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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 Roman period, most of the people were pagan and not Christian. That's why, all the history of these places come from this point. In Turkish, Paşa means men who have lots of money and land. Bağ means land or area can be purchased. In the following years, all these rich men bought some part of land for their own economic power. Afterwards, the local people where 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. History of pottery making and ceramic dates back to Hittite emperors (B.C. 4000). Avanos is only town which is famous for pottery and ceramic made by red and white clay only. In the art center, you will be shown a pottery making demonstration and also be able to try try yourself. After all process of demonstration, you will have an open buffet lunch in a local, clean restaurant as a tour break. After a short photography break at  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 hand. In case of dangerous situations, you will not be allowed to climb the castle.  The most important place for Christianity and known as an open air museum, Göreme Open Air Museum will be waiting for your visit after Uchisar Castle. This will be completely similar with 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 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 had 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: Full-Day Private Tour

2. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour

Get picked-up from your hotel. First, enjoy a panoramic view of Göreme and marvel at some of the best views in the region. Your guide will have plenty of knowledge to offer you about your surroundings. Afterwards, visit Underground City which is the biggest and deepest underground settlement. It has 8 levels connected with narrow tunnels. You will visit stalls, stores, churches, wineries, kitchens and the other sections which are open for visitors. While you are visiting the sections, your guide will complement the experience with their expert knowledge. Next, enjoy a local lunch in an authentic restaurant. After, visit Pigeon Valley which is located in Uçhisar town and offers another spectacular panoramic view. The next destination is Goreme Open Air Museum, where you can see rock-cut churches carved by early Christian monks. Your guide will give you information about Christianity and the Monastic Life of Cappadocia. The next stop will be Çavuşin, which is the Old Greek Village, abandoned after Population Exchange in 192. This town is located on the banks of the Red River which is the longest river in Turkey. It is famous for its pottery which started around the 2nd millennium B.C by Hittites. You will have a tour of the town and then visit a pottery workshop and learn about red clay work and ceramics. One of the masters of the discipline will even demonstrate the ancient free-hand technique that has been used throughout history. Visit a rug workshop where all the products are made by hand in the traditional way. Then visit Paşabağı where spectacular mushroom-shaped rock formations can be seen. Paşabağı is also called Monks Valley because of the Chapel of Saint Simeon which is located in the valley. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also known as İmagination Valley. The valley contains curious red rocks, some of which resemble animal forms: a camel, a lizard, an owl, a snake, a chicken and a penguin.

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

3. 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.

North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

4. 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.

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

5. 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 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.

Göreme: South Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

6. 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.”

Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

7. 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.

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.

South Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

9. South Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

Discover some of the most impressive scenery of the Cappadocia region on an all-day guided tour. See fairy chimneys and unique rock formations. Get picked up from your hotel and head to Goreme Panorama. Take in wonderful views of the town’s spectacular cave houses. Hike through the beautiful Red and Rose Valley. Pass by fairy chimneys, local farms, and cave chapels. Learn interesting facts about the surrounding nature and history of the area from your guide. Stop off briefly at the old Greek village of Cavusin. Try traditional Turkish food during lunch in Avanos. Next, visit the impressive Kaymakli Underground City, which was used by early Christians as a shelter from enemies. Take in the terrific views of Pigeon Valley and learn about the carved pigeon houses. Make a final stop at the Onyx factory and hear about the semi-precious volcanic stones of Turkey.

From Göreme: Best of Cappadocia Guided Tour with Lunch

10. From Göreme: Best of Cappadocia Guided Tour with Lunch

Explore historic Göreme and the surrounding Cappadocia region and Nevsehir Province during this full-day, guided walking tour, including lunch and bus transportation between locations. Wander through the historic Goreme Open Air Museum, take a lunch break in charming Avanos, and visit Monks Valley. Begin your tour with a short ride to Kaymakli Underground City, the deepest underground location in Cappadocia. Then continue to the highest point in the area: the breathtaking Uchisar Castle, a centuries-old citadel perched atop a rock spur with a commanding view of the surrounding region. Pause to marvel at the surreal landscape, dotted with fairy chimney rock formations, while your guide details fascinating facts and anecdotes about the area's rich history.  Your adventure continues as you visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, a huge formation of cave churches with frescoes dating back to the 10th century. Continue your adventures by visiting the historic Greek village of Cavusin and hiking through an abandoned village. Then it's time to visit charming Avanos. Try the local cuisine for lunch, take a photo on the sweeping banks of the Red River, and tour the local pottery shop.  The tour continues to Monks Valley, where you can view the unusual rock cone formations. Finally, visit Devrent Valley's unique fairy chimneys that are shaped like animals, before being transported back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Göreme

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 92 reviews

The excursion was wonderful, I would like to highlight the treatment of the guide, always attentive to everyone and very friendly. You could tell that he was very interested and prepared, we could ask him anything and he knew how to answer, he advised us on places to see and the peculiarities of each place. We would certainly repeat.

Good allocation of time at each location. our guide Mehmet is very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Lunch was great

Very informative guide. Really enjoyed the whole tour. The lunch was also very good. Recommended to everyone.

Great day out- be prepared to do some walking. Good lunch Good tour guide

Great experience learning more about Cappadocia and its history