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From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour with Balloon

1. From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour with Balloon

Discover Cappadocia on a 2-day tour from Istanbul that includes round-trip flights and an overnight stay at a boutique hotel. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 3:45 AM Pick-up at your Istanbul hotel and transfer to the airport 7:10 AM Depart Istanbul Airport for Cappadocia 8:40 AM Arrival at Kayseri or Nevşehir airport and transfer to Cappadocia hotel 9:30 AM Tour of Cappadocia that includes the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin old village, lunch in Avonos, a pottery demonstration in Avanos, Paşabağı fairy chimneys, Devrent Valley, Urgup fairy chimneys and an Urgup carpet factory Overnight at your boutique hotel in Cappadocia. Day 2 3:45 AM Pick-up at your Cappadocia hotel for hot-air balloon tour 8:00 AM Return to hotel 9:15 AM Pick-up at your hotel for the tour 9:30 AM Tour begins with a panoramic view of Göreme and visit to Derinkuyu Underground City, constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Enjoy a short hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. See Selime Monastry from the Yaprakhisar viewpoint before ending with a visit to the Pigeon Valley and an onyx demonstration 8:25 PM Depart Kayseri Airport for Istanbul 9:55 PM Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel

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.

Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

3. Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

Start with a 09:00AM pick-up from your Cappadocia hotel and your first stop will be Saratli Underground City. This city has many similarities with the Özlüce and Mazı Underground Cities. The underground city has spread to large areas but a small part has been cleaned. Underground cities date back to the Hittite period, mainly carved to protect themselves from the attacks in an emergency. They were used by the Christians during early Christianity from the slaughter of the Roman Empire. After visiting the underground city, drive to Tepesi Delik Han Caravanserai, one of Cappadocia's most important historical locations. Have lunch at 01:00PM and then drive to Lake Tuz, a saline lake occupying a huge area in the arid central plateau of Turkey. See the crystal white salt and spend an unforgettable time at the salt lake. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel at 04:00PM.

South Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

4. 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

5. 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.

Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with Wine Tasting

6. 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.

Cappadocia Balloon Flight and Underground City Tour

7. 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.

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.

From Kayseri: 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia with Balloon Flight

9. From Kayseri: 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia with Balloon Flight

Day 1 After meeting at Kayseri airport in the morning, you will drive for approximately one hour to Cappadocia. Your tour will start with a panoramic view of Göreme, where you can marvel at the hoodoos, also known as fairy chimneys. The second destination is Derinkuyu, an 3,500 year old underground city where you will have the chance to descend 8 floors. After, you will head to Ihlara Valley where you will hike around 3.5 km and then enjoy lunch in a nearby village. After lunch the next stop will be Yaprakhisar, here you can view conical shapes similar to those in the Star Wars Movie. Next, you will be taken to Selime Monastery where you will have the opportunity to learn about what life was like in the monastery before heading to view Pigeon Valley. At the end of the tour, you will visit the Onyx Factory, a volcanic stone workshop. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will be dropped at your hotel. Day 2 On your second day in Cappadocia, you will have the option to join a 6:00 AM hot air balloon tour. After getting picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM, your first stop will be Uçhisar Castle where you will learn about the history of Cappadocia. The next and the most important stop is Göreme Open Air Museum where you will learn about the influence of the religion Christianity. After this stop, discover the Çavuşin Old Village and Paşabağı and then enjoy an open buffet lunch at Han restaurant in Avanos. After Lunch, experience a pottery demonstration before visiting Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley. Discover the hoodoos in Devrent Valley, some of which resemble animals and one the hat of Napoleon Bonaparte. Enjoy the most beautiful and breathtaking hoodoos in Cappadocia, Three Beauties of Ürgüp. At the end of the tour visit Carpet Factory where you can find hand-made Anatolian carpets. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you are able to be dropped off at Kayseri or Nevşehir airport.

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

Had an amazing experience at the private your. Our tour guide mithat was amazing and highly recommended. He is a very knowledgable person and tells you about the history from A to Z and always answers any questions without hesitation or difficulty. He was always making sure we are comfortable and understanding what he is telling us. Would recommend anyone to book with him!

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!

The tours were great and Stoneland travel did a great job setting up it all, being available for any questions at all times on WhatsApp and helping with extra travel arrangements while we were in town.

our tour guide Ismael was super helpful and knew everything about the tour. im glad we booked it last minute :) thanks

Great experience learning more about Cappadocia and its history