Meet your guide at your hotel in Urgup, Goreme, Avanos or Uchisar, and hop aboard the minibus to start your Cappadocia full-day tour. Admire Cappadocia’s otherworldly topography as you drive through the valleys and jump out to explore Dervent Valley. Learn how the valley earned its name, which means ‘Imagination Valley’, as your guide points out the unique rock formations and fairy chimneys – many of which resemble animals. See if you can spot favorites like the dolphin, seal and camel!
Continue to Pasabag, or Monk’s Valley, where the fairy chimneys where once inhabited by hermit monks. Learn more about how Cappadocia’s tuff landscape was formed from your guide as you peek inside a cave chapel and clamber inside some of the fairy chimneys.
Next, leave the valleys behind and head north to Avanos, a charming town located on the banks of the Red River. Discover the village’s rich pottery-making heritage and admire the handmade terracotta and ceramics as you browse the shops and galleries. You’ll even get chance to watch a traditional pottery making demonstration and if you’re lucky, you might get to try spinning the pottery wheel for yourself!
Re-fuel after an action-packed morning with a delicious lunch of typical Turkish cuisine (included), then set off to Goreme, one of Cappadocia’s most popular villages. Uncover the secrets of Cappadocia’s early Christian settlements as you roam the renowned Goreme Open Air Museum and follow your guide around the ancient ruins of churches, monasteries and sanctuaries, all dramatically carved into the cliff-side.
Finally, make your last stop at Uchisar Castle, a gigantic fortress-like rock that offers a stunning panoramic view over Cappadocia. After drinking in the views, end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.