Goreme National Park

Goreme National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Transfer, Light Breakfast & Champagne

1. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Transfer, Light Breakfast & Champagne

Experience the best way to view the rocky valleys and legendary landscapes of Cappadocia with a hot air balloon flight at sunrise. Begin very early in the morning with a pickup from your hotel and a transfer by minibus to a secret location. Meet the rest of your small group with whom you will be flying in the balloon. Enjoy a light breakfast as you watch the balloon being inflated and increasing in size. See dozens of other balloons nearby beginning to float up into the sky, and take some amazing pictures of the spectacle. After receiving a short safety briefing, board the basket with assistance from the licensed crew. The balloon will then start its ascent into the sky, rising 500-1000 meters above the ground. As the sun comes up, admire the incredible scenery that this region is known for. Spot fairy chimneys, volcanic spires, and houses and churches carved into the rocks. After roughly one hour, you will land somewhere safe where the ground crew will be waiting with a commemorative flight certificate and a glass of Champagne to celebrate. Then be driven back to your hotel after a truly memorable start to your day.

Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Adventure Tour

2. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Adventure 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 Horse Riding Tour

3. Cappadocia: Sunset Horse Riding Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable sunset as you ride horseback through the beautiful valleys of Cappadocia. See captivating rock formations, rock-carved churches, and local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards. Known as the 'land of beautiful horses,' Cappadocia also provides just as beautiful scenery from fairy chimneys to multicolored rock formations. A professional rider will guide you through the Rose Valley, known for its striking rock formations and hidden rock-carved churches. Visit the rock-cut Church of the Cross where a cross has been carved into the stone ceiling. Finish the ride through local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards during the Cappadocia's beautiful sunset.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour

4. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Cappadocia on a full-day guided tour. Admire the main highlights of the city like Goreme Open Air Museum, Paşabağı, Old Greek Village of Çavuşin, and more while learning about the history and culture of the city from your guide. Arrive in Göreme after pickup from your hotel and marvel at some of the best views in the region. Continue to the Underground City, the biggest and deepest underground settlement, which boasts eight levels connected by narrow tunnels. Enjoy time to explore the stalls, stores, churches, wineries, kitchens, and other sections open to visitors, while your guide provides insightful commentary. Stop for some lunch in a traditional restaurant, before making your way to Pigeon Valley, located in Uçhisar town. Here, take in the spectacular panoramic views. Make your way to the Goreme Open Air Museum and marvel at the rock-cut churches carved by early Christian monks. Learn about Christianity and the Monastic Life of Cappadocia from your guide. Visit the Old Greek Village of Çavuşin, located on the banks of the Red River, which is the longest river in Turkey. Embark on a tour of the town, visiting a pottery workshop and learning about red clay work and ceramics. Watch a demonstration of the ancient free-hand technique and hear about the pottery-making tradition which dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C by the Hittites. Then, head to a rug workshop with hand-woven products. Continue to Paşabağı where the 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 Imagination Valley. Admire the curious red rocks, which resemble animal forms, including a camel, a lizard, an owl, a snake, a chicken, and a penguin. At the end of your day, enjoy a relaxing return transfer to your hotel.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

5. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on a trip from Istanbul. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Avanos, Underground Cities, Ortahisar, and Pasabag. Day 1: Flight to Kayseri and Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Catch your domestic flight to Kayseri. Start with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a cave city in the Goreme Valley. See rock-cut churches, kitchens, and wineries left by Anatolian Christians. Gaze at Byzantine frescos at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its history. Next, make your way to Devrent Valley, famous for its animal-shaped rocks. See a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Continue to Pasabagi Valley or Monks Valley to enjoy the wonderful landscape. Make your way to Avanos Village, the region known for its pottery, silk, wool, and carpet weaving, wine cultivation, and agriculture. See the natural as well as human-made masterpieces of this charming old town. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Experience pottery-making with local experts. After treating yourself to a hearty lunch, continue to Goreme Panorama, for views of fairy chimneys, which are tall rock formations with caps on top. Make the most of your time in Cappadocia by visiting Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing, be driven to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia in a special-class cave hotel. Day 2: Underground Cities Of Cappadocia and Flight to Istanbul Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After check-out, embark on a full-day tour. Visit Rose and Red Valley, an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink, especially during sunset. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Next, enjoy a tour of Pigeon Valley, named after the countless man-made dovecotes or pigeon houses carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Then, go down to the world of underground cities. Once a refuge for 15000 Christians, these settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Continue the tour with Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches. See the famous castle-like rock formation standing dominantly over the town. After the tour, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, be greeted by your driver and return to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

6. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

Take to the skies on this private or group hot-air balloon experience over Cappadocia. Awe at the spectacular views and see the sun rising as you take the most memorable photos from the balloon basket. Choose between a standard, comfort, or private flight. Fly in a hot-air balloon above Cappadocia and discover the best way to view this land of rocky valleys, underground cities, and legendary landscapes. Begin your experience very early in the morning with pickup from your hotel followed by transportation to a secret location via minibus. Once there, meet the rest of your group (if choosing a group flight). Follow your licensed crew on board the balloon basket as it bloats with hot air and becomes very big. Listen to your pilot who will share safety measures and the dos and don’ts during your flight. Hold on as your balloon rises between 500 and 1000 meters above the ground. Fly smoothly above valleys and spectacular geographical formations that you can only see from the sky. Make sure to snap some photos of your own balloon and the dozens of others nearby that will be starting to go up in the air. At the end of the flight, land somewhere safe where the ground crew will be waiting for you with a commemorative flight certificate and a light drink to celebrate.

Cappadocia: Camel Safari

7. Cappadocia: Camel Safari

Enjoy a fun and traditional trekking experience as you ride on a camel caravan to see unique views of Cappadocia. Choose from sunrise, midday, or sunset camel rides. After your hotel pickup, join your guides during the safety briefing. Get to know your new camel friends and start the safari journey. Admire the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia as you ride into the Red and Rose Valleys. Capture incredible picture moments with breathtaking valleys in the background. Enhance your experience by donning a traditional cap, which will available for you to wear during the ride. After your camel trek, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Transfer

8. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Transfer

Enjoy a convenient pickup service from your accommodation and experience the best way to view the rocky valleys and legendary landscapes of Cappadocia with a hot air balloon flight at sunrise. Begin very early in the morning with a pickup from your hotel and a transfer by minibus to a secret location. Meet the rest of your small group with whom you will be flying in the balloon. Watch the balloon being inflated and increasing in size and marvel at dozens of other balloons nearby beginning to float up into the sky. Don't forget your camera so that you can take some amazing pictures of the spectacle. After receiving a short safety briefing, board the basket with assistance from the licensed crew. The balloon will then start its ascent into the sky, rising 500-1000 meters above the ground. As the sun comes up, admire the incredible scenery that this region is known for. Spot fairy chimneys and volcanic spires as well as houses and churches carved into the rocks. After roughly one hour, land safe on the ground where the crew will be waiting with a commemorative flight certificate. Then be driven back to your hotel after a truly memorable start to your day.

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

9. 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.

2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

10. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

Start the first day by visiting Devrent Valley, also known as 'Imagination Valley', this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley. Proceed to Avanos the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Red River. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Goreme 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 can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule.  Then admire a spectacular view over Goreme, you can see fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. You have the option of also booking a pre-sunrise hot-air balloon flight for the next morning. While your guides complete the final preparations for your flight, you are served breakfast. Your pilot will show you all the unique beauties of Cappadocia from the Red Valley to Goreme. While witnessing an amazing sunrise up in the air, you will get to see perfect panoramic views of Urgup, Goreme, Ortahisar,Uchisar, Avanos, and Nevsehir. After the landing, a celebration with refreshing drinks (non-alcoholic) will be waiting for you. On the Blue tour you hike along the Red and Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. Conclude your hike at the Cavusin Cave Village. Marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th Century. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Descend towards the center of the earth with a trip to the Underground City of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. Discover this underground city and its stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries. Visit the Pigeon Valley. See spectacular view of dovecotes (pigeon or dove houses), old abandoned cave homes, and old Greek houses of Uchisar and Ortshisar Castle, as well as the biggest mass of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.

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What people are saying about Goreme National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 983 reviews

Absolutely incredible and definitely worth it. Museum entrance and lunch are not included and there is no formal "skip the line" component, but the tour experience is well worth it. The tour is completely private, as in it is just your group, guide, and driver, and the start time listed is when you are picked up from your hotel. The actual attractions shown are not simply a valley or cave section in Cappadocia, but a smattering of the highlights of the region. if you want a one-stop tour, this is it. Our guide was also incredibly friendly, knowledgable, and had great English. We talked with him about the attractions, geology, history of Turkey, and even current events. 10/10 would recommend.

Mehmet, our private guide for the whole day, was amazing. He was extremely nice, patient and flexible. He was also very knowledgeable about the history of Anatolia and Cappadocia. The tour is perfect if you like to avoid the crowds and take your time. We could just go wherever we wanted and take the time we needed. I certainly recommend.

This was a really wonderful adventure. The staff members were very helpful and friendly all the time. Everything was really nice.

The guide was very friendly and gave good information about the various waypoints.

Amazing organization and the places just wow. Sunset is priceless!