Start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity, it’s possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot. By the way this tour one of Daily Cappadocia Tours programs.
Proceed to Avanos (Venessa) the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/Red River. The river gets its name from the red clay it deposits. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations.
Continue to Göreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of Church Fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe.
Panoramic view point Esentepe. With a spectacular view over Göreme, see the complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses.
End your day with Uchisar Castle. This tall rock, is the highest point of the Goreme region.
We will pick you up in the morning from your Hotel and start our full day Cappadocia tour. Start the day with a hike along the Red & Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. The valleys, with their fabulous volcanic rock formations, are in the heart of Cappadocia but well away from the mainstream tourist haunts. Our hike will end in Cavusin Cave Village, where we will see a rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. After lunch in a local restaurant we descent towards the centre of the earth, with a trip to the Underground City of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. This city is approximately 40m deep and contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.) We will take a visit to the Pigeon Valley where we will have a spectacular view of dovecotes, old abandoned cave homes and old Greek houses of Uchisar and for our last stop we will visit Ortshisar Castle the biggest mass of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.
Proceed to the Famous Ihlara Valley, The gorge is 16km long and both sides are lined with Rock carved Churches and Houses, our leisurely walk is 4km along the River deep in the Valley where you are free to explore the Hidden Churches. At the end of the walk lunch is served at a quaint Restaurant in Belisirma Village on the River. On route back to Cappadocia we visit the Selime Monastery which was carved out of Rock by the Christian Monks in the 13 th century, the size of this Church is truly astonishing. We will stop briefly at Yaprakhisar Panoramic Point for another view of this great Monastery (This is also the spot where the famous Star wars Movie was shot)