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The small town of Avanos in Cappadocia is famous for its distinctive red earthenware pottery, which has shaped its reputation since the days of the Hittities in the Bronze Age.
 
Situated on the banks of the longest river in Turkey, the Kızılırmak (Red River), the lovely old town overlooks the red silt of the river which has been both the lifeblood and the destiny of Avanos. Small pottery workshops still cluster in the narrow streets of the old town and here you can learn how to throw a pot and buy the local ceramics. There are also larger warehouses on the outskirts of town.
 
Avanos is also a great base for exploring the rest of Cappadocia: the fairy chimneys at Zelve, the underground cities of Ozkonak, Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı, and the rock churches with their Byzantine frescoes in the Göreme National Park.
 
From Avanos you can also go hot air ballooning, walking, biking, canoeing, horse-riding and rafting, all within the spectacularly-eroded volcanic landscapes that make up the cliffs and valleys of Cappadocia.

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2-Day Cappadocia Trip from Kayseri

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Take time out to tour Turkey's famous moon-like landscape of Cappadocia - on a two-day excursion from Kayseri. You'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like ...  Read more

Location: Cappadocia, Turkey
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $231.25

Small-Group Cappadocia Tour Including Ozkonak Underground City, Uchisar and Open Air Museum in Goreme

Discover Cappadocia's fascinating natural and archeological wonders on this full-day tour. See amazing volcanic structures in Devrent Valley and Pasabag (Monks ...  Read more

Location: Cappadocia, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.50
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Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Devrent Valley, Ozkonak, Pasabag, Avanos and Goreme Open-Air Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Behold the spectacular rock formations and cave churches of Turkey’s Cappadocia region on this full-day sightseeing trip from Istanbul, including round-trip ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $288.00
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Cappadocia Craft Tour: Avanos Pottery Demonstration

See beautiful earthenware pottery made in a Cappadocian cave workshop on a 2.5-hour tour of Avanos. The village boasts the largest share of Cappadocia’s ...  Read more

Location: Cappadocia, Turkey
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.00

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