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From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

1. From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Float above volcanic spires and honeycombed hills on a hot air balloon. Be accompanied by a guide to Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Pasabag, Uchisar, and Kaymakli Underground City, and more. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and make your way to Istanbul airport. Catch your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival to Cappadocia, meet your guide and begin your tour of North Cappadocia. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Devrent Valley, and Pasabag. Make your way to Avanos Village for a traditional lunch and pottery demonstration. Get to the top of the Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing, be driven to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia. Day 2 You can opt to join a balloon flight in the morning. Your day tour will be organized according to the balloon flight hours. After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full-day tour of South Cappadocia. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Head to Goreme Panorama for views of fairy chimneys. Hike in the Red Valley. Visit Old Greek Love Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, and Pigeon Valley. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Witness an onyx demonstration by local experts. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Conclude the day tour by 5 PM. Then, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your driver and taken to your hotel.

Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

2. 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.

North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

3. North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Cappadocia while discovering the city’s famous rock formations and breathtaking views. Start the day by taking in the beautiful panorama at Uchisar Castle while learning about the rich history of Cappadocia and its unique rock formations. Next, head to the Goreme Open Air Museum and explore thousand-year-old fresco-covered cave church walls with your guide. Watch a pottery demonstration using a kick wheel. Show off your own talent or just observe. Try traditional Turkish food during lunch in Avanos. Then see the Halys River, the longest river in Turkey. Stop off in Pasabag, also known as Monks Valley, and see the chapel dedicated to St. Simeon along with unique mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. Make a final stop in Devrent Valley and take fantastic pictures with the animal-shaped rock formations.

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

4. 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.

Göreme: North Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

5. Göreme: North Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Goreme Esentepe for Panoramic View We stop at the Esentepe vista viewpoint, located between Uchisar and Goreme. This stunning panorama provides breathtaking views of the town of Esentepe and the surrounding landscape of fairy chimneys. Goreme Open Air Museum We will begin at the Goreme Open Air Museum, an impressive collection of monasteries, churches and chapels that date back to the Middle Ages. The site served as an important Christian center of learning. Visitors can marvel at its religious buildings, which still exhibit elaborate and beautifully preserved frescoes. Pasabag – Monks Valley We will then have time to explore the Monks Valley, famed for its three-headed fairy chimneys. This region of is also known as Pasabag, or “Pasha’s Vineyard,” for its stunning earth pillars located within a vineyard. Devrent Valley A short drive will take us to the surreal Devrent Valley, famed for its almost lunar landscape of small, pointed fairy chimneys. VIsitors will get a chance to explore the valley and take in its astounding formations. Avanos Pottery workshop Our final destination is the small town of Avanos, home to a terracotta industry dating back to 3000 BC. Potters source clay from the Red River that winds through town. Tour visitors we will have the opportunity to visit a traditional pottery workshop and witness the excellent craftsmanship firsthand. Three Beauties The Three Beauties, or Three Graces, are three brilliant fairy chimneys located near Urgup. It is the most famous symbol of Urgüp. This amazing natural formation is well-known for its enchanting landscape as well as its fascinating story.

Goreme Open Air Museum with Underground City Tour

6. 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

7. 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.

Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

8. Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

There are so many underground cities at Cappadocia area of Turkey that its not known how many there are. Today you will visit Derinkuyu underground city. The biggest and deepest is from all the underground cities. There are eight floors that extend at a depth of approximately 85 m. the underground city was discovered by cnahce and was opened to the public by the directorate of antiquities and museums in 1965. It is believed that the Hittites, the Romans, the Byzantines an deven the proto-Hittites lived in this underground city, which is considered to be the 9th wonder of ancient world by the visitors. At the end of the tour we will drop you to your hotel.

Göreme: Cappadocia Full-day Tour with Wine Tasting

9. 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.

3 Days Cappadocia Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Göreme

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

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 excursion is very complete, the guide speaks perfect Spanish, gives good explanations and is very entertaining, as he tells anecdotes and makes jokes. Is very nice. The driver is very nice and drives very delicately. The bus very comfortable and new Overall and all aspects a 10.

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