Cappadocia – Turkish Delight!

Turkey is one of the geographical links between Europe and Asia. The waterway that connects the Aegean and Black seas also divides Europe and Asia, and Turkey has territory on both sides. This vast country boasts more than 5,000 miles of coastline along the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black seas
Turkey’s historical attractions are among its biggest draws, allowing visitors to travel back through ancient cultures following the footsteps of the Greeks, Romans, St. Paul, and Constantine.

As a country protected for centuries by the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, it is home to some of the best preserved and world-famous Roman and Greek ruins along the Aegean coast. Turkey's huge landscape varies dramatically. Eastern Turkey is mountainous, with volcanic peaks capped by snow year-round. The lava layers from ancient volcanoes in the country’s center, called Anatolia, created a landscape of gorges and "fairy chimneys" in Cappadocia. This region is a visitor favorite.

Cappadocia is the home of an ancient early Christian kingdom, about 100 miles southeast of the capital city of Ankara. It sits within an eerie, surrealistic landscape of pinnacles, ravines and carved-rock dwellings, and it's one of the most fascinating places in Turkey. Converted Christians worshipped in hiding and used these caves as shelters. Stories of Jesus and his followers were painted on cave walls and can still be seen today.

The UNESCO World Heritage Goreme Valley Open Air Museum east of the city of Nevsehir has churches that were carved out of the rock and decorated with magnificent frescoes. In order to enter some of the churches, visitors may need to climb a ladder. The fascinating Zelve Valley, north of Goreme Valley, has a multilevel monastery and churches carved inside columns of rock that were formed by volcanic ash. About 15 miles south of Nevsehir are the underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu. Spiraling downward for as many as seven stories, these cities housed tens of thousands of people.

A highlight of a visit to Cappadocia is overnighting in a cave hotel for a few days. This will allow time to visit local wineries, try a Turkish massage, and shop. It is fun for both buyers and sellers to negotiate for regionally produced crafts. Specialties include handwoven rugs and kilims, Iznik tiles, leather and suede items, ceramics, silk, jewelry, alabaster, onyx, embroidery, brass samovars, meerschaum pipes, copperware and brassware. Don’t worry, your prized Turkish carpet can be shipped home!


Silk Road Uzbekistan

12 Nights from $2950 (Land only, double occupancy)

Departures every Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday through October

Prices include: Escort by an English speaking professional guide-lecturer, transportation in air-conditioned vehicles throughout, entrance fees of the museums and sites stated in the itinerary, 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners, accommodation in mentioned or similar hotels, one night at the “Yurt Kamp” in the tent (6 person per tent), arrival and departure transfers, tickets for domestic flight Tashkent-Urgench, tickets for high-speed train ‘’Afrosiyob’’,visa support fee for Uzbekistan, tourist tax

Highlights include: Fergana valley, Ulugbek Observatory, yurt tent camp stay, Unesco sites like Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Itchan Kala, Samarkand. Crossing the Kyzyl Kum “Red Sands” desert, journey with stops along the Amu-Daria (Oxus) river, visit the local Uzbek house where you will have a chance to participate in the cooking of the national Uzbek dish «plov», silk factory visit stop in a village where the typical Uzbek bread “non” will be cooked for you.  

Itinerary includes: Tashkent – Kokand – Richtan – Fergana Valley – Margilan – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Nurata – Aydarkul Lake – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Tashkent

Gulet Cruise

7 Nights from $1195 (Land and cruise only, double occupancy)

End the summer with a splash!
Departures every Sunday through September 20

Itinerary includes: Bodrum - Palamutbuku – Inceburun – Aktur – Bencik - Emel Sayin - Orhaniye – Selimiye - Dirsekbuku – Bozburun - Datca – Knidos - Black Island - Bodrum

The “Blue Voyage” is a yachting tour, cruising along Turkey’s southwestern coast in the warm and clear waters of the Aegean and the Mediterranean. You will enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature: the countless solitary idyllic bays and coves where pine and olive trees grow. You will also discover picturesque small towns, villages, underwater ruins, and remains of ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Lycian and Carian civilizations.
 
This unique tour is made on a “Gulet”, a traditional Turkish wooden yacht ranging from 60 to 80 ft. in length. There are 6 to 10 cabins; each is individually equipped with shower/WC and A/C. During the charter, life is centered on deck. There is plentiful deck space for sunning and relaxing. Gulet Cruises are ideal for adventurous travelers who can be satisfied with traditional accommodations.


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Turkish Delight

13 Nights from $1638 (Land only, double occupancy; Price based on October 5 & 19 departures; other dates available at varying prices)

One of Pacha's most popular tours, this will appeal to the seasoned traveler and the history buff alike since it includes all the must-see attractions of Turkey.

Itinerary includes: Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale - Antalya - Fethiye - Kusadasi - Pergamum - Canakkale

Prices include: English speaking guide throughout the whole tour, Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles, Entrance fees for all sites stated in the itinerary, 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 11 dinners, Accommodation in mentioned or similar hotels, Arrival and departure transfers from/to Istanbul Ataturk airport, Porterage at the hotels, Bosphorus Cruise

Prices do not include: International flights, Travel Insurance, Personal expenses and all beverages during meals, Gratuities to the guide and driver, Visa fee

Inland Greece

4 Nights from $1050 (Land only, double occupancy; Inland Greece itinerary is combinable with island visits)

Today is the day to visit GREECE!

Departures every Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday through October

Itinerary includes: Athens - Mycanae - Epidarius - Olympia/Patras - Delphi - Kalambaka - Meteora

Prices include: English speaking guide throughout the whole tour, Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles, Entrance fees for all sites stated in the itinerary, 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners, 4 night accommodation in 4-star hotels, Transfers

Prices do not include: International flights, Travel Insurance, Personal expenses, beverages during meals, Gratuities to the guide & driver


Cappadocia

3 Nights from $430 (Land only, double occupancy)

Cappadocia, the land of beautiful horses

Guaranteed departures August 10 – September 7, 14, 21 – October 5, 19

Itinerary includes: Cappadocia

Day 1- Thursday: Arrival in Cappadocia
Take your afternoon flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. MEAL: Dinner 

Day 2- Friday: Cappadocia 
Early in the morning, possibility to participate in an optional Hot Air Balloon Ride over the magnificent landscape of Cappadocia. After breakfast, a full day tour to explore Cappadocia. Visit the Goreme Valley, an open-air museum with rock-cut churches (7th-13th centuries) adorned with biblical frescoes. Learn about the arts and crafts of rural Turkey at a handicraft center, and attend a lecture on Turkish hand-made rugs. In the afternoon, visit the Underground City, a multi-level labyrinth for protection during invasions. Admire the impressive rock formations at sunset. Dinner and overnight at hotel (possibility of an optional dinner show with folkloric dances). MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3- Saturday: Cappadocia
In the morning, depart to Soganli Valley to visit its rock-cut churches. Barbecue lunch in Soganli. In the afternoon visit the Avcilar Valley and the Kiliçlar Valley with their old cave-dwellings and fairy chimneys. Photo stops at Uchisar and Pigeon Valley, the best vista points on the way to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (Possibility to participate to in an optional Ceremony of Whirling Dervishes). MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4- Sunday: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Kayseri Airport for your return flight. MEAL: Breakfast

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