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Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour

1. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private 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. 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.

Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

2. 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

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.

Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Begin the day with a pick-up from your hotel and head over to the incredible Goreme Valley. Resembling a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church, Goreme is understandably the star attraction of any visit to the region. Continue the tour to Devrent Valley, also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley, this area does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. Next, make your way to Uchisar for a walk through the beautiful valley, often called Valley of the Pigeon Lofts due to the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the soft tufa since ancient times. Enjoy the magnificent panorama of the surrounding land at Mount Erciyes in the distance from the Uchisar Castle and then continue the tour to Pasabag. Pasabag, meaning general's vineyard, is located on the road to Zelve and filled with remarkable earth pillars and mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping for the duration of the tour. Buy local products at the Carpet Handicraft Center and Cappadocia Stone Shop as well as ceramic, pottery, and other textiles.

Cappadocia: Uchisar, Love Valley, & Pasabag Tour with Lunch

5. Cappadocia: Uchisar, Love Valley, & Pasabag Tour with Lunch

Discover the wonders of Cappadocia on a multi-stop guided tour with lunch included. Visit Uchisar Castle, the Göreme Open Air Museum, Love Valley, Avanos, and pottery demonstrations. After pickup, the tour starts at Uchisar Castle, constructed on the highest point in the region. It has a totally distinct castle form, including graves, tunnels, and churches. At Göreme Open Air Museum, get a better understanding of the influence of religion, especially Christianity, on the region. For good reasons, this is the most famous attraction in the area. Marvel at Göreme's complex of several painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks between 900 and 1200 A.D.  Then drive to Love Valley. Love Valley Cappadocia is a place of natural wonders. These giant monuments were left by mother nature and are now a huge hit amongst tourists. Stop for lunch in Avanos for an hour. Then, enjoy a pottery and ceramic-making demonstration. Afterward, head to Pasabagi, the best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha's Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations, offering a spectacular scene. Up next, see the ruins at Devrent that are spread over three valleys which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems. Your tour will finish in the evening with drop-off back at your pickup location.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour

6. 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

7. 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.

From Istanbul: 4-Day Small Group Istanbul & Cappadocia Tour

8. From Istanbul: 4-Day Small Group Istanbul & Cappadocia Tour

Your guide will meet you at your hotel between 08:00 and 08:30. Visit the Istanbul old city area which includes Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Have lunch during the tour. The average duration of this tour is 8-hours. At the end of the tour, your guide will leave you back at your hotel. On the second day, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby between 08:00 and 08:30. During this tour, you will visit the Golden Horn, the old city walls of Istanbul, the Spice Market and Dolmabahce Palace or Chora Museum. There will be a lunch stop during the tour. The tour will end at around 17:00. Please do not forget to take your luggage in the morning. After the tour, you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Once you arrive in Cappadocia, you will have organized transfer from the airport to your hotel.  On your third day, your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel at around 09:00. You will enjoy a tour of southern Cappadocia, also known as the Green Tour, which will include the following sites: Derinkuyu Underground City (the largest underground city in the area with 7 floors 85 meters deep; not recommended for claustrophobic guests) and Ihlara Valley (1.5-hour trekking). Have a lunch stop in the village of Bellisirma. Afterwards, you will visit Piegon Valley (panoramic visit), Selime Monastery and Esentepe (panoramic view). After the tour, you will be dropped back off at your hotel. On the fourth and last day, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at around 09:00 and take you on a tour of northern Cappadocia, known as the Red Tour, to Rose Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum (important early Christianity center), Monks Valley, Cavusin village (one of the oldest settlements in the area), Avanos village (with stop at a traditional pottery workshop), Uchisar Castle and Dervent Valley. The average tour duration will be 8-hours. After the tour, you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight to Istanbul.

Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

9. 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: Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Tour

10. Cappadocia: Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Tour

Your guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby before the beginning of your day’s adventures in Cappadocia. Your experience will begin with a scenic hot-air balloon ride over the unique landscape, which will provide the perfect start to your day. From there you will drive for 1 hour to Soganli Village, where you can see one of the greatest examples of monastic life that has been hidden and protected over time. Following that, drive to the Sobesos Excavation site of a Roman City, which possesses one-of-a-kind floral mosaics that have only recently been discovered. Upon arrival at the Keslik Monastery, you will have the opportunity to understand how people survived and practiced their religion on this small site. This will also give you an idea of their not-so-well-known social life. You will then drive to Sinassos where you will see an Old Greek Village, which was re-inhabited after 1927. Following that, you will sit for lunch at a local restaurant, before beginning a Red Valley hike. Following this hike, you will complete your Cappadocia tour, following which you will be transferred to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Goreme National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 114 reviews

100% recommended to get to know the Capadocia highlights. Zeki instructed us wisely about every place and organized the itinerary in a way we could avoid peak times at key locations

Very polite guidance and detailed commentary It was a very good tour! HASAN, thank you so much for talking so much that your throat hurts! take care

The tour guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. It was right mix of guiding us and then allowing us to explore by ourselves.

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

Serkan was great tour guide, fun and informative. Enjoyed the sites alot