Tour Style:Private Tour
9:00 depart from your hotel. Visit Guzelyurt. The old name of this town was Nazianzus. It was an important center for early Christianity. St. Gregory, one of the most famous of the early Cappadocian patriarchs was bishop there in the 4th century. Visit St. Gregory’s’ Church, which is well-preserved and still in use and walk in Monastery Valley with 23 rock churches used by the early Byzantines. Time permitting we will visit the ancient ‘Red Church’, which is free standing. Lunch in local restaurant.
We will continue to Nigde and see beautiful scenery while passing Gollu Mountain. Photo stop for Hasan Mountain. Once a volcano, which aided in forming the volcanic plateau of Cappadocia. A short break in Tepekoy Village, which was another Bishopric in Roman times. We continue to Tyana to see interesting Roman ruins and aqueducts, which are well preserved. Tyana is a city referred to in Hittite archives as Tuwanuwa. During the Hittite Empire period in mid 2nd millennium, Tuwanuwa was among the principal settlements of the region along with Hupisna, Landa, Sahasara, Huwassana and Kuniyawannni. This south-central Anatolian region was referred to as the Lower Land in Hittite sources. Following the collapse of the Hittite Empire, Tuwanuwa/Tuwana was a major city of the independent Neo-Hittite kingdoms. We visit Gumusler Monastery – a very large and interesting rock complex in the villages with breathtaking frescoes in a good state of preservation. Underground chambers and ancient cemetery. Return to your hotel in Cappadocia.
What is included
Pick-up and drop-off service from/to hotel.
• Licensed, professional English-speaking guide* .
• Admission fees for the museums and valleys.
• Transportation with air-conditioned VIP Vehicles.
• Tax and service fees.
*professional guides fluent in other languages are also available upon request, with surcharge.
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
Hot-Air Balloon Ride: 200 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.