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

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 15 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    05:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Ottoman Hotel Imperial, Sultanahmet, Cankurtaran, Caferiye Sk. No:6/1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable 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

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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.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Round-trip flights from Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airports

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Local guide


Entry/Admission - Kaymakli Underground City

Entry/Admission - Rose Valley


Food and drink, unless specified


Entry/Admission - Ortahisar Kalesi

Additional Info

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

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Not wheelchair accessible

Passport name, passport numbers, expiry Date and date of birth required at time of booking for all participants

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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  • 06-Nov-2022

    Great tour. Everything went according to plan. Drivers weee on time, tour guide was very knowledgeable. Lunch was at an excellent restaurant. I would highly recommend NEON tours to anyone looking for a tour.

  • 02-Jul-2022

    I really enjoyed the conversation with the guide. He told me about wide range of things related to the region and Turkiye as a whole.

  • 16-Apr-2022

    Everything was great! Our tour guide was amazing! Really nice guy, made the tour much more interesting. Loved the sights and the underground city was really cool!

  • 13-Sep-2019

    This trip had so much potential but the organisation left me disappointed. To get there and back to Istanbul involved multiple pickups and transfers but little of this was communicated to you so you were often left wondering what happens next. Once there I was attached to a 2 day tour for a few hours, with a tour guide who did little more than tell you the place we had arrived at and that we would be leaving in 30 mins. Minimal commentary. Too much of the time was focussed on taking us to a pottery, carpet place, jewellery seller where presumable he got a commission. To cap it off, on arrival back in Istanbul in the evening there was no driver there even though it was part of the trip and I had to make my own way back to my hotel. It was not good enough for what you paid. There must be better tours.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    Wow wow wow well worth the super long day...our Guide was full of knowledge, lunch was good would recommend this of Turkeys highlights

  • 12-Jul-2019

    Wow wow wow well worth the super long day...our Guide was full of knowledge, lunch was good would recommend this of Turkeys highlights

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Long day but Ramsei the tour guide was awesome! He made the difference. Ramsei goes out of his way to make it a special experience. So many places to see but well worth the detour from Istanbul.

  • 13-May-2019

    Long day but Ramsei the tour guide was awesome! He made the difference. Ramsei goes out of his way to make it a special experience. So many places to see but well worth the detour from Istanbul.

  • 28-Apr-2019

    I took their full package for transfers, red and green tour and the hot air balloon ride. I booked a month in advance and was communicating with Esma. Had a wonderful time. They are true professional. Esma contacted me 2 day prior to my arrival hot details of my flight. Gave the details of van no. and the driver. Was picked up, deposited in the hotel. Pick up for all tours and balloon ride was on time. Total professionals, would highly recommend them. Thank you Esma.

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