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Tour of Cappadocia for Solo Travelers

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2nd Feb 2014

Pasabag valley

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Mercedes vito or vw sprinter van

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pigeon valley

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goreme open air museum

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lunch time !

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Pottery shop along the Red River

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Derinkuyu underground city

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Kayamikli

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Bizim Ev

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Uchisar Castle

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Pigeon Valley

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This is the most advantageous tour to choose if you are a solo traveler or just a couple without children.

The price is per person and covers almost all of the expenses you may have to incur during a tour : professional guide, vehicle, gas, parking fee, admission fees, lunch (open buffet or set menu ) and taxes.

The extras you may need cash for are drinks, beverages and tips or extra activities.

This is a full tour of Cappadocia including all of central Cappadocia.

You will be in a mini van with other people. The group will have a maximum of 12 people.

Just 15 minutes from the village center lies the Goreme Open Air Museum. It is a large complex that holds 11 rock-cut monasteries and numerous frescoes. These churches and frescoes were built and completed through the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries. Now, after a lot of restoration work, the churches and their frescoes have been returned to their old glory. All the churches are cut and hewn into the rock, you can see little cells and windows in the yellow-brown rock of this hilly area, but the intricacy and skill that went into the making of these structures can be seen once inside. Large, cavernous halls with pillars and arches, the majority of which have been decorated with frescoes depicting incidents and stories from the Old and New testament. The frescoes such as those inside the Church of the Buckle have been done in an indigo blue, a color that still retains its vivid despite so many centuries having passed since they were made.
Photo of Göreme Open Air Museum, Göreme, Turkey by Zeki Iserio
Pasabag or as the crude translation would have it 'General's Vineyard', is a collection of fairy chimneys located in a vineyard. Fairy chimneys are spire like rock structures that rise from the ground and often may have a large rock or cone right on top. Though the science behind it is confusing, the spectacle is not. These pillars crowned by large conical rocks are a sight that often fills one with trepidation, especially if one is walking around them! Nevertheless, seeing the fairy chimneys on Pasabag, some of which are double or triple capped cones, that is a structure of 3 conjoined pillars instead of a solitary one. Apart from these rock structures, there is also a chapel dedicated to St. Simon here, a reason for which is given in a story that speaks of him coming here to live in seclusion.
Photo of Paşabağ, Avanos, Türkiye by Zeki Iserio
Nice restaurant run by a family with the traditional Anatolian cuisine. It's a nice place to have lunch, great food and ambiance. The interior decor of the place echoes the structures that dominate this area, and the cavernous lounge that they have made for people to sit and eat is a hat tip to the architects of old.
Photo of Bizim Ev Restaurant, Avanos, Turkey by Zeki Iserio
The rock of this particular area is of a kind that is malleable and easily crafted. Thus the churches as well as the Uchisar Castle rather than being erected like buildings are structures crafted out of and into the rock faces and the mountainous geography. Uchisar is the highest point in the region and the castle that has been hollowed out into the rock provides excellent views of the region below with Mount Erciyes in the background, seeing tiny holes in the rocks and also numerous fairy chimneys on the land below. Walking through the dark and cool rooms of the castle, up and down stairs cut out of rock, the castle seems like a dwarfish settlement out of one of Tolkiens books! Though erosion and decay have made many areas of the castle inaccessible, many such rooms are used as pigeon houses.
Photo of Üçhisar Castle, Uçhisar, Turkey by Zeki Iserio
Right below the Uchisar Castle, the connecting link between Goreme and the Uchisar lies the Pigeon Valley. The people of this area used to make pigeon houses in the nooks and crannies that the hilly area provided, to harvest the pigeon excreta to use it as a fertilizer. These pigeon houses were painted white to attract the birds, and the entire landscape is full of such areas with white stone-faces with black holes peeping out at you. These hollowed out the dove-cuts make for a unique and intriguing landscape that you can easily hike through.
Photo of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), Uçhisar, Türkiye by Zeki Iserio
Connected to the other underground city of Derinkuyu by an underground tunnel 8KM long, Kayamakli though also an underground city is different in its structure and design. The village around the underground city is full of tunnels leading into the underground city. The underground city itself has 4 floors which are accessible to tourists. Each of the floor design is around the ventilation shaft and each floor has different central functions, for example the first floor a stable and the second a church. This underground city has steeper and narrower floors, making it just a wee bit eery!
Photo of Kaymakli Underground City, Kaymaklı, Turkey by Zeki Iserio
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