Turkish Bath (HAMAM)
When the Muslims first came to Turkey, they brought their own bathing customs which were quite different from those of the Romans and the Byzantines. The two systems became combined and this, together with the Muslim fetish for cleanliness and respect for water, created the Turkish bath. Almost anywhere you go in Turkey you will find at least one Turkish bath. The famous historical baths built by the sultans were made of marble and were magnificent examples of rich and ornamental architecture.The function of the Turkish Hamam The main reason why hamams became so central to Ottoman culture was religion. According to the Qu'ran washing is not only important but also an essential part of Islam. However, these marble temples also helped create a social atmosphere that revolved around bathing, massages and chatting. Enjoying the company of friends, making business contacts was common for hamams. Mothers would sit around outside the hamam eying men hoping to find a suitable husband for their daughters.
The Turkish Night Show highlights the dance traditions of various regions of Turkey, complete with traditional costumes and of course, exhilarating belly dancers. This lively performance is a great way to enjoy traditional Turkish music, dancing and join in the festivities during audience participation.The show begins with Turkish folk dancers entering the stage and start dancing. Dancers, including the bride and groom, perform the traditional way in which a girl gets married in Turkey. The bride dressed in red, dances in the middle and the groom arrives to put on different shows for her. He first shows how handsome he is, and then how strong he is and finally how rich he is. After rejecting all these offers one by one, the bride accepts marriage with him when the groom tells that his heart beats for her. While they are starting their wedding dance, all the guests are invited to dance with them. After a couple of other folk dances from different parts of Turkey, the highlight of the night comes: The Belly Dancer! She makes her breath-taking dance and then goes around all the tables to take one man from each table. The men have a great time learning basic belly dance moves.
GOREME MUSEUM & FAIRY-CHIMNEY TOURS & KAYMAKLI UNDERGROUND CITY TOUR
Depart from your hotel to visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Next on to Pashabag (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles and visit city of Avanos. In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements dating back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uchisar and Kaymaklı underground city. The tour includes entrance fees to museums, lunch and guiding services in English, Spanish, Portuegese, French, Arabic, German, Japanese.
Mevlevi Sema Ceremony
The Serna is a 700 year old ritual or rite of communal recitation, combining the poetry of Mevlana, Turkish classical music, chanting from Qu'ran and the whirling of Dervishes. The Sema traditionally performed in the semahane, an octagonal domed room attached to a mosque. It symbolized the attainment of the various levels fo mystical union with God and absolute perfection through spiritual fervor. The whirling Dervish is the icon of the Mevlevi order of Sufism, a branch of Islam that is based on the teachings of the mystic poet, Rumi. In addtion to fasting, praying and studying the Qu'ran that marks the typical practice of Islamic, a Sufi partakes in zikr(dhikr), ameditation tool of repeating certain words of God as litanies after prayer, and extra practices, of which the whirling ritual is the most important. The Dede is the representative of Mevlana on earth. From Dede’s animal skin extends an imaginary line across the flor of the chamber, regarded as the cosmic guide to the ultimate truth. The Dervish wears a white coat over a long white skirt, which represents his burial garment. These are covered by a black cloak, which represents his tomb or worldy attachments. The conical brown felt hat represents his tombstone. The ritual starts with a communal recitation followed by a recital of the ney, a turkish flute. The wailing of the ney expresses longing for ultimate. They let fall their black cloaks to symbolize their escape from the tomb and readiness for God. Before beginning to whirl, the Dervishes bow to Dede. They bow to one another and move in three rotations to symbolize resurrection and spiritual rebirth. Then they began to turn slowly. Right arms are above the body palm facing upward, whereas left hands face downward. This symbolizes that what they get from God’s grace and blessing, they pass on the world. The Dervishes begin move faster and faster to summon the divine. According to Mevlana, with the Sema, Dervishes can reach out and touch the ‘ultimate’. Dervishes claim that repeating the Islamic name of God (Allah, Allah, Allah) with every revolution reminds the Semazen (whirling Dervish) of the Rumi tenet ‘Wherever you turn is God. It is this that keeps them from getting dizzy, losing their balance or knocking into one another. It takes at least a year for a Dervish to learn how to whirl. The Dervishes are everyday people; students, workers, professors, etc. They are aloud to marry and have families. Sema is a piritual act, a religious ritual, so please do not expect a show and do not applaud while or after watching.
Cappadocia balloon tours begin at sunrise and lasts about an hour. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. In a hot air balloon there is no sense of motion, the balloon is a part of the airstream in which it travels. Every flight is a fantastic adventure as we float intimately amongst the fairy chimneys and soar over the magnificent Cappadocia landscape. Our expert national and international pilots get plenty of practice as Cappadocia hosts the most balloon flights than any other place in the world. Bring your camera to photo images that will last a lifetime. Do not be like many others, make sure your batteries are charged!
Tour Start from Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley), spectacular fairy chimneys and beautiful landscapes. After Devrent valley, we will visit Pasabag (known as monk valley) where double and triple headed rock formation. Lunch at Avanos, famous for pottery and Red river (Kızılırmak). After lunch, you will visit Goreme open air museum which heart of Cappadocia. Goreme open air museum famous for wall painting dates back to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The last stop will be Uchisar castle, natural and one of the biggest mass fairy chimneys of the region. The tour includes entrance fees to museums, lunch and guiding services in English, Spanish, Portuegese, French, Arabic, German, Japanese.
IHLARA VALLEY AND DERİNKUYU UNDERGROUND CITY TOUR (GREEN TOUR)
Start from Derinkuyu underground city, deepest underground city of region. After Derinkuyu, you will explore Ihlara Valley and Melendiz River. Ihlara is famous hiking place of region. After 4 km hiking; lunch over Melendiz River. You will taste local foods, cooked by local peoples. Last place is Selime Cathedral, wonderful and huge fairy chimney. The tour includes entrance fees to museums, lunch and guiding services in English, Spanish, Portuegese, French, Arabic, German, Japanese.
Hiking and Underground City Tour
Start from Red valley, explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike through the colorful and breathtaking fairy chimneys. After 4 kms hiking, you will visit Cavusin (Greek village), famous for rock cut churches. After lunch, you will visit the one of the magical place of region, Kaymaklı underground city, largest underground city of Cappadocia. After Kaymaklı underground city, you will visit pigeon valley famous for dove cotes. The last stop is Ortahisar castle, biggest mass fairy chimney of Cappadocia. The tour includes entrance fees to museums, lunch and guiding services in English, Spanish, Portuegese, French, Arabic, German, Japanese.