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Expeditions in Cappadocia with Route of Dervishes and Missionary Trips - Istanbul, 14 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Turkey  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 790 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 940 US Dollar (USD)

Mesopotamia is between the rivers Tigris and the Euphrates, the coffer of Noah in Ararat, the Trojan horse in the borders of the Aegean Sea, the civilization of the hitites in the heart of the Halys river, the temple of Artemis or the mausoleum of Halicarnasus that are two wonders of the world. King Midas turned everything into gold, Thet Alexander Great and Saint Paul are the most famous travellers and the virgin Mar completed her trip in Éphesus. Hagia Sophía, Byzantine, the eternal residence of sultans Ottoman; it is the Topkapi palace. The gardens of Tulips, the Turkish bath, the turquoise water beaches, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, the Bosphorus and Istanbul, the modern country of the Ataturk. Anatolia; it is the cradle of the civilizations and bridge between Asia and Europe.

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. Two thousand years ago, missioners like muslim dervishes, Saint Paul used some routes in Cappadocia. Following the routes as they used to visit the ruins like monastery, rock-cut churches , convents of dervishes. Dervishes had come to Anatolia by emigration and they had settled between valleys. The isolated places became to centers of culture and education with constructions like monasteries and convents.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Via Istanbul - Kayseri (Cappadocia). Flight with Kayseri destination, via Istanbul. Overnightin Capadocia.

Day 2: Cappadocia/ Mountain Of Boyali and Yesiloz (Tagar). After breakfast drive through the Boyali, for mountain of Topuz (top of Boyali 1600 m) and arrive to village queen Theodora (ancient village of Yesiloz -Tagar) and visit church of Theodora. church of Tagar (church of St. Theodora-Urgup). This church located in Yesilöz. It is on the way from Urgup to Kayseri 16.5 kilometers far from city center Urgup. This church is the unique example of Cappadocia with its upper stairs to gallery. It was built for Theodora. Encampment near Tagar (daily trek5-6 h.).

Day 3: Cappadocia/ Mountain of Topuz, Keslik Monastery. After breakfast pass from mountain of Topuz , see the panaroma of Cappadocia arrive to Keslik Monastery. It is located in valley and in the garden.these are rock cut churches. The camp is inside the beautiful garden and nature. Encampment inside the Keslik monastery. (daily trek 5-6 h.).

Day 4: Cappadocia/ Keslik Monastery. After breakfast, trek through the nomads valley. Pass through the Ayvali valley and arrive to nomads valley. Possibility to see marvelous nature and communicate with nomads. Camp in nomads valley. (daily trek 5-6 h.).

Day 5: Cappadocia/ Vavvely Of Bahceli (Mimoza), Valley of Gomeda/ Ruins of Gomeda. After breakfast trek through the valley of Bahceli pass through the natural rock tunels. Arrive to valley of Gomeda seeing with ruins of Gomeda. Encampment between the ruins of Gomeda. ( daily trek 5-6 h.).

Day 6: Cappadocia/ Valley of Uzengi, Churches of Pancarlik, Dove-Cotes,Fortress of Ortahisar, Valley of Ortahisar: After breakfast march to valley of Uzengi seeing with churches and dove cotes of Pancarlik arrive valley of Ortahisar.climb to fortress of Ortahisar possibility to see all Capadocia. Overnight in hotel. (daily trek 5-6 h.).

Day 7: Cappadocia/ Red Valley, Valley of Goreme, Fairy Chimneys Pasabag: After breakfast march for Red valley. It is possible to see different colors in Red valley. Walk through the Goreme valley and arrive to Pasabaglari. Encampment in the garden of Ayvali church. (daily trek 5-6 h.).

Day 8: Cappadocia/ Vanos, Pottery Gallery. After breakfast drive to Avanos. Visit to pottery gallery and then walk through the Red River (Halys River) the longest river originating and ending within the borders of Turkey: 1335km. Encampment inside the Red River valley. (daily trek5-6 h.).

Day 9: Cappadocia/ Valley of Soganli: After breakfast, march for village of Soganli, visit to some churches from. VI-X, centuries and dove-cotes, some churches connected with shelters the same Ozluce underground city's tunnels. Refuges hid there in the time of danger. Possibility to see the local life in Ulasli.Overnight in village of Ulasli. (with breakfast) ( daily trek 2-3h).

Day 10: Cappadocia/ Istanbul. After breakfast transfer to Kayseri airport to flight for Istanbul Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B).

Day 11: Istanbul: Free day Overnight in Istanbul.Includes: (B).

Day 12: Istanubul: Free day Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B).

Day 13: Istanbul: Free day Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B).

Day 14: Istanbu: Transfer to airport.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hotels: In Cappadocia HB (breakfast and dinner)
- House of Ulas: In Cappadocia BB (bed and breakfast)
- Hotels: In Istanbul BB (bed and breakfast)
- Transportation:
* All transfers with private Mercedes, VWVolt, A/C, fridge (transportation days in Istanbul not include )
* All transfers from airport to hotel or from hotel to airport
- Guide: English experienced at trekking
- Meals: During the camping Full board ( breakfast x 12, lunch x 7, dinner x7 ) cook and tent for meal.

Price Excludes:
- Flights and entrance of museums
- Guide in Istanbul is not include
- Lunches and dinners are not include.

- Groups for 4-5 people: %10
- For 6-7 people: %13
- For 8 and above people: %16 discount.