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.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, entrance fees, local lunch.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, personal purchases, tips and gratuities for your local guide.
Dress standard: Please be aware that the standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. To respect this, and for your own comfort, we recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Please note that short shorts for both men and women are not acceptable, nor are tank or singlet tops. Turkish people do not wear shoes within the home so we suggest easy slip on shoes be worn.
The weather in Turkey is highly variable depending on the time of year. Winters ranges from freezing cold to extremely hot and humid in summer (June, July and August).
Your Trip: This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.
If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.