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Kaymakli Underground City Tours

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Kaymakli Underground City
Cappadocia’s underground cities—vast multistory complexes carved into the region’s famous volcanic rock—are among the most impressive underground dwellings in the world. Kaymakli Underground City is one of the most visited, with eight floors reaching depths of 262 feet (80 meters) and a history dating back to the eighth century BC.
 
The Basics
A guided walking tour of Kaymaklı takes visitors underground to explore the excavated ruins—including the remains of homes, kitchens, stables, storage rooms, and even a wine press—linked by tunnels and ventilation shafts. Four of the eight floors are open to the public.
 
Kaymakli is a popular stop on sightseeing tours of Cappadocia, often alongside attractions such as Uchisar Castle, Pasabag (Monk’s Valley), Avanos, or the Göreme Open Air Museum. You can also combine a visit to Kaymakli with a hike through the Soganli Valley or a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an admission charge to enter Kaymakli.
  • Visit with a guide, as there is very little information provided on-site.
  • Allow at least an hour to visit Kaymakli.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to explore the underground city.
  • The narrow tunnels and small underground chambers can make navigating Kaymakli difficult for those who suffer from claustrophobia.
  • There are stairs, low passageways, and uneven terrain, so Kaymakli is not wheelchair accessible. Some areas may also be difficult to access for very tall or large people, or those with mobility issues.
 
How to Get There
Kaymakli is located about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Göreme in south Cappadocia. It’s a 30-minute drive from Göreme. Regular buses also run from nearby Nevşehir and also take around 30 minutes.
 
When to Get There
Kaymakli is open year-round, although opening times vary throughout the year. It can get busy during peak season, when the quietest times to visit are early morning and late afternoon just before closing.
 
Cappadocia’s Underground Cities
Cappadocia is home to more than 40 underground communities, which vary from small “villages” to enormous “cities.” The largest are Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, which could hold up to 3,500 people or 20,000 people, respectively. Traces of underground homes date back to Hittite times, but the elaborate cities that visitors can see today were built during the Byzantine era, and are thought to have been used as hideouts by early Christian communities during the Arab-Byzantine Wars.
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Underground Tours

Full Day Trip to Cappadocia South

Spend a fascinating day among the rock formations of Cappadocia. This tour leads you through the exceptional historic architecture of the Greek and Turkish people who made their homes carved into the soft volcanic rock of the region. Pack your comfortable shoes and plenty of sunscreen and get ready to explore the Red Valley, the old village of Cavusin, Ortahisar, Pigeon Valley, and the Underground City.
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Kaymakli Underground City and Traditional Villages

Explore Kaymakli Underground City and other highlights of Cappadocia on a full-day tour of the geographically stunning region. Visit Kaymakli Underground City, Sahinefendi (Sobesos), Keslik Monastery, Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), the Saruhan Caravanserai, and the Red Valley with a guide who shares informative commentary about Turkey's history and culture. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and round-trip transportation.
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Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

* This is a customized full-day small-group tour with an expert local guide.* Underground City; once a place of refuge for 15000 Christians* Esentepe Panorama; offering view of outstanding landscape and fairy chimneys* Ortahisar; is famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches * Uchisar; the Naturel highest Rock Castle provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding areaSkip the line tickets provided to keep you a way from long queues.
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Ports of Call Tours

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TOUR

Meet at the hotel lobby. Drive to Kaymaklı Underground city with dwellings, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries were used as refuges by the Christian communities. Then visit Ihlara Valley, carved by nature out of the ashes of the volcanic Mount Hasan. After hiking through the valley, which is watered with Melendiz River via Belisirma, proceed to Selime with hollowed out citadel and churches where fairy chimneys rest on the steep hillside. Finally, transfer to the hotel.
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Cultural Tours

Small-Group Cappadocia Tour: Kaymakli Underground City, Avanos and Rose Valley

Explore southern Cappadocia with a full-day guided tour including lunch. Discover the area famous for its moon-like rock formations, fairy chimneys, and ancient subterranean settlements.
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All in One Private Cappadocia Tour

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On this full-day guided tour, see all the highlights of Cappadocia in just one day. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open-Air Museum, cave churches, Uchisar Castle, and Kaymakli Underground City, and stop for lunch and wine tasting. A customizable itinerary and hotel pickup make for a convenient, flexible experience.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Tour of Highlights of Cappadocia with Lunch

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Want to take in the highlights of Cappadocia in just one day? Maximise your time with a full-day small-group tour, including lunch, and cherry-pick the most popular attractions. Start with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Goreme Open Air Museum, then visit the ancient cave village of Cavusin and Pasabag (Monks Valley), home to some of the most photogenic fairy chimneys. Enjoy a traditional pottery demonstration in Avanos, then venture below ground for a tour of the Kaymakli Underground City. Finish your day admiring the view from Uchisar Castle, Cappadocia’s highest point.
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Multi-day Tours

2 Day Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul

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Visit Turkey’s Cappadocia region with ease from Istanbul on this 2-day tour with overnight accommodation and meals. Transfer directly from your Istanbul hotel to the airport and fly to Cappadocia. Spend the first day exploring the southern part of the region, including the Pigeon Valley, the underground city of Derinkuyu, and Ilhara Valley. Explore the northern part on the second day and spot by Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum, and the town of Avanos.
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Small Group: Cappadocia Full Day Tour with Red Valley and Underground City

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See Cappadocia’s rock formations and rock-carved cities on a full-day tour that explores the Red and Rose Valleys, Cavusin Cave Village, the underground city of Kaymakli, Pigeon Valley, and Uchisar and Ortahisar Castles. You’ll experience the region’s fascinating history and landscape, hike a scenic trail, and go deep underground into a hidden city. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and lunch, with the option to start the day with a sunrise hot air balloon flight.
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Air Tours

ISTANBUL TO CAPPADOCIA 3 DAYS TOUR WITH HOTAIR BALLOON

Cappadocia is a unique touristic place with wonderfull natural scenery. Fairychimneys and underground cave cities intersting places to visit and photo. Enjoy also Hotair balloon tour within sunrise . Your transfers frm Istanbul hotel to airport and round trip domestic flights also included. So Cappadocia is just 1 Hour flight distance . ** There is single room supplement charge for 1 pax booking = 45 USD*** Less than 10 years old child cannot fly with Balloon . If we cancel Balloon tour refund is perperson 150 USD
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Cultural Tours

Private Tour: Best of Cappadocia with Wine Tasting

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Explore Cappadocia for a full day with your own private guide. Visit top attractions including the underground city at Kaymakli, Uchisar Castle, and Goreme Open-Air Museum—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak in sight of the fantastical rock formations of Pigeon Valley, the fairy chimneys in Gorem, and stop for lunch, a wine tasting, and a visit to a pottery workshop.
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Multi-day Tours

Turkey Small Group Land Tour - 8 days & 7 Nights ( max 16 pax )

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Historical & Heritage Tours

DAILY CAPPADOCIA FROM KONYA

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Having been a sanctuary for early Christians,Cappadocia is an open air museum full of unequal natural and cultural components.The region of Cappadocia is located in the middle of a once-active volcanic area of central Anatolia.With its unique natural features displaying a harmonious combination of natural and cultural landscape elements,Cappadocia is an enchanting open-air museum and an unparalleled example of the common cultural heritage of humanity.This program includes the main attractions of Cappadocia such as Goreme Open Air Museum that consist many rock-carved churches,Uchisar castle which is huge rock-carved castle,Undergrpund city, fairy chimneys ,many interesting rock formations.On the way, we will visit Sultanhanı caravansarai. Private transportation ,professional guidance, lunch with drinks, all the admission fees are included in the tours. You can check detailed itinerary.Cappadocia takes 3 hours from Konya.The tour ends around 5 pm, and back in Konya around 8 pm.
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Cappadocia Group Tour with Spanish Guide (Underground City,National Park& Lunch)

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South Cappadocia Tour highlighting not only some of the most impressive scenery of the region but also one of the underground city which is must-see of Cappadocia. This tour operating as small group tour max.with 15 people. HIGHLIGHTSGöreme Panorama, Hike in Red/Rose Valley, Cavusin Old Greek Village, Love Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, Pigeon Valley
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Day Trips

Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

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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.
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Private Day Tour of Cappadocia with Guide

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Gain a deeper understanding of Cappadocia’s unique history on this full-day tour, including lunch, and enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you explore the UNESCO-listed Goreme open-air museum. Learn about the region’s early Christian settlers as you tour the rock-hewn churches and the impressive underground city of Kaymakli, then marvel over the fairy chimneys and rock formations as you drive through Ortahisar.
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Cultural Tours

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Ihlara Hiking with Underground City (Green) Tour

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We especially stop on Kaymaklı or Derinkuyu Underground city.We take care of all our guests with their small group.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Cultural Tours

CAPPADOCIA GREEN TOUR

After having time for lunch, visit Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back, visit to Panaromic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the vineyards.End of the tour, you will be transfered to your hotel.NOTE ***: Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour
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  • 8 to 10 minutes
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  • 8 to 10 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Full Day Small Group Cappadocia Tour-Underground City-(inc.Lunch and Museum Fee)

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  • 7 hours
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Walking Tours

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

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Royal Balloon Flight Include Private Oasis of Cappadocia Tour

Flying over this unreal landscape will make you feel like you are on moon or another planet. The combination of the colors, first lights of the day and the beauty of the nature completes with the excellent and professional service of the company. From the time we pick you from your hotel till the time we leave you back, you will have amazing time flying over Cappadocia.Descending down into the underground city of Kaymakli which is one of the UNESCO sites of Cappadocia will be followed by the hike in the paradise on earth, the biggest canyon of Turkey with 2670 different plants and micro climate.Hot Air Balloon Tour Could be the day of booking or the next day.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Private All in One Full Day Cappadocia Tour. All Inclusive

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This customizable private tour is the best option for travelers who has just one full day in Cappadocia and want to explore destinations as many as possible. Explore highlights of Cappadocia on your private tour with your private professional licensed guide. This tour also has fully customizable and flexible itinerary. During the tour you will feel like a local, eat like a local, wandering like a local and shopping like a local. You will have chance to taste local made Turkish foods in a boutique way. We guarantee %100 customer satisfaction.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

2 Days Private Combo City Istanbul & Cappadocia

Private One Day Tour Istanbul Highlights. Private One Day Tour Cappadocia Highlights.Skip the lineLicensed Guide
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  • 2 days
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Multi-day Tours

2-Day Cappadocia Tour with Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Discover the otherworldly wonders of Cappadocia on this immersive overnight tour, including a one-way flight from Istanbul. This tour is designed to make your travels hassle-free and informative. Explore Cappadocia’s stunning terrain on a hike through the Rose Valley, admire fairy chimneys, blue skies and houses that have been carved into the sides of mountains at Çavuşin and the UNESCO-listed Göreme Open-Air Museum. Rest in comfort at a local hotel, included in the tour. If you choose, upgrade your trip by opting in for an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia.
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  • 2 days
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