Walk through the “Fairy Chimneys” of the Devrent Valley, practice ancient pottery techniques in Avanos, visit the open-air museum cities and rock-cut houses of Göreme and Uçhisar, and taste the famous bread of Soğanlı on a 4-day tour of Cappadocia.
What to Expect
Explore the extraordinary landscapes of Cappadocia on a 4-day tour, with round-trip flights from Istanbul. Walk among the “Fairy Chimneys” of the Devrent Valley, see the iconic mushroom-shaped tufa rocks of Paşabaği, discover one of the world’s largest collection of pigeon nests, and explore the underground cities built by the early Christians to protect them from persecution by the Romans. Your tour starts with an early morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri, where you will be transfered to Ürgüp for the start of your Cappadocia adventure.
Day 1: Flight to Kayseri - Transfer to Ürgüp - Cappadocia Tour
Walk among the “Fairy Chimneys” of the Devrent Valley and experience the sensuous rock formations carved from volcanic activity over thousands of years. Continue to the Paşabaği (Monks) Valley to see some of the most amazing of the tufa formations with their mushroom-like pinnacles. Next, head to the village of Avanos to try your hand at making some of the ancient pottery. Go to the open-air museum of Göreme, site of some of Cappadocia’s oldest rock-carved churches and chapels, and marvel at some fine examples of early frescoes. Continue to the rock-carved Uçhisar Castle at Cappadocia’s highest point for panoramic views over the rocks. Return to your hotel for dinner at hotel and an overnight stay.
Day 2: Red Valley - Kaymaklı - Çatalkaya - Pigeon Valley
Start the day with a panoramic view of the Hallac Hospital Monastery, an elaborate tufa-rock residence of one of the region’s more powerful families. Next, hike among the rock formations of Kızılçukur, a hidden wonder of the Red (Rose) Valley. Marvel at the rock-cut dwellings of the village of Çavuşin, before exploring the Underground City of Kaymaklı, built over 8-9 levels by the early Christians as protection from Roman and Byzantine persecution. Continue to Çatalkaya, before a fantastic overview of the fairy chimneys from Esentepe. Go into Pigeon Valley to see the vast network of pigeon coops carved in the rocks. Return to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 3: Derinkuyu - Ihlara Valley - Belisırma - Yaprakhisar
Today you will go to Derinkuyu Underground City, the largest excavated underground city in Turkey. Large enough to shelter up to 20,000 people, the multi-level city extended to a depth of 60 meters. Next, take a walk through the Ihlara Valley, a 16-kilometer (10-mile) gorge cut into volcanic rock. Stop for lunch at Belisırma, before going to the cave monasteries at Yaprakhisar and Selime. Return to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 4: Mustafa Paşa - Damsa Lake - Keşlik - Soğanlı - Taşkınpaşa - Istanbul
Explore the Mustafa Paşa, inhabited by Greek Orthodox families until the beginning of the 20th century. Walk to the small Damsa Lake, formed by the damming of the Damsa River in 1971. Continue to Keşlik, known for its small rock-carved monastery and 11th-century Archangelos Church. After lunch, explore the Soğanlı Valleys, and see local women baking bread in the village of Soğanlı. Drive to Taşkınpaşa for a panoramic view of southern Cappadocia, before going to see the famous Greek church at Cemil. Transfer back to Kayseri for your evening flight to İstanbul.
- Round-trip flights from Istanbul
- Accommodation (on a single, double or triple basis)
- Tours of Cappadocia
Know Before You Go
• Advance reservations of at least 3 days are required for this tour
• Accommodation is in single, double or triple rooms, depending on the size of your group
• Please note: When verifying your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible