Göreme Open Air Museum
Avanos Pottery Demonstration
Paşabağı (Monks Valley)
Ürgüp (Fairy Chimneys)
Pick up in the morning from your hotel for full day Cappadocia tour. Pick up time is between 09:30a.m and 09:50a.m, depends on your hotel’s location. The tour starts with Uçhisar Castle, 60-meter-high fortress, which was not built, but carved out of natural hill dominating the area. This fortress is the highest point of Göreme region. Break in here to take some unbelievable photos of unusual landscape of Cappadocia. After that we will proceed to Göreme, a small town in the center of Cappadocia where we will visit Göreme
Open Air Museum.
Göreme Museum consists of steep cliffs and many hidden churches dating from 9th century. The World’s most important Orthodox cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Orthodox cave wall paintings and frescoes from the Iconoclastic period until the beginning of the Seljuk rule, which show scenes from the Old and New Testament. After visiting the museum, 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 Edipse).
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 River has always been used. Today, Avanos is a pottery center of Cappadocia and we will visit a pottery demonstration 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. You will have a possibility to buy yourself a unique handmade souvenir from Cappadocia. After that we will continue to Çavuşin Old Village, one of the oldest villages in this area. İt is an old Christian village and the most important building there is a Byzantine church of St. John the Baptist. Then we will proceed to Paşabağı, also called as a Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermite cells and churches in three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity.
There you will see some of the most striking cones in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps and they are known as the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. Our next stop will be Devrent Valley, also known as „lmagination Valley”, and it is the most surreal-looking scenery. This valley is famous for its lunar landscape. Continuing our tour, the route will take us to Ürgüp where we will make a photo break at Three Beauties, the symbol of Cappadocia. There you will enjoy the sun which slowly sets over Cappadocia. Anticipated return to your hotel is approximately between 4:00p.m and 4:30p.m.
Also, a chance to get the same tour with private quality. Professional tour guide and vip transportation included 200€ from 1 to 12 people. Museum entrance fees and lunches are excluded.