3 Nights
Duration
Central Anatolia
Main Region
Moderate
Fitness Level
$550
Per Person
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Tour Summary
  • Balloon flight
  • Cappadocia
  • cave dwellings
  • Caves
  • Derinkuyu
  • fairy chimneys
  • Goreme
  • Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Ihlara Valley
  • Kaymakli
  • Nevsehir
  • Ortahisar
  • Selime Monastery
  • Uchisar
  • Underground cities
  • UNESCO
  • Urgup

This part of central Turkey is famous for its bizarre rock formations produced over time by the elements in what is an ancient volcanic region.  First seriously exploited by the ancient Hittites many of the weird rock formations were excavated and mined to produce homes, fortresses and even underground cities. Cappadocia, its name derived from its Persian description “Land of Beautiful Horses,” once covered a large part of central Anatolia and was the eastern most part of the Roman province of Asia Minor. Now it refers to the area around Nevsehir and due to its extraordinary heritage of early Christian Churches, carved from the rocks and adorned by remarkable frescos, it was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Tours can be organised for 3 or 4 days either as standalone tours or as the start/end of a bigger tour programme.

The history of the Cappadocia region goes back to Neolithic times but major constructions become evident from the early Hittite period at around 1800 BC or slightly earlier. It is from this period that we see the development of the amazing rock cut castles and dwellings as well as the renowned underground cities and this is the tradition that went on to produce churches and monasteries that dominate the region today.

There are numerous underground cities across Cappadocia- almost 200 in all, which were used as places of refuge. Six are easily accessible, the biggest of which are Kaymakli (covering the largest area), Derinkuyu (the deepest) as well as Mazi, Özkanak, Tatlarin and Gazieimir. All of them give fascinating glimpses into our distant past.

Cappadocia was an important hub on the western part of the Ancient Silk road which is reflected by the fact that there are a number of important Caravanserais surviving from the Seljuk period. There are at least six well preserved Seljuk Caravanserais in the region including Sarihan in Avanos in the heart of the Cappadocia and the biggest and best preserved of all of Anatolia’s Caravanserais, Sutanhan near Aksaray on the road to Konya.

Cappadocia is one of the best places in the world to experience the exhilarating pleasure of hot air ballooning. The weather is perfect through most of the year and even in winter balloon flights will go ahead. Flights last approximately an hour and as well as taking you to altitude to survey the entire region, pilots are able to bring the balloon down into the many canyons of Urgup and Göreme to see, close up, the fairy chimneys and cave dwellings carved into the rock.


Regions Visited

Central Anatolia

Fitness Level Moderate - Able to walk 2 kms over possibly broken ground with incline.
Whats is included?

All road transport (tolls etc) English speaking guide All state and local taxes All museum and site entries

What is not included

Lunch Personal expenses Beverages Insurance (unless otherwise stated) Airport Transfers

Terms & Conditions Please note that there is a 20% surcharge for single room occupancy.
Please note that it is essential that you have purchased travel insurance for all parts of Turkey. It is your responsibility to organise the correct cover but we are happy to advise.
The Trip Planned Out
Your Itinerary
  • 1
    Day 1 -

    Derinkuyu Underground City

    Ihiara Valley walk (approx 3 Km)

    Selime Monastery

    Agzikarahan Caravanserai

  • 2
    Day 2 -

    Kaymakli Underground City

    Paşabağ Vadisi (rock formations)

    Late afternoon walk through Rose Valley

  • 3
    Day 3 -

    Orientation from Esentepe view point

    Uchisar Castle & Pigeon Valley

    Göreme Open Air Museum

    Zelve Open Air Museum

    Urgup for free time shopping

    Urgup Winery and wine tasting.

  • 4
    Day 4 -

    Hot Air Ballooning

    Horseback Trekking

    Quad Biking

    Trekking

    Cookery Classes

    Cultural evenings

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Did you know...

Fairy Chimney's

Crafted by wind and fire, Cappadocia's fairy chimney's are the product of ancient volcanoes.

Did you know...

What's in a name?

Cappadocia, its name is derived from its Persian description “Land of Beautiful Horses,”

Did you know...

The earliest known painting

Found on a wall in Çatalhöyük, is a representation of the eruption of Cappadocia's Mount Hasan which has been confirmed by analysis of pumice to have occurred between 7,500 and 6,400 BC.