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Post Congress Tour to Cappadocia

October 19-20-21, 2018

Tour Leader

Dr. Fatma Gül ÖZTÜRK BÜKE, Assoc. Prof. (Research interests: Cappadocia, Byzantine art & architecture, rock-cut architecture, vernacular architecture)




250 Euro

Today, located in central Turkey, Cappadocia is well known for its peculiar volcanic landscape, unique geological formations and extensive rock-cut architecture. The colorful geological landscape offers various morphological formations, including so-called “fairy chimneys”. The historical landscape houses art and architecture of diverse cultures, while Byzantine rock-cut churches and frescoes therein are abundant.

Traditional settlements in Cappadocia are located to benefit from topography and natural rock structure at the highest level, and usually consist of hybrid houses with carved and built spaces. In addition to being a natural and cultural heritage site and an important tourist destination, the microclimatic advantages of the rock-cut spaces in Cappadocia have been recently rediscovered by the food storage industry.

We cordially invite you to join us to this weekend trip to Cappadocia, a region where boundaries are blurring and a site which can stimulate discussions on the diverse aspects of sustainability.

Friday, October 19, 2018AfternoonBus departure from Balgat Campus, Çankaya University
On the wayTuz Gölü (Salt Lake)
EveningCheck-in in the hotel & dinner at hotel*
Saturday, October 20, 20185 amOptional: Watching sunrise or hot air balloon ride**
8 amBreakfast at hotel
9 amBus departure from hotel
Day long


Göreme (Open Air Museum, Tokalı Church, Love Valley)

Çavuşin (Church of St John the Baptist, Çavusin“Nicephorus PhocasChurch)

Lunch in Avanos

Zelve (Open Air Museum)


Kızılçukur Vadisi (Red Valley)


Dinner at hotel

Optional: Turkish Night**

Sunday, October 21, 20185 amOptional: Watching sunrise or hot air balloon ride**
8 amBreakfast at hotel
9 amCheck-out & bus departure from the hotel***
NoonDeparture to Ankara
4 pmAnticipated time of arrival to Esenboğa Airport
5 pmAnticipated time of arrival to Ankara

Tour price includes:Transfers for Ankara/Cappadocia/Ankara and round-trip transfers in Cappadocia, 2 nights’ accommodation (incl. breakfast and dinner), lunch on Saturday, guided tour and admission fees for the museums & sites.

*   Planned Hotel for accommodation is Uçhisar Kaya Hotel (

**  Tour price does not include:Air balloon ride, “Turkish Night” and Lunch on Sunday. Air balloon ride and “Turkish Night” are optional and require reservation and extra payment. Lunch on Sunday will be on a resting and service place on the route back to Ankara and is notincluded.

*** Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport can be an option for arranging return flights.

The Organizers reserve the rights to make changes to the tour program and to the place of accommodation!