The tour starts at 09.30. Relax at your hotel, we will pick you up.
Today's tour is all about the landscape and geography around us.
The first stop is Uçhisar Castle, the highest rock formation of the region. It's a great place to see the big picture of the Cappadocia region. Your guide will tell you about geological processes that formed this unique landscape. Here you will have some free time to explore by yourself.
The next destination is Open Air Museum, a hidden valley where you can see many rock-cut churches and their associated buildings; especially dining created from the 10th to the 12th century and are famous for the special rooms (refectories) and kitchens. These churches were fresco paintings decorating the walls and ceilings. Each church has different paintings. Due to the special technique used, the colours can be as vivid as when they were first painted, up to a thousand years ago. The paintings were important sources of information for the people of the time, most of whom could not read or write. Here your guide will give you informatıon about Christianity and monastic life in Cappadocia.
In your next stop, Çavuşin you'll see a more recently vanished life. Çavuşin is an old Greek village which was largely abandoned after the Population Exchange in 1924. The charming old Greek houses were never reused. Now they are crumbling, making a picturesque but maybe slightly spooky sight. Really good photographs are possible here!
By now you'll be hungry and ready for lunch in Avanos. Enjoy a delicious authentic and fresh local meal, included in your tour package. This ancient town is located on the banks of the Kızılırmak (Red) River which is the longest river in Turkey. It's famous for pottery works which started around the 2nd millenium B.C. by Hittite people. You will have a tour of the town and then you will visit a pottery workshop to learn about red clay work and ceramics. One of the masters will demonstrate to you how they make the pots using an ancient free-hand technique.
Then you will visit Paşabağ where spectacular mushroom-shaped rock formations can be seen. This is the best place to get up close with the famous 'fairy chimneys' Paşabağ is also called Monks Valley because of the Chapel of Saint Simeon which is located here.
The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also known as İmagination Valley. This valley contains many strangely-shaped rocks which are mostly red in colour. Travellers have been visiting this curious place for centuries, with a variery of explanations for what they see. Some of the most frequently-seen shapes are; a Camel, a Lizard, an Owl, a Snake, a Chicken, a Hand, a Penguin - you will make your own discoveries!
We will drop back to your hotel around 16.30pm.