Walking and Exploring Cappadocia and The Land of the Hittites
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On this brand new tour, you’ll explore Cappadocia, one of Turkey’s most enchanting and extraordinary landscapes and also discover the immense capital and key sites of the ancient Hittite civilisation. You’ll walk in some of Cappadocia’s prettiest and most historic valleys and hike some paths of the recently opened Hittite Trail, one of Turkey’s fabulous new ‘cultural routes’. Your journey begins with a visit to Ankara’s Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its inspiring collection of artefacts and artworks spanning Anatolia’s past.
Cappadocia is a geological wonderland of fantastical rock formations endlessly varied in shape and colour. Among orchards and vines laden with autumn fruit, you’ll see fields of ‘fairy chimneys’, like giant petrified toadstools towering high into a crystal blue sky. Cappadocia’s celebrated volcanic landscape has been formed over countless millennia. Man has followed in nature’s footsteps, carving cliffs and outcrops of rocks into homes, churches and monasteries. Step inside what appears to be a cave, only to realise that it is an elaborate rock-cut church, its walls lavishly and brightly decorated with paintings of countless saints carved by Christians some 700-1,300 years ago: Cappadocia is a remarkable treasury of Byzantine art!
You’ll see some of the best-known historical and geological sites in Cappadocia, from a cavernous underground city to the Göreme open-air museum. On this tour, you’ll explore the long and complex history of the Turkey’s capital, Ankara, you will meet the ancient Hittites, the pre-eminent empire of Bronze Age Anatolia, and you’ll admire the vibrancy of Byzantine wall painting. On top of all this, you’ll discover off the beaten track historical gems, mostly on foot, and savour some of the finest regional foods and wines, all in the company of an expert guide, an archaeologist and connoisseur of the region.