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How to Spend 1 Day in Urgup

How to Spend 1 Day in Urgup

With just one day in Urgup, there’s no time to waste, so opt for a tour that takes in all the highlights, maximize your photo opportunities, and fill your day with unforgettable experiences. Here’s how to spend one day in the hub of Cappadocia.

Morning: See the Fairy Chimneys

Cappadocia’s fairy-tale landscapes are even more magnificent when viewed from above, and it’s consistently voted one of the best places in the world to take a hot-air-balloon ride. Rise at dawn and watch the sunrise as you float over the mountains, valleys, and fairy chimneys, or upgrade to a tour that includes a Champagne breakfast when you land. Opting for a full-day tour or taking a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour will help maximize your time. Cappadocia’s most popular tour routes are the Red Route and the Green Route, but most first-time visitors opt for the Red Route, which visits northern villages and valleys. Start by exploring the fairy-chimney valleys; Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, and Monk’s Valley offer the most impressive photo opportunities. 

Afternoon: Cappadocian Culture and History

The Goreme Open-Air Museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to some of Cappadocia’s oldest and most remarkably preserved ruins. Visit with a guide to learn more about the site’s early Christian settlements and admire the ancient churches and cave dwellings carved into the rock. Nearby, the deserted cave village of Cavusin, the rock castle of Uchisar, and Imagination Valley offer further insight into the region’s unique cave homes and fascinating history. End the afternoon in Avanos, famous for its red-clay pottery—many tours include a visit to the pottery shops and workshops, where you can watch the craftsmen at work and pick up some handmade souvenirs. 

Night: Turkish Traditions

Urgup is a great place to sample typical Turkish cuisine, and there are a number of atmospheric cave restaurants to choose from. For an immersive experience, take part in a cooking class and learn to make local specialties such as bӧrek pastries, stuffed eggplant, or baklava. Alternatively, opt for a memorable dinner date accompanied by traditional Turkish belly dancing and entertainment, or attend a spiritual Whirling Dervish ceremony. 

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Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner

Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner

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Cap off a day of sightseeing with a spectacular Turkish cultural show in the heart of Cappadocia. Your evening tour includes hotel pick-up, a traditional Turkish dinner, and unlimited drinks, so you can concentrate on being entertained by the belly dancers, live music, and dazzling costumes.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.68
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Cappadocia Balloon Tours with Breakfast and Champagne

Cappadocia Balloon Tours with Breakfast and Champagne

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Float over Cappadocia’s dramatic tuff valleys and watch the sunrise over an expanse of fairy chimneys, on this early-morning hot-air balloon flight. Take to the skies for your flight, then toast your safe landing with a glass of champagne and receive your personalized flight certificate.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$295.75
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Private Day Tour of Cappadocia with Guide

Private Day Tour of Cappadocia with Guide

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Gain a deeper understanding of Cappadocia’s unique history on this full-day tour, including lunch, and enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you explore the UNESCO-listed Goreme open-air museum. Learn about the region’s early Christian settlers as you tour the rock-hewn churches and the impressive underground city of Kaymakli, then marvel over the fairy chimneys and rock formations as you drive through Ortahisar.
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  • 7 hours
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Cappadocia Experiences : ATV Quad Bike Tour & Full-day Northern Cappadocia Tour

Cappadocia Experiences : ATV Quad Bike Tour & Full-day Northern Cappadocia Tour

This tour is covering ATV quad bike safari at the charming valleys of Cappadocia, full-day tour to Goreme open-air museum, Devrent valley, Uchisar, Avanos village, and unique experiences about Cappadocia. Hotel pick-up & drop-off services, guiding service by the professional licenced guides, lunch and entrance fees are included.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Gourmet Cooking Class in Cappadocia

Gourmet Cooking Class in Cappadocia

Prepare a 4-course gourmet Turkish meal during a 3-hour cooking class in Cappadocia.  After complimentary pickup from your hotel, join your teacher at their home. Learn the ins and outs of fine Turkish cuisine, using fresh local ingredients. Once the dinner is complete, enjoy the fruits of your labor with a glass of Cappadocia wine.  Leave with recipes for each dish and digital photos of your class.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.00
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Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

Full-Day Cappadocia Tour with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Get the most from a day in Cappadocia with a sunrise hot air balloon ride and full-day tour. Absorb the stunning landscapes on a dawn balloon flight, preceded by a light breakfast and followed by Champagne. Plus, enjoy a comprehensive tour, including walking in the Red and Rose Valleys, visits to Cavusin and Kaymakli Underground City, and more. Lunch, entrance fees, and Goreme, Uçhisar, and Ürgüp hotel transfers included.
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  • 10 hours
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