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« Turkey Itinerary

Day 14 – Uçhisar, Avanos

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Previous day to the main town of Cappadocia region.
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Uçhisar, Avanos
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Avanos is located about 7 km north of Göreme and the most famous historical feature of this place, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of earthenware pottery, which is also the most economic activity in the town. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. It is a popular destination because of its attractive old town with cobbled streets, and views over the river.

Another bizarre attraction of this town is the “Chez Galip Hair Museum“.



The unusual establishment, located under Master Galip’s pottery shop, is filled with hair samples from over 50,000 women. The walls, ceiling, and all other surfaces, except the floor, are covered with locks of hair from the different women who have visited this place, and pieces of paper with name, addresses and phone numbers on them.

The story goes that the museum was started over 30 years ago, when one of Galip’s friends had to leave Avanos, and he was very sad. To leave him something to remember her by, the woman cut a piece of her hair and gave it to the potter. Since then, the women who visited his place and heard the story gave him a piece of their hair and their complete address. Throughout the years, he has amassed an impressive collection of differently colored locks of hair, from women all around the world.

Respecting the privacy of the women, photography is strictly prohibited.

How to reach Avanos:
Take the ‘Avanos’ municipality (Beleyedesi) bus from right outside the Göreme bus station (every hour, arrives at the bus station between 10-15mins past the hour), and get down at the big mosque in Avanos (after the bus crosses the Kızılırmak river).

From the front of the mosque it’s a straight up, 200 meters walk to Chez Galip’s pottery shop. In case if you are lost, just ask anyone in Avanos and they will direct you to the shop.



This small town hosts the only one, yet best attraction of Cappadocia – The Uçhisar Castle. This natural rock citadel is the tallest point in Cappadocia, visible for a great distance from the region’s other towns such as Ürgüp and Avanos.

Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle

Apart form the numerous hotels, inns and pensions, Uçhisar (pronounced ooch-hee-sahr) the main reason visitors go there is to climb to the top of the hisar, the tall rock outcrop via tunnels and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view, the best view of Cappadocia except for that which you get from a hot-air balloon.

The view from the top of this massive rock with a number of rooms carved into it is well worth the price of admission 5L. The path to the top is strenuous but short, mostly stairs and relatively safe.

Another attraction of Uçhisar is the Güvercinlik (Pigeon) Valley, which can be hiked between Göreme and Uçhisar. The 4km trail starts from the road near the Ataman Hotel on the south side of Göreme or on the paved road on the north side of the hill where Uçhisar Castle sits in Uçhisar. Both trailheads are signed. Stick to the more traveled trails and you will have no trouble finding your way on this moderately hilly hike. The path through the valley offers spectacular views of the natural cliffs and the man-made caves and passes through a few tunnels carved into the rock.

Make sure to have a meal at Elai restaurant looking over stunning, panoramic views of the Cappadocia valley. They also have the Sufi whirling dervishes dance on some nights. Check the restaurant for performance timings.

How to reach Uçhisar:
From Göreme bus station, the dolmuş to Nevşehir runs every 30 minutes from 5am to 11pm. It takes 10 minutes to reach Uçhisar, which can be walked as well. The dolmuş called “Göreme” has a board on the windshield saying “Uçhisar, Nevşehir” and costs 2.50L one way.

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Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1 = TRY 1.8.

What Cost Notes
Breakfast in Avanos TL 10 or $5.50 Coffee with milk, eggs, bacon, toast etc.
Bus from Göreme to Avanos and back TL 5 or $2.80 One way costs TL 2.50
Uçhisar Castle Entrance TL 5 or $2.80
Bus from Göreme to Uçhisar and back TL 5 or $2.80 One way costs TL 2.50
Lunch at Elai restaurant, Uçhisar TL 42 or $23.30
Total Costs $37.20 Per person
Overall Costs $2,934.70 Per person


Day 13
Previous day to the main town of Cappadocia region.
Day 14
Uçhisar, Avanos
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« Two weeks in Turkey

Day 16
Kaymaklı, Çavuşin & Paşabağ
Next up is a visit to the nearby towns of Çavuşin & Paşabağ, and Kaymaklı underground city


Itinerary, Planning & Information

Day 1
First day in the largest city.

Day 2
Second day in the largest city.

Day 3
Coastal city of İzmir.

Day 4
Coastal town featuring thermal baths & castle

Day 5
İzmir to Kuşadası
Traveling from İzmir to Kuşadası & spending day there.

Day 6
Ephesus, Selçuk, Şirince
Visiting Efes & towns of Selçuk & Şirince.

Day 7
Cotton travertines and Hierapolis

Day 8
Kuşadası to Bodrum
Traveling from Kuşadası to Bodrum & day there.

Day 9
Bodrum to Ölüdeniz
Traveling from Bodrum to Ölüdeniz & day there.

Day 10
Ölüdeniz, Kayaköy
Boat trip at the Blue Lagoon & ghost town of Kayaköy

Day 11
Ölüdeniz, Fethiye
Paragliding in Ölüdeniz & visiting Lycan ruins in Fethiye.

Day 12
Fethiye to Göreme
Traveling from Fethiye to Göreme

Day 13
Main town of Cappadocia region.

Day 14
Uçhisar, Avanos
Small towns of Uçhisar & Avanos in Cappadocia region.

Day 15
Kaymaklı, Çavuşin & Paşabağ
Towns of Çavuşin & Paşabağ, and Kaymaklı underground city

Day 16
Cappadocia to Istanbul
Last day from Göreme to Kayseri & between Istanbul’s domestic to international airports.

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