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Cappadocia: Full-Day Discovery Tour With Lunch

1. Cappadocia: Full-Day Discovery Tour With Lunch

After pick–up from your hotel at around 9:30 AM, start your full day Cappadocia tour. Your first stop will be the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the deepest and most fascinating multilevel underground settlements of Cappadocia. This incredible underground world contains courtyards, stables, churches and wineries all intertwined in an extensive network of tunnels. From here, drive to Ihlara Valley and walk about 4 kilometers along the Melendiz River in the valley exploring the hidden cave churches. At the end of the hike, reach Belisirma Village and sit down for lunch at a local restaurant nearby the river. After lunch, make a short photo stop at Yaprakhisar Panorama and see the viewpoint with unforgettable views of the cave village and countless fairy chimneys.  End the tour with a visit to the Selime Monastery, one of the biggest and most fascinating religious settlements in Cappadocia. This complex was carved into the rock face by monks in the 13th century. At the end of a spectacular day’s sightseeing, head back to your hotel at around 5:00 PM.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Guided Tour

2. Cappadocia: Small-Group Guided Tour

The driver and the guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning. Then you can decide with them what to visit. Cappadocia's most famous attraction, for good reason, is the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. There are over 10 cave churches in the Göreme Open Air Museum. Along with rectories, dwellings, and a religious school, they form a large monastic complex carved out of a roughly ring-shaped rock formation in the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. The two most important churches in Cavusin are the Great Basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist and Cavusin Church or the 'Great Pigeon House'. The old city of Avanos, whose name in ancient times was Venessa, overlooks the longest river in Turkey, the Kızılırmak (Red River). The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used locally. Watch the potters at work using the kick wheel, using a technique that has not changed for generations. Pasabag, the remarkable earth pillars, can also be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard - hence the name of the place which means: the Pasha’s vineyard. Also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley, this area does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange appearance. The valley has many animal-shaped rocks. Some of the most commonly seen shapes include camel, snake, seals, and dolphins.

Goreme Open Air Museum with Underground City Tour

3. 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.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Discovery of Anatolian Art Tour

4. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Discovery of Anatolian Art Tour

The Anatolian peninsula in the center of Turkey has played an important role as a bridge for civilizations throughout the centuries. Learn ancient Anatolian art techniques in this 8-hour private experience with an expert guide.   First, on a visit to a large cooperative training institute, you will watch the local ladies at work patiently and skillfully creating Turkish carpets. Next, watch a skillful pottery master turning mud into a unique piece of art, then attempt to replicate it yourself.   Anatolians used volcanic rocks as well as precious and semiprecious stones with metals to create gorgeous examples of jewelry. The next stop will be at showroom packed with jewelry waiting for you to choose from.   Lastly, discover the Ottoman art of ebru (water marbling), an artistic way of reflecting the fluency and smoothness of water with exquisite colors and shapes on to a paper or a silk material. Enjoy a demonstration where the artist’s work will resemble a real magic trick.

Göreme: Cappadocia Full-day Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Göreme: Cappadocia Full-day Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the beauty of Cappadocia on this full-day trip from Göreme. Venture to the Red and Rose, Monks, and Pigion valleys. Watch a traditional pottery-making demonstration. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Göreme. Sit back and relax as you are driven to the Red and Rose valley in Cappadocia. Admire how the light hits the pink-tinted ridges of the valley.  Head to the village of Cavusin to see cave houses that were carved into the soft volcanic tuff rocks and the rock-hewn churches. Drive to Monks Valley where you can see the mushroom-shaped dwellings that were carved by Byzantine hermit monks.  Next, travel to Pigeon valley which earned its name from the countless man-made dovecotes (pigeon houses) that have been carved into the rocks. Strop to savor some regional wines at a traditional wine estate. Uncover the history of wine in Cappadocia.  Continue to a center for artisanal workshops in the town of Avanos for a pottery-making demonstration. Make your way to the town of Uchisar to marvel at the 60-metre-high castle that was dug into the mountain and once housed over a thousand people. Return to your accommodation in Göreme.

Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour

6. Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour

Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and today, you will visit Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley) and walk through this lunar landscape. Next, visit Pasabaglari (the world-famous fairy chimneys) and the village of Avanos, where you will witness a pottery making demonstration using ancient Hittite techniques. At noon, have a lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue your tour with Uchisar Rock Castle (the highest point in the region), Esentepe (a panoramic view of Göreme Valley) and Göreme Open Air Museum (rock cut churches, frescoes and monastery). After visiting the Göreme Open Air Museum, your tour will end and you will be dropped back off at your hotel.

Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

7. Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

Witness Cappadocia, the center of the first Christian monasteries. Be captivated by the 8-story Kaymakli underground city built thousands of years ago. Travel to the center of faith on Göbekli Tepe, and discover the Sanlıurfa Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in Turkey. Visit the view point of Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Imagination Valley, and Pasabag. Enjoy a pottery demonstration, eat a traditional lunch in Avanos, and stay overnight in Cappadocia. Discover the view point of Goreme, Hike in the Red Valley, visit Old Greek Cavusin Village, Love Valley, Kaymaklı Underground City, Pigeon Valley and Onyx Art Center. Venture to Gobekli Tepe and stop at Kahramanmaras on the way for an authentic lunch and the famous Maras ice cream, with overnight stay in Sanliurfa. Explore Abraham's Cave, Holy Lake, Grand Bazaar of Urfa, Sanlıurfa Archeology Museum, Harran and Gobekli Tepe. Fly back to Istanbul and a driven back to your accommodation.

From Nevşehir: Cappadocia Highlights Trip w/ Lunch & Pickup

8. From Nevşehir: Cappadocia Highlights Trip w/ Lunch & Pickup

Experience the beauty of Cappadocia on an excursion through cultural treasures like the Goreme Open Air Museum, Pigeon Valley, and the town of Avanos. Get treated to a buffet of Turkish cuisine as you learn about the area's traditions and lifestyle from your local guide. Get picked up from your hotel in Nevşehir and stop at a panoramic lookout to admire unique rock formations and enjoy a clear view of Uchisar Castle. Hear about the significance of this ancient site and the rich history of the Cappadocia region. Up next is the perplexing Goreme Open Air Museum, with its uncanny facade and extravagant interior. Take in the frescoes that cover the walls of these cave churches and see first-hand why this location has earned recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Move on to Love Valley, a famous site for marriage proposals, to wander around the mushroom-shaped formations known as 'fairy chimneys'. Take a break to enjoy an all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch before continuing on to Pigeon Valley. Additionally, visit Monk’s Valley and its refuges carved in stone. End the day in Avanos, a picturesque town along a river that supplies clay for their 4,000-year-old tradition of pottery. Witness a kick-wheel demonstration by a local potter and seize the opportunity to try this ancient custom for yourself.

Kaymaklı Underground City & Red Valley Sightseeing Tour

9. Kaymaklı Underground City & Red Valley Sightseeing Tour

There are many underground cities in the Cappadocia region of Turkey and on this full-day tour you will explore one of the most significant as you drive through the beautiful Red Valley amongst its fairy chimney rock formations. You will also go to the old village of Çavuşin, largely deserted due to the rock falls that plague the area. For this reason it is best to take a guide. At Çavuşin you will visit the Church of John the Baptist. First you will visit the Red Valley, which is at its most beautiful when the evening sun hits the slopes of the valley and creates one the most magical sunsets in the world. Move on to Rose Valley, an isolated valley behind Urgup. See beautiful rock formations with hidden rock-carved churches. One of the most interesting aspects of the area is the countless tracks connecting small villages and towns, through vineyards and gardens that spread like a spider’s web. Drive to Çavuşin to visit the Church of John the Baptist, which dates from the 5th-Century AD with paintings from the 6th, 7th and 8th-Centuries. Following a lunch break we will continue to Pigeons Valley to explore the underground city of Kaymakli. The city was discovered under the hill in the middle of the town and opened to public in 1964. Although only 4 levels of the underground city can be visited, it is not known exactly how many levels it originally had. You will visit Ortahisar, which takes its name ("Middle Castle") from its central location among the Cappadocian towns of Goreme, Urgup and Uchisarand Nevsehir. A few kilometers from the Goreme Open Air Museum, enter the town and notice the doors in the rock surfaces on both sides. They are the best example of the cool-air storage systems in Cappadocia. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel in the Avanos, Goreme or Urgup areas having seen one of the most unique sights in Cappadocia, one of the most unique places in the world.

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What people are saying about Göreme

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 56 reviews

The title of the activity is not particularly appealing on paper. But by reading the description, we let ourselves be tempted and in the end, we do not regret! I did not expect such a varied and detailed adventure. A top guide. A tour which turned out to be a private tour as no one else had booked which gave us even more time to enjoy, ask questions etc. Hard to say anything other than, go and see for yourself. The price-performance ratio is frankly the best and it is in the end much more interesting and complete than a banal Red or Green tour.

A fantastic day

Hairula has been very well prepared, professional and friendly. It has been a pleasure to spend the day with him and Remadam (the driver). We made the red route and a part of the green one, in 7 hours without hurry

Really fun experience. Covered everything you need in Cappadocia in a single day and skipped what I wanted to skip. Guide was laid back, informative, and helpful.

The Guide was really nice and funny. I would recommend it. The places he took were nice and the tour itself were informative.

Excellent program with a knowledgeable and nice guide Aygul.