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In Focus: The Olive Tree of Istanbul Including Delicious Home Cooked Syrian Meal

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    What to Expect
    Tucked away on a tiny side street, in an area not far from the tourist center of Istanbul, stands a small building called The Olive Tree. Like its namesake, it’s a modest but strong place, much like the people it supports. It represents a peaceful coexistence of cultures. Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, and families are struggling to either survive within Syria or to make new homes in neighboring countries. Families are being torn apart as they struggle to find acceptance in new lands and travel further afield for opportunities and better lives for their families.

    In Turkey, you do not have to go far to hear the melodic tones of Syrian Arabic and to see the very real outcomes of this global crisis. Join us as we travel to the Capa district of Istanbul and visit Small Projects of Istanbul, a local NGO helping displaced families, particularly women and children, find their footing. With a global community of volunteers and supporters, SPI is working to provide supplemental education for children through weekly Turkish language classes and a homework support club, as well as art and other activities that develop community and a new sense of belonging.

    Sit down for a simple meal of Syrian cuisine, which may include moujadara (burgal, green lentils, and fried onion), maklube (spiced rice, chicken, and nuts), or fetteh (rice, crispy bread, chicken, and tahini), proudly prepared by the ladies of the center. Talk informally with some of the brave individuals who have had to flee their homes, and with the eclectic group of volunteers from Turkey, Syria, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and beyond, who give up their time to help. Afterwards, journey back to Sultanhamet by local tram. Your tour will finish back at the original meeting point. All net proceeds from this tour go to Small Projects Istanbul.
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    Departure Point
    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divanyolu Caddesi No:6, 34400 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Departure Time
    6:30 PM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Home cooked meal
    • Tea and sweet
    • Local transportation
    • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please be aware that the standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. To respect this, and for your own comfort, we recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Please note that short shorts for both men and women are not acceptable, nor are tank or singlet tops
    • This tour includes a walk through a local neighbourhood for approximately 40 minutes.
    • All net proceeds of this tour will go to Small Projects Istanbul.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

    Booked this tour not really knowing what to expect and it turned out to be the highlight of my time here! Jen our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and shared with us her experiences and insights of living in Istanbul. En route to the community...More

    Thank athosn2018
    Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

    Great NGO project, met some really lovely staff and volunteers. They told us all about how the project has developed over the years and showed us the rooms where crafts, skills and lessons take place which were very impressive. We then sat down to a...More

    Thank Gillian N
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