESTEDAir, Optional Tours & Staying in Touch . . . . . 53 READINGS & MOVIES Optional Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Suggested Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Communicating with Home from Abroad . . 54 Suggested Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82Packing: What to Bring & Luggage Limits . . . 56 Suggested Packing Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Electricity Abroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61O.A.T. Health & Safety Measures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 3

EXPERIENCE THE O.A.T. DIFFERENCEin TurkeyThis adventure not only showcases iconic sights, but takes you beyond them to experience theculture through unique activities, engagement with the natural world, and authentic encounterswith local people. Since our founding in 1978, O.A.T. has become America’s leader in personalizedsmall group journeys on the road less traveled.SMALL GROUPS: 8-13 TRAVELERS LOCAL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION(AVERAGE OF 12)—GUARANTEED To see the world like the locals, you shouldThe world feels more intimate and engaging travel like one. Our small group size allowswhen your experience of it is also personal and us to take the roads and waterways that aregenuine. That’s why our groups never exceed 13 less traveled, and we often follow them usingtravelers. This gives you access to people and the same unique modes of transportationplaces larger groups simply can’t reach. More that the locals use—be it a canoe, a camel or aauthentic interactions. Deeper bonds with vintage cab.your travel mates. Personal service from yourTrip Experience Leader. Smoother transitions. UNIQUE LODGINGSAnd a far more satisfying experience than any Our lodgings reflect the local character,traditional tour offers. from smaller family-run hotels and historic manors to comfy inns. Occasionally, largerTHE BEST TRIP EXPERIENCE LEADERS hotels closer to city centers are used. WhereverYour English-speaking, O.A.T. Trip Experience you stay, you’re assured fine comfort andLeader is a resident of the region you are visiting, hospitality.so you will get a true insider’s perspectivethat brings each place alive—the stories, food, OUR WORLDWIDE OFFICEScustoms, hidden treasures and more. With 36 regional offices around the world, we are perfectly poised to leverage our localAUTHENTIC CULTURAL CONNECTIONS relationships to deliver an excellent experienceEngage with local people through visits to and value. During this trip, you’ll be supportedfarms, factories, markets, and artisans’ by our team in Istanbul.studios; school visits; Home-Hosted meals;and more.Explore ancient ruins on Gemiler Island Interact with locals in their home in Cappadocia 4

THE PILLARS OF DISCOVERYEnriching. Inspiring. Unforgettable. These features form the foundationof your Turkey’s Magical Hideaways adventure.GRAND CIRCLE FOUNDATION (GCF) A DAY IN THE LIFEVISIT Do you ever wonder, “What would it be likeGCF was established in 1992 to help change to live here?” when you visit new lands? Let’speople’s lives in the world where we live, find out during your O.A.T. A Day in the Life, anwork, and travel. To date, we have pledged or exclusive, immersive experience that placesdonated $200 million worldwide. you in the heart of a community where you’ll meet various people where they live, work,By investing in the places we explore— and play; visit the neighborhood school; lend aincluding local schools, cooperatives, or arts hand with daily chores; and break bread withcenters—we hope to give locals the skills and our hosts.confidence they need to become leaders oftheir generation and preserve their heritage Perhaps you’ll join a local resident orfor many years to come. We’re proud to play community leader for a guided walk througha part in preserving precious locales like the the town, visit a market, or enjoy a uniqueBryggen waterfront district of Bergen, a living opportunity to meet teachers and students atexample of the glory days of the Hanseatic a local school if school is in session.League, and supporting villages like Harmi inEstonia, whose once-struggling school is now HOME-HOSTED EXPERIENCESa center of community life. Stories shared. Differences solved. Taste buds engaged. Good will extended. It’s amazing theCONTROVERSIAL TOPICS things that can happen across a kitchen table,Every culture has its joys and achievements, so we’ll break into groups of 4-5 to join a localand we celebrate them all. But every place family in their home for a snack or a meal.also has its challenges, and to gloss over them This is a rare opportunity to witness familywould not do justice to those whose stories life, learn local customs, and taste someneed to be told—nor to you, as a traveler who home-cooked fare.deserves more than a sugar-coated version of On this adventure, we’ll learn more about thethings. So our Trip Experience Leaders will rich culture of Cappadocia when we share alead frank discussions on controversial issues, meal with a local family in their home. Whileand introduce you to people whose stories will savoring a homecooked meal, we’ll delveexpand your understanding. into local culture and everyday life with ourFor example, we’ll meet with a Syrian refugee gracious hosts.ĢłRŭŶÖłðŽķŶŋùĢŭóŽŭŭ̵¦ŽũĴāƘ̪ŭùĢƑĢŭĢƑāattitude towards Syrian refugees and discussthe challenges he and his fellow immigrantsface as they integrate into Turkish society. 5

GRAND CIRCLE FOUNDATIONChanging people’s lives, one village, one school, one person at a time GIVING BACK TO THE WORLD WE TRAVEL Dear Traveler, Since our inception in 1992, the Grand Circle In 1992 we established Grand Circle Foundation has pledged or donated more than Foundation, an entity of the Lewis Family $200 million to projects around the world. Foundation, as a means to give back to the world that had already given us so JOIN OUR GENEROUS TRAVELERS much. We’ve pledged or donated more We consider each and every one of our travelers than $200 million worldwide to support to be partners in our worldwide giving. the education of young people and the Some travelers, however, are so inspired by preservation of international treasures the schools and villages they visit, they are and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. compelled to give more. In fact, our travelers have donated more than $1 million in 2019 Of course, none of this would be possible alone. And because we have no administrative without your help. A portion of the costs, 100% of donations are used to help proceeds of every adventure is donated to change people’s lives. Grand Circle Foundation—so just as your life will be enriched by the discoveries BETTER OUR OWN COMMUNITIES— you’ll make on your journey, you’ll also ALL AROUND THE WORLD help to enrich the lives of the people In addition to the destinations where we travel, you’ll meet along the way. we strive to better the communities where Thank you for traveling with us, and for we work—from our headquarters in Boston helping to change people’s lives. to our 36 offices around the world. In Boston, more than 99% of our associates participate Love and peace, in community service each year. Worldwide, nearly all of our offices organize annual community service events of their own.. Harriet R. Lewis Chair, Grand Circle Foundation How you can help To learn more about ongoing Foundation projects, you can sign up for our weekly e-newsletter, the Inside Scoop, at www.oattravel.com/community/the-inside-scoop. When you do, you’ll not only receive updates on Grand Circle Foundation, but the latest news and discoveries on all things Grand Circle and Overseas Adventure Travel. www.grandcirclefoundation.org 6

THE LEADER IN SOLO TRAVELin Turkey—and Around the WorldON THIS ADVENTURE …FREE Single Supplements: We don’t The leader in solo-friendlycharge a single supplement on this travel for Americans—adventure and optional trip extensions— by the numbersa savings of $795-$1100 per personcompared to other travel companies.But single spaces fill quickly, so early More than 50,000 solo travelersreservations are advised. joined us in 2018 and 2019—on their own or with a friend or relativeOne of our most popular trips for solotravelers. More than 331 solo travelersjoined us on this adventure in the past two 20,000 single spaces with ayears—either independently or sharing FREE or low-cost Single Supplementa room with a mother, daughter, sister, in 2021—a 25% increase from 2019or friend.High ratings: More than 89% of these solotravelers rated their adventure excellent. More than 90% of solo women travelers rated their adventureOn average, half of your group will also excellentbe traveling independently, so it’s easyto forge special bonds as you experienceunforgettable moments together. 38 exclusive women’s departures featured on 23 of our most popularYou’ll be in good hands, thanks to your adventures—8 of which arededicated local Trip Experience Leader single-only departures(a resident of Turkey), and the expertiseof our regional office team in Istanbul.Increased Single Space: In 2021, we have118% more single spaces than in 2019,with up to 3 single spaces per departure.See available FREE single space atwww.oattravel.com/tmh2021. Solo doesn’t mean “alone.” Three out of eight O.A.T. travelers join our small groups as solos, so you will be in good company. 7

Our best value in 3 years—with a savings of up to $500 per personTurkey’s Magical HideawaysSmall Ship AdventureTurkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, 4-Night Turquoise Coast private gulet cruise, EphesusCountries: 1 | Cities: 4 | 4 Nights Aboard A Privately Chartered 13-Passenger Turkish Gulet Small groups: 8-13 travelers—guaranteed! It’s Included (average of 12) • Accommodations for 3 nights in • 36 meals—15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 3895 Istanbul, 3 nights in Cappadocia, and 12 dinners (including 1 Home- 17 days from $ 3 nights in Antalya, 4 nights aboard a Hosted Lunch) Includes international airfare privately chartered Turkish gulet, and 2 nights in Kusadasi • 27 guided tours and cultural experiences Travel from only $230 a day • International airfare, airport transfers, • Services of our local O.A.T. Trip Experience Leader with your group 16 days from $ 2695 government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges unless you choose to make of 8-13 travelers (average of 12) throughout your adventure Without international airfare your own air arrangements • All land transportation and • Gratuities for local guides, drivers, ship FREE Single Supplement available crew, and luggage porters internal flights • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next trip Maximize Your Discoveries & Value To get a richer view of the Included Features on this adventure, Optional extensions: watch our Trip Itinerary video at www.oattravel.com/tmh2021 Untouched Azerbaijan 5 nights pre-trip from $2895 Travel from only $483 per night Northwest Turkey: Battlefields of Ancient Troy and Gallipoli & Istanbul 6 nights post-trip from $1495 Travel from only $250 per night Gulet, Antalya, Turkey Turkey’s Magical Hideaways 8

Turkey’s Magical HideawaysYOUR DETAILED ITINERARY BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE WITH AN OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXTENSION 6 nights in Untouched Azerbaijan Day 1 Depart U.S. Day 5 Overland to Guba • Krasnaya Sloboda village visit • Explore Guba Day 2 Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey • Fly to Baku, Azerbaijan Day 6 Khinalug village visit • Home-Hosted Lunch Day 3 Arrive in Baku • Explore Baku Day 7 Overland to Baku • Carpet Museum Day 4 Excursion to Gobustan • Gobustan & Cultural Center visits Museum visit Day 8 Martyr’s Lane visit • Fly to Istanbul • Begin main tripDay 1 Fly to Istanbul, Turkey Blue Mosque. On-site amenities may include a bar and terrace; typical rooms here featureAfternoon/Evening: You depart today on an a minibar, TV, wireless Internet access, and aovernight flight to Istanbul, Turkey. private bathroom. Lunch: On your own. You are free to settleDay 2 Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey in at the hotel, or venture out to start your• Destination: Istanbul explorations of Istanbul independently. After• Accommodations: or similar you savor the flavors of Turkey for lunch, youMorning: You’ll arrive in Istanbul sometime in may seek out a bakery or restaurant that servesthe early afternoon, depending on your specific traditional baklava, a sweet dessert made withflight arrangements. An O.A.T. representative filo dough, honey, and nuts.will arrange for your transfer to your hotel—a Afternoon: The afternoon is yours, with theride of about 1.5 hours, depending on traffic. freedom to rest in your room or stroll theHere we’ll be joined by travelers who took our nearby neighborhood.optional Untouched Azerbaijan extension. Dinner: On your own. The area around our hotelUpon arrival, you will check in and receive your features an assortment of Turkish restaurants,room assignment. We stay in Istanbul for three and your Trip Experience Leader will be readynights—depending on where we stay, we’re to recommend favorites. Perhaps you’ll seeklikely to be situated in the heart of the city,just a brisk walk from the Hippodrome and Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 9

out a restaurant that prepares traditional embroidery and have a chance to ask themdishes like turlu, a popular and flavorful about life in Istanbul. The head of the projectvegetable stew. will also be available to discuss the mission.Evening: You’re free to seek out Istanbul’s • How to get there: A 15-minute metro ridedelights on your own. You may choose to from Old Town, plus a 10-minute walk.experience dondurma, Turkey’s famous • Hours: 9am-7am, Monday-Saturday.gravity-defying ice cream. Made with salep • Cost: Free.flour, the ice cream resists melting, and is often • Explore the Istanbul Archaeologicalknown to droop down off the side of a cone Museum: With over one million artifactswithout falling to the ground. from a variety of cultures, Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum is one of the largestFreedom To Explore: During your three days in the world. The majority of treasures you’llin Istanbul, you have the freedom to explore find here are from civilizations that were oncethis city on your own during your free time. part of the vast Ottoman Empire, includingBelow are a few recommended options for the Balkans, Africa, Mesopotamia, andindependent explorations: Afghanistan.• Master Turkish cuisine at Cooking Alaturka: • How to get there: A 15-minute metro ride Step into Istanbul’s first cooking school, from Old Town, plus a 10-minute walk. opened in 2002, to learn about the techniques • Hours: 9am-7am, Monday-Saturday. and ingredients that go into Turkish cooking. • Cost: Free. Then, enjoy a hands-on lesson preparing a traditional five-course meal. You’ll get to Day 3 Explore Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar & enjoy the fruits of your labor after completing Topkapi Palace each dish as you sample the cuisine you have • Destination: Istanbul just prepared, along with a glass of local wine. • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner A minimum of two people need to be signed • Accommodations: Armada Old City Hotel up for this class. or similar • How to get there: A 10- to 15-minute walk from the Armada Old City Hotel. Activity Note: As we explore bustling city markets today, we’ll be exposed to a cacophony • Hours: 10:30am-2:30pm and 4:30- 8:30pm, Monday-Saturday. of sights, sounds, and smells in extremely busy environments. The boisterous energy • Cost: About $75 USD. may be overwhelming to some travelers, so• Meet the embroiders at the Turquoise Tassel: we encourage you to be ready with a spirit Tucked into a less-visited corner of Istanbul, of adventure. If either the Grand Bazaar or the Turquoise Tassel is unlike most other Topkapi Palace are closed today, our Trip handicraft shops you’ll find in the city. This Experience Leader will rearrange activities as embroidery workshop was established to needed to include these visits on a different day. provide training and employment to local women who have no other opportunities to Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel work outside of the home. During your visit, beginning at 7am, with Turkish and American you’ll see the women hard at work on their options available. Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 10
Morning: Around 8:30am, we’ll gather as a Constantinople) and served as the residence ofsmall group for the first time and meet with our Ottoman sultans—along with their wives andTrip Experience Leader for a Welcome Briefing concubines—for the next 400 years. Today, it isat our hotel. During this briefing, we will one of the world’s richest museums, and duringintroduce ourselves and review our itinerary in our 1-hour visit, we’ll behold a staggeringmore detail (including any changes that may collection of arms, porcelain, and pricelessneed to occur). Our Trip Experience Leader will treasures that include the jewel-studdedalso discuss logistics, safety and emergency dagger made famous by the Hollywood heistprocedures, and answer any questions we may film, Topkapi.have. Then, around 9:45am, we’ll set off on a Our visit conludes around 2:45pm, at whichfull day bus and walking tour of Istanbul, the time you are free to return to the hotel withhistoric city formerly known as Byzantium the group, or remain in historic center toand Constantinople, with our Trip Experience explore on your own. Perhaps you’d like to visitLeader. Due to its strategic location astride both Archaeological Museum, showcasing over aAsia and Europe, Istanbul served as the capital million artifacts from the Balkans, to Africa,of a series of empires since its founding back and Afghanistan. At about 6:15pm, we’ll take ain the seventh century BC, and today boasts 15-minute walk to a local restaurant (or we maymyriad treasures from its incredible history. drive there, if the group wishes to).Our first stop is the Hippodrome of Dinner: Around 6:30pm at a local restaurant.Constantinople, a lively central square that was Tonight’s Welcome Dinner will featurethe social heart of the city during the Byzantine authentic Turkish cuisine, including anera. We’ll witness the square’s defining appetizer, main course, and dessert. Yourfeatures—two soaring obelisks—before choice of bottled water and a soft drink, glass ofcontinuing on to the Grand Bazaar, about a beer, or wine is included.15-minute walk. Upon arrival around 11am,we’ll delve into this lively and historic market. Evening: On your own. You’re free to walk orHome to more than 4,000 shops today, this ride back to the hotel if you’d like. Perhapsremarkable complex dates back more than 550 you’ll venture out to one of the city’s popularyears. Stroll through row after row of colorful rooftop nightspots, where you can enjoy astalls, sampling street foods and Turkish drink and striking views of the city. Your Tripdelicacies as you do. Experience Leader will be happy to provide recommendations.Lunch: On your own around noon. Grab a biteat one of the Bazaar’s many food stands—yourTrip Experience Leader will be happy to pointyou in the direction of his or her favorites.Afternoon: After exploring the myriad waressold at the Grand Bazaar, we’ll regroup around1:30pm and begin making our way to Topkapipalace, another highlight of the city’s gloriouspast. The complex of grand pavilions andcourtyards was built by Mehmet II in the middleof the 15th century (just after his conquest of Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 11
Day 4 Explore Istanbul & Hagia Sophia country: The status of Syrian refugees in• Controversial Topic: The challenges Turkish society. We will meet with one of three female Syrian refugees and speak withfacing Syrian refugees in Turkey with a her for about an hour to learn about herfemale refugee and a Turkish citizen experience as an outsider in this country. A• Destination: Istanbul Turkish female speaker will also be on-hand to• Included Meals: Breakfast provide the complicated Turkish perspective• Accommodations: Armada Old City Hotel on the situation: While most Turks recognize or similar the refugees’ desperate situation, many areExclusive O.A.T. Activity: Today’s discoveries beginning to resent the Syrians for strainingfeature the Controversial Topic of the Turkey’s resources. It’s a emotionally chargedchallenges Syrian refugees are facing in issue for Syrians and Turks alike; for theirTurkey with a refugee and a Turkish citizen. safety, our speakers have asked that we notThis conversation will reveal both sides identify them by name.of a complicated humanitarian issue that Since 2012, more than 4 million Syrians havehas no easy solution. Read more about this sought refuge in Turkey (though unofficialconversation below. estimates put that figure much higher, at aboutBreakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel 6 million refugees). Fleeing a war-torn regionbeginning at 7am, with Turkish and American that has been battered by civil war, Kurdishoptions available. militants, the Assad regime, and the Islamic State, these refugees have left all their worldlyMorning: At around 8:30am, we’ll begin our possessions, their homes, and in many casescity tour of Istanbul. We’ll walk approximately their friends and family members—all in search10 minutes to Hagia Sophia—a true wonder of of a better life in Turkey.the Byzantine world. Completed under EmperorJustinian in AD 537, this massive building But with so many refugees arriving penniless(known best for its resplendent dome) was a and desperate, attitudes among the TurkishChristian church for nearly 1,000 years, until are divided, and the refugees’ reception hasMehmet the Conqueror claimed it for Islam. not been uniformly welcome. In large part,Kemal Atatürk, the revolutionary leader and this is due to the support given to the Syriansfounder of the Republic, proclaimed it as a by the Turkish government: Syrian peoplemuseum in 1934. The church’s interior was receive priority medical treatment over thedesigned as an earthly mirror of heaven, and local Turks at hospitals, for example, andas we explore, our Trip Experience Leader will unemployment benefits are longer and morepoint out the stunning Byzantine mosaics and substantial for Syrians than for Turkish people.distinctive features that contributed to the And as the number of Syrians in Turkey hassuccess of this estimable goal. grown, so, too, has their pressure on the system—Syrians now make up about 8% of theAt approximately 10am, we’ll drive about total Turkish population, a sizable minority.10 minutes aboard our private motorcoach As a result, many Turkish people consider theto a Syrian-owned café in Aksaray, an Syrians a burden on society, taking work andIstanbul neighborhood known as “Little resources away from Turkish citizens at a timeSyria.” Here, we’ll sit down to learn about of economic distress. Violence against Syriansa Controversial Topic currently roiling the is on the rise, particularly in the suburbs of Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 12
Istanbul where there is a prevalence of both After our conversation concludes aroundTurkish and Syrian gangs. Right-wing political 11:30am, we’ll make our way to the Taksimgroups are also taking aim at the refugees: area, approximately 30 minutes away by bus.There is even an increasing demand amongst Upon arrival, our Trip Experience Leader willhardline Turks that the refugees return home, give us a brief overview of the neighborhoodcreating an impossible contradiction—for and point out options for lunch.many Syrians, there is no home to return to. Lunch: On your own around 12:30pm.At the same time, many Turkish people have The area around Taksim is surrounded bytaken a softer approach to their new neighbors. restaurants and you’re free to find one thatThey regard the Syrians as hardworking appeals to you. Or, your Trip Experiencemembers of society and a welcome contribution Leader can recommend a true Turkishto the fabric of Turkish culture, worthy of the experience: trying local street-food favoritessame aid, dignity, and respect as any other such as islak (a type of hamburger), a dönerperson. But even among these Turks, there is kebab, or a delicious simit (a special bagel witha sense of fatigue: Many thought the refugees sesame seeds).would only be in Turkey for 2-3 years, but the Afternoon: We’ll reconvene around 1:30pmsituation in Syria has yet to stabilize. to take a stroll around Galata, the old GenoeseThis puts the Syrians, who have already faced quarter. Our 1.5-hour walk will take us throughunimaginable tragedy, in an increasingly one of the oldest neighborhoods in Istanbul anddifficult situation. A great deal of them are to Istiklal Caddesi, a two-mile-long pedestriantaken advantage of by local employers, street. As we walk, we’ll have time to witnessworking for subpar wages and living in and appreciate the colorful shops and wealth ofcrowded dormitories. They are often regarded Art Nouveau and Ottoman-era buildings thatby Turkish citizens as outsiders. And yet the line this route. We’ll begin our return trip to ourdecision to assimilate into Turkish culture can hotel around 3pm. En route, we’ll stop at Misirbe wrenching, with other refugees condemning Carsisi, the Spice Bazaar—one of the largesttheir fellow countrymen for abandoning bazaars in the city. Travelers who wish totheir roots. participate can join our Trip Experience Leader on a walk through its bustling stalls. Otherwise,We’ll hear from each of our speakers for about you’ll remain on the bus and return to the hotel.10 minutes apiece, then spend the remainderof the hour asking questions to further our The remainder of the afternoon is yours tounderstanding of the perspective of some relax in the hotel, or you may choose to take aof Turkey’s most invisible people. Your Trip short ferry ride to Kadıköy, an up-and-comingExperience Leader is ready to facilitate the neighborhood popular with the locals on theconversation as needed. As you continue Asian side of the Bosporus.your journey through Turkey, be sure to keep Dinner: On your own. Perhaps you’ll ask youran eye out to see for yourself how refugees Trip Experience Leader where to find thehave settled in to Turkish society, and how best manti in town. This stuffed dumpling dishlocals’ opinions about them vary from person traditionally features a filling of ground meatto person. and onion, served with yogurt and tomato sauce—but Istanbul has seen a rise in new filling options, among them fish or vegetables. Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 13
Evening: The evening is free for your own cities in the area housed up to 20,000 people.discoveries. Your Trip Experience Leader is a There are also more than 600 Christianwealth of information for activity ideas. churches carved into the soft rock, some dating to the third century AD. A few CappadocianDay 5 Fly to Cappadocia • Visit Göreme caves also serve as homes for modern-day troglodytes, who stay quite cool here in the hotopen-air museum summer weather.• Destination: Cappadocia• Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner At about 3:30pm, we’ll arrive in Göreme, a• Accommodations: or similar literal “open-air museum” of ancient rock-cut churches, chapels, and monasteries adornedBreakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel with Byzantine frescoes dating from the tenthbeginning at 7am, with Turkish and American to the 13th centuries. We’ll explore this naturaloptions available. wonderland on foot for approximately 1.5 hoursMorning: At about 9:30am, we’ll board before traveling by bus for about 15 minutesour bus for a 1.25-hour ride to the airport. to our hotel. Depending on where we stay, ourUpon arrival, we’ll check in for our 12:30pm hotel for the next three nights may includeflight—depending on our departure date, we’ll on-site restaurants in addition to a bar, shop,fly to either Kayseri or Nevsehir. Although and swimming pool. Your room may feature airour flight from European-influenced Istanbul conditioning, a minibar, TV, and private bathto landlocked Cappadocia is only about 450 with hair dryer. After checking in and gettingmiles, it may feel as if we landed on another our room assignments, the remainder of theplanet when we arrive. Over millennia, rain afternoon is yours, with the freedom to relaxand wind have shaped the soft white volcanic and settle in.rock—called tufa–of the surrounding Anatolian Dinner: We’ll depart for a local restaurantplain into an otherworldly landscape of around 6:30pm, where we’ll dine on regionallydripping cones, pillars, pinnacles, and fairy inspired dishes.chimneys soaring more than a hundred feetinto the sky. Evening: On your own. You’re free to enjoy a nightcap at the hotel bar, or chat with yourLunch: After landing around 2pm and boarding fellow travelers about favorite moments fromour bus for a panoramic drive, we’ll make a the adventure thus far.brief stop at a small store to pick up fruit andnuts to enjoy for lunch as we make our way Freedom To Explore: During your three daystoward Göreme. in Cappadocia, you have the freedom to explore this region on your own during your free time.Afternoon: Our 1-hour drive to Göreme will be Below are a few recommended options forour first introduction to Cappadocia’s geologic independent explorations:wonders and remarkable human history. Aswe’ll learn from our Trip Experience Leader, • Visit a family living in a fairy chimney:people have inhabited the region since ancient During the Roman period, persecutedtimes, using hand tools to hollow out thousands Christians went into hiding in Cappadocia—of the freestanding tufa formations. These and quickly realized that the region’s fairycave-like rooms once sheltered Turkey’s early chimneys could double as dwellings. With justChristians from invaders, and vast underground a little excavation, they were move-in ready, Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 14
and some families simply never left. Your Day 6 A Day in the Life of a Cappadocian Trip Experience Leader would be happy to village • Optional Ballooning Over arrange a meeting with one of these families Cappadocia tour so that you might see their home first-hand • Destination: Cappadocia and learn about life in this otherworldly destination. • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner • Accommodations: Alfina Hotel or similar • How to get there: A 30-minute drive by bus. Exclusive O.A.T. Activity: Today’s discoveries • Hours: Based on the family’s availability. feature a NEW A Day in the Life experience of • Cost: Free. an unspoiled village in Cappadocia. With the mayor of the town as our guide, we’ll play a• Master the art of paper marbling at traditional game with local men at a teahouse, Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evi: Ebru is the art of visit a women’s cooperative and help make paper marbling, which is typically used as handcrafts, enjoy lunch with a local family, and a background for calligraphy and covers for learn about the town’s agricultural traditions. books and stationery. To achieve this marble Read more about this experience below. finish on paper or fabric, artists add dye to the surface of water and dip either the paper Early Morning: At about 5am, early risers are or fabric into the water, which absorbs the welcome to join us for a spectacular experience: color and takes on a marble pattern. Watch an optional hot-air balloon flight over as a local who has been honing his skill for Cappadocia, with the chance to view its surreal 14 years creates ebru before you have the beauty from high above, illuminated by the rosy chance to dye a silk scarf using this technique light of dawn. During this 2-hour excursion, yourself. we’ll soar over the amber terrain and fairy • How to get there: A 15- to 20-minute taxi chimneys—all the while savoring this unique ride, about $13 USD one way, from the panorama in remarkable fashion. hotel. Travelers who partake in this experience • Hours: 9am-7pm, daily. will be back to the hotel by 7:30am, where • Cost: About $45 USD. we’ll re-convene as a group and depart for• Decompress in the whimsical surroundings our NEW A Day in the Life experience in the of Cappadocia with a Yoga class: Unplug in unspoiled town of Cat. Nestled in the heart of the other-worldly environment of Turkey’s Cappadocia, Cat is located in one of the popular Cappadocia region with Kundalini yoga and travel destinations in Turkey. But while nearby meditation. Breathe deep as you take in towns have been transformed by tourism, sweeping views of the honeycombed hills Cat has retained its authentic character. The and towering boulders, and strengthen your economy here is agrarian, and the town’s body and mind amidst the captivating beauty. 2,200 residents still maintain their traditional This activity is weather permitting and runs customs and beliefs. approximately 1-2 hours. Breakfast: At approximately 8am, we’ll • How to get there: Classes are held in arrive at the pastures on the outskirts of Cat, various locations. where we’ll enjoy a typical farmer’s breakfast. • Hours: Hours vary, classes available daily Farmers in this area typically rise very early and weather permitting. in the morning to tend to their fields, taking a • Cost: About $80 USD. Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 15
break after the sun comes up to enjoy a simple men-only teahouses. We’ll spend about 45breakfast from home. We’ll dine on modest minutes at the cooperative, learning about itsfare similar to what the farmers enjoy every mission, talking to some of the local women,day while learning about local agricultural and even trying our hands at making one oftraditions. their crafts.Morning: Around 9:15am, we’ll bid farewell to Lunch: Around 12:15pm, we’ll begin making ourthe farmers and continue on the town center way to the home of a local family with whomabout 15 minutes away. Here, we’ll be met by we’ll enjoy lunch. As we dine on traditional,our community leader for the day: the mayor homemade dishes, our hosts will share whatof Cat, and one of the town’s most successful life is like in a traditional Turkish community,residents. As a farmer, business owner, and and we’ll ask any questions that we may have.well-regarded community member, he’s an Afternoon: After lunch concludes aroundideal host for our discoveries today. 1:45pm, we’ll board a bus bound for aAfter spending approximately 30 minutes community storage facility about 15 minuteslearning more about the mayor and this away. Carved into a rocky hillside, the facilitycommunity, we’ll walk to a nearby teahouse is a cool, dark place for storing Cat’s mostto meet more village residents. Teahouses are abundant crop: potatoes. Up to 25,000 tonstypical Turkish “man caves”—places for local of potatoes can be stored in the facility at onemen to catch up with one another over a cup time, and the natural climate control keepsof Turkish coffee or a cold drink. While women them fresh until they can be sold to individualsare not forbidden from entering teahouses, and vendors across Turkey. For a fee, everytheir presence would be highly unusual. (We’ll farmer in the community can store his crops inlearn more about this gender segregation in the facility. We may even have the opportunityTurkey on Day 9.) Fortunately for our group, to meet a farmer or the owner as we explorethe teahouse we’ll visit has an outdoor terrace the space. At approximately 2:30pm, we’llwhere the patrons typically gather, and we bid farewell to Cat’s mayor and begin thewill be most welcome to join them. In addition 30-minute return trip to Cappadocia, stoppingto socializing, men often play rummikub en route to visit a few of the region’s most(a tile-based game similar to dominoes) at famous rock formations, such as the soaringteahouses. We’ll get a primer on the rules Three Beauties or aptly named Camel Rock.and then challenge the locals to a friendly After we arrive around 3:30pm, you are freecompetition. to relax on the hotel grounds, or explore theOur visit to the teahouse concludes around surrounding landscape at leisure. At around11am, at which time we’ll walk to a women’s 6:45pm, we’ll take a 15-minute bus ride to acooperative about 15 minutes away. The local restaurant for dinner.cooperative was established by the municipality Dinner: Around 7pm at a local restaurant,to help local women learn how to make featuring regional dishes and local ingredients.handcrafts (like lace, paintings, and reusableshopping bags) that they can sell to supplement Evening: On your own after we return to thetheir income. In addition to providing new hotel around 8:15pm. You’re free to ask yourskills, the cooperative is also a spot for Trip Experience Leader for more insights intosocializing, serving as an alternative to Cat’s Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 16
Cappadocian village life, or perhaps you’ll Lunch: Around noon, we’ll depart for a localchoose to compare photos with your fellow restaurant for lunch, arriving approximately 15travelers. minutes later. Afternoon: At approximately 1:30pm, we’llDay 7 Cappadocia • Underground make our way to a rug-weaving cooperativecity excursion • Optional Whirling approximately 30 minutes away. Local artisansDervishes tour will help us learn about all aspects of this• Destination: Cappadocia traditional Turkish craft, from silkworm• Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner cultivation to spinning, dyeing, and the• Accommodations: or similar traditional patterns and weaving techniques.Activity Note: Today’s discoveries include a Then, we’ll return to our hotel around 4pm.1-hour hike—up to 3 miles along hilly trails You may opt to enjoy a few hours of free time,with uneven surfaces—and a walk through or enjoy another glimpse of Turkish cultureuneven, underground tunnels. by joining our Whirling Dervishes optional tour. Around 5:30pm, you’ll take a 15-minuteBreakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel drive to witness the legendary “Ritualbeginning at 7am, with Turkish and American of Sema,” a traditional religious danceoptions available. wherein dervishes (Muslim religious figuresMorning: Around 9am, we’ll depart our hotel akin to monks) spin faster and faster tofor a 1-hour hike to enjoy unimpeded views summon the divine. The show concludesof the sweeping valleys and landscapes of around 6:45pm, at which time you’ll return toCappadocia without any of the large tourist the hotel to join your fellow travelers for dinner.crowds to interrupt the serene beauty of this Dinner: Around 7:15pm at the hotel.magical region. Our explorations continuearound 10:15am, when we take a 30-minute Evening: On your own after we return to ourbus ride to Ozkonak, one of the remarkable hotel by about 8:30pm. Perhaps you’ll shareunderground cities dotting the local landscape. stories about the view over a drink at the bar.During the Hittite era, as successive armiesswept across Asia Minor, these multi-leveled Day 8 Overland to Konya • Whirlingcomplexes were built as uniquely defensible Dervish monastery visit • Overlandcommunities—all had heavy millstones for to Antalyadoors that could be rolled in place to seal off • Destination: Antalyathe outside world. There are believed to beabout three dozen of these underground cities • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnerin the region, but few have been excavated. In • Accommodations: Tuvana Hotel or similarOzkonak, we’ll explore some of the hundreds of Activity Note: Today’s transfer to Antalyarooms, which were designed to house 60,000 includes about 9.5 hours of bus travel, withpeople for up to three months. We’ll wander stops along the way.the narrow, sloping passageways betweenkitchens with enameled food storage areas, Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the lodgewater cisterns, stables, and living quarters at beginning at 7am, with Turkish and Americanthe deepest levels—all well-ventilated by giant options available.air shafts. Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 17
Morning: Around 8am, we’ll board our bus for bath with hair dryer. You’ll have about twothe day’s journey southwest, across the Taurus hours to settle into your room—or begin toMountains toward the Mediterranean seaside explore the hotel grounds.town of Antalya. Along the way, we’ll discover Dinner: Around 7pm at the hotel, featuringone of Turkey’s iconic fixtures: the Whirling Mediterranean-inspired local fare.Dervishes. Around 11:30am, we’ll arrive in thecity of Konya, a bastion of Seljuk culture and Evening: On your own, with the freedom tohome of the Mevlevi—known as the Whirling seek out Antalya’s delights independently. YourDervish for the dramatic whirling practice they Trip Experience Leader will be happy to provideinclude in formal ceremonies. Our 45-minute recommendations, should you like.visit with our Trip Experience Leader willinclude the Mevlana Muzesi (a museum Freedom To Explore: During your three daysdedicated to Mevlana Celalettin Rumi), as in Antalya, you have the freedom to explorewell as the former tekke (dervish hall) that the city on your own during your free time.now holds the tomb of Celaleddin Rumi. Later Below are a few recommended options forknown as Mevlana, he was the founder of the independent explorations:Mevlevi order and became one of the greatest • Meet local women at the Women’sliterary and spiritual figures of all time—more Counseling Center & Solidarity Association:than a million and a half Turks come here to Founded in 2000, the center’s mission is topray each year. Shortly after noon, we’ll walk to prevent violence and discrimination againsta nearby restaurant for lunch. women, and to provide legal and psychologi-Lunch: Around 12:15pm, we’ll dine at a local cal counseling. During your visit, you’ll learnrestaurant, featuring regional dishes. more about the steps the center is taking to support and empower women, and you’llAfternoon: We’ll return to our bus around meet a few women to discuss the unique1:30pm and continue our journey toward issues they face in Turkey.Antalya. Along the way, the glimmeringMediterranean Sea will come into view, with • How to get there: A 15-minute taxi ride.mountain views all around. Once an old fishing • Hours: 9am-5pm, daily.village, Antalya is now a sprawling seaside • Cost: Free.resort that combines unspoiled beaches and • Experience a traditional Turkish bath atmodern homes with a walled Old Town. The Demirhan Hamami: Centuries ago, locals ineclectic architectural styles on display reflect this region drew inspiration from the bathmore than 2,000 years of history. cultures of the Romans and Asia. To the Romans, the bath was a place to mingle withWe’ll reach our hotel around 5:30pm, at others, so a more social bath experience waswhich point we’ll check in and get our room adopted in Turkey. And in Asia, the steamassignments. While our exact hotel may vary, bath was popular, which made its way intowe’ll be well situated for exploring Old Antalya. Turkish bath culture as well. During this fullyOn-site features may include a private beach, immersive visit, you’ll learn more aboutgarden, and restaurants. Your room mayinclude a TV, wireless Internet, and a private Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 18
Turkey’s famous baths firsthand, including take place earlier in the day, or on Day 10. Your hygienic and religious elements that are Trip Experience Leader will advise you of any significant to the experience. changes. Read more about this conversation below. This evening, we’ll also experience a • How to get there: About a 15-20-minute walk from the hotel. Home-Hosted Dinner in the home of a local family in Antalya. • Hours: 9am-10pm, daily. • Cost: Starting from $20 USD.• Discover folk culture at Suna Inan Kirac Breakfast: Served buffet-style at the hotel Kaleici Museum: Dive into the rich history beginning at 7am, with Turkish and American and culture of Turkey during explorations of options available. this museum complex’s 19th-century home and former Greek Orthodox church. Step into Morning: Around 8:30am, we’ll gather in a the first part of the museum, a two-story room in our hotel, where we’ll be joined by an home decorated in a typical Turkish fashion, archaeologist for an hour-long conversation. to see life-sized dioramas of a traditional Their insights will prove invaluable at our first wedding ceremony. As you explore, look destination: Antalya Muzesi, an archaeological down at the detailed mosaics under your feet museum located about 15 minutes from our that were made from pebbles collected from hotel. We’ll arrive around 10am, and spend a local beach. Then, move on to the Church approximately 1.5 hours exploring artifacts of Hagios Georgios, one of the few churches from the Stone and Bronze Ages to Byzantium of its kind in this region, to view traditional housed in the museum’s many exhibition halls ceramic pieces. and open-air galleries. Around 11:30am, we’ll • How to get there: A 5- to 10-minute walk make our way to Kaleici, Antalya’s Old Town, from the hotel. for a 1-hour walking tour, which begins at • Hours: 9am-6pm, Thursday-Tuesday. approximately 11:45am. Kaleici translates to • Cost: About $1 USD. “within the city walls,” and among its myriad highlights is Hadrian’s Gate, a triumphal archDay 9 Explore Antalya • Antalya built in the name of the Roman emperor whoMuseum visit • Controversial Topic: visited Antalya in AD 130. As we walk about,Women’s rights in an increasingly we’ll have time to witness the neighborhood’sconservative Turkey with local women • shops; honey-hued stone walls; and narrow, winding streets.Home-Hosted Dinner• Destination: Antalya Lunch: On your own around 12:30pm. You’re• Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner free to dine on the hotel grounds, if you’d• Accommodations: Tuvana Hotel or similar like. Or, you may choose to seek out a meal elsewhere in town. Given its coastal locale,Exclusive O.A.T. Activities: Today’s discoveries Antalya’s seafood is particularly popular, andfeature the Controversial Topic of how this may be a great opportunity to sample thewomen’s rights in Turkey are changing as day’s catch. Your Trip Experience Leader will besociety becomes more traditional. We’ll speak happy to point you toward particular favorites.to two women with different perspectiveson this troubling issue. Depending on ourspeakers’ availability, this conversation may Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 19
Afternoon: You’re free to spend the afternoon a front-row seat to the dramatic increase inas you wish. You may choose to unwind on one femicide in Turkey—up 30% since 2009. She’sof Antalya’s numerous beaches, or venture also keenly aware of the recent controversyback into Kaleici for additional exploration. surrounding the Istanbul Convention, anAt approximately 5:30pm, we’ll make our international coalition designed to addressway to a café just a few blocks from our hotel. violence against women. Turkey was the firstHere we’ll meet two young women who will country to adopt the convention in 2011, butshare their insights into the Controversial it sought to pull out of it in 2020, arguing thatTopic of the future of women’s rights in an the convention harmed the traditional familyincreasingly conservative Turkey. Due to the structure.sensitive nature of this topic, our speakers Our other speaker comes from a morehave requested that their names not be shared traditional background: She was raised in apublicly. The café is an ideal setting for this conservative family and even had an uncletough conversation: Many teahouses in Turkey who was an Imam. Twice divorced and a singleare reserved exclusively for men, but this café mother to a 4-year-old son, she faced backlashwelcomes women as well. As we’ll learn from from her family when her marriages ended.our speakers, this type of segregation is just She has also endured her share of professionalone of the many hurdles women are facing as discrimination. (In Turkey, women’s income isTurkey tracks toward a more traditional society. estimated to be just 44% of men’s, and womenTurkey has been a model of female are regularly passed over for job promotions.)empowerment in the near-Middle East since She now owns her own e-commerce shop andthe early 20th century, when the country counts herself among the mere 33% of femalegained independence from the Islamic Ottoman Turks who are part of the labor force.Empire and began embracing democratic, This regression of women’s rights is believedsecular ideals. In 1930, Turkish women received to have begun in 2002, when the conservativefull political rights, including the right to Justice and Development Party rose to power.hold office; 60 years later, Turkey elected its Party leaders have made many statementsfirst female prime minister. Turkey has also that seem to run counter to Turkey’s foundingamended its criminal and civil laws numerous pro-feminist ideals, including suggestingtimes over the years to further protect that it is “against nature” to treat women andwomen—including equalizing marriage rights men equally and encouraging men to harassand criminalizing honor killings. However, data women who are dressed “inappropriately.”from the last 15 years suggest that the march of Such statements have been embraced byprogress has started slowing down—and may fundamentalist voters while worryingeven be reversing. secularists—effectively splitting public opinionThe women who will join us today have both in half. Our guests will spend about 20 minuteswitnessed this shift first-hand, albeit from sharing their opinions about women’s rightsdifferent perspectives. Our first speaker is in Turkey; after learning more about the issue,an English professor and activist who has we’ll have approximately 40 minutes to ask anybeen volunteering at the Women’s Solidarity questions we may have.Foundation for over ten years, helpingto support domestic abuse survivors andadvocating for gender equality. She has had Itinerary Subject to Change. For Information or reservations, call 1-800-955-1925 20

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