Most visitors to Cappadocia prefer to explore the area by taking a daily tour, as it provides an opportunity to visit all the ‘must-see’ places comfortably and at a very reasonable price. On the tour you can be sure that you get expert information from an excellent English-speaking guide. In addition, all entrance fees are included, as well as lunch and transfer service from and to the hotel.
All travel agencies offer the same tours going to the same places and they have set prices. We have chosen the agency we work with because of their professionalism and the high quality of their guides.
There are 3 main daily tours. All tours start at 9.30 and finish between 15.30 and 17.30.
The Red (North) Tour
The Red Tour takes you to Göreme open air museum, one of the oldest monasteries of its kind in the world. You also see the ancient rock castle of Uchisar, and explore the rock formations in Pashabag and Devrent valley. The tour also takes you to the village of Cavusin and Avanos, where you see how the famous local pottery is made, and to a carpet factory.
The Green (South) Tour
The Green Tour takes you to the southern part of Cappadocia, first visiting Derinkuyu underground city, dug out by early civilizations to house themselves in times of siege. The tour then moves on to Ihlara Valley, a beautiful canyon 14 kilometers long and in places up to 100 meters deep. There is a leisurely 3.5 km walk in the canyon, along the riverbank, exploring ancient cave churches along the way. Lunch is in a restaurant by the river in the canyon. Late in the afternoon you visit the village of Selime, with a beautiful old monastery and great views. After that there is also a stop at an onyx centre where you can see how object are made of this semi-precious stone.
The Soganli Tour
The Soganli Tour takes you first to the town of Mustafapasha, well-known for its Ottoman and Greek style houses. You also stop at Taskinpasa, a small village with a traditional medresse (theological school). Finally you reach Soganli Valley, also called the Valley of the Dolls, for a late lunch and a walk and a visit to the churches dating back to the 12th and 14th centuries. You can also see the Sobesos excavation site and Keslik monastery on that tour.
Some people choose to hire a private guide, because they have specific interests in the area or just want to take things at their own pace. We have several carefully chosen private guides in our service who can provide you with exactly the type of tour you are looking for.