Cappadocia Tour – Places To Visit In Cappadocia
|Cappadocia is the general name for the area of Ürgüp, Göreme and Avanos, towns near Nevsehir in central Turkey, four hours south of Ankara. The area of Cappadocia reveals present-time villages dispersed among conical land forms, corroded ravines and fairy chimneys.
|The pumice and tufa stone, which resulted from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago and sculpted by wind, underground rivers and rain, is extremely malleable, yet very durable and strong. Entire churches were carved inside the rock formations by the early Christians, and several neighboring villagers were built into the seemingly desolate landscape.
|Among the highlights of our trip will be a visit to an amazing underground city. We will have a folk dance and belly dance performance while we wine and dine in an underground cabaret.
|Our stays in Cappadocia are always longer than those of other tour companies, so we are able to visit the undiscovered areas, as well as the standard visitation sites. We will discover hidden valleys, roam among them and visit small villages.
Discovering the unknown Cappadocia, we will go off the “tourist track”. One of these outings will be to the Ballidere Valley where many formations of rocks, carved by nature (similar to phallic symbols) 100 feet tall (or higher) and 10 to 15 feet wide, create otherworldly vistas. Because it isn’t easy to access this site, most people aren’t aware of it. Missed by 99% of visitors to this area, you will be able to taking unbelievable pictures at this site.
While in Cappadocia, we will enjoy the unique landscapes of wind and rain-eroded volcanic rock formations and have opportunities for incredible hikes. Our hotel is just a few minutes walk from the starting point of five different hiking routes. During the hikes, you will see amazing formations, valleys, grapevines and orchards full of fruit trees and hot air balloons fill the sky early in the morning.
Wild flowers also decorate the landscape from April through September and will be blooming most brilliantly from early April to late June. Cappadocia is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and you will see why. It is the highlight of all of our Turkey tours regardless of the fact that we also go to places like Istanbul, Ephesus, Troy, Pamukkale and many other impressive locations, all of which are World Heritage sites.
What is included in Cappadocia Tour
Private tour with guide/driver
Private car or van
Two domestic flights – (Istanbul to Kayseri and Kayseri to Istanbul)
All hotel accommodations throughout the tour
Breakfast and dinner
All scheduled lectures, shows & performances
All entrance fees to museums, ancient cities and sightseeing excursions as set forth in the itinerary
A fruit basket upon arrival
All local and hotel taxes
Two transfers to and from the airport
What is not included
Tips for guides, hotel service and driver
Wine and beverages on most meal menus
Visa ($20 in U.S. cash to be paid upon arrival, required for all U.S. citizens)
Tour cancellation insurance
Room service, laundry, telephone call and personal items
Roundtrip airfare from the U.S.