Cappadocia Trip From Istanbul
Day 1: Flight To Cappadocia And Cappadocia Tour I
05:00 Our team will pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul for transfer to airport. (The pickup time can change according to your hotel and season)
07:00 Fly from Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir airports.
08:20 Arrive in Kayseri / Nevsehir Airport.
When you check out from the airport you will meet our team at exit gate with a sign that your name is written on it. You will be picked up and drive to Cappadocia and you will be dropped off at our meeting point.
Then we start to Cappadocia tour by visiting Red Valley and explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere Valley. Then visit Cavusin Village. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches. The current village of Cavusin is located on the road. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. The two most important churches in Cavusin are the Great Basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist (located on the cliff above the village) and Cavusin church or the “Great Pigeon House” commemorating a visit of the famous Cappadocian Emperor Nicephorus Phocas.Then we go to the local restaurant to have lunch. After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley.
After visiting Pigeon Valley, drive for visiting Kaymakli Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. The ancient name was Enegup. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors, however, four floors are available to visit. In wartime, about 5000 people can refuge in. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars. On the way back visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel, enjoy your night in Cappadocia.
Day 2: Cappadocia Tour II And Return To Istanbul
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
09:30 Our team will meet you at your hotel and start the second guided tour in Cappadocia.
We will drive to the meeting point where you will meet our other tour participants. Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent Valley. We visit Pasabag’s “fairy chimneys”, where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos center of terracotta art which is a popular destination because of its attractive old town with cobbled streets, and views over the river and is its production of earthenware pottery, it is also the most economic activity in the town.
The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. A visit to ceramic & tile center to see how the ceramics made by hand.
After lunch, we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. People of Goreme, at the heart of the Cappadocia Region, realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. These frescoes are a unique artistic achievement from this period. We complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle which has the numerous hollowed-out containers, rock tombs, and a large water cistern all welcome you as silent witnesses to history and human life giving you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. At the end of the Cappadocia tour from Istanbul, you will be transferred to Kayseri / Nevsehir Airport.
19:20 Fly from Kayseri/ Nevsehir to Istanbul(Please note that flight departure time can be changed according to availability)
20:40 Arrive in Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will meet with our staff at the airport then be transferred to your hotel.
All mentioned airport transfers in Istanbul and Cappadocia
Round trip flight tickets between Istanbul and Cappadocia
Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism in the tours
Noted sightseeing tours on regular group or private guided basis
Mentioned entrance fees to sights by the itinerary
Meals mentioned by the itinerary – Vegetarian meals available
All mentioned land transportations
1 Night accommodation at preferred hotel with breakfast
Drinks at lunch
You are kindly requested to present your self at the pickup point 15 minutes prior the pre-advised pickup time
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1,5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces.
Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreens are recommended as shade is limited the order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion.
Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
It is not recommended to visit underground cities for the guests who have asthma and claustrophobia.