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  • Duration: Full day (09:00 to 17:30)
    Price: 45 Euro (per person)
    Run: Everyday

    Devrent Valley:
    This valley is located between Avanos, Zelve and Urgup, and is named as "pink valley" due to the color of its soil. The new road that cuts the valley allows the visitors reach its beauties. This valley is named "Devrent" in locals, and is very available for examining rock constraction and the fairy chimneys. This valley has never been inhabited since the begining of history and we see neither houses nor churches here. The visitors here should leave the main road and climb the hillsides to enjoy the fairy chimneys with different pes.

    Pasabaglari Valley: Previously known as the "Monks' Valley" (Rahipler Vadisi), Pasabagi is set about 1km from the Goreme - Avanos road. A lot of fairy chimneys with many stems and caps some housing temples and living areas can be found here, this modus being unique to this area. A chapel was built for St. Simeon. The cell entrance, which can get to reached with a chimney like narrow tunnel, is designed with antithetical crosses. Inside the shelter there are an oven, living and bed rooms and small windows to let the sunlight get in.
    Felt disrurbed by all the attention, he started to live at the top of a high column, and then moved to one higher. From there he sometimes came down only to get the food and drink brought by his disciples. The priests of Cappadocia distanced themselves from the world by cutting into fairy chimneys . They hallowed the chimneys from bottom to top bulding rooms 10 - 15m high. They stay on beds made from rock.

    Goreme Open Air Museum: By the end of the 2nd century a large Christian community had formed in Cappadocia. It is known that there were two
    diocese s at that time; one in Kayseri, which, for a long time, went on to be a Christian centre in the region and the other in Malatya. In the 3rd century, hermits with good personality changed the region into a lively centre of Christian activity. In the 4th century Cappadocia became known as the land of the three saints; St. Basil the Great, Bishop of Kayseri; his brother St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. George of Nazianzus. These three men brought out a new unity in Christian thought, and many of St. Basil's thoughts and actions are still important today. An example of his doctrine is the advice to Christian with one piece of bread in a scarcity . He said that the Christians should give half of the bread to a fellow believer and trust in God to take care of him. St. Basil founded small, separate d settlements not too far away from villages and towns. Daily praying was performed under the supervision of a preacher. These groups were not; however, enfranchis ed groups separated from the community like similar communities in Egypt and Syria. St. Basil is important in that he introduced worship within the community. He was not at all bigoted.

    Avanos Village: Situated on the banks of the Kizilirmak, the Red River, which gets its name from the clay that its drifts. This clay has provided Avanos an oversea fame with pottery for centuries and the town is still under this industry despite of the inroads that tourism made in the area. The main street has many shops and workshops plained and decorated pots and plates selling and you can also watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the decoration of which has remained unchanged for generations. You will be encouraged in many of the workshops to have an own experience. It's much harder than it looks.

    Uchisar Castle: Located at the peak point in the region. It is not well known when Uchisar was first inhabited , however, in style, it looks like Ortahisar and the Selime Kalesi (castle) in the Ihlara Region. The top of the citadel ensures a nice panorama of the surrounding area. Many of the rooms carved into the rock are connected with stairs, tunnels and passages to each other. At the entry of the rooms, there are
    grindstone doors, just like the ones in the underground sites, used to control gateway to these places. Because of the erosion in parts of this multi-leveled castle, it is impossible to reach all the rooms. To the west, east and north of Uchisar,the chimneys were carved and used as tombs during the Roman times. Insterior of these rock cut tombs, the entry of which generally face west, are stone slabs which the bodies were laid on. Many rock chapels have been discovered not only on the trails of the castle but also inside it.

    Piegon Valley: Includes lots of pigeon houses. In this valley pigeons were used to deliver letters to towns throughout Central Cappadocia and were main help to communication. Also people used the droppings of the pigeons as a guano.
       

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    Please take note of the following:
    * 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
    * You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time
    * Smoking is not permitted but all tours make frequent stops

    What's Included:
    * Pick up and drop off at your Hotel
    * Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
    * Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
    * All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
    * Lunch at local restaurant (drinks extra)
    * Local taxes
     

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