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Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

1. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

Experience an alternative way to see the sights of Cappadocia from the ground on this ATV tour. After a quick safety briefing and demonstration, get some practice on the bikes before beginning your tour. When you are 100% comfortable behind the wheel, begin your tour of Cappadocia's must-sees. First, drive through Sword Valley, the smallest valley in the region, and admire the sword-like fairy chimneys which give the valley its name. Next, speed through the White, Love and Red Valleys, stopping in each location for a rest or photos. Finish off at Rose Valley where you can watch the sunset from one of the best spots for sunset viewing in Cappadocia.

Cappadocia: Sunset Quad Safari

2. Cappadocia: Sunset Quad Safari

After being collected from your Cappadocia accommodation, you will make your way to the starting point of your quad tour. Once there you will go through a short instruction to the tour, before you begin your adventure. Start by discovering "Swords Valley", in which there are so many fairy chimneys and rock formations. You will also visit the famous "Rose and Red" valleys, with plenty of free-time included to take photos. Following these valleys, you can find out how the early people used to live inside these caves by visiting "Cavusin" (Ghost Village). "Love Valley" is one of the more popular valleys in Cappadocia, which draws a lot of attention from the interesting shapes of its fairy chimneys. Following your quad bike adventure, you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

3. Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

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, visit the rock-carved Selime Monastery and learn about monastic life in Cappadocia. Continue to the 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.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

4. 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.

Cappadocia: Red Valley Trek and Kaymakli Underground City

5. Cappadocia: Red Valley Trek and Kaymakli Underground City

Embark on a 4km hike through the picturesque Red Valley, visit one of the oldest monastic settlements in Cappadocia, and check out the underground city of Kaymakli on this guided tour. After a morning pickup from your hotel, start your day at the Fairy Chimneys of Urgup.m See the official symbol of Urgup and Cappadocia: 'Three Beauties.' Hike among the sharp sandstone ridges and the striking landscape of the Red Valley before visiting Cavusin: one of the earliest monastic settlements in the region. Have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on. After lunch, discover one of the largest and deepest underground cities of Cappadocia: Kaymakli. Take in panoramic views of beautiful Cappadocia on your last stop at Pigeon Valley.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Discovery Tour With Lunch

6. Cappadocia: Full-Day Discovery Tour With Lunch

After pick–up from your hotel at around 9:30 AM, start your full day Cappadocia tour. Your first stop will be the Kaymakli 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.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour with Balloon

7. From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour with Balloon

Discover Cappadocia on a 2-day tour from Istanbul that includes round-trip flights and an overnight stay at a boutique hotel. See the fascinating Göreme Open Air Museum, watch a pottery demonstration, and marvel at the dainty Urgup fairy chimneys. Day 1Begin with a pre-dawn pickup at your Istanbul hotel and head to the airport for an early flight to Cappadocia. After landing in Cappadocia, drive to your boutique hotel before beginning your tour of Cappadocia. First, stop at the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint for 360-degree views of the valleys below. Spot Mt. Erciyes and the eerie cave dwellings in Uchisar Valley. Continue to the famous Göreme Open Air Museum to visit the ancient villages and monasteries cut into the rock itself. Next, head to the rock city of Love Valley, and explore the fascinating buildings built into the rock. Stop in Avonos for lunch (included) before watching the experts at work at a pottery demonstration. Drive by the delicate fairy chimneys made of rock in PaşabağıValley before turning into Devrent Valley. Finish your day with a visit to Urgup to see its fairy chimneys and to visit a carpet factory before spending the night in your hotel. Day 2 Start your day before dawn with a pickup from your hotel to your hot-air balloon experience. Board a hot-air balloon and marvel at the valleys and rock formations below as the sun rises. Around 8:00 A.M., return to your hotel for a break before heading out for your day tour. Begin with a panoramic view of Göreme, followed by a visit to the mysterious Derinkugu Underground City, constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Next, enjoy a short hike in the picturesque Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break (included) in Belisirma village. After lunch, stop at the Yaprakhisar viewpoint for a stunning view of Selime Monastery before heading to Pigeon Valley for an onyx demonstration. In the evening, return to Kayseri Airport for your return flight back to Istanbul and your hotel there.

Cappadocia: Sunset Horse Trek Through the Valleys

8. Cappadocia: Sunset Horse Trek Through the Valleys

Discover the stunning views of Cappadocia on horseback with this sunset tour. Begin your adventure with a convenient pick-up from your hotel before being transported directly to our horse ranch. Get confident with a briefing from our experienced guides, then choose your equine companion and set out on your ride. Witness the region’s unique beauty through designated horseback pathways. Start your serene 2-hour trek in the picturesque Cavusin and then wind your way through the lovely Rose Valley. Stop to take in the land's spectacular scenery while the horses rest after reaching Red Valley. Soak up a stunning sunset on a comfortable grass platform with panoramic views of the natural geography. Finish up with a peaceful ride back down to the ranch. Say goodbye to your horse and then get driven back to your hotel or any desired location nearby.

Hot Air Balloon and Best of Cappadocia Region Tour

9. Hot Air Balloon and Best of Cappadocia Region Tour

Combine an iconic Cappadocia hot air balloon ride with a day trip to the region's top sights with this day trip. Step back in time as you explore ancient sites like the the Goreme Open Air Museum, Uhicsar, and the mushroom houses of the Pasabag Valley.  Start your day bright and early with a complimentary pickup service that will take you to your hot air balloon tour. Feel the thrill of lifting off from the ground and take in the stunning panoramic views of Cappadocia from above as the sky is filled with other balloons.  Transfer back to your hotel momentarily before being picked up again for your full day trip in Cappadocia. Relax on the drive to the Goreme Open Air Museum where you can admire this uniquely-shaped ancient complex of churches cut into volcanic rock. Enjoy the fantastical rock formations in the lunar-like Devrent Valley, the mushroom shaped ruins in the Pasabag Valley, and the castle built into the rocks of Uhicsar. Visit the village of Avanos before returning to your hotel at the end of your tour. 

From Cappadocia: Erciyes (Argaeus) Mountain Ski Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Cappadocia

Awesome trip, the guys are so nice and attentive. They want to make sure you have a nice trip. They gave us glasses and scarves at start and then took us from one spot to another. They would stop one ATV at picturesque spot so that you can hop on and take photos. I missed one spot where they parked the ATV for photos, guide asked me if I have been to take photos there I said I was unaware about it but told him I couldn’t be bothered bcoz it was almost time to go he insisted me to go and take photos there as we still had few more minutes. I really liked the attitude of the guides all very young, very professional and they all speak good English. Highly recommended! I read somewhere in the comments some booked early morning sunrise tour, I bet that would be a truly different experience watching Baloons fly. Anyways its my last day here, maybe next time.

They picked us up from our hotel on time. With a vehicle just for us. On site we were greeted with a snack. We received the instructions, we were given a helmet, protective glasses as well as for Charlotte hygiene. And a trick to protect us from the sand. The supervisors were very friendly and reassuring; they ensured the smooth running of the circuit throughout. Several stops were made to immortalize the great spots in photos. A real pleasure to combine the two activities. Nice surprise I strongly recommend to people who want to discover the landscapes of Cappadocia while having fun

Activity was well coordinated, pick up and drop off were convenient and seamless. Landscape was fantastic, guide was patient and keeps a lookout for your safety.

Great experience at a reasonable price. This company makes the difference. I saw many others and they don’t provide you with face scarf which is much needed

Perfect way to start your experience in this magical place!