In the Footsteps of St. Paul Along the Paths of the Taurus Mountains and Cappadocia 14 Daysoffered by supplier M14606 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 7 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 15 people
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History Walking Tours
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 990 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1650 Euro (EUR)
-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).
St. Paul Trailis the second long distance footpath in Turkey. It runs about 500 kms from the east of Antalya in the lakes region of Turkey. It passes through some of the greenest areas of the Taurus mountains in natural pine, cedar, oak and juniper forests are abound. Then he falls in Lakeland, with its fertile plains full of fruit trees and fields. Untouched by time, pastoral lifestyle, rich history, natural beauty and diversity of wildlife in this area gives you almost everything you would like to find a hiker in doubt paseo.Sin one of the highlights around the St Paul Trail Trek, the old town itself and the old way of building stone that leads to that are the inspiration time. Many of the buildings are still in very good condition and the old road is incredibly beautiful. (St Paul Trail)
Cappadocia: The fantastic landscapes of the region of Turkey that formerly was called Cappadocia are the result of a orogenic whim, in which took part the powerful action of volcanoes, rain and time. The volcanic sediments that make up the crust of the soil of Cappadocia have undergone during eras the ferocious erosion of the climatic elements of the Anatolian plateau, gradually creating a own world of dreams unreal scenery populated with formation stony improbable, that the real . Meanwhile, men have taken part to torment still more these landscapes, drilling their entrails to carve churches and monastery, peppering the walls and floor rock to build labyrinthine underground cities. The rock architecture reaches in the Cappadocia its apotheosis.
Day 1: Istanbul - Arrival. Turkey Istanbul Airport. transfer from airport, to hotel.Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul. After breakfast, Visit to old city Istanbul St. Sophia This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Topkapi Palace The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue tiles. Ancient Hippodrome, Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Gallipoli – Canakkale. After breakfast, we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Visit Gabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4: Troy - Pergamon - Kusadasi. After breakfast, Visit the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After drive to Pergamon. And visit the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Arrival to Selcuk- Kusadasi, Overnight in Selcuk.
Day 5: Kusadasi - Ephesus. After breakfast, Ancient sites in the world of Ephesus, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and After drive to Pamukkale, Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6: Pamukkale- Antalya. After breakfast,visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs and After drive to Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 7: Antalya Beşkonak. After breakfast, visit to Perge and Aspendos. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC. St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times Aspendos (Belkis). In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn't stay for long). During the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theatre, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. Overnight Accommodation in bungalows Beşkonak.
Day 8: Beşkonak - Koprulo Canyon - Selge - Caltepe. After 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 9: Caltepe - Kesme - Kasımlar. After 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 10: Kasımlar - Tota - Adada - Eğridir. After 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 11: Eğridir - Beyşehir - Konya - Ihlara (Cappadocia). After 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 12: Ihlara (Cappadocia). After 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 13: Cappadocia Red Valley - Devrent Valley - Uchisar Castle, 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". Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. 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 14: Cappadocia Transfer. Breakfast. Transfer by minibus to the airport of Kayseri or Nevsehir. Flight to Istanbul Ataturk Airport...
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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