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Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

1. Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel or in the town before starting your full-day Cappadocia small-group city tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 10 AM. Start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as the “Imagination Valley,” a most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also known as the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity. It will be possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot.  Then proceed to Avanos (Venessa), the pottery center of Cappadocia. This village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/ Red River. The river gets its name from the red clay it deposits. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Göreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here, you will be able to see the best-preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of church fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe. See the panoramic viewpoint of Esentepe. With a spectacular view over Göreme, see the complete view of Göreme Valley and Göreme village complete with fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. End your day at Uchisar Castle on a tall rock, the highest point in the Göreme region. After the tour, you will return to your hotel.

Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

2. 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.

Cappadocia: Biking Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off

3. Cappadocia: Biking Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off

Meet your guide at your hotel around 9:30 AM and start the cycle to the Sword Valley. Spend time exploring Sword Valley by bike. Named after the rocks that resemble swords, sword valley has a unique landscape. Explore the valley, which has biking trails at a range of difficulty levels. Head to Çavuşin Village. Çavuşin Village is an ancient Greek town with houses cut into the rock. See the monastery that dates back to the 6th Century AD. Visit Pasabag, also known as the Valley of the Monks. Cycle to the fairy chimneys in Pasabag, regarded as the most striking rock formations in Cappadocia. Explore Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, by bike. See the moonscape Imagination Valey is famous for. The valley contains small fairy chimneys and rock formations that resemble animals. Stop at Ürgüp for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy views of the national park at Red Valley's sunset point. Red Valley provides panoramic views of the region, making it the perfect last stop. Be dropped off at your hotel.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Göreme Museum Tour

4. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Göreme Museum Tour

Gilde over Cappadocia on a hot air balloon flight and watch the sunrise over the incredible landscapes and fairy chimneys. Have a traditional lunch and explore the cave churches of Göreme. Be picked up at your hotel before sunrise, and journey to the launch site of your hot air balloon flight. Watch the sunrise over Cappadocia as you glide over settlements depending on the conditions. Float back to the ground for a post-flight celebration and collect your flight certificate. Then, marvel at the rock formations of the Devrent Valley before going to Monks Valley (Pashabagi), where the hermits built their cave dwellings and churches. Try your hand at pottery in Avanos and watch the potters at work using a technique that has remained unchanged for generations. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and explore the cave churches of Göreme Open Air Museum. Marvel at the Byzantine wall paintings depicting biblical scenes, and get a panoramic view of the valley and its fairy chimneys before visiting Uchisar Castle at the region's highest point.

Cappadocia: Half Day Hiking Red & Rose Valley

5. Cappadocia: Half Day Hiking Red & Rose Valley

After meeting at your hotel at 9:00am, we'll start hiking. We hike through Sword Valley, with its epic landscape, rock-cut churches and pigeon houses that offer glimpses into the region's history. Together we will explore the Red and Rose Valley. The valley itself has a mystic atmosphere, with natural pink 'fairy chimneys' offering some of the most unique rock formations in the world. Then, we will visit the Cappadocian hidden caves and old cave churches, which date back to the 5th and 6th centuries. We'll take a break from our hike at the amazing viewpoint of the valley, taking photos at the best spots. After an adventurous hike and lots of sights, we head back to your hotel.

Göreme: Private Southern Cappadocia Tour with Lunch

6. 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.

Cappadocia: Göreme Museum and Fairy Chimney Tour

7. 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

8. 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.

Cappadocia: Mountain Bike Rental

9. Cappadocia: Mountain Bike Rental

Meet the rental staff and pick up your bike, perfectly adjusted to your height. Then set off to explore the great terrain of Goreme National Park. Choose from trails with different difficulty levels. Along the way, discover the rock-hewn cells, churches, troglodyte villages, and subterranean cities within the rock formations of one of the world's largest cave-dwelling complexes. Enjoy the flexibility of riding at your own pace. Feel safe in the knowledge that you can contact local staff in case of any emergencies. After an action-packed day of cycling, simply bring your bike back to the original meeting point. Let the local staff take care of the damage checks and cleaning.

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What people are saying about Goreme National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 23 reviews

What a wonderful day! Just be aware- it is a long hard day, so if you don’t want to wake up early and be out all day, don’t book this tour. We had an incredible time- honestly one of the best days of our life! Our tour guide Augyl was so kind and accommodating - clearly well respected by the owners of the places we went. We have been in Turkey for over a week and a half and this was hands down the best lunch that we have had- they treated us like royalty! Augyl communicated quickly and answered all our questions prior to leaving on the tour and was very well informed about the history of the area. She even asked us where we wanted to go/see and adjusted our day to meet our desires. This truly was a once in a lifetime experience and I highly recommend!!

We went with a group of several friends and it was great. Punctual pick up, transfer. Very nice monitor. They are the key places to go. If you have a few days, with this leftover. long live Salamanca

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

Our guide was amazing, full of knowledge and excitement. She also took us for an amazing traditional lunch!

Balloon ride was awesome, and the full day tour was also interesting