Extend your time in Turkey with two nights and three days in historic Cappadocia, land of whirling dervishes and ancient underground cities. Follow a portion of the ancient Silk Road to the citadel of Uchisar for magnificent views of the entire region. Soar above the vast valleys with a bird’s-eye view from an optional hot air balloon flight. Enjoy a private lunch in a local villager’s home. Explore the unbelievable churches that are literally carved into the rocks and the best preserved cave paintings in Cappadocia. Learn all about the aspects of the traditional Turkish art and craft of rug-weaving. With such amazing sights to see, this is an addition to your Turkey experience that you won’t soon forget!
Itinerary at a glance
This morning, a short drive to Izmir sets us on our way for a mid-morning flight to Kayseri (the capital of Cappadocia) via Istanbul. Arriving in the early afternoon, our minicoach meets us and we follow a portion of the ancient Silk Road. When silk was produced solely in China, great caravans would travel through here from the Far East to Istanbul. They contained upward of 40 camels and 25 traders like Marco Polo. Caravanserai—fortresses for rest and protection—were built about every 25 miles along the route, as this was the distance a caravan could cover each day. At the natural citadel of Uçhisar, we get an awesome view of the entire Cappadocia region. Then, we walk down Pigeon Valley with its beautiful rock formations, cliff dwellings and village gardens.

Later in the afternoon, we arrive at our hotel with time to rest and relax before dinner. Following dinner, we have a special treat as we join our guide for a visit to the well-preserved Sarihan Caravanserai to see a whirling dervish performance.

Cappadocia is hard to imagine. You have to scratch your head and wonder how nature could shape the colorful limestone and sandstone into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles and mazes. We'll explore it very well on foot today, but if you have a bit of an adventurer in you and you'd like to see it from a bird's eye perspective, we can arrange an optional early morning hot-air balloon ride. After breakfast, our morning begins with a beautiful hike through one of the valleys of Cappadocia.

Midday, we visit a small traditional village, where a local family invites us into their home for lunch. It’s really interesting to talk to them and learn how they live.

Later, we head to the vineyard-filled Goreme Valley and its open-air museum. With our guide, we explore the churches literally carved into the rocks and the best-preserved cave paintings in Cappadocia. To round out our day, we visit the village of Avanos, the Anatolian center for pottery and ceramics, where a good friend of our guide gives us a hands-on ceramics lesson.

This evening, we sit down to a fine farewell dinner.

Our final day starts with a fascinating exploration of the underground cities of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu. These remarkable cities were inhabited from the 7th to 10th centuries when the Christian Cappadocians were under siege from Arab invaders. The sites were only uncovered in the 1950s and provide a treasure of insight into life then.

Midday, we visit a rug-weaving cooperative. Here we learn about all aspects of this traditional Turkish art and craft, and have the chance to bargain with the local rug sellers, with or without the help of our guide.

Early afternoon, we make a short transfer to Kayseri airport, where our tour together ends with an hour-long afternoon flight to Istanbul.
Picture Yourself...
  • Following the ancient Silk Road to the Uchisar castle
  • Exploring churches carved into the rocks and preserved cave paintings
  • Soaring above the valleys on an optional hot air balloon flight
3 Days / 2 Nights
Starting Point: Istanbul – 11:00 AM – Airport

Ending Point: Istanbul – approximately 6:00 PM – Airport

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3 Days / 2 Nights

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Internal Air
This trip includes 2 internal flights, which are priced separately from the land tour.
3 Days / 2 Nights
The Turquoise Coast has a warm, semi-arid climate. The temperature is generally very temperate, with a daily range from 75 to 80 degrees and evening temperatures around 60 to 65 degrees. Mid-summer is warmer during the day and generally still comfortably cool in the evenings. As we’ll be spending the majority of our time on the coast where the warm sunshine is moderated by the breezes that blow off the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

Kale Konak Hotel

This remarkable hotel lies inside the old walls of three typical Turkish houses. The classic cave rooms contain antique furniture. Situated next to the Uçhisar Castle, it sits at a high point and thrills with wide views of Cappadocia and Argeus Mountain.

3 Days / 2 Nights