The heartland of the country, this region is of a rugged, often startling beauty. It has witnessed several great cultures of the past and its importance is no less today as the cultural and political center of modern Turkey.

 

Looking back over his country's 10,000 year heritage, Ataturk said; "This nation is ready and resolved to advance unhalting and undaunted on the path of civilization." This path of civilization stretches back a long way: to the Hittites, a proud and warlike people who ruled an empire from the Black Sea to Palestine in the 2nd millennium BC, and the Phrygians, a Thracian people who dominated the Anatolian plateau in the lst millennium BC.

Cappadocia

Violent eruptions of the volcanoes Erciyes Dagi and Hasan Dagi three million years ago, covered the surrounding plateau with tuff. From this brittle rock the wind and rain have eroded Göreme's spectacular surrealist landscapes of rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines, in colors ranging from warm reds and golds to cool greens and grays.

 

Our private tours in Cappadocia cover the unique beauty of the area and also the deep history that made its own contribution to civilization. During your stay in Cappadocia our private tours would lead you through the beautiful valleys, underground cities (about 4000 years old), cave villages, cave monasteries, quaint villages etc.

 

Shaped by our tailor made itineraries, besides the private tours in Cappadocia, we may also arrange fun and enjoyable daily activities in the area: hot air balloon tours, which is actually one of the most popular activities, horse riding tours, jeep safari tours, atv tours, hiking tours through the beautiful valleys, traditional Turkish cooking classes in one of the villages with local people, traditional short marbling art courses, romantic picnic arrangements in one of the amazing valleys, local winery and wine tasting tours etc.

Goreme Open Air Museum

Göreme, known in Roman times as Cappadocia, is one of those rare regions in the world where the works of man blend unobtrusively into the landscape. Dwellings are known to have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 BC.

 

During Byzantine times, chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, and their ochre-toned frescoes simply reflect the hues of the surrounding landscape. Even today, troglodyte dwellings in rock cones and village houses of volcanic tuff merge harmoniously into the landscape.

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Churches of Goreme

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The churches in Goreme National Park has a history from 11the century as Goreme was known to an important bishopric and monastery center.

 

Karanlik Kilise (Church), Elmali Kilise (Church) and Tokali Kilise are some of the most important churches in the area.

 

With beautifully protected astonishing frescos with scenes from Bible and Apocrypha scripts dating back to 11th - 13th century, these churches are proud witnesses of the unique beauty and history of Cappadocia.

Derinkuyu

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Covering 4 km2, Derinkuyu is the largest city of 36 underground cities in the Cappadocia and has 8 floors. It is known that the history of this amazing city reaches the Hittites and even before their era.

 

With its well hidden entrances the city was built to provide shelter, medical care, food, worship etc. to thousands of people.  The city had its most compact inhabitance during the Byzantine era. The city had stables, offices, cellars, sleeping and resting units, chapels, schools etc. It is known  that the earliest known mental hospital was in Derinkuyu Underground City.

Kaymakli

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Kaymakli is one of the most visited underground cities in Cappadocia. Its history goes back to 3000 BC.

 

During the Hittite era it was a very small underground shelter while it became a large underground city by the additions during the Roman and Byzantine era.

 

Kaymakli has rooms and halls connected by narrow passages, cellars, cisterns, churches. The 4 floors are open to visitors. The visit to the underground cities allow the visitors to experience this unique ancient way of life.

Ihlara Valley

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Ihlara Valley or its ancient name "Peristremma" amazes its visitors not only with its natural beauty but also with its history and cave churches.

 

Ihlara Valley has its historical important it used to be an important centre during the first years of Christianity. Important church fathers  Saint Gregory of Nazianzus and Saint Basileus were grown in this area.

 

Ihlara Valley is an important route for hiking and experiencing the history together.

Zelve

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Zelve is one of the most compact area with its unique natural fairy chimneys and it was actually inhabited until 1952.

 

Zelve was an important Christian worship centre during 9th - 13th century when it was under reign of Byzantine Empire.

 

Balikli, Uzumlu and Geyikli churches could be dated before the iconoclastic era (728 - 842 AD)

Uchisar

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Uchisar and its castle are unique as they are situated in the highest part of Cappadocia.

 

Along with its "pigeon houses" that was used by the local farmers from the top of the castle the visitors could experience a breathtaking landscape view of Cappadocia.

 

Uchisar is also famous with its wonderful Cave Hotels that are unique to Cappadocia.

Ortahisar

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Ortahisar is a natural rock hill with its cave houses and used to be another monastery centre in history.

 

The quaint village with its stone houses that is surrounding Ortahisar Castle with its very warm inhabitance offers their handmade local products.

 

From the top of the hill there is also a wonderful panoramic view with the silhouette of mount Erciyes.

For more information about our private tours in Cappadocia please contact us.

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© Examplar Travel Services 2016 | Anna & Isak Eskinazi Ltd. |

Nisantasi Ihlamuryolu Guney Ap. No: 83 D: 3 34365 Sisli Istanbul | Designed by Umit Yildirim

© Examplar Travel Services 2016 |

Anna & Isak Eskinazi Ltd. |

Nisantasi Ihlamuryolu Guney Ap. No: 83 D: 3

34365 Sisli Istanbul | Designed by Umit Yildirim

© Examplar Travel Services 2016 |

Anna & Isak Eskinazi Ltd. |

Nisantasi Ihlamuryolu Guney Ap. No: 83 D: 3

34365 Sisli Istanbul | Designed by Umit Yildirim