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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 15 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    5:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Your centrally located Istanbul hotel
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 9pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See some of the best of southern Cappadocia on this full-day tour from Istanbul, including round-trip transfers, flight, and lunch. Explore this strange-but-beautiful UNESCO-listed region with its fairy chimney rock pillars, cave villages and subterranean cities. Walk through stunning Rose Valley; Zelve into Kaymakli Underground City; see the abandoned village of Avanos, and explore Ortahisar Castle and Pigeon Valley, with its rock dovecotes. Enjoy in-depth attention from your expert guide on this small-group tour limited to 20 people.


  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

Know More about this tour

Leave your central Istanbul hotel in the early morning for your transfer to Istanbul airport. Board your flight to Kayseri International Airport and on arrival, travel to Cappadocia by air-conditioned minivan.

After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive at Rose Valley, named for its rose-colored rocks that change hue through the day. Enjoy a leisurely walk in this beautiful valley, passing its mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys, jagged peaks, and leafy vineyards and orchards. On route, visit the valley's cave churches, some dating back to the 8th or 9th centuries, and listen to tales of how they were used by early monks.

Next, visit old Avanos - an abandoned rock village known for its old Christian churches and houses. Take photos of the eerie houses, and gaze at the Basilica of St John the Baptist that sits on a cliff high above the village.

Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (see the Itinerary for a sample menu) and then delve into the town of Ortahisar, to view its crowning glory, Ortahisar Castle. Marvel at this unique 295-foot (90-meter) high fortress, with its honeycomb of rock caves carved during Byzantine times. Explore some of the burrowed-out chambers and storage rooms and soak up the panoramic views of the town below.

Drive to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best-preserved in Cappadocia. Roam this subterranean network of homes, stables, cellars, and kitchens and learn how it was used by early Christians to escape persecution.

Next, visit Pigeon Valley, known for its pigeon houses carved from the cliffs and rocks. Explore the spectacular dovecotes and learn how the locals used to house their pigeons here to farm their droppings for fertilizer, and later, return to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Your tour ends with a hotel drop-off this evening.

Please note: Ortahisar Castle is currently being renovated, entrance will not be permitted.


Sample Menu:

First course:
• Turkish meze (small appetizers) of bread, aubergine, artichokes, stuffed vine leaves, meatballs and yogurt with cucumber and garlic

Main course:
• Chicken, lamb or beef kebabs

• Baklava (filo pastry layers filled with nuts and sweetened with honey or syrup) and coffee



Local guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Entry/Admission - Ortahisar

Entry/Admission - Kaymakli Underground City

Round-trip flights from Istanbul to Kayseri International Airport



Food and drink, unless specified

Additional Info

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking unless booked within 30 days of travel. In this case, a confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Passport name, number, expiry, and the country is required at time of booking for all participants

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers