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Cappadocia: Sunset Quad Safari

1. 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 Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

2. Cappadocia Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys and rock-cut houses of Cappadocia. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers and a pre-flight breakfast on arrival at the site. Have an early start to the day with pickup. Depart from your accommodation at 5 AM in an air-conditioned minivan and make your way to the launch site. Warm yourself up in the early morning chill with complimentary coffee and tea. Watch the balloons as they are prepared and inflated. Then, hop aboard your balloon. As the sun begins to rise, float to an altitude of 1,000 feet for panoramic views of Cappadocia. Let the wind carry you across valleys and mountains for about an hour. Float above volcanic spires and honeycombed hills on a hot air balloon. Marvel at the unique rocks and caves of the region from a bird’s eye perspective. At the end of the adventure, be rewarded with a personal flight certificate. Be driven back to your hotel at about 8 AM and enjoy the rest of your day.

Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

3. 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.

Cappadocia: Heart of Cappadocia Private Tour with Lunch

4. Cappadocia: Heart of Cappadocia Private Tour with Lunch

Journey out on a private tour and discover the heart of Cappadocia traveling through the region's fascinating landscapes, valleys, and towns. Meet your English-speaking guide and driver at the lobby of your accommodation in Cappadocia and enjoy a relaxing ride in an air-conditioned private minivan. The first stop takes you to the Devrent Imagination Valley, an area with different animal-like natural rock formations. Then, continue the tour to Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the park. Take a stroll through the valley and admire some examples of Byzantine art. This trip offers the opportunity to stop by a local shop to discover the real Anatolia. Stop at Cavusin Village before you head to Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley to take photos of the area. See Cappadocia from a different angle at Goreme Panorama Point. Be dropped off at your hotel.

Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

5. Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Begin your full-day tour with spectacular views over Göreme from Esentepe. Admire the panorama of the Göreme Valley and village with its fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and explore unique rooms including stables, cellars, storage areas, refectories, churches and wineries. On the second floor see the missionary school and study rooms. Travel to the Ihlara Valley, where you’ll see more than 100 rock-carved churches and houses lining the gorge. Walk along the river. Discover hidden churches. Relax by the river at Belisirma village and enjoy lunch. After lunch continue on to the Selime Monastery, which was featured in Star Wars.

Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

6. Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

Start with a 09:00AM pick-up from your Cappadocia hotel and your first stop will be Saratli Underground City. This city has many similarities with the Özlüce and Mazı Underground Cities. The underground city has spread to large areas but a small part has been cleaned. Underground cities date back to the Hittite period, mainly carved to protect themselves from the attacks in an emergency. They were used by the Christians during early Christianity from the slaughter of the Roman Empire. After visiting the underground city, drive to Tepesi Delik Han Caravanserai, one of Cappadocia's most important historical locations. Have lunch at 01:00PM and then drive to Lake Tuz, a saline lake occupying a huge area in the arid central plateau of Turkey. See the crystal white salt and spend an unforgettable time at the salt lake. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel at 04:00PM.

Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

7. 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: Biking Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off

8. Cappadocia: Biking Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off

Meet your guide at your hotel around 9:30 AM and start the cycle to the Sword Valley. Spend time exploring Sword Valley by bike. Named after the rocks that resemble swords, sword valley has a unique landscape. Explore the valley, which has biking trails at a range of difficulty levels. Head to Çavuşin Village. Çavuşin Village is an ancient Greek town with houses cut into the rock. See the monastery that dates back to the 6th Century AD. Visit Pasabag, also known as the Valley of the Monks. Cycle to the fairy chimneys in Pasabag, regarded as the most striking rock formations in Cappadocia. Explore Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, by bike. See the moonscape Imagination Valey is famous for. The valley contains small fairy chimneys and rock formations that resemble animals. Stop at Ürgüp for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy views of the national park at Red Valley's sunset point. Red Valley provides panoramic views of the region, making it the perfect last stop. Be dropped off at your hotel.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Göreme Museum Tour

9. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Göreme Museum Tour

Gilde over Cappadocia on a hot air balloon flight and watch the sunrise over the incredible landscapes and fairy chimneys. Have a traditional lunch and explore the cave churches of Göreme. Be picked up at your hotel before sunrise, and journey to the launch site of your hot air balloon flight. Watch the sunrise over Cappadocia as you glide over settlements depending on the conditions. Float back to the ground for a post-flight celebration and collect your flight certificate. Then, marvel at the rock formations of the Devrent Valley before going to Monks Valley (Pashabagi), where the hermits built their cave dwellings and churches. Try your hand at pottery in Avanos and watch the potters at work using a technique that has remained unchanged for generations. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and explore the cave churches of Göreme Open Air Museum. Marvel at the Byzantine wall paintings depicting biblical scenes, and get a panoramic view of the valley and its fairy chimneys before visiting Uchisar Castle at the region's highest point.

3-Day Cappadocia Tour

10. 3-Day Cappadocia Tour

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1985. Discover these natural wonders on a 3-day professionally guided tour, choosing from Alanya, Side, and Belek departures. Cappadocia, located in eastern Anatolia, boasts a unique historical and cultural heritage. In addition, the landscape of the region’s Devrent, Paşabağ, and Pigeon valleys is characterized by unusual fairy chimney formations. Millions of years ago, 3 of Cappadocia’s mountains were active volcanoes. Volcanic eruptions and erosion of the tuff layers of volcanic ash created the formations you see in the area today. During this excursion you’ll come across a wide variety of fairy chimney shapes, ranging from conical, pointed, and columnar to hat and mushroom-shaped. Visit an underground city and the Göreme Open Air Museum, which features over 30 rock-carved churches and chapels, dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries, and many with interior frescoes. Your guide will take you to the Mevlâna Museum in Konya, the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. The site was also the lodge of the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes. If you like you can choose to see a whirling dervishes show (not included in the tour price).

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based on 43 reviews

What a wonderful day! Just be aware- it is a long hard day, so if you don’t want to wake up early and be out all day, don’t book this tour. We had an incredible time- honestly one of the best days of our life! Our tour guide Augyl was so kind and accommodating - clearly well respected by the owners of the places we went. We have been in Turkey for over a week and a half and this was hands down the best lunch that we have had- they treated us like royalty! Augyl communicated quickly and answered all our questions prior to leaving on the tour and was very well informed about the history of the area. She even asked us where we wanted to go/see and adjusted our day to meet our desires. This truly was a once in a lifetime experience and I highly recommend!!

everything was perfect! our guide was very good and willing to help us in everything! I highly recommend this company!

Great experience!! I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone coming to Cappadocia!

Balloon ride was awesome, and the full day tour was also interesting

This was a great experience. Would recommend to everybody.