You will be picked up from Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport or from your hotel in Cappadocia.
Esentepe Village offers an amazing collection of natural and cultural marvels. In simply strolling through the Village, you will be surprised at the peculiar ‘fairy chimney’ rocks that were crafted by the nature.
Uchisar Castle is situated at the highest point of Cappadocia. Throughout history, it was always the main point of defence for the region. The top of the Castle provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance. Many rooms, hollowed out into this immense rock, are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. At the entrances of the rooms, there are millstone doors, which were used to control access to these places.
On our way to Cavusin, we will pass through the Rose Valley, a fantastic ravine turning canyon which tumbles dramatically from Ak Tepe’s (the White Hill) southern shoulder. This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on time of day, season and weather conditions.
Cavusin is an old, quiet, but still typical village of Cappadocia. A huge rock wall is overtoping the village. Until the 1920s, it had a mixed population with many Christian Orthodox families. The inhabitants of Cavusin lived in houses which were cut into a long rock wall. A winding narrow path reached the top of the village.
Lunch Break and visit to a traditional hand-made pottery atelier at Cavusin.
Pasabag Fairy Chimneys
Pasabag, which can be translated as “General’s vineyard”, contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps – formations that are unique even for Cappadocia! Locals refer to them as the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. Fairy chimneys of Pasabag harbor a number of cave dwellings as well as chapels once used by Christian hermits, the most prominent of which is a tri-level chapel dedicated to St. Simeon (Simon) and a hermit’s shelter, built into one of the fairy chimneys with three conical heads.
Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination valley, has never been inhabited but reveals many different rock formations. The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange look. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. Some of the most important, or the easiest seen animal shapes are camel, snake, seals, and dolphin. If you let your imagination run free you will find many others.
Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s biggest wine-producing regions. Archaeological evidence suggests that winemaking here goes back more than 7,000 years. Nowadays, the indigenous grapes grown here are producing a lot of award-winning wines, garnering prizes.
You will be transfered to your hotel in Cappadocia.
You can also enjoy an optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!
You will be picked up from your hotel in Cappadocia.
Optional “Hot Balloon Ride” early in the morning!
The name comes from the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. Although they can be found throughout Cappadocia, they are especially numerous in this valley. They were carved wherever space allowed, including abandoned cave houses and churches. Years ago, pigeons were used as message carriers and their droppings were used as fertilizer. Today, many locals keep them as pets.
The Red Valley is one of the most spectacular valleys of Cappadocia with its different kind of rock formations in variety colors. The hidden rock-cut churches in the valley surprise the visitors. The viewing point, like other valley viewing points, is heavenly for all photography lovers.
Cavusin Cave churches
At the Cavusin old town, the church of St. John the Baptist rises on top of the hill. The church was built in the 5th century and it is the biggest cave church of Cappadocia. Its cathedral-like proportions are astounding. On the other hand, barrel-vaulted Nicephorus Phocas Church has one nave and three apses and was built around 964/965.
Kaymaklı Underground City
Built by early Christians to protect them from religious persecution, Kaymaklı Underground City is an elaborate labyrinth of tunnels and caves and is probably the widest of the underground cities. The most impressive aspect of the Kaymaklı Underground City is the organised, structured and comprehensive nature of the complex. It had everything from living space, stables and communal kitchens to a church and a graveyard as well as being well fortified to protect its inhabitants.