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Cappadocia guided tour

Turkey 2014

large_1297706_14058815601833.jpgThis year I booked a very cheap tour Cappadocia [Cappadocia-travel-guide-1315376] Turkey, not knowing what to expect for so
little money. Turned out to be a very nice trip! It was a very large group, big bus full and then two busses more but we didn’t consider them our group. About 40 people, I don’t know exactly, don’t know all their names and I thought it
was up to the tour guide to make sure everyone is there before leaving a site, and he did! Our guide knew a lot of history and stories about Turkey and Cappadocia which made the 600 km trip inland pretty interesting. Two days of
the trip were to travel to - en later on back from Cappadocia on which we visited the Sultanhan-Keravanserai and the other day Mevlana Museum.large_1297706_14058815614051.jpg

We had a pretty full program, no days off in between and hardly any free time during the days, only a few evenings but then there was rain so we couldn’t do much more than sit in the hotel lobby and chat. We visited most of the major sites in Cappadocia, the deserted city of Selve, Pasabag and the valley of the monks, the red valley with its beautiful fairy chimneys, Göreme with the many rock churches, the underground city of Kaymakli [Kaymakli-travel-guide-609714], at most of these sites I would have liked to have more time to look around. At Mevlana museum on the other hand I had more than enough time, it’s just that everyone has a different taste and to keep 40 people happy you have to mediate. In Selve for instance we got an hour to walk around, but the city is spread over three valleys so I just ran from one point to another and when I saw the things I definably wanted to see I found out times up, Göreme and the red valley same thing.large_1297706_14058815615263.jpg

I was very happy when we got the opportunity to do the ballooning, and even more happy when we actually got the wakeup call in the middle of the night, because one morning earlier they cancelled all flights due to strong winds. Yes, I can strip that one off my bucket list, but given the chance I would do it again! I think it’s a must when you visit Cappadocia!

On the last evening in Cappadocia we went to an Turkish night, for other groups it was a dinner show, but we’ve already had dinner so just snacks and drinks for us. It’s a real tourist thing, they show some local dances, get the public to participate and a kind of disco party in the end. I liked the dancing dervishes but as our guide told us a few minutes is enough, I’m glad we didn’t get a Dervish night, I think I would have fallen asleep after 15 minutes or so.large_1297706_14058815621919.jpg The
belly dancer was nice as well, she took some stiff looking guys from the audience and let them copy some of her moves, hilarious! All in all it was nothing really special, but I had fun. For me the big no-no of the night was the pictures they took at the beginning of the evening were printed on a plastic plate: please buy! No way I want my face on a plate, specially not a plastic one!

Back in the Antalya region we also visited the roman sites Perge [perge-travel-guide-1326571] and Aspendos, at Perge again too little time to really explore the site. I think if they had a Travbuddy site in roman times, Hadrianus (Hadrian) would have been on it, that guy travelled the hole empire!

As I expected there also were some ‘have to include in tour‘ shopping things, a tapestry with some explanation on the technics, a leather shop with a runway show and a jewelry with, well, just annoying personnel.large_1297706_14058815624554.jpg

Antalya’s harbor area is nice but the bazaar is a bit disappointing. Lots of newlyweds today, all doing their photo-shoot in the small streets near the harbor. The waterfall was very nice, but I’ve seen so many already.

Our last trip before going home or for some going to another hotel to have some relax time on the beach, was a boat trip. Again, think I’m spoiled. I didn’t think it was that special, the only special thing was the small strip of beach separating the river from the sea. It still was a nice boat trip with a nice lunch.

I must say this trip made me curious about the rest of Turkey, don’t think I’ll take the cheap tour next time, although everything was well organized I would like to do Turkey in my own pace next time.

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