First we discover the uniqueness of Cappadocia. Violent eruptions of Mt Erciyes (3916 m) and Mt Hasan (3300 m) three millions years ago covered the surrounding plateau of Cappadocia with tuff. The wind and rain have eroded this brittle rock and created a surrealist landscape of rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines, in colours that range from warm reds and golds to cool greens and greys. After we explore Capadocia region we drive to Taurus Mountains. There is always the horizons, studded with peaks of grey, tan and purple; and a magnificent scenery at your feet – the beautiful mountain lakes of Taurus. The high meadows or pastures are inhabited by semi-nomadic groups during the summer, in the months of June to September, in particular, by theyoruk, who are Turkoman in origin and whose traditional occupation is grazing their goats and sheep. On our trek, we will often meet with the hospitality of nomads and local villagers of this area. Then we pass to Bolkar, the second important massif of the Taurus range is the Bolkar mountain: there is plenty of limestone reef and a handful fantastic panoramas. After trekking part, driving to the coast of Turkey. We sail in the most beautiful coastal area of the Turkish Mediterranean, known to the ancients as Lycia this fabled coast of clear turquoise blue water is rich with archaeological sites. Fragrant pine forests tumble down a back cloth of mountain slopes to end abruptly in red cliffs, secret coves and sandy beaches with its excellent climate, guaranteed sunshine, this delightful coastal offers to spend holidays sailing in a culture, history and nature combining area.
-Mt. Taurus -Mevlana Dervish Museum
Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Cappadocia for overnight.
Day 2 : Akvadi – Uchisar Castle
We trek thorough the Akvadi (white valley) eroded so perfectly by time, rain and wind during centuries. On our way following a seasonal river, many strange curious rock formations and fairy chimneys round us. If we are lucky we can also see some wild birds. (Like hoopoe) and some wild animals (like fox). In 3h walk our way gets us up to Uchisar village where we have lunch break in a restaurant. Uchisar village is settled around a high promoter, which is called citadel. We visit it walking to the top where we have rewarding panoramic view on all the surrealist Cappadocia area. In the afternoon we follow a path to the Pigeon valley, and we will see some pigionaries that is holy for Moslem people. At the end of the walking we arrive to Goreme where we will overnight.
Day 3 : Mustafapasa – Pancarlik valley – Kizilcukur (Red valley )
Before we begin our walk we visit surrealist rock formation and churches of Pancarlik valley. The interesting sweeping curves on the valley flanks give a particular character to the region. We follow the river that will take us to Ortahisar village. We continue our walk through Kızılcukur valley. Sometimes known as the ‘’red hole’’ Kızılcukur is probably the hottest valley in region. Hidden in its array of fairy chimneys is The church with grapes where there are frescos depicting viniculture and fruit growing (The vine produced here now is very sweet and heavy ).
Day 4 : Cappadocia – Taurus Mountain
Our final walking day in this region is spent walking in Pasabagları, known as the valley of the Priests. Many of the chimneys here are only partially divided, showing us the continuous erosion process. Interestingly too there is a small minaret transformed from a church belfry indicating that this place was inhabited by Moslems after the Christians. This valley is also noted for the many caves in the fairy used by hermits for their retreats . After walking we will be transferred to Cukurbag village. On our route we’ll visit the fascinating underground city of Kaymaklı. (8 floors on 57 m under the ground ). On arrival in Cukurbag village, the trailhead village, we will have our lunch here . We begin our Trans-Taurus Trek with a 2 hours hike to Emli valley 1900 m. Overnight at camp.
Day 5 : Optional walk to Alaca Plateau
Today there is the opportunity to walk up to the Alaca Plateau (2400m). Starting off on the southern slopes of the Taurus mountains we head slowly upwards to Mangırcı valley and onto the plateau itself. We stop for lunch near a naturel spring before a slow descent back to Emli Valley and overnight camp.
Day 6 : Emli – Sokulupinar (2000 m)
Departing our campsite we ascend the Emli Valley, before climbing up again to the high pastures of the Eznevit yaylası (2538 m). Depending on the time of year, we may encounter the semi nomads of this area grazing their flocks. After lunch we gradually descend to our campsite at Sokullupinar (2000 m).
Day 7 : Sokullupinar – Cimbar canyon
The day is to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the northern face of Mount Demirkazık (3756 m). More impressive scenery as we trek through the impressive Cimbar Canyon. We pause in the Demirkazık village (1550m) for a while to absorb the scenery and have lunch-break in a village house. We’ll contact with the habitants of the village whose lifestyle hasn’t change for centuries. It may be possible to observe some women spinning wool and working on their looms. After lunch return to camp site. Overnight village house in Demirkazik Village.
Day 8 : Cukurbag – Konya
Through valley and hills we follow the paths sloping down to Cukurbag village 2 h , a rather rustic settlement at 1450 m high. After a pause-tea in a local tea-house, in order to meet the population. We drive (2.30h) to Konya city the official capital of Seljuk empire 12/13th century We visit Mevlana Dervish museum with its dome turquoise tiles. The museum was originally a monastery and is still a very holy place, home to the Whirling Dervishes and containing the tomb of their founder. Overnight at hotel in Konya.
Day 9 : Konya – Demre – Cayagzi
In the morning 5 h driving to Demre where we will board to out boat a lovely spot surrounded on three sides by forested mountains. We get into our boat. Overnight on board.
Day 10 : Cayagzi – Kekova
We sail today to Kekova island. Along the Northern shore of Kekova, earthquakes have disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses to sink under the clear water, creating a sunken city. Visit of the Simena citadel, offering a bird’s eye view of the bay. We swim and snorkel in crystal blue waters, feast on fabulous local cuisine, cruise over an ancient sunken city and explore Lycian tombs. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 11 : Kekova – Kalkan
About 3 hours sail to Kalkan. Sailing Kas to Kalkan is crossing between Greek small island and Kas, Kalkan a lovely small hilltop town overlooking a tiny bay. Its quaint traditional, white washed houses, shuttered windows and balconies garlanded with brilliant flowers cascading to the streets below make it the ultimate in a peaceful holiday town. Overnight on board.
Day 12 : Kalkan – Oludeniz – Gocek
Sail to Oludeniz, the stereotypical Turquoise coast paradise. After lunch-break on board, We make an excursion walking up to Kayakoy, the largest Greek ghost town in Asia Minor. Kayakoy was initially a ghost village, its ancient stone houses left uninhabited after their Greek inhabitants left Turkey during the great population exchange of the 1920s. Now Kayakoy provides you with the opportunity to enjoy a quiet, traditional Turkish village. Then return back down to Oludeniz, an idyllic sea bay and a quiet lagoon set against a wild mountain backdrop of dense forest. Its beach takes its eerie name from the secluded lagoon at the beach’s western end. Protected by hills and entered by a narrow channel, the lagoon is calm during even the worst storms. Chance to swim. Sailing along some small wild virgin bays until the Gocek Golf, one of the Mediterranean best sailing spots. Dotted with islands and indented with many coves, its land and seascapes are irresistible. Dinner and overnight on board nearby the Gocek village. Opportunity to spend evening in the village. Overnight on board.
Day 13 : Gocek – Istanbul
Transfer to Dalaman airport and fly to Istanbul. Transfer to Hotel .Free day in Istanbul. You have a half day to discover this town which was known as Constantinople until the First World War, capital of Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Nearly all the city’s main sites are in the old Stamboul: Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica cistern.. Overnight hotel.
Day 14 : Istanbul
Free day in Istanbul. (You can discover Bosphorus by boat on your own ) Overnight hotel.
Day 15 : Istanbul – home
Transfer to airport and fly home.
Grade : II
Limit : 6 – 18 persons
Dates : From May to October