Knowing Capadocia - Private: 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. 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.
Göreme which have the old names of Korama, Matiana and Maccan is 10 km far away from the center of Nevsehir province. The 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. 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.
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 (Onuphrius) Church, St Catherine’s Chapel and Çarkl (Sandal) Church and the monks’ refectory, tombs, cellars andlarders.
Then you visit Çavuin village and its cave church. It is the oldest one in the area dating back to the 5th century. Çavuin church has a single nave plan with tree apses, which are covered with pointed barrel vaults. The frescos depict biblical sceens.
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.
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. There you have lunch and also visit a ceramics workshop where you can see how pottery is made and decorated.
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.
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.
The next stop is in Ürgüp. The Üzümlü Church, Cambazli Church and Sarica Church in Ortahisar which was one of the villages of Ürgüp are the oldest rock churches from the region. The last stop is Red Valley Entrance; Ortahisar Panoramique point. In the end of the day; you will take unforgatable photos where from red to yellow-colored fairy chimneys. The sun goes down here any other kind.
The last stop is Red Valley Entrance; Ortahisar Panoramique point. In the end of the day; you will take unforgatable photos where from red to yellow-colored fairy chimneys. The sun goes down here any other kind.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am-9.30am.