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

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 15 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3795ISTCAPPA
See some of the best of southern Cappadocia on this full-day tour from Istanbul, including round-trip transfers, flights 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 Çavuşin, and ogle Ortahisar Castle and Pigeon Valley, with its rock dovecotes.

Enjoy in-depth attention from your guide on this small-group tour limited to 20 people.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
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, so 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’ Çavuşin, 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 Zelve 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. Ogle 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 undertaking renovation, entrance will not be permitted).

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your centrally located Istanbul hotel
Departure Time:
5:15am to 5:30am; you must contact your local supplier for exact pickup time and location (contact details will be provided on your voucher)
15 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 9pm

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For bookings up to 30 days before travel

USD $340.00
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For last-minute bookings (30 days to 2 days) before travel

USD $455.00
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Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip flights from Istanbul to Kayseri International Airport
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Food and drink, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
Sample Menu:

First course:
  • Turkish meze (small appetizers) of breads, aubergine, artichokes, stuffed vine leaves, meatballs and yoghurt 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
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Karen J, September 2015

An excellent trip our guide Fatima was great, very knowledgable and friendly. A very long and tiring day 20hours a 4 AM start. Perhaps some of the walks could be shortened.thoroughly recommend it

Reviewed by: Korri J, USA, August 2015

This is the number one tour you absolutely have to see. It is a little costly because of the plane ticket but was the best tour we took in Istanbul. The lunch was good and in a nice hotel. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Also we got lost one time which was our fault and they looked/waited for our return before taking off.

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Tour code: 3795ISTCAPPA