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Soganli Valley, Taskinpasa, Kayakapi Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Learn about the Early Church in the cradle of Christianity
  • See cave churches, fantastic frescoes, massive monasteries and much more
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    8 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel from Avanos, Goreme or Urgup area in Cappadocia.
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Tour ends at your hotels.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Uncover the rich history of captivating Cappadocia on this fascinating tour.

    Travel through a magical moonscape of soft volcanic rocks, carved into extraordinary and beautiful shapes by wind and weather.

    Learn about the important role of Cappadocia in Early Christianity. See the numerous rock-cut churches of the lovely Soganli Valley, and the huge monastery at Keslik.

    Appreciate the ethnic and religious diversity of the region when you see the Islamic college and mosque at Taskinpasa, the Greek village of Cemil and the ruins of Kayakapi.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned mini-bus for your Cappadocia (Soganli Valley, Taskinpasa, Kayakapi) Tour.

    This tour gives you the flexibility to enjoy your day in the way that suits you best. You can choose how long you wish to spend at each stop.

    With your English-speaking personal guide you will travel through the extraordinary landscape of Cappadocia. See how nature has carved the soft local rock (tufa), formed from solidified volcanic ash, into fantastic chimneys columns, cones, mushrooms and pinnacles.

    The tufa of Cappadocia can be easily excavated and the area is full of rock-cut dwellings, storehouses and churches. Your first stop, after a drive of about 15 minutes, is at Soganli , a beautiful, wild valley with numerous rock-cut churches. One of the most famous of these is the Church of the Snake so called because of the snake that features in one of its wall paintings.

    When you have visited the churches, you will stop for lunch at the Soganli Restaurant, a typical Turkish restaurant. Here you can enjoy an open buffet lunch, consisting of a large selection of delicious Turkish dishes, including vegetarian options.

    Next stop, after a short drive, is Taskinpasa. Here you will see a ‘medrese’, or Islamic theological college, and a mosque, both dating back to the Seljuk period.

    In the afternoon you will visit Keslik, one of the biggest Christian monastic areas in Cappadocia. It has several churches carved into the rocks, and a large refectory hall. The caves of the Cappadocia region once housed the largest community of monks in Asia Minor. From here missionaries spread Christianity as far as Ethiopia.

    After Keslik you will visit Cemil, an old Greek village, of which there were a number in Cappadocia. And you will also see the picturesque ruins of Kayakapi, an old Christian city.

    At the end of a fabulous day's sightseeing you will be dropped back at your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • English-speaking guide
    • Buffet lunch: Choice of Turkish dishes including vegetarian
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.