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Goreme Open-Air Museum Tours

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Goreme Open-Air Museum
Perhaps one of the most recognizable attractions in Cappadocia, Turkey, the unusual edifices at the Göreme Open-Air Museum (Göreme Açık Hava Müzesi) are an important part of monastic history. A popular Byzantine settlement in the fourth century, the cave churches found at Göreme were carved out of soft volcanic cliffs.

The Basics
Known as the Land of the Three Saints—in reference to theologians St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus—the Göreme area gained attention in the Middle Ages when various religious groups formed monasteries, churches, and chapels out of rock. At the UNESCO-listed Göreme Open-Air Museum, you’ll find a multitude of sacred spaces, many of which have exquisite paintings and frescoes inside. Just outside the museum’s gates, the oldest church, Buckle Church (Tokalı Kilise), is covered from floor to ceiling with religious stories and symbols. The museum’s most famous structure, however, is the Dark Church (Karanlık Kilise), whose frescoes have remained vividly preserved because the church lacks light.

To benefit from the insight of a guide—and to optimize your time—consider joining a tour of the museum.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Allow at least two hours to explore the Göreme Open-Air Museum.
  • A good amount of walking is required to see the entire site, and there are some inclines and stairs.

How to Get There
The Göreme Open-Air Museum is roughly a 15-minute walk from the town of Göreme, or a short drive from Ürgüp.

When to Get There
For the most pleasant weather, visit Cappadocia in April, May, September, or October. If you’re there in summer (peak season), get to the Göreme Open-Air Museum early in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid the midday heat and crowds. Hours vary depending on the season.

Pigeon Valley
A short car ride south from Göreme lies Pigeon Valley, a wind-sculpted series of valleys and rock formations that make a dramatic backdrop for photo ops. The geological site is known for the pigeon houses that were carved out of some of the tall fairy chimneys (hoodoos). 
Address: Cappadocia, Turkey
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All in One 10-Hour Private and Guided Day Tour in Cappadocia

All in One 10-Hour Private and Guided Day Tour in Cappadocia

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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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US$114.67
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum and Fairy Chimneys

Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum and Fairy Chimneys

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View fantastical fairy chimney rock formations and other Cappadocia highlights during a full-day tour with an informative guide. Visit Devrent and Pigeon valleys, go inside the cave churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum, and snap photos of the fairy chimneys in Goreme. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$57.94
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North Cappadocia Red Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum

North Cappadocia Red Tour with Goreme Open Air Museum

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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US$55.72
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Full Day Highlights of Cappadocia: Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabagi and Uchisar

Full Day Highlights of Cappadocia: Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabagi and Uchisar

Discover the beauty of the Turkish countryside during this full-day small-group tour of Cappadocia. You’ll begin your visit at the famous Open Air Museum in Goreme and see the ancient Christian churches that depict biblical scenes. Next it’s on to Pigeon Valley to see the houses made for the beloved birds, along with stops at Monk’s Valley and the Uchisar Castle. Your tour will end in the traditional village of Avanos, where you can shop for local pottery. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$50.00
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Goreme Open Air Museum and All Highlights of North Cappadocia

Goreme Open Air Museum and All Highlights of North Cappadocia

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Spend the day exploring northern Cappadocia with a small group and a guide. See the unusual landscape of Devrent Imagination Valley as you walk through the moon-like surface of the valley. Then visit the Fairy Chimneys at Pasabaglari, and stop at the village of Avanos where you see the ancient Hittite techniques of pottery-making. The tour includes lunch at a local restaurant and visits to Uchisar Rock Castle, and the Goreme Open Air Museum.
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  • 9 hours
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US$50.00
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Small-Group Cappadocia in One Day Tour Including Goreme Open Air Museum

Small-Group Cappadocia in One Day Tour Including Goreme Open Air Museum

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We love living in Cappadocia and serving you with the true Cappadocian RED tour. Our tours take place seven days a week and 365 days of the year. Along with a professional tour guide and driver, you will visit historic sites in Cappadocia such as Devrent Valley, Pasabagi Valley, Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum, Esentepe and more.
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  • 8 hours
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US$78.46
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Cappadocia Full Day Tour incl Goreme Open Air Museum

Cappadocia Full Day Tour incl Goreme Open Air Museum

Enjoy an action-packed itinerary featuring some of Cappadocia’s most visited sights on this small-group full-day tour, including lunch and entrance fees. Learn the secrets of Cappadocia’s distinctive fairy chimneys on a walk through the Devrent Valley and see the hermit monk dwellings in Pasabag valley. Uncover centuries of history at the Zelve and Goreme open-air museums, home to some of the region’s most significant rock-cut churches and monasteries, then pay a visit to the pottery town of Avanos and Uchisar Castle, the highest viewpoint in Cappadocia.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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US$55.00
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Private Cappadocia Tour w/ Fairy Chimneys and Goreme Open Air Museum incl Lunch

Private Cappadocia Tour w/ Fairy Chimneys and Goreme Open Air Museum incl Lunch

Get more out of Cappadocia with a private guide. Your guide will provide you with complete insight into the history and significance of the sites you visit. Programs can be customized for your personal interests, and feature specialist guides.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$126.75
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Cappadocia Red Tour Goreme Open Air Museum

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Cappadocia Red Tour Goreme Open Air Museum

We provide our own tours in Cappadocia. There is no other agencies, you directly book and go tour with our Company.
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  • 6 hours
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Cappadocia & Pamukkale Tour Including ATV Quad Safari, and Balloon Ride Option

Cappadocia & Pamukkale Tour Including ATV Quad Safari, and Balloon Ride Option

Visit the mesmerising Cappadocia with its stunning landscape of the fairy chimneys, rock formations and the underground city, which is a labyrinth of houses, and spend memorable times with ATV Quad Bike Safari at the valleys of Cappadocia. You could also choose to do a once in a lifetime hot air balloon (Optional). On last day of your trip, visit the white terraces of Pamukkale, Hierapolis ancient city, dating back to the 10th century B.C.
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  • 4 days
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US$660.28
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3 Days Cappadocia and Pamukkale from Istanbul by Plane

3 Days Cappadocia and Pamukkale from Istanbul by Plane

This 3 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. Wander around the impressive ruins of Hierapolis, and swim at white travertenies of Pamukkale. Get a chance for discover the jewel in Turkeys crown - Cappadocia with its amazing underground cities and surreal landscape. For an even more unforgettable experience, wake up early for a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the fairy chimneys (optional).
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  • 3 days
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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon with Small Group City Tour

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon with Small Group City Tour

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Soar over the arresting landmarks and spectacular scenery of Cappadocia in a hot air balloon during an exhilarating full-day excursion that includes a city tour. After experiencing an enchanting hot-air balloon ride, toast your flight with sparkling champagne before embarking on an enriching tour of the region; Alongside an accomplished guide, discover the beauty of the Devrent Valley and gain insight into Turkish culture at the Goreme Open Air Museum.
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  • 1 day
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Full-Day Sacred and Surreal Cappadocia Tour from Goreme

Full-Day Sacred and Surreal Cappadocia Tour from Goreme

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With just one day to explore Cappadocia, this full-day small-group tour checks off all the highlights. Marvel at natural and man-made wonders such as Uchisar Castle and the fairy chimneys of Monks Valley, Imagination Valley, and Urgup; discover the ancient treasures of the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and visit the pottery town of Avanos. A traditional Turkish lunch and wine tasting at a cave winery is also included.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour - Cappadocia's All Highlights in 1 Day

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Private Tour - Cappadocia's All Highlights in 1 Day

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It’s impossible to see all of Cappadocia’s attractions in just one day, but this private full-day tour comes close, with a jam-packed itinerary perfect for the time-conscious traveler. You’ll see Cappadocia’s most distinctive fairy chimneys in Love Valley, then discover the region’s unique history with tours of the Kaymakli Underground city and the UNESCO-listed Goreme Open Air Museum. Also on the agenda are Uchisar Castle, Avanos, Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) and Devrent (Imagination) valley, before ending the day sipping wine and watching the sunset over the Red & Rose Valleys.
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  • 8 hours
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Most Popular Experiences of Cappadocia : Hot Air Balloon Ride, Full-day Red Tour

Most Popular Experiences of Cappadocia : Hot Air Balloon Ride, Full-day Red 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. This tour will take you to another planet which is full of magical lunar landscape with all surprises. No one will be expecting to see the best frescoes of the world in the middle of nowhere in a 1500 years old cave church. This tour will be full of art, history , religion and beyond the expactation. Also you will have the chance to hike in ageorgeus canyon and enjoy the nature.
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  • 11 hours
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Cappadocia Deal Package : Hot Air Balloon Ride & Full-day Cappadocia Red Tour

Cappadocia Deal Package : Hot Air Balloon Ride & Full-day Cappadocia Red 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. This tour will take you to another planet which is full of magical lunar landscape with all surprises. No one will be expecting to see the best frescoes of the world in the middle of nowhere in a 1500 years old cave church. This tour will be full of art, history , religion and beyond the expactation. Also you will have the chance to hike in ageorgeus canyon and enjoy the nature.
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2 Nights 3 Days Cappadocia & Ephesus Travel with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

2 Nights 3 Days Cappadocia & Ephesus Travel with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

Explore UNESCO Sites of Turkey with this three-days customized travel package from/to Istanbul by plane. Visit the Goreme open-air museum, rock churches, unique landscape and rock-cut houses of Cappadocia. And then flight to Aegean coast of Turkey for visit to Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis with an expert local guide in a small-group tour. For an even more unforgettable experience, wake up early for a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia (optional).
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  • 3 days
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4 Days Tour to Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

4 Days Tour to Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

You would like to explore the main destinations of Turkey and you have limited time? This package designed for you! You will have amazing experiences at Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus. For an even more unforgettable experience, wake up early for a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the fairy chimneys (optional). The services of the travel package are starting from your hotel in Istanbul and ending in your Istanbul hotel. Don't waste a minute with planning as 3 nights accommodation, most meals, museum entry fees, transportation, and domestic flights are all included in the tour. Simply sit back and enjoy the exploring most famous destinations of Turkey.
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  • 4 days
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3 Nights 4 Days Cappadocia & Ephesus Trip with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

3 Nights 4 Days Cappadocia & Ephesus Trip with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

Travel to two of Turkey’s beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites without the hassle of booking accommodation, tickets or a rental car. On this 4 days tour, visit the Derinkuyu Underground City, Devrent valley, Goreme open-air museum, Avanos, Ihlara valley, rock churches, unique landscape and rock-cut houses of Cappadocia. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, walking among the ruins of grand buildings like the Celsus Library and the Temple of Artemis.
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  • 4 days
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4 Days Cappadocia & Pamukkale Travel with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

4 Days Cappadocia & Pamukkale Travel with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

With this package explore the highlights of Turkey in 4 Days. Flight to Cappadocia from Istanbul for 3 days trip in Cappadocia and then drive to Pamukkale from Cappadocia to explore one of the highlights of Turkey; Pamukkale Travertines with its natural hot spring sources! Stay in a cave hotel at Cappadocia and do not miss the chance to explore local life… Don't waste a minute with planning as 3 nights accommodation, most meals, museum entry fees, transportation, and domestic flights are all included in the tour. Simply sit back and enjoy the exploring most famous destinations of Turkey.
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  • 4 days
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Cappadocia Red Tour : Goreme, Devrent Valley, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Pasabag

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The Red tour is most popular daily tour in Cappadocia. You will be exploring the top sites of Cappadocia on your Cappadocia Red Tour. The tour will be full of art, history, religion and beyond the expactation. Cappadocia will take you to another planet which is full of magical lunar landscape with all surprises. No one will be expecting to see the best frescoes of the world in the middle of nowhere in a 1500 years old cave church.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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4 Days Cappadocia & Ephesus Travel with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

4 Days Cappadocia & Ephesus Travel with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

Loose yourself in mysterious Cappadocia. From the underground cities to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia then enjoy the best ancient city of Turkey, Ephesus with its thousands years of old temples, streets and grand theater. The services of the travel package are starting from your hotel in Istanbul and ending in your Istanbul hotel. Don't waste a minute with planning as 3 nights accommodation, most meals, museum entry fees, transportation, and domestic flights are all included in the tour. For an even more unforgettable experience, add a hot air balloon ride to your booking.
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3 Nights 4 Days Cappadocia & Ephesus Tour with Hot Air Balloon Ride Option

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You would like to explore the most popular two destinations of Turkey and you have limited time? This package designed for you! On this travel package, visit to Kaymakli Underground City, Devrent valley, Goreme open-air museum, Avanos, rock churches, unique landscape, rock-cut houses of Cappadocia, and then flight to western part of Turkey for visit the best ancient city in Turkey, Ephesus with its thousands years of old temples, streets and grand theater. For an even more unforgettable experience, add a hot air balloon ride to your booking.
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