Follow in the footsteps of Turkey’s mystic Sufis on a sightseeing tour of Konya and discover the history, wisdom, and energy of these extraordinary men.
Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Cappadocia at 8.00am and we will first drive to one of the biggest caravanserais on Silk Road: Sultanhani. We will visit this 13th century monumental caravanserai and our guide will give you information about the Silk Road.
Then, we will drive another 1,5 hours to get to Mevlana Museum. Mausoleum of Rumi (in Turkish ‘Mevlana Müzesi’), is a must see destination in Konya and there is the tomb of the famous mystic/sufi/thinker Rumi (known shortly as Mevlana in Turkish, or with the full name Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi in English literature), as well as the neighboring museum that displays relics of his life and his time. The items on display in the museum range from old manuscripts, hand written copies of the Koran, musical instruments used at Rumi’s time, as well as numerous art works dating from the Seljuk era.
After visiting the museum, you will have your lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will visit Alaeddin Mosque. This mosque is one of the most interesting examples of Turkish Architecture with wooden columns that carry the entire building. A graveyard for the Sultans is located in the courtyard of this mosque. Finally, we will visit Ince Minareli Medrese (theological school) with its amazing portal gate which is one of the best examples in Turkey. The tour will end around 9.00pm and we will drop you off to your hotel.
HIGHLIGHTS OF KONYA TOUR
Housed in a mausoleum dating form 1247 (presented by a Seljuk Sultan to Mevlana’s father). The Mevlana Museum contains properties and works belonging to Mevlana, and the mevlevi order. The collection includes Mevlevi musical instruments, calligraphy specimens, and various fabrics and carpets.
KARATAY TILE MUSEUM
This museum features tiles from the Seljuk Empire, particularly from the area of Kubadabat (summer capital for the Seljuks).INCE MINARE MUSEUM
It houses wooden and stone works of the Seljuk period.
ALAADDIN MOSQUE & PALACE
The mosque built on the Alaaddin Hill, is the oldest historical building in Anatolia from the Seljuk period. (1116-1156) Alaaddin Palace was built during the reign of Sultan Kilic Arslan II (1156-1192). Restored and widened during the reign of Sultan Alaaddin I.
It was built in the baroque style between 1671-1676
Private tour days : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday