Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 6 Days – 5 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Highlights : Goreme , Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley, Cavusin, Underground city
DAY 01:Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to the airport in the late afternoon. Fly from Istanbul to Kayseri. Transfer to Urgup. Overnight in Cappadocia
DAY 02:Fairy Chimneys Tour at 09:30am
In this day you will be able to see:
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
LOVE VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 03:Rose Valley & Mazıkoy Underground City Tour at 09:30am
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away
MAZIKOY: One of largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 4: DERINKUYU UNDERGROUND CITY & IHLARA VALLEY TOUR AT 09:00AM
Depart from your hotel for Derinkuyu Underground City to visit the huge refugee settlement carved by early Christians,where they could hide from persecutors. From Derinkuyu continue to the beautiful valley of Ilhara , formerly known as Peristerema.Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back visit the monastaries in Selime village and 13 century Caravansary built by Selçuk Turks on the Silk Road.
Overnight in Cappadocia
Day 5: Soganli Valley & Musafata pasha & Keslik Monatesterty & Gomeda Valley Tour at 09:30am
This tour offers the more remote and serene locations in Cappadocia including the deepest underground city of Turkey, an old Greek Village, beautiful cave monastery and the magnificent Soganli Valley among other highlights.
Our tour starts at 09:30 by pick-up from your hotel and a drive to Derinkuyu Underground City. Previously known as Melagobia, Derinkuyu was one of the biggest settlements in Cappadocia and its 8 level underground city is the deepest of the region today. We will explore the caves of this interesting city and your guide will explain about the way of life here.
Our second stop is Soganli Valley, one of the most secluded and tranquil valleys in Cappadocia. We begin our hike along one side of the valley, visiting many cave churches and we return along the other side of the valley to the quaint village.
We then drive to the Keslik Monastery. Settled in a lush valley, this cave church features biblical paintings and the largest rock-cut dining hall in Cappadocia.
Our last visit on the tour is Mustafapasa, the former Greek Village Sinasos with spectacular architecture. After our delicious lunch at one of the former Greek Mansions here, we will walk around the village, learning about the population exchange from 1923, the wealthy merchants and locals who once thrived in this town.
We will then drive back to your hotel and finish the tour around 16:30.
NB If you would like to combine a hot air balloon flight on the same day, the balloon flights return to your hotel around 08:30 allowing enough time for a full breakfast before your tour begins.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Transfer to Kayseri Airport and fly to Istanbul. Airport transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.
What is included
- All the transfers from Airport to hotel and back.
- Return flight tickets (Istanbul-Kayseri-Istanbul)
- 4 Full day Tours in Cappadocia.
- 5 Night Accommodation in Cave Hotel
- Professional English speaking guide
- Transportation by airconditioned, nonsmoking vehicle.
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Watching Photo Tour by Taxi: 40 Euros per person (no child reduction)
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV / Quad: 30 Euros (1 hour)
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.