Tour Style>:Private Tour
We start very early on this tour to catch a glimpse of some of the many species of birds that visit the Sultan Marshes Bird Paradise. This tour includes a boat trip through the marshes, and may include a visit to nearby Yay Golu where flamingos may be seen at certain times of the year.
Sultan Marsh is one of the largest and most important wetlands in Turkey as well as in the Middle East and Europe. The number of species of birds, both predators and warblers, that visit, winter or breed in this area and its environs, where fresh and saltwater ecosystems are found side by side, is around 250, with extremely high number of certain bird communities during the migration season. The wealth and composition of species, the large populations afforded refuge, the number of varied habitats found side by side and the existing flora and fauna make this a high class a wetland by international standards.
A scenic drive to the natural Open Air Museum of Soganli Valley where we will see unusual Byzantine churches, carved out of conic formations and original pigeon houses carved high in the steep canyon walls. After lunch we will visit the extraordinary Keslik Monastery, the beautiful frescos of which are hidden behind a thin layer of smoke. We carry on our journey of discovery to the Old Greek town of Mustafapasa (Sinasos) famous for its wonderful architecture and monasteries. Here we will enjoy tea and local hospitality in one of the semi-restored hand painted early Greek homes of the village and return to to you hotel in Cappadocia.
What is included
Pick-up and drop-off service from/to hotel.
• Licensed, professional English-speaking guide* .
• Admission fees for the museums and valleys.
• Transportation with air-conditioned VIP Vehicles.
• Tax and service fees.
*professional guides fluent in other languages are also available upon request, with surcharge.
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia: 175 Euros per adult cash payment (no child reduction)
Hot-Air Balloon Watching Photo Tour by Taxi: 40 Euros per person (no child reduction)
Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
ATV / Quad: 30 Euros (1 hour)
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.