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Cappadocia

With natural and manmade gems, this outdoor adventure playground promises breathtaking scenery at every turn.

Our most recommended things to do in Cappadocia

Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

1. Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon ride over Soğanlı valley, Cappadocia. Marvel at spectacular views and see the sun rising as you take postcard-perfect photos from the balloon basket. After a convenient, pre-dawn pickup from your hotel, hear a safety briefing from your pilot and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and some snacks. Watch the balloon inflate before climbing into the balloon's basket, lifting off, and drifting peacefully over Cappadocia. Float over Soğanlı valley to take in the early morning sunrise over the mountains, illuminated in stunning golden hues. Snap some photos of the iconic Cappadocian landscape. After about an hour, land gently and return to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

2. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

Experience an alternative way to see the sights of Cappadocia from the ground on this ATV tour. After a quick safety briefing and demonstration, get some practice on the bikes before beginning your tour. When you are 100% comfortable behind the wheel, begin your tour of Cappadocia's must-sees. First, drive through Sword Valley, the smallest valley in the region, and admire the sword-like fairy chimneys which give the valley its name. Next, speed through the White, Love and Red Valleys, stopping in each location for a rest or photos. Finish off at Rose Valley where you can watch the sunset from one of the best spots for sunset viewing in Cappadocia.

Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

3. 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 the Roman period, most of the people were pagans and not Christian. That's why all the history of these places comes from this point.  In Turkish, Paşa means men who have lots of money and land. Bağ means land or area that can be purchased. In the following years, all these rich men bought some part of the land for their own economic power. Afterward, the local people were 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. The history of pottery making and ceramic dates back to the Hittite emperors (B.C. 4000).  Avanos is the only town that is famous for pottery and ceramic made using red and white clay only. In the art center, you will be shown a pottery-making demonstration and will also be able to try it yourself. Then, head to an open buffet lunch in a local, clean restaurant as a tour break.  After a short photography break at the 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 hands.  In case of dangerous situations, you will not be allowed to climb the castle.  The most important place for Christianity, Göreme Open Air Museum will be waiting for your visit after Uchisar Castle. This will be completely similar to 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 the 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 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. 

Cappadocia: Shared Airport Transfer Service

4. Cappadocia: Shared Airport Transfer Service

Save money on private taxis and avoid the hassle of public transport and heavy luggage with a shared shuttle service between Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) or Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) and any hotel in Goreme, Urgup, Uchisar, Cavusin and Avanos towns. After landing, your friendly driver will be waiting for you after your flight arrival time. They will be holding a sign with the lead traveler's name at the exit gate of the airport after the luggage claim area. After receiving a greeting from your friendly driver, you will be assisted with your luggage and the shuttle will depart from the airport when everyone is ready. You will then travel in comfort, before your driver drops you of at the front door of your requested destination.

Cappadocia: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

5. Cappadocia: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

Start your magical night with a glass of Turkish wine or beer as the Turkish dance performance begins. Be mesmerized by the shimmering costumes and impressive dance moves as traditional belly dancers take to the stage and clap along to the hypnotic rhythms of classic Turkish music, played by live musicians. In between performances, indulge in a delicious dinner of traditional Turkish cuisine, including dessert and a glass of wine. Enjoy traditional dances from various regions of Turkey and be wowed by professional dancers, ornate costumes, and exotic music.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Skip The Line Private Cappadocia Tour

6. Cappadocia: Full-Day Skip The Line Private Cappadocia Tour

Get picked-up from your hotel. First, enjoy a panoramic view of Göreme and marvel at some of the best views in the region. Your guide will have plenty of knowledge to offer you about your surroundings. Afterwards, visit Underground City which is the biggest and deepest underground settlement. It has 8 levels connected with narrow tunnels. You will visit stalls, stores, churches, wineries, kitchens and the other sections which are open for visitors. While you are visiting the sections, your guide will complement the experience with their expert knowledge. Next, enjoy a local lunch in an authentic restaurant. After, visit Pigeon Valley which is located in Uçhisar town and offers another spectacular panoramic view. The next destination is Goreme Open Air Museum, where you can see rock-cut churches carved by early Christian monks. Your guide will give you information about Christianity and the Monastic Life of Cappadocia. The next stop will be Çavuşin, which is the Old Greek Village, abandoned after Population Exchange in 192. This town is located on the banks of the Red River which is the longest river in Turkey. It is famous for its pottery which started around the 2nd millennium B.C by Hittites. You will have a tour of the town and then visit a pottery workshop and learn about red clay work and ceramics. One of the masters of the discipline will even demonstrate the ancient free-hand technique that has been used throughout history. Visit a rug workshop where all the products are made by hand in the traditional way. Then visit Paşabağı where spectacular mushroom-shaped rock formations can be seen. Paşabağı is also called Monks Valley because of the Chapel of Saint Simeon which is located in the valley. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also known as İmagination Valley. The valley contains curious red rocks, some of which resemble animal forms: a camel, a lizard, an owl, a snake, a chicken and a penguin.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Ride

7. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Experience flying in a hot air balloon and take in the rugged and rocky terrain below. Enjoy the comfort of a small basket with this balloon experience. Begin your trip by being picked up from your hotel before sunrise. Arrive at the balloon site and meet your pilot. Have a small breakfast and watch the balloon fill up with hot air. Ascend into the air and float over the dramatic landscape featuring volcanic rock shaped into towers by erosion. Watch as the sun rises over the peaks and into the valley. Experience feeling weightless as you smoothly glide through the air. See how a hot air balloon works as your instructors steer it. Finally, land in a safe spot and celebrate with a glass of champagne before returning to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

8. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Discover the charm or Cappadocia from above on this hot air balloon flight. Savor a delicious breakfast before experiencing the thrill of taking off over the Red Valley. End your trip with fruit juice and cake. Take home a flight certificate as a memento of your time in the sky. Benefit from hotel pickup or make your own way to the launch site before sunrise and enjoy a complimentary breakfast as the final preparations for your flight are completed.  Then, glide with the wind above the stunning rock formations of Cappadocia as your pilot shows you all the natural landmarks from the Red Valley to Göreme. See an amazing sunrise from a different perspective and get panoramic views of Urgup, Göreme, Ortahisar, Uchisar, Avanos, and Nevsehir. Land at a site that is determined by the weather conditions and celebrate your experience with fruit juice and cake. Receive a personalized flight certificate as a keepsake souvenir before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Cappadocia: Sunset Quad Safari

9. Cappadocia: Sunset Quad Safari

After being collected from your Cappadocia accommodation, you will make your way to the starting point of your quad tour. Once there you will go through a short instruction to the tour, before you begin your adventure. Start by discovering "Swords Valley", in which there are so many fairy chimneys and rock formations. You will also visit the famous "Rose and Red" valleys, with plenty of free-time included to take photos. Following these valleys, you can find out how the early people used to live inside these caves by visiting "Cavusin" (Ghost Village). "Love Valley" is one of the more popular valleys in Cappadocia, which draws a lot of attention from the interesting shapes of its fairy chimneys. Following your quad bike adventure, you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

10. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Avanos, Underground Cities, Ortahisar, and Pasabag. Day 1: Flight to Kayseri and Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Catch your domestic flight to Kayseri. Start with a visit to 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. Next, make your way to Devrent Valley, famous for its animal-shaped rocks. See a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Continue to Pasabagi Valley or Monks Valley to enjoy the wonderful landscape. 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. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Experience pottery-making with local experts. After treating yourself to a hearty lunch, continue to Goreme Panorama, for views of fairy chimneys, which are tall rock formations with caps on top. Make the most of your time in Cappadocia by visiting Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, 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 in a special class cave hotel. Day 2: Underground Cities Of Cappadocia and Flight to Istanbul Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After check-out, embark on a full-day tour. Visit Rose and Red Valley, an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink, especially during sunset. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Next, enjoy a tour of Pigeon Valley, named after the countless man-made dovecotes or pigeon houses carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Then, go down to the world of underground cities. Once a refuge for 15000 Christians, these settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Continue the tour with Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches. See the famous castle-like rock formation standing dominantly over the town. After the tour, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, be greeted by your driver and return to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Cappadocia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,662 reviews

Me and my fiance went to see it and would definitely recommend it to everyone visiting Kapadokya! Everything was absolutely amazing the whole atmosphere with the music and the dance is amazing!

I Enjoyed the every minute of this. The view was stunnig with with a lot of features. Gonna be useful for my instagram :) Definetely recommended.

I booked twice the servies, although no one contacts me, the driver always shows up on time. Really nice experience!

Great experience on a private tour. Went off road and saw amazing view of different valley.

Really great tour! Nice staff, locations and food. totally worth it!