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Winter season 2018/2019
December 16, 2018 to Easter Monday April 17, 2019

The following booking conditions apply: Minimum lenght of stay: 3 night. Arrival and departure: daily Reservation hotline: Toll-free:1 (800) 417-3880

Istanbul-Kayseri Mt. Erciyes-Efkere (Gesi)-Konya Cappadocia 7 Nights / 8 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)

Kayseri Erciyes Ski Tour

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 via Konya
Today is the day of exploring the marvelous Seljuk Monuments of Konya. First we walk to the largest of the city’s Seljukian mosques, the Alaeddin Cami dating back to 1150s and whose construction was completed in almost 70 years. The beautifully carved pulpit made of ebony tree that is rarely found in Turkey, dates back to 1155 and is one of the most intricately embroidered examples of Seljuk art. Also included in the complex is an octagonal tomb built during the reign of Alaeddin Keykubat. A tower forming part of the defensive wall is the so-called Alaeddin Köşkü, ‘Alaeddin’s Kiosk’, and was used as a royal residence during the last years of Seljuk rule. Right across the street is the Büyük Karatay Madrasah (theological school) that is named after its founder, Celaleddin Karatay. Karatay Madrasah can be considered as the apex of Seljuk architectural small space design. Major features of the madarasa are the great dome and the inclusion of elaborate decoration schemes, essentially from mosaics of glazed tiles, with Sufi mysticism and symbolism. It is now being used as museum to exibit the finest tile work from the Seljuk Times. İnce Minare Medresesi, ‘Madrasah of the Slender Minaret’. It is now the museum of stone and woodcarving. We visit the Sahip Ata Mosque dated from 1258, comprising a small mosque, a tomb and a bath. We end the day at the Mevlana Tekke, which without a doubt is the most important monument in Konya. It contains the tombs of the mystic philosopher and theologian, Celaleddin-Rumi, who is better known as Mevlana, meaning ‘Lord’ in Arabic. Overnight in Cappadocia (B, D)

Day 07 Cappadocia
Drive to 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 to our hotel. Overnight in Cappadociai (B,D)

Day 08 Kayseri to Istanbul
Fly back Istanbul for a connecting flight to USA.