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From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

1. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Avanos, Underground Cities, Ortahisar, and Pasabag. Day 1: Flight to Kayseri and Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Catch your domestic flight to Kayseri. Start with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a cave city in the Goreme Valley. See rock-cut churches, kitchens, and wineries left from Anatolian Christians. Gaze at Byzantine frescos at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its history. Next, make your way to Devrent Valley, famous for its animal-shaped rocks. See a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Continue to Pasabagi Valley or Monks Valley to enjoy the wonderful landscape. Make your way to Avanos Village, the region known for its pottery, silk, wool and carpet weaving, wine cultivation, and agriculture. See the natural as well as human-made masterpieces of this charming old town. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Experience pottery-making with local experts. After treating yourself to a hearty lunch, continue to Goreme Panorama, for views of fairy chimneys, which are tall rock formations with caps on top. Make the most of your time in Cappadocia by visiting Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing, be driven to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia in a special class cave hotel. Day 2: Underground Cities Of Cappadocia and Flight to Istanbul Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After check-out, embark on a full-day tour. Visit Rose and Red Valley, an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink, especially during sunset. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Next, enjoy a tour of Pigeon Valley, named after the countless man-made dovecotes or pigeon houses carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Then, go down to the world of underground cities. Once a refuge for 15000 Christians, these settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Continue the tour with Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches. See the famous castle-like rock formation standing dominantly over the town. After the tour, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, be greeted by your driver and return to your hotel.

Goreme: Budget Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

2. Goreme: Budget Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys and rock-cut churches and houses of Cappadocia, with transfers from your hotel. Get picked up from your accommodation in Cappadocia and embark on a drive to a secret location via minibus. Follow your licensed crew on board the balloon basket as it bloats with hot air and becomes very big. Listen to your pilot who will share safety measures and the dos and don’ts during your flight. Feel the exhilaration as the wind transports you across the valleys and mountains for about 45 minutes to 1-hour, depending on the weather. Marvel at the unique rocks and caves of the region from a bird’s eye perspective and feel the freedom of floating across the skies.

Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

3. Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel to begin a 6.5-hour tour full of incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many different types of ancient art. Your day begins with an exploration of Cappadocia, in particular Devrent Valley. This Valley is also known as “Imagination Valley”, which you’ll understand once you arrive. You’ll see countless different types of Fairy Chimney formations, which formed almost 30 million years ago. Following this, you’ll head to the Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia and one of the 3 UNESCO Sites in the park. This is an amazing cave town with dwellings built into the sides of rock formations. Now a ghost town due to unsafe erosion, this place once housed Christians and Muslims in harmony with each other. This trip offers the opportunity to stop by a local shop to discover the real Anatolia. See how people survived and created beautiful art in this region dating back to the Hittite period. Sit down for lunch in a local restaurant and rest up for the second half of the tour.   Then, head to Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley, two of the best spots for photography in the whole world. Hit the road again to return to your hotel—but before you get home, you’ll stop at Goreme Panorama Point to see the beauty of Cappadocia from a different angle.

From Istanbul: Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flight and Lunch

4. From Istanbul: Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flight and Lunch

Tour the most important landmarks of Cappadocia along with its fascinating rock formations on an all-day guided tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and arrive at the airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Kayseri. Meet your local driver and enjoy the ride to Cappadocia, where you will join other group participants and begin your tour. Explore the Goreme Open Air Museum and study the many rock-cut churches from as far back as the 10th century. Next, visit Devrent Valley, famous for its quirky animal-shaped rocks, and feel like you're in another world. Head to Pasabag, also known as Monks Valley, and see the chapel dedicated to St. Simeon along with a hermit's shelter. Admire some of the most striking fairy chimneys with a unique mushroom shape. Stop for a typical Turkish lunch in Avanos. Then learn to make pottery with local experts. Take in the best views of the fairy chimneys from Goreme Panorama before marveling at more magnificent landscapes from Uchisar Rock Castle. Drive back to Kayseri for your return flight to Istanbul where your driver will greet you and take you back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Heart of Cappadocia Private Tour with Lunch

5. Cappadocia: Heart of Cappadocia Private Tour with Lunch

Journey out on a private tour and discover the heart of Cappadocia traveling through the region's fascinating landscapes, valleys, and towns. Meet your English-speaking guide and driver at the lobby of your accommodation in Cappadocia and enjoy a relaxing ride in an air-conditioned private minivan. The first stop takes you to the Devrent Imagination Valley, an area with different animal-like natural rock formations. Then, continue the tour to Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the park. Take a stroll through the valley and admire some examples of Byzantine art. This trip offers the opportunity to stop by a local shop to discover the real Anatolia. Stop at Cavusin Village before you head to Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley to take photos of the area. See Cappadocia from a different angle at Goreme Panorama Point. Be dropped off at your hotel.

From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

6. From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Float above volcanic spires and honeycombed hills on a hot air balloon. Be accompanied by a guide to Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Pasabag, Uchisar, and Kaymakli Underground City, and more. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and make your way to Istanbul airport. Catch your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival to Cappadocia, meet your guide and begin your tour of North Cappadocia. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Devrent Valley, and Pasabag. Make your way to Avanos Village for a traditional lunch and pottery demonstration. Get to the top of the Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing, be driven to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia. Day 2 You can opt to join a balloon flight in the morning. Your day tour will be organized according to the balloon flight hours. After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full-day tour of South Cappadocia. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Head to Goreme Panorama for views of fairy chimneys. Hike in the Red Valley. Visit Old Greek Love Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, and Pigeon Valley. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Witness an onyx demonstration by local experts. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Conclude the day tour by 5 PM. Then, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your driver and taken to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Biking Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off

7. Cappadocia: Biking Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off

Meet your guide at your hotel around 9:30 AM and start the cycle to the Sword Valley. Spend time exploring Sword Valley by bike. Named after the rocks that resemble swords, sword valley has a unique landscape. Explore the valley, which has biking trails at a range of difficulty levels. Head to Çavuşin Village. Çavuşin Village is an ancient Greek town with houses cut into the rock. See the monastery that dates back to the 6th Century AD. Visit Pasabag, also known as the Valley of the Monks. Cycle to the fairy chimneys in Pasabag, regarded as the most striking rock formations in Cappadocia. Explore Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, by bike. See the moonscape Imagination Valey is famous for. The valley contains small fairy chimneys and rock formations that resemble animals. Stop at Ürgüp for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy views of the national park at Red Valley's sunset point. Red Valley provides panoramic views of the region, making it the perfect last stop. Be dropped off at your hotel.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Göreme Museum Tour

8. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Göreme Museum Tour

Gilde over Cappadocia on a hot air balloon flight and watch the sunrise over the incredible landscapes and fairy chimneys. Have a traditional lunch and explore the cave churches of Göreme. Be picked up at your hotel before sunrise, and journey to the launch site of your hot air balloon flight. Watch the sunrise over Cappadocia as you glide over settlements depending on the conditions. Float back to the ground for a post-flight celebration and collect your flight certificate. Then, marvel at the rock formations of the Devrent Valley before going to Monks Valley (Pashabagi), where the hermits built their cave dwellings and churches. Try your hand at pottery in Avanos and watch the potters at work using a technique that has remained unchanged for generations. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and explore the cave churches of Göreme Open Air Museum. Marvel at the Byzantine wall paintings depicting biblical scenes, and get a panoramic view of the valley and its fairy chimneys before visiting Uchisar Castle at the region's highest point.

North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

9. 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.

Göreme: North Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

10. Göreme: North Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Discover Cappadocia's Northern region with a guide who will lead you to the ancient frescoes and stunning landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage destination. Travel through the fairy chimneys of Paşabağ, explore rock-cut caves in Göreme, and visit a traditional pottery workshop in Avanos.  Start with a stop in the heart of Cappadocia at Uchisar Castle, named after the giant rock standing in the center of town. The Castle is located on the highest peak in the area, offering unparalleled views of Erciyes Mountain and Cappadocia. Then, visit the Open Air Museum to see monasteries, chapels, and churches from the Middle Ages. This place was a significant Christian education center. Be amazed by the architecture and very well-preserved frescoes. Soak in the magnificent Göreme panorama as you witness views of the town and the surrounding fairy chimneys. Travel to Paşabağ (Pasha’s Vineyard) and admire its impressive soil pillars in a vineyard. Click photos of its famed three-headed fairy chimneys. Then, after a short drive, find yourself at the surreal Devrent Valley. Look out in awe at its lunar landscape of small, pointed fairy chimneys and unique rock formations. Unwind over a traditional lunch before continuing the trip. Afterward, be driven to the small town of Avanos, known for being a terracotta industry center since 3000 BC. The source of potters' clay is the Kizilirmak River that flows through the town. Visit a traditional pottery workshop and have the opportunity to watch the marvelous craftsmanship firsthand. For the final stop, be led to 3 amazing fairy chimneys near Urgüp, also known as the Three Graces or the Three Beauties. Listen as your guide reveals the charming story behind this wonderful natural structure.

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What people are saying about Fairy Chimneys

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 215 reviews

What a wonderful day! Just be aware- it is a long hard day, so if you don’t want to wake up early and be out all day, don’t book this tour. We had an incredible time- honestly one of the best days of our life! Our tour guide Augyl was so kind and accommodating - clearly well respected by the owners of the places we went. We have been in Turkey for over a week and a half and this was hands down the best lunch that we have had- they treated us like royalty! Augyl communicated quickly and answered all our questions prior to leaving on the tour and was very well informed about the history of the area. She even asked us where we wanted to go/see and adjusted our day to meet our desires. This truly was a once in a lifetime experience and I highly recommend!!

A day before the tour an email was sent to us to confirm and give instructions for hotel pick up, which is really nice. The tour itself started on time. It was well organised and the van was also spacious enough for the group. Our tour guide Mostafa was very knowledgeable and gave us on each stop an opportunity to enjoy the view and take pictures. If you want to explore beautiful parts of Goreme I highly recommend this tour, the tour was worth its price.

Our Spanish tour guide was excellent comunicación ability, experience and well known all the aspects of the history an excellent humor, I will recommend always.

Was a very nice experience, but we were not lucky to see the air ballons. I recomend it

Balloon ride was awesome, and the full day tour was also interesting