Flight-Istanbul/ Izmir to Cappadocia
Kaymaklı Underground City
Goreme Open Air Museum
Day 1 – Istanbul (or Izmir) to Cappadocia
Take the morning flight to Cappadocia: Direct morning flights from Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevşehir everyday; Direct flights from Izmir to Kayseri on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Arrival and meeting at the airport just outside the arrival gate with a sign bearing your name and transfer to Cappadocia.
Tour to Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Soğanlı Valley, Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with it’s 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 )- Sobessos, 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. 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. Overnight Cappadocia
Day 2 – Cappadocia to Istanbul (or other destinations)
Hot Air ballooning with sunrise (extra)
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am
After breakfast, 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 Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Transfer to airport to take the evening flight to Istanbul or other destinations and leave Cappadocia.