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Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour with a Small Group

1. Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour with a Small Group

After a pickup from your hotel at 10 AM, hike along the Red and Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. Conclude your hike at the Cavusin Cave Village. Here, marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. Then, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Descend towards the center of the earth with a trip to the Underground City, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. Discover this underground city and its stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries. Visit the Pigeon Valley, enjoy a spectacular view of dovecotes, see old abandoned cave homes, marvel at the old Greek houses of Uchisar, and visit Ortshisar Castle, the biggest mass of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Return to your hotel at the end of the tour.

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Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

2. Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Begin the day with a pick-up from your hotel and head over to the incredible Goreme Valley. Resembling a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church, Goreme is understandably the star attraction of any visit to the region. Continue the tour to Devrent Valley, also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley, this area does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. Next, make your way to Uchisar for a walk through the beautiful valley, often called Valley of the Pigeon Lofts due to the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the soft tufa since ancient times. Enjoy the magnificent panorama of the surrounding land at Mount Erciyes in the distance from the Uchisar Castle and then continue the tour to Pasabag. Pasabag, meaning general's vineyard, is located on the road to Zelve and filled with remarkable earth pillars and mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping for the duration of the tour. Buy local products at the Carpet Handicraft Center and Cappadocia Stone Shop as well as ceramic, pottery, and other textiles.

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Rose Valley & Kaymakli Underground City Tour

3. Rose Valley & Kaymakli Underground City Tour

Start the tour at 9 AM with pick-up from your hotel. After a 5 minute drive,  set out on a hike through the beautiful Rose Valley which will take just over an hour. Pass by fairy-chimneys, local farms, pigeon houses, and rock-hewn cave chapels. Admire the wonderful range of rose-colored hues in the valley which change in intensity depending on the season, time of day, and weather conditions. Learn about the history and the unique formations of Cappadocia during the hike from your guide. Ah the end of the hike, make a quick stop at the picturesque old Cavusin cave village. Then head to Monks Valley (Pasabag), where you will see the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys and St. Simeon's monk cell. Then, drive to Goreme for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Kaymaklı underground city, the first and most popular underground city in Cappadocia. Discover how this complex carved underground was used for hundreds of years by locals to hide from Romans, Persians, and Maurs. The final destination on the tour will be a photo stop at the bottom of Uchisar Rock-cut castle. Enjoy return transfer back to your hotel at around 4 PM.

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Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

4. 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 explains the meanings of the frescoes covering the walls of the 1,000-year-old cave churches, as you explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your final stop is then to the Ortahisar Castle, where you conclude your tour with terrific views of the castle and old Greek houses.

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Cappadocia: Small-Group Full-Day Highlights Tour

5. Cappadocia: Small-Group Full-Day Highlights Tour

Discover incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a variety of pieces of ancient art on a full-day guided tour in Cappodocia starting from your hotel. Visit Pigeon Valley and see cave dwellings and stunning frescoes inside the Goreme Open Air Museum. Go to the Goreme Open Air Museum, one of the 3 UNESCO Sites in the park, once the Monastery settlement of the first Christians in Cappadocia, now deserted due to unsafe erosion. Admire amazing frescoes as well as kitchen and dining rooms. Head to the famous Pigeon Valley and marvel at the unique carvings in the cliff-faces of the valley, with many niches for local birds to roost in. Visit the 3 beauties of Cappadocia, three fairy-chimney formations, overlooking the rolling countryside just outside of town. Finally, make your way to the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the many Underground cities which early Christians have used as shelters to hide from their enemies. Explore a maze of caves, tunnels, and structures of the city, before being returned to your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Private Fairy Chimneys & Underground City Tour

6. Cappadocia: Private Fairy Chimneys & Underground City Tour

Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. On arrival in Cappadocia, your guide will first take you to see the Devrent Valley. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems. Next visit the Love Valley which is one of the best places to see three-headed fairy chimneys.  Continue on to Avanos where you'll discover the 5000-year-old terra cotta art industry. Visit a traditional pottery workshop and see an artist in action. Then head to Uchisar, a troglodyte town named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest point in the area with a great view of Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city, and then enjoy one last photo stop at the Ürgüp Fairy chimneys, before catching your evening flight back to Istanbul where you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

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South Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with Lunch

7. South Cappadocia: Private Day Tour with Lunch

Discover some of the most impressive scenery of the Cappadocia region on an all-day guided tour. See fairy chimneys and unique rock formations. Get picked up from your hotel and head to Goreme Panorama. Take in wonderful views of the town’s spectacular cave houses. Hike through the beautiful Red and Rose Valley. Pass by fairy chimneys, local farms, and cave chapels. Learn interesting facts about the surrounding nature and history of the area from your guide. Stop off briefly at the old Greek village of Cavusin. Try traditional Turkish food during lunch in Avanos. Next, visit the impressive Kaymakli Underground City, which was used by early Christians as a shelter from enemies. Take in the terrific views of Pigeon Valley and learn about the carved pigeon houses.

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Secret Treasures of Cappadocia Private Day Trip with Lunch

8. Secret Treasures of Cappadocia Private Day Trip with Lunch

Explore Cappadocia’s unique landscape and architecture on a full-day tour. See the Rose and Red Valley, known for sharp ridges that get painted in a riot of pink hues at sunset. Get lost in the beauty of Pigeon Valley, Ortahisar, and underground cities. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. This village is surrounded by a valley, which becomes gradually wider, known as Red Valley. See its famous rock churches. Then, enjoy a tour of Pigeon Valley, named after the countless man-made dovecotes or pigeon houses carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Next, go down to the world of underground cities. Once a refuge for 15000 Christians, these settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Continue the tour with Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches. See the famous castle-like rock formation standing dominantly over the town. At the end of the tour, be driven back to your hotel.

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From Nevşehir: Private Guided Van Tour of Cappadocia Region

9. From Nevşehir: Private Guided Van Tour of Cappadocia Region

Get picked up from your hotel by your tour guide and start the tour with the highlights of Cappadocia. You will start the day with the visit of Kaymakli Underground City and will learn how and why they built such place! To experience it, you will go down 50-80 feet! Next, Uchisar Castle and the panoramic view of the beautiful fortress. Goreme Open Air Museum will amaze you with its history and churches with gorgeous frescoes, paintings. Enjoy lunch in Avanos, situated by the river of Kizilirmak or Halys River from the ancient times as Herodes called it. Afterwards, walk through Pasabaglar, known as Valley of Monks, where you will see Devrent Valley.

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Cappadocia: Red Valley Trek and Kaymakli Underground City

10. Cappadocia: Red Valley Trek and Kaymakli Underground City

Embark on a 4km hike through the picturesque Red Valley, visit one of the oldest monastic settlements in Cappadocia, and check out the underground city of Kaymakli on this guided tour. After a morning pickup from your hotel, start your day at the Fairy Chimneys of Urgup.m See the official symbol of Urgup and Cappadocia: 'Three Beauties.' Hike among the sharp sandstone ridges and the striking landscape of the Red Valley before visiting Cavusin: one of the earliest monastic settlements in the region. Have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on. After lunch, discover one of the largest and deepest underground cities of Cappadocia: Kaymakli. Take in panoramic views of beautiful Cappadocia on your last stop at Pigeon Valley.

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What people are saying about Kaymakli Underground City

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 67 reviews

Excellent tour! Ahmet was an amazing tour guide. Private really means private; he took us around with his driver in a nice Mercedes van, explored all of the Cappadocia attractions, was highly knowledgeable about each, and spoke great English. He also took us to a really delicious place for lunch, which was included. I highly recommend this tour!

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.

Exhilarating experience. Our guide, Aygul, was really good, knowledgeable and very helpful. She made the 5km hike enjoyable. Terrain was a little challenging for us city folks but she was amazingly patient and guided us through the path beautifully. 100% recommended.

I enjoyed a lot the tour. The guide offered us a lot of explanations about the region, personal background being very important in this case.

An incredible experience, highly recommended 100%, thank the guide for their involvement. IT HAS EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. Thanks