Cappadocia Excursions & Tours: Destination 1: Uçhisar Panorama
Start this fantastic tour visiting the Pigeon Valley, that has become quite popular with hikers. It is known by many names (Valley of the Pigeon Lofts, Dovecote Valley, Pigeon Valley) but they all refer to the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tufa since ancient times. Although they can be found throughout Cappadocia, they are especially plentiful in this valley which must have one of the greatest collections of pigeon lofts in the world. They were carved wherever space allowed including abandoned caves and the walls of collapsed churches.
They lack the architectural interest of the doocots of Scotland or the elaborate Persian pigeon towers but their sheer numbers are astonishing. In Cappadocia, pigeons have long been a source of food and fertilizer. The advent of chemical fertilizers has reduced the use of pigeon fertilizer. However, some farmers still maintain their lofts because they insist that the reputation of Cappadocian fruits as the sweetest and most succulent in Turkey is entirely due to the pigeons’ droppings. You can admire the multicoloured rock formations of the famous Pigeon Valley, and Uchisar’s picturesque fairy chimneys. Take great pictures and enjoy.
Destination 2:Göreme Panorama
Göreme which have the old names of Korama, Matiana and Maccan is 10 km far away from the center of Nevsehir province. located among the “fairy chimney” rock formations, is a town in CappadociaThe valley created from volcanic rocks is famous with the chimney rocks resulting from the erosion made by the natural factors to these rocks and with the historical richness. It has been an important religious place together with the intensive emigration of the first Christians escaping from the pressure of the Roman soldiers.
You will see it’s magnificient Valley Scenery Views of Swords Valley, Love Valley, Red Valley. Take great pictures and share with millions. The formation of fairy chimneys continues, clearly as in Red Valley Mountain and Zelve Mountain.
Destination 3:Göreme Open Air Museum
Now visit the Göreme Open Air Museum where you can see several churches built into caves by Christians between the 10th and 13th centuries. In the museum you have a chance to visit several different churches and chapels: Sakl Church, Kllar Churh, St Basil Church, Ylanl (O nuphrius) Church, St Catherine’s Chapel and Çarkl (Sandal) Church and the monks’ refectory, tombs, cellars andlarders.
Destination 4:Avanos Lunch
Avanos as known Venessa or Evranos. In which many ateliers for producing ceramics continues in the disrict from the Hitit period. Avanos which has settled on both edges of the Red River (Kzlrmak) is one of the tourism center in the region. The Kzlrmak (red) river separates. It is by this river that the red pottery clay is found from which Avanos derives it’s main livelihood and it’s foremost claim to fame. You will be happy to taste unforgatable tastes in the fascinating atmosphere of Cappadocia.
Destination 5:Avanos Seramique
After Çavuin you go to Avanos, a small town known for its ceramics. Avanos (the former names are Zu-Vinessa or Venessa), situated by the river of Kizilirmak or Halys River from ancient times as Herodes called it. Avanos which was settled on both edges of the Red River is one of the tourism center in the region. Here is the places inwhich ateliers of ceramics are worked, soil is shapedand cooked in order to make pots and pans. No one cand find such nice handmade arts in anywhere in the world at this price. There you have lunch and also visit a ceramics workshop where you can see how pottery is made and decorated.
Destination 6:Paaba Panorama The next stop is in Paaba where you can see mushroom-like fairy-chimneys with multiple caps and stems situated in the middle of a vineyard. Then walk through Pasabaglar, used to be known as Valley of Monks.
Destination 7:Devrent Panorama
After Lunch in Avanos, you will be able to see Devrent Valley, and also Zelve Valley, you most probably wont want to stop taking pictures of these areas. Devrent valley and its strangely shaped fairy chimneys. In Devrent valley you can view rocks of different shapes, there is one that resembles a camel.
Destination 8:Üç Güzeller
Üç güzeller means Three beatifuls , located in the entrance of Ürgüp town , where you can witness 3 beautiful pinnacles standing side by side.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Start/opening time: At 9am – 9.30am approx.
End or closing time: At 4.30pm approx.