- duration 7 hours
- tour type Group Tour
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Discover the lunar landscape of Cappadocia with its incredible fairy chimneys, rock dwellings, and cave churches
- Explore the ghosttown of Zelve at an openair museum
- Experience the life of a local potter and this ancient Cappadocia tradition
- Grab lunch at a favourite local spot in Pide or Gozleme
No visit to Cappadocia is complete without spending quality time with the moonscapes, cave churches, and fairy chimneys in the plateaus and valleys of this magical land. Join this Cappadocia tour to discover the true heart of the region and its otherworldly, sci-fi like landscapes that aren't replicated anywhere else in the world.
Turkey is a country filled with unique landscapes, and Cappadocia is no exception. Journey with us on an out-of-this-world Cappadocia tour that travels through the regions’breathtaking landscapes, valleys, and towns.
After being picked up from your hotel, we’ll arrive in Devrent Valley after a short 10-minute drive. This is where we first meet the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, a moment you won’t be forgetting in a hurry after this Cappadocia tour.
After some explanation from our guide who knows all the local stuff about the history, culture, and the geological formations of Cappadocia, we’ll set out to get right to the heart of this fairytale land. Up first, Devrent Valley — also known as “imagination valley.” The unbelievable rock formations make this is a geology nerd’s paradise! Next is Pasabag Valley (or Monks Valley) where we’ll climb into a fairy chimney chapel to check out the three heads dedicated to St Simeon.
We’ll continue on to visit the famous Zelve Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. We’ll also make stops at the Geyikli Kilise (the Church with the Deer) and Uzumlu Kilise (The Church with Grapes) before giving you some free time to explore this deserted cave village now part of UNESCO heritage sites.
With all that exploring, you’ll be hungry and ready to rub shoulders with locals and enjoy a pide or gozleme for lunch!
After lunch, we’ll check out the abandoned city of Cavusin with its cave mosque, pigeon houses, church, and homes. Everything manmade in Cavusin was carved into the rocks in this area, giving you the chance to see a truly fascinating way of life and ancient tradition that you might not find on other tours in Cappadocia.
Avanos, the centre of terracotta artworks since 3000 BC, will be our next stop on this Cappadocia tour. Here you’ll see traditional pottery workshops and demonstrations, and glimpse into the world of pottery as it was thousands of years ago. This is such an integral part of local culture in Cappadocia that you would be crazy not to see it during your visit, and what makes this tour so special is that you will have the opportunity to make your own clay pot if you wish, with the local craftsmen to help you polish up your skills.
We’ll make our final stops at the Uchisar and Pigeon Valley, and Estentepe, where you’ll be able to taste some Turkish tea and enjoy the stunning views of Goreme Valley — what a way to finish this adventure! As this Cappadocia tour comes to a close, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in the centre of Cappadocia, or your driver will also be happy to drop you off at local transport stations if needed.
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts.
- Local lunch.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Additional food and drink
- personal purchases
- tips and gratuities for your local guide.
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Cancellation for this Heart of Cappadocia tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.Payment
Full payment of 104 USD is required to confirm this tour.Travel Insurance
Heart of Cappadocia tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Heart of Cappadocia tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Meeting start point : Pick-up at hotels in Uchisar, Goreme, Urgup, Avanos, Ortahisar, and Cavusin Meeting end point : Drop off at centrally located hotels in Cappadocia