This tour is a great way to take in the stunning scenery and fascinating history of Cappadocia. Be amazed by the incredible topography of this region, and enjoy walking along valleys filled with astonishing rock formations. Discover the ancient cave churches in the Göreme Open-Air Museum, and watch craftsmen produce beautiful jewellery and pottery using traditional techniques and local resources. Enjoy fine regional cuisines and sample local wines.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul early in the morning and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival, we will meet you at the exit gate of the airport and transfer you to your Cave Hotel in Cappadocia where you will check in (If your room available)and meet your English speaking guide.
The tour begins high above Cappadocia at the Uçhisar Castle with its panoramic views of the region. We then move on to the Göreme Open-Air Museum where you can visit the best preserved and documented ancient rock churches excavated by early Christians escaping persecution. The colorful frescoes are of great historical significance which is why this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Çavusin you can step back in time while you wander around the cave dwellings of an abandoned village, before stopping for lunch at Avanos next to the Kizilirmak River. This is also called the Red River because of the clay deposits which color the water, and provide materials for the local pottery. You can try your hand at this traditional technique using a kick-wheel, as craftsmen from the area have worked the clay for centuries. The tour continues with a walk around Paşabağ where you will get a great view in the unique rock structures that form the fairy chimneys. Your last stop will be in the village of Urgup. They make wine here, typical of this region and you can sample some. After your wine tasting, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cappadocia to spend the rest of the evening as you please.
After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up to start the tour of South Cappadocia, beginning with Esentepe, a great place for memorable photographs of the region. You will then be driven to Derinkuyu, a huge underground city, built by ancient peoples as a place of shelter. Back above ground have the opportunity to take a gentle hike beautiful valley of Ihlara and sample a local lunch at Belisirma by the stream. The valley ends with the spectacular fairy chimneys at Yaprakhisar and the Selime Rock Monastery. The last destination is Pigeon Valley where you have a further chance to stretch your legs walking to see the many dovecotes carved into the rock, or you may prefer to watch jewellery crafting beautiful artifacts from local onyx.
At the end of the tour, we will transfer you to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for your late evening return flight to Istanbul.
Upon your arrival in Istanbul, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul.
*This tour can be booked at least 2 days before date of departure. If you wish to book this tour less than 2 days to departure, please contact us.
*We provide pick up from Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Laleli, Aksaray and Taksim hotels in Istanbul. Pick up from anywhere outside these areas may incur an extra charge.
* Your guide may alter the schedule to take into account weather, tourist traffic or other considerations but you will visit all the points listed.
*The tours can be arranged with Spanish, Russian, Korean or Chinese speaking guides at an extra charge.
* 30% deposit is required at the time of booking. Balance is required in cash same day of the tour.
* If you wish to pay the balance by card/bank transfer, there will be an extra 10% fee of the outstanding payment amount.
* If you would like to cancel your booking, you may do and receive full refund 7 days before tour starts. If cancelled later, total cost will be charged as cancellation fee.