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Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour

1. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour

Get picked-up from your hotel. First, enjoy a panoramic view of Göreme and marvel at some of the best views in the region. Your guide will have plenty of knowledge to offer you about your surroundings. Afterwards, visit Underground City which is the biggest and deepest underground settlement. It has 8 levels connected with narrow tunnels. You will visit stalls, stores, churches, wineries, kitchens and the other sections which are open for visitors. While you are visiting the sections, your guide will complement the experience with their expert knowledge. Next, enjoy a local lunch in an authentic restaurant. After, visit Pigeon Valley which is located in Uçhisar town and offers another spectacular panoramic view. The next destination is Goreme Open Air Museum, where you can see rock-cut churches carved by early Christian monks. Your guide will give you information about Christianity and the Monastic Life of Cappadocia. The next stop will be Çavuşin, which is the Old Greek Village, abandoned after Population Exchange in 192. This town is located on the banks of the Red River which is the longest river in Turkey. It is famous for its pottery which started around the 2nd millennium B.C by Hittites. You will have a tour of the town and then visit a pottery workshop and learn about red clay work and ceramics. One of the masters of the discipline will even demonstrate the ancient free-hand technique that has been used throughout history. Then visit Paşabağı where spectacular mushroom-shaped rock formations can be seen. Paşabağı is also called Monks Valley because of the Chapel of Saint Simeon which is located in the valley. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also known as İmagination Valley. The valley contains curious red rocks, some of which resemble animal forms: a camel, a lizard, an owl, a snake, a chicken and a penguin.

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Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

2. 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.

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Cappadocia Highlights Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. 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.

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Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour

4. Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour

Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and today, you will visit Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley) and walk through this lunar landscape. Next, visit Pasabaglari (the world-famous fairy chimneys) and the village of Avanos, where you will witness a pottery making demonstration using ancient Hittite techniques. At noon, have a lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue your tour with Uchisar Rock Castle (the highest point in the region), Esentepe (a panoramic view of Göreme Valley) and Göreme Open Air Museum (rock cut churches, frescoes and monastery). After visiting the Göreme Open Air Museum, your tour will end and you will be dropped back off at your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Full Day Private Tour with Japanese Guide

5. Cappadocia: Full Day Private Tour with Japanese Guide

The day begins with pickup from your hotel or from Kayseri/Nevsehir airport, and then drives through the Turkish landscape to Cappadocia. Arrive at the site, which is one of the most visited locations in Turkey, and admire the world’s most unique rock formations, formed by volcanic ash and lava that has been eroded by wind and rain. Explore the onsite Goreme open air museum, originally built in the 2nd century AD and used as a Christian cave monastery until the 11th century. Learn about how pressure from the Arabs against the Christians became so intense that churches and monasteries were created inside the caves to escape it. This fascinating and carefully preserved site is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Next, visit the Kaymaklı Underground City as well as Uchisar Castle, which is the highest point of the region. Marvel at its strange appearance, stark interior and amazing panoramic landscape view. Then head to Avanos, a town famous for its pottery that uses red soil from the nearby red river, you can choose to attend a local pottery workshop and learn how to craft with this amazing natural resource. Finally, visit Urgup, a production area for traditional hand-woven carpets, to see and experience this amazing Turkish art.

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Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner and Drinks

6. Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner and Drinks

Experience Turkish culture and traditions as you’re entertained by the performers in a Turkish Night Show. Enjoy an evening of drinks, appetizers, and dinner as you take in the show at one of Cappadocia’s cave restaurants. The show begins with a short version of a whirling dervishes performance, which will give you an insight into this religious ceremony. Enjoy the live music performed by musicians in traditional costume. After the dervishes, folk dancers in traditional dress enter, and the dancing begins. Dancers perform traditional Turkish wedding dances in which the bride, dressed in a beautiful red dress, dances in the middle of the stage, as the groom performs a variety of dances for her. This is followed by a few folk dances from different parts of Turkey, and then the belly dancer takes the stage. She performs her breathtaking dance and then goes around the room asking men to join her on the stage. The lucky men learn some basic belly dancing moves. After additional dancing and shows, including the fire dance, the Caucasian dance with knives, and the drum show, the night’s performance comes to an end. During the show waiters serve unlimited soft and alcoholic drinks with appetizers. The main dinner course of lamb with rice follows. This is the traditional wedding meal in Turkey.

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Cappadocia Tour: 2 Days 1 Night with Accommodation

7. Cappadocia Tour: 2 Days 1 Night with Accommodation

Spend 2 days exploring the amazing sites of Cappadocia, taking in the unusual rock formations, including the world-famous fairy chimneys. Visit an underground city, trek in a canyon, enjoy spectacular area views and more. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 (Meals: lunch) You’ll be picked up at your accommodation at 09:15AM and head out on the first day of your Cappadocia tour. See the moon-like landscape of the Devrent Valley and the fairy chimneys of Pasabaglari and watch a Hittite pottery demonstration in Avanos. Enjoy an open buffet for lunch, followed by a visit to the Uchisar rock castle. Take in the panoramic views of the Goreme Valley from Esentepe. At the Goreme Open Air Museum see the monastery and its rock-cut churches and frescoes. Stay overnight at the Asia Minor Hotel. Day 2 (Meals: breakfast, lunch) Get picked-up from your hotel at 09:30AM and start the full day South Cappadocia tour. Start the day with a hike along the Red & Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. The valleys, with their fabulous volcanic rock formations, are in the heart of Cappadocia but well away from the mainstream tourist haunts. The hike will end in Cavusin Cave Village, where you will see a rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. The Kaymakli Underground City is one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. This city is approximately 40 meters deep and contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.). End the day with a visit to the Pigeon Valley and have a spectacular view of dovecotes, old abandoned cave homes and old Greek houses of Uchisar.

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1-Hour Show in Cappadocia The Sema: Whirling Dervishes

8. 1-Hour Show in Cappadocia The Sema: Whirling Dervishes

The Sema (whirling dervishes) ceremony represents the mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through love and his search for truth and perfection. It is believed that once man has returned from his spiritual journey, he can love and be of service to all creatures surrounding him. Tonight, you have the opportunity to experience an authentic Cappadocian ceremony and witness an ancient Turkish ritual. You will be collected from your accommodation in the Avanos, Goreme or Urgup area at approximately 21:00 and transported by luxury air-conditioned transport to the caravanserais, (caravan places). These abodes were built when trade across Turkey in medieval Seljuk times was dependent on camel trains. The buildings provided accommodation for the merchants and stabling for their animals. Today these ancient structures are the site of The Sema. The ceremony lasts for one hour and during this time your friendly and professional English-speaking guide will talk you through the ceremony and introduce you to Serbet, a traditional religious libation. After a the performance, you will be transported back to your accommodation.

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Cappadocia 1-Hour Whirling Dervishes Show

9. Cappadocia 1-Hour Whirling Dervishes Show

The Sema Whirling dervishes ceremony is the inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi (1207 - 1273). A part of the Turkish culture, it is also integral to the belief system and history of Konya. The ceremony symbolizes the different meanings of a mystic cycle to perfection; Ascension to Mirac. In essence, it is what we do as a form of remembrance to God. The most notable person in Konya was the world famous “Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi” who established the Mevlevi Sufi philosophy. Watch in wonder at this 1-hour show in Cappadocia, as the whirling dervishes take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following a chant, the extraordinary whirling dervishes revolve to represent the birth of humanity. With his hat (his ego's tombstone), and his white skirt (his ego's shroud) the dervish is spiritually born to the truth. When he removes his black cloak, he journeys and advances to the spiritual maturity through the stages of the Sema. At the beginning and each stage of the Sema, holding his arms crosswise he testifies to God's unity. It ends with Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, martyrs and believers, and a prayer for the salvation of the country. Dating back centuries, the tradition represents in thrilling fashion the idea that in the universe, everything, from atoms to the solar system to the blood that circulates in the body, revolves.

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From Nevşehir: Private Guided Van Tour of Cappadocia Region

10. From Nevşehir: Private Guided Van Tour of Cappadocia Region

Get picked up from your hotel by your tour guide and start the tour with the highlights of Cappadocia. You will start the day with the visit of Kaymakli Underground City and will learn how and why they built such place! To experience it, you will go down 50-80 feet! Next, Uchisar Castle and the panoramic view of the beautiful fortress. Goreme Open Air Museum will amaze you with its history and churches with gorgeous frescoes, paintings. Enjoy lunch in Avanos, situated by the river of Kizilirmak or Halys River from the ancient times as Herodes called it. Afterwards, walk through Pasabaglar, known as Valley of Monks, where you will see Devrent Valley.

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What people are saying about Ürgüp

We had an awesome time!! Ikut (i apologize if I misspelled his name) is the best tour guide out there! He was more like a friend rather than a tour guide. Very knowledgeable with a lot of humor which made our trip fun. He brought us to all the tourist attractions and was briefing us before every tour. Especially the underground city because he said it’s not for claustrophobic people. Anyway, this is the best private tour in Cappadocia for sure!

My guide was excellent, polite and knowledgeable. We were there only one full day and I was so thankful we chose this private tour. They took us to all major attractions and beyond which we couldn’t do it ourselves within a day. DO NOT HESITATE and just BOOK already guys!!

The tour was great and the tour guide was professional. Private trip recommended because you can customise and tour and make it flexible! We made a stop at the wine shop!

It was an interesting tour with lots of things to see and enjoy. I highly recommand it.

It is a very relaxed and beautiful tour! It is very worth it