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From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia w/Balloon+Cave Hotel

1. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia w/Balloon+Cave Hotel

Day 1:The adventure starts with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul. Travel to the airport where you'll take an early flight to Cappadocia. Stop by the hotel to drop-off your luggage before starting the Red Tour at 10:00 AM. The first stop is Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley due to the countless Fairy Chimney formations, some dating back 30 million years. Next, 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 rocks and learn about the site where Christians and Muslims in harmony. Stop by a local shop to admire artistic techniques dating back to the Hittite period. Finally, set down for a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. The second half of the tour includes a visit to Pasabag, where you'll admire Fairy Chimneys that resemble those seen in the Hobbit and Smurfs. At the end of the day, return to the hotel for an unforgettable night sleeping in a cave. Day 2: Start with a sunrise balloon ride at Soğanlı Valley. Afterwards, return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. The driver will then pick you up for a stop at Göreme Panorama. Next, drive to Kaymaklı Underground City to learn how early Christians protected themselves from centuries of persecutions and invasions. Hike through Turkey's largest canyon, which features over 2,670 different plants that thrive in the valley's microclimate. Afterward, drive 1.5 hours to Ihlara Canyon for a 3.8-km hike along the river. After working up an appetite, enjoy lunch in Belisırma. Next, visit Selime Monastery, the biggest religious building in Cappadocia with a cathedral-size church. Before returning you to your hotel, your guide will stop at Pigeon Valley, the best photo spot in all of Cappadocia. The day ends with transport to the airport in Cappadocia. Once in Istanbul, a driver will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

Cappadocia: 3-Day Guided Trip

2. Cappadocia: 3-Day Guided Trip

Discover Cappadocia on a 3-day, 2-night trip accompanied by an expert guide. Visit the ethereal Devrent Imagination Valley, the Byzantine tombs, the Derinkuyu Underground City, and enjoy local cuisine and comfortable accommodation. Day 1, blue tour with lunch: Book an early morning flight to Cappadocia (Kayseri Airport) and arrive by 8:00 AM at the latest. The local partner will organize the shuttle transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia accordingly. Your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM. The first stop is Devrent Imagination Valley, where you'll walk through the ethereal lunar landscape and admire the dramatic rock formations. You'll also visit the Pasabaglari, fairy chimneys, and you'll see a pottery demonstration using the Hittite technique at Avanos. Tuck into a traditional lunch at a local restaurant and then head up to Uchisar Rock Castle, the highest point in the region and the best place to watch the sunset. Catch amazing panoramic views of the Goreme Valley from Esentepe, and visit the Goreme Open Air Museum. Day 2, green tour with breakfast and lunch: Before your 9:15 AM pickup from the hotel, you have the option to book an early morning hot air balloon ride. Otherwise, your first stop will be Kaymakli Underground City and then it's on to Soganli Valley where you'll take a relaxing walk along Byzantine rock tombs. Continue on to Sobesos, a Roman bath from the 5th century, then Taskinpasa Medresesi, an Ottoman theological school, and Mustafapasa where you'll see Ottoman and Greek architecture. Day 3, red tour with breakfast and lunch: Get picked up from the hotel at 9:15 AM, and then head to the Derinkuyu Underground City, the largest in the region, Narli Gol a volcanic creator lake, and Ihlara Canyon. Enjoy Lunch in Belisirma Village, Selime, a surreal ancient monastic site with great panoramic views of the Ihlara Valley. At the end of the trip, you'll transfer to Kayseri Airport and fly back to Istanbul or another part of Turkey to continue your travels.

Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with a Local Guide

3. Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with a Local Guide

Go back in time as you learn about the history of Cappadocia on this guided day tour. Explore historical sites, have lunch at a local restaurant, and see the magnificent Selime Monastery all in one day. After meeting your guide, commence your tour by discovering the underground city in Cappadocia that was once a refuge for thousands of Christians. See the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this eight-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Then, head over to the Ihlara Valley, a deep and narrow river gorge cut by the Melendiz River. It is a great trekking route for those who enjoy trekking. You can also marvel at the churches, monasteries, and cells of anchorites found in it. Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant on the Melendez River. Lastly, finish your tour at Selime. Visit the Selime Monastery, which is the largest of the many rock-cut religious buildings in the Cappadocia region. Learn about the story of the monastery and walk around Selime village before driving back to your hotel.

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Amazing place with super nice people! The trip is well organized and accommodation and food is exceptional. Recommend it!