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Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

1. Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Your tour of Cappadocia's highlights begins with a pickup from your hotel. Head to the Devrent Valley and see why it is also known as Imagination Valley. See countless different types of Fairy Chimney formations, which formed almost 30 million years ago. Head to the Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia and a UNESCO site. See the cave town's 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. Have 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 stop in Pasabag, where we will see the most interesting fairy chimneys, resembling those seen in the Hobbit and Smurfs.

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

2. 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.

Hot Air Balloon and Best of Cappadocia Region Tour

3. Hot Air Balloon and Best of Cappadocia Region Tour

Combine an iconic Cappadocia hot air balloon ride with a day trip to the region's top sights with this day trip. Step back in time as you explore ancient sites like the the Goreme Open Air Museum, Uhicsar, and the mushroom houses of the Pasabag Valley.  Start your day bright and early with a complimentary pickup service that will take you to your hot air balloon tour. Feel the thrill of lifting off from the ground and take in the stunning panoramic views of Cappadocia from above as the sky is filled with other balloons.  Transfer back to your hotel momentarily before being picked up again for your full day trip in Cappadocia. Relax on the drive to the Goreme Open Air Museum where you can admire this uniquely-shaped ancient complex of churches cut into volcanic rock. Enjoy the fantastical rock formations in the lunar-like Devrent Valley, the mushroom shaped ruins in the Pasabag Valley, and the Castle built into the rocks of Uhicsar. Visit the village of Avanos which is known for its production of ceramics. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour. 

Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

4. 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: Private Day Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore historic Göreme and the surrounding Cappadocia region and Nevsehir Province during this privately guided walking tour with wine pairings. Discover the picturesque Devrent Valley landscape, taste-test traditional Turkish food and coffee, and marvel at the whimsical fairy chimneys. Enjoy an air-conditioned, VIP bus transport to the charming town of Avanos. Located on the sweeping banks of the Red River, here you can tour the local ceramics shop and even try making your own pottery.  Discover the stunning Kaymakli Underground City. Known as the deepest underground location in Cappadocia, follow your guide as you trek to the fourth level of this eight-level subterranean city, located 30 meters below the ground. Pause to marvel at the surreal landscapes of both the Devrent Valley and Love Valley, each dotted with unique fairy chimney rock formations. Listen as your guide details fascinating facts and anecdotes about the area's rich cultural and geological history.  Step back in time and visit the Zelve Open Air Museum, a Byzantine-era monastery carved into the centuries-old rocks. Relax and mingle with the locals at Ortahisar.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia, Ephesus, & Pamukkale Private Tour

6. From Istanbul: Cappadocia, Ephesus, & Pamukkale Private Tour

See Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hierapolis. Enjoy pre-selected hotels, with breakfast and lunch included. Choose your own spot for supper and explore a bit on your own. Day 1: Istanbul To Cappadocia by Plane; Full-Day Tour of Southern CappadociaEnjoy pick-up from your hotel to the airport for a one-hour flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival at Cappadocia, meet your guide at the airport who will have your name on a sign. Relax while your guide transfers you to the tour office in Goreme. Next, depart for a full-day tour of Southern Cappadocia. See Pidgeon Valley, the Underground City of Kaymakli, the continue along the countryside to the Kızılcukur Valley. Visit Selime Monastery before returning to your hotel.  Day 2: Cappadocia To Izmir; North TourBe picked up from your hotel after breakfast and depart for a full-day exploration of North Cappadocia. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin Vallage, Monsk Valley, Devrent, and the towns of Urgup, Ortahisar and Avanos. Return to your hotel in Cappadocia before leaving for your transfer to the airport for the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, you will be met at the airport once again with your name and you will be delivered to the next hotel in Kusadası. Day 3: Full-day Ephesus TourLeave your hotel after breakfast and depart for Ephesus. See the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World. Visit the biggest amphitheater and the Celsius Library. Tour around ruins left from the ancient city, and see the House of the Virgin Mary, thought to be her last dwelling. At the end of the tour enjoy a transfer back to the hotel. Relax and explore Kusadasi at your own pace with free time in the evening. Day 4: Tour of Pamukkale and The Ancient City of Hierapolis; Flight Back To IstanbulBe picked up from your hotel after breakfast and depart for a full-day Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour. Visit the Old Gates, the cemetery, and the theatre of Hierapolis (part of the James Bond film shoot).  Take in the waterfall known as Travertines, and swim in the calcified pools made famous by Cleopatra. At the end of the tour sit back as you are delivered to the airport for a short flight back to Istanbul.

Hot Air Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Red Tour

7. Hot Air Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Red Tour

Fly over the Cappadocia landscape early in the morning in a hot air balloon, a truly surreal experience you'll never forget. Follow this up with 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 this 1-hour hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia, perfect for taking pictures of the Fairy Chimneys from above. These rock formations formed 30 million years ago and are unique on this planet. Then, explore Devrent Valley for a more up-close sight of the Fairy Chimneys. Visit Zelve Open Air Museum, an amazing cave town with dwellings built into the sides of rock formations. Next, visit Pasabag, where you’ll see some more Fairy Chimneys. Close by, visit a local village’s pottery shop and 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.   After lunch, visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains some of the best cave churches in Cappadocia. Admire the frescoes adorning this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to Uçhisar 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.

Rose Valley & Kaymakli Underground City Tour

8. Rose Valley & Kaymakli Underground City Tour

Start the tour at 9 AM with pick-up from your hotel. After a 5 minute drive,  set out on a hike through the beautiful Rose Valley which will take just over an hour. Pass by fairy-chimneys, local farms, pigeon houses, and rock-hewn cave chapels. Admire the wonderful range of rose-colored hues in the valley which change in intensity depending on the season, time of day, and weather conditions. Learn about the history and the unique formations of Cappadocia during the hike from your guide. Ah the end of the hike, make a quick stop at the picturesque old Cavusin cave village. Then head to Monks Valley (Pasabag), where you will see the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys and St. Simeon's monk cell. Then, drive to Goreme for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Kaymaklı underground city, the first and most popular underground city in Cappadocia. Discover how this complex carved underground was used for hundreds of years by locals to hide from Romans, Persians, and Maurs. The final destination on the tour will be a photo stop at the bottom of Uchisar Rock-cut castle. Enjoy return transfer back to your hotel at around 4 PM.

Göreme: Balloon Watching Experience from the Ground

9. Göreme: Balloon Watching Experience from the Ground

Embark on a sunrise balloon watching adventure in the scenic hills of Cappadocia. Meet your driver at the lobby of your hotel and enjoy a comfortable ride to different lookout points. Watch as numerous balloons start to fly like butterflies in the sky and capture this unique moment on camera. Don't forget to bring warm clothes and extra batteries for the camera. Your driver will show you the best spots to take magical photos from different angles. Once the balloons have landed, you will return to the hotel with many beautiful memories of this sensational morning.  The tour requires a minimum of 2 people and is suitable for couples, friends, and families.

Goreme Open Air Museum with Underground City Tour

10. Goreme Open Air Museum with Underground City Tour

After pick up, head to the deepest Underground city to explore its 4 floors, 30 meters deep. Move on to the highest point of the center of Cappadocia in Uchisar town, Uchisar Castle. Visit the most important sight, Goreme Open Air Museum, to see its many churches with wall paintings (frescoes) describing the life of Jesus Christ, dating back to the 10th century. The Cavusin village will be your next stop. Make the most of this trip to see an abandoned village and its Greek Houses.  Take some time for lunch in Avanos before visiting a pottery shop, and learn how to make potteries and seramics. Move on to Pasabag, a sacred place and home to many monks. In Pasabag, prepare to see some of the largest fairy chimney rock formations, with two or three caps each.  Finally, stop at Devrent Valley and marvel at its rock formations, shaped like animals, the reason that this place has been nicknamed Imagination Valley. At around 5:00 PM, head back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Göreme

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

An excellent tour, and an excellent discovery. The program is well thought out, the guide knows his work very well, always smiling and seeks the interest of the client without harassing him with the sales this… the places we discovered were rich in culture and full of surprises awaited us . The bus was perfect. Many thanks to the guide Jalal (teamJ)

Edip was a wonderful tour guide. His sarcasm, wit and humour made this the most pleasurable tour to be on. Alican was such a great host and made sure that we were picked up timeously for the tour despite being situated in the city. The tour itself covered everything necessary to view and experience in Cappadocia. I highly recommend this tour.

The best experience with which you can start a holiday in Cappadocia! Very well prepared guide. He knew exactly how to share information so that it would capture our attention every moment. It is one of the experiences we would repeat if we got back to the region.

Complete. Terrific guide. Kind, friendly, he extended the tour a little more to be able to see another valley and also arranged the balloon tour for us after another agency had let us down.

Great experience learning more about Cappadocia and its history