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Tour Name: Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul
Departure Point: Hotels or Central Places in Istanbul
Duration: Full Day
Price: Please Ask
Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul
Join us for one of the most unbelievable tours of discovery and be inspired by the rich culture and vibrant past of Turkey. One of the most impressive and picturesque regions of the country is Cappadocia and we will give you the rare chance to see and feel everything that makes this area unique. Not just a wonder of Turkey, but a marvel of the whole world, Cappadocia meets its visitors with its perfect blend of natural wonders and historic treasures that still amaze and inspire.
This high-intensity tour will start at around 5:30 am, when we will pick you up at the hotel, leaving for the airport, where you will take the plane to Kayseri at about 7:00 am. From the airport, you will be transferred to the starting place of the tour, where you will meet the tour guide. You can read pieces of information from here: Cappadocia Travel Guide.
DEVRENT IMAGINATION VALLEY
We will begin this amazing journey with one of the most unbelievable places in Cappadocia, the Devrent Imagination Valley. Unlike other valleys in the area, with magnificent castles, or caves, or churches, this valley was never inhabited by people. But what makes this particular place unique and spectacular is the lunar-like landscape that characterizes the valley. The magnificent rock formations formed through millions of years of erosion from a picture like no other. There are hundreds of these rocks and each of them has its own resemblance and name.
ZELVE OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Our next visit takes us to another wonder of the region, the Zelve Open Air Museum, where you will encounter a true cave settlement, inhabited in the past by one of the largest community in the area. This magnificent landmark will surely leave you speechless at first sight, with true homes and small religious chambers dug into the rock, a veritable ghost town of the past. In this settlement, Christians and Muslims used to live in peace, until due to political and safety reason, everyone had to go. Now, the site is an open-air museum and one of the most impressive for that matter.
FAIRY CHIMNEYS (PASABAGLARI)
The tour will continue next to the famous Fairy Chimneys area (Pasabaglari), where extraordinary stone pillars can be admired. These rock formations are unique and here is one of the best places to see them in all Cappadocia. There are also many religious sights here.
Continuing the journey, we arrive in the village of Avanos, where we will witness a pottery-making demonstration. This site has an extremely long tradition of making pottery, some techniques going back in the time of the Hittites, back around 2000 BC.
We will take lunch in a special atmosphere, inside a local cave restaurant and then we will continue our tour of discovery.
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UCHISAR ROCK AND CASTLE
What could be more enticing than admiring the panorama of Cappadocia from its highest point, the Uchisar Rock and Castle, where a tall rock rises from the landscape, filled with caves and stairs that go all the way up to the top, where a castle used to stand.
GOREME VALLEY / GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Next, we will take in the charming panorama of the Goreme Valley from Esentepe. Our last visit will most likely also be the most memorable. The Goreme Open Air Museum is one of the landmarks of Cappadocia, with its churches and monasteries cut in the rock, inside caves. The site is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and contains extremely valuable archaeological and historical treasures, including churches from the 10-12th century. This open air museum resembles a vast monastic complex, with cave cut in the rock, one next or above another. There are many monasteries, most having its own church with beautiful and still preserved paintings and frescoes. This unique landmark is a perfect ending for a magnificent journey through the unusual landscape of Cappadocia.
The tour will end at about 17:00, when you will be transferred to the airport and take the 19:30 plane back to Istanbul, where you will be transferred back to your hotel.
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