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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 17 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Turkey  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1439 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1440 US Dollar (USD)

Many sites in Turkey require a certain amount of walking in order to be fully appreciated. This tour is specially designed to give our guests a different impression of the ancient sites within their natural settings. While high-level hiking experience is not required for this tour, you should be capable of walking at least four hours a day on continuously varying landscape and on uneven surfaces like goat paths, nomadic trails, woodland roads, and ancient roads. The main stops during our walks are less known and less accessible sites such as nomad camps, summer villages on high meadows, unusual sights of fairy chimneys, troglodytic dwellings, open-air sanctuaries, rock-cut tombs, and monasteries of Cappadocia.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Flight Day. Flight from the United States.

Day 2: Istanbul / Ankara
Arrival in Istanbul and connection flight to Ankara. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight at the Neva Palace Hotel. (D)

Day: 3 Ihlara Valley / Cappadocia
Drive to Aksaray for lunch. Continue to Ihlara Valley. Visit the rock-cut churches of Ihlara and walk along the stream down to Belisirma. Drive to Urgup for dinner and overnight at the Urgup House Hotel. (B/D)

Day 4: Pigeon Valley - Goreme / Cappadocia
Walk through Pigeon Valley to Goreme open air museum. We will have a picnic lunch on the way. Dinner in town and overnight at the Urgup House Hotel. (B/D)

Day 5: Red Valley - Rose Valley / Cappadocia
Walk through the Kizilcukur and Gulludere Valleys. Both valleys offer the most spectacular views of the Cappadocia region. Dinner and overnight at the Urgup House Hotel. (B/D)

Day 6: Phallic Valley - Cavusini / Cappadocia
Walk in the phallic valley noted for its interesting rock formations called "fairy chimneys", followed by a visit to the underground cities, carved 7 layers below the ground in the 6th century B.C. We will route our way through the galleries carved into the rock. Dinner and overnight at the Urgup House Hotel. (B/D)

Day 7: Konya - Beysehir / Afyon
Visit the Sultanhan Caravanserai on the way to Konya. Then drive towards Afyon via Beysehir Lake. Visit the Hittite Monument Eflatunpinar and the wooden mosque dating to the 13th century. Dinner and overnight at the Afyon Orucoglu Hotel. (B/D)

Day 8: Phyrgian Valley / Afyon
Phrygian valley walks: Aslantas, Yilantas, Maltas, and the Kohnus Valley, and visit the Midas city of Yazilikaya. Dinner and overnight at the Afyon Orucoglu Hotel. (B/D)

Day 9: Aizonai / Egirdir
Drive towards Kutahya on to Aizonai, one of the most important cities of the Phrygians, especially during the Roman period. After Aizonai a very scenic drive will take us to Egirdir. Dinner in a local restaurant by the lake and overnight at the Mavi Gol Hotel. (B/D)

Day 10: Butterfly Valley / Egirdir
Travel into the mysterious Taurus Mountains. An easy, scenic ride will take us to Butterfly Valley, where the ancient road connecting Pamphylia to Pisidia passed through and where Alexander The Great and St. Paul also walked. On the way back to Egirdir visit the Davraz Natural Park Oak Forests. Dinner at Egirdir Island. Overnight at the Mavi Gol Hotel. (B/D)

Day 11: Adada - Koprulu Canyon National Park / Village House*
Drive to Kovada Lake National Park and continue to the ancient city of Adada. Drive to Koprulu Canyon National Park. The rest of the day will be spent walking around the natural monuments in Koprulu village house the park and enjoying the village house view before sunset. Dinner and overnight in a village house where we will use two rooms, one big room, one huge terrace (roofed), and one village hut for accommodations. Bathroom facilities are outside the house. (B/D)

Day 12: Selge Walk / Antalya
Drive to the entrance of the canyon where the ancients built a stone bridge, still in use since the 2nd century A.D. We will drive to the ancient city of Selge, where we will begin our walk through the village and the ruins, down to the path where the nomads wandered for centuries and still do. Drive to Antalya. Dinner in town and overnight at the Antalya Dogan Hotel. (B/D)

Day 13: Antalya City and Museum / Antalya
A relaxing day to enjoy the Mediterranean and/or the swimming pool, as well as the charming walks around the Old Town and harbor of Antalya. We will visit the museum and you will have the rest of the day on your own. Dinner and overnight at the Antalya Dogan Hotel. (B/D)

Day 14: Termessos / Antalya
Meet the bravest and toughest people of Anatolia, the Pisidians. Visit Termessos, the biggest and most impressive city within the grounds of Termessos National Park. Picnic lunch at Termessos and drive back to Antalya. Dinner in town and overnight at the Antalya Dogan Hotel. (B/D)

Day 15: Arycanda - Historical Cedar Forests of "Cillikara" / Antalya
Drive northwest of Antalya to visit the historical Cedar Forests Park located at an altitude of 8000 feet. After a picnic lunch, drive to Arycanda to discover the Lycians, the most unique culture of Asia Minor. After visiting the sites, we will drive back to Antalya. Dinner and overnight at the Antalya Dogan Hotel. (B/D)

Day 16: Olimpos - Chimera / Antalya
Drive to Ulupinar and begin our walk to Chimera, home of the legendary Homeric Dragon, which was killed by Bellerophontes and buried seven layers below the ground. The flames of the monster can still be seen, as believed for centuries by both the Lycians and the local people. After the walk we will have time to swim on the preserved beach of Chimera and visit the ruins of the coastal city of Olimpos. Dinner in town and overnight at the Antalya Dogan Hotel. (B/D)

Day 17: Departure Day
Transfer to airport for return flight to the United States via Istanbul, or take a cruise extension for a week. (B)

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

What's included:
- Best available hotel accommodations
- All meals as indicated
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle with professional tour bus driver
- Only hotel and restaurant tips, where meal is included
- Domestic flights in Turkey
- Group flight transfers
- All entrance fees and admissions
- Tea, coffee, and soft drinks with meals
- Baggage handling
- Tour folders with brochures and maps of Turkey
- No hidden costs!

Not included:
- Lunches
- Guide and driver tips
- International flights
- Visa (can be obtained on arrival at airport in Turkey for $20 per person)

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