Mosaic making vacation in Turkey

Price
£999 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Small group
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£100 discount per Person for 2 participants sharing a double bedroom.
Includes Dalaman airport transfers, course materials, all food, snacks, water, soft drinks, occasional wine/beer at the house, and local trips.
Flights: Dates flexibility +/- 1 day
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£100 off per Person when sharing a double bedroom. £100 off September & October dates when booked by 30th June 2023
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Price information

£999 excluding flights
£100 discount per Person for 2 participants sharing a double bedroom.
Includes Dalaman airport transfers, course materials, all food, snacks, water, soft drinks, occasional wine/beer at the house, and local trips.
Flights: Dates flexibility +/- 1 day
Make enquiry

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Reviewed on 13 May 2023 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The fantastic care and attention given by Ingi the host. Plus the wonderful 5* accommodation. Felt very well treated.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just relax. Everything is provided for you. Leave your cares at home. A patient and welcoming host.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It certainly did. We shopped in the local open air market, run and staffed by local people. Minimised the food miles, supported local economy, and reduced food waste as the food purchased was specifically for me. All the toiletries were provided by the host and were green products. There was also composting of food waste, and we even ate from Ingis own produce, grown in her garden. The roof had solar panels and water tank reducing energy costs.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Five star. Excellent all round accommodation, service, and practical assistance. Plus I produced a very competent mosaic that will remind me of a great stay.

Reviewed on 10 May 2023 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Having never done a mosaic before and coming away after a week of tuition and
guidance from Ingi , I felt like I could easily start my own project and have all
the information and tools I needed to be successful. It was exciting to see the
mosaic come together over the week and it was even more satisfying to reveal
the finished product after the grout work was done.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Itís a good idea to research the design you want to do before going on vacation
so you can get started straight away. I picked a complicated design for my first
ever attempt but I like a challenge and am relatively artistic. However that said
you really donít need to be any good at drawing so long as you have the basic
outlines and idea of colours you want to incorporate as Ingi can then get the tiles
in if she currently is out of them. Ingi is a great help so you donít need to worry
about a thing and she will offer as much or as little help as you want

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We visited the market the first day to buy the fruit and vegetables for the
week from local merchants and we also used local taxi cabs occasionally to get
around. We supported the local Hammam and also a few restaurants during my stay. Ingi was also conscious of recycling waste, using less towels if possible ( however they were always plentiful if you need them) and making sure the tile cut offs could be used in smaller areas. Ingi integrates in to Turkish life seamlessly and is a part of the local community and likes to help local people wherever she can

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Ingi was a great hostess and made me feel very welcome. She catered to my
gluten free / dairy free diet and supplied me with cardigans to keep me warm as I
had not anticipated the may weather in Turkey. She was a great guide on our
time off the mosaic making and we would go to the beach , swim, shop and
relax by the pool and we got to know each other really well. I highly recommend this vacation and will definitely be telling all my friends about it.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

To protect the environment we:
- Reduce as much waste as possible, avoid buying styrofoam or plastics and use recyclable products whenever possible
- Have a compost bin for kitchen & garden waste and use coffee grinds in fertiliser
- Most of the food is seasonal, very fresh, locally grown and organic - also some fruit (lemons, oranges, bananas) and herbs (rosemary, basil, mint, bay leaves) in the garden
- Have solar panels to produce hot water
- Have a chlorinator for the pool which dispenses automatically and uses less chlorine
- The garden has no lawn; it has natural stone pebbles and an automated water drip system for the shrubs and flowers which saves a lot of water. Sadly, we canít collect rainwater because it doesnít rain from May until October
- Garden lights are installed by section so they don't operate all at once - some are solar powered
- Ask guests to use the ceiling fans rather than the aircon and to make sure to turn them off when leaving the room
- Ask guests to consider the environment and water waste when using towels and bed linen
- Mattresses are made from bamboo or aloe vera fibres
- Use environmental-friendly products: dishwasher tablets, soap, shower gel, shampoo...
- The village center is car-free and most of us get around by electric bike. For longer distances we use a taxi or public transport
- Participate in beach and forest clean-ups with volunteers in the area
- Campaign to neuter/spay street dogs and cats and support the local dog shelter
- Regularly donate to the Sea Turtle Sanctuary on Iztuzu Beach (Dalyan) and several times a year we help release recovered sea turtles back into the sea
and last but not least:
- Mosaic is one of the oldest and most sustainable art forms in the world

People

To support the community we:
- Employ local cleaners and no longer own a car = we use local taxi drivers
- Buy fresh food from local people, who grow their produce in their gardens
- Buy meat from the local butcher, fish from the local fishmonger (freshly caught in the morning - we never eat farmed fish) and honey directly from the beekeeper
- Help harvesting the olives with the local people, take them to the local press and then buy our freshly pressed olive oil
- visit local restaurants where we know the owners. Gocek is small and most businesses are owned by local families - everyone knows everyone

All these people need to support their families or top up their small pensions as their average income is very low.

I strongly believe that when living in another country it is imperative to learn the language and integrate into the population. Turkish people are very appreciative and honoured that as a foreigner you want to become part of their community. They welcome you and enjoy sharing their homes and their lives with you. I do not socialise with so-called ďex-patsĒ. All my friends and neighbours are Turkish. From weddings to funerals, social and religious events Ė I have been part of them.
I share this experience with my guests so that they feel part of it too.

During winter, the village council gives us a meeting room where local women meet twice a week to make local crafts; mainly knitting & crochet. Some of them also come to my home to make mosaics. My plan is that later this year we all create a large mosaic together that will be sponsored by local businesses and installed in the main village square. A lasting and beautiful memory to all of us and donations will go to a local cause.

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