7. 3 Days Cappadocia Tour
Day 1 - Cappadocia - Göreme Open Air Museum
Today our tour will start by visiting the valleys around the Cappadocia. Our first stop will be Goreme valley where had become one of the most important center of christianism in the VI and IX centuries Later we will visit Uchisar, one of the more popular destinations for travelers. We will have coffee break then we will visit Goreme Open-Air Museum.
There are over 10 cave churches in the Goreme Open Air Museum. Along with rectories, dwellings, and a religious school, they form a large monastic complex carved out of a roughly ring-shaped rock formation in Cappadocia. Entrance to the site is on the north side.
We will offer a delicious lunch and we will visit Urgup that promoted Nevşehir area to the world with its historical heritage and natural beauty. Urgup is probably the busiest of the small towns in the vicinity of the Cappadocian sites. It's possibly the tattiest as well; recent development has mushroomed leaving a grim legacy of poorly designed and serviced buildings. The road down into the town however does take you past some pleasant rock carved dwellings, accommodation and restaurants. It's worth wondering around the old town for a taste of what the place must have been like before we all arrived. Then we will visit wine cellar and taste wines.
Then we will visit Monks Valley (Rahipler Vadisi), with its chimneys with multiple stems and caps, some housing chapels and living areas found here, have a particular style. Avanos is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak, the Red River, which gets its name from the clay that it deposits. This clay has provided Avanos with pottery for centuries and the town is still dominated by this industry despite the inroads that tourism has made in the area. The main street has numerous shops and workshops selling plain and decorated pots and plates and you can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the design has remained unchanged for generations. Many of the workshops will encourage you to have a go yourself. It's harder than it looks. Overnight in Avanos, Urgup or Goreme.
Day 2 - Ihlara Valley - Selime Cathedral - Derinkuyu Underground City - Pigeons Valley
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 9:00 and we will go to Ihlara valley for hiking. The Ihlara Valley, once called Peristrema, for its scenery and churches, which are small and mostly semi-ruined.
After our lunch break, we visit Selime Cathedral. It is a massive mountain, that is actually an amazing rock cut cathedral and The biggest and deepest is Derinkuyu Underground City. There are eight floors and extend at a depth of approximately 85 m. The underground city at Derinkuyu has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels.
We will also see the Nar Crater Lake during our journey. Then we will visit Pigeon valleys to see pigeon’s houses.
Day 3 - Rose Valley
Today is end of your unique tour, before leaving we will have short walk in rose valley.The Rose Valley is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formations 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.