Cappadocia. 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 volcanoes, 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.
Istanbul. 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: Via Istanbul - Kayseri (Cappadocia): Flight with Kayseri destination, via Istanbul. Lodging in Cappadocia.
Day 2: Cappadocia - Ask Vadisi (Love Valley). After breakfast, drive to historical site of Uchisar fortress and love valley (daily excursion 3-4 hours). Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 3: Cappadocia - Soganli. After breakfast, to march for the Soganli town, the churches of VI-X century pigeon houses and Some of the refuges and the church is related one to the other to tunnels that similar to underground cities of Ozluce (Zeylia) like refuge to save of the persecutions. Possible to see daily life of the typical town of Anatolia in Soganli. Overnight in Hotel (daily excursions 2-3 hours).
Day 4: Cappadocia - Kizil Vadi (Red Valley). 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 (daily excursion 4-5 hours). Overnight in hotel.
Day 5: Cappadocia - Urgup - Gomedia - Uzengi. 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 (daily excursion 5-6 hours). Overnight in hotel.
Day 6: Cappadocia Ihlara (Ihlara Canyon). After the breakfast drive to Ozluce underground city of Ozluce (Zeylia) Arrival to the nomadic town Ihlara, transport 1.5-2 hours Canyon constituted by breaks and collapses come out with getting cold of lavas that contains dense basalt and andesite substances and run over from Hasandag mountain. On that split area an Melendiz brook find way to flow and give today's shape to canyon, that brook was named in early ages "Potamus Kapadukus" which means river of Capadocia. Valley lies 14 kilometer long.
Starts from Ihlara, come to an end at Selime. Valley's high reach to 100 - 150 meters at some places. Across the valley there are innumerable shelters, tombs and churches that all engraved into rocks present. Some of the shelters and church's are related each other with tunnels that similar to underground cities. Overnight in a hotel (daily excursion 6-7 hours).
Day 7: Cappadocia - Istanbul. After breakfast, Drive to Kayseri to flight for Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (with breakfast).
Day 8: Istanbul: Free day.
Day 9: Istanbul: Free day.
Day 10: Istanbul: Transfer to airport.
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