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Cappadocia & Mevlana's Konya

Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to the airport in the early morning. Fly from Istanbul to Kayseri. Transfer to Urgup and begin the day in Devrent Valley, followed by Zelve Open Air Museum, one of the most impressive monastery complexes in the area. Next, visit Pasabag (also known as Monk's Valley), followed by a short drive to Avanos, a village situated on the banks of Kizilirmak River, famous for its clay pottery. After a lunch break there, where you can also participate hands-on in a pottery work shop, you will proceed to the Göreme Open Air Museum, featuring the most impressive of all rock-carved churches in Cappadocia. The last stop-off will be at Uchisar Village, located next to a natural Citadel. Overnight in Urgup. Optional: Whirling Dervishes performance to Sufi music in an old Caravansarai.  Overnight in Urgup.

After breakfast in the hotel the day's first stop will be at Red Valley, presenting an opportunity to hike through orchards and vineyards, between fairy chimneys and rock-carved houses. Continue the walk in Rose Valley. Afterwards, visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin. Following a lunch break, visit Pigeon Valley, so named after the hundreds of little windows carved into the rocks to attract nesting pigeons. Then visit Kaymakli Underground City, Ortahisar Castle and Mustafapasa Village, an old Greek village also known as Sinasos. Transfer to Kayseri Airport and fly to Istanbul. Airport transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.

After breakfast in the hotel you will have a early pick up to proceeds towards Konya. Upon arrival to Konya the first visit will be to Mevlana Museum, the former dervish hall that now holds the tomb of Mevlana, dervish cells, kitchens,Mevlevi musical instruments, calligraphy speciens,and various fabrics,books and a carpet section.Then Karatay Tile Museum will be visited where tiles from Seljuck period are dispayed.Ince Minare, Allaaddin Hill and Mosque are visited. At night whirling dervishes will be seen. Overnight in Konya 
After breakfast transfer to Konya Airport and fly to Istanbul. Airport transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. 
Special Time To Visit Konya  

Whirling Dervishes Festival

Mevlana Festival

When: Second Week of December 2011
Where: Konya, Turkey

The festival of the Whirling Dervishes commemorates the death anniversary of the 13th century Sufi saint Mevlana or Rumi as he was known. Rumi believed that communication with God was possible through dance and so was born the dance of the whirling dervishes with their swirling white flowing robes and black cloaks and conical headgear. It is a treat to watch them perform and go into trance like dance where the energy flow is truly palpable.

The Mevlana festival normally starts on 10 December and reaches its crescendo on 17 December when it ends on a spectacular note as on this day Mevlana's union with Allah is celebrated. Over one million people descend on the conservative town of Konya to take part in the festival. Be sure you make your bookings well in advance for both the festival as well as your accommodation

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