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From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

1. From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Float above volcanic spires and honeycombed hills on a hot air balloon. Be accompanied by a guide to Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Pasabag, Uchisar, and Kaymakli Underground City, and more. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and make your way to Istanbul airport. Catch your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival to Cappadocia, meet your guide and begin your tour of North Cappadocia. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Devrent Valley, and Pasabag. Make your way to Avanos Village for a traditional lunch and pottery demonstration. Get to the top of the Uchisar Castle, 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 You can opt to join a balloon flight in the morning. Your day tour will be organized according to the balloon flight hours. After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full-day tour of South Cappadocia. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Head to Goreme Panorama for views of fairy chimneys. Hike in the Red Valley. Visit Old Greek Love Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, and Pigeon Valley. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Witness an onyx demonstration by local experts. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Conclude the day tour by 5 PM. Then, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your driver and taken to your hotel.

Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

2. Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Your tour of Cappadocia's highlights begins with a pickup from your hotel. Head to the Devrent Valley and see why it is also known as Imagination Valley. See countless different types of Fairy Chimney formations, which formed almost 30 million years ago. Head to the Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia and a UNESCO site. See the cave town's dwellings built into the sides of rock formations. Now a ghost town due to unsafe erosion, this place once housed Christians and Muslims in harmony with each other. Have the opportunity to stop by a local shop to discover the real Anatolia. 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 for the second half of the tour.   Then stop in Pasabag, where we will see the most interesting fairy chimneys, resembling those seen in the Hobbit and Smurfs.

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.

Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

4. Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

There are so many underground cities at Cappadocia area of Turkey that its not known how many there are. Today you will visit Derinkuyu underground city. The biggest and deepest is from all the underground cities. There are eight floors that extend at a depth of approximately 85 m. the underground city was discovered by cnahce and was opened to the public by the directorate of antiquities and museums in 1965. It is believed that the Hittites, the Romans, the Byzantines an deven the proto-Hittites lived in this underground city, which is considered to be the 9th wonder of ancient world by the visitors. At the end of the tour we will drop you to your hotel.

From Nevşehir: Cappadocia Highlights Trip w/ Lunch & Pickup

5. From Nevşehir: Cappadocia Highlights Trip w/ Lunch & Pickup

Experience the beauty of Cappadocia on an excursion through cultural treasures like the Goreme Open Air Museum, Pigeon Valley, and the town of Avanos. Get treated to a buffet of Turkish cuisine as you learn about the area's traditions and lifestyle from your local guide. Get picked up from your hotel in Nevşehir and stop at a panoramic lookout to admire unique rock formations and enjoy a clear view of Uchisar Castle. Hear about the significance of this ancient site and the rich history of the Cappadocia region. Up next is the perplexing Goreme Open Air Museum, with its uncanny facade and extravagant interior. Take in the frescoes that cover the walls of these cave churches and see first-hand why this location has earned recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Move on to Love Valley, a famous site for marriage proposals, to wander around the mushroom-shaped formations known as 'fairy chimneys'. Take a break to enjoy an all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch before continuing on to Pigeon Valley. Additionally, visit Monk’s Valley and its refuges carved in stone. End the day in Avanos, a picturesque town along a river that supplies clay for their 4,000-year-old tradition of pottery. Witness a kick-wheel demonstration by a local potter and seize the opportunity to try this ancient custom for yourself.

Goreme Open Air Museum with Underground City Tour

6. Goreme Open Air Museum with Underground City Tour

After pick up, head to the deepest Underground city to explore its 4 floors, 30 meters deep. Move on to the highest point of the center of Cappadocia in Uchisar town, Uchisar Castle. Visit the most important sight, Goreme Open Air Museum, to see its many churches with wall paintings (frescoes) describing the life of Jesus Christ, dating back to the 10th century. The Cavusin village will be your next stop. Make the most of this trip to see an abandoned village and its Greek Houses.  Take some time for lunch in Avanos before visiting a pottery shop, and learn how to make potteries and seramics. Move on to Pasabag, a sacred place and home to many monks. In Pasabag, prepare to see some of the largest fairy chimney rock formations, with two or three caps each.  Finally, stop at Devrent Valley and marvel at its rock formations, shaped like animals, the reason that this place has been nicknamed Imagination Valley. At around 5:00 PM, head back to your hotel.

Göreme: North Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

7. Göreme: North Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Goreme Esentepe for Panoramic View We stop at the Esentepe vista viewpoint, located between Uchisar and Goreme. This stunning panorama provides breathtaking views of the town of Esentepe and the surrounding landscape of fairy chimneys. Goreme Open Air Museum We will begin at the Goreme Open Air Museum, an impressive collection of monasteries, churches and chapels that date back to the Middle Ages. The site served as an important Christian center of learning. Visitors can marvel at its religious buildings, which still exhibit elaborate and beautifully preserved frescoes. Pasabag – Monks Valley We will then have time to explore the Monks Valley, famed for its three-headed fairy chimneys. This region of is also known as Pasabag, or “Pasha’s Vineyard,” for its stunning earth pillars located within a vineyard. Devrent Valley A short drive will take us to the surreal Devrent Valley, famed for its almost lunar landscape of small, pointed fairy chimneys. VIsitors will get a chance to explore the valley and take in its astounding formations. Avanos Pottery workshop Our final destination is the small town of Avanos, home to a terracotta industry dating back to 3000 BC. Potters source clay from the Red River that winds through town. Tour visitors we will have the opportunity to visit a traditional pottery workshop and witness the excellent craftsmanship firsthand. Three Beauties The Three Beauties, or Three Graces, are three brilliant fairy chimneys located near Urgup. It is the most famous symbol of Urgüp. This amazing natural formation is well-known for its enchanting landscape as well as its fascinating story.

: Pottery Workshop with Hotel Transfer and Gift

8. : Pottery Workshop with Hotel Transfer and Gift

Immerse yourself in local culture with this Cappadocia pottery making workshop on this tour with pickup in Uçhisar. Sip on tea and a glass of wine or beer during your experience. Get a small gift to take home with your. After your class, check out a local gallery before returning to your hotel.  Be picked up at your doorstep in Uçhisar and relax on the 10-25 minute air-conditioned transfer to the workshop location. Listen as your local guide tells you about Cappadocian culture along the way.  Stop in the town of Avanos which is situated near the Kizilirmak River. This lush town has been the center of Turkish terracotta art since 3000 BC. Get step-by-step pottery-crafting instruction to help you to improve your clay-working skills. Receive a gift to remember your course by.  Head back to your accommodation after class, but stop in to admire some local artwork at a gallery along the way. 

Göreme: Cappadocia Full-day Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Göreme: Cappadocia Full-day Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the beauty of Cappadocia on this full-day trip from Göreme. Venture to the Red and Rose, Monks, and Pigion valleys. Watch a traditional pottery-making demonstration. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Göreme. Sit back and relax as you are driven to the Red and Rose valley in Cappadocia. Admire how the light hits the pink-tinted ridges of the valley.  Head to the village of Cavusin to see cave houses that were carved into the soft volcanic tuff rocks and the rock-hewn churches. Drive to Monks Valley where you can see the mushroom-shaped dwellings that were carved by Byzantine hermit monks.  Next, travel to Pigeon valley which earned its name from the countless man-made dovecotes (pigeon houses) that have been carved into the rocks. Strop to savor some regional wines at a traditional wine estate. Uncover the history of wine in Cappadocia.  Continue to a center for artisanal workshops in the town of Avanos for a pottery-making demonstration. Make your way to the town of Uchisar to marvel at the 60-metre-high castle that was dug into the mountain and once housed over a thousand people. Return to your accommodation in Göreme.

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 Avanos

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4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

It was excellent! since we went to the airport and we were picked up and transfer to Hotel, lunch was included and was delicious, in a nice restaurant, Our guide Ahmet was very kind and explain to us everything in detail. We took the tour in spanish. No complains at all. Highly recommended.

It was a great tour, enough to see most of Cappadocia in one day, plus two interesting stops at a ceramic store where they gave an awesome demonstration and at a hand made rug store. Very nice experience!

The tourist guide is very good, he is professional and full of humour. You won’t feel boring during the tour. I’m glad that I joined this tour and highly recommend to other people :)

Great tour, very interesting information and sights, the guide spoke great English too. This tour made exploring Cappadocia very easy. Highly recommend.

The van came on time . The guide was knowledgeable. Lunch was very good. Very satisfied with the tour and ai can recommend it.