Cappadocia is the ancient and modern name of a remarkable region in Central Anatolia. It is a geological wonderland which is a smaller triangular area from Urgup to Avanos and to Uchisar. The settlements in Cappadocia had come into existence, mostly in the valleys of Goreme, Ihlara and Soganli. The most intensive settlement was in the vicinity of the township of Goreme. It is possible to see many churches together today in the locality made into an open air museum. It is estimated that there are more than 600 rock-cut churches in Cappadocia. During the early times of the spread of Christianity, the people who needed to hide themselves from the Roman soldiers and later on from Arab raids, carved out these tough rocks thus constructing churches and built underground cities to defend themselves against the raids. The tough rocks, formed by the lava spurted by 3 volcanoes during geological times, had kept on taking constantly changing shapes with kind effects during the course of time, and the wonders of the world of today were created. This juxtaposition of different materials has produced capped columns, pyramids and conical formations with dark-colored caps known as fairy-chimneys.
All of our tours are running every day and depart at 9:30 with the pick-up from our hotel and finish around 17:00. The tours include professionally-licensed English speaking guide, lunch, entrance tickets and transportation with A/C vans. Our daily group size is limited to 18 people. We offer 2 different group tours that you can get more information:
Green Tour (South Cappadocia Tour)
• Goreme Vista Point
• Derinkuyu Underground City
• 3km hike in Ihlara Valley
• Lunch in Belisirma Village
• Selime Monastery
• Pigeon Valley Vista point
• Onyx Factory
• Drop-off at our hotel around 18:00
Green Tour (South Cappadocia Tour) starts at 09:30 from our hotel after you meet with our guide and driver. Our first stop will be in Goreme Panorama Point to see the valleys of Cappadocia and our guide will give you information about the history and geography of the region. The next visit will be Derinkuyu Underground City which is the deepest one in Cappadocia region. The underground city was once used as a shelter and now it is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage.
We will then visit one of the most spectacular canyons in Turkey: Ihlara Valley. 3 km hike will be one of the highlights of our tour. We will hike through the canyon for about 1 hour along the river, passing some Byzantine rock-cut churches decorated with frescoes. We end the hiking portion of the tour near Belisirma village, where we will have lunch in a nice riverside restaurant.
After lunch, we will drive to the biggest rock-cut monastery complex of Cappadocia; Selime Monastery and Cathedral. Selime is the biggest rock-cut cathedral of Cappadocia and located at the end of Ihlara Valley. After a drive about 1,5 hour, we will finally reach to Pigeon Valley to see the amazing view of Uchisar Castle. The final visit will be to an Onyx Factory. As Cappadocia is a volcanic area, there are different kinds of volcanic stones mined from the region. You’ll have information about onyx, turqouise and other semi-precious stones and then we will drive you back to our hotel.
Red Tour (North Cappadocia Tour)
• Uchisar Castle
• Goreme Open Air Museum
• Cavusin Old Greek Village
• Pasabag Valley (The Monks Valley)
• Pottery Demonstration
• Devrent Valley
• Urgup Fairy Chimneys
• Carpet Factory
Red Tour (North Cappadocia Tour) will start with a pick-up from our hotel at around 09:30. The first stop will be near Uchisar Castle that you can enjoy the view of the castle and our guide will inform you about the history of the region. Then, we are going to visit the most important place in Cappadocia Region: Goreme Open Air Museum. The museum is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. You will see the best-preserved rock-cut churches in the area. The next visit will be in Cavusin where there were Greek and Turkish people living together until 1924. You will see an old Greek and Turkish Village which was inhabited until 1950’s and then moved by the government to a new place because of the falling rocks from the village.
We will visit Pasabag (Monks Valley) which is also known as mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. The fairy-chimneys in Pasabag are the best-protected ones in the area and it gives the best idea about the formation of a fairy-chimney. We will have our lunch at a local restaurant in Avanos.
After lunch, we will have the kick-wheel pottery demo which is an art for about 4000 years. Starting with the Hittites, this art became the most important cultural heritage of the town. The next stop will be Devrent Valley where you will see the camel-shaped fairy chimney. Then, we will visit the Urgup fairy chimneys and finally visit a carpet/kilim weaving school to learn about this art. The tour will end around 16:30 and we will be back to our hotel.