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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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Rose Valley (Güllüdere Vadisi)

Rose Valley (Güllüdere Vadisi)

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The Rose Valley (Güllüdere Vadisi) in Cappadocia is filled with enormous, cone-shaped rocks and offers some of the region’s best hiking. Home to the Cross Church (Haçli Kilise), the Columned Church (Kolonlu Kilise), and other sighes, the valley is particularly striking late in the day when the sinking sun brings out the stones’ rosy glow.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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

Top activities in Cappadocia

Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast
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Cappadocia Balloon Tour

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Cappadocia Green Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cappadocia

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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
Fernando_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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Amazing experience. Very informative and top class arrangement.
sgupta18, Dec 2019
2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul by Plane with Optional Balloon Ride
Best tour to see all of Cappadocia in short time.
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Great Tour
Relax44635529843, 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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This was an amazing tour! It was the...
aimee.taranto, 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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An amazing experience with great...
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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Just right. There's a lot to see in...
Dale W, Nov 2015
2-Day Cappadocia Trip from Kayseri
There's a lot to see in Cappadocia, so there's a fair amount of driving around from location to location.
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Really great way to see Cappadocia...
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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Highly informative , tour guide was...
Amaka , Sep 2015
Tour of Highlights of Cappadocia with Lunch
My husband and i were in cappadocia for only 2 nights and i am so glad that this was one of the activities we choose.
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Except for the very early morning...
Patrick K, Nov 2014
Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley
It was amazing to see the natural caves and how people carved out a place to call home.
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Very rewarding experience
Sylvia_A, Sep 2020
Cappadocia Green Tour
We wouldn’t have been able to see this much in one day if we had attempted to do it on our own.
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Amazing!
samuraibus, Nov 2019
Cappadocia Private Car with Guide
We went in mid summer heat with 2 young kids- had to do a private tour.
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Highly recommend
Strop91, Oct 2019
Full Day Car & Guide at Disposal in Cappadocia
I talked with my driver about what I wanted to see and she tailored the day to my requests.
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Best all in one day tour!
sarahsY1594IQ, Sep 2019
Tour of Highlights of Cappadocia with Lunch
The tour included everything you need to see in Cappadocia, literally in one day.
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Cappadocia tour
Aidan F, Sep 2019
Private Cappadocia Red Tour
If you have an opportunity to visit this incredibe area, Samet is the “go to” person who can make your tour one to remember.
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