Cappadocia Private Walky Talky 2–DAY Tour

Cappadocia Walky Talky 2–DAY Tour (with Guide) Summary

 
Cappadocia Valley Tour

Summary: This is a 2 day private tour with guide. On each day there will be a walk in one of the valleys of central Cappadocia in the morning and chance to visit some of the most important sights in the afternoon. Day 1 begins with a walk in Red and Rose valleys to Chavushin village to explore its ancient rock castle, then to Avanos for traditional pottery making, Monks Valley (Pashabaglari) for unique 3–headed fairy chimneys and Goreme Open Air Museum for Byzantine cave churches with beautiful frescos. Day 2 begins with a walk through Pigeon Valley, a panoramic viewpoint of Goreme Valley with its once lived in fairy chimneys, then to Uchisar Castle (the highest point in Cappadocia) and finally a spectacular Underground City. The walks are easy but you should be basically fit and have good footwear.    Book Now

 

Price: 450 Euros cash total for 2 days for 1-4 persons. An additional €30 for each extra person up to maximum 12 persons. Price is for guiding and transportation only. On the tour you pay for your entrances and lunches.    Book Now

 

DAY 1 – Cappadocia Walky Talky Tour (with Guide) Details

 
Goreme Tour

Start the day with a walk in Red Valley and Rose Valley, famous for their rockscapes, local culture and historical sights. In Byzantine times, monks lived in these valleys and we shall visit some hidden churches. Today local people grow their crops in the fertile volcanic soil, and use the traditional water depots carved into the rocks that have existed for centuries. Depending on the season, you may see local people plowing their gardens or harvesting their crops; fruit such as apricots and grapes, vegetables such as tomatoes and pumpkins, and nuts such as almonds and walnuts.Goreme At the end of the walk we reach Chavushin Castle which is a spectacular rock citadel that once housed everyone in the village. While it was a relatively safe place to live, the villagers had to carry their water up to their homes every day. The village was home to many Christians, and Saint John the Baptist’s Church, despite its poor condition, is still worth finding. You can alxo follow a narrow path to the top of the castle visiting some of the more recently lived-in homes on the way. As you descend on the other side there are some lovely examples of fairy chimneys.    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 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

 
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

 

DAY 2 – Cappadocia Walky Talky Tour (with Guide) Details

 
Goreme Tour

The awesome Pigeon Valley is named for the dovecotes carved into the rocks in its steep sides. Villagers still keep pigeons for their guano, the best fertilizer for the local tufaceous soil (pigeon guano is different from other natural fertilizers because it does not encourage weeds). The walk through the valley passes some of the spectacular carved out fairy chimneys around the base of Uchisar castle as well as many decorated pigeon houses. On the valley floor many locals still maintain fruit full gardens. This walk ends in Goreme.    Book Now

 
Goreme Panorama

On the way to the next points, do not forget to stop on the main road to see the best Viewpoint of Uchisar Castle and the carved homes of the locals in the fairy chimneys at its feet. Erosion has worked its way around these ancient homes and some our now mere skeletons of their former selves offering a fascinating sectional insight into the dwellings of their former inhabitants.    Book Now

 
Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City should truly be one of the wonders of the ancient and modern world. Life (and death) could continue relatively normally in this well-ventilated subterranean urban development lit by linseed-oil lamps, which had its own water supply, stockpiled food, kitchens, toilets, churches and even graveyards safe behind its gigantic circular mill-stone doors which could only be opened from the inside. The people could even cook food safely, as multiple chimneys dispersed the smoke imperceptibly so their presence would not be discovered by the enemy.    Book Now

 
Mustafapasa (Sinassos) Old Greek Village

Mustafapasha (Sinassos) This town remained predominantly Christian throughout the Seljuk and early Ottoman periods, although the Muslim population increased from then on. The Byzantine Greek population in the area kept alive their language over the centuries and even developed their own unique dialect. Sinasos, the Greek name for the town, became wealthy by trading with Istanbul, and some splendid old stone Greek houses rich in decoratively carved symbols are not to be missed. It's still possible to walk into some buildings which have the original paintings on the walls. Cemil Village Church The Byzantine Greeks left the village during the exchange of populations agreed in the Treaty of Lausanne, and the incoming Turks took over their houses. While here, take a stroll through the narrow streets of this old town and see traditional Turkish rural life. Don't miss the beautiful ornamentation at the entrance of the 19th century Church of Constantine and Helena in the town centre, one of the biggest in the region. You might like to take a break at Old Greek House so that you can travel back in time as you sit in the authentic atmosphere.    Book Now