Five days in the Fairylands

Camels in Cappadocia
Locals of Turkey
Experience the streets of Istanbul
Istanbul Mosque at Dusk
Get lost in the streets of Istanbul
Fall in love with Cappadocia
Basketball at dusk
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Antalya - Cappadocia

    Your trip starts at 9 am on Day 1 at the Lazer Pension (Lazer Pansiyon) in Antalya, where you will meet your tour leader and the rest of your group before departing for the bus station and travelling to Goreme (Cappadocia) by local bus (approximately 9.5 hrs). Ready yourself for some amazeballs traditional food – you’ll be eating dinner with a local family tonight. How do you say ‘please, can I have some more?’ in Turkish?

    Day 1

    • Take a local bus to Cappadocia
    • Dinner with local family on arrival
    • Stay and explore Cappadocia for the next three nights
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Cappadocia

    Play for today: hike the Ihlara Valley, throw a rock into the Ihlara Gorge and picnic somewhere beautiful. Then check out a pottery demonstration from a local expert. After today’s energetic efforts you’ll probably feel like a pampering, so think about hitting up one of the traditional hamam baths. Steam, mud, soap, scrub, massage and repeat.

    • Drive to the top of the trail at the beginning of the Akvadi (White Valley)
    • Walk amongst fruit gardens and vineyards
    • Take in Uçhisar and visit the village and high viewpoint known as The Fortress (optional)
    • Take a stroll in Pigeon Valley before heading back to Göreme
    • Enjoy free time to experience Göreme’s nightlife
    • Perhaps attend a traditional Whirling Dervish 'Sema' performance (optional)
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Goreme-Ortahisar

    Put your boots on and hike up hills and over mountains to Ortahisar. Tonight we will be hosted by Nazim and his family in his traditional cave guest house overlooking the valley.

    • For early birds, there is the option this morning to experience the best views of the sunrise in Cappadocia – from a hot air balloon!
    • Alternatively, after a leisurely breakfast, we drive to the start of Pasabaglari (Priest Valley) and follow a trail to the picturesque village of Çavusin. We walk through Kizilçukur (Red Valley) - the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia.
    • Tonight is one of the highlights of our adventure - we experience traditional Turkish hospitality as guests of a family in their local village house.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - Cappadocia - overnight bus

    Up and at ’em, this morning we’re going underground. There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia; the widest is Kaymakli, the deepest is Derinkuyu. These rabbit-warren metropolises were lovingly carved into the earth by the Hittites around 3,500 years ago. If that doesn’t get you excited, you’re a robot. Next up, snag a window seat on the overnight bus to Istanbul.

    • Spend a free day exploring the Cappadocia region
    • Perhaps stop by the Göreme Open Air Museum - always worth a visit (optional). It is a fascinating complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by rock
    • Catch a bus for an hour that takes us to Derinkuyu (optional) – an incredible underground city that descends eight floors (60 metres) below the surface
    • Farewell Cappadocia and make the long journey by overnight bus back to Istanbul (approx. driving time: 10-12 hours)
    Breakfast

    Day 5 - Istanbul

    Our trip comes to an end this morning in Istanbul but we recommed you stay on a little longer. So many activities, so little time. You can get cultural at the Blue Mosque, splash some cash at the Grand Bazaar, take a ferry cruise along the Bosphorus, or just eat your weight in last minutepides. You can’t go wrong.

    The trip ends on arrival in Istanbul (between 7 am and 8 am), but there are plenty more kebabs to be eaten if you're thinking of sticking around a bit longer. Additional accommodation can be booked if you wish to further explore this great city. Alternatively you may wish to book a departure transfer to connect with an onward flight - please inquire at time of booking

  • What's Included

    • Local leader, accommodation and transport.

    Not Included

    • International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed (lunches and dinners), any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
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    21 Apr 2015 - 25 Apr 2015 Available
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