First Conference Venue: DoubleTree by HILTON Hotel Avanos – Cappadocia (please, click for more information) (This hotel is full for accommodation and presentation)
Second Conference Venue: PERISSIA Hotel & Convention Center (please, click for more information)
Double Tree By Hilton HOTEL PERISSIA Hotel
How to access the conference venue
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos – Cappadocia is located at a distance of about 1 km from the town center of Avanos in Nevsehir, about 40 km from the Nevsehir Airport and is within the historical region of Cappadocia. It is possible to take a taxi from the airport directly to the Hotel. Or if you inform our tour company when you will arrive at the Nevsehir airport, they can take you from the airport to the Conference Center of the 2nd ICOCEE-Cappadocia in a low fee.
The most comfortable and fastest way of reaching Cappadocia is airway. Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) is located in Gulsehir town of Nevsehir province. Turkish Airlines operates direct (nonstop) flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport (or from Antalya Airport) to Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport twice a day. In addition to the airway, many bus companies has bus services to Nevsehir.
Nevsehir – the Capital of the Cappadocia Region
Nevsehir is the capital of the Cappadocia region and is a perfect starting point for extensively visiting the area. The first settlements date back to 3000 BC; the oldest name of the city was “Nyssa”. The city also has some interesting remains from the Seljuk period, such as the castle which stands at the highest point of the city. The Kursunlu Mosque has an impressive complex of buildings and a medresse surrounding it which dates back to 1726. The museum displays a rich collection of the local finds. Gulsehir, and Hacibektas which is the town where Haci Bektas Veli settled in the 14th century, and set up his own Bektas Dervish order which was based on love and humanism. Hacibektas is famous for its onyx souvenirs.
Urgup – Tourism Center of Cappadocia
Urgup is a small town in the central region of Anatolia. Located in the historical region of Cappadocia, and near the cave churches of Goreme, it is renowned for its nightlife and for its good adjustment to tourism, making it a popular night stop for tourists. According to 2010 census, the population of the district is 34,372 of which 18,631 live in the town of Urgup. Urgup is also known for its famous hotels built within caves, for its wines and for its hand made carpets. Many of the hotels in caves are actually old houses. They can be rented and used for accommodation on condition of not damaging their historic structure. Some of the caves have also been converted into nightclubs and bars. Urgup is one of the main tourist towns in the Cappadocia region.
Avanos – The Ceramic Center
The old city of Avanos overlook is the longest river 18 km in north of Nevsehir, the ancient name of this city used to be Venessa. The most famous historical feature of Avanos, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of earthenware pottery. The hand-made ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the in Turkey, the Kizilirmak (Red River), which also separates it from the rest of Cappadocia.
Located ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kizilirmak has always been used. It is a popular destination because of its attractive old town with cobbled streets, and superb views over the river.
Goreme – Cave Churches
Goreme, situated 10 km from Nevsehir, is found in a region surrounded with valleys, within the Nevsehir-Urgup-Avanos triangle. The old names for Goreme are Korama, Matiana, Maccan and Avcilar. There are many holy and ancient cave churches in Goreme.
Cappadocia – Land of the Beautiful Horses
Cappadocia has one of the most interesting and spectacular landscapes in the world. About three million years ago the volcanoes of Mt. Erciyes and Mt. Hasan covered the surrounding plateau with volcanic tuff as a result of their violent eruptions. The natural effects of wind, water and rain eroded this area into a spectacular, surrealist landscape of rock caves, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines in colors ranging from warm tones of red and gold to cool tones of green and gray. Dating back to 4000 BC; the earliest people used to live in Goreme, known as Cappadocia, in dwellings dug into the rock. Christianity came to the region, and chapels, churches and monasteries were constructed in the rocks. At Derinkuyu, Mazi and Kaymakli, cities were developed underground in order for the inhabitants to hide from raiders. There is another underground city -Ozkonak- which is also open to the public. They are really amazing to visit, and give a sense of the way people must have felt while living underground. Urgup, 20 kms east of Nevsehir, is a lively tourist center and has all the characteristics of the region. Besides this, it is the center of a wine producing region and every year in October an International Wine Festival is held. It is an excellent place to stay to tour the sights in daytime and to find amusement in discos and bars at night. In Urgup you can see how people once lived in houses carved into the rock along the narrow streets. This is a good place for buying carpets and kilims, as many varieties are offered. Pancarlik Valley, the Mustafapasa (Sinassos) and Cemil villages, with their traditional stone houses, the Taskinpasa and Sahinefendi villages where the 2th century Kirksehitler Church is located, and the Devrent and Catalkaya Valleys are famous for their fairy chimneys. The Goreme Open Air Museum, 8 km northwest of Urgup, is a monastic complex of rock churches and chapels decorated with frescoes. The churches of Elmali, St. Basil, St. Barbara, Yilanli, Karanlik, Carikli, and Tokali are of particular interest and their frescoes are very well preserved. Many pilgrims still visit the churches. The cities of Goreme and Uchisar provide a bewitching scenery of cones and chimney formations. Uchisar Fortress is the highest point and the view from its top is enchanting. In Cavusin you will find the monastery of St. John the Baptist. The attractive town of Avanos is famous for its handicrafts, especially pottery, and you may try this craft yourself in one of the many studios. Soganli has a picturesque beauty with dozens of chapels, churches, halls and tombs. The Byzantine development of fresco art can be observed from the 8th to the 13th centuries in Soganli. The town of Ortahisar is carved out of rock. The churches in the Balkan Valley are some of the oldest. Kizilcukur Valley is strikingly beautiful during sunset. You should not miss that marvelous picture. Cappadocia is a land which seems to be a fantasy. Words are useless to describe the beauty and charm of the region; you must experience it for yourself, hot-air baloon tours, trekking tours, horseback riding tours, and other fascinating activities. It will certainly take a particular place in your memories and in your photograph album.
In Nevsehir, the local time zone is GMT+2 and time is always used on 24 hours.
Currency & Credit Cards
Official currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira (TL) ATM’s are widely available in Nevsehir and you should have no problem if you land in the city with nothing but a credit card. Credit cards, however, are usually not accepted by most government agencies, public museums or other historic places run by the government. You may frequently have to run to an ATM and withdraw some cash to cover for such expenses.
VISA and Master Card credit cards are accepted by almost every merchant, shops, or cafe and restaurant. Almost all banks’ provide the option of making withdrawals in multiple types of currencies such as US Dollar, Euro or Turkish Lira.
Exchanging money is possible almost everywhere in Nevsehir. You can change currency and get cash in Turkish Lira at the airport, through banks or exchange bureaus, or directly from any ATM. Exchange bureaus are very popular, especially in touristic areas and are generally easy to spot. Exchanging almost every currency is possible, and bureaus charge no commission while the exchange rates may slightly differ from one another.
Proper travel and health insurance are strongly recommended to all conference participants.
Climate & Clothing
Located in the Middle of Turkey, Capadocia reflects the characteristics of continental Central Anatolian climate. Due to its geographical location, the weather in Cappadocia is unique and diverse from morning through to the night time. Ideal times of the year to visit are from March till June and September to November, when the weather in Cappadocia is experiencing its autumn and spring seasons.
The spring season will experience a small amount of rainfall however it is not enough to hamper any sight-seeing excursions as rainfall periods are short and normally do not last longer than a couple of hours. The average temperature in May is about 15 degree Celcius, there is always the chance of rain.
Please visit the link below for the current weather forecast for Nevsehir: