D1. Cappadocia Central — 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 the sights just like on a private tour but without the guiding. For your first day in Cappadocia, visit the most important places in the central area: Devrent Valley of strange rock formations, Monks Valley for 3–headed fairy chimneys, Zelve Open Air Museum or Chavushin Castle for abandoned cave houses, Love Valley, Avanos for lunch and local pottery demonstration, Goreme Open Air Museum for Byzantine cave churches with beautiful frescos, and various panoramic viewpoints of castles and 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

100 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

D1. Cappadocia Central Driver Only Route — Details

Goreme Tour

Devrent Valley, also known as ‘Imagination Valley’, is the most surreal-looking landscape. This is one part of Cappadocia that really makes one feel they are on a different planet. Thousands of years of wind, rain and extreme temperature changes have worn the beautifully colored rocks into strange and wonderful animal and human shapes that make you think a modern sculptor has been living in the valley. You are wrong! You have just been introduced to the work of nature’s greatest artist, Erosion.  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

Goreme Zelve

Zelve Open Air Museum (an alternative to Chavushin) was a lived in village until the 1960s. Cave homes were carved into the rock sides of the valleys at ground level, and much higher up were other carved shelters used as dovecotes in normal times and as safe hiding places in times of danger. A high-level tunnel still connects one valley to the next. Muslims and Christians lived together in relative safety, protected by the steep valley sides and the mountain behind. Their mosque and church stand side-by-side even today as a perfect illustration to the modern world that people of different religions can live in harmony.  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 Love Valley

Love Valley is rarely visited, but we like to show off these unique rock formations. It is perfectly obvious why the valley received its name and it is incredible to wander around these rock pinnacles and puzzle over how the extraordinary tall pillars withstood the ravages of nature, being protected by their hard pointed tops. All valleys in Cappadocia are different, but Love Valley is especially unique.  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

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 Panorama

Esentepe Viewpoint is the best panoramic viewpoint from which to see Goreme Valley. The 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 PanoramaAt Pigeon Valley Viewpoint you have 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. Urgup’s Fairy Chimneys, the symbol of Cappadocia, are famously called "The Three Beauties"; another amazing panorama of the Cappadocian countryside where you can see the local's grape gardens with fruit trees as well as an amazing rockscape.  Book Now

 

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