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The classic tour of Cappadocia will reveal the breathtaking scenery of a region well known for its unique landscape and rich history. Enjoy a mix of ancient and modern art and the spectacular view of a terrain carved by humans and nature to create a topography like no other.
A tour of Cappadocia offers the perfect chance to enjoy art, unique architecture, and natural beauty, all while learning a bit of history.
It looks like Mars, but it’s in Turkey!
Standing at 180m tall, Uchisar castle is the highest point in Cappadocia. The rock citadel offers a stunning view of the region, only matched by a hot-air balloon view. It is a popular hiking spot with its share of attractions, including inns and hotels with cave rooms. The castle’s visibility from afar and its 360⁰ view of Cappadocia made it a military vantage point in ancient times.
To get to the summit of the Hisar, we will navigate a system of steps and tunnels from where you will enjoy a scenic view of Cappadocia while having a fantastic photo session.
Our next stop will be at a site that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the No. 1 tourist attraction in Cappadocia, Goreme Open Air Museum. The museum is known for its numerous rock-cut churches and the frescoes on the churches’ walls. Despite years of damage by erosion and malicious acts, most fresco paintings still retain their beauty, and this tour will let you soak in the fascinating beauty and detail of the paintings.
Explore these ancient churches to taste medieval Christian art and enjoy the monks’ best art pieces in one particular church, The Dark Church. The church has undergone extensive restoration, and its frescoes are in excellent condition but entering the church is subject to additional admission fees.
Your tour of the region will then take you to the most unique and striking scenery in Cappadocia, Zelve, and Pasabag Valley. The fairy chimneys with their rock caps give Pasabag Valley and Zelve a moonscape topography, which makes the site another major attraction in Cappadocia. Explore these mushroom-like columns in Pasabag Valley and extend to Zelve, where you’ll notice houses and chapels carved in the chimneys for religious purposes.
Soak in the superb scenery the site offers while our guide explains how these magnificent structures were formed. There are various souvenir and snack stands at the site, so don’t shy away from buying something to take back home with you. The area is also a photo favorite due to its iconic beauty, and you can take as many photographs as you want during the visit.
Our final stop will be the small town of Avanos, which is well known for its beautiful pottery. This town lies close to the Kizilirmak (Red) River banks, where the local craftsmen obtained the red clay responsible for its famed pottery. Here, you will experience the town’s pottery tradition that dates as far back as 2000 BC. Watch a local master exude perfection at the potter’s wheel and even have a go at pottery yourself.
We do highly recommend this tour for those who are not interested in visiting an underground city. If you are visiting Cappadocia primarily for the balloon ride, then this tour is a perfect match. However, if you have two days, then you can split this Highlights of Cappadocia tour into two days with some other additional visits.