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Experience Cappadocia: Where history breathes

This part of central Turkey is famous for its bizarre rock formations produced over time by the elements in what is an ancient volcanic region.  First seriously exploited by the ancient Hittites many of the weird rock formations were excavated and mined to produce homes, fortresses and even underground cities. Cappadocia, its name derived from its Persian description “Land of Beautiful Horses,” once covered a large part of central Anatolia and was the eastern most part of the Roman province of Asia Minor. Now it refers to the area around Nevsehir and due to its extraordinary heritage of early Christian Churches, carved from the rocks and adorned by remarkable frescos, it was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Tours can be organised for 3, 4 or 5 days either as standalone tours or as the start/end of a bigger tour programme.

Experience: History - Culture - Ancient Cities - Cuisine - Legends - Luxury

Cappadocia short break - derinkuyu
Selime Monastery, Goreme
Cappadocia short break - derinkuyu
To the left we can see an Indiana Jones style boulder which seals a passage way in the impressive underground city of Derinkuyu

The history of the Cappadocia region goes back to Neolithic times but major constructions become evident from the early Hittite period at around 1800 BC or slightly earlier. It is from this period that we see the development of the amazing rock cut castles and dwellings as well as the renowned underground cities and this is the tradition that went on to produce churches and monasteries that dominate the region today.

There are numerous underground cities across Cappadocia- almost 200 in all, which were used as places of refuge. Six are easily accessible, the biggest of which are Kaymakli (covering the largest area), Derinkuyu (the deepest) as well as Mazi, Özkanak, Tatlarin and Gazieimir. All of them give fascinating glimpses into our distant past.

Cappadocia was an important hub on the western part of the Ancient Silk road which is reflected by the fact that there are a number of important Caravanserais surviving from the Seljuk period. There are at least six well preserved Seljuk Caravanserais in the region including Sarihan in Avanos in the heart of the Cappadocia and the biggest and best preserved of all of Anatolia’s Caravanserais, Sutanhan near Aksaray on the road to Konya.

Cappadocia is one of the best places in the world to experience the exhilarating pleasure of hot air ballooning. The weather is perfect through most of the year and even in winter balloon flights will go ahead. Flights last approximately an hour and as well as taking you to altitude to survey the entire region, pilots are able to bring the balloon down into the many canyons of the Urgup and Göreme to see, close up, the fairy chimneys and cave dwellings carved into the rock.

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Sample daily itineraries
Cappadocia   1 Day
Derinkuyu Underground City
Ihiara Valley walk (approx 3 Km)
Selime Monastery
Agzikarahan Caravanserai
  Cappadocia Pasabag Vadisi   1 Day
Kaymakli Undrground City
Pasabag Vadisi (rock formations)
Late afternoon walk through Rose Valley
Cappadocia uchisar   1 Day
Orientation from Esentepe view point
Uchisar Castle & Pigeon Valley
Göreme Open Air Museum
Zelve Open Air Museum
Urgup for free time shopping
Urgup Winery and wine tasting.
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Hot Air Ballooning
Horseback Trekking
Quad Biking
Cookery Classes
Cultural evenings

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