Board your air-conditioned coach at your Ürgüp or Göreme hotel, and journey to south Cappadocia, an area famous for its moon-like rock formations, fairy chimneys and ancient subterranean settlements.
Along the way, hear about the region’s geology and get a taster of some of the sights ahead. Then, make your first stop at Pigeon Valley, a beautiful gulley where thousands of pigeon houses have been hewn into the rocks and cliffs.
Take snaps of the dovecotes as your guide explains how through the centuries, local farmers kept pigeons to use their droppings as a crop fertilizer.
Next, drive on to the Red Valley, a stunning area of red- and multicolored rock cones, peaks and cliffs. Trace the trails accompanied by your guide, and absorb views of the caves, vineyards and orchards. As you look around, peek into some of the hidden rock churches that litter the area and learn how they were used by Christians through the ages.
Travel on to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved of its kind in Cappadocia. Head underground and delve into its hand-cut rock passages and rooms as you discover how long-ago Christians used them as hideaways to escape persecution.
Continue to ‘old’ Çavuşin, a deserted village cut into a hillside. Marvel at the desolate rock houses, caves and shelters and hear about the people who once called them home, and why they left.
During your explorations, break for lunch at a local restaurant and visit Avanos, a town famous for its pretty pottery and craft industries. Visit a workshop to see the potters in action and have a go at making your own pottery masterpiece. As you watch and work, learn about the local clay-working techniques that have been passed down through generations of potters.
Your tour then ends with a hotel drop-off.