Day – 1: Istanbul – Cappadocia:
Take the early morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia (Nevsehir or Kayseri). Arrive and transfer to Cappadocia. Start the sigtseeing program with Devrent Imagination Valley which is famous for animal-like natural rock formations. After Devrent you will visit Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) where you will see mushroom shaped fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps. After Pasabag a short drive will take you to Avanos Town which is divided into two by the longest river of Turkey, Kizilirmak (Redriver) and famous for tile and pottery workshops. After lunch in a local restaurant you will visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum where you will see some well preserved, rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century and the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. Then head on to Esentepe Wish Hill for the best panoramic view of Cappadocia with Mt. Argeus, deep canyons, cave houses and dovecotes. You will end the day visiting the Uchisar Rock Castle which is the highest peak in the region and used as a fortress by the Roman and Byzantine armies. At the end of a spectacular day’s sightseeing you will be dropped off your hotel at around 17:30 PM for check in. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Meal Plan: (L)unch
Day – 2: Cappadocia – Istanbul:
Optional hot air balloon ride with the sunrise (extra). You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:30 AM and start your second full day Cappadocia tour. Your first stop will be the Three Beauties Fairy Chimneys which are the best examples of mushroom shaped rock formations and the official symbol of Cappadocia. Then you will hike along the Red & Rose Valley which are the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys of Cappadocia. Your hike will end in Cavusin Cave Village where you will see a rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until to the 20th century. After lunch in a local restaurant you will descent towards to the center of the earth, with a trip to the Kaymakli Underground City which is one of the largest and most fascinating multilevel underground settlements of Cappadocia. This incredible underground world contains courtyards, stables, churches and wineries all intertwined in an extensive network of tunnels. You will end the day with a visit to the Pigeon Valley where you will see the best examples of rock-carved dovecotes and pigeon nests. After the tour transfer back to the airport to take your return flight back to Istanbul or any other city in Turkey.
Meal Plan: (B)reakfast, (L)unch