To see Cappadocia is to believe it. Fairyland pinnacles of dreamy hues fill a moonscape hollowed with Byzantine churches, monasteries and cave towns.
Greeting at the Kayseri Airport and transfer to hotel.
This morning you may choose an optional hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia beginning before sunrise. Fly for one hour and enjoy a champagne breakfast at the landing site. Transfer to hotel for a guided drive to Devrent Valley to walk through the amazing landscape where fairy chimneys are abundant. Visit Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) and drive to Avanos, which is known for pottery dating to the Hittite period. Proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum to visit churches, chapels, and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th-13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Optional Whirling Dervish Performance, an important part of Turkey’s cultural heritage, held in the spectacular setting of Saruhan. (B)
After breakfast light hike through the Rose Valley, passing houses, vineyards, apricot and almond trees, and ancient cave churches: Afterwards visit the old Christian village of Cavusin and Pigeon Valley. Tour the Kaymakli Underground City, where early Christians hid from persecutors. Visit the Ortahisar natural rock castle for a magnificent panorama view of the fairy chimneys of Hallacdere and the snowy peaks of Mt. Erciyes. Return to the hotel. Optional Cooking Class to learn how to prepare Turkish recipes in a local home with a chef. Enjoy the dinner and desserts you’ve made in the beautiful landscape surrounding the home. (B)
Breakfast at the hotel, free day at leisure until transfer to Kayseri Airport for departure. (B)