3 DAYS PRIVATE CAPPADOCIA TOUR

3 DAYS PRIVATE CAPPADOCIA TOUR

WITH BALLOON FLIGHT

Esentepe, Rose Valley hike, Göreme Open Air Museum, 3 beauties, Paşabağ, Devrent Valley, Avanos, Kaymakli, Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastery, Mustafapaşa, Sobesos, Soğanli Valley

Tour Plan

Day 1

Our professional tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel at 9:30 am. The first stop is Esentepe, an impressive viewpoint overlooking Goreme. Here, your guide will tell you about Cappadocia’s history and unique rock formations. From here we will visit the starting point of Rose Valley, an easy 1 hour hike through fairy chimneys, orchards and vineyards. Our next stop is Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Your guide will explain the importance of the cave church frescoes, which are decorated with scenes from the Old and New Testaments from the 10th century. This place has been used as a monastery since the early days of Christianity. For lunch we went to a nice restaurant in Goreme. After lunch, we stopped at several photo spots along the way – including the fairy chimneys of the Urgup family, the animal-shaped rock formations of Devrent, and the Valley of the Monks, with its famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys, and the rock-cut monks’ cell of San Simeon. The first day ends in Avanos, a picturesque riverside town that supplies clay for the 4,000-year-old Avanos pottery tradition. A kick-wheel demonstration by a local potter and your chance to try this ancient custom rounds off our day. You will return to the hotel around 17:00.

Day 2

The Kaymakli Underground City was excavated by the Hittites about 3500 years ago. It’s the first stop on the second day of a private tour of the area around the city of Cappadocia. This multi-level underground city was used by early Christians as a main shelter from marauding enemies during the 6th and 7th centuries. Kaymakli is one of the larger underground cities in Cappadocia. It is home to 8 underground levels, including stables, temples and wineries. Kaymakli is located further south than Ihlara Valley; a journey that takes about one hour is lined alongside the Melendiz River. After our meal near the river in Belisirma, we walk alongside the river for about an hour until we reach the majestic Ihlara Valley. We drive to Selime Monastery, the largest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia with a large cave church and breathtaking views over the area. We briefly pause at a point overlooking Pigeon Valley on our way back to Goreme.

Day 3

Mustafapasa is famous for its beautiful architecture. It was one of the largest Greek towns in Cappadocia until a population exchange in 1924 between Turkey and Greece. Your tour guide will share information about one of the biggest population exchanges in the world that left approximately 2 million people without homes. Next on our tour is Keslik Monastery, where we can see rare examples of Cappadocian frescoes that were removed from their places of veneration by iconoclasts. We also pass by Greek churches and Mustafapasa’s homes with Greek designs. Further down the road is the Medrese seminary, an Islamic high school..We look at these remarkable frescoes and talk about the iconoclastic period (726-843 AD) when the Byzantine emperors banned such frescoes. Afterwards we drive to Sahinefendi to visit the archaeological site of Sobesos. Archaeologists have recently (last 10 years) started excavating in the area and continue to discover many important artifacts. At this archaeological site we can see Roman baths, tombs, basilicas and mosaics..From Sahinefendi we continue to Soganli valley. Soganli was once the third largest monastic center in the region, with many cave churches and beautiful valleys to hike. Before starting our walking tour, we will have lunch at a local restaurant and visit the famous Soganli dolls made by the women of this village. After an afternoon trek through the Soganli Valley, we will drive back to your hotel. If you are interested in Turkish rugs, we can also visit one of the local rug workshops en route to learn about the traditional rug making process. Cappadocia remains the largest carpet weaving region in Turkey.

Including: Licensed English speaking guide, Transportation with A/C vehicles, Lunch, Entrance fees, All taxes

Excluding: Beverages at lunch, Tips, Personel expenses

from 520€

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