Seljukian Trail

Seljukian Trail

Istanbul, Kayseri, Cappadocia, Konya
Discovery, Culture, History, Relaxation
This program may be operated for individuals & groups

Here we are in one of the most beautiful places in the whole country. Who hasn't already seen these magnificent photos of magical landscapes, between its natural chimneys, its pastel shades and its sky speckled with multicolored hot air balloons in the first light of dawn? Sultan of the Great Seljuk Empire, Alparslan opened the passage for the Turks to get to Anatolia in 1071. After the victory, he gave his commanders to conquer Anatolia entirely. Konya was conquered by Kutalmışoğlu Sultan Süleymanşah. After conquering Konya, Sultan Süleymanşah turned west, chose İznik as the capital and founded the Seljuk Empire of Anatolia in 1074. The Turkish-Islamic period began in Konya following its conquest.
 
Day 1 – Istanbul, Kayseri
Catch a flight from Istanbul to Kayseri Airport in the morning. You will be picked up by your guide and driver at the airport and start touring right away. The first stop is the newly restored Gevher Nesibe Medicine Museum. Never Nesibe is the daughter of the Great Seljuk Emperor Kılıcarslan II. The hospital was built by her big brother Giyaseddin Keyhusrev I since it was her last request. Unfortunately, Never Nesibe has passed away because of tuberculosis in 1205 in Kayseri city and was buried within the hospital named after her. Today, it is restored and converted to an interactive museum housing some important relics from the Seljuk’s and broad information about the medicine and several practices used in medical treatments during the Seljukian era. After visiting this museum, we will take a walk in the busy center of Kayseri city and visit other Seljukian monuments such as the Hunad Hatun complex, which houses a Turkish bath, mosque, madrasah, and a graveyard. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in Kayseri city before visiting the town market of Kayseri city surrounded by historical city walls. Then an hour's drive will take us to Cappadocia overnight. [B/L]
 
Day 2 - Cappadocia
Your day will start with the Imagination Valley, locally called Devrent, to see the region's very interesting fairy chimneys. Nearby, Monks Valley is located with its beautiful fairy chimneys, which looks like an alien planet. In the middle of the day, you will be strolling in the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site housing late Byzantine churches carved into the volcanic rock cliffs and decorated with religious-themed frescoes by Christian monks in the late 10th century. After lunch in the world-famous Goreme village, you can enjoy a rest and a hot cup of Turkish coffee while overlooking stunning landscapes at a major viewing point in the Cappadocia region. Then a 20-minute drive will take you to another UNESCO heritage site, Kaymakli Underground City. This complex caving system was once used as a shelter by the Christians during the Arabian attacks and religious persecution. Mustafapasa, formerly named Sinasos, will be a highlight of your trip with its beautiful Greek houses: a highlight being their wooden doors. Return to your hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
 
 
Day 3 - Cappadocia
We will start the day with a short drive to Taskinpasa village. This village is named after Tashun pasha, a respected figure to the Cappadocia region's first Turkish settlers. A Madrasah complex was built in the last years of the Seljuks, which was used as a library for many years and has been under renovation lately. The village houses a beautiful small mosque reflecting the Turkish architecture in the Cappadocia region. After our tour in the village, we will drive to Urgup town to explore a burial place of a Seljukian family located on a hilltop, offering us spectacular views of Urgup town and its surroundings. After a short stroll to the attractive Urgup town center, we will have our lunch there before our drive to Avanos town. This little town located on the banks of the Red River hosts a small mosque built by Alaeddin Keykubad I. We will finish the day at Sarihan Caravanserai, built in the 13th Century by Seljuk’s to host the Silk Road merchants. We will experience a whirling dervish ceremony in this caravanserai, a highlight of your trip. Return to your hotel and overnight in Cappadocia. [B/L]
 
Day 4 - Konya
After breakfast, we will start our journey to Konya, the Seljuk's capital for many years. On the way, after about 2 hours, we will reach the Sultanhan Caravanserai, which is the biggest merchant hotel in Anatolia built in the 13th Century by Alaeddin Keykubad I. After a break here, we drive another hour to reach Konya city and explore the Dervish Lodge of Mevlana Celaleddin-I Rumi. Rumi’s father was invited to Konya by Alaeddin Keykubad I to establish a theological school for Konya city since Alaeddin wanted to create an Education center in the middle of Anatolia. Upon his death, Rumi was asked to be in charge of his father’s school. He has many works, but Mesnevi is the most famous one among them. He is the founder of the Mevlana Dervish Lodge and the father of the Whirling Dervishes. After visiting this spiritual museum where Rumi, his family, and his important followers rest today, we will have lunch overlooking the museum's garden. Lunch will be followed by a visit to Karatay Madrasah, built-in 1251 by a Seljukian governor Celaleddin Karatay. This structure was used for religious searches, especially for interpreting the holy book, the Quran. Today it houses beautiful Seljuk tile relics, which makes it an important museum for handicraft fans. After a walk in Konya's attractive Alaeddin Park, we will check in our hotel and overnight in Konya. [B/L]
 
Day 5 – Konya, USA
After checking out from the hotel, you will be transferred to Konya airport to catch your flight back home.
 
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/D] = Breakfast and dinner | [B/T] = Breakfast & Tasting

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Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare EWR/IST
  • Private transfers between airport & hotel
  • 4 nights’ accommodation:
    • Cappadocia 3 nights
    • Koinya 1 night
  • Meals:
    • Daily breakfast
    • 4 lunches
  • Visits in Cappadocia region:
  • Gevher Nesibe Medicine Museum
  • Hunad Hatun complex
  • Kayseri town market
  • Imagination Valley (Devrent)
  • Pasabag (Monks Valley)
  • Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Kaymakli Underground City
  • Mustafapasa ancient Greek village
  • Taskinpasa village
  • Seljukian burial place in Urgup
  • Sarihan Caravanserai
  • Visits in Konya region:
  • Sultanhan Caravanserai
  • Dervish Lodge of Mevlana Celaleddin
  • Karatay Madrasah
  • Alaeddin Park
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites visited
  • Experienced, English-speaking guide
  • Domestic flights in Economy class:
  • Istanbul > Kayseri
  • Konya > Istanbul
  • Private transportation by A/C vehicles
  • All local taxes

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Tour does not include:

  • International airfare, taxes and fees (Special airfares available from all USA gateways)
  • Optional tours
  • All items of a purely personal nature such as other drinks that is not specified, laundry, fax etc.
  • Early check in and late checkout
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Other services not mentioned in the program

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Hotels in your Tour:

City Hotel Name Tripadvisor
First Class
Cappadocia Kale Konak 5
Konya Hich Hotel 5

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking

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Tour Pricing

Season 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
2023 Departures
September $4,175 $2,739 $2,269 $2,029 $1,889 $1,789
October $4,075 $2,639 $2,169 $1,929 $1,789 $1,689
November $4,139 $2,709 $2,235 $1,995 $1,855 $1,755
December $4,125 $2,689 $2,219 $1,979 $1,839 $1,739
Christmas $4,699 $3,269 $2,795 $2,555 $2,415 $2,315
Single Supplement $175
Triple Discount $35

Prices are per person, are valid through October ‘24 and may change without notice.
Special airfare addons available from all USA gateways

 

Changes
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Airfare
We also be glad to adjust the airfare from your gateway so you take advantage of our special discounted leisure fares

Program
We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.

Other options
The program was designed with private services
If you prefer deluxe services, we may operate this program including private driver, private guide and concierge service.
Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.

Quotation
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