Istanbul – Istanbul
Max. 14 People
Private | Regular | Combination of small group tours
09:30. Approximately, pick up from your hotel for a Full day tour of North Cappadocia.
The tour starts by visiting Esentepe, a hillside with spectacular views over the Göreme Valley. taking photos of the magnificent, lava-formed landscapes as a taster of what’s to come, and then we set off with the guide to explore properly. To visit Pasabag (Monk’s Valley), whose chimneys are widely regarded as the best in Cappadocia, to see a chapel dedicated to the well-known reclusive monk, St. Simeon as well as some small cave habitations that were carved and used by monks one thousand years ago. and ogle the Devrent Valley, where more mushroom-shaped pinnacles cover the hillsides.
We drive to the pottery town of Avanos, where the longest river Kizil Irmak (Red River) in Turkey passes through. You will have the chance to view the pottery-making demonstration and even try your hand at making your own unique pot. Then a break time for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the UNESCO-listed Goreme Open-Air Museum, famous for its rock-cut chapels coated in Byzantine frescoes. You will admire the beautifully painted chapels. Marvel at the numerous cave churches and monasteries with their richly frescoed walls painted by Orthodox Monks around 1000-1200 AD.
Then visit the Uchisar Castle. Situated at the highest point and providing superb panoramic vistas, it is a large rock formation full of interconnected rooms, tunnels, and passages that have been carved from the tufa. Scattered throughout the immediate surroundings are several Roman tombs also cut from the tufa. End of the excursion with a hotel drop-off.
Please make note of the following:
• There is a 30% discount for children under the age of 7 and children aged 2 and younger are free
• This tour involves a 4-kilometer hike, please dress accordingly
• You are kindly requested to present yourself at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the preadvised pick-up time
• Smoking is not permitted in transportation vehicles nor in museums.