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Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

1. 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.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour

2. From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour

Discover Cappadocia on a 2-day tour from Istanbul that includes round-trip flights and an overnight stay at a boutique hotel. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 3:45 AM Pick-up at your Istanbul hotel and transfer to the airport 7:10 AM Depart Istanbul Airport for Cappadocia 8:40 AM Arrival at Kayseri or Nevşehir airport and transfer to Cappadocia hotel 9:30 AM Tour of Cappadocia that includes the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin old village, lunch in Avonos, a pottery demonstration in Avanos, Paşabağı fairy chimneys, Devrent Valley, Urgup fairy chimneys and an Urgup carpet factory Overnight at your boutique hotel in Cappadocia. Day 2 3:45 AM Pick-up at your Cappadocia hotel for hot-air balloon tour 8:00 AM Return to hotel 9:15 AM Pick-up at your hotel for the tour 9:30 AM Tour begins with a panoramic view of Göreme and visit to Derinkuyu Underground City, constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Enjoy a short hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. See Selime Monastry from the Yaprakhisar viewpoint before ending with a visit to the Pigeon Valley and an onyx demonstration 8:25 PM Depart Kayseri Airport for Istanbul 9:55 PM Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel

Cappadocia: Secrets Day Tour

3. Cappadocia: Secrets Day Tour

Explore the lesser-known locations in Cappadocia on this day-long guided tour. Start your excursion with pickup from your hotel before heading to Soganli Village. After a 1-hour drive, you’ll arrive at this abandoned village full of ancient cave churches—you’ll be captivated by the surreal landscapes of this off-the-beaten-path destination. Then, drive to the Sobesos Excavation Site, where a Roman city is currently being uncovered. Admire its one-of-a-kind floral mosaics that have only recently been discovered. Next, you’ll go to Keslik Monastery, a cave church that dates from approximately the 7th to 13th century. See where hermits and monks lived and practiced their religion and let the calming atmosphere of the cave relax you.   Your driver will then take you to Sinassos, where you’ll see an old Greek village that was abandoned and re-inhabited after 1927. Sit down to lunch at a local restaurant before your driver takes you to the Red Valley for a 2-hour hike. Explore in depth and up close the unique and whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia with your guide before being transferred back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Private Highlights Tour with Italian Guide

4. Cappadocia: Private Highlights Tour with Italian Guide

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, set out on a 6.5-hour journey of discovery of incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many different types of ancient art. Start your tour at Devrent Valley, an area also known as “Imagination Valley”, where you can admire several different animal-like natural rock formations. Next, visit Pasabag, where you’ll see some more fairy chimneys which will remind you of the Shire from the Lord of the Rings, or The Smurfs. Close by, visit a local village’s pottery shop and 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 before the second half of the tour.   After lunch, visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains some of the best cave churches in Cappadocia. Admire the frescoes adorning this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley, two of the best spots for photography in the whole world. Hit the road again to return to your hotel—but before you get back, stop at Goreme Panorama Point to see the beauty of Cappadocia from a different angle.

Cappadocia: Private Tour with French-Speaking Guide & Lunch

5. Cappadocia: Private Tour with French-Speaking Guide & Lunch

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and you will begin a 6.5-hour tour full of incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and different types of ancient art. Your day begins with an exploration of Cappadocia, in particular, the Devrent Valley. This Valley is also known as Imagination Valley, which you’ll understand once you arrive. You’ll see countless different types of Fairy Chimney geological formations, which formed almost 30 million years ago. Next, visit Pasabag, where you’ll see some more Fairy Chimnies. They'll likely remind you of The Shire from The Lord of the Rings, or The Smurfs. Close by, you'll visit a pottery shop in a local village and see how people created beautiful art in this region as far back as the Hittite Period (c. 1600 BC). Sit down for lunch in a local restaurant and rest up for the second half of the tour.   After lunch, visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains some of the best cave churches in Cappadocia. Admire the frescoes adorning this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley, two of the best spots for photography in the whole world. Hit the road again and return to your hotel, but before you get home, you’ll stop at Goreme Panorama Point to see the beauty of Cappadocia from a different angle.

Cappadocia: Göreme Museum and Fairy Chimney Tour

6. Cappadocia: Göreme Museum and Fairy Chimney Tour

Cappadocia is a geological oddity of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of otherworldly beauty. The fantastical topography is matched by the human history here. People used the region's soft stone to seek shelter underground, leaving the countryside scattered with fascinating man-made caves. Discover the churches of Göreme Open Air Museum, carved into the rock and covered with frescoes. Explore the subterranean refuges of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli, the most famous sights in the region. After hotel pickup, your first stop is at Devrent. Continue to Pasabag, then wander through the vineyards of Fairy Chimneys village. Have lunch at a local restaurant in Avanos, a center for terracotta art. In the afternoon, visit the world-famous Open Air Museum of Göreme to witness the Christian and Byzantine cave churches. End your day by climbing up to Uchisar Fortress, the highest point in Cappadocia. 

Cappadocia: Full Day Hiking Adventure

7. Cappadocia: Full Day Hiking Adventure

Immerse yourself in a full-day adventure as you hike through the incredible Sword Valley. Surround yourself with an epic landscape and look out for churches cut into the local landscape. Take a glimpse into the 1500-year old history of a unique area as you enjoy stunning views across the mystical Red and Rose Valleys. Admire the fairy-tale chimneys, with their natural pink color, and explore 5th and 6th-century Cappadocian caves. Enjoy a lunch of authentic local cuisine before winding your way through Çavuşin, an old Greek town with a monastery dating from the sixth century AD. Relax in the comfort of inclusive hotel pick-up and drop-off, before and after your trip.

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What people are saying about Goreme National Park

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It was an amazing experience !!!!! the guide was very attentive, he made many references to the history of each place. As a suggestion, it would be appropriate to leave a little earlier as winter is approaching and we left late in the morning, so we had to see the Goreme view point at night. thank you very much it was a cold but amazing experience

Great tour with a very nice female tour guide. It was a nice day out with a short trek in Ihlara Valley. Highly recommended! Please note that the price on GetYourGuide excludes entry fees of 115 TRY which you will be asked to pay.

Excellent tour to learn more about Capadoccia and its culture, history and customs. Oskar, a knowledgeable guide of history and very friendly !! With all the disposition and knowledge.

I love the tour to the underground city and ihlara valley (even though it was off season). I got a really fun and knowledgable guide, Selime, who made the trip very enjoyable

Our tour guide Marva aka Marvelous was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Overall your was great.