The Teke plateau or Lycian peninsula, situated in West of Antalya city, covered with cedar and juniper forests and alpine grazing in the high plateaus, is the former homeland of the Lycians, brave and proud indigenous people of Anatolia who built a very well-developed civilization until the Hellenization of the area by Alexander the Great. The glory of the area continued in the Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine periods. In the 12th century, Turkmen tribes settled in the area and this land has been the homeland for another proud and civilized population: “Yörük,” the Anatolian Turkic nomads or Anatolian Turkmens, who migrate seasonally with their huge goat and sheep flocks, camels and black tents between lowlands and highlands.
The unique historical and natural properties of the area make this region one of the most suitable areas of the Mediterranean for the activities of trekking or hiking in Turkey. This is why the famous “Lycian Way”, a historical route used by the Lycian Empire in this region, has been reanimated by Cate Clow, an American voyager and traveled by thousands of walkers/travelers each year. For sure, this activity is the most important one among other activities in the context of trekking and hiking in Turkey.
Together, we will visit different attractions in the area and migrate to experience the glorious and ancient lifestyle of these civilizations; moreover, we will comb and spin wool, dye it and make small trials of weaving on a weaving loom, make bread and cheese and feel ourselves like a real nomad.
(Textile tour and nomadic adventure together)
This program aims to present deeply the historical and cultural textile, cuisine aspects of Istanbul and Southwestern Anatolia.
*Archeological and ethnographic museums, monuments and cultural centers visits, observations of authentic textiles in museums and shops, Anatolian Turkmen nomad migration experience, authentic textile production class, as well as Turkish cuisine degustation all around the area we visit, and applications of Turkish cuisine as nomadic cheese and nomadic bread making.
*Visit many museums, cultural centers and monuments in Istanbul during three days,
*Live one week of real authentic nomad life experience, with hiking/walking in plain nature, (nomad migration), wool processing, dyeing, weaving, cheese and bread making attractions and,
*Visit ancient and famous cities of Lycian and Roman Empires, museums and old city walkings in Antalya medieval citadel.
Early morning in Yongali Pasture, Western Taurus Mountains/Antalya. Chilly refreshing weather in August, 1900 meters of altitude, thyme smell, and chamomile flowers, it is worth seeing and experiencing the nomadic life there.