Cultural Cappadocia Tour
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"The land of
"The holy land of Christians..."
"The heartland of Anatolia... "
The beauty of the unique
Cappadocia (valleys, fairy chimneys with caps) carved during
ages by the nature-air, flood water and the fire of the volcanic
mountains (Mt. Erciyes, Mt Hasan, Mt. Gollu) is spectacular. Light
and time sensitive, continuously colour changing capped chimneys,
curved paths along the trees, cultural heritages of Christians, Jews
and Muslims decorated with natural coloured icons and dugout in
rocks, animated by Saint Basile in Kayseri, Saint Gregoire in
Nevsehir, Haci Bektas Veli in Haci Bektas...
5 day trip of this nature of its own
unique character gives you the opportunity to discover the cultural
richness of this area and enables you to interact with each other
and with the hospitable local inhabitants
Day 1: Europe Ankara
Arrival in Ankara. Transfer to a 3 or
4 star high QoS hotel for the welcome cocktail, dinner and
Ankara -- Angora --
The city of Ankara lies in the center of Anatolia on the eastern edge of the
Anatolian Plateau at an altitude of 850 meters. It is the center of the province
of the same name which is a predominantly fertile wheat steppeland with forested
areas in its northeast region ...
The history of the region goes back to the third millennium of the Bronze Age --
the indigenous population were called
the Hattians. Akuwash -- the Hittite name
for the city -- was established circa 3000 years ago at the intersection of 2
trade routes ...
After the decline of the
Hittite Empire in the
second millennium BC the (1)Phrygians -- (2)Lydians
-- (3)Persians -- (4)Alexander
the Great (333 BC) -- (5)Galatians arrived in succession. The city
subsequently fell to the Romans
Day 2: Ankara
After breakfast at the buffet, our guide will
lead us to the
Civilizations Museum; prize-winning museum of the best Worldwide Museums in
1995. This visit will be preceded by a tutorial on the Anatolian civilisations.
With historical buildings and solid origin, The Museum of Anatolian
Civilizations in Ankara (Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi) got the first
place among the 68 museums and was awarded the title of Museum of
the Year" in Lausanne, Switzerland on 19 April 1997.
The Anatolian Civilizations Museum (Museum of Ancient Anatolian
Civilizations) with its original collections is considered to be one
of the top Museums in the world today. Anatolian archaeological
creations are exhibited in a chronological order starting from the
Palaeolithic Age up to the present time.
then visit the ancient
Ankara, the citadel-giving the opportunity to have a helicopter-view of the
capital, the Konak
Boyacizade, the Zenger Pacha
Ethnografical Museum and the
famous old Spice
Bazaar of Ankara.
The Ethnography Museum is the
museum where Turkish art from Seljuki to present time is exhibited.
Public clothes, jewellery, shoes, slippers samples collected from
various regions of Anatolia, woman and man socks from Sivas region,
various bowls, laces, scarves. Belts, handkerchiefs, bed sheets,
bride costumes, bridegroom shaving sets, old traditional Turkish art
Technical material and designs unique to Turks and carpets, weaving
benches from Uşak, Gördes, Bergama, Kula, Milas, Ladik, Karaman,
Niğde, Kırşehir regions are exhibited. Among fine art samples of
Anatolian Mine arts there are Memluk boilers from 15th century,
Ottoman sweet boilers, hand washing jugs, trays, coffee trays, meal
tables, cups, candle scissors etc. are exhibited.
Arrows, bows, lighting pistols, rifles, sword and other things from
Ottoman Period, Turkish pottery and porcelain and Kütahya
porcelains, religious and sect properties, Turkish inscriptions are
exhibited with the nice samples.
Seljuki Sultan Keyhüsrev III's throne a finest sample of Turkish
wooden works (XIIIth century), Ahi Şerafettin Sandukası (XIVth
century), Nevşehir Ürgüp Damsa Village Taşhur Pasha Mosque nish (XIIth
century), Siirt Ulu Mosque Nish (XIIth century), Merzifon Çelebi
Sultan Medrese Gate (XVth century) are some of the important arts of
After a delicious lunch, we
visit The Mausoleum of Atatürk and The Ataturk Museum. Here, one finds his pictures and other exhibitions recalling the
key events of Ataturk's life and the evolution of the Turkish Republic.
The Museum of the 1st World
War- the Dardanelles- in the Mausoleum, the symbol of the
rebirth of the Laic Republic of Turkey is also explored.
We then drive to Cappadocia
and pass through Aksaray. Aksaray possesses the most
frequently visited regions of
Cappadocia, displaying natural beauties mingled with the pages
of history. We explore Aksaray after our Cappadocia Tour. Dinner and
overnight is in Cappadocia.
After breakfast, we visit the
old houses of Urgup, Uc Guzeller, the Pigeons Valley, Uchisar,
Avcilar, the Goreme Valley and its Rupestrian churches.
After a delicious lunch in
Cappadocia, we discover, observe and feel the unique silences of the Rose Valley, Camels Valley, Dolphins Valley, Owl Valley
and the Valley of the Virgin Mary. We take a time-out in an onyx factory.
Later discovery of the 1st
part of the Zelve Valley: Pasabag. Drive across the Red (Halys) River, and take pictures of
typical houses in Venessa-Avanos.
In the afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing programme aiming
at discovering different craft industries (weaving and knotting of Turkish carpets), the
nomadic culture and imperial palaces. Dinner and overnight in our hotel.
Day 4: Cappadocia-
After breakfast at the hotel, we
drive towards Aksaray, the ancient Seljuk city of
Karamanoglu, and visit its unique Pizze Tower (Kizil Minaret), and The Great Mosque
(Ulu Camii) from the 13th
There are important
historical buildings from Seljuk times, mostly from the 13th
century, such as the Ulu Mosque and the Kizil (Egri) Minaret. The
brickwork of the Kizil Minaret is elaborate
We walk through the Melendiz Canyon, via typical villages such as
Selime, Yaprakhisar, Belisirma and arrive in the Peristrema-Ihlara Valley. We
discover primitive Syriaq churches dated from the 1st period of the
Christian campus in Cappadocia. Possibility to walk around and observe the
nature for those who love
nature and wild birds.
Free lunch at the Melendiz Canyon in
The lava flowing from the Hasan
Mountains cooled down and formed a beautiful Canyon with its breaks
and splits in the Ihlara Valley, which is about 40 kilometers from
Aksaray. The Melendiz brook flows through this valley. The valley
reaches a height of almost 150 meters at some places. One finds many
churches, shelters and tombs engraved into the rock surfaces of the
valley. Some of these shelters and churches are connected to each
other by means of many underground tunnels.
Ihlara is a 14 km-long
fascinating canyon, formed by the Melendiz River. In this valley can
be found Byzantine rock chapels cut into the canyon walls and
decorated with wonderful frescoes. Of these chapels the Agacalti
(Daniel) Church, the Yilanli (Apocalypse) Church, the Sumbullu
(Hyacinth) Church, the Purenliseki Church, and St. Georges Church
are the most interesting.
In the late afternoon, on the way
back to Ankara we visit the underground town of Saratli-the town of
Simone and Jean van Delft. In Saratli, one admires the hand-made linen poppies, and especially the gloves and socks with Anatolian drawings.
After Saratli, we head towards
Ankara, and enjoy again the beauty of Central Anatolian landscapes
and take photos of Lake Salt, rose flamingos and collect salty
Dinner and Overnight in our 3*+ in
After a rich breakfast at the
hotel, the group members enjoy some free time to explore the city on
their own pace, until to the transfer time to the airport for
- Evening with typical Turkish dances
- Discovery of Cappadocia in
hot air balloon.
- Evening with Dancing Dervishes.
Turkish Belly Dance
- Transportation in Turkey:
air-conditioned bus Mercedes Sprinter, WW Wolt, Mercedes 304-403, Mitsubishi
Safir, Isuzu Minibus-Turquoise
Hotels: in Cappadocia 4* or 5*, in Ankara 3*+, HB.
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