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A Turkish Journey of The Senses- Aromatherapy Immersion

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Immerse yourself on a journey of the senses: At the forefront of Lavender!

One of the most popular scents globally, lavender has many uses other than perfumery, such as the strong benefits for health and consumption!

This 8-day program consists of two workshops with lavender in terms of aromatherapy and cosmetics- best highlighted in visits along the itinerary, as well as with two unique projects that have substantially changed the lives of the locals, particularly local women.

How? Through a cooperative consisting entirely of women from the village.

The ‘Lavender Village’ (or Lavanta Kokulu Köyü) project is both - an important source of income, as well as a tool of empowerment by providing women a sense of pride and accomplishment.

We will also discover Lisinia nature Project, which combats the pollution of nature and works for the continuation of natural life and its inheritance to future generations. And it is all thanks to lavender!


A Turkish Journey of The Senses- Aromatherapy Immersion


August 6, 2022 days and August 13, 2022 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey!

Welcome to Turkey!

DAY 2: Istanbul Highlights

After breakfast, you will stroll through Sogukcesme Street lined with the wooden houses and landmark buildings of Ottoman architecture.

DAY 3: Istanbul

This morning it’s time for an authentic Turkish experience at the famous Spice Bazaar!

DAY 4: Istanbul / Antalya (Flight)

After breakfast you will board a domestic flight to Antalya, followed by a short visit of Antalya Old City and its lovely harbor, before continuing to the ancient city of Sagalassos.

DAY 5: Isparta – Lisinia Nature Preserve - Pamukkale

Departure after breakfast will bring you to Lisinia Nature Preserve. Here, the pollution of nature and cancer that arises is combatted in the work for a continuation of natural life and its inheritance to future generations!

DAY 6: Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir-Cooking Class with Local Celebrity Chef

Following breakfast, your immersive journey today brings you to the famous Ephesus.

DAY 7: Istanbul

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for a flight to Istanbul.

DAY 8: See You Again!

Don’t leave yet! Extend your journey on one of our numerous photography, art and culture programs throughout Europe!


Why Learning Journeys?

At Learning Journeys we believe in a new kind of vacation. Our unique journeys help you explore and develop your skills and interest, travel the world, give back to the community and ultimately re-connect with yourself.


The destinations are chosen specifically to make practicing that skill more accessible, and more fun. Typical skills offered are health and wellness, cooking, photography, art, birding and wildlife, language study, architecture, music, dance and more. Programs range from beginner to professional certification. You will even have the opportunity to attend off the beaten path festivals in your specific area of interest which will take your learning immersion to new heights!

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Learning Journeys is designed to nurture that ember of curiosity inside you into a flame of life-long discovery. Continued learning ensures continued growth, whether pursuing any number of interests that intrigue you or a passion you have honed over the years.

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Truly, the world is your classroom. Exploring the rich and varied cultures of the destinations you visit multiplies the value of your educational pursuits, and the exploration of yourself. The journey itself – to a new place and new you – is what truly matters.

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Through reflection, we bring learning to life. Pausing from the chaos of our daily lives allows us to sort through experiences to create meaning, from which we learn more deeply about ourselves. Understanding what truly moves us leads to rich and profound actions that shape our lives.

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Finally, just as you remember specific meals from a trip taken many years ago, your ability to recall information is enhanced when combined with a unique setting. “Learning Journeys” are an excellent value for money and an investment.


Departure

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<p> One of the most popular scents globally, lavender has many uses other than perfumery, such as the strong benefits for health and consumption! </p>
<p> This 8-day program consists of two workshops with lavender in terms of aromatherapy and cosmetics- best highlighted in visits along the itinerary, as well as with two unique projects that have substantially changed the lives of the locals, particularly local women. </p>
<p> How? Through a cooperative consisting entirely of women from the village. </p>
<p> The ‘Lavender Village’ (or Lavanta Kokulu Köyü) project is both - an important source of income, as well as a tool of empowerment by providing women a sense of pride and accomplishment. </p>
<p> We will also discover Lisinia nature Project, which combats the pollution of nature and works for the continuation of natural life and its inheritance to future generations. And it is all thanks to lavender! </p>

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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p> A cooperative consisting entirely of women from the village runs the ‘Lavender Village’ </p>

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Program

DAY 1: Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey!

Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Istanbul
Meals: Welcome Dinner


DAY 2: Istanbul Highlights

After a short walk, you will arrive at Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest of the 7 remaining palaces where Ottoman Sultans once lived. Here you can admire the gardens, kitchens, the treasury section and terraces overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn!

A perfect photo opportunity may be found at the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet the 3rd as you explore Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture that dates to the 6th century.

After lunch, a visit to the Blue Mosque - covered by more than 20,000 Iznik tiles - continues to the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races once took place. Here, you will discover the handcrafts of Anatolia and shop in the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Istanbul


DAY 3: Istanbul

Upon arrival you will be greeted by a series of rich scents as you never have experienced before. The plethora of spices available will astound you!

Next, you will go to the port to embark and start the Bosphorus Cruise. During this boat tour we can admire Dolmabahce Palace, the Mosque, the bohemian neighborhood of Ortakoy, the Fortresses of Rumeli and Anatolia, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the typical “yali” wooden houses, and more. Lunch under the Galata Bridge at Golden Horne.

After noon, it’s time to return to your hotel for a 3-hour lecture/workshop given by an aromatherapy specialist on the effects of lavender on our health. The lavender flower, and the oil derived from it, have a long history in herbal medicine and in treatments of mental health issues, anxiety, insomnia, depression, headaches, hair loss, nausea, acne, toothaches, skin irritations and even cancer.

Learning Experience: Spice Bazaar, Lavender and Health Workshop
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Istanbul


DAY 4: Istanbul / Antalya (Flight)

Here, one of the richest cities of the period brought highly advanced masterpieces on art, from the Roman period to the present day. The city spreads across an area of 120 square kilometers and offers great visuals of another era to its visitors. Its ancient still-running fountain is one of the most unique in the world.

In the late afternoon, you will visit Kuyucak, a charming village situated on a high hill at the edge of the Taurus Mountains and surrounded by lavender-covered slopes and plains.

Today, the village has a population of 250 residents. Kuyucak Köyü is still quite unknown to visitors who have yet to discover this idyllic village. Kuyucak, as well as the nearby Kuşçular, Çukurören, and Yeşilyurt villages, are some of the prime cultivators and producers of lavender in Turkey.

Many former residents have left the area because of the barren land and extremely dry climate. Lavender has changed the course of life in Kuyucak. With only a mere 90 households, the current villagers of Kuyucak make their living through lavender cultivation and fishing as well as picking and drying the area’s naturally growing flowers and herbs such as hollyhock, daisies, and thyme for the country’s herbalist shops.

Boasting natural cobblestone streets, mudbrick houses, and wild lavender bushes sprouting out of the sidewalks, Kuyucak is truly a beautiful fairytale place to discover.

Learning Experience: Sagalasso
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Isparta


DAY 5: Isparta – Lisinia Nature Preserve - Pamukkale

Öztürk Sarıca, a veterinarian who lives in Burdur, initiated a project around Lake Burdur in 2005 to raise awareness and preserve natural life after losing his family members to cancer. Its name is Lisinia Nature.

There are 9 sub-projects carried out under the structure of Lisinia Nature. Some are informational activities with “A Future Without Cancer is in Our Hands,” lavender fields with “Keep Lake Burdur Alive to Live.” “Nature School,” “Protection of Native Plant-life and Animal Species,” “Gene Preservation,” and “Ecological and Nature Friendly Agricultural Practices.”

In addition, one of Turkey’s first wildlife rehabilitation centers is in Lisinia Nature. After your visit, you will continue your journey by visiting the incredible Pamukkale. Here you will witness the natural travertine terraces of the Pamukkale Koyu UNESCO World Heritage Site, before going to see the Hierapolis archaeological zone, an Ancient Roman resort city with the largest necropolis in Asia Minor!

Learning Experience: Hierapolis, Lisinia Nature Preserve
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Pamukkale


DAY 6: Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir-Cooking Class with Local Celebrity Chef

Visit the Ephesus Ruins – the city dedicated to Artemis I the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora. In the afternoon it’s on to Izmir for a 3-hour Turkish cuisine workshop and lunch with author, TV producer and Chef Mrs. Gülhan Kara, in her town house.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for a flight to Istanbul.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Izmir


DAY 7: Istanbul

This morning you will have the pleasure of a visit of Taksim, Istiklal Avenue and Galata Bohemian districts, as well the backstreets of Istanbul to discover authentic daily life! After lunch, you will engage in a workshop to learn about and create homemade natural cosmetics with lavender oil (face masks, perfume, or fitotherapy).

Learning Experience: Natural Cosmetic Workshop
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Istanbul


DAY 8: See You Again!

Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys immersion. Choose to journey back to Turkey or consider one of our journeys abroad in Malta, Greece, France, India and more!

Meals included: Breakfast




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Single Standard $480.00

Per person for Standard $3,450.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

8/6/2022 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Theater Arts
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

Easy


What You Will Learn/Do

Aromatherapy and cosmetics

History and multi-uses of lavender

Lavender workshops

Farm to Table Cooking


Why This Program Is Unique

Working with local women.

Immerse in authentic experiences.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

A cooperative consisting entirely of women from the village runs the ‘Lavender Village’


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey!

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul Meals: Welcome Dinner

DAY 2: Istanbul Highlights

After breakfast, you will stroll through Sogukcesme Street lined with the wooden houses and landmark buildings of Ottoman architecture. After a short walk, you will arrive at Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest of the 7 remaining palaces where Ottoman Sultans once lived. Here you can admire the gardens, kitchens, the treasury section and terraces overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn! A perfect photo opportunity may be found at the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet the 3rd as you explore Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture that dates to the 6th century. After lunch, a visit to the Blue Mosque - covered by more than 20,000 Iznik tiles - continues to the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races once took place. Here, you will discover the handcrafts of Anatolia and shop in the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar! Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Istanbul

DAY 3: Istanbul

This morning it’s time for an authentic Turkish experience at the famous Spice Bazaar! Upon arrival you will be greeted by a series of rich scents as you never have experienced before. The plethora of spices available will astound you! Next, you will go to the port to embark and start the Bosphorus Cruise. During this boat tour we can admire Dolmabahce Palace, the Mosque, the bohemian neighborhood of Ortakoy, the Fortresses of Rumeli and Anatolia, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the typical “yali” wooden houses, and more. Lunch under the Galata Bridge at Golden Horne. After noon, it’s time to return to your hotel for a 3-hour lecture/workshop given by an aromatherapy specialist on the effects of lavender on our health. The lavender flower, and the oil derived from it, have a long history in herbal medicine and in treatments of mental health issues, anxiety, insomnia, depression, headaches, hair loss, nausea, acne, toothaches, skin irritations and even cancer. Learning Experience: Spice Bazaar, Lavender and Health Workshop Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Istanbul

DAY 4: Istanbul / Antalya (Flight)

After breakfast you will board a domestic flight to Antalya, followed by a short visit of Antalya Old City and its lovely harbor, before continuing to the ancient city of Sagalassos. Here, one of the richest cities of the period brought highly advanced masterpieces on art, from the Roman period to the present day. The city spreads across an area of 120 square kilometers and offers great visuals of another era to its visitors. Its ancient still-running fountain is one of the most unique in the world. In the late afternoon, you will visit Kuyucak, a charming village situated on a high hill at the edge of the Taurus Mountains and surrounded by lavender-covered slopes and plains. Today, the village has a population of 250 residents. Kuyucak Köyü is still quite unknown to visitors who have yet to discover this idyllic village. Kuyucak, as well as the nearby Kuşçular, Çukurören, and Yeşilyurt villages, are some of the prime cultivators and producers of lavender in Turkey. Many former residents have left the area because of the barren land and extremely dry climate. Lavender has changed the course of life in Kuyucak. With only a mere 90 households, the current villagers of Kuyucak make their living through lavender cultivation and fishing as well as picking and drying the area’s naturally growing flowers and herbs such as hollyhock, daisies, and thyme for the country’s herbalist shops. Boasting natural cobblestone streets, mudbrick houses, and wild lavender bushes sprouting out of the sidewalks, Kuyucak is truly a beautiful fairytale place to discover. Learning Experience: Sagalasso Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight in Isparta

DAY 5: Isparta – Lisinia Nature Preserve - Pamukkale

Departure after breakfast will bring you to Lisinia Nature Preserve. Here, the pollution of nature and cancer that arises is combatted in the work for a continuation of natural life and its inheritance to future generations! Öztürk Sarıca, a veterinarian who lives in Burdur, initiated a project around Lake Burdur in 2005 to raise awareness and preserve natural life after losing his family members to cancer. Its name is Lisinia Nature. There are 9 sub-projects carried out under the structure of Lisinia Nature. Some are informational activities with “A Future Without Cancer is in Our Hands,” lavender fields with “Keep Lake Burdur Alive to Live.” “Nature School,” “Protection of Native Plant-life and Animal Species,” “Gene Preservation,” and “Ecological and Nature Friendly Agricultural Practices.” In addition, one of Turkey’s first wildlife rehabilitation centers is in Lisinia Nature. After your visit, you will continue your journey by visiting the incredible Pamukkale. Here you will witness the natural travertine terraces of the Pamukkale Koyu UNESCO World Heritage Site, before going to see the Hierapolis archaeological zone, an Ancient Roman resort city with the largest necropolis in Asia Minor! Learning Experience: Hierapolis, Lisinia Nature Preserve Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight in Pamukkale

DAY 6: Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir-Cooking Class with Local Celebrity Chef

Following breakfast, your immersive journey today brings you to the famous Ephesus. Visit the Ephesus Ruins – the city dedicated to Artemis I the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora. In the afternoon it’s on to Izmir for a 3-hour Turkish cuisine workshop and lunch with author, TV producer and Chef Mrs. Gülhan Kara, in her town house. Afterward, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for a flight to Istanbul. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight in Izmir

DAY 7: Istanbul

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for a flight to Istanbul. This morning you will have the pleasure of a visit of Taksim, Istiklal Avenue and Galata Bohemian districts, as well the backstreets of Istanbul to discover authentic daily life! After lunch, you will engage in a workshop to learn about and create homemade natural cosmetics with lavender oil (face masks, perfume, or fitotherapy). Learning Experience: Natural Cosmetic Workshop Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Istanbul

DAY 8: See You Again!

Don’t leave yet! Extend your journey on one of our numerous photography, art and culture programs throughout Europe! Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys immersion. Choose to journey back to Turkey or consider one of our journeys abroad in Malta, Greece, France, India and more! Meals included: Breakfast


Program Registration Fees

2022 Departures & Fees 6 Departures

Date Double Occupancy Single Supplement
July 02, 2022
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£2,587.50
Per Person
£360.00
Per Person
July 09, 2022
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£2,587.50
Per Person
£360.00
Per Person
July 16, 2022
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£2,587.50
Per Person
£360.00
Per Person
July 23, 2022
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£2,587.50
Per Person
£360.00
Per Person
July 30, 2022
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£2,587.50
Per Person
£360.00
Per Person
August 06, 2022
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£2,587.50
Per Person
£360.00
Per Person
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Services Included

• 7 Nights accommodation in 4-Star/First class hotels: • Hotel Lalahan or Hotel Yasmak Sultan or similar in Istanbul • Hotel Hilton Garden Inn or Barida Hotel or similar in Isparta • Lycus River or Richmond or similar thermal hotel in Pamukkale • Meal 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners, 1 Welcome dinner • Cooking class with local celebrity chef • Transfers and transport as per itinerary with an AC vehicle • Official English-Speaking guide • Entrance fees to the museums, parks etc., parking fees and highways • Lectures with professionals, specialists on the subject as mentioned in the program • Two domestics flights (Istanbul to Antalya and Izmir to Istanbul) • Local taxes

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