CAPPADOCIA TOURS FROM ISTANBUL

CAPPADOCIA EXCURSION FROM ISTANBUL / ANTALYA

Half Day Tour / Morning 4 Hours

Except Friday, Saturday & Sunday / Minimum 4 people

ONE DAY TOURS

Cappadocia Tour  From Istanbul , Ephesus , or Antalya

This can be done as an excursion  to be completed within the same day with early departure am and late return pm as well as staying an overnight or arriving the previous evening after finishing your tour in Istanbul, Ephesus, Antalya, or Bodrum.  Balooning in Cappadocia is world famous and  the balloon flights take place with  very early  pick up in the morning. We advice your arrival the previous day or evening to make sure you do not miss this treat in Cappadocia.

The flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia ( Nevsehir or Kayseri airports)  are about an hour.   Antalya to Cappadocia flight may need to connect via Istanbul.

Cappadocia History & Siteseeing     

Cappadocia was known as Hatti in the late Bronze Age, and was the homeland of the Hittite power centred at Hattusa. After the fall of the Hittite Empire, with the decline of the Syro-Cappa-docians (Mushki) after their defeat by the Lydian king Croesus in the 6th century, Cappadocia was ruled by   feudal aristocracy.

It was included in the third Persian satrapy in the division established by Darius, but continued to be governed by rulers of its own, none apparently supreme over the whole country and all more or less tributaries of the Great King.

Devrent Valley

The ruins at Devrent spread over three valleys, which also house several fairy chimneys with large stems.

Pasabağı

The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys.  Looking like gigantic patrified mushrooms with their caps on top, these are some of the most impressive in the region. Pasabagi means the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.

Göreme Open Air Museum

Goreme was Christian center in the early years of the Middle Ages which was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast number of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Goreme, there are not many inscription bearing the dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features.

Göreme Esentepe

The impressive panoramic viewpoint overlooking Goreme.Here, your guide will give you information on the history of Cappadocia and the unique rock formations.

Pottery Art in Avanos 

Since the Hitties, inhabitants obtain  the red clay around Kızılırmak river which is the longest river of Turkey and white clays from volcanic hills.

Uçhisar Castle

The natural rock citadel of Uçhisar is the tallest point in Cappadocia, visible for a great distance from the region’s other towns such as Urgup and Avanons.

Pigeon Valley

Upon arrival to Pigeon Valley, pigeons will welcome you on the top of the valley. Pigeons have always been important for Cappadocian people. Their eggs and droppings are used for different purposes. For this reason, local people

have caned houses for them onto the slopes of valley. You will see the reason why people call them as “house’’ when you see them.

Please contact concierge for more details and services.

TWO DAY TOURS

DAY 1

Ürgüp Fairy Chimney

The fairy chimneys with caps, mainly found in the vicinity of Ürgüp, have a conical-shaped body and a boulder on top of it. The cone is countructed from tufa and volcanic ash , while the cap is of a harder, more esistant rock such as lahar or ignimbrite. The fairy chimneys

which are the symbols of Ürgüp are called holly spirit chimneys. There is mother, father and son fairy chimneys stay together.

Göreme Open Air Museum

Goreme was an important Christian center in the early years of the Middle Ages which was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast number of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Goreme, there are not many inscription bearing the dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features.

Pasabağı

The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabagi means the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.

Devrent Valley

The ruins at Devrent spread over three valleys, which also house several fairy chimneys with large stems.

After the tour, we will return to the hotel.

DAY 2

Kaymaklı Underground City

Kaymakli Underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.

Pigeon Valley

Upon arrivel to pigeon valley, pigeons will meet you on the top of the valley. Pigeons have always been important for Cappadocian people. Their eggs and droppings were used for different purposes. For this reason, local people caned houses for them onto the slopes of valley. You will see the reason why people call them ‘’house’’ when you see them.

Uçhisar Castle

The natural rock citadel of Uçhisar is the tallest point in Cappadocia, visible for a great distance from the region’s other towns such as Urgup and Avanons.

Göreme Esentepe

The impressive panoramic viewpoint overlooking Goreme. Here, your guide will give you information on the history of Cappadocia and the unique rock formations.

Çavuşin Village

An old Greek village will be the next place in the tour. Çavusin is a village which is about 4 kilometers away from Göreme.This old village has been mostly deserted because the area has been plagued by rock falls. At Çavusin, you can visit the church of John the Baptist which probably dates back to 5th-6th centuries.

The view of Rose Valley is excellent from this village.

Avanos Pottery  village 

Since Hitties, , people could get the red clays around Kızılırmak river which is the longest river of Turkey and white clays from volcanic hills.

 

Please contact concierge for more details and services.

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