The tour starts at 9.30 from our office after a cup of morning coffee or tea and finishes at about 4 pm in summer and 3 pm in winter. We pick you up from your hotel in Göreme at 9.15-9.20 or 9:00 from Ürgüp or Uçhisar.
The first stop is at Göreme panorama
, the best place to admire the beautiful fairy-chimneys. The most magnificent landscape around Göreme has been formed from its solidified lava streams, its ash and tuff stone. The stunning landscape of Cappadocia is the result of thousands of years of continual erosion, which has shaped the tuff deposits into the strangest pyramids and cones.
Then you go to Keşlik monastery, which is surrounded by beautiful landscape and has one of the few cave churches which was used up to the 20th century.
After that you can see Sobessos
, a recently discovered archaeological site from the Roman era, located near Şahinefendi village.
The next stop is in Şahin Efendi, where you can observe typical local peasants doing their daily chores, dressed in traditional national costumes. You can also see the huge caves in the mountain where they store their crops.
Next the tour takes you for a walk in Soğanli valley, where there are many different churches with reasonably well preserved frescoes dating from the 10th to the 13th centuries. You can also buy the most famous local souvenir, the Soğanli doll here. The walk ends in a village where you have lunch.
After that you visit Taşkınpaşa
, which has some of the best examples of Seljuk architecture in the district. The village houses follow the traditional plan with stables on the ground floor to keep the upper rooms warm.
The last stop is in Mustafapaşa
, which was originally known as Sinasos, is an old village where Turks and Greeks lived side by side and where old stone Greek houses can still be seen. The Greeks left the village during the exchange of populations in 1923 agreed in the Treaty of Lausanne, and the incoming Turks took over their houses.
The tour finishes with a cup of tea, apple tea or coffee in our office and after that we take you back to your hotel.