Code : Cap.Nem
DAY 1 ISTANBUL-CAPPADOCIA
Take the morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri. Arrival and meeting at the airport just outside the arrival's gate with a sign bearing your name and transfer to Cappadocia. First meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; walking in Pasabag near Zelve ; "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 the Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.Return to your hotel and overnight.
DAY 2 CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast visit to Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Soğanlı 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 ( Sobesos ) newly discovered (01 May 2002) 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. The Medrese (Theological School) from Seljuk Turks in Taşkınpaşa is the witness of an early and rich Turkish settlement in the town. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. Return to your hotel and overnight.
DAY 3 CAPPADOCIA - NEMRUT MOUNTAIN
Departure in the morning from Göreme,After Kayseri, visit the 13 th century Seljuk Caravansarai "Karatayhan".The next stop is Pinarbasi for a short tea break and then drive to Tekir for Lunch.Take a picture of the beautiful scenery of the Tekir Valley.Drive to Kahraman Maras to have world famous icecream(dondoruma), then drive to Kahta.Tea break,transfer to hotel,O/N Nemrut ( L-D )
DAY 4 NEMRUT - Sanli Urfa - HARRAN
Very early departure up to the ruins, After get off the minibus twenty five minutes climbing on foot to the top where you will watch the beautiful sun rise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. After sun rised time to walk around and taking pictures. Then drive back to the hotel for breakfast.
Drive to Kahta, on the way visit the ruins of the arsemia Roman bridge of Cendere and Tumulus Tomb of Karakuş. Tea break in Kahta. Drive to Sanli Urfa-Harran on the way visit Ataturk Dam which is the biggest dam in Middle east. C/in to hotel in Sanli Urfa,after lunch visit Abrahams Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it, then walk around oriental covered bazaar.
Drive to Harran a village of Spellbinding Mud-Birck "beehive" houses mentioned in the book of genesis where Abraham spend last years of his life.Visit the ruins of Harran including city walls, oldest islamic university and the castle dated to eighteen century. After the sun set drive back to the hotel, dinner and O/N Sanli Urfa ( B-L-D )
DAY 5 SANLI URFA - GOREME
Departure from Sanli Urfa to Adana-Birecik which is the famous with its bald-ibis ( Kel aynak ) birds.This birds are living only in Bilecik in the world.There is not much left of them.There is a Breeding farm of Bald İbis birds.Having a lunch,drive up to the Taurus Mountain after Adana.Tea break then drive back to Goreme.
DAY 6 CAPPADOCIA -İSTANBUL
Pick up from your hotel at 9:30 am. 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.