Leave the beaten track and explore the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia on this thrilling day excursion. Learn how volcanic eruptions eons ago helped create the extraordinary scenery you see today.
Visit the spectacular Red and Rose Valleys. See the castles, columns, chimneys, and cone shapes carved by nature in the soft rock. Discover hidden cave dwellings and rock-cut churches with glorious Byzantine murals.
Explore the great ‘underground city’ of Kaymakli, used as a refuge in times of trouble. See how cramped and uncomfortable it must have been and how the walls have been blackened by torches.
Be amazed when you visit Pigeons’ Valley and find the world’s greatest collection of dovecotes!
And, above all, remember your camera. Photo-opportunities on this tour are out of this world!
You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned mini-bus for your Cappadocia (Red Valley, Rose Valley, Cavusin, Pigeons’ Valley, Kaymakli) 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 the spectacular Red Valley with its variegated rocks. You will enjoy a short walk (4km, 2.5 miles) through fabulous rock formations. On the way you will discover hidden cave churches with beautiful frescoes and paintings.
You will also visit lovely Rose Valley, a large area with cave dwellings and splendid rock-cut churches.
Your tour also includes Cavusin. Now abandoned, this was a Christian village and one of the oldest settlements in the area. The inhabitants lived in houses cut into a long rock wall. The main church here is dedicated to St John the Baptist and dates back to the 5th century AD. It is probably the oldest Christian building in Cappadocia.
Your next stop will be Pigeons’ Valley. You will soon see how the place got its name! Thousands of pigeon houses (dovecotes) are carved into the soft tufa and the valley must have one of the greatest collections of dovecotes in the world. In Cappadocia, pigeons have long been a source of food and fertilizer.
You will enjoy an open buffet lunch at Bindalli Restaurant at Uchisar near Pigeon’s Valley. This will include a wide range of delicious Turkish dishes, including vegetarian options.
After lunch, you will take another 15-minute drive to the 'underground city' of Kaymakli. Cappadocia has more than one hundred of these troglodyte complexes. They would have been dark, cramped and uncomfortable and were probably temporary shelters, used in times of war, rather than permanent dwellings. Notice how the walls have been blackened by torches.
At the end of a spectacular day's sightseeing you will be dropped back at your hotel.
Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: 8 hours
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)
Tour ends at your hotels.
Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes for walking. In summer, take a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water and don't forget the camera! Long pants are recommended if you want to explore the caves. To avoid unwanted attention women should avoid revealing clothing such as (shorts, short skirts, tank tops, tight-fitting clothes)
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
During Ramadan (18th June to 17th July) you will not be able to purchase alcohol and some elements of entertainment (eg. Belly Dancing) will be withdrawn.
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