Meet a guide at your hotel for 9:30am departure, then travel to the first stop of the day, Uchisar Castle. Climb winding stairs into the volcanic outcropping, which is honeycombed with rooms and tunnels, and has panoramic views of the surrounding area—this is the perfect place to get your bearings in Cappadocia.
Continue to Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes several cave churches built by Orthodox monks between 900 and 1200 AD. This is one of Cappadocia’s highlights, with frescoes depicting biblical scenes, monasteries, and tombs.
Your next destination is the deserted village of Cavusin, where you’ll visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and get views across Rose Valley. From Cavusin, head to a viewpoint over the Pasabagi Valley before pausing for lunch at a local restaurant.
After the meal, explore a gallery of traditional pottery, then spend an afternoon exploring fairy chimneys in a series of three spectacular valleys, starting with the ruins at Devrent. The last stop of the day is a carpet factory, where you can learn about traditional Turkish patterns and symbolism, and shop for unique souvenirs made by local women. This 8-hour tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel at roughly 5:30pm.