Cappadocia makes sure its visitors enjoy all the beauties of the four seasons with its strikingly breathtaking fairy chimneys and mysterious underground cities.
Cappadocia is one of the most romantic and mysterious tourist sites of Turkey. It is awe- inspiring to visit Cappadocia, almost an open air museum with its natural wonders of fairy chimneys, rock formations, and underground cities that are sole proofs of human tenacity.
Exactly 60 million years ago as the Taurus Mountains rose and the Anatolian Plateau up north got squeezed, the old volcanoes of Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan, and Mount Göllü in between these two continuously erupted lava on the plateau, and the ashes established a soft layer of tuff. For millions of years, rain and wind wore down the terrain revealing hard basalt rocks that formed conic shapes on the tuff or what we call 'Fairy Chimneys' today.
For hundreds of centuries, these regions hosted Hittites, Persians, the Cappadocia Kingdom, and the Roman and Byzantine Empires. The name Cappadocia comes from Persian and means “land of the beautiful horses.” Inhabitants of the region carved these uniquely and surprisingly carvable rock blocks to build homes, monasteries, churches, and underground bunkers for habitation, protection, and worship.
The invisible side of Cappadocia includes numerous cultural riches perhaps as much as the visible side of Cappadocia. More than 150-200 underground cities are scattered in an area of 25,000-km². The majority of these cities are man-made by carving the soft volcanic tuff in depth. The methods used in their construction are still a mystery. The most interesting underground cities in the region, such as Derinkuyu, Özkonak, and Kaymaklı, attract intense attention from their visitors.
Historically speaking, the most important site in the town of Göreme in Cappadocia where life continues to embrace living spaces in fairy chimneys is the Open Air Museum of Göreme. It consists of monasteries, churches, chapels, infirmaries, kitchens, and living spaces of all sorts that were carved into the rocks. This site was founded as a religious education and philosophy center by St. Basil, Bishop of Kayseri, who was an important figure in Christianity in the 4th c. The new ideas of St. Basil, an ardent supporter of the Nicene Creed, were first taught here on this site. Monastery life in the region is known to have lasted about 1000 years.
There are several ways to enjoy and watch the breathtaking, surreal panorama of Cappadocia. One of these is to watch the region with a bird’s eye view. Take a hot-air balloon ride, and you will experience the joy of watching the silhouette of Cappadocia from above. Hot-air balloon rides start with the sunrise providing you with an unforgettable memory.
Many boutique hotels located in the Cappadocia region were built into carved rock blocks. You will take a journey in time when you stay in one of these hotels that have the ambience of a fairy tale and that are decorated to keep the authenticity of the old neighborhoods and housing.
You will visit the sites below on your two-day Cappadocia tour we’re offering:
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The tour does not include accommodation and flight tickets. However, we will be more than happy to assist you for all of your flight schedules and accomodation needs.