tour takes you to the highlights of Turkey capital,
Ankara and then to the legendary Hittite capital Hattusas
(Yazilikaya & Alacahoyuk). 4 days are allocated
to taste the amazing beauty of Cappadocia and then it
takes you to the center of Whirling Dervishes and the
old capital of Seljuklians: Konya.
Day 1: Arrive at Ankara
Airport and meet our driver and guide. After checking
in to the hotel, we start the city tour in Ankara with
a visit to Anatolian Civilizations Museum which was
named as the European Museum of the year 1997. After
having lunch at a local restaurant in the old castle
of Ankara we visit Ataturk's Mausoleum. After this,
we drive back to hotel. Overnight: Ankara.
Day 2: After breakfast we depart for
Hatussas (Yozgat/Bogazkale) which was the capital city
of the Hittites. After 3 hours drive, arrive at Yazilikaya.
Visit the sights around Yazilikaya then drive to Hattusas
that is 2km away from Yazilikaya. We have lunch at
a local restaurant in Bogazkale. After lunch, drive
to Alacahoyuk to visit the monumental graves of kingdom
family of Hittites. After visiting the museum in Alacahoyuk,
drive to Cappadocia. Overnight at a high quality cave
hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 3: Meet our guide and driver at
your hotel and start discovering Cappadocia's unique
landscape; first stop at Devrent (Pink Valley). Then
we head on to Zelve Open Air Museum which is one of
the first inhabited and last abandoned villages of Cappadocia.
Before lunch, stop at
Pasabag and wandering through the vineyards of Fairy
Chimneys village. We have lunch at a local restaurant
in Avanos where has been the centre of terra - cotta
art since 3000 BC. In the afternoon, we visit the world
wide famous Open Air Museum of Goreme to witness the
living art of Christian & Byzantine history on cave
churches. We end the day climbing up to Uchisar fortress,
the highest point of Cappadocia. Overnight at a high
quality cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 4: In the morning, visit Mustafapasa
(Sinassos), an ancient Greek town with its spectacular
old Greek houses, very fine examples of late Greek settlements
and architecture. Keslik Monastery, near Cemil village,
hides its frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer, which
we can only see by torchlight. We have lunch in Soganli,
an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a
typical Cappadocian village with its different style
rock-cut churches and paintings. Villages in the valleys,
surrounded by the “table top” mountains,
are spectacular. The Medrese (today a library), a Theological
School from Seljuk Turks in Taskinpasa is the witness
of an early and rich Turkish settlement in the village.
After lunch, we walk for about 5km in one of the most
attractive valleys of Cappadocia: Pigeon Valley, with
its spectacular pigeon nests carved into the rocks.
Overnight at a high quality cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 5: In the morning, descend into
the centre of the earth in the Underground city of Kaymakli,
one of the largest and the deepest of the 40 others
in Cappadocia; 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. We have lunch
in Belisirma at a local restaurant by the river. Visit
to the Caravanserai of Agzikarahan, a very fine example
of the Turkish Seljuk art, built in early 13th century
on the legendary Silk Road for the accommodation of
the traders and their camels. Overnight at a high quality
cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 6: In the morning, we walk for
about 5km in one of the most attractive valleys of
Cappadocia: Red Valley, with its fabulous volcanic rock
formations. It 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. We
have lunch at a local restaurant in Cappadocia. After
lunch, we drive to Hacibektas and visit its museum which
was an Islamic monastery dating back to the 13th century.
Haci Bektas Veli, the founder of the influential Bektasi
sect of dervishes and the leader of an Islamic philosophy
and social class in the 13th century. Then we drive
back to our hotel. Overnight at a high quality cave
hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 7: After breakfast we check out
from the hotel and drive to Konya (former Seljuk Turkish
capital). We have lunch at a local restaurant to taste
the delicious food of Konya. After lunch visit the Mevlana
Museum. Mevlana, known as Celaleddin Rumi, was the leader
of the whirling dervishes in the 13th century. Then
head on to Karatay Museum, a 13th century Seljuk theological
school, and visit the Alaaddin Mosque. Overnight: Konya.
Day 8: In the morning, after breakfast
and checking out, we drive to Konya Airport for the
morning flight to Istanbul.
* The prices above are per person and on private basis.
** Single Supplement: USD 385
** 0-2 Child: Free
** 2-12 Child Reduction: 50 %
** Student Reduction: 10 %
- BB accommodation at the best available hotels
at each region
- A la carte lunches & dinners (excluding
- Air conditioned minivan on tours & transfers
- Professional licensed tour guide
- Admission fees to the museums and sights (including
the Dark Church)
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