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Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

1. Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel by a professional tour guide after your breakfast at around 09:45/ 10:00. Your first encounter with Cappadocia will be Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley). In this valley, different rock formations can be seen as animals which is why this valley can also be called Imagination Valley. Use your imagination to describe all these rocks. Then, head to Monks Valley or also known as Paşabağları. There is a bit of a difference between these two meanings in English and Turkısh. Monks used to live here and hide from the religious pressures of the Roman government or local people. During Roman period, most of the people were pagan and not Christian. That's why, all the history of these places come from this point. In Turkish, Paşa means men who have lots of money and land. Bağ means land or area can be purchased. In the following years, all these rich men bought some part of land for their own economic power. Afterwards, the local people where known as Paşabağları. Avanos town will be your third point of interest. In the art center, you will see how to make pottery and ceramic in the Cappadocia region. History of pottery making and ceramic dates back to Hittite emperors (B.C. 4000). Avanos is only town which is famous for pottery and ceramic made by red and white clay only. In the art center, you will be shown a pottery making demonstration and also be able to try try yourself. After all process of demonstration, you will have an open buffet lunch in a local, clean restaurant as a tour break. After a short photography break at  Esentepe viewpoint, see the stunning Gōreme Valley and fairy chimneys. The largest and tallest fairy chimney known as Uchisar Castle will be your next point of interest located in Uchisar. It is also a natural structure, not made by human hand. In case of dangerous situations, you will not be allowed to climb the castle.  The most important place for Christianity and known as an open air museum, Göreme Open Air Museum will be waiting for your visit after Uchisar Castle. This will be completely similar with today's university model. You will see dormitories ( for men and women), churches (9 to 10), chapels, dining rooms, mutual places and classrooms. You will see wall paintings or frescoes on most of walls of the churches in this museum. These paintings depict some scenes from the Bible or some other important point in the life of Jesus Christ. People used to live here as students and teachers together. In addition, teachers gave Christian courses to their students from the Bible. Then after their graduation, they would go to some other part of Turkey in order to spread and teach Christianity to the people. Finally, you will visit the deepest and largest underground city in Cappadocia. Consisting of seven floors, you will see all parts of the underground city open to the public and learn how people had survived under limited opportunities. Mainly, you will see stalls, dining rooms, food storage rooms, churches, kitchens and other similar places you would normally find in a living area. Your professional art historian guide will gladly explain all the details and the history of the places you will visit during your tour schedule. 

Hot Air Balloon and Best of Cappadocia City Tour

2. Hot Air Balloon and Best of Cappadocia City Tour

Start your day bright and early with a complimentary pickup service that will take you to your hot air balloon tour. Once you ascend, take in the stunning panoramic views of Cappadocia from above. This is truly a unique holidaying experience, and one not to be missed.  You will be transferred back to your hotel momentarily before being picked up again, from here, you commence your full-day tour of Cappadocia. Whilst on your tour, visit some of the city's most famous landmarks such as Goreme Open Air Museum, the miraculous small cave city located in Goreme Valley, amongst other attractions. This small cave city was built by early Christians in the 11th century to protect their faith and lifestyle within this mystic place. Notable for historic cave churches, the museum has a very deep and rich history. You'll also get to witness the amazing Devrent Valley, Pasabag Valley, Uchisar, and Avanos Villages. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

3. Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your guide and head out on a small-group tour through Cappadocia. Start with a stop at Goreme Panorama, a scenic viewpoint that presents you with the expansive vista formed by the city below and the stunning rocky hills that back it. Then, drive to Kaymaklı Underground City to learn firsthand how early Christians protected and defended themselves from persecutions and invasions for centuries. Hike through Turkey's largest canyon, which features over 2,670 different plants that thrive in the valley's microclimate. Afterward, make the 1.5-hour drive to Ihlara Canyon for a 3.8 km hike along the river and through the area's beautiful nature. After the hike, satisfy your appetite with lunch at a local restaurant in Belisırma. Then 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.

North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

4. 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.

Göreme: North Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

5. Göreme: North Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Discover Cappadocia's Northern region with a guide who will lead you to the ancient frescoes and stunning landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage destination. Travel through the fairy chimneys of Paşabağ, explore rock-cut caves in Göreme, and visit a traditional pottery workshop in Avanos.  Start with a stop in the heart of Cappadocia at Uchisar Castle, named after the giant rock standing in the center of town. The Castle is located on the highest peak in the area, offering unparalleled views of Erciyes Mountain and Cappadocia. Then, visit the Open Air Museum to see monasteries, chapels, and churches from the Middle Ages. This place was a significant Christian education center. Be amazed by the architecture and very well-preserved frescoes. Soak in the magnificent Göreme panorama as you witness views of the town and the surrounding fairy chimneys. Travel to Paşabağ (Pasha’s Vineyard) and admire its impressive soil pillars in a vineyard. Click photos of its famed three-headed fairy chimneys. Then, after a short drive, find yourself at the surreal Devrent Valley. Look out in awe at its lunar landscape of small, pointed fairy chimneys and unique rock formations. Unwind over a traditional lunch before continuing the trip. Afterward, be driven to the small town of Avanos, known for being a terracotta industry center since 3000 BC. The source of potters' clay is the Kizilirmak River that flows through the town. Visit a traditional pottery workshop and have the opportunity to watch the marvelous craftsmanship firsthand. For the final stop, be led to 3 amazing fairy chimneys near Urgüp, also known as the Three Graces or the Three Beauties. Listen as your guide reveals the charming story behind this wonderful natural structure.

Best of Cappadocia in One Day Guided Day Trip

6. Best of Cappadocia in One Day Guided Day Trip

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots in one day. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Zelve and Pasabag. Begin your tour with a hotel pickup. Find yourself at the Goreme Open Air Museum, a cave city in the Goreme Valley. See rock-cut churches, kitchens, and wineries left from Anatolian Christians. Gaze at Byzantine frescos at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its history. Make your way to Avanos Village, the region known for its pottery, silk, wool and carpet weaving, wine cultivation, and agriculture. See the natural as well as human-made masterpieces of this charming old town. Stop in between Nevsehir and Goreme road to explore Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, the highest point of Cappadocia, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. Then, head to the cave town of Zelve, honeycombed with dwellings, religious and secular chambers. End the tour with a visit to Pasabag to see fairy chimneys, tall rock formations with caps on top.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Guided Tour

7. Cappadocia: Small-Group Guided Tour

The driver and the guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning. Then you can decide with them what to visit. Cappadocia's most famous attraction, for good reason, is the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. There are over 10 cave churches in the Göreme 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 the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. The two most important churches in Cavusin are the Great Basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist and Cavusin Church or the 'Great Pigeon House'. The old city of Avanos, whose name in ancient times was Venessa, overlooks the longest river in Turkey, the Kızılırmak (Red River). The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used locally. Watch the potters at work using the kick wheel, using a technique that has not changed for generations. Pasabag, the remarkable earth pillars, can also be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard - hence the name of the place which means: the Pasha’s vineyard. Also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley, this area does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange appearance. The valley has many animal-shaped rocks. Some of the most commonly seen shapes include camel, snake, seals, and dolphins.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

8. 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.

Göreme: Private Northern Cappadocia Tour with Lunch

9. Göreme: Private Northern Cappadocia Tour with Lunch

Travel through the beautiful landscapes and history in Northern Cappadocia on a guided tour. Stop at destinations in Göreme, Uchisar, Pasabag, and Avanos. Eat a delicious local lunch.  Be picked up from your hotel in Göreme and relax on the way to your first stop at a panoramic viewpoint where you can see the town of Göreme and its surrounding landscape which is dotted with fairy chimneys.  Head to Uchisar castle, which is located right in the heart of Cappadocia. View this castle which is carved into the rock standing at the center of the town. Go to the peak of the castle for magnificent views of the Erciyes Mountain and the Cappadocia region.  Continue to an open air museum of monasteries, chapels, and churches built in the Middle Ages at an old Christian education center. Take in the architecture and see some well-preserved frescoes. Drive to Pasabag (Pasha’s vineyard) to see the lush vineyards and the Greek Byzantine mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. After a short drive, find yourself amid a surreal lunar landscape with pointed fairy chimneys in Devrent valley.  Discover the town of Avanos, which is famed for being a terracotta center since 3000 BC. Visit a traditional pottery workshop and watch craftsmen work. Finally, snap pictures of the three fairy chimneys near Urgup. Return to your accommodation in Göreme. 

Rose Valley & Kaymakli Underground City Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Tekelli

Super fun! The attractions were very enjoyable especially kaymakli, belisrma, lhara valley! We only had a small group of 4 ppl for the day and the van that picked us up was extremely comfortable and VIP standard with reclinable seats and adjustable legroom. Our tour guide (Bayran I think) is very friendly and helpful too, constantly assisting my mum who had trouble walking on the wet snowy roads. I was blown away by the standards given that the price by Pupa Tour is more affordable than others. Just to take note, it is still snowing this March and the views are very different from the pictures. Still very pretty for me as I hardly see snow in my country. But the only sad thing is that sitting down on the little platform by Belisrma river is only possible around May onwards. I will plan a trip back to here during summer then!

Excellent trip!! Our tour guide Mr. Bayram was a great personality and very knowledgeable. He explained us everything in great details and encouraged questions. He went beyond the scope of the journey and helped everybody when they needed anything personally. The tour included the main sights of Cappadocia like the underground city, ihlara valley and Unesco heritage sights. Thumbs up to the tour operator, the tour guide and the driver!!

Simply brutal. It just so happened that our tour was just two people. Me and my husband. We had the guide (Onurcan Koçakoglu) to ourselves. In Spanish as we requested. Super hard, attentive, explained everything and more. All attention was focused on us. It was a wonderful experience. Perfect! We love it.

Punctual and very informative tour. Our guide, Mr Bayram, was very good in telling us the history on every visited site. Don’t hesitate and just book with them and enjoy the tour!

Giray beye çok teşekkür ederiz muhteşem bir rehber !! Her konuda yardımcı oldu. Bu turu şiddetle tavsiye ediyorum