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Turkey, The Dervishes, Cappadocia

An 11 days extraordinary photo tour to Turkey visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, and the Izmir area. With a collection of exceptional private photo sessions where you will be enjoying a privileged standpoint.

Turkey photography as never before in a Turkey photo tour. Private photo sessions with whirling dervishes, belly dancers, Turkish baths, camel herders, photography sessions with wild horses, a dinner in our own private boat while cruising the Bosphorous and enjoying the stunning views of the two sides of Istanbul. Traditional lunch in a Kirgiz tent in Cappadocia, and much more. With a farewell dinner in a fantastic restaurant on top of a tower in the middle of the Bosphorus with a 360º view over Istanbul.

HIGHLIGHTS

 

- A private photo session in a Turkish bath that has been closed solely for us. A place that is 

inaccessible to photographers.


- Private session photographing the legendary wild horses of Cappadoccia


- Private session with a belly dancer after attending the show.


- Private photo session with whirling dervishes


- A dinner in our own boat when cruising the Bosphorous while enjoying the 

breathtaking views of the two sides of Istanbul


- Private visit, traditional lunch, and pictures of local Kyrgiz tents with the villagers in Cappadoccia


- Extraordinary sunsets in the mystical scenery of Cappadoccia


- A wine tasting experience in a cave


- Dinners in chosen local restaurants


- And the farewell dinner in an amazing restaurant on top of a tower with a 360º view 

over the Bosphorous

 

And last but by no means least, the magic of the streets in old Istanbul, the mysterious alleys, the monuments, the beautiful mosques where we will be able to photograph the faithful while performing their prayers in a unique setting.


With a hand-picked choice of lodgings, all of them in a privileged location for our photographic activities: a four stars hotel in the old area of Istanbul, a humble but clean guest house in a charming and authentic village in the area of Izmir and — in Cappadoccia — a lovely hotel carved in the rocks with windows to the outside world.


This is an Intense and extraordinary immersion deep into the Turkey photography culture with everything that we have always dreamed to witness there. 


My trip with Harry was an experience beyond anything I could imagine. The locations and itinerary are extremely well thought out and organized to maximize your photographic opportunities. Harry’s advice and approaches to evaluating a scene and working your subject were invaluable. It took me outside of my comfort zone culturally and technically and as a result, I returned with some of the most dramatic and moody photographs in my collection.

 

Mike Benford United States



ITINERARY

 

Day 1. ISTANBUL.-

Arrivals and transfer to the hotel in Istanbul's old city center.Evening briefing with your tour leader and later at dinner.


Overnight in Istanbul.



Day 2. ISTANBUL.-

An inspiring day where we will visit many of the “must-see” of the city but/and with a different point of view. Galata Bridge early in the morning, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque. After a stop for lunch, The Grand Bazar and Egyptian Market. A vibrant, lively place where the fragrance is permeated by the air of hundreds of well-arranged spices.

We will later embark on a cruise and have dinner on our boat. Along the way, we’ll view the impressive Dolmabahce Palace, as well as the Beylerbeyi Palace, a nineteenth-century edifice on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Photography: Galata Bridge, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque. Grand Bazar and Egyptian Market. People praying at the mosque. People on the streets.

(Please note that tripods are not allowed in most of the mosques and monuments we visit including the Basilica Cistern. You can bring a monopod but most times, even a monopod will not be allowed.)


Overnight in Istanbul.



Day 3. ISTANBUL.-

As we are in the old area of the town, depending on the pace and fulfillment of yesterday’s program, we will eventually cover what could have been missed the day before, the Basilica Cistern and Topkapi museum perhaps.

We are later progress to the picturesque Balat district. Once the center of Greek, Jewish and Armenian minority social and cultural life which has become an influential neighborhood

An old quarter, a non-touristy area with very old buildings and coffee houses. We will remain in this area for the rest of the day, entering into captivating old places and working on street photography with the help of our local Turkish photographer assistant as well as our local guide.


Photography: Basilica Cistern, Balat Area, Street photography, Old Cofee houses


Overnight in Istanbul.

 

Day 4. ISTANBUL. FREE DAY.

Today after breakfast we will have free day to take photo or have shopping. We will meet at the hotel for dinner.


Overnight in Istanbul



Day 5. CAPPADOCCIA.-

Morning flight to Cappadocia. Pick-up on arrival and hotel.

During these three days we will be visiting Göreme, Avanos, Zelve, Uçhisar, Ortahisar, Ürgüp and Mustafapaşa. The pace and agenda will be determined daily depending on the rhythm of our party. Today will be around the area of Göreme and enjoy a photo session of locals in traditional dresses. In the evening, dinner with a belly dancer performance followed with a private photo session with the dancer.


Photography: Photo session with locals in traditional dresses, belly dancer, Göreme


Overnight in Göreme



Day 6. CAPPADOCCIA.-

Early this morning, before breakfast, we'll be going to take pictures of the impressive hot air balloons, as they dip in and out of the Love Valley . Then we should explore Avanos and Göreme amazing valley. It's a lunar landscape, strange and spectacular, where the forces of nature have eroded the landscape for thousands of years to produce odd rock formations called 'fairy chimneys". Many of those natural structures have houses and churches sculpted and some of the grottoes have vivid frescoes that display biblical scenes.


In the afternoon we will attend a private whirling dervishes performance as well as a private photo session with them. Our exploration of Cappadoccia will go on throughout the day.


Photography: Landscape flying balloons, Photo session with dervishes, Local life and street photography Avanos, Zelve, Uchisar, Ortahisar.


Overnight in Göreme



Day 7. CAPPADOCCIA – IZMIR.- SIRINCE

After breakfast photo session of camel herders with their camels. Coming next there will be a visit to the local Kirghiz tent owners and share with them a traditional lunch under the tent. In the afternoon we will be enjoying a photo session with the horses and later direct drive to the airport to catch our flight to Izmir to finalize our journey in Sirince.


Photography: Ürgüp and Mustafapaşa. Photo session with camel herders, documentary photography with Kirshigs in their tents, a photo session with wild horses in the landscape.


Overnight in Sirince



Day 8.- IZMIR AREA.- SIRINCE

We will head out to Ephesus after an early breakfast. Hopefully being one of the first visitors to get into the ruins of Ephesus, the oldest town ever discovered. Ephesus features an amphitheater that still holds 24,000 visitors. In addition to the impressive Celsus Library and the Temple of Artemis, there are marble-paved streets, gymnasiums, bathhouses and public latrines. Later on, Mother Mary visit (There is no photo allowed at this place).

We will come back to our village to have dinner and fish for interesting people and places. Evening dinner and wine tasting. Sirince is a charming genuine Turkish village and famous for the wines.

Photography: Street photography, Portraits, Documentary photography, Travel photography.


Overnight in Sirince

 

Day 9.- BIRGI.-

After breakfast, we move forward to the lovely and authentic Ottoman village named Birgi. It will be about the personal contact with the villagers and we will most probably be visiting one or two village houses with the photographic opportunity of the image of the residents. We will divide into small groups and explore the local kahves and coffee shops, including the barber, baker, candy maker, etc..


Photography: Street photography, Portraits, Documentary photography, Travel photography.


Overnight in Birgi.


Day 10.- ISTANBUL.-

After breakfast, we will go to İzmir airport to fly back Istanbul. We will visit some special places for photography. Afternoon we will go to Maiden Tower to take photo of the tower and people around with Sunset. Photo session in a traditional Turkish Bath (Hammam).


Photography: Private photo session in a Hammam, Street photography, Portraits, Documentary photography, Travel photography.

We will have dinner at the Maiden Tower with beautiful 360 Istanbul View.

 

Overnight in Istanbul.


Day 11.- ISTANBUL -FLIGHTS HOME OR OPTIONAL EXTENSION.

Transfers to the airport.

 



EXTENSIONS

Greece (15 Sep 2021)


5 Days.- ATHENS, THE CHURCHES OF METEORA.

Important: a  minimum number of 5 participants is required on this extension.



Prices per person
8 Participants 6950 US$


Supplements
Single Room Supplement Main Trip 350 US$
Single Room Supplement 150 US$


Extensions
Greece 2700 US$


WHAT'S INCLUDED

The maximum number of participants is listed under "Maximum Group" in the Price section of each individual workshop. However, we reserve the right to add by up to one the maximum number of participants per workshop at any time.

 

Included

 

Harry Fisch Leading

11 days 10 nights accommodations

3 Local Flights Istanbul - Cappadocia, Cappadocia - Izmir, Izmir - Istanbul

All meals except two on your own

3 Special dinners (alcohol not included)

All inland transfers and special minivans in the cities

Airport pick-up and transfer

Hotel pick-up and transfer to airport

English speaking guide

Local Photographer assistant

Private boat cruise with dinner in Istanbul

Photo Session whirling dervishes

PhotoSession hamman

Photo Session belly dancer

Photo Session of  locals with traditional dresses

Photo Sessions with  camel herders

Photo Session with  Kyrgyzs and lunch with them

 

Not Included

 

  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guides (Expect 100 $ per traveler)
  • Personal expenses
  • Extras at the hotels, minibar, massage
  • Balloon Tour (aprox, 400 $ per traveler)
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks.

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. A limited quantity of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge.

 

 

DEPOSIT

 

A deposit of $500 per person is required to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour. Full payment due 61 days before departure. 

No financial risk if you cancel 60 days or more before departure. Combined with a cancellation policy you can cover 100% of the cost in case of cancellation.  (Please refer to Cancellation Policy).  

 

 

FITNESS LEVEL, TRAVEL CONDITIONS:  

 

The accommodations are good, in the best locations for our photographic work.  4 stars hotel in Istanbul, a guest house in the lovely village of Birgi and cave hotel (equivalent to a 4 stars) in Cappadoccia. 
Moderate  level of fitness is required. You will need to be able to walk for a few hours -most of the time while you take pictures - at a gentle pace, remain standing, get on and off coaches, planes and trains unassisted.