October 6th - 13th, 2024


Embark on a Musical Odyssey with Ensemble Iberica.

Join artistic director Beau Bledsoe and Turkish cellist Ezgi Karakus along with executive director Erin McGrane and guitarist Jeff Freling on a unique exploration of Türkiye’s rich cultural tapestry. Experience intimate concerts in iconic locations, indulge in Turkish culinary delights, and immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of music and history. Limited spots available for this once-in-a-lifetime journey—reserve your seat now and let the magic of Ensemble Iberica transport you through the soul-stirring landscapes of Türkiye.

Unveiling Istanbul’s Charm: A Luxurious Retreat at Armada Istanbul Old City

Sunday, Oct 6th: Arrival in Istanbul

As you step into Istanbul, let the magic of this historic city unfold with a seamless transition to the Armada Istanbul Old City. Situated just a 10-minute stroll from the iconic Topkapi Palace, this enchanting hotel offers more than accommodation—it’s a gateway to the authentic lifestyle of 19th century Istanbul.

A Glimpse of the Past: The Armada Old City Hotel

Each room at the Armada Old City Hotel is a haven of heritage, adorned with decorated wooden panels, parquet floors, and traditional fabrics. Immerse yourself in the charm of a bygone era while reveling in modern comforts.

Rooftop Romance: Unforgettable Views

Your evening begins with transportation provided to the Armada Istanbul Old City, setting the stage for an extraordinary experience. The hotel’s rooftop terrace restaurant, overlooking the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Sea of Marmara, becomes the backdrop for a night of enchantment.

Get Acquainted in Style: Cocktail Reception, Dinner, and Music

Join us for a delightful cocktail reception, followed by a delectable dinner, all set against the breathtaking panorama of Istanbul. To add a touch of magic, Çağlar Haznedaroglu will serenade the evening with soulful music, creating an atmosphere of pure musical bliss.

Discovering Sultanahmet: A Day of Culture and Tranquility

Monday, Oct 7th: Immerse Yourself in Istanbul’s Historic Heart

Begin your day with a journey into the soul of Istanbul as we explore the captivating neighborhood of Sultanahmet. Home to the iconic Blue Mosque, adorned with six minarets, and the mosaic-filled marvel of the Hagia Sophia mosque, this area pulsates with Ottoman-era grandeur.

Guided Walking Tour: Unveiling the Past

Embark on a guided walking tour of Sultanahmet, where history comes to life. Stroll through Sultanahmet Square, a picturesque haven with parks, gardens, and the majestic Egyptian Obelisk of Theodosius. As you meander through this vibrant district, immerse yourself in its rich tapestry of shops, hotels, and traditional eateries.

Cultural Gem: Tour of the Hagia Sophia

Delve into the history of the Hagia Sophia with a curated tour that unveils its architectural wonders and historical significance. Marvel at the intricate mosaics, and let the stories of this iconic structure transport you to a bygone era.

Bosphorus Beauty: Private Boat Tour

As the day unfolds, surrender to the tranquility of a private boat tour along the scenic Bosphorus strait. Aboard the classic Armada boat, handcrafted for an elegant voyage, soak in the mesmerizing views of Istanbul’s skyline and the gentle caress of the Bosphorus breeze.


Unwind and Indulge: Your Free Day in Istanbul

Tuesday, Oct 8th: Your Day, Your Adventure

Today is yours to explore the enchanting city of Istanbul at your own pace. Fear not, as our expert recommendations for sites and activities will guide you to the hidden gems and iconic landmarks that make Istanbul a tapestry of cultural wonders.

Evening Extravaganza: “Hos Seda Balik Restaurant”

As the sun sets over the Bosphorus, join us for a night of cultural immersion at “Hos Seda Balik Restaurant.” Nestled in the heart of Istanbul, this exquisite venue promises an authentic Turkish experience. Delight your taste buds with traditional Turkish cuisine while being serenaded by the melodious tunes of “Fasıl,” a traditional genre of Turkish music.

Exploring Treasures: A Day in the Grand Bazaar

Wednesday, Oct 9th: Unveiling Istanbul’s Grandeur

Embark on a day of sensory delights as we step into the mesmerizing world of the Grand Bazaar, a true jewel in Istanbul’s crown. Renowned as the world’s oldest and largest bazaar, this labyrinthine marketplace boasts over 3,000 shops, creating a bustling haven that draws between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.

Retail Wonderland: Grand Bazaar Extravaganza

Indulge your senses as you navigate through the vibrant tapestry of stalls, each offering a kaleidoscope of colors, scents, and textures. From intricate textiles to gleaming jewelry, the Grand Bazaar is a treasure trove of exquisite finds, capturing the essence of Turkish craftsmanship.

Exclusive Insight: Meet Kenan Bellí, Grand Bazaar Merchant

Our journey is elevated as we meet with Kenan Bellí, a distinguished friend of Beau’s and a seasoned Grand Bazaar merchant. With a wealth of knowledge, Kenan will guide us through the intricate world of Turkish Carpets and Kilims, offering valuable insights into the artistry and history woven into each piece.

Journey to Cappadocia: A Tale of Fairy Chimneys and Luxury

Thursday, Oct 10th: From Istanbul’s Heart to Cappadocia’s Wonders

Today, bid farewell to Istanbul’s allure as we embark on a quick flight to the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia. This dreamy terrain, adorned with whimsical ‘fairy chimneys,’ unveils a history as remarkable as its surreal rock formations.

A Unique Retreat: Welcome to Hu of Cappadocia

Upon landing, immerse yourself in the captivating charm of Cappadocia at the Hu of Cappadocia, a stunning boutique hotel seamlessly integrated into the narrow streets and ancient walls of the village. Here, luxury meets tradition, promising an unforgettable stay amid the magical scenery.

Textile Marvels: Private Viewing with Mehmet Dasdeler

In a small, exclusive group, venture into the world of Cappadocia’s textile artistry with a private viewing led by the renowned Mehmet Dasdeler. Amidst the unique ambiance of the Hu of Cappadocia, marvel at exquisite textiles while indulging in a delightful lunch, creating a sensory experience that complements the cultural richness of the region.

Elevate Your Morning: Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight with Butterfly Balloons

Friday, Oct 11th: A Day of Soaring Heights and Cultural Marvels

As the first light caresses the dreamy landscapes of Cappadocia, seize the opportunity for an early morning adventure with an optional hot air balloon flight arranged by Butterfly Balloons. Soar above the surreal ‘fairy chimneys’ and witness the magical beauty of Cappadocia from the skies.

Cultural Odyssey: Sightseeing Extravaganza

Later in the day, delve into the heart of Cappadocia’s cultural wonders with a sightseeing tour that promises to leave you awe-inspired. Embark on a ground transportation journey to Chez Galip pottery, where the artistry of Cappadocian ceramics comes to life.

Goreme Open Air Museum: A Heritage Unveiled

Continue your cultural odyssey with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that unfolds the rich history and spirituality of Cappadocia. Explore the ancient rock-cut churches adorned with stunning frescoes, and let the stories of centuries past captivate your imagination.

Saturday, October 12th: A Day of Freedom, Culminating in a Musical Marvel Daytime Exploration: Your Personal Cappadocian Adventure For your free day explorations, we offer a carefully curated selection of thrilling adventures led by our experienced and friendly Turkish guides. Choose from a diverse array of experiences, from embarking on sunset jeep tours through the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia to exploring ancient mosques on guided tours in Istanbul. Immerse yourself in the captivating tradition of whirling dervish ceremonies along the ancient Silk Road, creating unforgettable memories. Experience the valleys and natural wonders of Cappadocia through hiking, kayaking, or horseback riding tours. Trust our knowledgeable local team to tailor your day with the most interesting and exciting activities, ensuring an adventure perfectly suited to your level of exploration.

Exclusive Experience: Private Textile Viewing with Mehmet Dasdeler

For a select few, the day holds an exclusive treat—an intimate textile viewing with the esteemed Mehmet Dasdeler. A private lunch will complement the experience.

Evening Extravaganza: Beau and Ezgi’s Musical Odyssey

As night falls, prepare for a musical spectacle like no other. In the mystical setting of Ziya (Perili Ozanlar), a 2nd-century Christian church nestled within a cave, Beau Bledsoe and Ezgi Karakus will cast a spell with a very special public concert. Let the haunting acoustics of this ancient space amplify the enchanting melodies, creating an experience that transcends time and resonates with the soul.

Sunday, October 13th: A Day of Exploration and Celebration

Morning Marvels: Sightseeing Tour in Cappadocia

Begin your Sunday with a delightful breakfast, setting the tone for a day of discovery. Join us for a sightseeing tour featuring ground transportation to Pasabag (Monks) Valley—a surreal landscape adorned with whimsical rock formations. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders that make Cappadocia truly extraordinary.

Artistry Unveiled: Göreme Onyx & Jewelry Gallery

Following the enchantment of Pasabag, our journey takes us to the Göreme Onyx & Jewelry Gallery, where the intricate artistry of local craftsmen comes to life. Explore a treasure trove of onyx and jewelry, each piece a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia.

Closing Dinner Extravaganza: Mel’s of Cappadoccia Restaurant

As the sun sets over the magical landscapes, join us for a closing dinner at Mel’s of Cappadoccia Restaurant. Savor delectable flavors in the heart of Cappadocia, accompanied by soulful music that will linger in your memory.

Monday, October 14th: Fond Farewells and Travel

Homeward Bound: Ground Transportation to Neveshir Airport (NAV)

On Monday, bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia. Ground transportation will be provided from Hu Cappadoccia Hotel to Neveshir Airport (NAV), ensuring a seamless transition as you embark on your journey home.

October 6th - 13th, 2024

Price $4,175


per person/ dbl. occupancy PLUS AIRFARE


Trip is strictly limited to 27 people

Participants will need to be able to walk moderate distances unassisted, climb stairs and manage uneven surfaces.

Schedule and activities may slightly change if unforeseen circumstances arise.

Arrange your own flight. Flights are not included in the cost of the trip.


Photos from Türkiye, October 2023.

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