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Trekking in Cappadocia and Istanbul (Dream of Gaudi)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Turkey  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 690 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 760 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 travelers 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

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

Tour Itinerary:

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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hotels: In Cappadocia (half board)
- Hotels: In Istanbul(bed and breakfast)
- Transportation:
* All transfers by private Mercedes
* VW Volt
* A/C
* Fridge (Days 8-9 - in Istanbul transportation is not include the price)
* All transfers between hotel and airport
- Guide: Local guide and experienced at trekking (English or Spanish or French or Italian speaking guide).

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