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Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

1. 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.

From Cappadocia: Erciyes (Argaeus) Mountain Ski Tour

2. From Cappadocia: Erciyes (Argaeus) Mountain Ski Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to Mount Erciyes. Argaeus (Erciyes) is the highest and most famous volcano in Cappadocia having last given smoke 2000 years ago. Today, it is an inactive volcano but still impressive with its amazing quality of snow for skiing.  Along the way, you will realize the silk road hasn't changed much in 800 years. It became one of the most important highways of Turkey for trucks, buses and cars etc. instead of camels and horses. After arriving at the volcano, you will go to a place (shop) to rent equipment like ski gear. Under the leadership of one of the teachers, learn or practice skiing for half an hour. You will have roughly 3 hours to ski or try other activities.

Cappadocia Balloon Flight and Underground City Tour

3. Cappadocia Balloon Flight and Underground City Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel one hour before sunrise, at around 06:30 AM during winter and 04:15 AM during summer. Travel in comfortable private vehicles to the hot air balloon take-off area. Once in the air, your pilot will show you all the unique beauties of Cappadocia from Red Valley to Goreme. Witness an amazing sunrise up in the air and enjoy perfect panoramic views of Urgup, Goreme, Ortahisar, Uchisar, Avanos, and Nevsehir. After landing, enjoy a celebration with refreshing non-alcholic drinks. Receive a flight certificate specially made for you as a memento of your experience.  Be returned to your hotel to give you an opportunity to get some breakfast at 8:30 AM. Begin the second section of the tour with pickup from your hotel at 9.45 AM. Travel to the Red Rose Valley one of the most beautiful valleys in the region. Hike within the valley to the Cavusin Cave Village. Marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. After your hike, enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, visit an underground city, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many similar settlements.. Discover this underground city and its stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries. Visit the Pigeon Valley and see a spectacular view of the dovecotes (pigeon or dove houses), old abandoned cave homes, and old Greek houses of Uchisar and Ortshisar Castle. After exploring the underground city, be returned to your hotel.

Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Begin the day with a pick-up from your hotel and head over to the incredible Goreme Valley. Resembling a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church, Goreme is understandably the star attraction of any visit to the region. Continue the tour to Devrent Valley, also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley, this area does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. Next, make your way to Uchisar for a walk through the beautiful valley, often called Valley of the Pigeon Lofts due to the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the soft tufa since ancient times. Enjoy the magnificent panorama of the surrounding land at Mount Erciyes in the distance from the Uchisar Castle and then continue the tour to Pasabag. Pasabag, meaning general's vineyard, is located on the road to Zelve and filled with remarkable earth pillars and mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping for the duration of the tour. Buy local products at the Carpet Handicraft Center and Cappadocia Stone Shop as well as ceramic, pottery, and other textiles.

3 Days Cappadocia Tour

5. 3 Days Cappadocia Tour

Day 1 - Cappadocia - Göreme Open Air Museum Today our tour will start by visiting the valleys around the Cappadocia. Our first stop will be Goreme valley where had become one of the most important center of christianism in the VI and IX centuries Later we will visit Uchisar, one of the more popular destinations for travelers. We will have coffee break then we will visit Goreme Open-Air Museum. There are over 10 cave churches in the Goreme 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 Cappadocia. Entrance to the site is on the north side. We will offer a delicious lunch and we will visit Urgup that promoted Nevşehir area to the world with its historical heritage and natural beauty. Urgup is probably the busiest of the small towns in the vicinity of the Cappadocian sites. It's possibly the tattiest as well; recent development has mushroomed leaving a grim legacy of poorly designed and serviced buildings. The road down into the town however does take you past some pleasant rock carved dwellings, accommodation and restaurants. It's worth wondering around the old town for a taste of what the place must have been like before we all arrived. Then we will visit wine cellar and taste wines. Then we will visit Monks Valley (Rahipler Vadisi), with its chimneys with multiple stems and caps, some housing chapels and living areas found here, have a particular style. Avanos is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak, the Red River, which gets its name from the clay that it deposits. This clay has provided Avanos with pottery for centuries and the town is still dominated by this industry despite the inroads that tourism has made in the area. The main street has numerous shops and workshops selling plain and decorated pots and plates and you can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the design has remained unchanged for generations. Many of the workshops will encourage you to have a go yourself. It's harder than it looks. Overnight in Avanos, Urgup or Goreme. Day 2 - Ihlara Valley - Selime Cathedral - Derinkuyu Underground City - Pigeons Valley After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 9:00 and we will go to Ihlara valley for hiking. The Ihlara Valley, once called Peristrema, for its scenery and churches, which are small and mostly semi-ruined. After our lunch break, we visit Selime Cathedral. It is a massive mountain, that is actually an amazing rock cut cathedral and The biggest and deepest is Derinkuyu Underground City. There are eight floors and extend at a depth of approximately 85 m. The underground city at Derinkuyu has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels. We will also see the Nar Crater Lake during our journey. Then we will visit Pigeon valleys to see pigeon’s houses. Day 3 - Rose Valley Today is end of your unique tour, before leaving we will have short walk in rose valley.The Rose Valley is an isolated valley behind Urgup. 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. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.

Kaymaklı Underground City & Red Valley Sightseeing Tour

6. 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

Absolutely beautiful experience. The guide, Funda is very well versed in the history of every place. The itinerary was full and full of value... Lunch was a 3 course meal... Brilliant!!! Started at 9:30 and finished at 18:30

We can only recommend the tour! The staff are very hospitable and accommodating! The tour is very diverse and you learn a lot about Cappadocia. Thanks to our guide Selim Ayas who made the tour unforgettable!

Busy day. Very beautiful places. The guide did not stop talking about the history of the places where they visited and about what was around. Highly recommend

Our tour guide Marva aka Marvelous was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Overall your was great.

Great experience learning more about Cappadocia and its history