Take the early morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Airport transfer to Cappadocia. Your tour start visiting Devrent Valley, also known as "Imagination Valley", this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Cavusin Village Here a spectacular rock castle that once housed everyone in the village is awaiting you. Climbing up on the top of the castle you can see the ruins of Saint John the Baptists, a very large Byzantine church. Walk around the castle and visit some of the homes that were lived in until recently. Lunch Your next stop will be Pashabagi called also the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity, it´s possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot. Proceed to Avanos (Vanessa) the pottery center of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/Red River. The river gets its name from the red clay it deposits. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations. Lunch. Continue to Goreme Open Air Museum. The world´s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of Church Fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe.Uchisar. With a spectacular bird eye view over Cappadocia from Uchisar Castle see the complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.Overnight Cappadocia
Hot Air ballooning with sunrise (extra please visit our cappadocia balloon tours page)
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:30-09:45 and start the tour with a spectacular view over Goreme from Esentepe. You will see the complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. Continue driving to Derinkuyu Underground City, one of the best preserved and deepest Underground Cities in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu is excavated to a depth of approximately 85 m. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.), a large room on the second floor was a missionary school with study rooms. Proceed to Ihlara Valley. This gorge is 16 km long and both sides are lined with rock carved churches, there are more than a hundred little churches and houses. You will walk about 4 km along the river in the valley exploring the hidden churches. At the end of your walk lunch will be served at Belisirma Village by the river. On the way back visit Selime Monastery, carved out of the rock by Christian monks in the 13th century. The size of the church makes a visit here astonishing. Stop briefly at Yaprakhisar Panorama point for another view of this great Monastery (this is also the spot where famous movie "Star Wars" was shot). Pigeon Valley will be our last Vista point After the tour, transfer back to hotel.
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am Second day of the tour you will depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, and explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. Then visit Çavusin village. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the Christian clegymen. After lunch Drive to the pigeon valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city. Where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. After the Cappadocia tour.
*Transfer to airport . Evening flight back to Istanbul.
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