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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.

Göreme: South Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

2. Göreme: South Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Discover Cappadocia's Southern region on a full-day guided tour that includes lunch. Travel through the fairy chimneys of Ortahisar, explore the rock-cut churches of Rose and Red Valley, marvel at the cave houses of Çavuşin, and visit an ancient multi-level underground city. Start the tour with Ortahisar, an old Cappadocian town famous for its rock warehouses carved into the valley slopes, also called citrus warehouses in Southern Anatolia. See the Ortahisar castle, the largest fairy chimney in the region, and learn about its history from your guide. Next, visit the Rose and Red Valley to see hidden rock-cut churches and unique rock formations. These valleys are isolated behind Urgup and full of little villages, fruit gardens and vineyards, tied together by a charming set of trails. Make your way to one of the oldest villages in the area, Çavuşin, famous for its cave houses that stretch out like a maze of ruins carved in rock. See the Church of John the Baptist, the biggest cave church in all of Cappadocia, dating back to the 5th century. Then, follow your guide to the Underground City. Built by Christians in Middle Ages to escape persecution, it has several levels with an impressive collection of kitchens, wineries, storage areas, and living areas. Unwind over a traditional lunch before continuing the tour. For the final stop, be driven to Love Valley. Look out in awe at its huge rock formations, formed naturally millions of years ago by erosion of volcanic rock. Some of the formations reach 40 meters in height. Admire a surreal landscape consisting of pinnacles, pillars, cones, and fairy chimneys.

Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

3. Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

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.

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.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Guided Tour

5. 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: Hot Air Balloon and Highlights Private Tour

6. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon and Highlights Private Tour

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel in Cappadocia at dawn and travel to the hot air balloon launch site. Once there, enjoy a light breakfast and then board your balloon. Marvel at Cappadocia’s lunar-like landscape from above. Admire the breathtaking views of the sculpted valleys illuminated by the rising sun in soft reds and pinks. After about an hour in the air, touch down, and celebrate your experience with a bubbly glass of champagne. Next, head back to your hotel for a relaxed breakfast. Meet your guide for your next Cappadocia adventure at 10 AM to discover the highlights of the region with a professional tour guide. Visit Avanos town, famous for its production of earthenware pottery, and watch a pottery demonstration using the traditional Hittite technique. Then, explore Çavusin, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia before heading over to Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, to see its unique animal rock formations. Continue your tour with a visit to the churches and monasteries of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Then, discover Pasabag Valley and its collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia before closing off your tour at the top of Uchisar Rock Castle, the highest point in the region, for a magnificent panoramic view.

Best of Cappadocia Private Day-Tour

7. Best of Cappadocia Private Day-Tour

In the morning, meet your guide at your hotel or airport and then will start your Cappadocia South Tour. Begin at the Meskendir Valley. The entrance of the valley which is covered with cedars, 4400 m length is rather steep. The Valley is also a cheerful trekking course with fairy chimneys, passages, tunnels, and great vegetation. As well as churches and caves situated in the region, Meskendir Church is one of the most worth-seeing structure in every respect. Explore the Rose Valley, a large valley located between Goreme and Cavusin villages divided into many smaller valleys: Gulludere, Kizilcukur, Meskendir, and Zindanonu valleys. This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on time of day, season, and weather conditions. During the hike, visit several cave churches, cave houses, and cave tunnels. Rose Valley has paths for easy, medium, and difficult levels. The most common path in the valley takes around 2 hours (3.5 km).  Reach Cavusin old town, the church of St. John the Baptist rises on top of the hill. The church was built in the 5th century and it is the biggest cave church of Cappadocia even though it was divided into three rooms in 10th century against danger of collapsing. Most of the frescoes of St. John the Baptist church are faded by smoke but there are still some visible ones. Its cathedral-like proportions are also astounding.  Discover Kaymakli underground city, built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and opened to visitors in 1964. The people of Kaymakli (Enegup in Greek) village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The inhabitants of the region still use the most convenient places in the tunnels as cellars, storage areas and stables, which they access through their courtyards. The Kaymakli Underground City has low, narrow and sloping passages. While the underground city consists of 8 floors below ground, only 4 of them are open to the public today, in which the spaces are organized around ventilation shafts.  Continue to Uchisar, situated at the highest point in Cappadocia, on the Nevsehir-Goreme road, just 5 km from Goreme. The top of the Uchisar Castle, provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance. Many rooms hollowed out into the rock are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. At the entrances of the rooms, there are millstone doors, just like the ones in the underground settlements, used to control access to these places. Finish at Pigeon valley, situated between Göreme and Uçhisar and ideal for walking, as the trek is relatively easy. The name comes from the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. Although they can be found throughout Cappadocia, they are especially numerous in this valley. They were carved wherever space allowed, including abandoned cave houses and churches. In Cappadocia, pigeons have long been a source of food and fertilizer.  After a wonderful tour around the south side of Cappadocia, you will be transferred back to their hotel or Airport.

Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

8. Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

Witness Cappadocia, the center of the first Christian monasteries. Be captivated by the 8-story Kaymakli underground city built thousands of years ago. Travel to the center of faith on Göbekli Tepe, and discover the Sanlıurfa Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in Turkey. Visit the view point of Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Imagination Valley, and Pasabag. Enjoy a pottery demonstration, eat a traditional lunch in Avanos, and stay overnight in Cappadocia. Discover the view point of Goreme, Hike in the Red Valley, visit Old Greek Cavusin Village, Love Valley, Kaymaklı Underground City, Pigeon Valley and Onyx Art Center. Venture to Gobekli Tepe and stop at Kahramanmaras on the way for an authentic lunch and the famous Maras ice cream, with overnight stay in Sanliurfa. Explore Abraham's Cave, Holy Lake, Grand Bazaar of Urfa, Sanlıurfa Archeology Museum, Harran and Gobekli Tepe. Fly back to Istanbul and a driven back to your accommodation.

Cappadocia: Red Valley Trek and Kaymakli Underground City

9. Cappadocia: Red Valley Trek and Kaymakli Underground City

Embark on a 4km hike through the picturesque Red Valley, visit one of the oldest monastic settlements in Cappadocia, and check out the underground city of Kaymakli on this guided tour. After a morning pickup from your hotel, start your day at the Fairy Chimneys of Urgup.m See the official symbol of Urgup and Cappadocia: 'Three Beauties.' Hike among the sharp sandstone ridges and the striking landscape of the Red Valley before visiting Cavusin: one of the earliest monastic settlements in the region. Have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on. After lunch, discover one of the largest and deepest underground cities of Cappadocia: Kaymakli. Take in panoramic views of beautiful Cappadocia on your last stop at Pigeon Valley.

Göreme: Private Southern Cappadocia Tour with Lunch

10. Göreme: Private Southern Cappadocia Tour with Lunch

Explore the beauty of Southern Cappadocia on this tour from Göreme. Snap pictures of rock-hewn castles and churches. View stunning natural rock formations and have a delicious local lunch. Be picked up from your hotel in Göreme and relax on the way to your first stop in the town of Ortahisar which is famous for its rock warehouses which were carved into the valley slopes. Admire its castle which is the largest fairy chimney in the region. Hear about the history of this settlement which dates back to the 11th century when the migrations from Central Asia to Anatolia began. Listen as your guide tells you about the 9 families that founded this town. Head to the Rose and Red valleys, to explore hidden rock-hewn churches and unique rock formations. Pass through these valleys which are full of little villages, fruit gardens, and vineyards. Visit one of the oldest villages in the area, the Cavusin village, which has cave houses that stretch like a maze of ruins. See the 5th-century Church of John the Baptist which is the biggest cave church in all of Cappadocia. Go below ground to see the widest underground city in Cappadocia that was built by Christians in Middle Ages who were trying to escape persecution. Walk through kitchens, wineries, storage areas, and living areas. Finally, drive to Love Valley, known for its huge phallic rock formations which were formed 3-9 million years ago by the erosion of volcanic rock. Some of the formations reach 40 meters in height. Return to your accommodations in Göreme.

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What people are saying about Goreme National Park

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4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

We had the best guide ever :) He was super friendly and explained a lot :). He has incredible knowledge. The tour can only be recommended to everyone, because with Yulic you are in the best hands. We had a lot of fun and many funny and informative moments. Thumbs up :) ☺️

Our Spanish tour guide was excellent comunicación ability, experience and well known all the aspects of the history an excellent humor, I will recommend always.

Everything is fantastic, except for the visits to the jewelry and clothing vendors. The rest is great, the guide speaks very good Spanish.

I was able to efficiently go around the place I wanted to see in a day! The guide was also kind and very enjoyable.

Excellent guide, magical landscapes and a very good food