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OIL WRESTLING FESTIVAL
BODRUM-MENTESE
15-22 JULY 2016
All CaravanTurkey Services are sold by Morning Tour Travel a member of the
Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (Licence No 3378) since 1996.
Wrestling has been exercised in Turkey since 1640 and is very popular.
But Turkey has a unique traditional wrestling variation - Oil Wrestling.

The name is a big give away - the wrestlers cover themselves from head
to toe with oil before they compete. It even has a dress code - wrestlers
(Pehlivan) wear only a specially designed pair of pants (Kispet) made
from water buffalo hide and often weighing more than 13kg.

In oil wrestling the majority of points are scored when the opponent's
hands go through the other person's kispet. By doing this the wrestler
can grab hold of his opponent's kispet lower down (paca) and in doing
so control him. A pehlivan is defeated as soon as his chest is facing
upwards towards the sky, or as soon as an open fall occurs.

Turkish Oil Wrestling was established as a sport with the Ottoman Sultan
Orhan Gazi who, with his brother and 40 warriors, practised it while
capturing fortresses. Wherever they camped for the night the men would
wrestle for pleasure. On one occasion, two of them wrestled for hours
but neither managed to win. They fought all day and night until
eventually they both collapsed and died of exhaustion. Their friends
buried them where they died and left and when they returned to the
burial site years later they were amazed to see that 40 springs had
arisen at the burial site and so it was named Kirkpinar (forty springs).

Oil Wrestling is a sport that is passed from father to son. If it's not
already in the family there's little chance of taking the sport up.

While all wrestlers may come across as being tough guys their skin is
always very soft.

Today in several places in Turkey, oil wrestling tournaments are held.
Mentese is the second biggest oil wrestling in Turkey which is held in the
natural beauty of Yerkupe.

Mentese is in south Aegean Turkey, 90 km from Bodrum. It is a pleasant
drive to mountains 1000m high. The wrestling festival is organised every
year on the  third Saturday and Sunday of the month July.

On Saturday local people from the area come to the wrestling area which
is located over the famous Yerkupe cave. They picnic in the area and
musicians play for them. There is a music concert in the evening - with
the music and dancing continuing until first light the next morning.

The tournament starts on Sunday morning with the famous big drum
band (davul) and zurna. It continues until sunset.

We look forward to hosting you for this amazing week in Turkey!
TOUR PROGRAMME
15 July - Day 1 -
Arrive Bodrum international. You will be met by CaravanTurkey hosts and transfer to Gokpinar Retreat Center which is
30 minutes drive away from airport. (L,D)
16 July - Day 2 - Departure from the center by private coach and a two-hour drive to Mentese where the famous 16th Annual Yerkupe Oil
Wrestling Tournament will be held. Picnic lunch in Yerkupe. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Yerkupe and then we will be at the music
concert in the same area. It is almost like a music and dance party in the great atmosphere of Yerkupe in the open air under the stars.
Overnight stay in one of the local houses.(B)
17 July - Day 3 - After breakfast we will be in the wrestling area  as the wrestling tournament starts
today. All day great show of Turkish wrestlers from all around Turkey. The tournament generally finishes around 20.00 in the evening.
Right after the tournament we will be back to Gokpinar Retreat Center after a 2 hours drive by our private coach.(B,D)
18 July  - Day 4 - We will be resting today in the center. You can walk in the nature, meet villagers. The lunch and dinner will be served in
the center prepared by local women.(B,L,D)
19 July  - Day 5 - Right after breakfast in the center we will drive to Bodrum center. Today you can explore Bodrum, with its beach cafes,
famous castle and the museum. There is also enough time for shopping. In the evening we will be back to center. Dinner will be
served in the center.(B,D)
20 July  - Day 6 - Right after breakfast in the center we will be driving to best beaches of Bodrum peninsula. Enjoy swimming in the
Aegean. (B)
21 July - Day 7 - A free day in the center. Optional tours can be arranged upon request. In the evening there will be a bellydancing show
in the center by the dinner. (B,L,D)
22 July  - Day 8 - Transfer to Bodrum airport for your international flight .

Please remember this programme can be customised. Additional days in Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia can be arranged.

The seven-night/eight-day tour includes:

  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Professional English-speaking guide for the whole week
  • Oil wrestling tournament and concert entrance tickets
  • All ground transfers
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

The tour excludes: Travel insurance, international flights

Tour cost for seven nights/eight days, per person, double occupancy
$US 1150/€ 850 per person in a double room
$US 1290/€ 1155 per person for single travellers

$US 400/€ 300 deposit required to secure bookin
gs can be paid with credit card or PayPal for booking. Balance is due on arrival.

For booking enquiries please email us at info@caravanturkey.com.