Cappadocia Gree Tour (60USD)
A - DERINKUYU
Derinkuyu: These are quite old as well.There are almost 36 cities like this.And they were first used by Hittites and later by Christians like a shelter in the war times.They carved lots of rooms all connected with tunnels.So they lived in here when the cities were invaded by enemies.The longest period people used here was 3 months in the war times.Derinkuyu underground cave is the largest one in the area with it's 7 levels and 65 meters depth.You have a chance to see the rooms used as aleeping rooms, storage, rooms, church, kitchen, missionary school... 10.000 people lived here in one time.The air condition chimneys and defence systems used in these caves will surprise you during your visit.
B - IHLARA VADISI
Ihlara Vadisi : This is another famous valley of the area.It's located around underground caves of Derinkuyu.The valley was also formed after the volcanoes erosions then eroded by rain. There is a natural spring water passing through the canyon,so that also helped the valley to form that deep after erosions. The canyon was settled by Christans almost for 500 years between 5 th and 10 th centuries.We have almost 10 churches and so many monasteries in the canyon.So that will be awesome to walk by the river in canyon and to visit the caves there.
C - SELIME
Selime:Here has the largest monastery in the region used by Christians.It's also end of Ihlara canyon.There is a big catedral on top of monastery whisch was carved into the rocks as well.They date back to 7 th and 8 th centuries.It was a villageby almost 1000 people at that time.The word Selime was given to this area by Seljuks Selime Sultan and there was made a special tomb for Sultan as well and thats from 13 th century.
D - YAPRAKHISAR
Yaprakhisar: It's a small village just located at the end of Ihlara Gorge. This is known as Star Wars movie set as well.It has a magnificient panorama where you have a look at Ihlara Canyon and Selime Monastery too. You will notice here is much higher than the valleys around.It's nearly 200 meters high.These are also nice places that you see locals stil living in cave houses. You will see lots of villagers working on farms,or ladies carrying wood for heating in house,children playing hide and seek in caves.
E - AĞZIKARAHAN KERVANSARAY
Agzikarahan Caravanserai were a very important place for the Seljuk rulers of Anatolia to trade.They deveopled the old trade routes,and built Caravansaries along the way to act as shelters and provide protection to traders.
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We will pick you up in the morning from your hotel and start our full day Cappadocia tour. Pick up time is between 09:00 and 09:30, depends on your hotel. The tour starts in Ürgüp where you will see fairy chimneys which are the symbol of Cappadocia; popularly known as Three Beauties. Here you will make some unbelievable photos of this unusual landscape. Continuing our tour, the route will take us to Red and Rose Valley. They are known as the most famous valleys in Göreme region for its lunar landscape and also they offer the most enjoyable hiking routes. Our trails will take us to Çavuşin Village, one of the oldest villages in this area. It is an old Greek village and the most important building there is a Byzantine church of St. John the Baptist. After visiting Çavuşin, we will continue to Avanos where we will have our lunch. Avanos is a small town, known for its ceramics and it overlooks the longest river of Turkey, the Red River. Red River; old name Halys; in ancient times was the border between Asia Minor and the rest of Asia. River is the witness of two major events in history that had occurred there. 585 BC the Halys River was the place of famous Battle of Halys; the first battle in history that is known the correct date (May 28 585 BC – Battle of the Eclipse). Two and half centuries after that, during the time of Alexander The Great; Alexander knew and said if he will want to come to the end of the world, he will have to be able to cross the Halys River; and in 333 BC Alexander has succeed in his venture. The most famous historical feature of Avanos, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of earthenware pottery. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Red River has always been used. Today, Avanos is the pottery center of Cappadocia and we will visit a pottery atelier and shop. There you will have a chance to watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations. After that we will proceed to Ortahisar which is famous for its picturesque stone houses and castle-like rock formation. It is 90 metres high natural fortress, a prominent landmark in the region – honeycomb with caves and tunnels, camouflaged by nature without the slightest indication of human presence inside. Today, the castle has been restored and the peak is accessible by a staircase. The Ortahisar Castle offers a magnificent panorama over the fairy chimneys and the snowy peak of Mt. Erciyes. After visiting Ortahisar we well continue to Kaymaklı Underground City, where we will descent towards the centre of earth by exploring the second biggest underground city in Cappadocia; whose capacity was approximately 4 000 people. This city is about 20 metres deep and contains all the usual rooms founded in an underground city (kitchens, storehouses, living quarters, wine cellars, church, etc.). Our next stop will be Pigeon Valley Panorama where we will make a photo break to take some amazing photos of surreal Cappadocian scenery. You will enjoy the sun which slowly sets over Cappadocia. We will conclude the tour by visiting onyx jewelry atelier and shop. Cappadocia is famous for it's onyx and you will have a chance to see artisans, experts at making items of jewelry and other attractive products and artifacts. You will have a possibilty to buy yourself a unique handmade souvenir from Cappadocia. Anticipated return to your hotel is approximately between 17:00 and 17:30 o’clock.
Time: 09:00/09:30 – 17:00/17:30
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