The tour covers the main attractions of the North Cappadocia. You will explore the most famous valleys (Devrent and Pasabag),visit Göreme open-air museum, Çavuşin village, and Uçhisar castle.
What to Expect
The pick-up time from your hotel is around 9:30 am depending on your hotel location. The professional tour guide will help you get acquainted with a unique area called Cappadocia. The highlights of the tour are listed below.
Avanos town is famous for its production of earthenware pottery. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kizilirmak River has always been used. The tour program includes a pottery demonstration with the Hittite technique.
Çavusin is one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia which dates back to the 5th century. It's an old village where people still live in rock-cut dwellings and stone houses. The Church of St. John the Baptist in Çavuşin village dates back to the 5th century, its paintings - to the 6th, 7th and 8th centuries. The church offers a spectacular panoramic view of the village.
Devrent Valley (known also as Imagination valley) doesn't have any rock churches and monasteries, it is famous for lunar landscape with unique rock formations that look like animals (camel, alligator, snakes, seals, etc) and people (dancers, praying St. Mary, etc). You will definitely enjoy your walk through these amazing fairy chimneys.
Goreme Open-Air Museum is a UNESCO protected site with rock-cut churches and monasteries dating back to the 5th and 13th centuries. There are over 400 churches in Goreme, most of them are with beautiful frescoes whose colors still retain all their original freshness (the Apple Church, The St. Barbara Church, the Church of the Serpent, the Dark Church, etc.).
Pasabag Valley has the best collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. These rock formations with twin and even triple rock caps are named mushroom shaped fairy chimneys. The valley is also known as Monk's Valley due to the monks who used to take refuge here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit’s shelter has been built into one of the fairy chimneys with three caps; it is possible to visit the inside and climb to the top of it.
Uchisar Rock Castle is the highest point in Cappadocia. There's a magnificent panoramic view of the area with the Erciyes mountain at the distance from the top of the castle. It's the best view of Cappadocia except that opening during a hot-air balloon tour. Rooms of this rock multi-level castle are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels, and passages.
Ürgup is a heart of Cappadocia famous for the 3 Beauties and its wine production. Before you go back to the hotel, visit a winery to sample some of the local wines.
The North Cappadocia tour finishes at 4:30 pm.
- Licensed professional tour guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Transportation with a non-smoking, air-conditioned van/coach
- Entry fees to the museums and sites
- Parking fees
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses