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Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

1. Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Begin your full-day tour with spectacular views over Göreme from Esentepe. Admire the panorama of the Göreme Valley and village with its fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and explore unique rooms including stables, cellars, storage areas, refectories, churches and wineries. On the second floor see the missionary school and study rooms. Travel to the Ihlara Valley, where you’ll see more than 100 rock-carved churches and houses lining the gorge. Walk along the river. Discover hidden churches. Relax by the river at Belisirma village and enjoy lunch. After lunch continue on to the Selime Monastery, which was featured in Star Wars.

Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

2. Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

Start at 5.30AM with a pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to Istanbul airport. Take a flight to Cappadocia where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel to check-in. At 9.30AM, begin your tour of Cappadocia and visit sites including the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, and Cavusin old village. Enjoy a lunch in Avanos and watch a pottery demonstration. See the Paşabağı Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley (magic valley), Urgup fairy chimneys and Urgup Carpet Factory. After the first day, spend the night in a boutique-style hotel. After breakfast, you will be picked up at 5.30AM for a hot air balloon tour. Take a chance to stop back at the hotel afterward before beginning the tour again at 9.30AM to see the Göreme panaromic view. Here, learn about the geological and historical background of the city, then visit Derinkuyu Underground City which was constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Take a small hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. At Yaprakhisar Panorama, visit Selime Monastry, and marvel at all the different sections of a monastry in one composition. Finally, end your with a pigeon valley and onyx demonstration. Fly from Kayseri to Istanbul at 8.25PM and arrive in Istanbul at 9.55PM where you be transferred back to your hotel to end the program.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Göreme Museum Tour

3. 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.

Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

4. 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.

Cappadocia: Heart of Cappadocia Private Tour with Lunch

5. Cappadocia: Heart of Cappadocia Private Tour with Lunch

Journey out on a private tour and discover the heart of Cappadocia traveling through the region's fascinating landscapes, valleys, and towns. Meet your English-speaking guide and driver at the lobby of your accommodation in Cappadocia and enjoy a relaxing ride in an air-conditioned private minivan. The first stop takes you to the Devrent Imagination Valley, an area with different animal-like natural rock formations. Then, continue the tour to Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the park. Take a stroll through the valley and admire some examples of Byzantine art. This trip offers the opportunity to stop by a local shop to discover the real Anatolia. Stop at Cavusin Village before you head to Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley to take photos of the area. See Cappadocia from a different angle at Goreme Panorama Point. Be dropped off at your hotel.

From Kayseri: 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia with Balloon Flight

6. From Kayseri: 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia with Balloon Flight

Day 1 After meeting at Kayseri airport in the morning, you will drive for approximately one hour to Cappadocia. Your tour will start with a panoramic view of Göreme, where you can marvel at the hoodoos, also known as fairy chimneys. The second destination is Derinkuyu, an 3,500 year old underground city where you will have the chance to descend 8 floors. After, you will head to Ihlara Valley where you will hike around 3.5 km and then enjoy lunch in a nearby village. After lunch the next stop will be Yaprakhisar, here you can view conical shapes similar to those in the Star Wars Movie. Next, you will be taken to Selime Monastery where you will have the opportunity to learn about what life was like in the monastery before heading to view Pigeon Valley. At the end of the tour, you will visit the Onyx Factory, a volcanic stone workshop. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will be dropped at your hotel. Day 2 On your second day in Cappadocia, you will have the option to join a 6:00 AM hot air balloon tour. After getting picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM, your first stop will be Uçhisar Castle where you will learn about the history of Cappadocia. The next and the most important stop is Göreme Open Air Museum where you will learn about the influence of the religion Christianity. After this stop, discover the Çavuşin Old Village and Paşabağı and then enjoy an open buffet lunch at Han restaurant in Avanos. After Lunch, experience a pottery demonstration before visiting Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley. Discover the hoodoos in Devrent Valley, some of which resemble animals and one the hat of Napoleon Bonaparte. Enjoy the most beautiful and breathtaking hoodoos in Cappadocia, Three Beauties of Ürgüp. At the end of the tour visit Carpet Factory where you can find hand-made Anatolian carpets. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you are able to be dropped off at Kayseri or Nevşehir airport.

Göreme: Private Northern Cappadocia Tour with Lunch

7. Göreme: Private Northern Cappadocia Tour with Lunch

Travel through the beautiful landscapes and history in Northern Cappadocia on a guided tour. Stop at destinations in Göreme, Uchisar, Pasabag, and Avanos. Eat a delicious local lunch.  Be picked up from your hotel in Göreme and relax on the way to your first stop at a panoramic viewpoint where you can see the town of Göreme and its surrounding landscape which is dotted with fairy chimneys.  Head to Uchisar castle, which is located right in the heart of Cappadocia. View this castle which is carved into the rock standing at the center of the town. Go to the peak of the castle for magnificent views of the Erciyes Mountain and the Cappadocia region.  Continue to an open air museum of monasteries, chapels, and churches built in the Middle Ages at an old Christian education center. Take in the architecture and see some well-preserved frescoes. Drive to Pasabag (Pasha’s vineyard) to see the lush vineyards and the Greek Byzantine mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. After a short drive, find yourself amid a surreal lunar landscape with pointed fairy chimneys in Devrent valley.  Discover the town of Avanos, which is famed for being a terracotta center since 3000 BC. Visit a traditional pottery workshop and watch craftsmen work. Finally, snap pictures of the three fairy chimneys near Urgup. Return to your accommodation in Göreme. 

Göreme: Full-Day Red Cappadocia Tour

8. Göreme: Full-Day Red Cappadocia Tour

Your experience begins as you are picked up from your hotel. From there, begin by visiting the Derinkuyu Underground City - the biggest underground city in the region. As you discover this vast underground region, learn how it was used as a shelter for great lengths of time during invasions. From there, explore the volcanic crater lake of Narli Gol, before advancing to Ihlara Canyon. Whilst at the canyon, enjoy a pleasant and easy 4-kilometer hike alongside a beautiful stream which runs all the way through the middle. Belisirma Village is next on your agenda, where you can appreciate the authentic unspoiled village life and enjoy lunch. Following lunch you stop by Selime - a surreal ancient monastic site which boasts great panoramic views over the Ihlara Valley. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide drops you off to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Guided Red Valley Sunset Tour w/Night Light show

9. Cappadocia: Guided Red Valley Sunset Tour w/Night Light show

You’ll be picked up 45 minutes before the sun sets and head to the Red Valley viewpoint to get the best spots. This popular hiking area features sandstone rocks that turn a gorgeous shade of red as the sun sets. If Red Valley is crowded, you can also head to Devrent Valley, which features towering rock formations that can be interpreted to form animal shapes. After watching the sun coat the sky with a multitude of brilliant colors, you’ll stop by Ortahisar Panorama, Pigeon Valley Panorama, Uchisar Castle, Goreme Esentepe Panorama, and Cavusin to take some photos and capture the beauty of these landscapes at night. End the evening with a light show at Zelve Open Air Museum. This unique show uses computers with mapping software which are then projected onto the caves and rock formations at the Zelve Valley. The 30-minute exhibition depicts the story and history of the human race, specifically the Assyrian, Hittite, Persian, and Alexandria civilizations up until the development of the modern republic of Turkey. If the weather does not permit a light show, you’ll head to a local restaurant and dine on delicious local fare with some live music entertainment.

Cappadocia: Göreme Museum and Fairy Chimney Tour

10. 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. 

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based on 38 reviews

This tour is organized in two parts: 1. We were picked up for the hot air balloon around 04:20 and driven over to the take-off site. We started our ascension around 05:00, with the flight lasting around an hour. The pilot was skillful and guided us through a couple of valleys as well as over different towns. He ultimately landed the balloon directly onto the trailer. We were then dropped back off to our hotel around 06:45 – in time to grab breakfast. 2. The full-day tour started at 10:00. We jumped from one historical/scenic site to another, with plenty of time given to take pictures and/or visit the local stores. Each stop was carefully planned and timed to stick the schedule. The guide (Aygul) was very knowledgeable and friendly, which contributed in making this tour an amazing and enriching experience.

The company was good, they contacted me a day before of the flight by WhatsApp and arranged the pick up to the Hot Air Balloon site and they gave us a little treat for breakfast. The flight was wonderful and after they dropped us at the hotel to have breakfast and picked us up an hour later for the rest of the tour. The guide was very friendly and explained with details all the historical information, the lunch was a buffet and was very good. We had a good amount of time to take pictures and to enjoy the day.

Aygul from Enka Travel is excellent and this small group tour is an efficient way of seeing the open air museums and understanding their context. Would recommend Aygul again and speak highly enough of her.

Beautiful guided tour of some places in Cappadocia. Unfortunately for a problem we started very late compared to the program, but the great passion and professionalism of our guide paid off.

Aygul from Enka travel was engaging, fun, and knowledgeable. She led our small group with good humor, and a wide and deep knowledge of the area and it’s history. Would very much recommend.