The fantastic landscapes of the region of Turkey that formerly was called Cappadocia are the result of a orogenic whim, in which it has taken divides the powerful action of volcanos, rain and the time. The volcanic sediments that conform the crust of the ground of Cappadocia have undergone during eras the ferocious erosion of the climatic elements of the plateau Anatolia, little by little creating an unreal scenery populated with formation stony improbable, own of the world of the dreams that of the real one. As well, the men have taken part to torment still more these landscapes, drilling their entrails to carve churches and monasteries, pestering the rock walls and grounds to construct to labyrinth underground cities. The rock architecture reaches in the Cappadocia its apotheosis.
Old capital of three successive empires - Roman, Byzantin, Ottoman, Istanbul is the economic center of the Republic of Turkey. A continuous parade of oil tankers and merchant boats crosses to newspaper waters of the Bosphorus. It is in fact, the variety of Istanbul which fascinates its visitors: the museums, churches, palaces, great mosques, bazaars and the views of natural beauty seem inexhaustible.
Day 1: Istanbul. Arrival to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul - Free day. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul - Cappadocia. Free day. Transfer to Istanbul airport for flight (Kayseri ASR) in the afternoon and transfer to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4: Cappadocia - Soganli. After breakfast, drive to the underground city of Ozluce (Zeylia) christians used the underground city at IV century as refuge to save of the persecutions. Drive to valley of Soganli for a colorful bond with innumerable chapels, churches, houses and tombs. Possible to see the development of the byzantine painting between the VI and XII centuries pigeon houses and daily life of the typical town of Anatolia. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 5: Cappadocia - Golgoli Dagi (Mountain of Golgoli). After breakfast, drive to climb mountain of Golgoli a 1500 m. altitude. At the summit of mountain you can see all Cappadocia. Possible to see observation house, built 500 years ago, a ruin of Ottoman and Grek. Then trekking through the Aravan canyon for 3 hours between the different trees. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Cappadocia - Valley of Gomeda - Uzengi - Pancarlik. After breakfast, start from Mustafapasa trek in valley of Gomeda, visit to some churches . Excursion in Gomeda. Continue by the valley of Uzengi, the valley pigeon houses and mineral water. Visit to Pancarlik valley and monasteries and churches. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Cappadocia - Kizil Vadi (Red Valley) Uchisar - Cavusin. After breakfast, drive to imagination valley (Devrent), where the stone eroded by the wind forms denominated tips, cones and obeliscos fairy chimneys. The valley of the monks (Pasabagi). The Kizilvadi valley (Red) is amazingly beautiful, specially during the daytime. Then visit the Uzumlu Church of century IX. Overnight in hotel.
Day 8: Cappadocia. Transfer to Kayseri airport (ASR). Flight to Istanbul.
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