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Cappadocia: Full-Day Small Group Underground Cities Tour

1. Cappadocia: Full-Day Small Group Underground Cities Tour

Today, you will explore the most breathtaking parts of Cappadocia. At 9:30 AM, meet your guide at your hotel and drive to the first underground city at Kaymakli , once a place of refuge for 15, 000 Christians. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) of corridors and passageways. Continue to Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches, as well as the castle-like rock formation after which the town is named. Next, make your way to Uchisar, the highest natural rock castle that provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. Then, take a break to savor some amazing tastes of Turkish cuisine in a local restaurant. On your way back, stop at the panoramic Esentepe to take pictures of unique Cappadocia, and then at Göreme viewpoint for a breathtaking view over the village of Göreme. At the end of your tour, you will be driven back to your hotel or Göreme bus station.

Cappadocia: Private Van & Guide

2. Cappadocia: Private Van & Guide

Our guide and driver will meet you at your requested time (as early as 09:00) from your hotel and they will be at your service until 17:00. You can discuss the places that you would like to go with our guide or in advance with us through email. The total mileage for this tour is 150 km per day. Below is the most requested itinerary from our guests: We will start our Cappadocia tour at the most significant spot in the region: Goreme Open Air Museum. The museum is a big monastery complex with 9 churches that are over 1000 years old. It has been designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1985, and our guide will educate you about the area's history and the museum. We will then travel to Love Valley Panorama Point for a unique perspective on some fascinating curved fairy chimneys and Red & Rose Valleys. Then, we'll go to Pasabag Fairy Chimneys to see Cappadocia's best-protected fairy chimneys. It is also known as "Monks Valley," and there are numerous multiple-headed fairy chimneys. Our guide will provide you with information about the formation of these fairy chimneys and the entire region during your visit. There will be time for lunch following the tour. After lunch, we'll go to Avanos and see the kick-wheel pottery demonstration, which is an art over 4000 years old that was passed down from the Hittites. Then, for about 30 minutes, we'll take you on a trip to Kaymakli Underground City in Cappadocia to view the center's largest underground city. The city is made up of various storages, churches, living areas, wineries, and more. After this excursion, you will be dropped off at your hotel at about 17:00.

3-Days Cappadocia Tour with Cave Suites From Istanbul

3. 3-Days Cappadocia Tour with Cave Suites From Istanbul

At 11:00 am, you will be picked up from your Istanbul hotel and transferred to Istanbul airport. Your one-way flight ticket will be provided after making a reservation. Upon arrival at the Cappadocia airport, a representative will be waiting for you with your name written on a signboard for your transfer. You can then enjoy some relaxation time at your comfortable Cave Suite hotel. Embark on the Red Tour to explore the surreal landscape of Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley.” Next, visit Pashabagi, also known as Monks Valley, where Christian hermits once lived in hermit cells and churches located in three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity. Marvel at the various stages of fairy chimney formation in this area. Continue to Avanos, the pottery center of Cappadocia, located on the banks of the Red River. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Goreme Open Air Museum. This remote valley was home to monks and nuns who pursued monastic life from the 3rd century onwards. Admire the best-preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescoes from the Iconoclastic period to the end of Seljuk rule. Take in the panoramic view from Esentepe, which offers a spectacular view of the Goreme valley, including fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. Finally, visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point in the Goreme region, before returning to your Cave Suite Hotel for an overnight stay. Blue Tour: Departing from your hotel at 9:45am, embark on a scenic hike through the stunning Red and Rose Valleys, widely regarded as the most breathtaking and enigmatic valleys in the region. Conclude your hike in the captivating Cavusin Cave Village, where you can marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings that were inhabited until the 20th century. Enjoy a delectable lunch at a local restaurant before descending deep into the earth with a visit to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many subterranean settlements. Discover the city’s stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries. Next, visit the Pigeon Valley, where you can witness a stunning panorama of dovecotes (pigeon or dove houses), abandoned cave homes, and old Greek houses of Uchisar and Ortshisar Castle, the largest collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Cappadocia airport. This marks the conclusion of our services.

Cappadocia: 3-Day Guided Trip

4. Cappadocia: 3-Day Guided Trip

Discover Cappadocia on a 3-day, 2-night trip accompanied by an expert guide. Visit the ethereal Devrent Imagination Valley, the Byzantine tombs, the Derinkuyu Underground City, and enjoy local cuisine and comfortable accommodation. Day 1, blue tour with lunch: Book an early morning flight to Cappadocia (Kayseri Airport) and arrive by 8:00 AM at the latest. The local partner will organize the shuttle transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia accordingly. Your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM. The first stop is Devrent Imagination Valley, where you'll walk through the ethereal lunar landscape and admire the dramatic rock formations. You'll also visit the Pasabaglari, fairy chimneys, and you'll see a pottery demonstration using the Hittite technique at Avanos. Tuck into a traditional lunch at a local restaurant and then head up to Uchisar Rock Castle, the highest point in the region and the best place to watch the sunset. Catch amazing panoramic views of the Goreme Valley from Esentepe, and visit the Goreme Open Air Museum. Day 2, green tour with breakfast and lunch: Before your 9:15 AM pickup from the hotel, you have the option to book an early morning hot air balloon ride. Otherwise, your first stop will be Kaymakli Underground City and then it's on to Soganli Valley where you'll take a relaxing walk along Byzantine rock tombs. Continue on to Sobesos, a Roman bath from the 5th century, then Taskinpasa Medresesi, an Ottoman theological school, and Mustafapasa where you'll see Ottoman and Greek architecture. Day 3, red tour with breakfast and lunch: Get picked up from the hotel at 9:15 AM, and then head to the Derinkuyu Underground City, the largest in the region, Narli Gol a volcanic creator lake, and Ihlara Canyon. Enjoy Lunch in Belisirma Village, Selime, a surreal ancient monastic site with great panoramic views of the Ihlara Valley. At the end of the trip, you'll transfer to Kayseri Airport and fly back to Istanbul or another part of Turkey to continue your travels.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

This was a full day trip that included a proper free lunch at a lovely restaurant. The tour guide was great in explaining the history behind every spot we visited. The history behind the Kayamakli underground city stuck with us the most. Amazing views at the Goreme viewpoint & Uchisar. We also visited gift & jewelry shops. Pickup & drop off from the hotel was timely.

We were picked up by our guide Ali and a driver in a very spacious van. Got a lot of information about the area. A day before the trip, they reached out to us regarding the pickup information and even after the trip, someone from the company texted for feedback. Highly recommended

Amazing place with super nice people! The trip is well organized and accommodation and food is exceptional. Recommend it!