Meet your guide in Kayseri airport to explore the city once a capital to the Seljukians and the center of Seljukian medicine and trade...
Explore the phenomenal Cappadocia landscape and its must see sites like The Open Air Musuem of Goreme and The Underground City of Kaymakli...
Start the day with a hot air balloon flight which is a once in a life time experience while staying in Cappadocia. Explore the rest of the region at your own pace today...
Drive to Konya and visit the biggest Caravanserai of Anatolia; Sultanhani. Continue to Konya and explore the center of religious philosophy in Seljuk times; The Dervish Lodge of Rumi...
After breakfast at the hotel you will be dropped to Konya airport for a flight back to home or your next destination...
- Gevher Nesibe Medicine Museum
- Kayseri City
- Cappadocia Landscape
- Kaymakli Underground City
- Goreme Open Air Museum
- Whirling Dervishes Ceremony
- Sultanhan Caravanserai
- Mevlana Museum
- Karatay Madrasah
- Seljukian Tiles
Day 1 - Arrival to Kayseri
Catch a flight from Istanbul to Kayseri Erkilet Airport in the morning. You will be picked up by your guide and driver at the airport and start touring right away. First stop is newly restored Gevher Nesibe Medicine Museum. Gevher Nesibe is the daughter of the Great Seljuk Emperor Kılıcarslan II. The hospital was built by her big brother Giyaseddin Keyhusrev I since it was her last request. Gevher Nesibe unfortunately has passed away because of tuberculosis on 1205 in Kayseri city and was buried within the hospital named after her. Today, it is restored and converted to an interactive museum housing some important relics from the Seljuk’s and broad information about the medicine and several practices used in medical treatments during the Seljukian era. After visiting this museum, we will take a walk in the busy center of Kayseri city and visit other Seljukian monuments such as Hunad Hatun complex which houses a Turkish bath, mosque, madrasah and a graveyard. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in Kayseri city before our visit to the town market of Kayseri city surrounded by historical city walls. Then an hour drive will take us to Cappadocia for overnight.
Day 2 - Cappadocia
Your day will start with the Imagination Valley, locally called Devrent, to see very interesting fairy chimneys of the region. Nearby, Monks Valley is located with its beautiful fairy chimneys which looks like an alien planet. In the middle of the day, you will be strolling in the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO heritage site housing late Byzantine churches carved into the volcanic rock cliffs and decorated with religious themed frescoes by Christian monks in the late 10th century. After lunch in the world famous Goreme village, you can enjoy a rest and a hot cup of Turkish coffee while overlooking stunning landscapes, at a major viewing point in the Cappadocia region. Then a 20 minute drive will take you to another UNESCO heritage site; Kaymakli underground city. This complex caving system was once used as a shelter by the Christians during the Arabian attacks and religious persecution. Mustafapasa, formerly named Sinasos, will be a highlight of your trip with its beautiful Greek houses: a highlight being their wooden doors. Return to your hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 3 - Cappadocia
We will start the day with a short drive to Taskinpasa village. This village is named after Tashun pasha, who was a respected figure to the first Turkish settlers of Cappadocia region. A Madrasah complex was built in the last years of the Seljuk’s which was used as a library for many years and has been under renovation lately. The village houses a beautiful small mosque reflecting the Turkish architecture in Cappadocia region. After our tour in the village, we will drive to Urgup town to explore a burial place of a Seljukian family which is located on a hill top offering us spectacular views of Urgup town and its surroundings. After a short stroll to the attractive Urgup town center, we will have our lunch there before our drive to Avanos town. This little town located on the banks of the Red River hosts a small mosque believed to be built by Alaeddin Keykubad I. We will finish the day at Sarihan Caravanserai built in the 13th Century by Seljuk’s to host the merchants of the Silk Road. We will experience a whirling dervish ceremony in this caravanserai, a highlight of your trip. Return to your hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4 - Konya
After breakfast we will start our journey to Konya, which has been a capital to the Seljuk's for many years. On the way, after about 2 hours, we will reach the Sultanhan Caravanserai, which is the biggest merchant hotel in Anatolia built in the 13th Century by Alaeddin Keykubad I. After a break here, we drive another hour to reach Konya city and explore the Dervish Lodge of Mevlana Celaleddin-I Rumi. Rumi’s father was invited to Konya by Alaeddin Keykubad I to establish a theological school for Konya city since Alaeddin wanted to create an Education center in the middle of Anatolia. Upon his death, Rumi was asked to be in charge of his father’s school. He has many works but Mesnevi is the most famous one among them. He is the founder of the Mevlana Dervish Lodge and the father of the Whirling Dervishes. After visiting this spiritual museum where Rumi, his family and his important followers rest today, we will have our lunch overlooking the garden of the museum. Lunch will be followed by a visit to Karatay Madrasah which was built in 1251 by a Seljukian governor Celaleddin Karatay. This structure was used for religious searches especially for the interpretation of the holy book the Quran. Today it houses beautiful Seljuk tile relics which makes it an important museum for handcraft fans. After a walk in the attractive Alaeddin Park of Konya, we will check in our hotel and overnight in Konya.
Day 5 - Flight to Istanbul
After check out from the hotel, you will be transferred to Konya airport to catch your flight back home.
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