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Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

1. 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, 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.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

2. 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.

Full Day Cappadocia Green Tour

3. Full Day Cappadocia Green Tour

Your first stop of the tour is Kerinkuyu Underground Village where dwellings with stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries were used as refuges for the Christian communities. You will then continue your tour by driving to Ihlara Canyon also known as Grand Canyon created from the ashes of the volcanic Mt. Hasan. You will hike through the canyon, which is watered with Melendiz River and see rock-cut churches spread across the area.  After exploring the canyon you will have your lunch in a local restaurant in Belisirma by the river followed by a visit to Selime with hollowed out citadel and churches where fairy chimneys rest on the steep hillside.

Cappadocia: Green Tour With Lunch

4. Cappadocia: Green 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.

South Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

5. South Cappadocia: Guided Day Tour with Lunch

Discover some of the most impressive scenery of the Cappadocia region on an all-day guided tour. See fairy chimneys and unique rock formations. Get picked up from your hotel and head to Goreme Panorama. Take in wonderful views of the town’s spectacular cave houses. Hike through the beautiful Red and Rose Valley. Pass by fairy chimneys, local farms, and cave chapels. Learn interesting facts about the surrounding nature and history of the area from your guide. Stop off briefly at the old Greek village of Cavusin. Try traditional Turkish food during lunch in Avanos. Next, visit the impressive Kaymakli Underground City, which was used by early Christians as a shelter from enemies. Take in the terrific views of Pigeon Valley and learn about the carved pigeon houses. Make a final stop at the Onyx factory and hear about the semi-precious volcanic stones of Turkey.

Cappadocia: Hiking & Undergroud City Tour

6. 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.

From Istanbul: Cappadocia Highlights 2-Day Tour

7. 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

From Cappadocia: Erciyes (Argaeus) Mountain Ski Tour

8. 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.

Cappadocia: Secrets Day Tour

9. 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.

From Kayseri: 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia with Balloon Flight

10. From Kayseri: 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia with Balloon Flight

Day 1 After meeting at Kayseri airport in the morning, you will drive for approximately one hour to Cappadocia. Your tour will start with a panoramic view of Göreme, where you can marvel at the hoodoos, also known as fairy chimneys. The second destination is Derinkuyu, an 3,500 year old underground city where you will have the chance to descend 8 floors. After, you will head to Ihlara Valley where you will hike around 3.5 km and then enjoy lunch in a nearby village. After lunch the next stop will be Yaprakhisar, here you can view conical shapes similar to those in the Star Wars Movie. Next, you will be taken to Selime Monastery where you will have the opportunity to learn about what life was like in the monastery before heading to view Pigeon Valley. At the end of the tour, you will visit the Onyx Factory, a volcanic stone workshop. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you will be dropped at your hotel. Day 2 On your second day in Cappadocia, you will have the option to join a 6:00 AM hot air balloon tour. After getting picked up from your hotel at 9:15 AM, your first stop will be Uçhisar Castle where you will learn about the history of Cappadocia. The next and the most important stop is Göreme Open Air Museum where you will learn about the influence of the religion Christianity. After this stop, discover the Çavuşin Old Village and Paşabağı and then enjoy an open buffet lunch at Han restaurant in Avanos. After Lunch, experience a pottery demonstration before visiting Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley. Discover the hoodoos in Devrent Valley, some of which resemble animals and one the hat of Napoleon Bonaparte. Enjoy the most beautiful and breathtaking hoodoos in Cappadocia, Three Beauties of Ürgüp. At the end of the tour visit Carpet Factory where you can find hand-made Anatolian carpets. Your tour will finish at 5:30 PM and you are able to be dropped off at Kayseri or Nevşehir airport.

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What people are saying about Central Anatolia

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Super fun! The attractions were very enjoyable especially kaymakli, belisrma, lhara valley! We only had a small group of 4 ppl for the day and the van that picked us up was extremely comfortable and VIP standard with reclinable seats and adjustable legroom. Our tour guide (Bayran I think) is very friendly and helpful too, constantly assisting my mum who had trouble walking on the wet snowy roads. I was blown away by the standards given that the price by Pupa Tour is more affordable than others. Just to take note, it is still snowing this March and the views are very different from the pictures. Still very pretty for me as I hardly see snow in my country. But the only sad thing is that sitting down on the little platform by Belisrma river is only possible around May onwards. I will plan a trip back to here during summer then!

Excellent trip!! Our tour guide Mr. Bayram was a great personality and very knowledgeable. He explained us everything in great details and encouraged questions. He went beyond the scope of the journey and helped everybody when they needed anything personally. The tour included the main sights of Cappadocia like the underground city, ihlara valley and Unesco heritage sights. Thumbs up to the tour operator, the tour guide and the driver!!

It was a very well organized tour. We were picked up from our hotel on time. The vehicle was very comfortable. Our guide was interesting and knowledgeable.. Explained everything in utmost clarity. We were taken to some beautiful spots. Food was excellent. Would definitely recommend my fellow travellers to try this tour out.

The company had a great private tour organized but more importantly, when the balloon ride was cancelled they worked all day to find us one the next morning. We were very blessed to have them.

Punctual and very informative tour. Our guide, Mr Bayram, was very good in telling us the history on every visited site. Don’t hesitate and just book with them and enjoy the tour!