Day Tripping to Surreal Cappadocia with Lunch and Shopping
- Goreme Open-Air Museum: An otherworldly landscape of more than 30 carved-into-rock churches, many with colorful frescoes, dating back to the ninth century.
- Uchisar Castle: Cut through with a maze of tunnels, this tall volcanic rock provided safety during enemy attack. Climb to the top for astonishing views.
- Derinkuyu: Visit a vast, multilevel subterranean city that sheltered up to 20,000 ancient Christians (with their livestock) in homes, churches, and schools.
- Lunch and shopping: Enjoy a traditional Turkish meal at Dede Efendi Kaya Restaurant and visit a carpet center for a demonstration of traditional techniques.
About this Kayseri tour
You'll feel as though you've landed on another planet. All around you is a moonscape of "fairy chimneys," the cone-shaped rock formations that past cultures carved into to create eccentric dwellings, churches, and castles. Under the ground are unseen cities and, floating silently and improbably above, you may see bright hot air balloons. It is otherworld. It's fantastically surreal and strangely wonderful – Cappadocia.
Nature started it all millions of years ago when volcanic eruptions covered the landscape with ash that eventually formed a soft rock. Wind and rains carved away the softer elements of the rock, leaving a peculiar landscape of pillars and pinnacles gesturing more than 100 feet up into the sky.
Taking a lesson from nature, Bronze Age people began carving into the pillars to create cave dwellings and storehouses. Later, people who lived precariously between feuding empires (first the Greeks and Persians, later the Byzantine Greeks and their many rivals) needed places to hide. They carved out more dwellings and cut deep into the rock to create entire towns with as many as eight stories concealed below the surface.
Early Christians also needed a place of refuge, and those fleeing Rome's persecution and, later, Muslim marauders, established monasteries here. During a period of prosperity in the 10th and 11th centuries, the richly frescoed chapels you'll see on this tour were added. Today, nature continues to sculpt the site through erosion, and hoteliers cut luxury rooms and suites into the ancient rock. The carving of Cappadocia continues.
Cut to a depth of almost 300 feet, Derinkuyu is the deepest of Cappadocia's 36 below-ground cities. It was built with wells and water tanks, kitchens, granaries, churches, baptism pools, and more. With 600 hidden access doors, plus round stone doors that could quickly block tunnels against enemies, this city was clearly built to withstand attack – strangely like an early prototype for today's bunker-style doomsday condos.
Cruise ship travelers: Please proceed pier side to meet your tour representative. Look for our displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure you specify the name at check out so we can meet you in the lobby.
Travelers need to watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for travelers who have difficulties with walking, climbing, and/or managing steps.
Don't forget your camera for some amazing photo opportunities along your tour!
Flat, comfortable shoes are highly recommended on this tour.
Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommend for travelers using walkers or wheelchairs. Participants must be able to walk approximately 2 miles in over uneven and cobblestone surfaces with inclines and steps.
Adventure, Cultural, Full Day, Walking Tour, Bus Tour
Beverages - Tea & Coffee
Lunch - Local Favorites
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps. We ask travelers to be aware of their physical fitness, limitations, and understand this activity is rated strenuous.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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