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A tour of Turkey is unique in that it gives you the chance to experience both European and Middle Eastern cultures in one fell swoop. Not only that, but with the varied attractions - from the historic city of Istanbul to the beautiful scenery of the Bosphorus, there is something for everyone. This is even true as you move toward the center of the country and into Cappadocia. The historical region is home to some of the most unusual natural formations in the world, and a visit to the stark landscape is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Goreme Valley The dramatic landscape in Cappadocia is unlike anything else on Earth, and that is especially evident in Goreme Valley. The region is home to a popular national park that was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and is particularly famous for its unique fairy chimney rock formations that dot the landscape. These unusual formations are the result of volcanic activity that rocked the area millions of years ago, and today they create views that would look more at home on the moon. The volcanic activity also created large networks of caves, some of which have been turned into homes and hotels.
Ihlara Valley Although the unusual natural formations are the largest draw of Cappadocia, the region is also home to some impressive pieces of architecture, and that is certainly the case in Ihlara Valley, but the buildings are unlike any you have ever seen. For instance, there are rumored to be hundreds of churches built throughout the remote region, and many of them were constructed into the walls of the canyon. Among the most famous is Agaçalti Church, which is believed to have been built between the 9th and 10th centuries.
Kayseri Cappadocia is not all remote landscapes, and Kayseri is there for travelers looking to get a taste of modern big city life. Home to around 1 million people, the city is a thriving hub of activity while also serving as a testament to the country's lengthy history. Some of its most impressive buildings are mosques dating back centuries including the Ulu Cami, which was built more than 800 years ago The entire city sits in the shadow of majestic Mount Erciyes, an extinct 12,848-foot volcano.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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