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Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

1. Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your knowledgeable 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 micro climate. Afterwards, make the 1.5-hour drive to Nar Lake. Stop to take some photos before getting briefly back on the road to reach 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. Following lunch, head to Yaprakhisar Panorama (known for serving as a Star Wars movie set) to view the characteristic fairy chimneys from an incredible vantage point. 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.

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Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

2. Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and get a panoramic view of Göreme en route to Derinkuyu Underground City. Marvel at the subterranean city, used by the Romans to shelter against invasions by the Arabs. Get explanations about the area's deepest underground city before moving on to the Ihlara Canyon, formed by volcanic activity from Mount Hasan and erosion by the Melendiz River. Learn how early Christians carved churches from the rock on a 3.5-kilometer hike through the Ihlara Valley, and pause for lunch at a riverside restaurant. Next, get stunning views of the conical fairy chimneys in Yaprakhisar. Visit the rock-carved Selime Monastery and learn about monastic life in Cappadocia. Continue to Pigeon Valley to learn how the locals have used pigeon eggs and droppings for different purposes and why they carved pigeon houses on the slopes of the valley. End with a visit to an onyx factory in Uçhisar and watch a demonstration about how volcanic stone is shaped by a master craftsman.

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Cappadocia: Hiking & Undergroud City Tour

3. Cappadocia: Hiking & Undergroud City Tour

After pick up from the hotel and meeting a guide you are ready to explore an amazing Cappadocia with your hiking and underground city tour. First of all you are going to visit Red valley which is one of the most spectacular valleys of Cappadocia. It will surprise you with its different shape of rock formations in rose, red, yellow and orange colors. The total distance on your hike through the colorful and breathtaking fairy chimneys of Red valley is 4 km. You can also expect to visit some cave churches, cave houses and cave tunnels. Next place you will go is an old Greek village Cavusin which is very famous for the rock cut churches. You can hike around the ruins exploring the structures left centuries ago by the village’s former Greek inhabitants, and walk up the hill to visit rock cut churches. Then you will stop at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch. After the lunch you will visit the largest underground city of Cappadocia - Kaymakli underground city. It was opened to visitors in 1964 and consists of 8 levels (only 4 are open). You will walk through the narrow corridors and discover numerous rooms and storages carved from the soft volcanic stone. You will see rolling-stone doors, deep wells and ventilation shafts. It will be an unforgettable memorable experience. After Kaymakli underground city you will visit Pigeon valley which is named for the many pigeon houses or dovecotes carved into the rocks. The last stop will be Ortahisar rock castle, the biggest fairy chimney of Cappadocia. General view over the Ortahisar town will remain in your memory for a long time. It is looking like a truly fairytail town with a huge rock towering over it.

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From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour

4. From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour

Discover Cappadocia on a 2-day tour from Istanbul that includes round-trip flights and an overnight stay at a boutique hotel. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 3:45 AM Pick-up at your Istanbul hotel and transfer to the airport 7:10 AM Depart Istanbul Airport for Cappadocia 8:40 AM Arrival at Kayseri or Nevşehir airport and transfer to Cappadocia hotel 9:30 AM Tour of Cappadocia that includes the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin old village, lunch in Avonos, a pottery demonstration in Avanos, Paşabağı fairy chimneys, Devrent Valley, Urgup fairy chimneys and an Urgup carpet factory Overnight at your boutique hotel in Cappadocia. Day 2 3:45 AM Pick-up at your Cappadocia hotel for hot-air balloon tour 8:00 AM Return to hotel 9:15 AM Pick-up at your hotel for the tour 9:30 AM Tour begins with a panoramic view of Göreme and visit to Derinkuyu Underground City, constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Enjoy a short hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. See Selime Monastry from the Yaprakhisar viewpoint before ending with a visit to the Pigeon Valley and an onyx demonstration 8:25 PM Depart Kayseri Airport for Istanbul 9:55 PM Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel

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Cappadocia: Royal Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Tour

5. Cappadocia: Royal Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Tour

Your guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby before the beginning of your day’s adventures in Cappadocia. Your experience will begin with a scenic hot-air balloon ride over the unique landscape, which will provide the perfect start to your day. From there you will drive for 1 hour to Soganli Village, where you can see one of the greatest examples of monastic life that has been hidden and protected over time. Following that, drive to the Sobesos Excavation site of a Roman City, which possesses one-of-a-kind floral mosaics that have only recently been discovered. Upon arrival at the Keslik Monastery, you will have the opportunity to understand how people survived and practiced their religion on this small site. This will also give you an idea of their not-so-well-known social life. You will then drive to Sinassos where you will see an Old Greek Village, which was re-inhabited after 1927. Following that, you will sit for lunch at a local restaurant, before beginning a Red Valley hike. Following this hike, you will complete your Cappadocia tour, following which you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Secrets Day Tour

6. Cappadocia: Secrets Day Tour

Explore the lesser-known locations in Cappadocia on this day-long guided tour. Start your excursion with pickup from your hotel before heading to Soganli Village. After a 1-hour drive, you’ll arrive at this abandoned village full of ancient cave churches—you’ll be captivated by the surreal landscapes of this off-the-beaten-path destination. Then, drive to the Sobesos Excavation Site, where a Roman city is currently being uncovered. Admire its one-of-a-kind floral mosaics that have only recently been discovered. Next, you’ll go to Keslik Monastery, a cave church that dates from approximately the 7th to 13th century. See where hermits and monks lived and practiced their religion and let the calming atmosphere of the cave relax you.   Your driver will then take you to Sinassos, where you’ll see an old Greek village that was abandoned and re-inhabited after 1927. Sit down to lunch at a local restaurant before your driver takes you to the Red Valley for a 2-hour hike. Explore in depth and up close the unique and whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia with your guide before being transferred back to your hotel.

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Göreme: Full-Day Red Cappadocia Tour

7. 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.

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Cappadocia: Full–Day Discovery Hiking Tour

8. Cappadocia: Full–Day Discovery Hiking Tour

After pick–up from your hotel at around 9:00 AM, start your full day Cappadocia tour. Your first stop will be the Derinkuyu Underground City, one of the deepest and most fascinating multilevel underground settlements of Cappadocia. This incredible underground world contains courtyards, stables, churches and wineries all intertwined in an extensive network of tunnels. From here, drive to Ihlara Valley and walk about 4 kilometers along the Melendiz River in the valley exploring the hidden cave churches. At the end of the hike, reach Belisirma Village and sit down for lunch at a local restaurant nearby the river. After lunch, make a short photo stop at Yaprakhisar Panorama and see the viewpoint with unforgettable views of the cave village and countless fairy chimneys.  End the tour with a visit to the Selime Monastery, one of the biggest and most fascinating religious settlements in Cappadocia. This complex was carved into the rock face by monks in the 13th century. At the end of a spectacular day’s sightseeing, head back to your hotel at around 5:00 PM.

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From Cappadocia: Erciyes (Argaeus) Mountain Ski Tour

9. From Cappadocia: Erciyes (Argaeus) Mountain Ski Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to Mount Erciyes. Argaeus (Erciyes) is the highest and most famous volcano in Cappadocia having last given smoke 2000 years ago. Today, it is an inactive volcano but still impressive with its amazing quality of snow for skiing.  Along the way, you will realize the silk road hasn't changed much in 800 years. It became one of the most important highways of Turkey for trucks, buses and cars etc. instead of camels and horses. After arriving at the volcano, you will go to a place (shop) to rent equipment like ski gear. Under the leadership of one of the teachers, learn or practice skiing for half an hour. You will have roughly 3 hours to ski or try other activities.

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Cappadocia Highlights Small-Group Tour by Minibus

10. Cappadocia Highlights Small-Group Tour by Minibus

Explore beautiful Cappadocia on a relaxing and all encompassing tour. Your first stop will be the Three Beauties Fairy Chimneys which are the best examples of mushroom shaped rock formations and the official symbol of Cappadocia.  Hike along the Red and Rose Valley which are the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys of Cappadocia. Stop in Cavusin Cave Village where you will see a rock castle and troglodyte dwellings, where people lived until the 20th century. Relax with a delicious lunch in a local restaurant before your descent towards to the center of the earth. Take a trip to the Kaymakli Underground City which is one of the largest and most fascinating multilevel underground settlements of Cappadocia. This incredible underground world contains courtyards, stables, churches and wineries all intertwined in an extensive network of tunnels. End the day with a visit to the Pigeon Valley where you will see the best examples of rock-carved dovecotes and pigeon nests.

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What people are saying about Cappadocia

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 31 reviews

It was an amazing experience !!!!! the guide was very attentive, he made many references to the history of each place. As a suggestion, it would be appropriate to leave a little earlier as winter is approaching and we left late in the morning, so we had to see the Goreme view point at night. thank you very much it was a cold but amazing experience

Great tour with a very nice female tour guide. It was a nice day out with a short trek in Ihlara Valley. Highly recommended! Please note that the price on GetYourGuide excludes entry fees of 115 TRY which you will be asked to pay.

I love the tour to the underground city and ihlara valley (even though it was off season). I got a really fun and knowledgable guide, Selime, who made the trip very enjoyable

Nice excursion and very helpful local operator! This is the green tour, the red tour is available from the same operator at the same price that I highly recommend

The friendliness of the guide is excellent. And the places are very much worth visiting.