Tour of Highlights of Cappadocia with Lunch - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We got a private tour from Ali since there wasn't anyone else. Ali is a great tourist guide and he is really knowledgeable. The trip was nice since it covered interesting places in a day from green, red and blue lines. It saved our day rather than booking different line on different day.

Minna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

We only had one day in Cappadocia so time is of the essence and we are so glad that we were able to go to both the Goreme Open Air Museum AND the Underground City on one day with this tour, along with other iconic spots of course like the Monks Valley etc. Before booking this, I have done comparison with other tours at length and I believe the only site we have missed from the usual Red tour was the Imagination Valley. But personally I'd prefer to see the Underground City than a few odd shaped rocks so I was really pleased with my choice. The guide was very informative and friendly. Lunch was good. Highly recommend this tour!

Jeffrey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Ali is such a great guide, and this tour is specifically designed for small groups. If you haven't researched much yet, Cappadocia has two main tour routes covered universally by almost every company - the Blue and the Red. These contain specific sites and monuments. Ali has managed to take the best of both and create an absolutely marvelous overall tour, covering so much in just one day, and still being done in time to explore on your own! There are a few tourist traps involved in a pottery 'museum' and optionally a Tukish rug co-op, but overall a very great experience!

Omio C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Ali is an amazing tour guide. If you are short of time this is the express tour to take. It covers almost everything there is to see in Cappadocia. Ali is knowledgeable, efficient and accommodating. He is also a great travel agent and can give you tips and ideas. He had me picked up from the airport for 10 Euros which is much cheaper then other companies. The lunch buffet he took us has a wide selection of choices. He also uses good transport and arranged the tour very well. I highly recommend this tour.

Sarah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

We had an absolutely lovely day with our tour guide Ali. He was clearly very knowledgeable about Turkey, and could go into specifics about every little thing that we asked. Ali was also very smart about navigating through the crowds, and made sure that we could get through the express routes. The tour itself was incredible. The views from the look out points are incomparable to anything else on earth. The evidence of Turkey's ancient civilizations is captivating and would be an anthropologists dream. I highly recommend the visit, and the tour!

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

I booked this tour because I wanted to get a quick overview of Cappadocia early during my trip. Lots of websites and local travel bureaus offer Red Tours and Green Tours and even Blue Tours, but this tour promised the highlights - and it delivered.

My guide was Ali. He drove me and a young couple around Cappadocia in a modern car - no bus or minibus on this tour! In terms of the itinerary, it turns out the tour combines all of the Red Tour with the biggest highlight of the Green Tour, so Ali has really cherry-picked the best of the best things to see. He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and he made sure we always had lots of time at each stop to explore, take photos, and enjoy the scenery. He answered any question thrown at him in detail.

In terms of the sights - the Goreme Open Air Museum is the first stop. It's fascinating, but I must admit I found the scenery and the atmosphere much more important than the details of the churches and the saints. I'm an avowed non-believer. Lots of things to learn, including about the difference between frescoes and seccoes, local history and customs, and more. Afterwards, the Greek cave village was similarly stunning, with a more recent history of significant interest. The fairy chimneys were everything I'd hoped for and more a lovely half hour walking around in a landscape that looks unique and magical and perhaps a bit phallic, while the imagination valley was a brief but pleasant diversion.

Lunch took place at a huge buffet restaurant, evidently popular with locals and tour groups alike. The all-you-can-eat food was first class, service was professional, and it was clear that this place was no tourist trap.

The pottery museum and shop was surprisingly interesting. Lots of craftsmanship on display, but it's the way the museum halls have been dug into the landscape that stunned me most of all - if archeologists dig up this place in a thousand years, they will conclude it is an underground temple for the worship of pottery. Ali handed us over to a museum guide, who did a fair job of highlighting modern pottery, craftsmanship, and whetting appetites for buying things, without ever straying from delivering a sales pitch into hard selling. I felt no pressure to buy, but nonetheless did buy some pieces in the end. For Western tourists like me, it's a relief that everything had prices marked and there was no expectation or possibility of haggling - and the prices were nothing if not fair.

Finally, the underground city. This is where the tour didn't quite go to plan: despite having visited caves and tombs and underground places in various countries, the underground cities of Cappadocia turned out to be a bit too claustrophobic for me. I can duck, but one tunnel could only be completed on hands and knees I'm a large fellow, which was not comfortable and quite alarming. Ali picked up on my difficulty and asked whether I wanted to continue. In the end, I felt that any more such tunnels would be one step too far out of my comfort zone, and I really did not want to risk panicking further inside. The route through the underground city is linear and one-way and takes you deeper and deeper. Ali was an absolute star at helping me return to the surface against the flow - he'd dash through all the bottlenecks, and tell me when it was clear for me to come through. So, yeah. Underground city: beautiful, atmospheric, mysterious, fascinating, and not really ideal for big, tall and claustrophobic people. Significantly more challenging than catacombs in Malta, volcanic lava tunnels on various islands, former mines in Austria... that said, I loved the bits I did get to see, and I would absolutely recommend visiting the city with a guide especially if you are a solo traveller like myself.

If you're visiting Cappadocia, this tour will be a fantastic way to see the highlights, in a small group, with fantastic and helpful guides. Highly recommended.

Nabeil A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Great tour, really lovely guide, knows his stuff.
We were the only two on the tour, meaning we were able to travel at our own pace and finished a couple hours early which we prefer.
Lunch was fantastic! Buffet lunch with plenty to choose from including desserts. Drinks were over-priced.
Overall, great value for money.

robertacreuben36 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Wonderful!!! Guide was knowledgeable and very efficient and pleasant to be with.

Ismail k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

As its a quite time they still gave us a personal tour and she knew everything there is to know, her english was great and the places were very interesting, I would use them again

Tara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Loved the tour! It was a private tour due to no one else signing up and the tour guide was fantastic! The only downfall was the underground city we visited was a bit of a disappointment compared to the one I visited the next day. We were hoping that because this tour included the underground city, fairy chimney's and the open air museum we could get it all in one tour. This wasn't the case. So, highly recommended, but if you're really interested in the underground city, this one is not as impressive as the other ones.

Eren G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Ali is personable and quite knowledgeable. He even gave us two hours' more time than we were originally allocated. He even tailored the tour to our needs and took us to a smaller underground city. The tunnels are quite low and require you to bend while walking, which was hard for me.
I was glad he took us to a smaller, less traveled venue.

cherry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

I liked the tour a lot. It was a small group tour, but it happened to be a private tour luckily! The guide was professional with abundant knowledge and very friendly. This tour covers not only seeing rock formation, but also Avanos and undergroud city, which are very interesting to see. The lunch restaurant choice is also very good!

bmw123888 Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

a Must try too SGD90 for a 1 day tour.. inclusive of Buffet lunch!!! covers most of the important attractions going around Goreme on your own is not advisable.. join the day tour.. instead.

Natasha L

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2015

Our guide was fantastic and we loved the day

Amaka

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2015

Highly informative , tour guide was awesome . My husband and i were in cappadocia for only 2 nights and i am so glad that this was one of the activities we choose. This gave us a great overview of cappadocia in the little time we had.

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