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Anatolia and the Whirling Dervishes(sm) (8 days)

Turkey At Its Best - Private Tours by Newport International

Istanbul, Turkey To Cappadocia, Turkey

Valid for Departures Now Through: 10 Jul 2018


Day 1
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Dinner

Arrival in Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel. Welcome Cocktail and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing in Istanbul, visiting The St. Sophia Museum, The Blue Mosque, The Topkapi Palace and The Covered Bazaar. Dinner at a special restaurant.

Day 3
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning Cruise on the Bosphorus. Lunch at a seafood restaurant on shore. Afternoon: Tour of Dolmabahce Palace; balance of the day at leisure.

Day 4
Konya, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning transfer to the airport for flight* to Konya (biblical Iconium).   In the afternoon, visit the Mevlana Mausoleum. Attend a public performance of the authentic "Whirling Dervishes" in the evening**. Overnight in Konya.

** NOTE: Whirling Dervishes performance in Istanbul may be substituted for the one in Konya due to logistical reasons.

Day 5
Konya, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, visit the Karatay Tile Museum and the Medrese, one of the first schools. There might be more opportunities to attend Mevlevi programs or seminars.

Day 6
Cappadocia, Turkey
Konya, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Cappadocia with a stop at an Anatolian Seljuk Caravanserai. Overnight stay in Urgup.

Day 7
Cappadocia, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing in Cappadocia, visiting rock churches, underground cities, and quaint villages.

Day 8
Cappadocia, Turkey
TBD Breakfast

Morning departure from Cappadocia to Kayseri for departing flight* to Istanbul, for connection to your next destination.

*Airfare not included in Tour Price.

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Anatolia and the Whirling Dervishes

"Come, come again, whoever, whatever you may be, come..." were the words of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi, founder of the Mevlevi ("Whirling Dervishes") sect in Turkey. Mevlana, who lived in Konya in the 13th Century, is also known in all parts of the world for his epic poem, the "Mesnevi," which consists of 25,000 rhyming couplets. It portrays Mevlana's hope for "unity with the One Real Being," and shows his genius for compassion, tolerance, humanity, wisdom and wit. After his death, followers of this famous mystic founded a sect that introduced dancing and music to their ceremonies, as they aspired to reach the ecstatic state of "being one with God." Today, performances of the original Whirling Dervishes can be seen in Konya, generally between December 7 and 17. (In recent years, similar groups have been presenting more frequent performances at newer venues in Istanbul and in Cappadocia). The Tour not only includes this unique mystical performance, but also many of the renowned touristic sites in Turkey. Deluxe or "best available" hotels are used.

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By: Charlie1

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Abdullah, our private guide was phenomenal. He tailored the daily excursions to our needs and made every detail fascinating. We loved having lunch with him every day eating at local places; one place was better than the next. He was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Fantastic Tour Guides

By: SHuff

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Newport International set up an amazing and memorable tour. The guides were full of important cultural and historic information. They all spoke wonderful English. Great selection of places to see in Turkey. Both interesting and beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow
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