1.       Must stay -  in a cave hotel

Must explore - one of the oldest wine regions of the world

Must do - Hot air baloon rides

Must see – Cave churches and Underground Cities

Must visit
– a traditional pottery and ceramic workshop

 

Facinating & remarkable region, booming destination…

Unique formation of the Cappadocia region is like a natural play ground, a geological wonderland, a fairy tale. Adding some creativity to natural offers  made Cappadocia a perfect, high-end incentive travel destination.

Cappadocia has been one of Turkey’s most popular destinations since the early 1980s, for a good reason. Its lunar-like landscapes, underground cities, fairy chimneys and ancient churches are only some of the sights this destination has to offer. Hike through rose-tinted gorges and explore centuries old cave dwellings.

USA Today -
Heather Carreiro, Demand Media

 

 
 

 
 

You must stay at a cave hotel. No other alternative should be even considered. The cave hotels vary from 5* resorts to little, family-run bed and breakfast’s... 

 

 

 
 

 







 

HOT AIR BALOONS

A hot-air balloon flight is unique from all other experiences of flight as there is no sensation of motion. Traveling at heights of up to 1500 feet, the feeling is one of peace and tranquility. The earth slowly descends and rotates below you. Within moments after lifting off you become at ease while you effortlessly drift over the treetops and the spectacular Cappadocian landscape.

Flight ends with breakfast and champagne!

HIKING

Many trails from 4 to 6 kilometers, from easy to hard levels. The Pigeon Valley, the Red Valley, the White Valley… The most popular trail is the Pigeon Valley which is one of the most famous valleys of Cappadocia and its name comes from the pigeon-cotes carved on its walls. The walk starts from the south side of Uchisar fortress and ends at Goreme village. The tunnels and the fairy chimneys houses are marvellous. Distance: 4km Level: Easy

BICYCLE

35 to 45 kilometers, minimum 70% off road trails.. The most popular route is the g ride towards the most popular sites of Cappadocia starting with the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. These are found in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century. Riding through Rose Valley leads us to Cavusin and then Pasabag. Following lunch in Zelve and visiting its open air museum, head on to Devrent Valley to see the incredible rock formations. Tour ends in Urgup.
 

 
 

 

 
 

-          Lunch,  dinner and farewell / gala organizations - Entertainment alternatives

There are numerous venues for casual to high-end F&B. Most recommended and wow factor option is the catering organization at the Goreme Open Air Museum. We must include the lunch catering selections at either  the Love Valley or the Hospital Monastery..

 

 
 

 
 

-          Turkish Mystic Music and Sema Rituals to accompany any evening event

Sema, is turning of human being towards truth, soaring by sense and love, quitting the egoism and existing with God and as a perfect man returning to slavery with a brand-new soul servitude to all creatures. Sema Ritual is the essence of the universe.
 

 
 

 






 

MusMust visit the sites – either with or without wine tasting combo

IHLARA – KAYMAKLI

Kaymakli Underground City, walking in Ihlara Canyon, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema. Visit to the Caravansaray of Agzikarahan, a very fine example of  the Turkish Seljuk art.

AVANOS – ZELVE – GOREME

Devrent valley: First meeting with the lunar landscape of  Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief  in Devrent valley;  

Zelve Open Air Museum:
a journey in the past with its  troglodyte houses; Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of  wind mixes with the “songs of  fairies”
.The famous Goreme Open Air Museum.

ORTAHISAR – URGUP – UCHISAR

Ortahisar: (Centre Fortress) The natural fortress, 90 m high, a prominent landmark in the region, .Mustafa pasa (Sinasos) & Urgup – The most developed tourism center of the region. Visit the wine factory and taste of delicious Cappadocia wines. Climb on top of the Uchisar Rock-Castle.
 

 
 

 








 
 

Explore one of the oldest wine regions of the world. It is Cappadocia where wine production started more than 4ooo years ago..

You may revise your excursion in the way that they also include wine tasting events.

DAY 1
We make a deep introduction into the history of the region through its wines and its flavors. We taste forgotten meals prepared according the old recipes of Cappadocia and with more than 20 wines we taste we smell Cappadocia and whole Anatolia.

We visit Goreme open air museum, Derinkuyu  underground city, we hike in Kızılçukur and some other little known sites of Cappadocia.

DAY 2
In this tour we discover Cappadocia with the wines produced by Kocabag Winery starting with a pleasant walking in Red Valley, we visit the Church with Grapes carved in a fairy chimney.  On our way we will also visit the Church with Grapes which gives us a  very good idea about the history of wine in Cappadocia. Our walking will end in one of the little known villages: Çavuşin. In the afternoon we follow the banks of Red River (Kızılırmak) to reach Avanos and stroll in its streets. Avanos is also considered as a city of art with its traditional pottery which puts the city in a special position for carrying wines in Hittite times. We proceed to

Zelve and Paşabağ where the most amazing formations of fairy chimneys can be seen.   
 

 
 

 



 
 

                        Little surprises during excursions

Champagne and strawberries set up at the Fairy Chimneys

       *            Sudden sunset wine and cheese party with trio or quartet music

       *            Folklore show with a Turkish coffee break

       *            Fairy chimney gifts to be presented at the end of the tour made of seafoam
 

 
 

 





 

-        COOKING CLASS - MARKETS OF CAPPADOCIA
Visit of the local markets of Cappadocia) for buying the necessary material for our cooking class. We stroll  in the market to see local products brought from nearby villages. Our cooking activity is supervised by an  experienced cook . The menu will consist of a localsoup, a pastry made with cheese or pastirmas (pastrami), a vegetable/ meat dish as main course and a typical dessert of the region.  Lunch will be the cooked meal.

BREAKFAST WITH LOCALS AND CLAY  POTTERY WORKSHOP

We join to the life of Cappadocians by stopping in local coffee houses, strolling on our own in the typical villages and  helping them in in some works in order to share their life.  

The breakfast is taken in a Cappadocian house with family members.

We then join their life by going to the field, by collecting one of the agricultural crops or by making tomato paste or home made pasta.The lunch is also the same as they eat in their daily life.

According to the schedule demonstration of pottery making and lecture on Turkish hand made rugs will be offered.