Cavusin Tours

The quiet Cappadocian village of Cavusin is famous for three things: beautiful churches, abandoned rock houses, and great hiking opportunities. The village is dominated by its cliff from which a clutter of empty cave houses spill down precariously, making for a fun place to explore. The area of the village where people live today is nice and quiet — most people work in agriculture and you’ll see that the little cafe by the mosque is the local hotspot. 

At the top of the cliff which looms above the village, look out for the famous Basilica of St John the Baptist. It dates back to the 5th century AD, making it one of the region’s oldest cave churches. It’s also one of the biggest cave churches in Cappadocia. You’ll enter the 1,500 year old chapel via a footbridge. Once inside, notice the chapel’s grand arches and images of crosses and stars. In the village, there's also the lower church to check out. Dedicated to the famous Cappadocian general Nicephorus Phocas, who was victorious in the Byzantine era, this church dates back to 960 AD.

The village of Cavusin is also the starting point for hikes into Rose Valley, Red Valley, and Meskendir Valley. 

Practical Info

Five kilometers north of Goreme, entrance to the Basilica of St John the Baptist is free, while to enter the lower town church costs 8TL. There are buses from both Goreme and Avanos to Cavusin every hour. 
Location
Address: Çavuşin/Nevşehir 5050, Turkey
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Gorgeous Cappadocia From Nevsehir Airport

Maximise your time in Cappadocia with a whistle-stop tour of the must-see sights from Nevsehir airport. Not a moment is wasted, as your private guide will pick you up from the airport and whisk you off to attractions such as Ozkonak Underground City, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Cavusin village, Monk’s Valley, Uchisar Castle, and Avanos.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$131.62 USD
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North Cappadocia Red Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum

Cover more distance in less time on this comprehensive 8-hour tour of north Cappadocia from Goreme. Over the course of only one day, you’ll visit seven Cappadocia highlights, including the UNESCO-listed Goreme Open Air Museum, and learn about the region’s rich culture. Marvel at the lunar landscapes of Devrent Valley, absorb panoramic vistas from Uchisar Castle, Cappadocia’s highest point, and explore the 5th-century settlement of Çavusin. Lunch and round-trip transport from your Goreme hotel is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$40.41 USD
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Private Tour: Cappadocia in a Day

Discover the highlights and landmarks of Cappadocia on this private 8-hour tour with a dedicated guide. Explore the charming towns of Avanos and Çavuşin to admire the area's traditional handmade pottery and visit the Church of St John Baptist. Stroll through the Open Air Museum of Göreme and visit Paşabağ. Visit the Sarihan caravanserai, where the whirling dervishes perform every night. Customize the tour according to your preferences. Lunch and round-trip transportation from local hotels are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$161.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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