Day Tripping to Surreal Cappadocia with Lunch and Shopping
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.
Lunch - Local Favorites
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
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.
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.