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History and mystery come together to surprise you in this tour. Our fist visit will be Cappadocia with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation. Cappadocia is a work of art that was formed by the wind and water slowly chipping the rock in thousands of years. Pamukkale is another extraordinary region. Besides travertines, the great Roman amphitheater of Hierapolis should not be missed, and lies just above the travertines.
Day 1: Depart from Istanbul to Cappadocia with Overnight Bus
Day 2: Devrent Valley, Pasabag Monk’s Valley, Avanos, Open-air Museum of Goreme, Castles of Uchisar
Day 3: Red Valley, Rose Valley, Cavusin Village, Pigeon Valley, Hospital Monastery, Kaymakli Underground city
Day 4: Karahayit, Red Spring Waters, Cotton Cliffs, Hierapolis, Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Apollon Temple, Cathedral, Plutonium, Theater, Antique Pool
Day 5: Enjoy your last day in Pamukkale until the time we meet you
If you wish to see the tour details, check out the Detailed Tour Itinerary below.
Day 1 Cappadocia: ISTANBUL - CAPPADOCIA
Late evening you will be transferred to the bus station to take your overnight bus departing at 08:30 to Cappadocia. The total duration of travel will be 11 hours. You will arrive in Cappadocia at the Goreme bus station in the morning the next day.
Note: During your transfer on the local bus, you will be unaccompanied and touring services will start once you have met your local tour guide upon arrival at the destination.
Day 2 Cappadocia: FULL DAY TOUR OF NORTH CAPPADOCIA
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Upon your arrival at the Goreme bus station in Cappadocia, you will be met at the bus station and transferred to your Cappadocia hotel. At the hotel, you can have your breakfast and be ready to meet your tour guide around 09:30.
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
MONKS VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM: Goreme was an important Christian center in the early years of the Middle Ages, was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast number of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Göreme, there are not many inscriptions bearing dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 3 Cappadocia: FULL DAY TOUR OF SOUTH CAPPADOCIA
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel around 9:30 you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full-day tour of South Cappadocia. Your tour guide will brief you on the day’s activities. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Red Valley where you will be able to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike approximately 5 km through the Güllüdere (Rose) Valley.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintings date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It also has a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, however, much of it has eroded away.
KAYMAKLI: Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
HOSPITAL MONASTERY: One of the oldest monasteries in Cappadocia.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
After the tour, transfer to the bus station. Around 20:30, you will depart from Cappadocia for Pamukkale.
Day 4 Pamukkale: FULL DAY TOUR OF PAMUKKALE & HIERAPOLIS
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Upon arrival at the Denizli bus station around 05:30 - 06:30, you will be picked up and transferred to a two-star hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. After breakfast, you can stay in the hotel lobby to be picked up to join the tour around 09:30.
You will visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis. The highlights of Hierapolis are Necropolis, Roman Baths, Basilica, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium. You will also be able to take some photos from the nicest corners of Pamukkale.
Hierapolis Theatre: The theatre of Hierapolis is one of the best-preserved entertainment destinations that dates back to the second century, the audience section could hold up to 10,000 and be used to show everything from music, religious ceremonies and even performing live shows. While the theatre isn’t used to put on live entertainment anymore, the seating all around can be explored and used by visitors.
Agora: Agora is an ancient market where many of the population would have come to so shopping or to trade their good with other people who travelled. While the marketplace is only one part of the city. Outside the city is a Necropolis which was made popular thanks to the believed healing properties of the different water. This cemetery has people from different peoples across many time periods.
Karahayit Red Springs: Karahayit hot springs is located in Karahayit Town, Denizli, Turkey. It’s about 5 km north of the famous Pamukkale Travertine and has similar characteristics like that of Pamukkale. Due to the minerals existing in its structure, the hot spring water spreads reddish color to the environment and it is believed that they provide healing to the visitors for 5000 years. The ‘Red Spring Waters‘ which translates to red water – natural hot thermal springs bubbling from beneath the calcite rocks – are very rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphurs, at about 56 degrees.
Pamukkale Travertines "Cotton Castle": Pamukkale is a spectacular place, located in Denizli Province, in southwestern Turkey known for the mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine terraces. The Pamukkale Travertines mean “Cotton Castle” in Turkish. The place is classified by UNESCO.
Hierapolis Antique Pool: Pamukkale's Antique Pool remains from Roman times when it was the spiritual center of the spa city of Hierapolis. The modernized pool is the prime public place for a swim at this hot-springs resort.
You will also be able to take some photos of Pamukkale. You will be given free time for around 60 minutes to explore the natural beauties of Pamukkale on your own. As an option, you may choose to swim in the Pamukkale Antique Pools (at own expense) during this free time.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Pamukkale for check-in. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 5 Kusadasi: Bus to Istanbul — End of Services
(Included Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast & check out of the hotel. Transfer to the bus station. Around 09:00, you will depart from Pamukkale for Istanbul. The duration of travel is approximately 9 - 10 hours. Upon your arrival at the main bus station in Istanbul, it will be the end of our service. You will need to arrange your own transportation from the bus station. End of our service.
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on one of our tours. Have a safe trip back home and thank you for choosing TOUR BOOK TURKEY