Cappadocia extension program with two ways
may seem like a lost world to the arriving traveler.
It is almost a fairy tale landscape, where you
expect elves and fairies to emerge through little
doorways in the rocks you are standing on. Millions
of years ago the landscape was covered with a
torrent of lava. Later floods, rain and wind sawed
away the lava rock, creating deep valleys and
fissures, and slopes turned into cones and columns.
The white dust from the rocks looks like sand,
but it is quite fertile, and trees, vines and
vegetables grow quite easily in it. The rock is
also perfect for carving entire buildings - homes,
stables, chapels and cells for hermits and monks.
Thousands of rock churches can be found in the
area, and many people still live in the rock formations,
which are cool in the summer. Cappadocia is a
region rich in history and natural wonder.
Day 1 Upon arrival to Istanbul, you will
be met and transferred to your hotel, which is
located right on the shores of the Marmara Sea.
The rest of your day is at leisure.
2 In the morning drive to the airport and
fly from Istanbul to Central Turkey, to the gateway
to the Cappadocia region. Upon arrival transfer
by coach to an area which looks like the Moon's
surface, and here your discovery begins. Your
tour starts with the natural citadel of Uchisar,
which will enable you to get a panoramic view
of the region. Continue to Göreme Valley. This
valley houses the Göreme Open Air Museum with
its churches and monasteries hewn out of rock
and colorful frescoes which decorate them.
Enjoy your lunch at a Turkish Restaurant before
the visit to the Zelve Valley where the settlements
and houses were carved into the rock and see the
villages of Avanos and Cavusin. Walk through the
pigeon Valley. In the early evening, return to
the hotel, where also dinner will be served.
3 On this day you can enjoy an optional balloon
ride over this fascinating region. It's a memorable
experience to silently glide over this dramatic
landscape as the sun rises.
After a late breakfast in your hotel explore
further. Drive to the south of Nevsehir and visit
the underground city of Kaymakli. Your lunch will
be served at a Turkish Restaurant en route. In
the afternoon drive to Ortahisar which is one
of the high elevations of the area. You will get
full view of the spectacular volcanic formations.
Enjoy shopping the local handicrafts of pottery,
onyx stone carvings, kilim and carpets. Dinner
and entertainment at a local site.
Day 4 After breakfast depart for the airport.
Fly from Nevsehir / Kayseri to Istanbul. Upon
arrival transfer to your hotel for your Istanbul