TREKKING CAPPADOCIA & ISTANBUL Starting from USD 249 PP/DBL
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
Arrival in Istanbul, where you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: ANKARA CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast you will go by bus to Ankara, the centrally located capital of Turkey, once city of lower importance, until itofficially replaced Istanbul as the new Turkish capital city in 1923. During a panoramic city tour you will visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, where the founder of the Turkish Republic rests in peace.
Further you will go on to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA
Today is your first day in Cappadocia, a region of exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage.
Your first steps will start in the Red Valley, one of the most spectacular valleys of Cappadocia with its different kind of rock formations in variety of colours. The hike ends at the abandoned Cavusin village. It is a wonderful hiking trail through tunnels, cave dwellings and cave churches, along vineyards, potatoes and pumpkin fields. In the afternoon you can admire the Göreme Valley from above. (walking length: ca. 8 km)
DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA
You will be trekking in one of the most famous valleys of Cappadocia today, the Pigeon Valley. Its name comes from the pigeoncotes carved on its walls. In the afternoon, you will pass through the Love Valley, which has different types of fairy chimneys, most of them amusingly phallic in appearance. (walking length: ca. 14 km)
Evening (facultative): Enjoy the evening and relax after a day full of walking at a Turkish Night Show, an unforgettable evening in a local bar caved in a fairy chimney. The show highlights the dance traditions of various regions of Turkey(e.g. traditional Turkish wedding, Anatolian fire dance, Caucasus dance with knives and drums), complete with traditional costumes and of course, exhilarating belly dancers. Dinner and local wine or raki included.
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA
Don’t miss the one of life's great thrills, CappadociaHotair balloon flight (facultative). The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region. After the breakfast you will first go by bus to southern Cappadocia to the Soganli Valley. This valley, breathing on medieval atmosphere, gives an opportunity to do some Cappadocian cavechurch exploring off the beaten path. In the afternoon you will visit the largest excavated underground city in Turkey, multilevel Derinkuyu Underground City with 8 accessible floors extending to a depth of approximately 85 m. At the close of day you will visit a carpet manufactory and will be acquainted with history, dying, techniques etc. The Turkish carpets have exuberant colours, motifs, and patterns, and are traditionally woven by women. (walking length: ca. 8 km)
Evening (facultative): Witness a performance of Whirling Dervishes, the members of the Mevlevi Order from Konya. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans.
DAY 6: CAPPADOCIA ISTANBUL
On this day you will proceed from Cappadocia back to Istanbul. As a farewell you will visit the Ihlara Valley, this dramatic gorge, cut by a small stream through the volcanic landscape, holds about 60 Byzantine churches, chapels, monasteries and hermits' caves dating from the 11th to 13th centuries.
Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 7: ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
In Istanbul you will visit the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewellery, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Overwhelmed by mummery of the Grand Bazaar, you will take a ride along the Bosporus to have a lunch in an exclusive restaurant on the shore, after which you board for a romantic Bosporus Cruise.
No Istanbul experience is complete without a cruise on the Bosporus, it is as crucial as visiting any of the other major sightseeing spots. After arrival at the Golden Horn you will visit a jewellery manufactory.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for departure to your homeland.
•7 X HB Accomodations in 4 Star Hotels
• Modern Bus with AC
• Experienced trekking guide in desired language
• All Transfers and Taxes
Entrance fees are not included and will be paid at the place of entrance
Price: Starting from USD 249 PP/DBL