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Cappadocia Highlights Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. 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.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia, Ephesus, & Pamukkale Private Tour

2. From Istanbul: Cappadocia, Ephesus, & Pamukkale Private Tour

See Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hierapolis. Enjoy pre-selected hotels, with breakfast and lunch included. Choose your own spot for supper and explore a bit on your own. Day 1: Istanbul To Cappadocia by Plane; Full-Day Tour of Southern CappadociaEnjoy pick-up from your hotel to the airport for a one-hour flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival at Cappadocia, meet your guide at the airport who will have your name on a sign. Relax while your guide transfers you to the tour office in Goreme. Next, depart for a full-day tour of Southern Cappadocia. See Pidgeon Valley, the Underground City of Kaymakli, the continue along the countryside to the Kızılcukur Valley. Visit Selime Monastery before returning to your hotel.  Day 2: Cappadocia To Izmir; North TourBe picked up from your hotel after breakfast and depart for a full-day exploration of North Cappadocia. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin Vallage, Monsk Valley, Devrent, and the towns of Urgup, Ortahisar and Avanos. Return to your hotel in Cappadocia before leaving for your transfer to the airport for the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, you will be met at the airport once again with your name and you will be delivered to the next hotel in Kusadası. Day 3: Full-day Ephesus TourLeave your hotel after breakfast and depart for Ephesus. See the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World. Visit the biggest amphitheater and the Celsius Library. Tour around ruins left from the ancient city, and see the House of the Virgin Mary, thought to be her last dwelling. At the end of the tour enjoy a transfer back to the hotel. Relax and explore Kusadasi at your own pace with free time in the evening. Day 4: Tour of Pamukkale and The Ancient City of Hierapolis; Flight Back To IstanbulBe picked up from your hotel after breakfast and depart for a full-day Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour. Visit the Old Gates, the cemetery, and the theatre of Hierapolis (part of the James Bond film shoot).  Take in the waterfall known as Travertines, and swim in the calcified pools made famous by Cleopatra. At the end of the tour sit back as you are delivered to the airport for a short flight back to Istanbul.

Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with Wine Tasting

3. Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore historic Göreme and the surrounding Cappadocia region and Nevsehir Province during this privately guided walking tour with wine pairings. Discover the picturesque Devrent Valley landscape, taste-test traditional Turkish food and coffee, and marvel at the whimsical fairy chimneys. Enjoy an air-conditioned, VIP bus transport to the charming town of Avanos. Located on the sweeping banks of the Red River, here you can tour the local ceramics shop and even try making your own pottery.  Discover the stunning Kaymakli Underground City. Known as the deepest underground location in Cappadocia, follow your guide as you trek to the fourth level of this eight-level subterranean city, located 30 meters below the ground. Pause to marvel at the surreal landscapes of both the Devrent Valley and Love Valley, each dotted with unique fairy chimney rock formations. Listen as your guide details fascinating facts and anecdotes about the area's rich cultural and geological history.  Step back in time and visit the Zelve Open Air Museum, a Byzantine-era monastery carved into the centuries-old rocks. Relax and mingle with the locals at Ortahisar.

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys and Devrent Valley Bus Tour

4. 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. 

Best of Cappadocia in One Day Guided Day Trip

5. 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.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Private Red Tour

6. 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.

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

7. 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: Off the Beaten Path Full Day Guided Tour

8. Cappadocia: Off the Beaten Path Full Day Guided Tour

Start the day with some gorgeous views at the scenic Ortahisar Panorama. This viewpoint, just a short walk from Ortahisar Castle, has stunning 360-degree views that stretch all the way to Uchisar and Goreme. Up next is Pancarlik Church. One of the longest-used church spaces in the world, it is said to have been used as a place of worship for almost 1,400 years! Explore this monastic church housed in a group of cone-shaped rocks and admire the beet-red frescoes before making your way to Soganli Valley. Hike along this peaceful and tranquil valley, discovering the ancient courtyard monasteries, cave churches, and numerous dovecotes. After exploring the area, stop for lunch before heading to Mustafapasa. This quaint and charming town has a heavy Greek influence, which can be seen in the village’s churches, mosques, and stone houses with carved and ornamented facades. Pass by the Constantine and Helena Church, a once-prominent building during the Ottoman period. The last stop of the day is the Zelve Open Air Museum, which is one of the earliest settled and last abandoned monastic valleys in Cappadocia. Marvel at the ancient monasteries that were carved into the rock and learn about the history of the civilization that once lived in the area.

From Istanbul: Best of Turkey Multi-Day Tour Package

9. From Istanbul: Best of Turkey Multi-Day Tour Package

Embark on a multi-day tour from Istanbul to discover the sights of Turkey. Explore ancient cities, swim in Cleopatra’s pool, and soar above Cappadocia on a hot air balloon. Your trip includes a guide, transportation, accommodation, entry fees, and most meals. Day 1: After pickup, travel from Istanbul to Gallipoli by van and visit the holy Gallipoli battlefield all afternoon. Have lunch and stay at a 4-star hotel in Canakkale. Day 2:Visit the ancient ruins of Troy and Pergamon and marvel at the Acropolis of Pergamon. Have lunch and, by the end of the day, arrive at a 4-star hotel in Kusadasi, where you’ll spend the rest of the night. Day 3:Start with a guided day tour of the Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Refuel with lunch, then spend some time at the Cleopatra ancient thermal pool. Later, take a transfer back to the hotel to stay overnight. Day 4: Discover the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Mary, and the Temple of Artemis on a guided tour. Have lunch, head to the airport for a 1-hour flight to Cappadocia (included). Upon arrival to Cappadocia, meet your driver at the airport who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Get transferred to a cave hotel in Goreme to spend the night in an authentic cave-inspired suite. Day 5: Get to know northern Cappadocia on a day tour after an included breakfast. Lunch, guide, transportation, and all entrance fees will be included on the tour. After your day of exploration, head back to the hotel and stay another night in Goreme. Day 6: After breakfast, explore the southern side of Cappadocia on another guided day tour, and enjoy an included lunch. By the end of the day, take a transfer back to the hotel and have a couple of hours of free time for dinner (not included), shopping, or any other way you’d like to spend your time. Later, get picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport according to your scheduled flight time and fly back to Istanbul (included). Upon arrival in Istanbul, meet your driver at the airport and get taken back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Private Hollywood Filiming Locations Tour

10. Cappadocia: Private Hollywood Filiming Locations Tour

Explore Cappadocia's most popular film locations on this private tour and relive scenes from Star Wars, Ghost Rider 2, and Empire of the Wolves. Meet your guide at your hotel after breakfast and head to your first stop, Devrent (Imagination) Valley, which is famous for its lunar landscapes. Admire fairy chimneys in the shape of animals, such as camels, snakes, and dolphins. Next, head to Zelve Valley, where the movie Ghost Rider 2 was filmed. Relive your favorite scenes from the movie and learn more about the history of Christianity at the valley's many monasteries and churches. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Uchisar Castle, the region's highest point, where you can admire panoramic views of Cappadocia's volcanic mountains and unique fairy chimneys. Next, head to your final stop, Selimiye Monastery, where Star Wars was filmed, and one of the oldest settlements in history. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

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What people are saying about Zelve Open Air Museum

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4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Had an amazing experience at the private your. Our tour guide mithat was amazing and highly recommended. He is a very knowledgable person and tells you about the history from A to Z and always answers any questions without hesitation or difficulty. He was always making sure we are comfortable and understanding what he is telling us. Would recommend anyone to book with him!

Amazing experience with tour guide especially with Mr. Mithat (Guide). He’s amazing, he is highly recommended. He has very jovial nature and very knowledgeable person to go with. Very soft spoken and patient person. We were with a 8 year old kid, but he managed everything so well that we were more than comfortable with him. He made our trip really comfortable.

Excellent tour in Spanish, our guide Burak was very kind, the places were fantastic and he took time to explain in detail. The host of the Hilarious Ekrem agency since our arrival in Cappadocia helped us, kindly showed us the tours and taught us how to drive the motorcycle. Fantastic agency.

Excellent experience. The hot air balloon ride was the highlight of the tour. The pilot was funny and a good tour guide and expertly handled the ride. The red tour is a standard experience with less walking across Cappadocia's sights and the Air museum is a must see!

Very nice trip with various activities and unique places to visit - I liked it.