Our new land excursions travel to private homes, farms, villas and more to experience authentic culture as it unfolds. Small groups mix and mingle with welcoming locals for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the destinations we visit.
Go inside the all-female Monastery of Evangelismos, established in 1937 on a spiritually significant site that has featured a hermitage for centuries. Visit the private gardens and see nuns go about their daily lives. In addition to devoting themselves to prayer and good works, they make honey and fruit-based liqueurs, and paint religious icons. Learn how the nuns also use a Byzantine needlework technique called “spitha” (spark) in their hand-sewn embroidery and fabrics.
Discover the authentic country life of Turkey’s Aegean coast. Travel through the verdant countryside surrounding Kusadasi to the home and culinary workshop of a local family. Upon arrival, meet the hosts and share fresh lemonade with them during a conversation about the locality’s history and traditions. Relax on an open-air terrace set against mountains next to the family’s bountiful garden before joining the family in the preparation of Turkish cuisine. Using the freshest produce, some of which comes from the nearby garden, create local delicacies and enjoy them with the family.
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