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Cappadocia Tours from Istanbul

Cappadocia derived from the Persian phrase of Katpa Tuka meaning “the land of beautiful horses” is the name of a region located in the central Turkey including some parts of 5 of the 81 provinces of Turkey; Nevsehir, Kirsehir, Nigde, Aksaray and Kayseri. Cappadocia, with its natural, cultural and historical features, is one of the popular tourism centers in Turkey.

What makes Cappadocia so famous is, of course, its lunar landscape. The landscape was covered with tuff by the volcanic eruptions. Through thousands of years the landscape of Cappadocia was shaped with the forces of wind and rain erosions creating the bizarre rock formations called “the fairy chimneys“. There are different types of those such as mushroom shaped, pinnacled, capped and conic shaped formations which can be explored in our daily cappadocia tours.

Hot Air Ballons in Cappadocia
Hot Air Ballons in Cappadocia

Why you "must" visit Cappadocia?

Cappadocia has been inhabited since the neolithic ages, then became home for the Hittites, hosted Persians and during the Romans, Cappadocia provided valuable shelter for the early Christians. That is the reason why there are hundreds of churches and tens of underground cities carved into the rocks can be visited today. During the Byzantines, chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of surrounding landscape. Even today, the landscape of Cappadocia settled by the locals, being used as houses, shops, cafes, hotels, pensions and pubs and bars.


A welcoming breakfast table at Cappadocia
A welcoming breakfast table at Cappadocia

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia

The best way to observe Cappadocia is from the air. As one of the symbols of Cappadocia, the balloon tour is the best way to see the unique beauty of the region and to better understand the location of surroundings of Cappadocia that are visited during our Cappadocia tours is to take a hot air balloon tour and enjoy gliding among fairy chimneys.

Hot Air Ballooning is a very popular activity in the region so advance reservation is strongly recommended.

Cappadocia Tours Itinerary

Either you choose a one day tour to Cappadocia from Istanbul or you like to stay, we have right packages for you.

You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul for a morning flight. After landing, you will be met by one of our representatives at Kayseri (ASR) or Nevsehir (NAV) airports and transferred to the starting point of your daily Cappadocia tour.
Cappadocia Tour: Goreme Museum & Fairy Chimneys
Today, you will first visit the Devrent Valley; (also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley) is famous for its lunar landscape and animal shaped rock formations such as camel, snake, seal and dolphin. Devrent Valley looks like a zoo made by nature.

Next you will visit Pasabag the Pasha’s (means General) vineyard and also called Monks Valley, houses the most staggering fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. This style is unique even for Cappadocia and those fairy chimneys are named mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys.

Lunch will be at an authentic local restaurant.

Next stop is Goreme Open Air Museum, a must-visit in Cappadocia, resembles a huge monastic complex composed of several rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) of which colors still retain all their original freshness. Goreme Open Air Museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

Our Cappadocia tour continues with a visit to Uchisar Castle. The castle is the highest point in Cappadocia region and provides the imposing panaroma of the region with the volcanic Mount Erciyes (Argeus). Uchisar Castle is multi-leveled castle with rooms hollowed out into rock and connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages.

Our final stop is Kaymakli Underground City. Among the 36 underground cities (known!) is the largest in Cappadocia region. Kaymakli underground city consists of 8 floors but today 4 of them are open to public visit. The underground city has kitchen, stable, storage areas, winery and ventilation shafts which are connected to each other through tunnels. Kaymakli underground city proved a great shelter for early Christians of Anatolia during the Byzantines, from Arab attacks.

End of one day package. Overnight in Urgup or Goreme.
DAY 2: Cappadocia Tour: Ihlara Valley & Derinkuyu Underground City
Today you will be visiting Esentepe Panoramic view point first. With a spectacular view over Göreme see the complete view of Goreme valley and village. Then continue driving to Derinkuyu Underground City. Derinkuyu Underground City, one of the best preserved and deepest underground cities in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu is excavated to a depth of approximately 85 m. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries and so on). Next we drive to Ihlara Valley. You will walk about 4 km along the river in the valley exploring the hidden churches. At the end of your walk, lunch will be served at Belisirma Village by the river. On the way back visit Selime Monastery, carved out the rock by Christian monks in the 13th century. The size of the church makes a visit here astonishing. Stop briefly at Yaprakhisar Panoramic spot where famous movie “Star Wars” was shot, continue to Agzikarahan Caravanserai bulit by the Seljuk Turks in the 13th Century. Overnight in Cave Hotel.
DAY 3: Cappadocia Tour: Mustafapasa & Soganli Valley & Return to Istanbul
Breakfast at Hotel. Today enjoy a freeday at leisure. Different options how to spent your day will be; a trip to Mustafapasha Village, visiting the 17th -18th century old Greek Houses, Horse riding along the Red River, renting a Bike and exploring the surrounding or strolling through the colorful streets of Ürgüp. In the evening transfer to Bus station or Airport.

Cappadocia Tours Packages from Istanbul

Below pricing are based on two people sharing. Flights are economy class, unless upgraded.

1 Day Cappadocia Tour
from Istanbul - 2 ppl sharing
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  • Return by Evening Flight
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2 Days Cappadocia Tour
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3 Days Cappadocia Tour
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  • See the famous Cappadocia in one day from Istanbul
  • Experience big cultural difference after Istanbul as you would be traveling to a more rural area
  • Learn about the main events and religious milestones of Anatolia’s history
  • An introduction to the Turkey to help you decide which tours to choose next
  • A guide to Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history
  • Hot Air Balloon is highly recommended. Please mentionin the booking form if you like to book for a balloon flight
  • Tours will include hiking to up to 4 or 5 kms, so please bring comfortable shoes
  • Taste different examples of Turkish Cuisine

Hotels charge the following supplements;

  • Single Room Supplement 50% pp/room rate
  • Third Person Supplment is 70%

To book this tour please choose your desired day from the calendar below and continue with the booking steps. Our booking system will take you to the secure payment gateway provided by PayU.

There is a set deposit amount of $75 for any group size. Your booking will be confirmed after the deposit payment. The balance is to be paid 15 days before the start of the tour(s).

You may cancel your tour reservation up to 72 hours before the planned start of the tour. No cancellation charge is incurred within the allowed deadline. Please read our cancellation policy: Booking Terms.

This tour is organized within the legal scope of the Turkish Law concerning Travel Agencies And The Association Of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) numbered 1618, and Vocational Tour Guides Law numbered 6326.

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