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• 2 Nights/3 Days Post-Cruise Package
• 3 Nights/4 Days Post-Cruise Package
 
2 Nights/3 Days Post-Cruise Package
 
Day 1 - Cappadocia
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port and transfer to the Istanbul Airport for your flight to Kayseri.

Meet at Kayseri airport and drive to the land of wonders that is Cappadocia.

The area of Cappadocia is justifiably famous for its lunar landscape with underground cities carved by wind and rain from soft volcanic tuff or pumice like stone. Byzantine Christians carved churches into rock in Cappadocia, and sheltered themselves from the armies of the Abbasid Caliphate in cities descending hundreds of feet below the earth.Over 3,500 rock churches have been identified in the area. Elaborate churches-by some counts over a thousand of them-were carved in the porous rock, and lavishly decorated with frescoes; many of these 9th and 11th century art works still remain.
Afternoon visit to the amazing underground city of Kaymakli. Signs of an early troglodyte lifestyle are evident in the communal kitchens blackened by smoke, stables and storage spaces carved into the rocks as need arose. The maze of living quarters hundreds of feet below ground is startling proof that tens of thousands of people existed deep within the earth.

Check in to your hotel in Cappadocia.

Dinner on our own

Optional Activity: Whirling Dervishes Ceremony
Dervish sects began appearing in Islamic countries around the 9th century.

The Mevlevi order of the dervishes arose in Turkey with the spreading of Islam, and is based on the philosophies of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi. The mystical order is based on the principles of universal love and the oneness of creation, which states, “to love man is to love God”.The ceremony was founded by a Sufi mystic who believed that music and dance can induce an ecstatic state liberating one’s soul from the stress and suffering of daily life. The ceremony consists of five parts including prayers, greetings, and musical improvisations. Its culmination is the whirling which symbolizes the spiritual accent to divine harmony.

Day 2 - Cappadocia
Optional Activity: If you do not mind getting up before sunrise, you will be able to take a hot air balloon ride - are one of the most popular activities in the Goreme valley. Typically these rides last around an hour and a half and literally go wherever the wind may blow in the valley. The balloon carriages hold around ten people with the pilot following the air currents and floating along the valleys, often below the ridge line and close to the famous natural phenomena – the chimney rocks. at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Our full day sight-seeing will start with the rock formations beyond belief in Dervent Valley; then visit Zelve Valley, the oldest example of Cappadocian architecture, elaborate shelters carved into the rock by the earliest monastic settlers. Nearby Pasabag, also known as Monk’s Valley, has amazing examples of hermitages hollowed out of volcanic rock formations.

PM: We will have lunch in Avanos, center of terra cotta work of art since 3000BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop.
Through the magical valley of Goreme, now an open-air museum, we will see fairy chimneys and early Byzantine Churches like the Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church).
Goreme Valley is where thousands of people once lived in homes cut into the soft rock walls of caves and “fairy chimneys”. Many of the churches in Goreme are from the 11th century and we will visit the Karanlik Kilise to see its frescoes. It is also a good example of how the architects gave the exteriors of the buildings a familiar church design with an artificial facade.
We will also visit the Elmali Kilise(1190-1200). In the ceiling above the entrance to the Elmali Kilise there is a scene of the Ascension. Each of the faces of the Apostles in this was carefully drawn to show the individual character. Our next stop will be the Church of St.Eustace (970-1148) in Goreme which shows the flight of Elizabeth with her pursuer holding a drawn bow.
Our last stop is Uchisar, an extraordinary rock formation towering above the landscape and visible for miles around. This rock, riddled with windows and tunnels, was once used as a fortification and offers a magnificent panoramic view of Cappadocia and Mt. Erciyes in the distance.

Dinner on our own
 
Day 3 - Cappadocia / Kayseri / Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the Kayseri Airport for a flight to Istanbul connecting with your return flight.



3 Nights / 4 Days Post-Cruise Package
 
Day 1 - Istanbul / Kayseri / Cappadocia
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port and transfer to the Istanbul Airport for your flight to Kayseri.

Meet at Kayseri airport and drive to the land of wonders that is Cappadocia.

The area of Cappadocia is justifiably famous for its lunar landscape with underground cities carved by wind and rain from soft volcanic tuff or pumice like stone. Byzantine Christians carved churches into rock in Cappadocia, and sheltered themselves from the armies of the Abbasid Caliphate in cities descending hundreds of feet below the earth.Over 3,500 rock churches have been identified in the area. Elaborate churches-by some counts over a thousand of them-were carved in the porous rock, and lavishly decorated with frescoes; many of these 9th and 11th century art works still remain.

Afternoon visit to the amazing underground city of Kaymakli. Signs of an early troglodyte lifestyle are evident in the communal kitchens blackened by smoke, stables and storage spaces carved into the rocks as need arose. The maze of living quarters hundreds of feet below ground is startling proof that tens of thousands of people existed deep within the earth.

Check in to your hotel in Cappadocia.

Dinner on our own

Optional Activity: Whirling Dervishes Ceremony
Dervish sects began appearing in Islamic countries around the 9th century. The Mevlevi order of the dervishes arose in Turkey with the spreading of Islam, and is based on the philosophies of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi.
The mystical order is based on the principles of universal love and the oneness of creation, which states, “to love man is to love God”.The ceremony was founded by a Sufi mystic who believed that music and dance can induce an ecstatic state liberating one’s soul from the stress and suffering of daily life. The ceremony consists of five parts including prayers, greetings, and musical improvisations. Its culmination is the whirling which symbolizes the spiritual accent to divine harmony.


Day 2 - Cappadocia
Breakfast at the hotel.

AM: Our full day sight-seeing will start with the rock formations beyond belief in Dervent Valley; then visit Zelve Valley, the oldest example of Cappadocian architecture, elaborate shelters carved into the rock by the earliest monastic settlers. Nearby Pasabag, also known as Monk’s Valley, has amazing examples of hermitages hollowed out of volcanic rock formations.

PM: We will have lunch in Avanos, center of terra cotta work of art since 3000BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop.
Through the magical valley of Goreme, now an open-air museum, we will see fairy chimneys and early Byzantine Churches like the Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church). Goreme Valley is where thousands of people once lived in homes cut into the soft rock walls of caves and “fairy chimneys”. Many of the churches in Goreme are from the 11th century and we will visit the Karanlik Kilise to see its frescoes. It is also a good example of how the architects gave the exteriors of the buildings a familiar church design with an artificial facade.
We will also visit the Elmali Kilise(1190-1200). In the ceiling above the entrance to the Elmali Kilise there is a scene of the Ascension. Each of the faces of the Apostles in this was carefully drawn to show the individual character.
Our next stop will be the Church of St.Eustace (970-1148) in Goreme which shows the flight of Elizabeth with her pursuer holding a drawn bow.
Our last stop is Uchisar, an extraordinary rock formation towering above the landscape and visible for miles around. This rock, riddled with windows and tunnels, was once used as a fortification and offers a magnificent panoramic view of Cappadocia and Mt. Erciyes in the distance.

Dinner on our own

Day 3 - Cappadocia
Optional Activity: If you do not mind getting up before sunrise, you will be able to take a hot air balloon ride - are one of the most popular activities in the Goreme valley. Typically these rides last around an hour and a half and literally go wherever the wind may blow in the valley. The balloon carriages hold around ten people with the pilot following the air currents and floating along the valleys, often below the ridge line and close to the famous natural phenomena – the chimney rocks. at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

We will start with a visit to Mustafapasa (Sinasos), an ancient Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses: very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture.

Visit Keslik Monastery, which houses the well-preserved 9th century Chapel of St. Stephen, several refectories and the Archangel Chapel; and Cemil Village, home to descendents of the village's earliest Orthodox Christians.

PM: Lunch at Soganli, a peaceful and picturesque corner in the region with representative rock formations in the shape of donkeys, camels and dolls. Soganli was a monastic rock settlement famous for its pigeon-houses. Further stops include Ayvali and Taskinpasa, a 900 years old village that shows its Seljuk roots in its Medrese (theological school) and a mosque.

Day 4 - Cappadocia / Kayseri / Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the Kayseri Airport for a flight to Istanbul connecting with your return flight.