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Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

1. Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel by a professional tour guide after your breakfast at around 09:45/ 10:00. Your first encounter with Cappadocia will be Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley).  In this valley, different rock formations can be seen as animals which is why this valley can also be called Imagination Valley. Use your imagination to describe all these rocks. Then, head to Monks Valley or also known as Paşabağları.  There is a bit of a difference between these two meanings in English and Turkısh. Monks used to live here and hide from the religious pressures of the Roman government or local people.  During the Roman period, most of the people were pagans and not Christian. That's why all the history of these places comes from this point.  In Turkish, Paşa means men who have lots of money and land. Bağ means land or area that can be purchased. In the following years, all these rich men bought some part of the land for their own economic power. Afterward, the local people were known as Paşabağları. Avanos town will be your third point of interest. In the art center, you will see how to make pottery and ceramic in the Cappadocia region. The history of pottery making and ceramic dates back to the Hittite emperors (B.C. 4000).  Avanos is the only town that is famous for pottery and ceramic made using red and white clay only. In the art center, you will be shown a pottery-making demonstration and will also be able to try it yourself. Then, head to an open buffet lunch in a local, clean restaurant as a tour break.  After a short photography break at the Esentepe viewpoint, see the stunning Gōreme Valley and fairy chimneys. The largest and tallest fairy chimney known as Uchisar Castle will be your next point of interest located in Uchisar. It is also a natural structure, not made by human hands.  In case of dangerous situations, you will not be allowed to climb the castle.  The most important place for Christianity, Göreme Open Air Museum will be waiting for your visit after Uchisar Castle. This will be completely similar to today's university model. You will see dormitories (for men and women), churches (9 to 10), chapels, dining rooms, mutual places, and classrooms.  You will see wall paintings or frescoes on most of the walls of the churches in this museum. These paintings depict some scenes from the Bible or some other important point in the life of Jesus Christ. People used to live here as students and teachers together. In addition, teachers gave Christian courses to their students from the Bible. Then after their graduation, they would go to some other part of Turkey in order to spread and teach Christianity to the people.  Finally, you will visit the deepest and largest underground city in Cappadocia. Consisting of seven floors, you will see all parts of the underground city open to the public and learn how people survived under limited opportunities.  Mainly, you will see stalls, dining rooms, food storage rooms, churches, kitchens, and other similar places you would normally find in a living area. Your professional art historian guide will gladly explain all the details and the history of the places you will visit during your tour schedule. 

Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

2. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

Experience an alternative way to see the sights of Cappadocia from the ground on this ATV tour. After a quick safety briefing and demonstration, get some practice on the bikes before beginning your tour. When you are 100% comfortable behind the wheel, begin your tour of Cappadocia's must-sees. First, drive through Sword Valley, the smallest valley in the region, and admire the sword-like fairy chimneys which give the valley its name. Next, speed through the White, Love and Red Valleys, stopping in each location for a rest or photos. Finish off at Rose Valley where you can watch the sunset from one of the best spots for sunset viewing in Cappadocia.

Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

3. Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

Start with a 09:00AM pick-up from your Cappadocia hotel and your first stop will be Saratli Underground City. This city has many similarities with the Özlüce and Mazı Underground Cities. The underground city has spread to large areas but a small part has been cleaned. Underground cities date back to the Hittite period, mainly carved to protect themselves from the attacks in an emergency. They were used by the Christians during early Christianity from the slaughter of the Roman Empire. After visiting the underground city, drive to Tepesi Delik Han Caravanserai, one of Cappadocia's most important historical locations. Have lunch at 01:00PM and then drive to Lake Tuz, a saline lake occupying a huge area in the arid central plateau of Turkey. See the crystal white salt and spend an unforgettable time at the salt lake. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel at 04:00PM.

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

4. Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and get a panoramic view of Göreme en route to Derinkuyu Underground City. Marvel at the subterranean city, used by the Romans to shelter against invasions by the Arabs. Get explanations about the area's deepest underground city before moving on to the Ihlara Canyon, formed by volcanic activity from Mount Hasan and erosion by the Melendiz River. Learn how early Christians carved churches from the rock on a 3.5-kilometer hike through the Ihlara Valley, and pause for lunch at a riverside restaurant. Next, visit the rock-carved Selime Monastery and learn about monastic life in Cappadocia. Continue to the Pigeon Valley to learn how the locals have used pigeon eggs and droppings for different purposes and why they carved pigeon houses on the slopes of the valley. End with a visit to an onyx factory in Uçhisar and watch a demonstration about how volcanic stone is shaped by a master craftsman.

Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

5. Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Begin your full-day tour with spectacular views over Göreme from Esentepe. Admire the panorama of the Göreme Valley and village with its fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and explore unique rooms including stables, cellars, storage areas, refectories, churches and wineries. On the second floor see the missionary school and study rooms. Travel to the Ihlara Valley, where you’ll see more than 100 rock-carved churches and houses lining the gorge. Walk along the river. Discover hidden churches. Relax by the river at Belisirma village and enjoy lunch. After lunch continue on to the Selime Monastery, which was featured in Star Wars.

North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

6. North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Cappadocia while discovering the city’s famous rock formations and breathtaking views. Start the day by taking in the beautiful panorama at Uchisar Castle while learning about the rich history of Cappadocia and its unique rock formations. Next, head to the Goreme Open Air Museum and explore thousand-year-old fresco-covered cave church walls with your guide. Watch a pottery demonstration using a kick wheel. Show off your own talent or just observe. Try traditional Turkish food during lunch in Avanos. Then see the Halys River, the longest river in Turkey. Stop off in Pasabag, also known as Monks Valley, and see the chapel dedicated to St. Simeon along with unique mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. Make a final stop in Devrent Valley and take fantastic pictures with the animal-shaped rock formations.

2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

7. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

Start the first day by visiting Devrent Valley, also known as 'Imagination Valley', this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley. Proceed to Avanos the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Red River. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Goreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule.  Then admire a spectacular view over Goreme, you can see fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. You have the option of also booking a pre-sunrise hot-air balloon flight for the next morning. While your guides complete the final preparations for your flight, you are served breakfast. Your pilot will show you all the unique beauties of Cappadocia from the Red Valley to Goreme. While witnessing an amazing sunrise up in the air, you will get to see perfect panoramic views of Urgup, Goreme, Ortahisar,Uchisar, Avanos, and Nevsehir. After the landing, a celebration with refreshing drinks (non-alcoholic) will be waiting for you. On the Blue tour you hike along the Red and Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. Conclude your hike at the Cavusin Cave Village. Marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th Century. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Descend towards the center of the earth with a trip to the Underground City of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. Discover this underground city and its stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries. Visit the Pigeon Valley. See spectacular view of dovecotes (pigeon or dove houses), old abandoned cave homes, and old Greek houses of Uchisar and Ortshisar Castle, as well as the biggest mass of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.

Göreme: South Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

8. Göreme: South Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Meskendir Valley (4.400m Trek) Our first destination is the Meskendir Valley, where groups will embark on a short trek through its magnificent landscape. Situated near Ortahisar, the valley stretches 440 meters and contains the famous Meskendir Church. Visitors are free to explore its interior, which is beautifully adorned with geometric red embellishments, and take in the large cross engraving on the chapel ceiling. Rose Valley No visit to Cappadocia would be complete without a visit to the Rose Valley, with its beautiful rock formations and hidden churches carved from rock. The isolated valley is located behind Urgup. Countless tracks connect small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens, stretching like a spider web. You may even see villagers working in the area, offering grapes, apples or apricots. Red Valley It has beautiful rock formations with some great hidden rock carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. The Rose Valley is an isolated valley behind Urgup. Cavusin Valley We will then explore Cavusin Village, one of the oldest villages in the region, known for its cave houses that stretch like labyrinth of ruins, chiselled into the rock face. The village is also home to the Church of John the Baptist, the biggest cave church in all of Cappadocia, which dates back to the fifth century. Underground City Of the 36 underground cities built by the Christians to escape persecution, the one we visit is the widest and most famous. No tour of Cappadocia would be complete without a visit here. It is divided into eight different levels, four of which visitors can explore, including a fascinating network of wineries, kitchens and living areas. Pigeon Valley On the outskirts of Goreme, we will stop and take in the views down to Pigeon Valley, named for the ancient pigeon houses carved into the cliff faces over centuries. Long ago, farmers throughout the region used pigeon manure as a rich source of fertilizer for their crops. Uchisar Castle Panaroma Our final stop is in the troglodyte town of Uchisar, situated in the heart of Cappadocia. Uchisar Castle is named after the enormous rock standing in the center of town that once served as its castle. It is the highest peak in the area, offering unbelievable views across Cappadocia and Erciyes Mountain. Love Valley The huge phallic formations of Love Valley have been formed naturally thanks to erosion of the volcanic rock, approximately 9 to 3 million years ago. Some formations are up to 40 meters high! Love Valley presents visitors an unusual landscape of cones, pillars, pinnacles, mushrooms and “fairy tale chimneys.”

Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

9. Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your guide and head out on a small-group tour through Cappadocia. Start with a stop at Goreme Panorama, a scenic viewpoint that presents you with the expansive vista formed by the city below and the stunning rocky hills that back it. Then, drive to Kaymaklı Underground City to learn firsthand how early Christians protected and defended themselves from persecutions and invasions for centuries. Hike through Turkey's largest canyon, which features over 2,670 different plants that thrive in the valley's microclimate. Afterward, make the 1.5-hour drive to Ihlara Canyon for a 3.8 km hike along the river and through the area's beautiful nature. After the hike, satisfy your appetite with lunch at a local restaurant in Belisırma. Then visit Selime Monastery, the biggest religious building in Cappadocia with a cathedral-size church. Before returning you to your hotel, your guide will stop at Pigeon Valley, the best photo spot in all of Cappadocia.

Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

10. Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

Start at 5.30AM with a pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to Istanbul airport. Take a flight to Cappadocia where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel to check-in. At 9.30AM, begin your tour of Cappadocia and visit sites including the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, and Cavusin old village. Enjoy a lunch in Avanos and watch a pottery demonstration. See the Paşabağı Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley (magic valley), Urgup fairy chimneys and Urgup Carpet Factory. After the first day, spend the night in a boutique-style hotel. After breakfast, you will be picked up at 5.30AM for a hot air balloon tour. Take a chance to stop back at the hotel afterward before beginning the tour again at 9.30AM to see the Göreme panaromic view. Here, learn about the geological and historical background of the city, then visit Derinkuyu Underground City which was constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Take a small hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. At Yaprakhisar Panorama, visit Selime Monastry, and marvel at all the different sections of a monastry in one composition. Finally, end your with a pigeon valley and onyx demonstration. Fly from Kayseri to Istanbul at 8.25PM and arrive in Istanbul at 9.55PM where you be transferred back to your hotel to end the program.

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4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

I can only recommend this tour. Plan on it being your only activity for the day since it is very long:). Mehmet was a very funny and educational guide. He made everyone feel very comfortable and taught us a lot of historical, as well as fun facts. The food was Turkish and so delicious. 10/10!

Good tour company. Loved this one gave us neck gators to protect from the dust because it gets extremely dusty. I didn’t notice any other groups with them. Highly recommend

The whole experience was memorable, Mehmet and our driver were helpful and it was fun spending the day with them.

Great experience on a private tour. Went off road and saw amazing view of different valley.

Really great tour! Nice staff, locations and food. totally worth it!