Ozgen is an internationally acclaimed Turkish dancer, teacher, choreographer and director.
Specialising in Turkish Oriental and Romany (Gypsy) dance, Ozgen is regularly invited to give workshops in Britain and abroad, and to perform at international dance events and Belly dance festivals across Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
Ozgen also offers private tuition to people of all levels, from beginners to professional dancers, as well as choreographingdance routines for events and music videos.
For more information about Ozgen visit http://www.ozgen.co.uk/
Unison Turkey proudly presents a magical Oriental week in Turkey with:
Master Teacher and Amazing Performer Ozgen
History, Culture, Great Food, Dance along Gypsy street musicians, Get your own tailor made costume, Shopping, Fun
Outstanding Nature, History, Sufi whirling dervishes, stay in a cave hotel
and of course.. lots of belly dancing with Ozgen!
1 June 2020, Monday - Welcome to Istanbul (D)
Welcome to Istanbul. The amazing capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. This is the only city in the world located on two continents. Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, where millions of people from many different cultures live and contribute to the colours of the city.
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by one of our staff members and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city.
After checking in and refreshing, this evening you will meet your teachers, guide and the rest of the group.
Tonight we will have a welcome dinner in a nice traditional restaurant in Kumkapi, where we will enjoy a delicious fish dinner along with Gypsy musicians.
2 June 2020, Tuesday - Istanbul (B)
Here we go..
Today after breakfast, we will be transferred to the studio for our first belly dancing workshop with Ozgen. (2 hours)
This afternoon is free at your leisure to enjoy the amazing city.
Optional: Enjoy an amazing dinner and cabaret show at famous Cahide Muzikhol.
3 June 2020, Wednesday - Istanbul (B)
Our second belly dancing workshop takes place this morning after breakfast. Ozgen will teach us the basics and essentials of Oriental Dance (2 hours)
Optional: Reyhan is probably the most popular local Romani Dance teacher in Turkey. Join a 2 hour class with her to pick some of her authentic flow.
4 June 2020, Thursday - Bosphorus & Cappadocia
After breakfast, transfer to the studio for our final belly dancing workshop in Istanbul with Ozgen. (2 hours)
After our workshop and a lunch break, we will spend the afternoon, cruising along the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe and Asia while we are enjoying the beautiful views of mosques, palaces and old houses along the shore.
This evening we will take a domestic flight to magical land Cappadocia.
Tonight, watch a whirling dervish ceremony in a historical Caravansarai, and after the ceremony you will also have the chance to sit and discuss with the dervishes about Sufi philosophy and rituals.
We will spend our first night in Cappadocia staying in a cave hotel.
5 June 2020, Friday - Cappadocia
Our workshop this morning will take place in our hotel’s terrace in front of the magnificent views of Cappadocia. Enjoy dancing in a truly mystical atmosphere and get your cameras ready for great shots. (2 hours)
After our workshop, we will start a guided tour of the riches of this incredible “moonscape” of Cappadocia including the Goreme Open-Air Museum, with its dozens of painted cave-churches. The surrealistic geological formation of Cappadocia is one of the wonders of the world. It is the result of the natural forces during the intense volcanic activity. Other visits are to Devrent Valley, Pasabag Fairy Towers, and Uchisar Castle, as well as many panoramic photos, stops. Then we will continue to the pottery-making village of Avanos where you watch clay turning into a form of artwork and drive to the hotel.
Optional: Take a professional photo shooting session in Cappadocia with amazing views of fairy chimneys and balloons.
You can either book an afternoon or morning session at the best times of the sunlight. Balloon views are available only during early morning.
6 June 2020, Saturday - Cappadocia
Optional: Rise early this morning for a hot air balloon ride over magnificent views of Cappadocia.
Today our first stop is Kaymakli Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia, where early Christians hid from prosecutors. We will continue our tour with Cavusin, and Zelve Open Air Museum. Finally, we visit, an old Greek town Mustafapasa (Sinasos) with fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture.
Optional: Tonight let’s enjoy a traditional Turkish night with wonderful dinner with mezes, meat/fish, desserts and drinks while watching belly dance and folk dance shows.
7 June 2020, Sunday - Departure
Today, after breakfast, our tour ends. You can spend a few more days in Cappadocia, turn back to Istanbul, you can connect to your international flight or you can travel south of Turkey for some beach time.
Prices are per person and quoted in EUR.
We require a €300 downpayment for booking and the balance 6 weeks prior to departure.
- 8 hours of Oriental Dance workshops with Ozgen
- Domestic flight between Istanbul & Cappadocia
- Arrival and transfer airport transfers
- 4 nights accommodation in a boutique hotel located in Sultanahmet (Old City)
- 3 nights accommodation in a boutique cave hotel in Cappadocia
- Welcome dinner in Istanbul
- Daily open buffet breakfast in hotel
- Sufi whirling dervishes in Cappadocia
- All sightseeing tours as stated in the itinerary
- Services of a licensed, English speaking tour guide with the tours
- Entrance fees to museums (as per itinerary)
- Service charges, 18% VAT tax
Price does not Include:
- International flights
- Tips for guide & driver
- Optional activities
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Drinks with meals
- Personal expenses
- Return flight from Cappadocia