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. Free day. Leave for Dalaman in the night time and arrive to Dalyan.
Day 4: Dalyan - Kaunos - Saklikent. In the morning sail to trek Caunos and visit rock-cut tombs near the seaside, then mud bath. Drive to Saklikent. Overnight in tree house (private house). Daily excursion: 4-5h.
Day 5: Saklikent - Pantara - Islamlar. Trek 2,30h through Saklikent conyon. Drive to visit Patara. Patara is an ancient port of Zante during the Roman time. Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) was born in Patara. Patara beaches are wonderful. Overnight in Islamlar private houses. Daily excursion: 4-5h.
Day 6: Islamalr - Kas - Kekova - Demre. Drive through Anriake to sail for Kekova and visit the ruins of Patara. Saint Nicholas was born here - Papa Noel visit . Saint Nicholas church Kekova is a sunken city was formed by the submerge of ancient cities probably due to eartquakes. You can see sunken sarcophagus here. During the trip one hour break in Kas. Overnight in hotel. Daily excursion: 3-4h.
Day 7: Demre - Cirali - Olympus (The Platau Yaylakuzudere). Drive to Cirali and trek through the Olympus. Olympus was founded III B.C. near a mouth of river. Overnight in Hotel. Daily excursion: 4-5h.
Day 8: Cirali - Olympus - Quimera (The Platau Yaylakuzudere). After breakfast, leave hotel to climb Olympus Dagi. The Chimarea was a fearful monster, breating fire. The fore part of its body was a compound of the lion and the goat, and the hind part a dragon's. It made great havoc in Lycia. The Chimarea is still breating fire on the Olympus Dagi. Near the fire ruins of Hepahistos temple (Vulcano in roman mythology) free time to swim in Cirali. Overnight in Hotel. Daily excursion: 2-3h.
Day 9: Cirali - Termosos - Antalya (The Platau Yaylakuzudere). After breakfast drive to national park to climb Termessos (Mountain of Termesos) and cliff of Guver (115 meters). Overnight in Hotel. Daily excursion: 4-5h.
Day 10: Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia - Ihlara. After breakfast drive to Cappadocia On the way pass the silk route and range of Taurus mountains and then Konya where is the center of whirling dervishes and visit the Sultanhani Caravansary and Ihlara Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 11: Ihlara - Cappadocia. After the breakfast Arrival to the nomadic town Ihlara, Transport 1,5-2-h. 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 kilometre long. starts from Ihlara, come to an end at Selime. Valley's hight 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. Lunch in local restaurant (not included) Drive to Ozluce underground city of Ozluce (Zeylia). Ozluce underground city was used by christians as refuge to save of the persecution Overnight in a Hotel. Daily excursion: 4-5h.
Day 12: Cappadocia - Urgup - Gomeda - 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 hard-twisted and mineral water. Visit to Pancarlik valley and monasteries and churches. Daily excursion: 4-5h. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13: Cappadocia - Golgoli Dagi (Mountain of Golgoli). After breakfast, drive to climb mountain of Golgoli 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. Daily trek: 5-6 h.
Day 14: Cappadocia - Kizil Vadi (Red Valley) - 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 is the Uzumlu Church of century IX Visit to churches. Overnight in hotel. Daily excursion: 4-5h.
Day 15: Cappadocia. Transfer to airport via Istanbul.
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