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  • Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

    1. Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

    Your driver will pick you up at your hotel to begin a 6.5-hour tour full of incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many different types of ancient art. Your day begins with an exploration of Cappadocia, in particular Devrent Valley. This Valley is also known as “Imagination Valley”, which you’ll understand once you arrive. You’ll see countless different types of Fairy Chimney formations, which formed almost 30 million years ago. Following this, you’ll head to the Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia and one of the 3 UNESCO Sites in the park. This is an amazing cave town with dwellings built into the sides of rock formations. Now a ghost town due to unsafe erosion, this place once housed Christians and Muslims in harmony with each other. This trip offers the opportunity to stop by a local shop to discover the real Anatolia. See how...

    This was a great tour, with lots to see and to do. Our guide was very kind, intelligent, and had interesting and detailed answers for all our questions :) We have visited all the advertised places. The lunch took place in a very stylish restaurant, with plenty of high quality food (drinks extra). I still can't believe the low price of this tour, compared to the service. Thank you, guys!

  • Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

    2. Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel or in the town before starting your full-day Cappadocia small-group city tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 10 AM. Start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as the “Imagination Valley,” a most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also known as the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity. It will be possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot.  Then proceed to Avanos (Venessa), the pottery center of Cappadocia. This village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/ Red River. The river gets its name from the red clay it deposits. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations. You will have lunch in a local restaurant be...

    Great tour: - visited beautiful and interesting places; - friendly and knowledgeable guide provided a lot of useful and interesting information; - pick up on time, comfortable vehicle. Tour can be improved by spending less time in pottery and carpet stores.

  • Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight and Full-Day Tour

    3. Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight and Full-Day Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel 1-hour before sunrise, and then journey to the launch site of your hot air balloon flight. Watch the sunrise over Cappadocia as you glide over settlements depending on the conditions. Float back to ground for a post-flight celebration and collect your flight certificate. Then, marvel at the rock formations of the Devrent Valley before going to Monks Valley (Pashabagi), where the hermits built their cave dwellings and churches. Try your hand at pottery in Avanos and watch the potters at work using a technique that has remained unchanged for generations. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and explore the cave churches of Göreme Open Air Museum. Marvel at the Byzantine wall paintings depicting biblical scenes, and get a panoramic view of the valley and its fairy chimneys before visiting Uchisar Castle at the region's highest point.

    Very professional people. The tour guide gave an outstanding service. The first baloon flight was canceled due weather conditions, and they were able to accommodate us another day. Highly recommended.

  • Hot Air Balloon and Best of Cappadocia City Tour

    4. Hot Air Balloon and Best of Cappadocia City Tour

    Start your day bright and early with a complimentary pickup service that will take you to your hot air balloon tour. Once you ascend, take in the stunning panoramic views of Cappadocia from above. This is truly a unique holidaying experience, and one not to be missed.  You will be transferred back to your hotel momentarily before being picked up again, from here, you commence your full-day tour of Cappadocia. Whilst on your tour, visit some of the city's most famous landmarks such as Goreme Open Air Museum, the miraculous small cave city located in Goreme Valley, amongst other attractions. This small cave city was built by early Christians in the 11th century to protect their faith and lifestyle within this mystic place. Notable for historic cave churches, the museum has a very deep and rich history. You'll also get to witness the amazing Devrent Valley, Pasabag Valley, Uchisar, and Av...

    On time pick up for Hot Air Balloon experience, but we sat on the bus for 1 hr. before leaving. The experience itself was awsome, to be done at least once in a lifetime. For the City Tour part, our guide, Denis, and Ali, the driver were excellent. Denis explained everything about history and the unusual geography of the area.

  • From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

    5. From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

    Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Float above volcanic spires and honeycombed hills on a hot air balloon. Be accompanied by a guide to Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Pasabag, Uchisar, and Kaymakli Underground City, and more. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and make your way to Istanbul airport. Catch your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival to Cappadocia, meet your guide and begin your tour of North Cappadocia. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Devrent Valley, and Pasabag. Make your way to Avanos Village for a traditional lunch and pottery demonstration. Get to the top of the Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing,...

  • From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

    6. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

    Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Avanos, Underground Cities, Ortahisar, and Pasabag. Day 1: Flight to Kayseri and Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Catch your domestic flight to Kayseri. Start with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a cave city in the Goreme Valley. See rock-cut churches, kitchens, and wineries left from Anatolian Christians. Gaze at Byzantine frescos at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its history. Next, make your way to Devrent Valley, famous for its animal-shaped rocks. See a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Continue to Pasabagi Valley or Monks Valley to enjoy the wonderful landscap...

  • Cappadocia: Heart of Cappadocia Private Tour with Lunch

    7. Cappadocia: Heart of Cappadocia Private Tour with Lunch

    Journey out on a private tour and discover the heart of Cappadocia traveling through the region's fascinating landscapes, valleys, and towns. Meet your English-speaking guide and driver at the lobby of your accommodation in Cappadocia and enjoy a relaxing ride in an air-conditioned private minivan. The first stop takes you to the Devrent Imagination Valley, an area with different animal-like natural rock formations. Then, continue the tour to Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the park. Take a stroll through the valley and admire some examples of Byzantine art. This trip offers the opportunity to stop by a local shop to discover the real Anatolia. As this Cappadocia tour comes to a close, your driver will make a short photo break at Pigeon Valley on the way back to your hotel.

    Bayam our tour guide was amazing. Bring a pair of sneakers and enjoy the wonderful sceneries of Cappadocia. 5+++ service.

  • Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

    8. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

    Following pickup from your hotel, your first stop is the fantastic viewpoint of Uchisar Castle. Whilst there, receive information about the rich history of Cappadocia and its unique rock formations. Next up is the Kaymaklı Underground City, which was used by early Christians as a shelter to hide themselves against their enemies. Afterwards, take a break for terrific views of Pigeon Valley, where your guide informs you about carved pigeon houses. You are then gifted some time to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, visit the Devrent Valley, where you can take fantastic pictures with the area's animal-shaped rock formations. You then visit Pasabag, commonly known as Monks Valley. There you have the chance to see the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys, as well as the St. Simeon’s Monk Cell carved into the rock. Towards the end of your tour, visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum. There your guide e...

    We had an excellent tour with our tour guide Saigú. He has a lot of knowledge in his field, patience, and is an excellent professional. We enjoyed this tour very much and were able to see all the important places of Goreme as planned. We highly recommend Get your guide tour and Saigú as your tour guide.

  • Best of Cappadocia in One Day Guided Day Trip

    9. Best of Cappadocia in One Day Guided Day Trip

    Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots in one day. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Zelve and Pasabag. Begin your tour with a hotel pickup. Find yourself at the Goreme Open Air Museum, a cave city in the Goreme Valley. See rock-cut churches, kitchens, and wineries left from Anatolian Christians. Gaze at Byzantine frescos at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its history. Make your way to Avanos Village, the region known for its pottery, silk, wool and carpet weaving, wine cultivation, and agriculture. See the natural as well as human-made masterpieces of this charming old town. Stop in between Nevsehir and Goreme road to explore Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, the highest point of Cappadocia, a perfect vantage point for a panora...

  • Cappadocia Highlights Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    10. Cappadocia Highlights Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    Discover both the fascinating historical and natural sides of Cappadocia on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Explore historical ruins from the ancient Anatolian civilizations in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy breathtaking natural landscapes of valleys and hill slopes as you travel. During your hop-on, hop-off trip, walk along the illustrious “fairy chimneys” and discover rock-carved houses, churches, and underground cities. Marvel at the exceptional and unique views from Uchisar Castle and witness history at archaeological sites. See the Zelve Open Air Museum, Devrent Imagination Valley, and the splendid rock formations in Cavusin. To complete your experience, try an authentic meal in a traditional cave setting. Without a doubt, the magnificent geography and rich culture, art, and history will amaze you. This tour has options for 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour bus ti...

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What people are saying about Goreme Open Air Museum

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 187 reviews

This was a great tour, with lots to see and to do. Our guide was very kind, intelligent, and had interesting and detailed answers for all our questions :) We have visited all the advertised places. The lunch took place in a very stylish restaurant, with plenty of high quality food (drinks extra). I still can't believe the low price of this tour, compared to the service. Thank you, guys!

Great tour: - visited beautiful and interesting places; - friendly and knowledgeable guide provided a lot of useful and interesting information; - pick up on time, comfortable vehicle. Tour can be improved by spending less time in pottery and carpet stores.

The tour was really cool, we had the opportunity to see many pretty things and our guide was a really nice person, very simpathetic. The restaurant that they took us was also really good. I think it is totally worth it!

The guide was lovely to us. The activity is well organized and enjoyable.

Great guide, absolutely good for one day and good lunch