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Welcome to Cappadocia

Located in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, Cappadocia is a destination like no other. In Göreme, ancient volcanic rock formations known as fairy chimneys grace the moon-like landscape. Hundreds of hot-air balloons take flight daily, allowing visitors to admire this otherworldly panorama from about 1,000 feet (305 meters). For an unforgettable experience, book a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise that includes a Champagne brunch upon landing. For more incredible views, head to the Ihlara Valley, which is home to a massive canyon along with some of the region's best hikes. In addition to its uncommon landscape, Cappadocia also offers fascinating history and culture that are best appreciated on guided tours of the region. Explore the ancient cave churches—used by monks at the end of the first millennium—that dot Rose Valley, then wander through the deserted rock village of Old Çavuşin, which rests silently nearby. A visit to Ortahisar, where an imposing Byzantine castle towers over the town, completes your tour of cave buildings. Many visitors will want to tour the Kaymakli or Derinkuyu underground city networks, which once provided shelter for religious refugees. For those who love to shop, the riverside town of Avanos is famed for its earthenware pottery, a historic trade that continues to thrive among the cobbled streets of the old town.

Top 10 attractions in Cappadocia

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Göreme (Goreme)

Göreme (Goreme)

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This unique town, located in the heart of Turkey, is an excellent jumping off point to some of Cappadocia’s most fantastic attractions. From the fairy chimneys in Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia to the incredible cave churches at the Göreme Open-Air Museum, this region offers a variety of stunning sights.More
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Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City

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The most thoroughly excavated of Cappadocia’s many underground cities, Derinkuyu spans an impressive eight floors, reaching depths of over 280 feet (85 meters). The subterranean labyrinth of cave rooms and tunnels is fed by a remarkable ventilation system and provides fascinating insight into Cappadocia’s troglodyte history.More
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Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City

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Cappadocia’s underground cities—vast multistory complexes carved into the region’s famous volcanic rock—are among the most impressive underground dwellings in the world. Kaymakli Underground City is one of the most visited, with eight floors reaching depths of 262 feet (80 meters) and a history dating back to the eighth century BC.More
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Uchisar Castle (Uchisar Kalesi)

Uchisar Castle (Uchisar Kalesi)

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Uchisar Castle (Uçhisar Kalesi) is Cappadocia’s tallest fairy chimney, Mother Nature’s castle in the form of a volcanic rock outcrop visible from miles in any direction. While not a castle by the standard definition the outcrop was used during the late Byzantine and early Ottoman periods as a natural fortress for protection against armies on the surrounding plains. Erosion has revealed a honeycomb-like structure of cavities within the rock, many of which were used as natural dwellings until the makeshift village was evacuated during the 1960s.A climb up 120 steps leads to the summit of Uchisar Castle — a perfect vantage point for watching a sunset over the stunning Cappadocian landscape.More
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Pigeon Valley (Güvercinlik Vadisi)

Pigeon Valley (Güvercinlik Vadisi)

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Cappadocia’s wind-sculpted volcanic tufa has created an impressive series of valleys, dotted with towering “fairy chimneys” and dramatic rock formations. Taking its name from the pigeonholes carved into the tops of its fairy chimneys, Pigeon Valley (Güvercinlik Vadisi) is stunning, and visitors to Cappadocia shouldn’t miss it.More
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Monks Valley (Pasabag Vadisi)

Monks Valley (Pasabag Vadisi)

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Monks Valley (Paşabağ Vadisi) in Cappadocia is famous for its perfect fairy chimneys, sculpted from ancient lava, ash, and basalt. Often known as Pasabag, Monks Valley is famous for its opportunities to hike among the boulders and into the hills that ring the area. If you just want to relax, in the small village by the road there are stalls serving hot spiced wine in winter, and freshly-squeezed juices in summer. There are also a few cafes where you can grab a bite to eat, and stores selling Cappadocia textiles and artwork.Monks Valley was once home to hermetic monks who sheltered in the smaller cones atop the upper sections of the fairy chimneys. There was once a Simeon monks’ hermitage here too, and today you can still see the chapel dedicated to Saint Simeon who, fed up with all the attention he was getting in 5th century Aleppo when word got around that he could perform miracles, hightailed it to the top of the highest fairy chimney he could find, and only descended in order to receive food and drink from his disciples.More
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Goreme Open-Air Museum

Goreme Open-Air Museum

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Perhaps one of the most recognizable attractions in Cappadocia, Turkey, the unusual edifices at the Göreme Open-Air Museum (Göreme Açık Hava Müzesi) are an important part of monastic history. A popular Byzantine settlement in the fourth century, the cave churches found at Göreme were carved out of soft volcanic cliffs.More
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Devrent Valley (Devrent Vadisi)

Devrent Valley (Devrent Vadisi)

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Cappadocia is already well known for its unusual rock formations, but at Devrent Valley—nicknamed Imagination Valley—these large stones are the densest cluster found anywhere else in the region and they seem to take on a life of their own.More
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Fairy Chimneys

Fairy Chimneys

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Cappadocia’s lunar-like landscapes draw admirers from around the world. And its “fairy chimneys,” soaring rock pinnacles topped with lids like mushroom caps, are at the region’s heart. See them from one of the popular sunrise balloon flights, but they’re equally impressive up close, as they're used as homes, hotels, and ancient churches.More
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Ihlara Valley (Ihlara Vadisi)

Ihlara Valley (Ihlara Vadisi)

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Thousands of years ago the Melendiz River cut its way through the land between Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz creating a magnificent canyon that’s roughly 328 feet (100 meters) deep. Today, travelers visit the Ihlara Valley to hike the canyon, observe its cave churches, and experience it’s oasis-like environs.More

Top activities in Cappadocia

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cappadocia

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Superb value for money tour.
Ibrahim_S, Jan 2022
Full Day Car & Guide at Disposal in Cappadocia
I will definitely recommend this tour to anybody who wants to see Cappadocia but is a bit short on time.
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Flexibility is Key
Wisakasuta_S, Nov 2021
Full Day Car & Guide at Disposal in Cappadocia
If you plan to visit Turkey, you should plan a trip to see Cappadocia.
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Exceptional Service
Silvia_B, Sep 2021
Turkey's Highlights - Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia Trip & Balloon Ride Option
Especially the guide in Cappadocia, Samet, who spoke English very well and I loved his stories.
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Sera_W, Aug 2021
Tour of Highlights of Cappadocia with Lunch
Great tour and saw almost everything we wanted to see in one day!
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Wonderful experience
Yuri_H, Jan 2022
Cappadocia: Erciyes Ski Tour
Thus, I definitely recommend this tour if you want to add a wonderful winter experience to your Cappadocia trip.
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Great experience and would highly recommend
Ali_A, Sep 2021
2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul by Plane with Optional Balloon Ride
While there are other Cappadocia programs, we believe the 2 days 1 night was sufficient to see all the sights.
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Great for family that wants flexibility
Wisakasuta_S, Nov 2021
Full Day Car & Guide at Disposal in Cappadocia
Cappadocia is such a great place to visit.
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Amazing Views
Berrak_Y, Aug 2021
One Hour Deluxe Hot Air Balloon Tour(Goreme Valley)
You get to see the beauty of the geography from up above, and you even get to see the sunrise.
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Amazing experience ! Must do
Meryem_F, Aug 2021
2-Hours sunset Cappadocia ATV Tour
The guide Tugba spoke English so well and made us feel so comfortable.
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Excellent!
Analuna_S, Mar 2021
Cappadocia Dream - 2 Days Cappadocia Travel with Balloon Ride from/to Istanbul
Definitely the nest way to see cappadocia.
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Beautiful way to visit Cappadocia
Adrian_C, Dec 2020
Cappadocia Red Tour & Green Tour - Combined Deal Package
Beautiful way to see Cappadocia.
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Nice Tour
BroDan, Oct 2020
Cappadocia Green Tour
The guide was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent english and was very helpful.
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An unforgettable experience
FernandoJavier_D, Aug 2020
2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul by Plane with Optional Balloon Ride
Do not miss a chance to visit Cappadocia, the views are beyond words.
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Relaxing humble tour!
975syedn, Dec 2019
Cappadocia Green Tour
Left with a slight disappointment that we did not visit the Pigeon valley, maybe perhaps there aren’t any pigeons during winter.
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Great Tour
Jimson_Y, Jul 2019
Turkey's Wonders - Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia Travel from-to Istanbul
Visited all the 3 "must do" attractions: Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus.
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The best way to see the magical...
Sophia M, Oct 2017
Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast
The best way to see the magical places in Cappadocia.
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Our tour guide Mr. Kadir, was beyond...
Haifaa S, Sep 2017
All in One 10-Hour Private and Guided Day Tour in Cappadocia
I can't recommend him enough, his English was Perfect.
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Celine H, Aug 2016
Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast
An amazing experience with great pilot and stunning views, would highly recommend it to anyone planning to visit Turkey and Cappadocia!
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Aimee_D, Jul 2016
All in One 10-Hour Private and Guided Day Tour in Cappadocia
It was the best way to see the highlights of Cappadocia!
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Gita, May 2015
Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley
Really great way to see Cappadocia for people without much time.
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