Cultural Round Trips -- Eastern Anatolia

 

East Meets West

Day 1: Arrival

Flight from chosen airport to Antalya on the Turkish Riviera. Reception at the airport by our English-speaking tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Afterwards, you will receive information about the tour. Dinner and accommodation in Antalya.

Day 2: Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia approx. 550 km
The tour begins by travelling through the picturesque landscape of the Taurus Mountains, passing Akseki and Beyşehir to reach Konya. This city was the capital of the Great Seljuq Empire in the 12th century. It was also the centre of Islamic art and culture. The city's popularity grew on account of the Order of the Whirling Dervishes. Rumi was the founder of this order, which today is prohibited, along with all other orders and societies. Visit Rumi's monastery (now a museum). Continuing on towards Aksaray. Along the way, visit the largest caravanserai in Turkey. These inns were built for the protection and accommodation of caravans along the Silk Road. Sultanhanı was the largest such building. Accommodation in Cappadocia.

Day 3: Cappadocia approx. 150 km
The day begins with a visit to Kaymaklı Underground City. In the 6th century, people found refuge from their enemies here. This underground city was found by accident in 1964. There will also be many stops along the way, giving you a chance to photograph the interesting landscape formations. Göreme is our next stop for a visit to the famous rock-hewn church with its beautiful frescoes. Finally, we will visit a carpet-making workshop. Dinner and accommodation in Cappadocia.

Day 4: Cappadocia – Kayseri – Adıyaman approx. 540 km
Drive through the stark, desert landscape to Kayseri. This city was established directly below the extinct volcano of Mount Erciyes (3,916 m high). Then, we head further east to Adıyaman, which is located right next to the largest reservoir dam in Turkey. It is called the Atatürk Dam. Dinner and accommodation in Adıyaman.

Day 5: Adıyaman – Mount Nemrut – Antakya approx. 320 km
Early in the morning, the tour continues in small busses up to Mount Nemrut. At the top is the burial mound of King Antiochus. Visitors here find the metres-high statues of gods on the two terraces quite imposing. It is considered the 8th wonder of the ancient world, and with good reason. Sunrises and sunsets here are particularly interesting. After the visit, drive back to Kahta, then continuing on to Antakya. Dinner and accommodation in Antakya.

Day 6: Antakya – Mersin approx. 260 km
Antakya is the modern name for the biblical city of Antioch. The first church in the world used to be here, and it was called the Church of Saint Peter. Visit this cave church. Continuing on to the largest mosaic museum in Turkey. There are many mythological depictions to be found here in mosaic form. In the afternoon, the tour continues on to Mersin. Dinner and accommodation in Mersin.

Day 7: Mersin – Antalya / Alanya approx. 450 km
Drive along the coast towards the Turkish Riviera. Enjoy the picturesque coastal landscape along the way. In Anamur, visit the famous Crusader castle. Continue on to Antalya via Alanya. Afternoon visit to a jewellery centre. Dinner and accommodation in Alanya or Antalya.

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back, or to the next hotel if you have chosen to extend your st
ay.

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