Rocky Cappadocia


TOUR OVERVIEW

We visit the top must-see spots and remarkable formations including the World Heritage sites at the heart line of Cappadocia.We see the districts of Göreme,Avanos and Ürgüp where the lunar landscape is intensely formed.This is a richly decorated day tour in Cappadocia which can be tailored up to your desires.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Uçhisar Castle-Enjoy the view from the top of the highest fairy chimney.

Göreme Open Air Museum-See the best preserved rock churches

Paşabağı-Admire the three headed ''fairy chimneys''

Avanos-Experience the pottery making in a characteristic town of Cappadocia

Mustafapaşa-Stroll around the Old Greek town.

ITINERARY

In the morning we start with Uçhisar Castle.It is a naturally formed rock structure with full of caves used as dwellings,storages and stalls.As it is the highest spot of central Cappadocia,It was always a strategic point during war times.We walk up to the top of the castle.Then we carry on to Göreme Open Air Museum.Here, we see the best preserved churches of the region.Cappadocia was inhabited by early christians in the 4th century from Caesera(Kayseri).They formed a Monastic life which was flourished and expanded in the 7th century.Monasteries,chapels and cathedrals were carved in to the rocks.Göreme open air museum hosts the best of them that dates back to 11.-12. century AD.It was listed as the World Heritage in 1985.Then we drive to pottery makers town Avanos.It is divided by Red river which is the longest river of the country.With the old Greek houses and charming river side,it is one of the most characteristic town of Cappadocia. Beside tourism and agriculture,pottery making has been dominating the economy of the town for 4000 years.We cross the river on a wobbly bridge and have lunch in the town.Then visit one the atelier to see the process of the pottery making.Afternoon we drive to Paşabağı.It is also called monks valley as the fairy chimneys(monolith rock formations) were inhabited by hermits,St Simeons life style was adopted here.We stroll around unique three headed fairy chimneys then pass on to Dervent Valley.It is widely known as imagination valley.Here,valley slopes and hilltops have been formed distinctively as a result of the strong erosion by the wind and floods.We have a photo break here then carry on to Mustafapaşa.It is the most well known Greek town of Cappadocia.Mustafapaşa ,also known as Sinasos was a prosperous town of Greek merchants untill 1924.After the population exchange between Turkey and Greece, it was abondoned and partly reinhabited by Turks from Bulgaria and Macedonia.We see some of the elaborate mansions and houses that witnessed the days of glory and an Ottoman Medrasah which is a modern college today.Then we return to hotel.

TRIP INFORMATION

Includes

Lunch,air conditioned bus,English speaker licensed tour guide,passenger insurance,enterance fees at the sites written in the itinerary.

Excludes

Drinks,gratitudes for tour staff,personal expenses.

Tour staff

Tour guide and driver.

Season

Four Seasons.

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