- Full-day tour of southern Cappadocia with an expert local guide
- Walk along trails in the Red Valley and see cave churches that were used by ancient Christians
- Discover ancient Çavuşin village and see its rock houses carved into the hillside
- Head below ground to visit Kaymakli Underground City
- Enjoy a photo stop at Pigeon Valley
- Hotel pickup and drop-off from your Göreme or Ürgüp hotel
What You Can Expect
First stop of your day is in the remote Red Valley, often considered to be Cappadocia’s most serene stretch of land, where people can walk for hours without seeing another soul. Take a stroll along the nature trails here with your guide, enjoying the colorful flowers, grape vines and distinctive rock formations that typify the valley. The area is home to countless hidden cave churches that are thought to have been used by ancient Christians, so take a look at some of the most intriguing ones with your guide, and then head to Çavuşin village.
Now abandoned, the ‘old’ area of Çavuşin is carved into the hillside comprising a collection of fascinating rock houses, monk caves and shelters that have been exposed to hundreds of years of weathering and erosion. Learn about the isolated lives of villagers who once called this precarious place their home, and see the village’s famous Basilica of St John the Baptist that rests high on the cliffs above the ancient village.
Cappadocia is also famous for its intriguing underground cities, and one of the best-preserved sites is Kaymakli. Travel here next by coach and then head below ground to walk around its maze of passages, seeing subterranean cellars and stables.
Before your tour ends, stop for lunch in a local restaurant and then enjoy one last stop at Pigeon Valley (on the edge of Göreme village) to see thousands of sandstone bird houses, carved from the cliffs. For centuries local farmers used the manure from the pigeons nesting here to fertilize their crops. Hop off your coach for a photo stop, and then return to your hotel.