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Cappadocia Tour

GIORNO 1 - Kayseri/Cappadocia

Arrival to Kayseri Airport in the morning where we will be welcomed by our guide. The tour will start with a visit to the Underground City of Kaymakli, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. The ancient name was Enegup. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars. Lunch will be served at Alaturca Restaurant. Continue to the hotel in Cappadocia for dinner and overnight stay.

GIORNO 2 - Cappadocia

The day will start early morning with an optional Balloon tour, providing you with a privileged platform to observe the splendors of Cappadocia. Imagine as you effortlessly drift over unique rock formations and rich fertile valleys, all set against the dramatic volcanic landscape that formed the region over two million years ago. After the Balloon tour will proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys) river, the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries. After lunch at Aravan Evi continue the day with the visit of Open Air Museum in Goreme and admire the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Stop by Pigeon Valley near Uchisar and finally time for shopping for the

GIORNO 3 - Cappadocia

After breakfast we will visit Soganli Valley, which was continuously inhabited since the earliest days of the Christian era and has churches that date from the 9th to 13th centuries. Some of the churches contain inscriptions giving the exact dates of construction and thus have provided scholars with valuable clues to help date other churches in Cappadocia. Soganli, like other valleys in Cappadocia, exemplifies the harmony between man and nature. Over the centuries men carved shelters for themselves in the cliffs and rock cones of the valley. They also used the rocks provided by nature to create expressions of their religious faith and devotion to God. In Soganli, for the first time the exterior surfaces of some cones were carved to form unique churches with high drums and domes. Lunch will be served at Hanedan Restaurant. We will visit a local Pottery, which has been in the Avanos area for centuries and some of the techniques still used date back to Hittite times to 2000 BC. These famous potters make wonderful souvenirs and are available at a wide range of items from simple ashtrays and mugs to ornate plates and chess sets. Overnight in Cappadocia. Dinner will be at Lil’a Restaurant.

GIORNO 4 - Departure

Transfer to the Kayseri airport for our return flight via Istanbul.

GIORNO 5 - Dirsekbuku – Bozburun

After anchoring in Dirsekbükü, we will go to Bozburun which is a small fishing town. This area was popular and suitable for sponge-diving but nowadays the people of the island are no more interested in sponge-diving as it is not financially beneficial and it is dangerous. In recent years sponge-diving has been replaced by gulet tourism and nowadays Bozburun Gulets take their place in this sector. sheltered enough and suitable for the boats to anchor.

GIORNO 6 - Datca – Knidos (Cnidus)

We will cruise to Datça. Food and water will be supplied to the boat from Datça Harbour. Datça was founded by the Dorians who came from Aegean Sea to the southern coast of Ionia in the 7th century B.C. The island has no humidity at all and has fresh air with plenty of oxygen. The historian Strabon was right when he remarked of Datça's weather: 'God would send his beloved servants to Datça to live longer'. According to a myth while the Spanish pirates were passing by the coast of Datca, they disembarked people with Hansen's disease in Sarıliman Bay and these abandoned people recovered from their disease with the help of the clean weather of Datça. You may take a walk in Datça Harbour. We will cruise to Cnidus for dinner and overnight stay. Cnidus was a developed city in science, art and architecture. Eudoxos, a very popular astronomer and maths professor; Dr. Euryphon; Polygontos, a popular painter; Skopas and Bryaksis of Faros, the most famous sculptors of the era; Sostrates, the architect of Alexandrian light house -one of the seven wonders of the World- and Ktesias the doctor, who saved the life of a Presian king from a disaster, lived on this island. Dr. Euryphon and his students founded the second biggest medical science school in Cnidus. The island also hosts the largest sun clock of its time which was erected by Eudoksos. Knidos was the home for Aphrodite's monument and in those times the city was famous for brothels and became popular for sailors and Arabic tradesmen. You may take a walk on the shore to see the ruins.

GIORNO 7 - Poyraz – Meteor – Bodrum

We will start to cruise early in the morning to Karaada (Black Island). Breakfast and a swimming break will be at Poyraz Bay which is located on the northern side of the island. This is such a nice bay with its turquoise-blue waters. We will be anchoring at Meteor Bay for lunch which is located on the southern side of the island. There is a meteor hole here and this is how the bay got its name. Here you may jump over the platform into the deep water. You may also take a walk through the underwater caves which are very near to Meteor Bay for a small local fee. We will
dock in Bodrum Harbour for dinner and overnight stay.

GIORNO 8 - Bodrum

The guests will leave the boat with precious memories by 10:30 after breakfast.

Price includes

- Sightseeing tours, guiding and transport with Deluxe 12 seater A/C minibus as per above itinerary
- Transfer from airport to the hotel & vv
- Guidance
- Entrance fees of the specified sites & Museums in the itinerary
- Parking fees

Not included

- International flight ticket
- Lunches & Dinners
- Drinks are meal which are not listed the itinerary
- Hotel accommodations
- All personal expenses
- Tips to tour guide and driver
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