In the heart of today’s Turkey, with its Greek roots and rich landscapes …
Cappadocia in the ancient world was part of Asia Minor, it is mentioned even in the 6th century BC in the records of the Persian kings, and its name means “the land of beautiful horses”. Unusually important for the history of Christianity, this region is rich in the remains of ancient churches and monasteries. However, what makes this part of Anadoluy special is that the cities are carved into the walls, while the caves have been turned into luxury hotels open throughout the year.
The central part of Turkey is known for its stone formations in the shape of a fairy tale, created by volcanic eruptions. The lava flows formed the ground, while the rain and the wind blew the entire landscape. These volcanic plains are located between the mountains of Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan, once active volcanoes, and now beautiful landscapes.
The three main cities of Cappadocia are Nevsehir, Nigde and Kayseri. Nevsehir is the main province of Cappadocia and represents a beautiful combination of nature and history. You can explore this underground network with a tour or, for those less inclined, soar up to the skies in a hot air balloon and gaze down at the astonishing architecture, valleys and mountains below, set ablaze with the glow of the sunrise. The view of the hundreds of balloons dotted in the sky is truly picture perfect. Urgup is the largest city and heart of Cappadocia, with its hotels, restaurants and shops embedded in natural relief.
For all adventurers, special hiking tours are planned in the Ihlara valley. The home of the largest canyon in Cappadocia is visited by more than 1.2 million visitors every year. Within the Green Tour you can enjoy Derinkuyu underground city, the Selim Monastery or Goreme Open-Air Museum. Red Tour, which cover a smaller geographical area, is also available to dynamic vacation lovers.
To this region, it takes 12 hours by bus from Istanbul, or 5 hours from the capital Ankara, while the nearest airport is in Nevsehir. There is no doubt that you will enjoy the views of ancient Turkey, either from the luxury hotel room or adhering to the reins of perfectly dressed horses.