Cappadocia

Melis Hotel

Melis Hotel is 300 years old Greek House which welcomes you with its charming atmosphere. Located in the town Urgup, which is the heart of Cappadocia that can offer. The popular spots in Cappadocia, shopping centers, restaurants, cave bars are all in within walking distance. Travel Agents, bus and taxi stations In the restful village morning, you can have your breakfast in Melis’ verdured garden. At night, the darkness and the tranquility of the garden is broken by the fire of introducing barbecueare also within easy reach. Each of our rooms come equipped with direct dial telephone, satelitte TV and central heating which is great for Cappadocia winters! Our cool and cozy courtyard offers our guests a quiet and comfortable place to relax during their stay. We offer an excellent blend of Turkish warmth and hospitality with modern, clean facilities.

Melis Cave Hotel
Melis Cave Hotel


www.melishotel.com

The village cave hotel

You will find luxury and comfort within the authentic and serene environment of “The Village Cave; our stone walls are full of mysteries of the past! You will be transported to a very calm atmosphere, far away from the stresses of city life for a truly relaxing and memorable stay in Cappadocia. The views of the original cave formations directly across from the hotel are breathtaking.

This small yet unique quaint hotel, has 6 rooms and all the facilities are made of native rock, some carved out of the rock; all with different stories, histories and many memories behind them. The present owner of the hotel, Halim Öz is the grandson of the previous owner and was born in The Village Cave Hotel. Having spent a lifetime in such a wonderful and unique place as Cappadocia Halim is able to provide you with endless information about the real sights and sounds of Cappadocia. You will be happy to have chosen this hotel, you will be warmly welcomed along with your family or friends.

As you enter the gardens you will experience the breath taking view of the old town with cave homes carved out of a step cliff, along with your experiences of having slept in a century old rock room or having had breakfast in a rock restaurant will give you unforgettable memories.

The rooms are either totally rock cut rooms or a combination of rock and stone walls; some of which are at the end of a comfortable 30 m. tunnel with a tiny natural spring running in a small open canal at the side.

All the rooms have a natural rock or stone decor, they are Turkish style and have typically Turkish furnishings. Each room has a private bathroom, hair dryer, central heating, telephone, minibar and some have bathtubs and fireplaces. It is possible to add a 3 rd person single bed to all of the rooms and laundry and internet services are available.

The village cave hotel
The village cave hotel


www.thevillagecave.com

Akuzun Hotel

Built in 1989 of natural stone our comfortable family run Hotel offers
an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside. Situated in the “old
town” district, 100 m to Urgup center, offering modern accommodation at its best. Clean interiors with private facilities and a breathtaking view over the old town dwellings, probably the most inviting accommodation in the Cappadocian region.

We have 33 rooms, 85 beds in total. All rooms are equipped with shower, WC, heating and telephone. Additionally we offer 4 Family Rooms with bath and television.

Our hotel has at your disposal: a restaurant in which we offer traditional Turkish Cuisine. In addition there is a ground floor garden, roof terrace, lobby and bar. On colder evenings we invite you to relax in front of the romantic log fire of our restaurant.

Akuzun HotelAkuzun Hotel


www.hotelakuzun.com

Cappadocia Tours

Cappadocia Highlights Tour (09.00 – 17.00)

Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighbouring valleys before going back to the hotels. Please ask price

 Valleys & Underground Cities Tour (09.00 – 17.00)

Cappadocia Underground citiesMeet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock- cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having time for lunch visit Ortahısar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit to panoramic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the vineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Drive back to the hotels. Please ask price

 Cappadocia Surroundings Tour (09.00 – 17.00)

Goreme open air museumMeet at the hotel lobby in the morning and drive to Ihlara Valley, created from the ashes of the volcanic Mt. Hasan. After hiking through the valley, which is watered with Melendiz River by Belisirma, proceed to Selime with hollowed out citadel and churches where fairy chimneys rest on the steep hillside. Stop at Yaprakhisar village to take photos. In the afternoon, visit to Derinkuyu Underground Village where dwellings with stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches and wineries were used as refuges for the Christian communities. Thereafter transfer to the hotels. Please ask price

 Cappadocia Highlights With Ozkonak Underground City (09.00 – 17.00)

Cappadocia Fairy ChimneysMeeting at the Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport in the morning and drive to Cappadocia. First stop will be at Ozkonak Underground City to be followed by a visit to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Thereafter, drive on to Pasabagi (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon visit the Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back to hundreds of years. In the evening transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport for the onward flight. Please ask price

Hidden Cappadocia Tour (09.00 – 17.00)

Meeting at the Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport in the morning and drive to Cappadocia. First stop will be at Ozkonak Underground City to be followed by a visit to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Thereafter, drive on to Pasabagi (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon visit the Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back to hundreds of years. In the evening transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport for the onward flight. Please ask price

Cappadocia Special Tour (09.00 – 17.00)

Cappadocia toursMeet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City. Thereafter visit the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon visit Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Return to the hotel. Please ask price

Cappadocia Food & Culture Tour (09.00 – 13.00)

Cappadocia toursVisit  the remote village of Ayvali to feel like a true insider, as you’re welcomed into a villager’s home to prepare typical Anatolian meal, learn about Turkish culinary tradition while feasting on regional specialities amongst which delicate “borek” pastries (made with cheese that’s been ripened in an earthenware jug), traditional bulgur soup, yaprak sarmasi (seasoned rice wrapped in grape leaves), manti (Turkish ravioli), dolaz (a delicious fried dessert served with local honey) can be quoted, meet local men relaxing in a ‘kiraathane/traditional coffee-house” to find out the male villagers’ life style and sample wine from the Cappadocia region. After a strong Turkish coffee bid goodbye to the friendly hosts and then stroll through Ayvali’s tiny streets at which the locals may invite you for tea or homemade desserts from their kitchens. Our visit to the village may also feature a walk to the local market on the days it will be open to check out the most interesting stalls and chat to the vendors, or, if not open, walk to the village to pick your own organic fruit, or visit one of the cool storage caves. Please ask price

 2 Day Cappadocia Tour Commencing at Kayseri &Nevsehir Airport

Cappadocia toursDay 01
Arrive in Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport. Visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighbouring valleys before going back to the hotels (L, D)
Day 02
Optional balloon tour. Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock- cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having time for lunch visit Ortahısar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit to panoramic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the vineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Transfer to the airport in Kayseri or Nevsehir and end of our services (B, L).
Regular services from Kayseri or Nevsehir are valid only for the arrivals at around 09.00 and departures at around 19.00. Those that arrive earlier and depart later may need to wait at the airport.
No restrictions are available for the arrival and departure times on the private tours; however, those who arrive on later flights may be missing some parts of the program and no refund is given for the missing visits stemming from late arrivals. Please ask price

3 Day Cappadocia Tour

Cappadocia tatlarinDay 01
Arrive in Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport. Visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighbouring valleys before going back to the hotels (L, D)
Day 02
Optional balloon tour. Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock- cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having time for lunch visit Ortahısar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit to panoramic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the vineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Overnight in Cappadocia (B, L, D)
Day 03
After breakfast transfer to the airport in Kayseri or Nevsehir (B)
Regular services from Kayseri or Nevsehir are valid only for the arrivals at around 09.00 and departures at around 19.00. Those that arrive earlier and depart later may need to wait at the airport.
No restrictions are available for the arrival and departure times on the private tours; however, those who arrive on later flights may be missing some parts of the program and no refund is given for the missing visits stemming from late arrivals. Please ask price

4 Day Cappadocia Tour

GoremeDay 01
Arrive in Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport. Visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighbouring valleys before going back to the hotels (L, D)
Day 02
Optional balloon tour. Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock- cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having time for lunch visit Ortahısar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit to panoramic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the vineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Overnight in Cappadocia (B, L, D)
Day 03
Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and drive to Ihlara Valley, created from the ashes of the volcanic Mt. Hasan. After hiking through the valley, which is watered with Melendiz River by Belisirma, proceed to Selime with hollowed out citadel and churches where fairy chimneys rest on the steep hillside. Stop at Yaprakhisar village to take photos. In the afternoon, visit to Derinkuyu Underground Village where dwellings with stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches and wineries were used as refuges for the Christian communities. Overnight in Cappadocia (B, L, D)
Day 04
After breakfast transfer to the airport in Kayseri or Nevsehir (B)
Regular services from Kayseri or Nevsehir are valid only for the arrivals at around 09.00 and departures at around 19.00. Those that arrive earlier and depart later may need to wait at the airport.
No restrictions are available for the arrival and departure times on the private tours; however, those who arrive on later flights may be missing some parts of the program and no refund is given for the missing visits stemming from late arrivals. Please ask price

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Local cuisine

Throughout you journey in Cappadocia you will enjoy the local foods that accompany the unique natural, historic and cultural heritage of the region.

Every beautiful day starts with a good breakfast where you have the chance to sample various offerings. A hot bazlama (gözleme) (thin, flat bread baked over a hot plate) served with local butter, honey, dried yoghurt, free-range eggs fried in butter, sucuk (hot, spicy sausages) or pastırma (dried meat with a spicy coating), local cheese accompanied by a glass of refreshing orange juice or local boiled and sweetened fruit juices will provide a good start to the day. Various jams as well as dried apricots and raisins provide enough energy for the coming rigours of the day.

Dinners will provide lots of different tastes. Tandır meat slowly baked in Tandır (traditional wood burning ovens), hot or cold soups of bulgur (cracked wheat), and çömlek fasulye (dried haricot beans and chopped meat braised in pots) will linger on your taste buds for a long time. In addition, Cappadocia offers yaprak sarması (stuffed vine leaves), patates salatası (patato salad), dolma mantı (ravioli-style minced meat parcels), sulu köfte (boiled meatballs in a tomato sauce), bamya (okra), testi kebap and many other tastes.

Testi Kebap

Testi Kebap

Un helvası (flour fried in butter with sugar), fırında sütlaç (rice pudding with a caramelized top), zerdali yahnisi (braised chopped meat with apricot and grape molasses), bulama (dried grape molasses), aşure (dessert made of boiled grains, beans, nuts and raisins), irmik tatlısı (semolina pudding) and hoşaf (fruit compote) will also cater for your desire.

Following dinner you can enjoy a Turkish coffee, smoke a nargile (water pipe) and listen to the birdsong or classical Turkish music.

Snowshoeing in Cappadocia

Snowshoes, developed for military reasons, are being used frequently by the mountaineers because of its providing many facilities. Snowshose enables you to walk easily on the deep snow. During the winter climbing, the mountaineers face many difficulties in walking towards the last camping spot with their heavy supplies. Walking by paving the snow is a very difficult process. The snowshoe helps the mountaineer to walk easily on the snow by extending the pressure to a wider space. The snowshoe is a device looks like a tennis racket and tied up to the shoes. The primitive forms of snowshoes are really like a tennis racket and they are made of hardwood frame with rawhide lacings.

Snowshoe of today

The snowshoes, being used by mountaineers and winter trekkers today, are made of plastic and they evolve a lot of compare to the primitive ones. The plastic snowshoes, having steel alloy frame, are very substanial. They might be used with any kind of mountain, military or skiing boots. They can also be arranged with requested sizes and lengths. Beside the ones for the flat ground snow walking, there are also models, designed for steep and broken grounds, is easy to learn walking with snowshoe although one might feel him/herself like a duck at the very beginning but after 10 – 15 minutes walking it is easy to adapt. Although the usage of snowshoe eases walking on the snow and reduces the energy that we spent , it is better that we do not forget that we walk on the snow. A bit of physical fitness will be needed for snowshoeing. One of the most characteristic of snowshoeing is your being able to reach easily to the inaccessible places during the winter.

Winter Cappadocia

Winter Cappadocia

In recent years, as a winter sport, snowshoeing is becoming very popular in Europe and America. It occurs, as an enjoyable activity especially done by the families with kids. The snowshoeing is rapidly growing up in Cappadocia as a winter activity, especially among the ones who know the beauty of Cappadocia under the snow during the winter time. If you imagine the miracle beauty of fairy chimneys under snow and being able to walking around this gorgeous view without being stick in the snow, the snowshoeing is just for you. The only thing you need to do is to get in touch with the agencies of the region, organizing snowshoeing.

Abseiling in Cappadocia

Abseiling, meaning rope drown or descent down a rope, is a new brand outdoor sport. It started in New Zealand at the beginning of 1990’s. At that time, the idea was landing with certain descent by jumping tided up from a flat surface cliff. Like this it was like a commando rock landing. However later on these landings received a new form by the sporty being face down and running down from the spot. This new form called as abseiling really asked for high level of adrenalin. The one who will be doing abseiling first position him/herself on the rock parallel to the ground and then as she/he release the rope with hands, starts to run down. At a short distance to the ground she/he should stop running and stop.

With this new form abseiling became very popular in a short time period. As it became popular, reformations in the concept started. It became a sport for everyone not only for the ones who are in love with adrenaline. The face down running is replaced by safer flat landings. After its evolution today abseiling is a world wide sport. In abseiling, the sporty that goes down, does not climb again therefore it is important to have trekking racecourses around the abseiling places to go up once again.

Abseiling equipments

The basic supply of abseiling is the climbing harness which will be used to tie up the descender. The round carbine, which gathers the harness, should be in “maillon rapid” shape. Most of the harnesses have their own collar. The two locked carbine is tied up to maillon rapid on the harness. One of them is for figure eight and the other is to fix the security rope. Instead of figure eight, descender can be used in abseiling. Actually usage of descenders is safer and easier. As you push the latch of descender you may go down, as you stop pushing it the system will lock itself automatically and you hang on the rope. Namely it is impossible to fall down if you are using descender. The other standart equipment in abseiling is the helmet. Without a helmet the landing cannot be performed. It is needed as a precaution for possible stone fall offs and head hitting because of the skidding.

Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle

Abseiling in Cappadocia

Some of the outdoor activity agencies in Cappadocia include abseiling in their programs. To do abseiling you do not need to be experienced. To trust in the system, to get to know the equipments and a little bit courage will be enough for you to try. You will have 30 minutes training on the ground or 2-3 meters high wall and then you will be able to enjoy this sport. Abseiling in Cappadocia is being done with double rope safety system, without middle stops and 30-40 meters high block landings. The rock block of Ishak Castle in Ortahisar is one of the most current places. The landing is performed through the Roman grave and with the decoration of Ortahisar Castle in the historical atmosphere of the area. The total of the landing is 62 m.

Yılanlı church (Church with snake)

Yılanlı church is the one with long corridor and low ceiling. It takes its name from the scene on the wall that Saint George and Saint Theodore killed the snake and dragon. There are also scenes that animated Emperor Constantine and his mother Saint Helena. Another interesting scene is about Saint Onuphrius. This saint had an imaginary life in a desert near Thebes in Egypt. He was painted in long gray beard  and one dress with the leaf of laurel.

St. Barbara church

It takes its name for a Saint from Egypt that was prisoned in order to take away from Christianity by her father. Despite all efforts to prevent, Barbara would do every necessities for Christianity and then she would be killed with torture by her father. The church which was built in 11th century was decitaded to the Christian saint as a martyr. The architecture of the church is similar to Carikli Church. Interior part is in the shape of a cross and there is a dome in the middle. Christ was painted in his throne on the dome and natural red colour was applied to the rock. On the north walls of the church, Saint George and Saint Theodore were painted by fighting on their horses against a dragon.

St. Barbara Church

St. Barbara Church

Elmali church

Elmali Church is a small cave church. It was built approximately in 1050 AD in the shape of four crosses . The restoration was completed in 1991. Nevertheless the destruction of frosces could not be prevented. There are scenes that tell the martyrs of Christianity, saints and priests. There is also the picture of fish with Greek letters. The name of the church is thought as having given with the scene that Michael the angel has an apple on his hand or with an apple tree near the church.



Elmali Church

Elmali Church