G1. Goreme Red Tour

Summary

Details: Sometimes called the Red Tour and sometimes the Blue Tour. Whatever the name, this is the most important small group tour of Cappadocia. In the morning we visit the animalistic shaped rock formations in Devrent "Imagination" Valley, visit Zelve Open Air Museum to see how people used to live in the caves until recently, and walk in Pashabagi (Monks Valley) where you will see the famous three–headed fairy chimneys and grape gardens of the locals. In Avanos there is time for lunch as well as visiting a traditional potters’ workshop where you will see their 5,000 year old kick–wheel technique. In the afternoon we visit Goreme Open Air Museum, one of the biggest Christian monastic centers of the world all in rock cut caves with beautiful frescos and paintings, and finally a spectacular views of Uchisar Rock Castle and Goreme Valley.  Book Now

Price: €60 per person entrances and lunch (but not drinks) included.  Book Now

G1. Goreme Red Tour — 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 Zelve

Zelve Open Air Museum 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 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

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

Uchisar Castlescape offers an awsome and surreal vision of the hightest point of Cappadocia with its rocky fortress and the surrounding fairy chimney rooms where locals lived for centuries. Esentepe Viewpoint is the best panoramic viewpoint from which to see Goreme Valley, with its conical cave homes set amongst the many hotels of the valley.   Book Now

 

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