If you already belly dance or wish to learn then a Belly Dancing Holiday in Turkey is perfect for you!
Come to our lovely little village in Turkey and spend a week enjoying a complete belly dancing experience at the Gokpinar Music & Dance Center. Our aim is to provide you with 8 days full of music and dance, as well as the opportunity to really discover the culture and lifestyle in the traditional Turkish village of Gokpinar.
On this fantastic Belly Dancing Holiday in Turkey you will enjoy:
- Daily belly dance classes from experienced and friendly local teachers
- The chance to explore the beautiful Turkish countryside
- Visits to local beaches and nearby markets
- Drummimg classes which are a lot of fun!
- Meet local musicians and enjoy their skills
- Join fun Turkish cooking classes
- Dancing to live music, not simply the hi-fi!
- Browse our super shop for belly dancing goodies
- Belly dance with locals and see their style!
- All day free tea and coffee and drinking water included
- Unlimited free internet use
- No hidden extra fees
This exciting Belly Dancing Holiday in Turkey is open to beginners, intermediate and advanced students and you will being staying in a very friendly and comfortable home stay with a lovely warm atmosphere.
About our village
Gokpinar is an old nomadic village which today has a population of about 100 friendly people. It is located on the Aegean Coast of Turkey, that is far away from heavy tourism. You will be staying at our Retreat Center that sits on land at the edge of the village. We are fortunate enough to be placed on a hilltop that enjoys stunning views of the surrounding landscape for miles and vistas down to the village. On top of this we are just at 15 minute drive from lovely beaches with deep blue waters.
Although we are off the tourist track, we are still perfectly located for day trips to some of the best tourist attractions and cities that Turkey has to offer visitors to our country.
One of the most enjoyable parts of any travel is experiencing the food! Turkish cuisine offers the rich flavours, delightful aromas and vibrant colours of fresh foods to excite your senses, body and soul. For vegetarians, Gokpinar is heaven! We have a wide variety of vegetables growing organically in our garden which we pick and use daily in our cooking and serve to you. These gifts from nature include tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, corn, beans, squash, melons, and many fruits. Guests that love gardening often choose to relax during their spare time by gardening with us! We also have several kinds of fruit trees on our land, and the water melon we grow are a refreshing treat all summer.
The village of Gokpinar produces honey that is naturally dark and rich-flavored due to us being surrounded by pine woods. This wonderful honey is perfect for breakfast or as a snack with cay, a delicious, traditional Turkish tea.
The main source of income in the village is through the growing of olives. Every October, we collect olives and using natural and traditional methods we make pure, delicious olive oil. Villagers also prepare green olives here for eating. Tasty bread is baked daily on wood fires. We use beef, chicken, fish and lamb in our delicious Turkish cuisine, so it is not only vegetarians that are catered for!
The village of Gokpinar does not produce its own wine, but there many very nice wines available from nearby Aegean villages in the region. As you may know, Turkey is famous for Raki, an anise-flavored liquor - enjoy it with us and taste our culture. Turkish culture and history is thousands of years old, and we have been the focus of some of the most interesting and vibrant episodes in human history.
Come to Turkey for a Belly Dancing Holiday and you enjoy a week of great belly dancing, music and laughter, and a cultural experience that you will never forget!
Dates and Prices
Belly Dancing Holidays in Turkey Dates 2016
Please use the Enquire Now Button for your preferred dates
Our Group Belly Dancing Holidays in Turkey run all year round with a duration of 8 days.
Belly Dancing Holidays in Turkey Prices – 8 days / 7 nights
- 1450 USD per person in double room – 200 USD single supplement
- Total of 10 hours dance classes
- All meals included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Total of 3 hours drumming, finger cymbals and spoon playing classes
- Free tea & coffee and drinking water all day long
- 7 nights accommodation in a traditional village houses
- Day trips to the beach (May to end of October)
- Day visit to Bodrum City Centre
- Visits to local markets and nearby villages
- Unlimited internet use
- Visitors are allowed to bring their own drinks to the center
- NO HIDDEN EXTRAS!
Price does not include:
- Flights to Milas-Bodrum Airport
- Travel insurance
- Return transfers from Milas-Bodrum BJV Airport are not included but we can arrange affordable airport transfers upon your request
- Optional tours to nearby sites can be arranged at extra cost
Our fantastic Retreat Center is located in Gokpinar, a delightful little village on the Aegean Coast of Turkey.
We are located on a hilltop that is surrounded on all sides by gorgeous views of rolling countryside and a lovely vista down to the traditional Turkish village that you are sure to adore.
The Retreat Center is perfectly located for traveling to, being just twenty minutes’ drive from Bodrum International Airport. We are also only 15 minutes drive from some of the best beaches in the area.
From the Retreat Center in Gokpinar you will never be far from some of the best tourist attractions in Turkey, such as:
EUROMOS (45km) – Located between the city of Milas and lovely Bafa Lake, Euromos Temple, built in the 2nd century A.D., is known to be one of the best-preserved temples in Asia Minor.
BODRUM – Halicarnassus (30 km) – Herodotus, the “Father of History”, was born in Halicarnassus. There is much history and lore to be discovered in Bodrum and today it is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Bodrum is well known for its excellent beaches, history and nightlife.
PRIENE – The name “Priene” is thought to have pre-Grecian origins. Before becoming one of the 12 members of the Ionian Confederation and participating in the “Ionian Rebellion”, Priene had been under Lydian dominion for several centuries.
MILETOS – Miletos, one of the oldest cities of IoniaIt. I was a city full of many great scientists and philosophers, such as Thales, Anaximander, Hekataios, and Isidorus, the architect of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Miletos’ alphabet was recognized in the Greek world as the official Greek alphabet, and this is the basis of the current Latin alphabet.
DIDYMA (Apollonian Temple) – The temple in Didyma was famous throughout the Greek world for its oracles. It surpassed even the reputation of Delphi. As a result of this, the harbor of Panamos, near Didyma, became very busy as it became frequently visited by scores of wealthy people, military commanders, common folk and visitors who flocked to this area to learn their future from the priests of the temple.
IASOS (35km) – As one of the most important sites in the region of Caria, the history of Iasos dates back to 3000 BC. The city was once situated on an island, but now it is joined to the mainland, creating a peninsula. The people of ancient Iasos made their money from fishing, a tradition that continues to this day.
EPHESUS (180km) – Ephesus was once the most important commercial center of Western Anatolia, and now it is one of the highlights for tourists exploring Turkey. Prized for its strategic location on an Anatolian trade route, the city of Ephesus was one of the world’s foremost cities. Its significance in the history of world religion is greatly known, attracting thousands of travelers yearly.
PAMUKKALE (220km) – Hierapolis, the ancient city at Pamukkale, is famous for its thermal springs. It was originally frequented by people from nearby cities as its waters’ properties were known for curing many illnesses. From the time of 3 BC, the fame of Hierapolis spread, leading to migrations which began locally and increased as its popularity rivaled the city of Laodicea.
Accommodation at our Retreat Center in Gokpinar
You will be staying in comfortable and airy guest rooms that have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
The house is newly redecorated, but its life and foundation is as a traditional village house and we provide 6 bright, airy bedrooms, sharing 2 bathrooms with 24-hour hot water.
Each bedroom is decorated in the traditional Turkish style, with kilims created locally beautifully covering the floors and walls. We have both double and single beds available for use.
Our roof is covered with a nomadic style tent for relaxing and sleeping under stars, which are welcome to do on the mild nights that we frequently enjoy here. The land surrounding our hilltop house has spectacular views, and the tree houses and garden rooms are ideal for relaxing in the natural delights of the Turkish countryside.
At our Retreat Center in Gokpinar you will discover a place bursting with vibrancy and one that has the special, warm welcome of Turkish hospitality!
The international Milas-Bodrum BJV airport is 30 minutes drive away from the Center at Gokpinar.
There are charter flights between May / October from Europe & UK, and Turkish and other airlines fly all year around to Bodrum via Istanbul.
Most nationalities need a VISA for entry to Turkey, and these can be purchased on arrival. For British citizens it costs £10, and for US citizens the cost is 20 USD.
“You have a wonderful retreat here in Gokpinar. The space to think and the beautiful company has been appreciated. I learned a lot about dancing and about Turkey, enough to whet my appetite and to let me how much I don’t know. I wish you success in maintaining your ideals and your wonderful sense of life as it could be lived.”
Therisa Rogers, USA
“Once again I have had yet another great trip to Turkey! Third time round and I’m still enjoying it. You must be doing something right! I really like your dance camp in Gokpinar – was wonderful experience to be out in the Turkish countryside. All the best to you and your family.”
Natasha, South Africa
“Thank you for the wonderful time! We appreciated the nice company, the fantastic belly dance lessons, and of course the nice food… I go home with my own choreography and lots of good new habits for my dancing.”
“Thank you for incredible experiences – the greatest drumming and dancing and a feeling for Turkey we could have never got from books or movies – a beautiful country with beautiful people. Thank you, thank you, thank you…”
Marion-James Speed, USA
“Over 30 hours of travel to enable us to experience a wonderful week at Gokpinar. Definetely a home away from home. Look out we are coming back!”
Delyce, Margaret, Monica, Gabrielle and Cathy – Bellyrine Bellydancers from Geelong, Australia