D4. Cappadocia in a Day — Driver & Vehicle Hire

Summary

Driver and vehicle hire is a great way to see Cappadocia if you prefer full independence or have a limited budget. Get to sights just like on a private tour but without the guiding. Choose this trip if you only have one day to see Cappadocia, as you can see an underground city and Goreme Open Air Museum on the same day. Other important sights in the central area include Chavushin Castle to see how people lived in the caves, Monks Valley (Pashabaglari) for unique 3–headed fairy chimneys, Avanos for a local pottery demonstration of an ancient Hittite technique, and various panoramic viewpoints of castles and fairy chimneys such as Esentepe for Goreme valley, Uchisar and its castle, Pigeon Valley and Urgup’s family of fairy chimneys.

The driver may not know much English and is not a guide. However he will understand if you want to stop for photos etc.

Price

110 Euros total for 1-4 persons. Add 10 Euros for each extra person up to a maximum of 10 persons total.
Included in the price: A/C Vito or A/C minibus, driver, driver’s lunch, gas, car parking, tax.
On the day you pay: your entrances, lunch, drinks and any personal expenditure including any tips that you may feel are appropriate.   Book Now

D4. Cappadocia All in a Day Driver Only Route — Details

Underground City Plan

Underground City Although all towns and villages in Cappadocia once had safe and secure secret rooms dug out of the soft tufa (tuff) rock, the underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu are intrinsically different because their size, scale, and evidence of underground city planning. Up to 50 meters deep and 3 kilometers wide, as many as 5,000 people were able to hide safely underground out of site of the enemy, with their store of food that could last for months if necessary.

Kaymakli Underground City

Life (and death) could continue relatively normally in these well-ventilated cities lit by linseed-oil lamps, which had their own water supply, stockpiled food, kitchens, toilets, churches and even graveyards safe behind their gigantic circular mill-stone doors which could only be opened from the inside. The people could even cook food safely, as multiple chimneys dispersed the smoke imperceptibly so their presence would not be discovered by the enemy.  Book Now

Goreme Panorama

You will have the opportunity to see various panoramic vistas of fairy chimneys and fairy castles. At Pigeon Valley Viewpoint there is a bird’s eye view of the dovecotes carved out of the rocks as well as a spectacular view of old abandoned fairy chimney cave homes and old Greek houses and castle of Uchisar. These pigeon houses are the source of guano, Goreme Panorama the most valuable fertilizer for the local volcanic soil. Another view of Uchisar Castlescape offers an awsome and surreal vision of the fairy chimney castle and surrounding conical rocky homes where locals lived for centuries. Esentepe Viewpoint is the best panoramic viewpoint from which to see Goreme Valley. Cappadocia PanoramaThe village is full of fairy chimneys, some of which have been converted into homes by cutting caves out of the soft volcanic rock. If you are interested, it may be possible to visit a local family’s cave home and see inside one of these fascinating houses. Cappadocia PanoramaUrgup’s Fairy Chimneys, the symbol of Cappadocia, are famously called "The Three Beauties"; an amazing panorama of the Cappadocian countryside where you can see the local's grape gardens with fruit trees as well as an amazing rockscape. Last but not least, the incredible Love Valley with its phallic spires, a testament to the god of fertility behind the wonderful harvest of fruits from the countryside gardens all over Cappadocia.  Book Now

Goreme Panorama

Goreme Open Air Museum is home to the world’s most important Byzantine cave churches in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Saint Basil, one of the three Cappadocian Fathers of the Church and Bishop of Caesarea (Kayseri) who first formulated the rules for monastic life directly influenced the lifestyle of the monastic orders in these valleys. Here you can see the best preserved in situ Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of Church Fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe. The best examples, the Dark Church and the Buckle Church, should not be missed.  Book Now

Goreme

Chavushin Castle is a spectacular rock citadel that once housed everyone in the village. While it was a relatively safe place to live, the villagers had to carry their water up to their homes every day. The village was home to many Christians, and Saint John the Baptist’s Church, despite its poor condition, is still worth finding. You can also follow a narrow path to the top of the castle visiting some of the more recently lived-in homes on the way. As you descend on the other side there are some lovely examples of fairy chimneys.  Book Now

Goreme Tour

Pashabagi means "The Pasha’s Vineyard", a name it received after the Byzantine Greek population left the region. In Seljuk and Ottoman times, it was called "Papaz’in Bagi" or "The Monk’s Vineyard" because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity. Perhaps such symbolism helped these monks develop a greater understanding of God. This peaceful, attractive valley is famous for its three headed fairy chimneys, and it’s possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot. The vineyards surrounding these natural wonders are still cultivated by locals (you can taste the grapes from September on), and trees such as apricot, apple, pear, quince, cherry, mulberry and walnut are plentiful.  Book Now

Avanos Potter

Avanos has been famous for thousands of years for its pottery made from the red, iron-ore bearing clay deposited by the longest river in Turkey, the Kizilirmak (Red River). During the second millennium BCE, Avanos was inhabited by Assyrian traders and was later taken over by the Hittites; some of the techniques and designs used by potters today date back to this period. At one time every house had a potters wheel, and no family would give their daughter in marriage if the groom could not make pots! Today, the best of the ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made here. You can watch potters spinning their traditional kick-wheels with their feet, and even try throwing a pot yourself.  Book Now

 

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