You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned mini-bus for your Cappadocia Tour. With your English-speaking guide you will travel through the extraordinary landscape of Cappadocia. See the spectacular landforms made from a soft volcanic rock known as tufa and sculpted into fantastic shapes by the forces of nature.
Your first stop, after a drive of about 15 minutes, is Devrent Valley, where there are an amazing range of 'fairy chimneys' and other formations in a surreal pink-tinted 'lunar landscape'. The valley is famous for its many rocks in animal shapes. See if you can spot the camel, snake, seals and dolphin.
From Devrent valley you will take another 15 minute drive to Pasabagi (formerly known as the ‘Monks' Valley’). Here you find many fairy chimneys, looking like giant toadstools, their huge stems topped by gray pointed basalt 'caps'.
A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter are built into one of the 'chimneys'. The cell is reached by a narrow tunnel and contains an oven, living and sleeping areas and small windows to let the sunlight in.
You will stop for lunch at Kazan Restaurant in the riverside town of Avanos. Lunch will be an open buffet of delicious Turkish dishes. There will be plenty of choice, including vegetarian options.
After lunch, you take another 15-minute drive to Göreme Open-Air Museum. This fantastic site has more than 10 rock-cut churches. These are decorated inside with beautiful Byzantine paintings dating from 900-1200 AD. Perhaps the loveliest church here is the Tokali Kilise or ‘Buckle Church, which has graceful arches and beautiful frescoes.
You will notice that many of the paintings show St. George slaying the dragon. According to local tradition, this event occurred on the summit of Mount Erciyes in Cappadocia.
After exploring Göreme, you will drive to Esentepe to enjoy the panoramic view before heading for the natural rock castle of Uçhisar. The highest peak in the region, Üçhisar Castle is a giant natural fortification. Indeed, in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Byzantine army used it as a fortress. Climb 120 steps to the summit and you will enjoy a breathtaking view.
At the end of a spectacular day's sightseeing you will be dropped off at your hotel.