SMALL GROUP CAPPADOCIA PACKAGES

3 DAY – 2 NT SMALL GROUP CAPPADOCIA PACKAGE
BY OVERNIGHT BUS OR FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL - IZMIR - ANTALYA

DAY 1: ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA
Transfer (optional) to the airport for flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 2: CAPPADOCIA – UNDERGROUND CITY AND ANATOLIAN VILLAGES
10:00 Departure. Visit Kaymakli Underground City and explore four levels of this underground city which is a maze of tunnels where it is believed up to 3500 people may have lived. You will see storage rooms, kitchens and living areas with ventilation shafts. There are also wineries, stables and “millstone” doors which could be rolled to seal tunnel entrances from invaders. Parts of the underground city may be from the Hittite era but were also used by early Christians as a refuge as there is a small church. We continue to Sobessos ancient site near Sahinefendi Village with its fascinating “mosaic” house, meeting hall and chapel from around the 4th century AD. You will also see traditional villages in the valleys which are flanked by flat table top mountains. Continue to Keslik Monastery near Cemil Village that has frescoes veiled by a thin layer of smoke. After lunch we visit Mustafapasa (Sinasos) which was originally a Greek settlement. Walk in the picturesque town with churches and houses in the Greek architectural style. We will also see the Saruhan Caravanserai which is built of the local volcanic stone and was an inn for travelers on the ancient trade route. The tour will end with a panoramic view of Red Valley with its colorful volcanic rock formations. Overnight in Cappadocia. B. L.

DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA – GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM AND FAIRY CHIMNEYS – ISTANBUL
10:00 Departure. Visit Devrent Valley - natural rock formations with fantastic shapes, some of which are reminiscent of people and animals. Visit the Zelve area with Pasabagi for a walk in the vineyards among strange multiple "mushroom-capped" fairy chimneys, then continue to Avanos, which has been a center of terra cotta work since 3000 BC. See a pottery demonstration using the ancient kick-wheel technique. We will also visit Goreme Open Air Museum, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the best examples of Byzantine frescoes and symbols inside the rock-cut churches that date roughly from the 10th to the 13th along with the kitchens and dining halls of the monks in this extensive early Christian complex. The last stop will be Uchisar Village where we climb up tunnels inside the rock citadel for an extensive panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia and even Mt Erciyes on a clear day. Transfer to the airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel. B. L.

4 DAY – 3 NT SMALL GROUP CAPPADOCIA PACKAGE
BY OVERNIGHT BUS OR FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL - IZMIR - ANTALYA

DAY 1: ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA
Transfer (optional) to the airport for flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 2: CAPPADOCIA – UNDERGROUND CITY AND ANATOLIAN VILLAGES
10:00 Departure. Visit Kaymakli Underground City and explore four levels of this underground city which is a maze of tunnels where it is believed up to 3500 people may have lived. You will see storage rooms, kitchens and living areas with ventilation shafts. There are also wineries, stables and “millstone” doors which could be rolled to seal tunnel entrances from invaders. Parts of the underground city may be from the Hittite era but were also used by early Christians as a refuge as there is a small church. We continue to Sobessos ancient site near Sahinefendi Village with its fascinating “mosaic” house, meeting hall and chapel from around the 4th century AD. You will also see traditional villages in the valleys which are flanked by flat tabletop mountains. Continue to Keslik Monastery near Cemil Village that has frescoes veiled by a thin layer of smoke. After lunch, we visit Mustafapasa (Sinasos) which was originally a Greek settlement. Walk in the picturesque town with churches and houses in the Greek architectural style. We will also see the Saruhan Caravanserai which is built of the local volcanic stone and was an inn for travelers on the ancient trade route. The tour will end with a panoramic view of Red Valley with its colorful volcanic rock formations. Overnight in Cappadocia. B. L.

DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA – IHLARA VALLEY
10:00 Departure. We will drive to the impressive Ihlara Valley which is located near Mount Hasan and Mount Melendez, which are two of the three sleeping volcanoes in Cappadocia. The Valley is actually a canyon with a depth of approximately 100 meters and length of 14 kilometers and it is thought that there are more than 4000 dwellings and 100 cave churches carved in the rock. We will walk approximately 3 km along the Melendez River passing through vineyards, poplar and pistachio trees in the most scenic part of the valley. We will also visit unusual rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible such as the Kokar and Snake Church. We enjoy lunch next to the River in the village of Belisirma (ancient Peristrema) which has traditional stone houses and an old mill. After this, we drive to Selime, a village of rock cones below a mesa. There is a two-story colonnaded church and monastery, kitchens and tunnel all carved into the rock above the village. Overnight in Cappadocia. B. L.

DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA – GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM AND FAIRY CHIMNEYS – ISTANBUL
10:00 Departure. Visit Devrent Valley - natural rock formations with fantastic shapes, some of which are reminiscent of people and animals. Visit the Zelve area with Pasabagi for a walk in the vineyards among strange multiple "mushroom-capped" fairy chimneys, then continue to Avanos, which has been a center of terra cotta work since 3000 BC. See a pottery demonstration using the ancient kick-wheel technique. We will also visit Goreme Open Air Museum, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the best examples of Byzantine frescoes and symbols inside the rock-cut churches that date roughly from the 10th to the 13th along with the kitchens and dining halls of the monks in this extensive early Christian complex. The last stop will be Uchisar Village where we climb up tunnels inside the rock citadel for an extensive panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia and even Mt Erciyes on a clear day. Transfer to the airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel. B. L.

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INCLUDED:
Accommodation in hotel category of your choice
Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
Main museum entry fees
Transport in non-smoking vehicles with prof. English speaking guides on tours
Izmir, Kayseri/Nevsehir Airport transfers

NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, Istanbul airport transfers, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature.

OPTIONAL: 2 x Istanbul airport transfers 90 EUROS total - up to 3 passengers (Valid for Istanbul Ataturk Airport only), additional nights in Istanbul, Add a balloon tour to your package: Cappadocia Balloon Tour, Overnight bus tickets