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Day 1: Cappadocia

Upon arriving at the Kayseri airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia consists of whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, all hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of the area. The rock is believed to have been formed from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago and rocks formed in lakes and streams in the area. The World-Heritage listed Goreme is probably the biggest attraction, with over 30 magnificently frescoed Byzantine rock churches open to the public.

Day 2: Cappadocia

After breakfast we will visit the Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which is known for its pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is used by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river, the longest river of Turkey. After lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls.

Day 3: Cappadocia

After breakfast we will visit the Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock-cut churches while hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. Then we shall visit Ortahisar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit to panoramic pigeon Valley. Drive back to the hotel . After dinner at the hotel, you have the opportunity to see a one-hour performance of Whirling Dervishes, an authentic ceremony in a mystical ambience. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 4: Cappadocia - Kahta

After breakfast we depart for the ancient Silk Road via Kayseri and stopping at Karatay Hanbefore proceeding to Adiyaman.

Day 5: Kahta

Today we visit the magnificent funerary monument at the peak of Mt Nemrut that stands as a testament to an ancient king's ambition. From Khata we continue to the massive Ataturk Dam and on to Urfa, the ancient city of prophets. Ancient footprints truly mark this part of Turkey; Urfa was the birthplace of the biblical patriarch Abraham. We will visit the cave and shrine where tradition tells us Abraham was born. Nearby are the sacred pools of Abraham filled with sacred carp that are fed by the many pilgrims who visit this holy site.

Day 6: Kahta - Diyabekir

We depart Urfa and proceed to the ongoing archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe. Although not widely known amongst the general public Gobekli Tepe is probably one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Later we continue to Diyarbekir. Diyarbekir is another ancient settlement and at 5000 years old is one of the oldest cities in the world. An overwhelmingly Kurdish city Diyarbekir is famed for its ancient city walls; built by the Romans the current walls, built of massive black basalt blocks is, after the great wall of China, the longest continuous defensive wall in the world.

Day 7: Diyabekir - Tatvan

Mardin is located on a high hill overlooking the plains of southern Turkey and Syria. After breakfast, we will visit Deir-Al-Zafaran (the Saffron Monastery),centre of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchy and still an active monastery. The site of the Saffron monastery has been a sacred place for many hundreds of years. After lunch drive to Hasankeyf, situated by the Tigris River. Hasankeyf has hundreds of caves, hidden waterways, tombs, a larger and smaller Palace, as well as ruins of the Great Mosque. After Hasankeyf we will drive to Tatvan.

Day 8: Tatvan

After breakfast drive to to Van via Akdamar Islandwhere we visit the beautifully restored Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, or Sourp Khach; built as a part of a palace and religious complex between 915 and 921 by the Armenian King Gagik Ardzruni. From Akdamar we continue to the city of Van, where we will spend the night.

Day 9: Tatvan - Van

After breakfast, transfer to Van airport for a flight to Denizli via Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in Pamukkale.

Day 10: Van - Fethiye

After breakfast we will see the thermal spring water laden with clacareous salt, plunging down the mountain-side has created this natural formation of stalactites, cataracts and basins. The thermal water has been used since the Roman period of the therapeutic powers. You will visit the Roman city of Hierapolis with Apollo-Temple competing with Delphi, Monumental Nympheum, a 4th century Basilica and the Theatre. After visiting the best preserved Necropolis, you'llbe transferred to Fethiye for overnight.

Day 11: Fethiye

Today you have at leisure.

Day 12: Fethiye

After breakfast you'll be transferred to Dalaman Apt for a flight back to Istanbul.

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