Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Konya, Istanbul, USA

30 09 2007
  • After breakfast, transfer to airport. Flight to Istanbul and connect to homebound flights.

Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Cappadocia, Konya

29 09 2007
  • After breakfast, visit Sultanhan and Obruk Caravansaries on our way to Konya which was the capital of the Seljuk Turks in the 13th Century. This city that hosts the Mevlana museum is also known for its theological school of whirling dervishes.
  • Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant in Konya.
  • After lunch, finish the tour of Konya with the Mevlana Tomb & Museum.
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Konya.

Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Cappadocia

28 09 2007
  • After breakfast, a perfect starting point for exploring will be the open air archeological museum.
  • The places to see first are Byzantine Churches in Urgup and Goreme. The churches of Elmali, St. Basil, St. Barbara, Yilanli, Karanlik, Carikli, and Tokali are of particular interest and their frescoes are very well preserved, many pilgrims still visit these churches. Cappadocia is also the center of a wine producing region.
  • Lunch will be served at Hanedan Restaurant.
  • After lunch, visit Fairy Chimneys in Pasabagi. Then guests may choose to go on an optional tour of the underground city of Ozkonak which were carved as refuges from persecutors during the early Christian Era. In Avanos visit a pottery workshop.
  • At the end of the tour, transfer to the special hotel carved into the rocks and take dinner time at the hotel.
  • After dinner, move to Sarihan Kervansaray for a special presentation of the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevihane.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia. 

Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Sivas, Kayseri, Nevsehir, Cappadocia

27 09 2007
  • After breakfast, depart for the city tour of Sivas.
  • Visit the Great Mosque, Gok Medrese and the Buruciye Medrese, the Sifaiye Medrese, the Cifte Minareli Medrese, and Ataturk Congress&Etnography Museum. Enjoy some of the finest Seljuk buildings and walk around the typical market.
  • Drive to Kayseri, one of the most important trade centres of Anatolia over history. Cifte Medrese, Seljuk era Medrese, Mahperi Hunat Hatun Complex, Surp Krikor Lusarovis Armenian Church, a street market next to Citadel are the most important sights to see during the tour.
  • Lunch will be taken during at a typical Kayseri restaurant where famous “Manti” will be served. Visit the market, a chance to taste Turkish “pastirma” and “sucuk”.
  • Visit Kayseri Covered Market, which is one of the four biggest covered markets of Turkey.
  • Depart for  Nevsehir which is the capital of the Cappadocia region.
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia. 

Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Tokat, Sivas

26 09 2007
  • After breakfast, start for the city tour of Tokat. Tokat has been home to many Anatolian civilizations and was an important center for Anatolian Seljuks.
  • A walking tour to the old town, visiting Gokmedrese, Hatuniye Mosque, Tas Han, the Handicrafts Bazaar, the Latifoglu House and other historical houses.
  • Drive to Sivas.
  • Dinner at the hotel in the accompaniment of a Turkish Folk Music ensemble. Overnight at the hotel in Sivas.

Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Ankara, Amasya, Tokat

25 09 2007
  • After breakfast, first stop is Amasya, a city between the Black Sea and inner Turkey, which lies at the center of a region of fertile plains crossed by the Yesil, Çekerek, and Tersakan rivers.
  • Lunch will be taken at Harsena Konak Restaurant for a sampling of regional cuisine.
  • In the afternoon, depart for Tokat.
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tokat. 

Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Ankara

24 09 2007
  • After breakfast, discover Ankara, once a Hittite town, then a Roman city, and now the capital of Turkey.
  • In the morning, visit the great Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic.
  • Visit the world famous Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
  • Lunch will be taken during the visit to the Ankara castle.
  • After lunch, enjoy a traditional Turkish Folk dancing presentation.
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ankara.

Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Istanbul, Beypazari, Ankara

23 09 2007
  • After breakfast, depart for Beypazari, Ankara. Beypazari is a small town, a great place for a day trip. Enjoy the fascinating traditional market, the picturesque row of old Ottoman houses and local delicacies.
  • Drive to Ankara.
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Cultural Tours Fall 2007 – Istanbul

23 09 2007
  • After breakfast, transfer to airport for homebound flights. OR After breakfast, departure for Central Turkey Tour