Turkey Rumi and Sufism tour
Description of Turkey Rumi and Sufism tour
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We are passionate about minimising the negative impacts that tourism may cause. A pillar of our travel philosophy is our belief in small group sizes. Our maximum capacity for this trip to Turkey is just 16 travellers. Not only does this minimise the negative impacts on the destinations we visit, but it also provides a more immersive and intimate local travel experience.
Reducing use of Single-use plastics
All of our travellers to Turkey are provided with cloth bags and reusable water bottles at the beginning of their trip to help them avoid single-use plastics such as plastic shopping bags and disposable water bottles. Further to this, we instruct our suppliers in Turkey to provide large tanks of potable water for group vehicles. We also encourage the hotels and lodges that host our groups to provide safe and reliable water at refill stations. These simple but effective measures can have a considerable impact and drastically reduce the amount of waste generated during each expedition. It also has the added benefit of helping our Turkish partners operate in a more sustainable manner.
We want to make sure that as much money as possible generated from our expeditions stays in Turkey. We work with local guides and drivers and purchase from a range of local suppliers to ensure the economic benefits of travel are spread amongst the local communities in the destinations we visit. We avoid using large international chain hotels, and instead across Turkey work with locally owned properties such as the family run Nisanyan Hotel in Sirince. Our experiences are also tailored to benefit local communities and provide meaningful connections with them – such as our visit to a cave house in Cappadocia for dinner with a local troglodyte family and our evening in an authentic Dervish lodge in Bursa completely off the tourist trail.
Travelling with Respect
We try our best to avoid overcrowded sites in order to not contribute to over tourism. We either pick better times to visit main highlights such as visiting Hagia Sophia in Istanbul late in the afternoon instead of during the morning crush, or try to find a similar alternatives such as our decision to visit the underground city of Özkonak in Cappadocia in place of visiting the more famous and overcrowded underground city of Derinkuyu.
Supporting local projects & communities
On our expedition, we visit and support Small Projects of Istanbul, a local NGO facilitating the integration of displaced Syrian families into their new home in Turkey. Our groups meet with some of the brave individuals who have had to flee their war-torn homeland and the volunteers who give up their time to help them find their feet. We also support indigenous Turkish and religious communities – the Bektasis and Mevlevis for example – by introducing their culture to our travellers, supporting them financially with our visits and making sure we leave a positive impact.
Local Crafts & Culture
We visit and support local artisans and join them in their workshops during our trip, and in doing so help sustain jobs and promote cultural diversity. For example, during our visit to Konya we visit a master felt hat maker whilst in Cappadocia we spend time with local potters in a workshop located in an underground city. Throughout our journey we have arranged informal meetings with religious leaders, scholars and academics to bring our story to life and promote cross-cultural understanding.
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