Explore the unique rock formations of Cappadocia on a 4-day sightseeing tour of Derinkuyu Underground City, Rose Valley, Ihlara Valley, and more. See the extraordinary fairy chimneys and rock-cut churches, and taste sweet Turkish wine at a local winery.
What to Expect
Explore the unique region of Cappadocia on this 4-day package tour and discover a dreamlike slice of central Turkey, dotted with curious mushroom-shaped rock formations, rock-cut churches, and underground cities.
Day 1: Cappadocia – Arrival (L)
The first stop on your tour of Cappadocia’s valleys will be Goreme, home to some of the earliest churches and chapels carved in the rocks. Learn about the process that led to the unique rock formations of Cappadocia, then drive to Uchisar to visit a cave dwelling, surrounded by conical rock formations.
After a coffee break, visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, where you will find the best preserved frescoes of the rock cut churches and monasteries. A buffet lunch will be served, before driving to the fairy chimneys of Urgup. Taste wine from a local winery and enjoy a short walk in the Devrent Valley, where you can see many different types of rock.
Continue to Monks Valley to see some of the most interesting rock dwellings of Cappadocia. Visit the town of Avanos, where pots are still made using traditional techniques.
Take a short walk in the beautiful green Rose Valley, and watch the sunset before your overnight stay in Avanos, Urgup or Goreme.
Day 2: Ihlara Valley - Selime Cathedral - Derinkuyu Underground City - Pigeon Valley (B/L)
Following a pick-up from your hotel at 09:00, drive to the Ihlara Valley for a short 2.5-mile (4 kilometer) hike through the gorge, cut through volcanic rock. Admire churches covered by ancient frescoes, and stop for lunch on the banks of the River Melendiz. Continue to Selime Cathedral, and to explore the large underground city of Derinkuyu, used by early Christians as a hiding place.
Pass the volcanic Nar Crater Lake, and continue to Pigeons Valley to see the pigeon houses that were built to collect guano. Return to your hotel in Avanos, Urgup or Goreme for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Rose Valley (B/L)
You will spend today hiking in the beautiful green Rose Valley, named for the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity by age, season and weather conditions. Return to your hotel for your final night’s stay.
Day 4: Cappadocia – Tour End (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport, or Goreme Bus Station, for the your onward journey and the end of your tour services.
- Transfers from Kayseri or Nevsehir Airports, or Goreme Bus Station
- 3 nights hotel in Avanos, Urgup or Goreme
- 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches
- English-speaking professional guide
- 3 guided Cappadocia tours
- All transfer services to and from bus service
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Return transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airports or Goreme Bus Station