Istanbul & Cappadocia (4D)
The 4 day visit allows you to explore the moonscape of Central Anatolia
On your arrival in Kayseri you will be met by our representative and driven to Pasabag.The Monks Valley contains some of the most amazing "Fairy Chimneys" in Cappadocia.St Sımeon lived in one of the chimneys for a short period, as a hermit.From Love Valley we hike to Uchisar, passing numerous cave churches and dwellings. Over night stay in Cappadocia.
You can start your day with an optional balloon tour. The trips which last for over an hour, depending on the weather conditions, commence at the break of dawn and the huge colourful giants drift silently over the lunar landscape giving a whole new perspective to the area.
After breakfast, meeting your guide at the reception lounge, we visit the Underground City of Kaymakli, where Troglodites lived and early Christians took shelter from pagan persecutors. Devrent Valley, Monks Valley (Pasabagi), boasts some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. We then proceed to Avanos, famed for its Anatolian ceramics. After lunch we continue on to the Goreme Open-Air Museum which contains the finest rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes, whose colours still retain all their original freshness. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
We leave for the Underground City of Derinkuyu, which was discovered in 1963. The eight levels of the complex of passageways and caverns are located below the fields of potatoes and wheat. The upper levels were used as living quarters and stabling for livestock, armouries and a wine press. The lower levels contained meeting halls, churches, store rooms and dungeons for captives.
From here we drive to the Ihlara Valley. The gorge of Peristrema, as it was known, provided a safe and secluded refuge for the monastic settlements which sprang up within its walls. After a hike of some 4Km we stop for lunch at the village of Belisirma. The high plateau is reminiscent of a "Star Wars" location.
On our return we stop at the Selime Monastery, which is the largest in Turkey, with a cathederal sized church, carved ınto the soft porous tufa rock. There are monks quarters,kitchens and stables to explore.
After breakfast you are transfered to the airport for your onward flight.