Day 2: “Cappadocia Red Tour”
Red tour: Start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity, it is possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot. Proceed to Avanos the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Red River. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Goreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Panoramic view point Esentepe. With a spectacular view over Goreme, see the complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. End your day with Uchisar Castle. This tall rock, the highest point of the Goreme region. After the tour, Transfer to your Cave Suite hotel.
Day 3 “Cappadocia Blue Tour, Flight to Izmir”
(Optional: Pre-sunrise hot-air balloon flight. Hotel pickup: around 06:30 during winter and 04:30 during summer. Dropoff: 8.00/30)
Day 4 “Ephesus Tour”
Your tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel at around 9:30am, however the exact time will be confirmed by the operating staff one day prior. After about one hour’s drive in our air conditioned comfort vehicle, you will get to Ephesus ancient city to explore its magnificent monuments, ancient sculptures and temples. You will be amazed by the beauty and majesty of this ancient world. Walking through the remaining ruins of Ephesus you will feel like you are travelling back in time. Visit the ancient amphitheatre, the library of Celsus, the temple of Artemis, the gate of Augustus, the Temple of Hadrian, the baths, and the city’s brothel. In particular, you won’t want to miss out on the Library of Celsus, the most impressive of the structures in Ephesus. The theater held 25,000 citizens, who gathered to watch theatrical performance and gladiator clashes. Today, from the site you enjoy impressive views across the main street that is lined with marble fountains, temples, and baths. After lunch, continue with a short drive to the House of the Virgin Mary on Mt. Koressos. Experience the holy spirit of the residence and chapel where Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. We will drop you to your hotel in Kusadasi and for your overnight stay in Kusadasi.