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clock-o15 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Journey to Cappadocia for a comprehensive one day small group tour of Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley. With plenty of attention from your local guide discover this otherworldly UNESCO World Heritage region famous for its mushroom topped pinnacles, subsurface cities and cave carved ‘fairy chimneys.’ During this tour, stroll the verdant Rose Valley, visit the deserted village of Çavuşin, marvel at Ortahisar Castle, explore Kaymakli Underground City and admire stunning volcanic monoliths at Pigeon Valley. 

This small-group tour is limited to 20 people so you can enjoy extra attention from your guide.
  • Full-day tour of southern Cappadocia from Istanbul with round-trip flights
  • Discover this spectacular UNESCO-listed region of rock formations and cave villages
  • Explore Kaymakli Underground City, with its subterranean passages and chambers
  • See Ortahisar Castle, a carved rock fortress towering above Ortahisar village
  • Walk in Rose Valley, a pink-colored valley of fairy chimneys and cave churches
  • Visit Çavuşin rock village and Pigeon Valley
  • Enjoy a personalized experience on a small-group tour limited to 20 people
In the morning, meet your chauffeur at your Istanbul hotel for a transfer to Istanbul Airport and begin your day adventure to Cappadocia. After short flight, land at Kayseri International Airport and meet your air-conditioned minivan for a 1.5-hour ride to beautiful Rose Valley. 

Arrive and begin a relaxing walking tour with your local guide. Learn about the rose-colored rocks whose tone changes during the day is the reason for Rose Valley’s etymology. Then, marvel at the valley’s weathered volcanic monoliths, craggy pinnacles, fairy chimneys and dense orchards and vineyards. Continue to Rose Valley’s cave churches and hear how their were used by monks before the end of the first millennium. 

Onward to a historical deserted rock village filled with ancient houses and churches, known as Old Çavuşin. Here, capture stunning shots of creepy houses and admire the imposing Basilica of St John the Baptist which rests on a clifftop overlooking Çavuşin.

Take a break for lunch at a traditional restaurant (see the sample menu below in the Itinerary) and then head to the old town of Ortahisar to gaze up at the commanding presence of Ortahisar Castle, a Byzantine-era fortification. Stand in awe as you view this 295-foot monolith chiseled into the image of a giant honeycomb. Climb up its narrow passage and pass carved rooms and etched out chambers. At the top, glimpse over the city for remarkable views. 

Next, voyage to Kaymakli Underground City and delve into the winding network of subsurface tunnels, living quarters, stables, kitchens and cellars. Hear how this well preserved city was once home to Christians who sought refuge from persecution. 

Finally, spend time looking at astounding cave homes at Pigeon Valley. Learn about locals who bred pigeons in their homes to collect poop for fertilizer! As the day comes to a close, journey back to Kayseri Airport to catch your flight to Istanbul. Then, enjoy a transfer back to your hotel where your tour ends.

Please note: Ortahisar Castle may be undertaking renovation, if it is entrance will not be permitted.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Turkish meze (small appetizers) of breads, aubergine, artichokes, stuffed vine leaves, meatballs and yoghurt with cucumber and garlic
Main course:
  • Chicken, lamb or beef kebabs
Dessert:
  • Baklava (filo pastry layers filled with nuts and sweetened with honey or syrup) and coffee

Reviews

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K
, Jun 2018

We did a one day trip to Cappadocia from Istanbul. To and from transfers to the airport was great. We had an excellent guide and overall experience was memorable

N
, Apr 2018

A very good tour! Great scenery, good guide, and very well coordinated!

T
, Feb 2018

So much to see...so little time!!!

B
, Feb 2018

Worth every penny. Everything was taken care of. Guides were super helpful.

M
, Oct 2017

Awesome experience! It was so nice to have a look at the fairy caves. We enjoyed a personalized and well-documented tour. Got to Cappadocia on time and visited main places. All in one day!! If you will spend a few days in Istanbul and want to have a taste of nature don't hesitate booking a tour to Cappadocia!

A
, Oct 2017

One of the best experiences I had. This visit is highly recommended. The history of Cappadocia is amazing as well as the natural formations. If you like nature and history, do not miss this trip. Capadocia has been the highlight of my trip to Turkey. The guide was outstanding Be prepared to walk and to hike a bit just a bit. A must.

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, Aug 2017
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, Aug 2017

The trip begins with an early morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri where we were picked up by an van for a 60 minute drive to Cappadocia. This region is absolutely beautiful, with incredible geological formations and the historic, and lovely, cave churches. Our guide Hafiz was excellent. He was very interesting and had extensive knowledge of the region's geology and history. We also had a very delicious lunch at a cave restaurant and visited a ceramics factory.

A
, May 2017

Incredible experience hiking in the 'Red Rose Valley' and the 'Kaymakli Underground Museum' was so heartfelt learning about the history. The landscape and breathtaking views of 'Ortahisar' were simply amazing.
The lunch was at a old Cave and it was brilliant the way the place was set up. Really added to the experience.

Hafiz our guide was brilliant he was very informative and left nothing out. He also answered every question he was asked. Full of knowledge and an amazing guide. He was polite and always kept us in the loop for everything we were doing and had planned to do. His love and admiration for his home town Cappadocia was heartfelt.
Highly recommend this tour as Cappadocia has so much to offer. Such an amazing experience!

K
, Mar 2017

I took this tour a year ago but it was worth it. I do recommend it. Everything was organized great and on time for a one day excursion.


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