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Göreme: Heart of Cappadocia Tour & Zelve Open Air Museum

Product ID: 95754
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No visit to Cappadocia is complete without spending quality time with the moonscapes, cave churches and fairy chimneys in the plateaus and valleys of this magical land. Join this Cappadocia tour to discover the true heart of the region.
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
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Pick-up service

Pick-up from hotels in Uchisar, Goreme, Urgup, Avanos, Ortahisar and Cavusin.
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Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the lunar landscape of Cappadocia with its incredible fairy chimneys, rock dwellings and cave churches
  • Explore the ghost town of Zelve at an open air museum
  • Experience the life of a local potter and this ancient Cappadocia tradition
  • Grab lunch at a favorite local spot in Pide or Gozleme
Full description
Turkey is a country filled with unique landscapes, and Cappadocia is no exception. Journey on an out of this world Cappadocia tour traveling through the region's breathtaking landscapes, valleys and towns. After being picked up from your hotel, arrive in Devrent Valley after a short 10 minute drive. This is where you will first meet the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, a moment you won’t be forgetting in a hurry after this Cappadocia tour. After some explanation from your guide who knows all the local stuff about the history, culture and the geological formations of Cappadocia, set out to get right to the heart of this fairytale land. Up first is Devrent Valley - also known as the 'imagination valley.' The unbelievable rock formations make this is a geology nerd’s paradise. Next is Pasabag Valley (or Monks Valley) where you’ll climb into a fairy chimney chapel to check out the three heads dedicated to St. Simeon.

Continue on to visit the famous Zelve Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. You’ll also make stops at the Geyikli Kilise (the Church with the Deer) and Uzumlu Kilise (the Church with Grapes) before giving you some free time to explore this deserted cave village now part of UNESCO Heritage Sites. With all that exploring, you’ll be hungry and ready to rub shoulders with locals and enjoy a pide or gozleme for lunch. After lunch, check out the abandoned city of Cavusin with its cave mosque, pigeon houses, churches and homes. Everything manmade in Cavusin was carved into the rocks in this area, giving you the chance to see a truly fascinating way of life and ancient tradition that you might not find on other tours in Cappadocia.

Avanos, the center of terracotta artworks since 3000 BC, will be your next stop on this Cappadocia tour. Here, you’ll see traditional pottery workshops and demonstrations, and glimpse into the world of pottery as it was thousands of years ago. This is such an integral part of local culture in Cappadocia that you would be crazy not to see it during your visit, and what makes this tour so special is that you will have the opportunity to make your own clay pot if you wish, with the local craftsmen to help you polish up your skills. Make your final stop at the Uchisar and Pigeon Valley, and Estentepe, where you’ll be able to taste some Turkish tea and enjoy the stunning views of Goreme Valley - what a way to finish this adventure. As this Cappadocia tour comes to a close, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in the center of Cappadocia, or your driver will also be happy to drop you off at the local transport stations if needed.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Local lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drink
  • Personal purchases
  • Tips and gratuities for your local guide

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• This trip is offered on a 'join-in' basis. Maximum group size is 12
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour
• Please be aware that the standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. To respect this, and for your own comfort, modest clothing is recommended. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Please note that short shorts for both men and women are not acceptable, nor are tank or singlet tops. Turkish people do not wear shoes within the home so easy slip on shoes are suggested to be worn
• The weather in Turkey is highly variable depending on the time of year. Winters range from freezing cold to extremely hot and humid in summer (June, July and August)