Treading the place where a great saint is already past: between pristine nature that surrounds the ancient archaeological and strong references from the dawn of Christianity until the time of the Byzantine Empire.
- Category: Historical - Natural
- Country: Turkey
- Total time: 8 days
- Days of trek: 6
- Difficulty: Medium
- Type of trek: Travelling with luggage transported
- Overnight: Hotel and Bungalows.
To the north of Antalya, the city on the sea on the slopes of mountains and forests and dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks, it penetrates in the lakes region of Turkey, crossing one of the most verdant of the Taurus Mountains. Abound here, as far as the eye stretches of pines, junipers, cedars and oaks. It 'a blast from the past that is still present in the daily rhythms of pastoral life. Going down to the fertile plains, rich in orchards and cultivated fields, meet rural settlements where the stones still prevail in the construction of houses. The Path of St. Paul, which sometimes emerges in its original flagstone, leads back to the time of the preaching of this important protagonist of religiosity, with his constant travels, he initiated the spread of Christianity across the Anatolian peninsula. Following in his footsteps was founded the largest Christian church that was later accepted and legitimized within the Byzantine Empire. Then go back up to the north-east towards an endless plateau looking for churches, monasteries and hermits' caves with frescoes and paintings that testify to this remarkable past. Cappadocia is called this land. Impressive here is the legacy of distant geological time: petrified in volcanic mountains shrouded in clouds and huge expanses of colorful sandstone, clay, carved by the flow of rivers inabissatisi nell'incedere millennia. (1496 words, including spaces).
Day 1: Flight to Istanbul / Antalya. Accommodation in Hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Breakfast. Visit the old town of Antalya and transfer by coach to the village of Beskonak (780 m.) Within the National Park of Koprulo Canyon. This long gorge extends for 14 miles along the eponymous creek and in some places reaches up to 400 meters high. The Roman bridge that crosses Oluk and the bridge over the stream of Bugrum Kocadere evidenced by the large engineering firms antiquity. Trek: The Path along the Koprulu Canyon. Height difference: 250 m. Descent: 250 m. Packed Lunches with their food. Accommodation in bungalows. Dinner and overnight. Media stop: 4:00 am.
Day 3: Breakfast. Crossing the park, full of trees henna and rocks sculpted by the wind, to the ruins of Selge, an ancient city where St. Paul preached. Suggestive appear the historical theater filled inside the vegetation and terraces supported by dry stone walls where a thriving farming was practiced.
- Trek: Beskonak (780 m.) - Selge 940 m.) - Caltepe (457 m.)
- Height difference: in the dorsal along the sides.
- Descent: in dorsal along the sides.
Packed Lunches with their food. Accommodation in a rural house. Dinner and overnight. Media Stage: 6.00.
Day 4: Breakfast. Transfer by minibus to Kesme (1038 m.). An ancient path will lead to Kasimlar overlooking the deep canyon. Ruins of rural settlements, herds of goats and shepherds, scenes of local life, spectacular rock formations, accompany the entire route. Trek: Kesme (1038 m.) - Kasimlar (1008 m.) Height difference: in the dorsal along the sides. Descent: in dorsal along the sides. Packed Lunches with their food. Accommodation in a rural house. Dinner and overnight. Media Stage: 6.00
Day 5: Breakfast. Transfer by minibus to the Plateau of Tota (1448 m.). Along the way visit to the archaeological site of Adada, another important place of the preaching of St. Paul. The route, which runs on a mountain ridge, will lead to an ancient paleo-Christian church to descend through a dense forest, until Tota Forestal Park features some very rare flora. Trek: Tota Plateau (1448 m.), Adana (1234 m.), Tota Forestal Park (1000 m.). Height difference: in the dorsal along the sides. Descent: in dorsal along the sides. Packed Lunches with their food. Transfer about one hour by bus to Egridir (917 m.) On the way you can visit a caravanserai dating back to the Seljuk. Accommodation in retirement. Dinner and overnight. Media Stage: 6.00.
Day 6: Breakfast. Transfer by minibus to Ihlara (1312 m). Stop at Kiona where there is a monastery dating back to the Seljuks. Here are buried the remains of Mevlana, a great mystic philosopher who lived in the thirteenth century, loved and respected by the entire Islamic world. The followers, after his death, came together and founded the brotherhood of "whirling dervishes" with the aim of perpetuating thought. During the festival, which is held every year to commemorate him, the dancing Dervishes of Konya, as they have for more than 700 years, to look for, according to the teaching of this great philosopher and through ritual movements of the body, the mystical union with God . After visiting the mosque, it starts at the time of the ancient village of Guseylurt, characterized by the presence of tombs and cave dwellings where the early Christians took refuge to escape from persecution by the Romans. Also visit to the underground city, another place of refuge and labyrinth carved into the earth. Lunch with their food. Hotel accommodation near Ihlara. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Breakfast. Transfer by minibus and visit the troglodyte fortress of Selimiye (1144 m.). Entrance to the Valley of Peristrema, crossed by the river Melendiz that created a deep canyon: a paradise off the walls dotted with caves of hermits, small monasteries, rock-hewn churches, carved into the rock, which contain within them extraordinary paintings of sacred writings dating back to 'Byzantine era. Trek: The Path spectacular 10 km long canyon. Height difference: 200 m. Descent: 200 m.
Packed Lunches with their food. Transfer to Urgup and hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight. Media stop: 5:30 am.
Day 8: Breakfast. Transfer by bus to the Red Valley (1000 m). Along the way you meet the Devrent Valley with unique rock formations, sculpted by erosion, which have some kind of animal. The entire day is dedicated to an unforgettable excursion through ancient fruit trees, herbs and shrubs, where the tuff eroded and shaped by the wind and weather, has given rise to the cones and the famous "fairy chimneys". Trek: Pasa Bag (1020 m), Avanos on the banks of the Red River (930 m), Valley of Love (1000 m), Cavusin (1029 m). Height difference: 150 m. Descent: 150 m. Packed Lunches with their food. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight. Media stop: 5:00 am.
Day 9: Breakfast. Transfer by minibus to the airport of Kayseri or Nevsehir. Flight to ...
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