Set in the heart of the Anatolia region Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most famous natural wonders. We have put together a unique 3 day experience that guarantees you will see all that this phenomenal area has to offer. To come to Turkey and not see Cappadocia is an injustice and to come to Cappadocia and not do it properly is just not right. The almost lunar like landscapes have been formed by thousands of years of weather erosion. The rocks now resemble hundreds of towers almost like minarets on a mosque. It really is a sight to behold. The Kemer 3 Days Cappadocia Tour price includes all transfers to and from Cappadocia, 2 nights in a comfortable hotel and of course your expert guide who will be with you at all times to explain the amazing scenery and the story that goes with it.
9 million years ago sedimentary rocks began forming in what were lakes and streams in this area. Over time the lakes disappeared and the rocks began to erode forming the unique structures that stand all around this region now. Known locally as fairy towers, these clusters of amazing rock formations have been home to humans since before bible times. Churches, homes and businesses have been carved into the rocks and you can still explore and see how it would have been like to live here thousands of years ago.
This is a fantastic experience for those looking to learn more about not just the history of this area but also the natural wonders of Turkey.
We begin the multiple day adventure by journeying into the Taurus mountains in central Anatolia. The views on either side of the vehicle are wonderful and you will instantly feel the stresses of city life fall behind you. We will take our time to get to Cappadocia as there is plenty to see along the way and you won’t want to miss any of it.
Stopping at Konya city we’ll have the chance to visit the Mevlana museum. This is the home of the tomb of Celaleddin Rumi who was the creator of the famous whirling dervishes. This is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Turkey and is well worth a visit. Following this we’ll venture to the underground city of Siratli Kirkgoz. You can explore the fascinating tunnels and see how the people created this underground world for them to live in. There is a huge cathedral dug deep into the rocks which has been very well preserved. It really is an amazing site to explore and you will of course have your guide on hand to explain each point of interest. Following our first day of exploration we’ll set up at our hotel in Cappadocia and enjoy a restful night’s sleep.
On the second day we will get right to the action of exploring Cappadocia. We’ll visit the world famous Pasabag valley. This is one of the best places to view the fairy towers. The valley is actually a vineyard which makes the scenery even more stunning. Locally it is referred to as monk’s valley which is a reflection on how the rock formations are monk like in their form at times. You will definitely need to bring your camera on this trip as there is nowhere else on earth with such amazing landscapes.
We’ll then journey to another great site to see the fairy towers, Goreme valley. Marvel at the scenery as your guide takes you through the valley explaining how the formations first cam about and pointing out different points of interest. The Goreme open air museum is one of the most visited sites in all of Turkey and has some of the best collections of painted cave churches anywhere in the world. The open air museum is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Following a full on day of exploration you can enjoy the evening at your leisure. If you like you can attend a special dinner with a whirling dervish show which is a fantastic performance that you won’t want to miss. There is an extra charge for this.
On our final day we will begin our journey back through the countryside. We’ll have the opportunity to stop at the town of Avanos which is a wonderfully quaint town that specialises in a unique kind of pottery. You can see locals going about their work and making plates, cups and other items using their own techniques. It’s a great spot to get some really special souveirs or gifts from your time here in Turkey. We’ll also pass by the Kizilirmak river which at 1,355 km is the longest river in Turkey. Lunch will be enjoyed at Aksaray, an old silk road town, where traders and travellers have stopped off for centuries. Following lunch, sit back and relax as your driver does all the world to take you back home to your hotel.
We will have an eary start on day one in order to get as much out of the experience as possible. Your driver will come and collect you from your hotel at 5am and you will begin your journey to Cappadocia.
Journey to Cappadocia: We will take a relaxing stop along the way in the town of Akseki. Here you can enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant or alternatively you might want to bring a take away breakfast from your hotel with you. We will also make refreshment stops along the journey as we continue.
Mevlana museum: On our way to Cappadocia we’ll stop at this museum which is still a very important religious monument in Turkey today. It is the mausoleum of the man who formed the famous whirling dervishes and millions of people each year come to pray.
Saratli Kirkoz Underground world: This amazing site is our first real exploration stop. You can experience what life was like to live underground at Saratli. There are around 40 different rooms including a wine cellar and places of worship. It’s a real sight to behold. Thousands of years ago people had to live underground to protect themselves from invading armies. It seems strange for us in today’s world that this was a way of life but as you will see and learn when you are here this was how people lived in those times.
We have 2 nights accommodation in a lovely and comfortable hotel for your rest and relaxation. During the evenings you are free to do as you choose. If you like you can join other tourists at a special dinner with a whirling dervish performance. This is a wonderful show and one that will stay with you for some time.
Pasabag Valley: Also known as monk’s valley this beautiful place is our first real sight of the fairy towers. Set in a vineyard we will wonder around the formations as your guide explains how the rocks were actually formed as well as stories and legends of the history of this stunning place. We are now getting into the real exploration and sightseeing part of this adventure. The area is so unique in its landscape and there are countless photo opportunities at every site we visit. It is no wonder that this is one of the most visited natural wonders of the world.
Goreme Valley: The goreme valley is one of the most visited natural wonder spots in the whole of Turkey. A maze of fairy towers forms the world famous Goreme open air museum. Here you can explore underground tunnels and caves and see how past inhabitants carved a whole world out in and under the rocks. This is in fact a UNESCO world heritage site and is beautifully preserved. The highlight for many people is the chance to visit the Karanlik Kilise. This is an open air church which has the best preserved frescoes painted on the walls. Stand and stare at art work that was created thousands of years ago by people who lived in these very caves. There is a small cover charge to get in.
Guests often like visiting local businesses to fully understand what life is like for the locals out in this unique spot. We will visit both an onyx factory and a carpet shop and learn about the different techniques and skills that the local use to make a living. It’s a unique insight into life here and also a great chance to buy some gifts and support the local economy.
Goreme Town: This small town set amongst the fairy trees is famous for its pottery and carpet shops. Take a stroll in the small streets and see the laid back lifestyle of the locals. You can also take the opportunity to do some holiday shopping or just browse some time away.
Return Journey: On our return journey on day 3 we will stop off at the town of Avanos. Here the famous product is earthenware pottery. Watch a demonstration of the local techniques and have the opportunity to purchase original and beautiful gifts for your friends and family back home. Following this we’ll continue driving through the picturesque countryside and take a brief stop by the side of Turkey’s longest river, the river Kizilirmak. We also have a chace to stp at the town of Urdup on our journey home. Urdup is famous for the three beauties which are a lovely formation of three fairy towers. We’ll take stops for lunch and refreshments along the way and we aim to have you back at your hotels at around 6pm.