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Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour

1. 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.

Cappadocia: Private Car & Driver/Guide Service

2. Cappadocia: Private Car & Driver/Guide Service

Escape the fixed itineraries of organized sightseeing tours and explore the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia independently. Avail of a private car and driver/guide service for the day and enjoy the freedom of the road. Get picked up from your hotel to start your full-day adventure. Visit the sights you want to see in air-conditioned comfort. Avail of the services of a professional, English-speaking driver/guide with expert local knowledge of every corner of the region. Get taken where you want to go, subject to a maximum distance of 100 or 200 kilometers throughout the day. Get stunning views of the famous fairy chimney rock formations and explore some of the rock-cut dwellings and churches carved into the soft tufa rocks. Relax in the knowledge that all expenses associated with the vehicle are included, including gas, parking and toll fees. 

Cappadocia: Private Half-Day Vineyards & Wine Tasting Tour

3. Cappadocia: Private Half-Day Vineyards & Wine Tasting Tour

Spend your morning touring the historic vineyards of Cappadocia. Learn more about the grape varities growing here, and even get the chance to pick your own grapes. Visit the largest wine factory of the region where you will also get the chance to taste the wine of course. Cappadocian wines are among the most valuable pieces that complement local dishes with local dishes or a fireplace decorated table while watching their unique valleys. Get picked up from your hotel around 9.30-10.00 in the morning in a comfortable, private vehicle. Drive around the beautiful landscape and visit local vineyards where thebest grapes of the region grow. Learn from the winegrowers themselves about the local grapes and wine making processes. Pick your own grapes in the vineyard and get some fantastic photos of the unforgettable experience.  Then, head to the largest winery in the region, the Turasan Winery. Enjoy a wine tasting and learn more about the wine you sample.  At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Cappadocia: 1 or 2 Day Private Tour

4. Cappadocia: 1 or 2 Day Private Tour

On day 1, your professional guide and the driver will pick you up from your hotel at 9:30 AM. The first stop is Esentepe, the impressive panoramic viewpoint overlooking Goreme. Here, your guide will give you information on the history of Cappadocia and the unique rock formations. Your next stop is the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will explain the meanings of the frescoes in the cave churches, decorated with scenes of the Old and New Testaments dating back to the 10th century. The site has been used as a monastery since the first years of Christianity. For lunch, visit a lovely restaurant in Goreme. Then, after lunch make several photo stops along the way to your next destination. Stop at Urgup’s family fairy chimneys, Devrent’s animal-shaped rock formations, and Monk’s Valley with the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys as well as St. Simeon’s monk cell carved into the rock. Day one concludes in Avanos, a picturesque town on river that supplies clay for the 4000 year-old Avanos tradition of pottery. A kick-wheel demonstration by a local potter and your chance at trying this ancient custom brings your day to an end. You will arrive back at your hotel around 5:00 PM. Day 2 also begins at 9:30 AM, with your first stop being the amazing Kaymakli Underground City. Carved by the Hittites about 3500 years ago, this multi-level underground city was used by early Christians as a main shelter from marauding enemies during the 6th and 7th centuries. Kaymakli is one of the biggest underground cities in Cappadocia with 8 levels including stables, temples, and wineries. After departing Kaymakli, drive further south to the magnificent verdant Ihlara Valley. On your way back to Goreme, stop at the spectacular vista point overlooking Pigeon Valley.

Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

5. 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 Sunset and Night Tour with Dinner

6. Cappadocia Sunset and Night Tour with Dinner

Discover Cappadocia by experiencing its beauty and charm at night. Follow in the footsteps of your guide in a 4-5 hour private tour that features the main attractions of the city that glow in the evening light. As the day winds down, set out for Kızılçukur Valley to witness the magnificent sunset. See some of the city's most iconic sights, including Goreme, Ortahisar, and Ürgüp to gaze over the stunning landscape. Next, stop at a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious dinner. Finish your tour with visits to the towns of Avanos and Çavuşin. Tour spots: Kızılçukur Valley Sunset point Ortahisar Panoroma Ürgüp Panoroma and Fairy Chimneys Avanos city tour Uchisar Castle Göreme Panoroma Dinner

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

7. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

Following pickup from your hotel, your first stop is the fantastic viewpoint of Uchisar Castle. Whilst there, receive information about the rich history of Cappadocia and its unique rock formations. Next up is the Kaymaklı Underground City, which was used by early Christians as a shelter to hide themselves against their enemies. Afterwards, take a break for terrific views of Pigeon Valley, where your guide informs you about carved pigeon houses. You are then gifted some time to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, visit the Devrent Valley, where you can take fantastic pictures with the area's animal-shaped rock formations. You then visit Pasabag, commonly known as Monks Valley. There you have the chance to see the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys, as well as the St. Simeon’s Monk Cell carved into the rock. Towards the end of your tour, visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum. There your guide explains the meanings of the frescoes covering the walls of the 1,000-year-old cave churches, as you explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your final stop is then to the Ortahisar Castle, where you conclude your tour with terrific views of the castle and old Greek houses.

Best of Cappadocia Private Day-Tour

8. Best of Cappadocia Private Day-Tour

In the morning, meet your guide at your hotel, and then will start your Cappadocia South Tour. Begin at the Meskendir Valley. The entrance of the valley which is covered with cedars, 4400 m in length is rather steep. The Valley is also a cheerful trekking course with fairy chimneys, passages, tunnels, and great vegetation. As well as churches and caves situated in the region, Meskendir Church is one of the most worth-seeing structures in every respect. Explore the Rose Valley, a large valley located between Goreme and Cavusin villages divided into many smaller valleys: Gulludere, Kizilcukur, Meskendir, and Zindanonu valleys. This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on the time of day, season, and weather conditions. During the hike, visit several cave churches, cave houses, and cave tunnels. Rose Valley has paths for easy, medium, and difficult levels. The most common path in the valley takes around 2 hours (3.5 km).  Reach Cavusin old town, the church of St. John the Baptist rises on top of the hill. The church was built in the 5th century and it is the biggest cave church of Cappadocia even though it was divided into three rooms in the 10th century against the danger of collapsing. Most of the frescoes of St. John the Baptist church are faded by smoke but there are still some visible ones. Discover Kaymakli underground city, built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and opened to visitors in 1964. The people of Kaymakli village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The inhabitants of the region still use the most convenient places in the tunnels as cellars, storage areas, and stables, which they access through their courtyards. The Kaymakli Underground City has low, narrow, and sloping passages. While the underground city consists of 8 floors below ground, only 4 of them are open to the public today, in which the spaces are organized around ventilation shafts.  Continue to Uchisar, situated at the highest point in Cappadocia, on the Nevsehir-Goreme road, just 5 km from Goreme. The top of the Uchisar Castle provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance. Many rooms hollowed out into the rock are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels, and passages. Finish at Pigeon valley, situated between Göreme and Uçhisar and ideal for walking, as the trek is relatively easy. The name comes from the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. Although they can be found throughout Cappadocia, they are especially numerous in this valley. They were carved wherever space allowed, including abandoned cave houses and churches. In Cappadocia, pigeons have long been a source of food and fertilizer.  After a wonderful tour around the south side of Cappadocia, you will be transferred back to their hotel

Cappadocia: Guided Sightseeing Tour

9. Cappadocia: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Set out on your day-long adventure with a morning pick-up from your hotel and make your way to the Kaymakli Underground City. Learn about the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you explore its tunnels and rooms. Continue to another of Cappadocia's remarkable attractions, the Goreme Open-Air Museum. Discover the rock-cut churches, each one decorated with frescoes and paintings dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Visit the Dark Church, Cappadocia's most famous cave church, and see the bright, well-preserved paintings that adorn its walls.

Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

10. Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

Start at 5.30AM with a pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to Istanbul airport. Take a flight to Cappadocia where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel to check-in. At 9.30AM, begin your tour of Cappadocia and visit sites including the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, and Cavusin old village. Enjoy a lunch in Avanos and watch a pottery demonstration. See the Paşabağı Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley (magic valley), Urgup fairy chimneys and Urgup Carpet Factory. After the first day, spend the night in a boutique-style hotel. After breakfast, you will be picked up at 5.30AM for a hot air balloon tour. Take a chance to stop back at the hotel afterward before beginning the tour again at 9.30AM to see the Göreme panaromic view. Here, learn about the geological and historical background of the city, then visit Derinkuyu Underground City which was constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Take a small hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. At Yaprakhisar Panorama, visit Selime Monastry, and marvel at all the different sections of a monastry in one composition. Finally, end your with a pigeon valley and onyx demonstration. Fly from Kayseri to Istanbul at 8.25PM and arrive in Istanbul at 9.55PM where you be transferred back to your hotel to end the program.

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What people are saying about Göreme

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 110 reviews

Great option to get a custom/tailor made visit. The van was new and very comfortable (incl. AC!) and the driver made the trip very efficient. Our guide Sabiha was experienced and friendly, and made the visit (underground city, Goreme open Air Museum, panorama/view points) very interesting. Good communication with the tour leader before the departure, pick up on time. Overall a great experience, very much recommended!

We were picked up by our guide Ali and a driver in a very spacious van. Got a lot of information about the area. A day before the trip, they reached out to us regarding the pickup information and even after the trip, someone from the company texted for feedback. Highly recommended

I had double booked one activity and when realized my mistake I took up the matter with the Company. They were prompt in their responses and highly cooperative. They refunded my amount in less than 24 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed their service. Excellent!

Great tour overall if you want to quickly cover the main attractions in Cappadocia. The guide, Ahmet provide us a lot of knowledge in the histories of the place. Would recommend.

It was relaxing. Our guide recommended good sightseeing places, which were great. Thanks for the tour.