The Land Of Ancient Civilisations
Panoramic view of Goreme Esentepe
Located between Uchisar and Goreme is a panoramic viewpoint that showcases the beauty of the crazy landscape that makes up Cappadocia. The Goreme Esentepe viewpoint overlooks the town of Uchisar as well as over the valleys that are scattered with the famous fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. The best panorama of the area, be sure your camera batteries are charged.
Goreme Open Air Museum
The Goreme Open Air Museum is an impressive collection of churches, chapels, and monasteries that date back to the middle ages. As you are guided through you will be amazed at how rich the museum is in history and you will view numerous frescoes that have been beautifully preserved. The museum is a highlight within the Cappadocia region.
Pasabag is also commonly known as Monks Valley. This stop is one of the most famous as it showcases the three-headed fairy chimney, which is a sight to behold. The viewpoint is a highlight of many people's North Cappadocia day tour as it showcases the magnificent and crazy landscape of Cappadocia and the famous fairy chimneys.
The Devrent Valley is well known for its moon-like landscape full of small pointed fairy chimneys. It is time to stretch the legs when you arrive at the valley and there will be a short walk for you to wander through the unusual and breathtaking landscape.
The town of Avanos is famous for its pottery industry which dates back to as far as 3000 B.C. The town still holds onto its history as it is scattered with little pottery workshops where the trade has been passed on down through the centuries. The clay used for the pottery is all sourced from the Red River which runs straight through the heart of town. There is the opportunity today to visit a pottery workshop and see the craftsmanship of the pottery trade.
The three rock formations known as the Three Beauties are the famous symbol and landmark of the town of Urgup. The three rocks are of a legendary story of past times and are said to represent a runaway princess with her husband, that no one approved of and their small child. Be sure to ask your guide for the full story.
You will get to stretch your legs on a casual walk through the Meskendir Valley. The valley houses a small church that has a ceiling that has been carved out into a cross formation that is adorned in geometric red frescos. After visiting the church and having a taste of history enjoy the small stroll through the valley that is a cool escape from the dry landscape surrounding you.
Rose Valley is located behind the town of Urgup, but what makes it so interesting to most visitors and locals alike are all the walking tracks within the valley that link up all nearby villages and small settlements. There are scattered vineyards and gardens throughout the valley and it is always possible to see the locals still working who will give you a taste of their products, should you be lucky enough to spot them!
The valley gets its name - Red Valley - from the layers and layers of different coloured rock formations that give it a predominantly red color. The valley is scattered with many walking tracks that link up to many villages and even along to the Rose Valley. The Red Valley is beautiful to wander through, where you may feel like you have the place to yourself, but also beautiful to capture from a view point to appreciate the beautiful colour of these unusual rock layers.
Cavusin Village is a labyrinth of rock houses scattered into the rock formations that make up the town. It is one of the oldest dwellings within Cappadocia and today you will visit the village to admire the amazing feat of how the locals have dug into these rocks to create their own homes, some of which date back several centuries. The village is also famous for housing the Church of John the Baptist which dates back to the 5th Century.
The Christians who populated this area created these amazing underground cities when they were fleeing persecution back in the 14th Century. Some of the underground cities date back further than this and all hold an amazing moment of time from our ancient past. Be amazed at the architecture and the structure of these dwellings, which include many levels that separated the house dwellings from schools, cellars and even animal stables. Your tour guide will walk you through to show you how these people lived back in these ancient times of trying to flee and hide from persecution. You will be amazed by what you see.