Limited to 15 guests | Days: 1
As days are very short in winter and it gets dark already at about 4 pm and also hiking is difficult because of snow and ice, from December to March we offer you a perfect solution which includes both Göreme open air museum and some less often visited local highlights.
• Devrent valley
• Three beauties of Ürgüp
• Göreme open air museum
• Wine tasting at Koçabağ
As days are short in winter, the tour starts at 10.00 from our office after a cup of morning coffee or tea and finishes at about 4 pm. We pick you up from your hotel in Göreme at 9.40 – 9.45 or 9.30 from Ürgüp or Uçhisar.
The first stop is at Devrent valley, which is also known as Imagination valley. Devrent valley has many different red-coloured rock formations forming a lunar landscape with their strange appearance. The valley has many animal-shaped rocks. Some of the most commonly seen shapes include a camel, snake, seals, and a dolphin. If you use your imagination, you can find many others. There is even a rock pillar which looks like Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. The magnificent landscape of Cappadocia has been formed from solidified lava streams, ash and tuff stone from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The landscape you can see now is the result of thousands of years of continual erosion, which has shaped the tuff deposits into the strangest pyramids and cones. The guide gives you information about how the landscape was formed and the history of Cappadocia.
Then you go to Mustafapaşa, which was originally known as Sinasos, an old village where Turks and Greeks lived side by side and where old Greek Stone houses can still be seen. The Greeks left the village during the exchange of populations in 1923 agreed in the Treaty of Lausanne, and many of the houses have been abandoned since then or later turned into hotels.
The next stop is at the famous ‘Three Beauties of Ürgüp’, where you can see the mushroom-shaped rock formations and a panorama of the city of Ürgüp.
Next you go to Ortahisar which means “middle castle” in Turkish and as the name implies, it is situated between Göreme, Ürgüp, Uçhisar and Nevşehir. You go for a short walk in its old part which is an amazing place of abandoned and derelict dwellings, most of them unfortunately beyond repair.
After lunch you go to Göreme open air museum, the most famous tourist attraction in Cappadocia, a complex of ancient cave churches cut into the rock by Orthodox monks. There are 9 cave churches with beautiful frescoes in the museum. Along with rectories, dwellings and a religious school, they form a large monastic complex cut into the rock in the stunning landscape of Cappadocia.
The last stop is just outside Uçhisar where you have an opportunity to taste the famous local Cappadocian wines at Kocabağ winery.
The tour finishes with a cup of tea, apple tea or coffee in our office and after that we take you back to your hotel.
• This tour is guaranteed in December, January and February.
• This tour has a maximum of 15 people per group.
Services included in the price
• Pickup from and dropoff to your hotel in Göreme, Ürgüp or Uçhisar
• Transport in a comfortable, AC, non-smoking minivan
• Professional, experienced and licensed local guide
• Entry fees to the museums and sights listed in the itinerary
Services not included in the price
• Beverages at lunch
• Non-mandatory but customary tips
• Personal travel insurance