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Cappadocia: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

1. Cappadocia: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

Start your magical night with a glass of Turkish wine or beer as the Turkish dance performance begins. Be mesmerized by the shimmering costumes and impressive dance moves as traditional belly dancers take to the stage and clap along to the hypnotic rhythms of classic Turkish music, played by live musicians. In between performances, indulge in a delicious dinner of traditional Turkish cuisine, including dessert and a glass of wine. Enjoy traditional dances from various regions of Turkey and be wowed by professional dancers, ornate costumes, and exotic music.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Discovery Tour With Lunch

2. 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.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Guided Tour

3. Cappadocia: Small-Group Guided Tour

The driver and the guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning. Then you can decide with them what to visit. Cappadocia's most famous attraction, for good reason, is the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. There are over 10 cave churches in the Göreme Open Air Museum. Along with rectories, dwellings, and a religious school, they form a large monastic complex carved out of a roughly ring-shaped rock formation in the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. The two most important churches in Cavusin are the Great Basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist and Cavusin Church or the 'Great Pigeon House'. The old city of Avanos, whose name in ancient times was Venessa, overlooks the longest river in Turkey, the Kızılırmak (Red River). The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used locally. Watch the potters at work using the kick wheel, using a technique that has not changed for generations. Pasabag, the remarkable earth pillars, can also be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard - hence the name of the place which means: the Pasha’s vineyard. Also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley, this area does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange appearance. The valley has many animal-shaped rocks. Some of the most commonly seen shapes include camel, snake, seals, and dolphins.

From Nevşehir: Cappadocia Highlights Trip w/ Lunch & Pickup

4. From Nevşehir: Cappadocia Highlights Trip w/ Lunch & Pickup

Experience the beauty of Cappadocia on an excursion through cultural treasures like the Goreme Open Air Museum, Pigeon Valley, and the town of Avanos. Get treated to a buffet of Turkish cuisine as you learn about the area's traditions and lifestyle from your local guide. Get picked up from your hotel in Nevşehir and stop at a panoramic lookout to admire unique rock formations and enjoy a clear view of Uchisar Castle. Hear about the significance of this ancient site and the rich history of the Cappadocia region. Up next is the perplexing Goreme Open Air Museum, with its uncanny facade and extravagant interior. Take in the frescoes that cover the walls of these cave churches and see first-hand why this location has earned recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Move on to Love Valley, a famous site for marriage proposals, to wander around the mushroom-shaped formations known as 'fairy chimneys'. Take a break to enjoy an all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch before continuing on to Pigeon Valley. Additionally, visit Monk’s Valley and its refuges carved in stone. End the day in Avanos, a picturesque town along a river that supplies clay for their 4,000-year-old tradition of pottery. Witness a kick-wheel demonstration by a local potter and seize the opportunity to try this ancient custom for yourself.

Goreme Open Air Museum with Underground City Tour

5. Goreme Open Air Museum with Underground City Tour

After pick up, head to the deepest Underground city to explore its 4 floors, 30 meters deep. Move on to the highest point of the center of Cappadocia in Uchisar town, Uchisar Castle. Visit the most important sight, Goreme Open Air Museum, to see its many churches with wall paintings (frescoes) describing the life of Jesus Christ, dating back to the 10th century. The Cavusin village will be your next stop. Make the most of this trip to see an abandoned village and its Greek Houses.  Take some time for lunch in Avanos before visiting a pottery shop, and learn how to make potteries and seramics. Move on to Pasabag, a sacred place and home to many monks. In Pasabag, prepare to see some of the largest fairy chimney rock formations, with two or three caps each.  Finally, stop at Devrent Valley and marvel at its rock formations, shaped like animals, the reason that this place has been nicknamed Imagination Valley. At around 5:00 PM, head back to your hotel.

Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour

6. 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.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Discovery of Anatolian Art Tour

7. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Discovery of Anatolian Art Tour

The Anatolian peninsula in the center of Turkey has played an important role as a bridge for civilizations throughout the centuries. Learn ancient Anatolian art techniques in this 8-hour private experience with an expert guide.   First, on a visit to a large cooperative training institute, you will watch the local ladies at work patiently and skillfully creating Turkish carpets. Next, watch a skillful pottery master turning mud into a unique piece of art, then attempt to replicate it yourself.   Anatolians used volcanic rocks as well as precious and semiprecious stones with metals to create gorgeous examples of jewelry. The next stop will be at showroom packed with jewelry waiting for you to choose from.   Lastly, discover the Ottoman art of ebru (water marbling), an artistic way of reflecting the fluency and smoothness of water with exquisite colors and shapes on to a paper or a silk material. Enjoy a demonstration where the artist’s work will resemble a real magic trick.

Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

8. Cappadocia and Gobekli Tepe: Guided 4-Day Private Trip

Witness Cappadocia, the center of the first Christian monasteries. Be captivated by the 8-story Kaymakli underground city built thousands of years ago. Travel to the center of faith on Göbekli Tepe, and discover the Sanlıurfa Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive museums in Turkey. Visit the view point of Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Imagination Valley, and Pasabag. Enjoy a pottery demonstration, eat a traditional lunch in Avanos, and stay overnight in Cappadocia. Discover the view point of Goreme, Hike in the Red Valley, visit Old Greek Cavusin Village, Love Valley, Kaymaklı Underground City, Pigeon Valley and Onyx Art Center. Venture to Gobekli Tepe and stop at Kahramanmaras on the way for an authentic lunch and the famous Maras ice cream, with overnight stay in Sanliurfa. Explore Abraham's Cave, Holy Lake, Grand Bazaar of Urfa, Sanlıurfa Archeology Museum, Harran and Gobekli Tepe. Fly back to Istanbul and a driven back to your accommodation.

Göreme: Cappadocia Full-day Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Göreme: Cappadocia Full-day Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the beauty of Cappadocia on this full-day trip from Göreme. Venture to the Red and Rose, Monks, and Pigion valleys. Watch a traditional pottery-making demonstration. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Göreme. Sit back and relax as you are driven to the Red and Rose valley in Cappadocia. Admire how the light hits the pink-tinted ridges of the valley.  Head to the village of Cavusin to see cave houses that were carved into the soft volcanic tuff rocks and the rock-hewn churches. Drive to Monks Valley where you can see the mushroom-shaped dwellings that were carved by Byzantine hermit monks.  Next, travel to Pigeon valley which earned its name from the countless man-made dovecotes (pigeon houses) that have been carved into the rocks. Strop to savor some regional wines at a traditional wine estate. Uncover the history of wine in Cappadocia.  Continue to a center for artisanal workshops in the town of Avanos for a pottery-making demonstration. Make your way to the town of Uchisar to marvel at the 60-metre-high castle that was dug into the mountain and once housed over a thousand people. Return to your accommodation in Göreme.

Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with a Local Guide

10. Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with a Local Guide

Go back in time as you learn about the history of Cappadocia on this guided day tour. Explore historical sites, have lunch at a local restaurant, and see the magnificent Selime Monastery all in one day. After meeting your guide, commence your tour by discovering the underground city in Cappadocia that was once a refuge for thousands of Christians. See the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this eight-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Then, head over to the Ihlara Valley, a deep and narrow river gorge cut by the Melendiz River. It is a great trekking route for those who enjoy trekking. You can also marvel at the churches, monasteries, and cells of anchorites found in it. Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant on the Melendez River. Lastly, finish your tour at Selime. Visit the Selime Monastery, which is the largest of the many rock-cut religious buildings in the Cappadocia region. Learn about the story of the monastery and walk around Selime village before driving back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 93 reviews

What a brilliant night! This event is a MUST visit if in Cappadocia. The food was lovely, service brilliant and the performances were spectacular. We had the best night with lots of music, dancing and enjoying the great atmosphere. The travel agency (Travelux) also did a great job at arranging everything. Our driver arrived 10mins before pickup point and was waiting for us at the end of the night without rushing us to safely return us back to our hotel. and we were one of the firsts at the restaurants. I was overwhelmed with the amount of food & drink options there were too. I would HIGHLY recommend this event!

Our guide Elif and our driver Ali made the day for us. They were punctual and extremely warm. The tour was well explained and well paced, not rushed at all. We could choose what to visit and what to skip without constraints. Elif was well versed with history and proficient in English. She even clicked beautiful pictures for us. We would highly recommend taking this tour on your visit to Cappadoccia.

Great tour overall if you want to quickly cover the main attractions in Cappadocia. The guide, Ahmet provide us a lot of knowledge in the histories of the place. Would recommend.

Very fun, very rich food and open bar of drinks. Highly recommended.

Great, impressive shows, and perfect waiter service