Cappadocia , located in almost the geographic center of Turkey, is often called the jewel of Central Anatolia. Its otherworldly landscape is hard to describe. Perhaps moonscape says it best. From its conical rock outcrops to its churches, chapels, and homes carved into lava rocks to its underground cities, Cappadocia is like few other places on earth. Its churches cut into the lava rock date back hundreds of years. Many are filled with Byzantine frescoes of old and new testament scenes. Its underground cities, some eight floors deep, were built to protect the early Christian inhabitants from invaders. Present-day Cappadocia is known for its apricots, cherries, and sugar beets, as well as its carpet weaving and decorative pottery tradition. And, more recently, wine-making.
This two day Cappadocia Tour from Antalya allows you to experience many of the wonders of this unique geological area. You will gaze at the distinctive rock formations (fairy chimneys, mushroom caps, animals) in Devrent Imagination Valley, visit a monastic retreat in Zelve, a series of deep valleys dotted with caves and fairy chimney formations, explore the underground city of Ozkonak, and have a pottery demonstration in Avanos, famous for its red clay. You will visit the Uchisar rock castle, wander around Cavusin village, the remains of one of the oldest settlements in the area and famous for its homes of Christian clergymen and the Church of St John the Baptist, and visit the Red Valley, famous for its rock-cut churches. Your hike through the Gulludere (Rose) Valley will afford views of some of the finest fairy chimneys in Cappadocia as well as visits to rock-cut churches with intricate carvings in the stone and fragments of frescoes. Pigeon Valley with its thousands of man-made dovecotes, most dating from ancient times, is particularly interesting because although chemical fertilizers are prevalent in modern Turkish agriculture, farmers in Cappadocia maintain their fruits are sweetest because of their use of Pigeon dung.
This tour of Cappadocia covers the highlights of this magical, mystical area in Turkey. It will whet your appetite for further exploration of this special place.
Day 1 : Highlights of Cappadocia
We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning for transfer to the airport for your flight from Antalya to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Upon arrival we will transfer you to your hotel, where you will be picked up for your tour of the wonders of Cappadocia, including the Devrent Imagination Valley, the Zelve open air museum, Pasabaglari (Fairy chimneys) and Avanos, where you will see a pottery demonstration and have lunch. After lunch, you will continue to the Uchisar rock-castle, Esentepe and return to your hotel about 5pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 2 : Underground City Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, we will depart for Red Valley to explore its famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley. We will visit Cavusin village, famous for its houses and churches of Christian clergymen. After lunch, we will drive to Pigeon Valley. We will also visit the Ozkonak underground city where early Christians lived in fear of invaders. At the end of the tour, we will transfer you to the Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for your return flight to Antalya or anywhere else in Turkey. Upon arrival in Antalya, we will transfer you to your hotel .
As our city breaks are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested inclusions for your particular quotation based on your preferences, requirements, budget etc.
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