Trekking Tour Cappadocia, Istanbul
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 it officially replaced Istanbul as the new Turkish capital city in 1923. During a panoramic city tour you will visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal AtatÃ¼rk, 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 hidden rock-cut churches in the valley surprise the visitors. 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 GÃ¶reme Valley from above. (ascent 100 m, descent 100 m, 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 pigeon-cotes carved on its walls. A magnificent natural phenomenon awaits you here, a peaceful nature, where past and present meet. In the afternoon, you will pass through the Love Valley, which has different types of fairy chimneys, most of them amusingly phallic in appearance. (ascent 150 m, descent 150 m, walking length: ca. 14 km) Evening (facultative):Â Enjoy the evening and relax after a day full of walking at aÂ Turkish Night Show,Â 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.Â Dinner and local wine or raki included.
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA Donâ€™t miss the one of life's great thrills, CappadociaÂ hot-air balloon flight (facultative).Â 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 â€“ through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colours and features â€“ and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region. The flight takes ca. 1 hour and you will be comfortably back in your hotel to take your daily tour. 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 cave-church exploring off the beaten path. In the afternoon you will visit the largest excavated underground city in Turkey, multi-level 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. (ascent 150 m, descent 150 m, walking length: ca. 8 km). Evening (facultative):Â Witness a performance ofÂ 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. Stroll through its more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops. 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 Bosphorus to have a lunch in an exclusive restaurant on the shore, after which you board for a romantic Bosphorus Cruise. No Istanbul experience is complete without a cruise on the Bosphorus, 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.
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey
- Hot-Air Balloon Ride: 130 Euro per person
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euro per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euro per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euro per person
- Horseriding: 30 Euro per person (1 hour)
: Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas. Carpets and kilims:
Â Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today. Ceramic and pottery:
Â Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia. Onyx and semi-precious stones:
Â In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewelleryÂ made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold. Leather goods:
Â Turkey is one of the worldâ€™s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Kusadasi. Spices:
Â Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.
AC Bus, Buscab, Volvo ,Travego and Bus are available.