Discover the spectacular world of fairy chimneys, rock-cut churches, colorful hot air balloons, stone formations and otherworldly surroundings of Cappadocia, go deep underground to explore the hidden city of Derinkuyu and bask in local hospitality & authentic food for a true taste on this three-day Cappadocia tour.

Cappadocia Escape - 3 days

Itinerary

In an extraordinary meeting of nature’s artistic splendor and humankind’s resourcefulness, Cappadocia is one of those rare places that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. With unique rock formations, splendid landscapes, impressive walking trails, mysterious underground cities, rock-cut churches and of course, the hundreds of hot air balloons that soar in the sky during sunrise each morning, Cappadocia is the must-see destination in Turkey.

After arriving at Kayseri airport with an early morning flight and checking in our extraordinary cave hotel, our adventure in your Cappadocia tour will start at the World Heritage property Goreme Open Air Museum and its famous fresco-adorned rock-cut churches. First an important Byzantine religious settlement that housed some 20 monks, then a pilgrimage site from the 17th century, this splendid cluster of monastic Byzantine artistry with its churches, chapels and monasteries is an amazing sight.

We will have our lunch in a traditional restaurant and next stop will be the Monks Valley with its epic fairy chimneys and cave dwellings. The final stop of the day will be the incredible Zelve Open Air Museum that once housed one of the largest communities in Cappadocia. In this amazing cave town, you can walk amongst historic dwellings, churches, and religious chambers as well as the town square.

Before having a rest for for the next day of your Cappadocia tour, we will have our dinner on a nice rooftop setting the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia.

 

Cappadocia is known as one of the best places on earth to fly with a hot air balloon. The picturesque surrealistic landscapes combined with wonderful flying conditions allow the balloons to gently float over and between the fairy chimneys and impressive valleys. In order to join this once-in-a-life-time experience this morning, you will be collected from your hotel very early in the morning, just before the sunrise and transferred to the take-off site. 

While having a light breakfast, the balloon will be inflated and you will receive a passenger brief which simply explains the basic rules as well as safety measures for the ride. Then it’s time to get into the basket and one of best experiences in all your life begins! You will amazed by the gorgeous view of the spectacular landscape under the first lights of the day and you will never forget this unique sunrise experience in your Cappadocia tour.

After the memorable balloon ride, we will get back to our hotel to get freshed and then we will have an hour ride to visit one of the many underground cities in the area; Derinkuyu Underground City. This miraculously well protected and maintained structure dates back to 3000 B.C. and is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just like other underground cities, Derinkuyu was built by carving the rocks down on volcanic tuff land and it spreads under the ground just like the roots of a tree. It is often associated with ancient civilizations and most of the mysteries are still unsolved. Right now it has 8 open floor that reaches 50 meters down and it is assumed that approximately 50.000 people were living at the same time in Derinkuyu Underground City which was a home to living spaces, dining halls, kitchens, stables and churches.

Leaving the underground city, another short ride will take us to the Ihlara Valley; an incredible gorge with a stunning river running right down the heart. It is believed that the valley housed more than 4.000 dwellings and 100 cave churches decorated with frescoes. Around 80.000 people once lived in Ihlara Valley. We will hike through the valley, walking by the churches, vineyards, poplars and pistachio trees to the soothing sound of the rushing water for around an hour. The walk will end in Belisırma where we will have our delicious lunch on the tables located in the river.

In the afternoon, we will visit Selime Cathedral. Facing Roman pressure in 66 A.D., the first Christians living in the Cappadocia region in the Roman Empire era turned this place into a huge monastery in order to conduct religious ceremonies secretly. They also established chapels, churches and multi-functional rock-carved places here. Even the first vocal religious ceremony was held in this cathedral by Christians 1,700 years ago.

In the evening another delightful dinner full of Turkish traditional tastes will be waiting for us. 

 

Today is the departure day of your Cappadocia tour. Depending on your flight time, you will be transferred to Kayseri airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Please note if your flight is later in the day; it is also possible to arrange extra activities until departure time.

If you require any assistance with onwards travel within Turkey, accommodation bookings, queries, please let us know and we will be happy to assist.

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