Walking and Exploring Cappadocia
As recommended by The Telegraph, Apr 7, 2012.
We are delighted to offer an expert-led tour of Cappadocia, one of Turkey’s most enchanting areas. The Cappadocian landscape is truly extraordinary; an oasis of lush green valleys set between rock formations that are endlessly varied in shape and colour. Beyond orchards and vines laden with fruit in the warm autumn sun, you’ll find yourself amid fields of rock formations resembling giant petrified toadstools towering high into a crystal sky.
Huge quantities of volcanic rock were laid down in the geological past. Over the centuries wind and rain have worn down the softer layers, leaving a spectacular landscape formed of hundreds of interlacing valleys. Man has followed in nature’s footsteps. A vast number of cavities in the sides of cliffs or outcrops of rock were transformed into peasant dwellings, churches and monasteries.
Scattered throughout this geological wonderland is the legacy of over 4000 years of human history, of the civilizations and empires that have ebbed and flowed in this historic region. Hittites, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Ottoman Greeks and Turks have all left their distinctive marks. From the ancient underground complexes and troglodyte communities to abandoned 19th century rock-cut villages, your expert guide will take you on a trip through time.
You will visit some of the finest Byzantine rock-cut churches and monasteries, their cells, refectories and walls decorated with vibrantly colourful wall-paintings. A balloon tour in Cappadocia is rated one of the finest in the world. Early one morning you will glide up in a hot air balloon and float across the magical landscape – an unforgettable experience. On top of all this you’ll discover some of the more off the beaten track gems and savour some of the region’s best foods and wines, all in the company of an expert guide, an archaeologist and connoisseur of the region.
Our base for this Cappadocia tour is the beautiful Kale Konak cave hotel in Uçhisar, one of our favourite hotels in Turkey. Perfectly situated in the old town, with commanding and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, our hotel combines the style and grace of a traditional Turkish mansion with cave and old stone rooms that have been beautifully restored.