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Embark on an inspiring journey as you traverse the landscape of two diverse ancient cultures. Join hands with a Turkish community working with children and exchanging stories and laughter. Support biodiversity on the fragile Mediterranean coastline while assisting in a conservation project to save Turkey’s Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles. Marvel at Istanbul’s famous mosques adorned with intricate minarets as you wander through these vibrant streets. Savor Turkish delights while strolling through bustling bazaars full of color and authenticity. Enter the fairy-tale landscape of Cappadocia, winding through valleys of cascading cliffs and mysterious underground dwellings. Sail the Aegean Sea as you explore small villages in a traditional Gulet. Return home with a sense of accomplishment having truly embraced these enchanting Mediterranean cultures.
Our journey begins in New York where our group meets and flies together to the fascinating city of Istanbul. We retrace the steps of Byzantine and Ottoman emperors as we explore the winding streets of the historic Sultanhmet District. Here we stroll through vibrant bazaars, take in the wonder of cascading domes and intricate minarets of the Blue Mosque, and unveil the secrets of Topkapi Palace.
Village Homestay & Community Service
Traveling to a rural village outside Cappadocia, we begin a meaningful service project and immerse ourselves in the welcoming Turkish culture during a homestay (groups of 3). During the day, we work together on various projects such as painting a school and/or bridge, interacting with local children, working in garden/vineyards, teaching English and leading activities. At night, we stay with our host families and learn about their traditional way of life.
We enter the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia where we are surrounded by honeycomb cliffs, bizarre rock formations, dreamlike valleys, underground cities and cave dwellings. We explore this mesmerizing landscape that takes us out of the ordinary and into an experience that won’t be forgotten. Embracing all of the Cappadocia region, we also learn traditional pottery techniques in the charming town of Avanos.
Sea Turtle Service
We make our way to the stunning 'Turquoise Coast' of Turkey where pristine beaches meet fragile ecosystems. Here we begin our service project at one of the most important nesting sites in Turkey, home of the soft-shelled Nile turtles and Caretta caretta turtles. In addition, we spend valuable time rehabilitating injured sea turtles, educating visitors on the importance of minimizing beach impact to prevent natural habitat disruption, and closely monitoring hatching turtles at night guiding them through a safe journey to the ocean.
Sailing Along the Turkish Coast
Working our way to the coast of Turkey, we board our liveaboard sailboats, or gulets, for a day of adventure. We take advantage of Turkey’s delightful summer sailing conditions and cruise alongside picturesque villages offering miles of golden beaches and stunning vistas. There are countless opportunities to swim or boat ashore to experience village culture and explore the hidden coves we pass along the way.