Day 1 - Cappadocia - (L)
Around 9:00 AM, we will meet you at your hotel and escort you on your full-day tour of this magical region.
Sites you’ll see today:
*The World Heritage Site of Goreme Open-Air Museum--This is a cluster of rock cut Byzantine churches, chapels and monasteries which include some wonderful 11th and 12th century frescoes on the cave walls. This place was used by the Christians as a place of refuge from those opposed to Christianity and also was a major monastery. Rooms, churches, houses, and gathering halls have all been cut into the rock or formed from natural caves. Within the caves you can explore and see the preserved mosaics and frescoes.
*Fairy Chimneys--These geological phenomenon have been shaped over millions of years. They were formed during volcanic eruptions in the region. Reaching at times 40 meters in height, they are conical in shape and have a "hat" top to them.
*Devrent Valley--This valley is know as "the pink valley" because of the color of it’s soil. This is a lovely place to wander around and look at the magical rock formations indicative to Cappadocia, including the Fairy Chimneys.
*Uchisar Castle--Also called a fortress, this is actually a formation of two gigantic rocks surrounded by smaller rocks that together form a natural fortress with towers. These formations were inhabited during both the Byzantine and Ottoman times. You can climb and explore the different caves and rooms throughout the fortress, experiencing first-hand what it must have been like to hide in these fortified rocks, waiting for the ancient enemy to pass by or give up.
Time permitting, we'll also visit local crafts people and learn the special art of making dolls and traditional pottery.
At the end of this tour, we will provide a transfer to your hotel.
Total Cost: 50 Euro per person - (ask for early booking discounts)
* All land and airport transfers in comfortable vehicles
* Lunch ( in a traditional restaurant)
* Professional, English-speaking tour guide
* Admissions to Goreme Open Air Museum and Uchisar Castle
* All taxes and service charges
* Drinks with meals