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  • Location:Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Southern Cappadocia Tour: Cavusin, Red Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

Take in the highlights of Turkey’s southern Cappadocia region on this full-day tour. With an expert local guide, delve into the extraordinary Kaymakli Underground City, visit the Red Valley, and see the abandoned village of old Çavuşin. Plus, view the dovecotes of Pigeon Valley and try making pottery in the crafts village of Avanos, all as you learn more about the geology and history of this surreally beautiful region. Your tour includes lunch at a local restaurant and a pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Göreme or Ürgüp.


  • Full-day guided tour of southern Cappadocia including lunch
  • Walk in the beautiful Red Valley and visit its hidden cave churches
  • See the abandoned rock houses of old Çavuşin village
  • Explore Kaymakli Underground City and view the dovecotes of Pigeon Valley
  • Visit Avanos, a traditional village known for its pottery making
  • Watch potters at work and try making your own earthenware masterpiece
  • Enjoy a pickup and drop-off from your Göreme or Ürgüp hotel

What You Can Expect

Southern Cappadocia Tour: Cavusin, Red Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

See Pigeon Valley on this full-day southern Cappadocia tour

Start your experience with a pickup from your Göreme or Ürgüp hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach deep into southern Cappadocia, known for its colorful rock formations, fairy chimneys and ancient underground dwellings.

As you travel, your guide will explain some of the geology of the area and its must-see sites.

 Your first stop is Pigeon Valley, home to thousands of dovecotes carved from the cliffs. Take photos of the ornate birdhouses and learn how they were used by farmers for centuries to harvest their birds’ droppings for use as fertilizers.

Continue to the remote Red Valley, an area of spectacular rock formations and peaks. Follow the nature trails with your guide, enjoying the scenery and the vineyards and orchards that typify the valley. On route, visit some of the hidden cave churches that pepper the area and discover how they were used by ancient Christians.

Having explored here, travel to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved of its kind in Cappadocia. Head below ground to roam its hand-hewn passages, cellars and stables, once used by Christians to hide from persecution.

After, head for ‘old’ Çavuşin, an abandoned village on a hillside. Gaze at the empty rock houses, monk caves and shelters and learn about the people who once lived here. Discover how rock falls eventually drove them from their home, and view Çavuşin’s Basilica of St John the Baptist, perched high on cliffs above the village.

Before your tour ends, stop for lunch in a local restaurant and visit the town of Avanos, known for its pottery and other handicrafts. Here, visit a traditional workshop and take part in a pottery-making session. Admire the dexterity of the potters, and grab the chance to create your own masterpiece as you learn more about this age-old Turkish craft.

Your tour then finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this with a good guide.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This was a really good, full day. The underground city was amazing. The hike was good, although it was in the middle of a very hot day, and we hadn't realised that there was a 4km hike involved so weren't appropriately equipped.
Unfortunately we did not make it to Avanos for pottery-making - instead we were taken to an onyx workshop with a very pricey attached showroom.
Overall I was happy with the day and the tour, and would have appreciated a little more information on what was involved beforehand.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

I bought the tour but on that day, I was told in the van that the van was for Northern Cappadocia Tour. The tour company decided to switch my tour without notice!!! However, the tour guide on that day was great. She accepted it was the company's fault and she arranged a private Southern Cappadocia Tour for me on that day.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Very well-arranged ; good coverage of sightseeing and information ; good lunch ; energetic guide ; good transportation ; request the guide to inform more of the local famous history

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

Area was beautiful, tour leader accommodating and informative but was disappointed in that the tour did not meet the advertised itinerary. When booked it claimed that the tour would last about 8 hours and that we would venture to and explore an underground city. he tour lasted 5 hours and we did not get to the underground city but were told that it would be on the second day- at no time was it advertised as a 2 day tour and we couldn't do it anyway as we were leaving on that day.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2015

I expected more out of this tour. Unfortunately the tour guide was very unprofessional. Too bad because this place is very interesting.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

THEY NEVER SHOW UP HORRIBLE I have contacted viator but still yet to receive any message!!! NOT ONLY they never show up on the date we have scheduled we had to change the date twice while I was traveling and had to book an extra date with my hotel just because of this tour!!!!!

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