3 Days in Cappadocia: Suggested Itineraries

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Cappadocia has history and landscapes that will keep your mind amazed and your camera clicking. It has a wild, rocky landscape of cliffs and valleys and caves that were formed from wind and water eroding soft volcanic rock. This is a place you’ll want to see from all angles: on the ground walking through its valleys, underground in its caves, from the air in a balloon, and perhaps even from rafting along the river.
 
Day One:

Head straight to Göreme and explore the Göreme Open Air Museum for your first look at the cave churches and Byzantine wall paintings for which the area is so famous. Then head to the Göreme National Park and walk through Pigeon Valley to see the fairy chimneys (peri bacaları) and more of those caves. End the day watching the sunset over this amazing landscape while sipping on a glass of the fine local wine.
 
Day Two:

Begin the day from another perspective with a hot-air balloon ride over the fairy chimneys and sculptural landscape. Visit an underground city at Kaymaklı or Derinkuyu to see how people used to live to avoid attack from marauding tribes. Hike the Ihlara Valley of vineyards and pistacio trees and see more of those incredible cave churches.
 
Day Three:

Head to Avanos via the fairy chimneys of Zelve and the Imagination Valley where the rock formations look like zoo animals. In Avanos, visit one of the historic red-pottery workshops and then head out onto the Kızılırmak, or Red River, for rafting or canoeing, or perhaps camel or horse-riding.
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Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast

Soar through the skies of Cappadocia on this magical hot-air-balloon tour in Turkey. Choose from a 1-hour or 1.5-hour flight, and ascend into the atmosphere where you can admire the region’s lunar landscape from above. Before your flight, enjoy a buffet breakfast with coffee or tea, and cheers with a glass of Champagne upon landing. No trip to Turkey is complete without treasuring this unforgettable experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cappadocia Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Champagne

Soar across the skies of Cappadocia on this early morning 1-hour or 1.5-hour hot air balloon tour. After a convenient minivan ride to the launch point, settle in to your balloon basket and watch the surroundings shrink as your expert pilot lifts you into the sky. From the purplish sunrise sky, admire Cappadocia’s magnificently unique landscape, comprised of canyons, spires and the famed “fairy chimneys.” After approximately one hour, float back to the land and accept your souvenir certificate. This bird’s-eye-view of central Turkey’s stunning moonscape is not to be missed.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Southern Cappadocia Tour: Cavusin, Red Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

Witness the best of beautiful south Cappadocia on this scenic full-day trip from the central Cappadocia region. With an informative guide, explore the subterranean network of Kaymakli Underground City, admire the multicolored Red Valley, and marvel at the deserted rock-cut village of old Çavuşin. Gaze over the cliff-carved birdhouses of Pigeon Valley, and watch and try your hand at pottery-making at a traditional workshop in the town of Avanos. Savor lunch at a local restaurant, and as you explore, learn all about the remarkable geology and history of the region.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small-Group Cappadocia Tour: Devrent Valley, Monks Valley and Open Air Museum in Goreme

Marvel at the otherworldly terrain of Cappadocia during this full-day small group guided tour of Devrent Valley, Monks Valley and Göreme Open Air Museum. In Cappadocia explore a landscape abundant with volcanic hills and valleys covered in fairy chimneys and unbelievably shaped monoliths. See the bizarre rock formations of the Pasabag and Devrent Valley and enjoy a lunch which is included. Then, experience pottery-making in Avanos and tour Göreme Open-Air Museum where your will creep into rock-carved churches and chapels for view colorful ancient frescoes. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Ihlara Valley Tour from Cappadocia: Derinkuyu Underground City, Selime Monastery and Yaprakhisar

Explore the magnificent landscape and cultural centers of the Ihlara Valley on this full-day tour in south Cappadocia. Enjoy your journey by air-conditioned coach as you travel through Cappadocia’s compelling ancient landscape with an expert guide. Discover the subterranean world of Derinkuyu Underground City and explore the sacred caverns at Selime Monastery. See if you recognize any scenes from Star Wars in Yaprakhisar and learn about how the Turkish people have lived in unison with the local landscape for thousands of years. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Cappadocia Food and Culture Tour: Ayvali Village, Turkish Cooking Class and Wine Caves

Treat yourself to a taste of typical Turkish cuisine as you learn to prepare classic dishes in a real Cappadocia village home. Mingle with the locals as you enjoy a private 4-hour Turkish cooking class in the village of Ayvali, then tuck into a scrumptious lunch of Anatolian specialties like bulgur soup and 'börek' pastries. That’s not all: accompanied by your local guide, you will shop for ingredients at the local market or orchard; visit a typical Turkish coffee house; and sample regional wines at wine cave.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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