The tour begins with a descent towards the center of the earth, with a trip to the underground city. There are more than 200 underground cities in Cappadocia. These troglodyte cave-cities were excavated as early as Hittite times and expanded by early Christians and others over the centuries, as various invader armies targetted Central Anatolia in search of captives and plunder.
We drive to Ihlara Valley which can be considered as a canyon as well. We will be walking for about 4km through the canyon to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema. The walk is on a path set by the Melendiz River. There are hundreds of churches carved in the volcanic rocks such as Agacaltı church.
Lunch will be served in Belisirma at a local restaurant by the Melendiz river.
Selime Monastery is one of the most unexpected surprises in Cappadocia which is a wonderful rock-cut monastery. The frescoes that can be seen inside the cathedral dates back to the 10th and 11th century, some of which depicts scenes like Adoration of the Magi, the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Baptism among many others.
Thousands of pigeon houses carved into the rock at the valley’s façade can be seen here. It is also one of the best sights of the town of Uçhisar.
Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. We will visit one onyx workshop where local artisans are experts at making items of jewelry as well as beautiful vases, chess sets, and numerous other attractive artifacts.
- Transportation with an A/C luxury minivan
- Professional guiding
- Admission fees to the museums and sights
- Personal expenses
- Drinks at meals
- Gratutites to guides and drivers