Vineyard Cave Hotel
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... side of the valley but because of the sandy, slippery, steep slopes I didn't want to risk making it partway up only to lose my footing and graze myself whilst sliding all the way back down again. Also no one was in this valley and I didn't like my chances of being found quickly if something broke. So I went back down to the valley floor again and pushed through some more undergrowth, sinking some more costs ...
... We even got to stay in one! In case you're wondering, I did not don a sabre tooth tiger coat, like Fred, nor did Sandi pin her hair up with a bone, like Wilma. Nor were these the primitive cave dwellings of Neandertals.
Cappadocia was first occupied by the Hittites in ancient times (yes, of Biblical lore) who came to the area and discovered a geological anomaly - volcanic layers in the form of hard basalt over softer stone. Centuries of erosion created stone pillars ...
... the Cappadocia area. No one knows how many underground cities there are under the surface. Around 8 large cities and 200 smaller cities have been found to date and many of these are connected to each other with many kilometer long underground tunnels. It is truly amazing. And what is interesting is that another underground city has recently been discovered in 2007 when a resident fell through a wall in their home and discovered an ancient underground ...
... to land somewhere they could fold the balloon up. They had us by a rope now though and could guide us to where they needed. I was incredibly impressed that they landed it on the back of a trailer! We then had champagne mixed with cherry juice and watched as they folded up the balloon. Once they got it partially in a bag they decided to take a few of us over. As soon as I had handed my camera off to someone, I was picked up ...
... early way to start the day!
Inci, our guide was a very knowledgeable lady and gave us a crash course in Turkish along the way as well as taking us to her families business’ for Turkish delight!! We took in the sights of Goreme, the caves cut into the soft rock faces, early Christian pigeon coops and the fairy chimneys, soft rock columns with a hard Basalt cap. Walking around the place I half expected the droids from Star Wars to pop out ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVineyard Cave Hotel Goreme
We had a fantastic stay at Vineyard Cave Hotel. Accommodations were spacious, nicely decorated, and clean. The location is convenient as well, just a short walk from the center of Goreme. The tasty/filling breakfast served on the terrace is the best we've had as well. But what really sets Vineyard apart is the immense hospitality shown by the Uludag family who run the hotel (namely Hasan and his son, Osman). They were warm, knowledgable, and incredibly helpful. From offering us rides to helping us book local tours, they made our stay in Goreme that much better. (Plus Hasan cooks up a great omelette!). We highly recommend Vineyard!
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