Istanbul-Kayseri Mt. Erciyes-Efkere (Gesi)- Cappadocia 6 Nights / 7 Days
Day 01 Istanbul Old City Tour
Arrival and transfer to your hotel
Day 02 Istanbul Old City Tour
Visits in the Old-City: Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest and most famous churches of the world; Topkapı-Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans for 400 years; Sultan Ahmet Mosque, the so-called ‘‘Blue Mosque“ known for the beauty of the walls that are covered with blue-colored Iznik ceramics; Hippodrom with the Egyptian Obelisk, and where horses and chariots raced once upon a time with tens of thousands of people cheered for them. Serpentine Column and the Colossus (column of Constantine Porphyrgenitus) finally, the Covered Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest shopping malls of the world. Overnight in Istanbul (B)
Day 03 Istanbul to Kayseri, Mt. Erciyes for your Ski Holiday-Free day to ski
Take an early morning flight to Kayseri and transfer to your city or mountain resort hotel and enjoy skiing(B)
Day 04 Mt. Erciyes for your Ski Holiday-Free day to ski (B)
Day 05 Cultural Encounter Day,
Escape to slow city of Efkere (Gesi) Trekking in Gesi and home-Made lunch in a local House
Efkere (Gesi) was located approximately 18 kilometers northeast of Kayseri. The exact origins of Efkere are unclear. It is known that the monastery located in this village, Surp Garabed, dates from at least the 12th century, and some Armenians hold that the monastery was founded by St. Thaddeus in the 1st century. Others believe that the village was founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator, who is said to have rested here when traveling from Caesarea to Armenia at the beginning of the fourth century.
The origin of the name Efkere is also uncertain. It may be from the Greek word, Yevkaria, which means “sacred place”, or “sanctity”. This relatively small village was populated primarily by Armenians throughout its history, although Turks were also present during at least a part of this time. Now primarily Turkish with Armenian architecture and excellent home-made food. There we will have a trekking in the famous ‘’Efkere (Gesi) Orchards’’ and be the guests of a local family for a delicious local lunch served in village house followed by Turkish Tea, coffe and famous Turkish sweet Baklava. We will also have an opportunity to interact with the locals in an unspoiled atmosphere where the locals will not try to sell any souvenirs to you but will be delighted to see you in their village. You will have opportunities to take picturesque photos in the village.Driveback to Kayseri. Overnight in Kayseri (B, L)
Day 06 Kayseri to Cappadocia
Driveto nearby Cappdocia and begin our discovery of Cappadocia with Goreme’s “Caves of God” a UNESCO world heritage site. Monasteries and churches hewn into volcanic tufa rock reached their peak between 7th and 13th centuries. Natural formations from the landscape of Avcilar and Red valley of Dervent will offer you a large palette of colors through the hours of the day. You will see the ongoing erosion on the fairy chimneys of Pasabagi and natural fortress of Uchisar after your lunch in an authentic restaurant. Visit the underground city of Kaymakli and drive back to Kayseri. Overnight in Kayseri (B)
Day 07 Kayseri to Istanbul
Fly back Istanbul for a connecting flight to USA.