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SOUTH CAPPADOCIA & KAYMAKLI UNDERGROUND CITY

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

    Red Rose Valley: Rose Valley is called after the pink tints that can be seen in some of the weathered rocky sides. Along the way see the first currently-inhabited houses built by rocks.

    Cavusin Village: One of the oldest places in the area, Cavusin is located 2km from Goreme, on the Goreme - Avanos way. The Church of St. John the Baptist gives a chace a high top view of the village. This church and its paintings come from the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been worn away however. Christian missionaries and societies once lived in the old Cavusin valley, now in traces. There are 5 churches at Gulludere, nearby Cavusin. The Haclı Church (with the Cross), near the valley, was also used for defense against the Arab raiders as a fortress.

    Kaymakli Underground City: This the widest underground city of Cappadocia region, it was hollowed out underneath a rock hill (Kaymakli Castle). The first three floors were probably carved out by Hittites about 2000 B.C. After that; Assyrians, Lycians, Persians, Kimmerians stabled in the region. By the forth century B.C. the world wellknown Greek comander Alexander The Great took up the region and become sovereign. In the year of 1000 B.C. Cappadocia Kingdom was established. The kingdom had some wars against Mecodomans, Galatians, Romans and Pontuses. The Romans had the domination of the region in the beginning of the 1st. Century B.C. Roman empire accepted Christian Religion in 376 A.D. Before that romans had not had an official religion, Eraly Christian suffered a lot from the romans, Pagans and arab invaders. Therefore they refugied in the Underground cities and they enlarged them. Kaymakli Underground city became to open to the public in 1964. People of the town built their homes around the underground city and they linked their houses to the underground city with underground tunnels.

    Ortahisar: Its most wellknown structure is the Castle of Ortahisar settled at a 86 m height cave in the period of Eti. The castle has been used strategically and for accommodation. At the outsides of the castle there are available the samples of the civil architecture characteristic to Cappadocia. Furthermore in the stores of the rocks cave in almost the whole valley there are kept the agricultural products grown in the zone. It is an fascinating town with its natural beauty and historical sides.

    Urgup: Urgup is a appropriate begining place to discover the region. Many tour agents offer daytours that show you all the interesting parts of town, including a visit to a carpet shop and a pottery bakery. The town has interesting hotels hollowed in tuffs where the temperature always keeps same, 22C degrees in cold winters or hot summers. The area is also known with its wineyards and wine factory. In the area, take a tour with a hot air ballon and enjoy the view at an altidude of 100-200m and watch the interesting ferry chimneys and facinating territory. The whole area is covered by tuffs from the volcanic mountain ashes of Erciyes, nearby.
     

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    Please take note of the following:

    * 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
    * 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
    What's Included.

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

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