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Day 1 – Istanbul- Cappadocia
Take the morning flight from Istanbul Ataturk airport to Nevsehir departure 09:30 am. Arrival and meeting just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name. Transfer to Hotel.
Free afternoon. Some interesting walks can be done in the afternoon, guided (extra) or on own: Walking for about 3- to 5 km in one of the most attractive valleys of Cappadocia : Iceridere valley, Caglak valley , Red Valley, Rose valley, Gomeda Valley or Pigeon valley. Overnight Cappadocia.
Day 2 – Cappadocia
In the morning, first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its troglodyte houses, visit to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” . Lunch in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uçhisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia
Day 3 – Cappadocia
Tour to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Soganli Valley, an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style Rock-Cut churches and frescoes. Villages in the valleys, surrounded by the “table top” mountains, are spectacular. Lunch and Visit to Sahinefendi newly discovered mosaic houses & Archaeological excavation site. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil, that hides its frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which we can only see by torch light. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapasa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. Overnight Cappadocia
Day 4 – Cappadocia – Istanbul
Drive to Ihlara, visit to Guzelyurt on the way. The ancient name of the town was Gelveri. It is known to be the town of one of the old church fathers of Cappadocia with the name Gregory of Nazianzus (who is one of the three fathers of Cappadocia next to Greogory of Nysse and St.Basil the Great). Guzelyurt has abandoned cave houses and hidden underground cave monasteries. Walking in Ihlara Canyon, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: “Valley of the Sky” along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches, spread across a wild plantation, surprise you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible. Lunch in Belisirma, a local restaurant by the river. Stop by Selime, a village with cave houses at the end of the canyon and a “star wars” like landscape.
Transfer to airport to take the evening flight from Kayseri to Istanbul and leave Cappadocia.
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