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From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

1. 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. 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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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.

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North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

3. North Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Cappadocia while discovering the city’s famous rock formations and breathtaking views. Start the day by taking in the beautiful panorama at Uchisar Castle while learning about the rich history of Cappadocia and its unique rock formations. Next, head to the Goreme Open Air Museum and explore thousand-year-old fresco-covered cave church walls with your guide. Watch a pottery demonstration using a kick wheel. Show off your own talent or just observe. Try traditional Turkish food during lunch in Avanos. Then see the Halys River, the longest river in Turkey. Stop off in Pasabag, also known as Monks Valley, and see the chapel dedicated to St. Simeon along with unique mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. Make a final stop in Devrent Valley and take fantastic pictures with the animal-shaped rock formations.

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Cappadocia Highlights Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Cappadocia Highlights Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Discover both the fascinating historical and natural sides of Cappadocia on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Explore historical ruins from the ancient Anatolian civilizations in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy breathtaking natural landscapes of valleys and hill slopes as you travel. During your hop-on, hop-off trip, walk along the illustrious “fairy chimneys” and discover rock-carved houses, churches, and underground cities. Marvel at the exceptional and unique views from Uchisar Castle and witness history at archaeological sites. See the Zelve Open Air Museum, Devrent Imagination Valley, and the splendid rock formations in Cavusin. To complete your experience, try an authentic meal in a traditional cave setting. Without a doubt, the magnificent geography and rich culture, art, and history will amaze you. This tour has options for 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour bus tickets.

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Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour

5. Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour

Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and today, you will visit Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley) and walk through this lunar landscape. Next, visit Pasabaglari (the world-famous fairy chimneys) and the village of Avanos, where you will witness a pottery making demonstration using ancient Hittite techniques. At noon, have a lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue your tour with Uchisar Rock Castle (the highest point in the region), Esentepe (a panoramic view of Göreme Valley) and Göreme Open Air Museum (rock cut churches, frescoes and monastery). After visiting the Göreme Open Air Museum, your tour will end and you will be dropped back off at your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

6. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

Following pickup from your hotel, your first stop is the fantastic viewpoint of Uchisar Castle. Whilst there, receive information about the rich history of Cappadocia and its unique rock formations. Next up is the Kaymaklı Underground City, which was used by early Christians as a shelter to hide themselves against their enemies. Afterwards, take a break for terrific views of Pigeon Valley, where your guide informs you about carved pigeon houses. You are then gifted some time to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, visit the Devrent Valley, where you can take fantastic pictures with the area's animal-shaped rock formations. You then visit Pasabag, commonly known as Monks Valley. There you have the chance to see the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys, as well as the St. Simeon’s Monk Cell carved into the rock. Towards the end of your tour, visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum. There your guide explains the meanings of the frescoes covering the walls of the 1,000-year-old cave churches, as you explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your final stop is then to the Ortahisar Castle, where you conclude your tour with terrific views of the castle and old Greek houses.

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Cappadocia: Small-Group Full-Day Highlights Tour

7. Cappadocia: Small-Group Full-Day Highlights Tour

Discover incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a variety of pieces of ancient art on a full-day guided tour in Cappodocia starting from your hotel. Visit Pigeon Valley and see cave dwellings and stunning frescoes inside the Goreme Open Air Museum. Go to the Goreme Open Air Museum, one of the 3 UNESCO Sites in the park, once the Monastery settlement of the first Christians in Cappadocia, now deserted due to unsafe erosion. Admire amazing frescoes as well as kitchen and dining rooms. Head to the famous Pigeon Valley and marvel at the unique carvings in the cliff-faces of the valley, with many niches for local birds to roost in. Visit the 3 beauties of Cappadocia, three fairy-chimney formations, overlooking the rolling countryside just outside of town. Finally, make your way to the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the many Underground cities which early Christians have used as shelters to hide from their enemies. Explore a maze of caves, tunnels, and structures of the city, before being returned to your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Full Day Private Tour with Japanese Guide

8. Cappadocia: Full Day Private Tour with Japanese Guide

The day begins with pickup from your hotel or from Kayseri/Nevsehir airport, and then drives through the Turkish landscape to Cappadocia. Arrive at the site, which is one of the most visited locations in Turkey, and admire the world’s most unique rock formations, formed by volcanic ash and lava that has been eroded by wind and rain. Explore the onsite Goreme open air museum, originally built in the 2nd century AD and used as a Christian cave monastery until the 11th century. Learn about how pressure from the Arabs against the Christians became so intense that churches and monasteries were created inside the caves to escape it. This fascinating and carefully preserved site is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Next, visit the Kaymaklı Underground City as well as Uchisar Castle, which is the highest point of the region. Marvel at its strange appearance, stark interior and amazing panoramic landscape view. Then head to Avanos, a town famous for its pottery that uses red soil from the nearby red river, you can choose to attend a local pottery workshop and learn how to craft with this amazing natural resource. Finally, visit Urgup, a production area for traditional hand-woven carpets, to see and experience this amazing Turkish art.

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Best of Cappadocia in One Day Guided Day Trip

9. Best of Cappadocia in One Day Guided Day Trip

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots in one day. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Zelve and Pasabag. Begin your tour with a hotel pickup. Find yourself at 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. 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. Stop in between Nevsehir and Goreme road to explore Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, the highest point of Cappadocia, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. Then, head to the cave town of Zelve, honeycombed with dwellings, religious and secular chambers. End the tour with a visit to Pasabag to see fairy chimneys, tall rock formations with caps on top.

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Goreme Open Air Museum: Full-Day Tour

10. Goreme Open Air Museum: Full-Day Tour

See the highlights of Goreme on our full-day guided coach tour. We’ll show you the Devrent Valley, the Goreme Open Air Museum and Uchisar Castle, as well as making a number of other stops along the way. Our first stop in the morning will be a visit to the Devrent Valley to see its unusual rock formations. The formations here are a result of thousands of years of erosion, which has formed a lunar-like landscape. There are small “fairy” chimneys throughout the valley, as well as many rocks that are shaped like animals, forming a natural sculpture zoo. You’ll marvel at the color varieties of the fairy chimneys, ranging from white and yellow, to gray, pink and black. After we leave the Devrent Valley, we will continue on in air-conditioned comfort to Pasabagi, which is characterized by remarkable earth pillars that stand in the middle of a vineyard. Pasabagi is also known as Monks Valley. We’ll stop for lunch in Avanos, which is included in your tour package. Our next stop will be the main feature of our excursion - the Goreme Open-Air Museum. There are more than 10 cave churches in the Goreme Open Air Museum, which along with dwellings, rectories a religious school form a large complex that was carved out of a ring-shaped rock formation. As we continue on our tour, your guide will tell you about the magnificent landscape of Esentepe, which was created by solidified streams of lava combined with ash and tuff stone, and dates from the Neocene period. Our final stop will be at the hilltop Castle of Uchisar for sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and to see the interconnected galleries, steps and tunnels of this historic structure. At the end of the tour we will drop you off at your hotel in Bodrum.

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What people are saying about Goreme Open Air Museum

Excellent tour! Ahmet was an amazing tour guide. Private really means private; he took us around with his driver in a nice Mercedes van, explored all of the Cappadocia attractions, was highly knowledgeable about each, and spoke great English. He also took us to a really delicious place for lunch, which was included. I highly recommend this tour!

Ήταν μια παρά πολύ Ωραια εκδρομή. Η ξεναγός μας έδωσε παρά πολλές πληροφορίες. Ήταν πράγματι μικρό γκρουπ ατόμων. Όλη μέρα κύλησε πολύ Ωραια. Θα προτιμούσα να είχαμε πάει σε κάποιο παραδοσιακό για φαγητό αλλά ήταν μια χαρά.

It was an interesting tour with lots of things to see and enjoy. I highly recommand it.

Good organization, positive guide, lots of interesting information

It is a very relaxed and beautiful tour! It is very worth it