CAPPADOCİA TRİP - 5 NIGHT 6 DAYS
Every May and September.
Departure from Didim at 7.00am.
Arrival in Pamukkale at approximately 11.00am.
Lunch at a local Restaurant.
The afternoon is free time for you to visit the Cotton Castle (Pamukkale) with a coach drop off and pick up if you wish.
Pamukkale is a natural which contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. The ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" The Turkish name refers to the surface of the shimmering, snow-white limestone, shaped over millennia by calcium-rich springs. Dripping slowly down the vast mountainside, mineral-rich waters foam and collect in terraces, spilling over cascades of stalactites into milky pools below. Legend has it that the formations are solidified cotton (the area’s principal crop) that giants left out to dry.
Dinner at the hotel.
After an early Breakfast departure for Egudir Lake arriving at around 12.00 noon a stroll around the lake followed by a delicious lunch at a lakeside restaurant
Departure after lunch for the Cappadocia Region.
Arrival at the Cave Hotel and following check in Dinner at a local Turkish restaurant.
Breakfast at the Hotel
Three Beauties ( Urgup Fairy Chimneys ), also which are the most famous fairy chimneys located outside of Urgup at Cappadocia. Three Beauties, the conic rock formations that locals have created many legends about. Opportunities to take photos of the beautiful Three Beauties with the valleys with rustic colors as a backdrop.
Devrent Valley, which is also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. There are no Roman castles or Roman tombs in Devrent Valley, either. Actually it was never inhabited. So what makes it so famous? The lunar landscape!
Pigeon Valley The name comes from the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. Some farmers still maintain their lofts because they insist that the reputation of Cappadocian fruits as the sweetest and most succulent in Turkey is entirely due to pigeon dung.
Uchisar Castle is situated at the highest point in Cappadocia, The top of the Uchisar Castle, provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance.
Lunch at a Local Buffet Restaurant
Goreme Open Air Museum, this resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church.
Avanos Pottery is famous throughout Turkey. Locals take clay from the nearby Red River and turn it into perfectly formed pottery and ceramic pieces.
Breakfast at the Hotel
Derinkuyu Underground City
Is an ancient multi-level underground city in the Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. Extending to a depth of approximately 60 m (200 feet), it is large enough to have sheltered many people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is one of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia. This city was for Christian refugees. It contains rooms, stables, cellars, storage areas, refectories, churches and wineries. There is also a missionary school. It was opened to visitors in 1969 and about half of the underground city is currently accessible to tourists.
The dramatic Ihlara Valley gorge, cut by a small stream (the Melendiz Suyu) through the volcanic Cappadocian landscape which holds about 60 Byzantine churches, chapels, monasteries and hermits' caves dating from the 11th to 13th centuries.
Lunch in the Valley in Cabanas on the River
Followed by Wine Tasting at a local Winery where you can also purchase bottles of your choice
Breakfast at the Hotel then departure for Konya
Sultanhanı is not on one of the main highways of Turkey. But it was one of the most important stops in caravan routes during the Middle Ages. The 4,866 square metres (52,380 sq ft) Seljuk han, which was commissioned by Alaattin Keykubat ('Alā' ad-Dīn Kay Qubād) is considered one of the best preserved hans of the Seljuk period. After the age of discovery, like other caravan routes the Sultanhanı han became neglected.
Konya the Capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate
The Mevlana Museum. This is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammed Balkhi-Rumi, a 13th century Persian Poet and Sufi mystic also known as Mevlana or Rumi. It was also the Dervish Lodge (tekke) of the Meveli order. The Mevlevi are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as Persian a form of dhikr (remembrance of God or meditation). Dervish is a common term for an initiate of the Sufi path; the whirling is part of the formal Sama ceremony and the participants are properly known as semazen-s.
Lunch at a local Restaurant serving the famous Turkish Pide
Arrival at the Hotel in Pamukkale, followed by Dinner in the Hotel
Breakfast at the Hotel
Travel home to Didim arrival home around lunchtime
Price: £280 per person.
All food only is included. All Hotels included.
Turkish Night with UNLIMTED DRINKS, Dinner, Whirling Dervish, Belly Dancers and Traditional Turkish Dancing. Price to be confirmed.
NOTE Alcohol cannot be served or consumed whilst the Whirling Dervish are performing as this is a religious performance.
Hot Balloon Ride over the Cappadoccia mountains. Early morning ride to watch the sunrise. Price to be confirmed.
Entrance Fees to Museums and other places of interest are not included**
**Turkish citizens or residency holders can purchase an annual museam pass costing 50TL. Non resıdence can purchase a 1-3 day museum pass costing approx 45TL