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TURKISH DELIGHT

JUNE 28-JULY 10, 2020

Turkey

$1,969.00 $1,869.00

Turkey

Straddling over Asia and Europe, Turkey carries a great mix of culture and ancient history dating back thousands of years. Find yourself among spectacular heritage sites, unique architectures, and loads of mouthwatering cuisine you won’t be able to resist. Take this opportunity to help our partner community elevate the lives of the refugees to flourish again.

13 days
Adventure Level
  • Arrival City
    Istanbul
  • Departure City
    Istanbul
  • Included
    All Accommodation
    All Breakfasts
    Domestic Flights
    Pamukkale Pools Visit
    Experienced Guide 24/7
    Project Donation
    Mudita T-shirt
    Turkish Language Lesson
    Cappadocia Tour
    Istanbul City Tour
    Cruise on Bosphorus River
    Ephesus Temples Tour
    Optional: Hot Air Balloon
  • Not Included
    Lunch and Dinner
    International Airfare
    Travel Insurance
    Airport Transfers
    Visa
  • Add-On Available
    Iraqi Kurdistan
  • 3 days of cultural immersion at our partner project in the south of Turkey. Witness how your time, effort and donations can help a community break the cycle of poverty for once and for all.
  • Soak up those holiday vibes in Kuşadası, and take the chance to cool off with a hop, skip and jump into the Aegean sea.
  • Walk the footsteps around one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World at the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, and it’s famous Temple of Artemis.
  • Hop into the natural hot springs of Pamukkale. The beautiful, natural, calcium cliff bathing pools, have been used as a spa since BC, and now again in 2020. By us!
  • Take a private yacht with us along the Bosphorus river at sunset, the Asian continent on one side, Europe on the other. Enjoy a glass of wine as the lights lead the way back to our dock.
  • Optional - Ride a hot air balloon in the world’s premier spot, Cappadocia. As the sun rise, you take off in a fairy tale, surrounded by otherworldly landscapes and hundreds of majestic balloons. Once in a lifetime.
Turkey Since the Arab spring, and the dark emergence of Islamic State in nearby Syria and Iraq, refugees and migrants have fled to Turkey. Effectively banned from Europe, Turkey has taken more refugees than any nation on the planet over the last 5 years, and they need help. With our partner community, we can help exactly where they need it. With both educational programmes, and empowering women centres, your time, effort and money can help people get back on the their feet, learning the skills that’ll allow them to nationalise and work, and help the education process as women within the communities learn to excel and flourish.
1

Day 1

Arrive in Istanbul anytime. Dinner with the group on our first night and you get your first taste of that delicious Turkish food. Did someone say Baklava for dessert?!
2

Day 2

After brekky, we’re back to the airport for a domestic flight south to our partner project near Gazientep. There’s been a huge influx of refugees and migrants since the Arab spring, the outbreak of Islamic State and economic hardships the region over. Our project coordinator will meet us in the late afternoon for a briefing about the days ahead.
3

Day 3

Rise and shine. After yesterday’s brief, it’s time to put the knowledge to the test. Painting, labouring, landscaping – whatever our local team hasn’t managed to do, we need to step up and get it done! The opening ceremony is 2 days from now, so it’s time to get serious.
4

Day 4

Day 2 on our project. As many of our returners can testify, the projects can be hard work, so we hope you’re ready. Depending on how far the construction has progressed with the local staff we have been hiring over the last few weeks, jobs can include lugging bricks, shifting sand, painting the buildings and of course playing with the kids.
5

Day 5

This one could be an early start! It depends on how hard we’ve been working but today is opening day! So if we’ve stayed on top of our workload, we’ll work all morning, have lunch and then have a local religious opening ceremony to bless your generosity and graft. If we’ve fallen behind, we’ll be up at sunrise to get here and get the work finished. Let’s do it folks.   No rest for the wicked. After the ceremony, we’ll transfer to Cappadocia. It’s a 5 hour drive, but don’t worry, what’s waiting on the other end is well worth the ride.
6

Day 6

A morning to remember. Champagne breakfast as we take a ride in the world’s most beautiful hot air spot. We’ll be getting ride to soar to the clouds before the sun has broken through the horizon, and then get ready for views like no other.  With the Cappadocian chimneys below us, and hundreds of other majestic balloons bobbing through the skyline, it’s truly one of the most memorable travel experiences of a lifetime.

After a nap at the hotel, we’ll explore the rest of the other-wordly landscapes that Cappadocia has to offer before undertaking every true travelers right of passage that evening, a night bus!

7

Day 7

We’ll arrive in Pamukkale in the morning where we’ll drop our bags at the hotel and have a well earned coffee and breakfast.

Soon, we’re off to explore Ancient Turkey, starting with the Roman amphitheater. But the main event today is one of Turkey’s highlights, the Travertines of Pamukkale. The natural, white calcium hot springs have  been used as a spa for more than 2000 years! We’ll be there early to avoid the crowds, and to embrace the true beauty of the natural wonder. Don’t forget your swimmers and sunscreen.

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Day 8

A lazy morning off, before we drive to the spectacular Aegean coastal village of Kusadusi. Here you can lounge at the beach, catch a cocktail for sunset or go and barter in the local markets. You earned it.
9

Day 9

One of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World awaits us today, Ephesus and the ruins of Temple of Artemis. After breakfast, we’ll all take the short drive to the archaeological site, where we’ll spend a couple of hours in the mesmerising surrounds of ancient ruins and wonders. We’ll be back to Kusadusi in time for dinner and drinks with the group.
10

Day 10

A day off! Wowzer. The beach is a stone throw away, as is the Greek island of Samos if you want to hop countries for an hour or too. Us? We’ll be on instagram making our friends jealous before grabbing a Turkish bath, some local food and getting bronzed.
11

Day 11

We’re completing our loop today. Back to one of our favourite capital cities in the whole world, Istanbul! We’ll have a group dinner in a local restaurant before we hit the hay.
12

Day 12

The best of Istanbul is on the cards today. We’ll be visiting Unesco world heritage sites, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, also the largest Souq in the country. It won’t be long until you guys love this city like us. That evening we’ll have the last night to end all last nights. A sunset cruise, on a private yacht, down the Bosphorus river. Europe on one side, Asia on the other, sun setting, cold beer in hand. This is travel at it’s best. Let’s paint the town red for our last night
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Day 13

Aaaaand it’s all over. Thanks so much for your hard work, your donations, your volunteering and all the epic fun we’ve had. We’ll see you very soon we’re sure! Unless you’re game for Iraq? Because we’re off toooooo Kurdistan!

Iraqi Kurdistan

$899.00

Iraqi Kurdistan
Visit Iraq, or Iraqi Kurdistan, with us for an adventure you won’t tell your mum about until you’re back home (but actually it’s super safe, we promise!) *Note: This add-on can be purchased even if you are not in our main trip. Please contact team@givebackgiveaway.com to arrange a meet-up location and get a separated quote.
5 Days
Adventure Level
  • Arrival City
    Istanbul
  • Departure City
    Erbil
  • Not Included
    Visa
    Travel Insurance
    Lunch & Dinner

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