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Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

1. 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.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

2. Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your guide and head out on a small-group tour through Cappadocia. Start with a stop at Goreme Panorama, a scenic viewpoint that presents you with the expansive vista formed by the city below and the stunning rocky hills that back it. Then, drive to Kaymaklı Underground City to learn firsthand how early Christians protected and defended themselves from persecutions and invasions for centuries. Hike through Turkey's largest canyon, which features over 2,670 different plants that thrive in the valley's microclimate. Afterward, make the 1.5-hour drive to Ihlara Canyon for a 3.8 km hike along the river and through the area's beautiful nature. After the hike, satisfy your appetite with lunch at a local restaurant in Belisırma. Then visit Selime Monastery, the biggest religious building in Cappadocia with a cathedral-size church. Before returning you to your hotel, your guide will stop at Pigeon Valley, the best photo spot in all of Cappadocia.

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.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

4. 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.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Göreme Museum Tour

5. 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.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride and Day Tour

6. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride and Day Tour

Begin your day with a pickup from your accommodation in Cappadocia at dawn and travel to the hot air balloon launch site. Enjoy a light breakfast then board your piloted balloon. Ascend above Cappadocia’s lunar-like landscapes. Absorb the incredible views of the sculpted valleys below. Capture them on camera as the sun illuminates them in soft reds and pinks. After at least an hour in the air, touch down and celebrate your experience with a glass of champagne. Then, be transferred back to your accommodation for breakfast and two or three hours of free time.  Your second pickup will be in an air-conditioned vehicle to kick off your tour of the highlights of Cappadocia. Your professional tour guide will help you get acquainted with this unique area.  Visit Avanos town, which is famous for its production of earthenware pottery. The ceramic trade in this district, and the countless pottery factories, date back to the Hittites. The ceramic clay from the red silt in the Kizilirmak River has always been used. Watch a pottery demonstration of the Hittite technique. Explore Çavusin. This is one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia, dating back to the 5th-century. It is an old village where people still live in rock-cut dwellings and stone houses. The Church of St. John the Baptist in Çavuşin village dates back to the 5th-century and the paintings date back to the 6th, 7th, and 8th centuries. The church offers a spectacular panoramic view of the village.  Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, is famous for a lunar landscape, with unique rock formations that look like particular animals, including a camel, an alligator, snakes, and seals. There are also rocks that resemble people as they dance or pray and one that appears to be St. Mary. Goreme Open-Air Museum is a UNESCO site with rock-cut churches and monasteries dating back to the 5th and 13th centuries. There are over 400 churches in Goreme and most of the beautiful frescoes have retained their original color and freshness. Visit the Apple Church, the St. Barbara Church, the Church of the Serpent, and the Dark Church.  Pasabag Valley has the best collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. These rock formations with twin and even triple rock caps are known as the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. The valley is also known as Monk's Valley because monks used to take refuge here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit’s shelter are built into one of the fairy chimneys with three caps. It is possible to visit the inside and climb to the top of it. Uchisar Rock Castle is the highest point in Cappadocia. There is a magnificent panoramic view of the area, and the Erciyes mountain in the distance, from the top of the castle. Rooms in this multi-level castle are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels, and passages. Urgup is a heart of Cappadocia and it is famous for the Three Beauties and wine production. Before returning to your accommodation, visit a winery to sample some local wines.

Best of Cappadocia in 1 Day

7. Best of Cappadocia in 1 Day

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.

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys and Devrent Valley Bus Tour

8. Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys and Devrent Valley Bus Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of Cappadocia via a compact itinerary with lunch included. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Devrent Valley, and Pasabag. Walk around the fairy chimneys, see the first cave houses of early Christians, and visit local pottery experts. According to your tour pickup time, you’ll meet with your guide, then start your tour by exploring Goreme Museum. The museum consists of many rock-cut churches from the second half of the 9th century with colorful frescoes decorating the walls. Next, visit Devrent Valley, famous for its quirky animal-shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. There is even a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Take in the unique lunar landscape of the valley and feel like you're in another World. Continue to Pasabagi, which means the pacha's (general’s) vineyard. This site is also called Monks Valley. The hermitage of Simeon monks was here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon (Simon) and a hermit's shelter is built into one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. Pasabag Valley contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. This style of fairy chimneys is named mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys, unique even for Cappadocia. Visit Avanos next, where you will enjoy a typical Turkish lunch and experience local pottery experts in action. With your stomach full, continue to Goreme Panorama, featuring one of the best panoramic views of the fairy chimneys. Round off your trip at Uchisar. See the famous Uchisar Castle made up of rocks that provides a clear panorama of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, get transferred back to your hotel for drop-off. 

From Nevşehir: Cappadocia Highlights Trip w/ Lunch & Pickup

9. 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.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Private Red Tour

10. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Private Red Tour

Fly over the Cappadocia landscape early in the morning in a hot air balloon, a truly surreal experience you'll never forget. Follow this up with a 6.5-hour tour full of incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many different types of ancient art. Your day begins with this 1-hour hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia, perfect for taking pictures of the Fairy Chimneys from above. These rock formations formed 30 million years ago and are unique on this planet. Then, explore Devrent Valley for a more up-close sight of the Fairy Chimneys. Visit Zelve Open Air Museum, an amazing cave town with dwellings built into the sides of rock formations. Next, visit Pasabag, where you’ll see some more Fairy Chimneys. Close by, visit a local village’s pottery shop and 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.   After lunch, visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains some of the best cave churches in Cappadocia. Admire the frescoes adorning this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to Uçhisar Castle and Pigeon Valley, two of the best spots for photography in the whole world.  Hit the road again to return to your hotel—but before you get home, you’ll stop at Goreme Panorama Point to see the beauty of Cappadocia from a different angle.

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4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

A guide who can speak Japanese is with us, so the explanation is very easy to understand. I think everyone does some research on the internet before coming to Cappadocia. At the end of the tour, we will visit a carpet factory. I bought a ridiculously expensive carpet lol Of course I bought it because I wanted it, so I don't regret it

Had a great day! The tour was super interesting and the guide, Mustafa, very nice and prepared. The things I enjoyed the least were the shops visit where shop owners try too hard to sell you ceramic or jewels. For the rest, 5 stars!

The tour guide is really nice and he spoke fluently in English and explained everything to us in details. the trip was so much fun. I highly recommend it

really good tour. really enjoyed it. the guide your was really nice and explained a lot of information.

Mustafa, our guide was was so knowledgeable and kind.