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Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

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Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley
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icon15 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Journey to Cappadocia for a comprehensive one day small group tour of Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley. With plenty of attention from your local guide discover this otherworldly UNESCO World Heritage region famous for its mushroom topped pinnacles, subsurface cities and cave carved ‘fairy chimneys.’ During this tour, stroll the verdant Rose Valley, visit the deserted village of Çavuşin, marvel at Ortahisar Castle, explore Kaymakli Underground City and admire stunning volcanic monoliths at Pigeon Valley. 
  • Full-day tour of southern Cappadocia from Istanbul with round-trip flights
  • Discover this spectacular UNESCO-listed region of rock formations and cave villages
  • Explore Kaymakli Underground City, with its subterranean passages and chambers
  • See Ortahisar Castle, a carved rock fortress towering above Ortahisar village
  • Walk in Rose Valley, a pink-colored valley of fairy chimneys and cave churches
  • Visit Çavuşin rock village and Pigeon Valley
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Round-trip flights from Istanbul to Kayseri International Airport
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Local guide
Lunch
Food and drink, unless specified
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5:30 AM
In the morning, meet your chauffeur at your Istanbul hotel for a transfer to Istanbul Airport and begin your day adventure to Cappadocia. After short flight, land at Kayseri International Airport and meet your air-conditioned minivan for a 1.5-hour ride to beautiful Rose Valley. 

Arrive and begin a relaxing walking tour with your local guide. Learn about the rose-colored rocks whose tone changes during the day is the reason for Rose Valley’s etymology. Then, marvel at the valley’s weathered volcanic monoliths, craggy pinnacles, fairy chimneys and dense orchards and vineyards. Continue to Rose Valley’s cave churches and hear how their were used by monks before the end of the first millennium. 

Onward to a historical deserted rock village filled with ancient houses and churches, known as Old Çavuşin. Here, capture stunning shots of creepy houses and admire the imposing Basilica of St John the Baptist which rests on a clifftop overlooking Çavuşin.

Take a break for lunch at a traditional restaurant (see the sample menu below in the Itinerary) and then head to the old town of Ortahisar to gaze up at the commanding presence of Ortahisar Castle, a Byzantine-era fortification. Stand in awe as you view this 295-foot monolith chiseled into the image of a giant honeycomb. Climb up its narrow passage and pass carved rooms and etched out chambers. At the top, glimpse over the city for remarkable views. 

Next, voyage to Kaymakli Underground City and delve into the winding network of subsurface tunnels, living quarters, stables, kitchens and cellars. Hear how this well preserved city was once home to Christians who sought refuge from persecution. 

Finally, spend time looking at astounding cave homes at Pigeon Valley. Learn about locals who bred pigeons in their homes to collect poop for fertilizer! As the day comes to a close, journey back to Kayseri Airport to catch your flight to Istanbul. Then, enjoy a transfer back to your hotel where your tour ends.

Please note: Ortahisar Castle may be undertaking renovation, if it is entrance will not be permitted.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pigeon Valley
Visit Pigeon Valley.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kaymakli Underground City
Visit underground city.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rose Valley
Visit Rose Valley
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cavusin
Visit Cavusin
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ortahisar Kalesi
Visit Ortahisar Castle
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 30 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours
You can cancel up to 8 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 8 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 7 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 7 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley.
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What is the social distancing policy during Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley.

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  • "So many places to see but well worth the detour from Istanbul." See review
  • "Wow wow wow well worth the super long day, our Guide was full of knowledge, lunch was good would recommend this tour, one of Turkeys highlights" See review

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star-4
Brilliant guide
Rio_Y
, Jul 2022
I really enjoyed the conversation with the guide. He told me about wide range of things related to the region and Turkiye as a whole.
star-5
Cappadocia Day Tour
Ciro_D
, Apr 2022
Everything was great! Our tour guide was amazing! Really nice guy, made the tour much more interesting. Loved the sights and the underground city was really cool!
star-2
Disappointed
davidi070547
, Sep 2019
This trip had so much potential but the organisation left me disappointed. To get there and back to Istanbul involved multiple pickups and transfers but little of this was communicated to you so you were often left wondering what happens next. Once there I was attached to a 2 day tour for a few hours, with a tour guide who did little more than tell you the place we had arrived at and that we would be leaving in 30 mins. Minimal commentary. Too much of the time was focussed on taking us to a pottery, carpet place, jewellery seller where presumable he got a commission. To cap it off, on arrival back in Istanbul in the evening there was no driver there even though it was part of the trip and I had to make my own way back to my hotel. It was not good enough for what you paid. There must be better tours.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear David, We're sorry to hear that you weren't satisfied with our services. IF you can spare your time and send your travel details we'd like to investigate problems you faced. Waiting for your email, Neon Tours
star-4
Mother Nature at her best
Sharan_V
, Jul 2019
Wow wow wow well worth the super long day...our Guide was full of knowledge, lunch was good would recommend this tour...one of Turkeys highlights
star-5
day trip
Kazunori_F
, May 2019
Long day but Ramsei the tour guide was awesome! He made the difference. Ramsei goes out of his way to make it a special experience. So many places to see but well worth the detour from Istanbul.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Dear Daniel, we're verry happy to hear that you enjoyed our services and like your tour guide. Hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours
star-4
A very good tour! Great scenery, good...
NganYuCindy_L
, Apr 2018
A very good tour! Great scenery, good guide, and very well coordinated!
star-5
Worth every penny. Everything was taken...
Bradley E
, Feb 2018
Worth every penny. Everything was taken care of. Guides were super helpful.
star-5
Awesome experience! It was so nice...
Erendira_B
, Oct 2017
Awesome experience! It was so nice to have a look at the fairy caves. We enjoyed a personalized and well-documented tour. Got to Cappadocia on time and visited main places. All in one day!! If you will spend a few days in Istanbul and want to have a taste of nature don't hesitate booking a tour to Cappadocia!
star-5
One of the best experiences I had...
AdaM_O
, Oct 2017
One of the best experiences I had. This visit is highly recommended. The history of Cappadocia is amazing as well as the natural formations. If you like nature and history, do not miss this trip. Capadocia has been the highlight of my trip to Turkey. The guide was outstanding Be prepared to walk and to hike a bit just a bit. A must.
star-5
The trip begins with an early...
Andrew V
, Aug 2017
The trip begins with an early morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri where we were picked up by an van for a 60 minute drive to Cappadocia. This region is absolutely beautiful, with incredible geological formations and the historic, and lovely, cave churches. Our guide Hafiz was excellent. He was very interesting and had extensive knowledge of the region's geology and history. We also had a very delicious lunch at a cave restaurant and visited a ceramics factory.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Incredible experience hiking in the...
AnilahQ
, May 2017
Incredible experience hiking in the 'Red Rose Valley' and the 'Kaymakli Underground Museum' was so heartfelt learning about the history. The landscape and breathtaking views of 'Ortahisar' were simply amazing. The lunch was at a old Cave and it was brilliant the way the place was set up. Really added to the experience. Hafiz our guide was brilliant he was very informative and left nothing out. He also answered every question he was asked. Full of knowledge and an amazing guide. He was polite and always kept us in the loop for everything we were doing and had planned to do. His love and admiration for his home town Cappadocia was heartfelt. Highly recommend this tour as Cappadocia has so much to offer. Such an amazing experience!
star-5
I took this tour a year ago but it...
Kenneth_M
, Mar 2017
I took this tour a year ago but it was worth it. I do recommend it. Everything was organized great and on time for a one day excursion.
star-5
Amazing tour, beautiful places to...
ClaudiaMaria_L
, Nov 2016
Amazing tour, beautiful places to visit, Unforgettable experience. Our guide, Famous, was so kind.
star-5
I really want to commend Hufzullah...
Neels E
, Jul 2016
I really want to commend Hufzullah Ekmen as well as all the drivers for the excellent services and safe driving they provided during the private tour to Cappadocia July 11, 2016. Their hospitality was exceptional and is greatly appreciated. This pleasant trip will be remembered for a long, long time. Also a big thank you to Ferudan Bayram for his administrative support in Istanbul.
star-5
Wonderful day, beautiful place, great...
Nicole H
, May 2016
Wonderful day, beautiful place, great tour guide and food.
star-5
Had an amazing day in the fantastic...
Karina C
, May 2016
Had an amazing day in the fantastic place!! Very early morning start in Istanbul but everything through the airport, shuttle transfers and meeting the tour guides was seamless. The guide was great. Informative without overloading with info. He was also happy to adjust things to our groups pace. A good lunch too! All in all, a great tour and well worth the effort for the day trip from Istanbul!! Just be prepared for a long day!
star-5
Pictures can't describe the visual...
Ken M
, Mar 2016
Pictures can't describe the visual experience of seeing Cappadocia. My guide was great in showing the area and explaining the history of Turkey. It's a long day from 4:30AM to 9:30 PM , but is worth it on any vacation to Turkey.
star-5
Cappadocia was on my list of places...
D D
, Dec 2015
Cappadocia was on my list of places to visit in Turkey, and I'm certainly glad I took the time to visit! Although the tour started off on a rough note with a mix up with the pick-up time 2 hours earlier than noted, thus causing me to run out the door in my pajamas, I was brought from my Istanbul hotel to the airport where I was able to quickly put myself together and board a flight to Cappadocia. The rest of the trip went very well and without a hitch! The guide in Cappadocia had superb English and went out of her way to provide any additional service or piece of information needed for our small group of 3. We visited all the sites listed in addition to two others which my guide wanted to share with me because I had missed the previous days activities which the other two in our group had participated in during their arrival a few days earlier. I highly recommend this tour, as it is not to be missed for those traveling through Turkey. Simply outstanding!
star-5
Very helpful staff... all from the...
francov
, Nov 2015
Very helpful staff... all from the management to the choffeurs, tour guides... no complaints whatsoever. Would recommend it very strongly... even the lunch was nice.
star-3
The tour itself by Deniz and the...
ST Oz
, Oct 2015
The tour itself by Deniz and the driver were excellent, with good explanation of what to expect and toured the areas with enough time and not rushed. However, the organisation by the local tour operator was found lacking. For starters, there was insufficient information provided prior to the tour to even know what to expect. All I could glean was the information provided on the reviews here instead, so here is the 411 on this tour. You need to confirm with the local tour operator your hotel pick up time. They will pick you up at 430am and take you to the airport on the Asia side of Istanbul for your flight to Kayseki, which is not as busy as Atatark airport which is good and has a small shop and lots of eateries, but was picked up too early, with 90 minutes to spare wandering around this airport. The service of the escort was good though, and don't forget to bring your passport. Following a flight that takes about 90 mins, you will be picked up by the Kayseki airport shuttle which is most disorganised, with NO information what so ever. After waiting 45 minutes for other passengers, you are taken in the minivan drive for 1 hour to Cappadocia, and people are dropped off at various hotels and you are eventually dropped off by the side of the road to meet your tour guide. From there onwards it is good, as long as you are adventurous. There is a clautrophobic part in the underground tunnels which is not great for tall/big people but very good part of the tour. Then you can request to be taken to a carpet factory, which was great, and those who don't get dropped off back to their hotels. Even with the carpet diversion, there was 1 hour wait at the airport for my flight back to Ataturk airport which is a chaotic airport in itself and after waiting some more for the transfer, you will be dropped off back at the hotel at about 930pm. Great tour for those with little time, but if you have time, stay at Cap overnight and do the balloon tour in the morning. Heard that was great.

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