2024/11 - Turkey Journey Non-Member
2024/11 - Turkey Journey Non-Member
2024/11 - Turkey Journey Non-Member

2024/11 - Turkey Journey Non-Member

Regular price $3,600.00


Date: November 1–16, 2024
Location: Turkey
IICRC Continuing Education: 14 credit hours

Fill out form at bottom of page and please call Ann Marie Thompson at 503-949-9700 for payment

If you have any questions, please contact info@rugcarespecialists.org.

Early Bird Registration thru July 15th, 2024

Member Price:
Single Occupancy = $3,600; Early Bird: $3,200
Double Occupancy = $3,200; Early Bird: $2,800 per person

Non-member Price:
Single Occupancy = $4,000; Early Bird: $3,600
Double Occupancy = $3,600; Early Bird: $3,200 per person

Deposit is 1/2 the price due upon signup, non-refundable. Final payment is due September 30th. Join ARCS November 1st - 16th, 2024 for a dream trip to Turkey!

November 1st –Friday Depart US. Direct flights on THY (Turkish Airlines) leave from twelve major US cities late day on Friday. November 2nd -Saturday arriving in Istanbul afternoon, non-stop. THY is a great airline and a Star alliance member if you have miles.

Roundtrip airfare to Turkey is not included with registration fee.

Additional Details:
- Great food, wonderful people, beautiful fall weather.
- Immerse yourself in Turkish culture while visiting big cities, small mountain villages, ancient ruins, and busy markets. Enjoy a guided tour through Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, Usak, - Konya, and the old city, beaches, and Greek ruins of Antalya.
- Private tours of rug washing and ‘antiquing’ plants, restoration facilities, rug museums, collectors, dealers, and an ongoing discussion of the rug industry as it is today with the people in that industry.
- Just enough driving so we can see some beautiful scenery; not too much time in busses.

November 1st-Friday – Depart US. Direct flights on THY (Turkish Airlines) leave from twelve major US cities late day on Friday. November 2nd -Saturday arriving in Istanbul afternoon, non-stop. THY is a great airline and a Star alliance member if you have miles.

Roundtrip airfare to Turkey is not included with registration fee.

Connecting through Europe works too; check out SunExpress ( a joint venture of Lufthansa and THY) with low cost frights from many major European cities to Istanbul.

Istanbul: 4 nights, Top Kapi Museum (Imperial Palace), Archeological Museum, Museum of Turkish Culture, Covered Bazaar, Spice market, Mosques, boat rides, great restaurants – both simple and elegant – and much more. Istanbul is a world class city, population 14 million, established over 3000 years ago.

Bursa: 1 night. We will take the ferry across from Istanbul to the original Ottoman capitol. Markets mosques, sights.

Izmir: 2 nights. We will visit the Antique Textile Conservation facility, the new Arkas rug museum, Ancient ruins, and have dinner overlooking the harbor at a really good fish place.

Usak: 1 nights. Touring rug washing and rug antiquing facility. Weaving workshops, a patchwork rug workshop (place your custom orders if you wish) and reviewing a large pile of wholesale rug offerings.

Konya: 2 nights. Konya is an old silk road city. Visit local rug producers wash plant and warehouses. Mevlana museum and tomb, walk the old city. A conservative and religious city it is a marked contrast to where we will have been. Drive through the Toros mountains to our final destination on the Southern Coast.

Antalya/Kemer: 4 nights. Pebble beaches with water that might be warm enough if you are brave (the hotel pools are heated!). We’ll stay at a beach resort hotel with sea and mountain views in the small coastal city of Kemer ,40 minutes from Antalya. Lots of options; Greek and Roman ruins, Antalya old city, mountain walking, boat trips, hanging by the pool, great food, and much more.

November 16th - Fly out of Antalya. Antalya has connections to Istanbul and also to many European cities (Frankfurt/Munich).

Space is limited, Reserve your spot now!

Registration includes lodging, meals (no alcohol), site admission(s) and travel within Turkey. 
Registration is double occupancy, single occupancy is an additional fee.  Roundtrip airfare to Turkey is not included with registration fee, however group travel will be arranged from Chicago to Istanbul for those interested.

"Several ARCS members recently had the opportunity to tour the beautiful country of Turkey. This trip was slated to be fast-paced and filled with interesting sights, people and amazing rug industry content. I am happy to report it did not disappoint.

Our trip began in Istanbul which was chock-full of rich history and culture. We toured some amazing sights such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Suleymaniye Mosque. While in Istanbul, we were able to view some wonderful carpet museums with massive collections of some of the world’s oldest & best carpets. The city and people were welcoming, and the hospitality was unmatched.

Next, we departed for Izmir, where our group had the chance to spend some time at ATC (Antique Textile Conservation). ATC is the premier facility for textile restoration work and the breadth of their knowledge is impressive. All kinds of textiles can be found here from important European tapestries to world-class carpets, and even Navajo textiles of the American Southwest. They are being expertly restored at this facility. Our group had the honor of welcoming Ahmet Opcin, one of the owners of ATC, who joined us for the remainder of our time in Turkey. Ahmet was extremely gracious with his time and was an excellent guide. The trip would not have been the same without him and it was such a pleasure to meet him.

While in Izmir we toured the ruins of Ephesus, visited local rug washing facilities, and were welcomed into the manufacturing plant of Ergin Makina. They manufacture equipment for rug washing and were gracious hosts. Our group also had the chance to tour Can Carpet where we saw natural dying of wool & carpet weaving.

Our trip continued to more central Turkey to the cities of Kayseri & Konya. We stayed in the quaint village of Guzelyurt. Here we spent a few nights in rustic bed & breakfasts. The families that operated these homes were unbelievably welcoming and hospitable towards our group. While in this region of Turkey, some of us took the opportunity to enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon tour of the beautiful Cappadocia area; it was quite breathtaking.

In Aksaray, we toured a large wool processing plant that produces machine-spun wool. We were also welcomed into many rug galleries in this same area, where many from the group were able to purchase rugs for their homes and retail businesses. 

One highlight was spending some time in Sultanhani which houses the largest Caravanserai in Turkey. The caravanserai served as a roadside inn for ancient travelers and is a great example of 13th century Seljuk architecture. Our group was welcomed to Sultanhani by none other than the mayor himself, Fahri Solak, who also happens to be in the rug business. Our entire group of 18 were welcomed into his office for tea and a generous gift. We toured Fahri’s rug repair workshop & gallery as well as a carpet weaving facility down the street from his office.

At the end of our trip in Kayseri, we had a chance to visit 3 homes of kilim weavers. These women were so gracious, allowing our large group into their homes to see them working. The small looms were set up in family rooms & balconies. It was quite the experience.

Overall, the kindness of the people and sights in Turkey were excellent. The amount of rug industry content was truly spectacular. Many thanks to ATC, Ahmet Opcin, & Robert Mann for making this a trip of a lifetime. I look forward to the next one!"

-Jordan King
Oriental Rug Cleaning

"The ARCS trip to Turkey was one of the best trips of my life. I have traveled most of my life to a wide variety of places and Turkey jumped to my top 5 pretty early on the trip. The sights, sounds, culture, and food of Turkey were enough to make for an incredible trip, but the industry knowledge made it all the better. After being in the rug cleaning industry for 9 years, there is a certain amount of knowledge that one gain from working, classes and conventions, but my understanding of some of the finer points of rugs came through this trip. We were able to watch wool processing, wool dying, rug weaving and knotting, a number of finishing and distressing processes. We were invited into the premier rug and tapestry restoration facility in the world, ATC, where we watched the masters working their crafts. We wheeled and dealt with rug vendors and a rug auction. The information gained on this trip cannot be measured. The other excellent part of the trip was the interesting group of people we traveled with. Everyone was incredibly kind and getting to know everyone made the trip really great.  I look forward to the next one!"

-Jennifer Colaco
Oriental Rug Cleaning Co.
Dallas, Texas

"The 2019 ARCS Turkey Trip was a once in a lifetime experience. We loved the tourist hot spots that everyone loves to see. However; the more exciting part of the trip was having the opportunity to venture off the beaten path and experience things and meet people that you wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise. We thoroughly enjoyed the culture and the people as we traveled across the whole country. The memories made in Turkey will last a lifetime and the relationships that were built will have a lasting effect for years to come. If I were given the opportunity to visit a second time I wouldn’t hesitate to experience it all over again."

-Aaron Glazier
Rug Manager
Certified Clean Care


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