Cappadocia 1 Week

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Cappadocia 1 Week Discover highlights of Cappadocia and get the most of it with the assistance of a professional team.
ItineraryDay 1  Istanbul- Cappadocia
Take the morning flight from Istanbul Ataturk airport to Nevsehir departure 07:45am or 17:45pm. Arrival and meeting just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name. Transfer to  Hotel.
Free afternoon. Some interesting walks can be done in the afternoon, guided (extra) or on own: Walking for about 2- to 5 km in one of the most attractive valleys of Cappadocia : Iceridere valley, Caglak valley near Ayvali, Gomeda Valley or Pigeon valley. Overnight Cappadocia.
PS: There are other flights available out of Kayseri departure at, please ask, it may cost extra.

Day 2 – Cappadocia
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am
In the morning, first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its  troglodyte houses, visit to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of  wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve . Lunch in Avanos, centre of  terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery  workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.  Overnight Cappadocia

Day 3 – Cappadocia
Hot Air ballooning with sunrise (extra)
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am
Tour to Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Soğanlı Valley, an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style Rock-Cut churches and frescoes. Villages in the valleys, surrounded by the “table top” mountains, are spectacular. Lunch and Visit to Sahinefendi newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses & Archaeological excavation site. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil, that hides its frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which we can only see by torch light. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture.  Overnight Cappadocia

Day 4   Cappadocia  Konya (Rumi) & Catalhöyük
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am
Drive to Konya, visit to Sultanhani Caravanseria, roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information and people across a network of trade routes of Asia, North Africa and South-Eastern Europe on the legendary Silk Road and the Spice road. In Konya center, visit to Mevlana Sufi temple. Mevlana is the founder of Sufism and whirling Dervishes. Catalhoyuk, 45 km south of Konya,  map of location   is a fascinating Neolithic site dating from the eighth  millennium, 8000 B.C. which makes it one of the world’s oldest towns. Archaeologists have determined that holes in the roofs of the mud houses were the entrance doors. Ankara’s Museum of Anatolian Civilizations houses the famous temple (reconstructed), along with mother-goddess figures and Neolithic frescoes from the original site. Overnight Cappadocia

Day 5  Cappadocia
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am
Drive to Gulsehir and stop by Acıksaray (Open Palace). The village is remarkable for its facades and the odd-looking formations, some resembling huge mushrooms. Visit to St. Jean Church (Karsi Kilise):
The two floor church of St. Jean, found upon entering Gulsehir, houses a church, wine cellar, graves, water channels and living quarters on the lower floor, and a church decorated with Biblical scenes on the upper floor. According to the inscription on the apse, the church is dated to 1212
Walking for about 5 km  in one of the most attractive valleys of  Cappadocia : Red Valley, with its fabulous volcanic rock formations, is in the heart of Cappadocia but away from the tourist crowd. Rock-Cut hermit churches with frescoes and paintings fit with the Valley’s meditative atmosphere, remained intact since the beginning. End the day by the Bayramhaci Hot Spring with Thermal pools. Overnight Cappadocia

Day 6  Hattusas (Capital of Hittites)
Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:30am
Drive to Hattusas, capital of the Hittite empire in the 2nd millennium BC. The ancient city is on the outskirts of present-day Bogazkale, just over 125 miles east of Ankara. The Hittites were the first true empire in the Anatolian area, and is mentioned in texts from other empires outside the area and in The Bible. Lunch and visit the temples and the castles. Transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia and overnight.

Day 7  Cappadocia  Istanbul
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am
Drive to Ihlara, visit to Guzelyurt on the way. The ancient name of the town was Gelveri. It is known to be the town of  one of the old church fathers of Cappadocia with the name Gregory of Nazianzus (who is one of the three fathers of Cappadocia next to Greogory of Nysse and St.Basil the Great). Guzelyurt has abandoned cave houses and hidden underground cave monasteries. Walking in Ihlara Canyon, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: “Valley of the Sky” along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches, spread across a wild plantation, surprise you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible. Lunch in Belisirma, a local restaurant by the river. Stop by Selime, a village with cave houses at  the end of the canyon and a “star wars” like landscape. Transfer to airport and take a flight to Istanbul.

PRICE:
Meal Plan: B = Breakfast L= Lunch D = Dinner (Lunch excluded on private tours)
INCLUDING:
- Flight (will be e-ticket)  from Istanbul to Cappadocia
- Flight from Konya to Istanbul.
- Transfer from Kayseri airport to hotel and to Konya airport
- Transportation by a comfortable AC nonsmoking car/Van with professional driver
- Professional licensed guide during the tours.
- Accommodation in a Cave hotel with breakfast
- Entry fees to the sites and museums

EXCLUDING:
- Lunch, Dinner
- Drinks
- Tips

NOTE: You may book your own hotel or your flights and still join the tour. Please contact us for details.

One comment

  1. Gentlemen , We are interested in 4days/3 nights Cappadocia tour for 6 or 4 people during Mid October . Will you please send me an offer . Our Trip will start at Istanbul Many thanks again .

    Ranjit Mahanty

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