8 hoursStart time
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.
When you see the extraordinary 'fairy chimneys', giant tufa 'toadstools' capped with gray basalt 'pixie caps', you could easily think you'd strayed into a fantasy movie. Explore Devrent Valley, famous for the animal shapes in the rocks. How many can you spot? Let your imagination run wild?
At Göreme Open-Air Museum, learn about the hermits who withdrew from the world in their rock-cut cells. See the stone beds where they slept. And admire the glorious Byzantine paintings decorating the walls of the amazing cave churches.
Your last stop is at Uçhisar Hill, a stupendous natural sculpture on the highest peak of the district. If you can climb the 120 steps to the summit you will be rewarded by a stunning view. And you'll see why Byzantine armies took advantage of this fortress kindly built for them by nature.
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.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
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.
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