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Days 5-6
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In magical Cappodocia, visitors will find some of the weirdest landscapes on the planet. Wind and rain have shaped volcanic rock into an otherworldly vista of pyramids, cones, and "fairy chimneys." You'll find subterranean cities and ancient churches carved into the rock. Base yourself in Göreme to explore the region.
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  • Natural Beauty
  • Archaeology
  • History


  • Göreme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famed for its valley of fairy chimneys as well as its church caves with vibrant frescoes.
  • Spend a night in one of many Cappadocian cave hotels, which run the gamut from basic to luxurious.
  • Explore the hundreds of cave churches, many of which have columns and elaborate frescoes. Don't miss the underground cities at Derinkuyu and Kaymakli.

Side Trips

  • Visit the Ihlara Valley, a deep gorge with monasteries and churches cut into the cliffs.

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