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Day Tour - Southern Cappadocia Tour including Kaymakli Underground City

Day Tour - Southern Cappadocia Tour including Kaymakli Underground City

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Urgup, Turkey
Safety measures
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Witness the best of beautiful south Cappadocia on this scenic full-day trip from the central Cappadocia region. With an informative guide, explore the subterranean network of Kaymakli Underground City, admire the multicolored Red Valley, and marvel at the deserted rock-cut village of old Çavuşin. Gaze over the cliff-carved birdhouses of Pigeon Valley, and watch and try your hand at pottery-making at a traditional workshop in the town of Avanos. Savor lunch at a local restaurant, and as you explore, learn all about the remarkable geology and history of the region.
  • Full-day guided tour of southern Cappadocia including lunch
  • Walk in the beautiful Red Valley and visit its hidden cave churches
  • See the abandoned rock houses of old Çavuşin village
  • Explore Kaymakli Underground City and view the dovecotes of Pigeon Valley
  • Visit Avanos, a traditional village known for its pottery making
  • Watch potters at work and try making your own earthenware masterpiece
  • Enjoy a pickup and drop-off from your Göreme or Ürgüp hotel
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Professional tour guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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10:00 AM

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Pick up is between 09:30 am and 10:00 am depending on where your hotel is located. Please advise us of your hotel details if you wish to be picked up.
Board your air-conditioned coach at your Ürgüp or Göreme hotel, and journey to south Cappadocia, an area famous for its moon-like rock formations, fairy chimneys and ancient subterranean settlements.

Along the way, hear about the region’s geology and get a taster of some of the sights ahead. Then, make your first stop at Pigeon Valley, a beautiful gulley where thousands of pigeon houses have been hewn into the rocks and cliffs. 

Take snaps of the dovecotes as your guide explains how through the centuries, local farmers kept pigeons to use their droppings as a crop fertilizer. 

Next, drive on to the Red Valley, a stunning area of red- and multicolored rock cones, peaks and cliffs. Trace the trails accompanied by your guide, and absorb views of the caves, vineyards and orchards. As you look around, peek into some of the hidden rock churches that litter the area and learn how they were used by Christians through the ages.

Travel on to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved of its kind in Cappadocia. Head underground and delve into its hand-cut rock passages and rooms as you discover how long-ago Christians used them as hideaways to escape persecution.

Continue to ‘old’ Çavuşin, a deserted village cut into a hillside. Marvel at the desolate rock houses, caves and shelters and hear about the people who once called them home, and why they left. 

During your explorations, break for lunch at a local restaurant and visit Avanos, a town famous for its pretty pottery and craft industries. Visit a workshop to see the potters in action and have a go at making your own pottery masterpiece. As you watch and work, learn about the local clay-working techniques that have been passed down through generations of potters.

Your tour then ends with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pigeon Valley
Start your experience with a pickup from your hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach deep into southern Cappadocia, known for its colorful rock formations, fairy chimneys and ancient underground dwellings. As you travel, your guide will explain some of the geology of the area and its must-see sites.

 Your first stop is Pigeon Valley, home to thousands of dovecotes carved from the cliffs. Take photos of the ornate birdhouses and learn how they were used by farmers for centuries to harvest their birds’ droppings for use as fertilizers.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Red Valley
Continue to the remote Red Valley, an area of spectacular rock formations and peaks. Follow the nature trails with your guide, enjoying the scenery and the vineyards and orchards that typify the valley. On route, visit some of the hidden cave churches that pepper the area and discover how they were used by ancient Christians.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kaymakli Underground City
Having explored here, travel to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best-preserved of its kind in Cappadocia. Head below ground to roam its hand-hewn passages, cellars, and stables, once used by Christians to hide from persecution.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cavusin Seramik

After, head for ‘old’ Çavuşin, an abandoned village on a hillside. Gaze at the empty rock houses, monk caves, and shelters and learn about the people who once lived here. Discover how rock falls eventually drove them from their home, and view Çavuşin’s Basilica of St John the Baptist, perched high on cliffs above the village.

Before your tour ends, stop for lunch in a local restaurant and visit the town of Avanos, known for its pottery and other handicrafts. Here, visit a traditional workshop and take part in a pottery-making session. Admire the dexterity of the potters, and grab the chance to create your own masterpiece as you learn more about this age-old Turkish craft. Your tour then finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fez Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Tour - Southern Cappadocia Tour including Kaymakli Underground City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Tour - Southern Cappadocia Tour including Kaymakli Underground City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Tour - Southern Cappadocia Tour including Kaymakli Underground City?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Tour - Southern Cappadocia Tour including Kaymakli Underground City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Day Tour - Southern Cappadocia Tour including Kaymakli Underground City.

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Traveler Tips


  • "She took us hiking around the Red Valley which she mentioned is usually not part of other tours but that she new a nice little trail and it was worth visiting." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Better than expected
JoseHiginio_G
, Oct 2019
This tour was far better than what I was expecting. I was expecting someone to choose a few viewpoints, chasing after us and spilling some information that after a little while might become less interesting. However, our guide was very kind, very friendly and she provided very interesting information. We did stop at a few locations but she provided more than enough time to explore and our tour was quite small (which I loved) given it was the 3 of us that booked and just one more couple. The tour guide was not pushy or rushing us which was nice and she would even offer to take some of our photos even knowing some great spots herself. She took us hiking around the Red Valley which she mentioned is usually not part of other tours but that she new a nice little trail and it was worth visiting. Overall I would recommend this very much. I am unsure if it is always the same tour guide or not but the one we got was amazing!
star-5
Tour guide was informative, had...
David H
, Jul 2016
Tour guide was informative, had spence of humor, and patiently answered questions. Driver wS Aldo responsive. The weather was warm and as soon as he'd see us coming would get in the van and turn on the air conditioning. highly recommend this tour and company.
star-2
I expected more out of this tour...
Nohema G
, Aug 2015
I expected more out of this tour. Unfortunately the tour guide was very unprofessional. Too bad because this place is very interesting.
star-3
Area was beautiful, tour leader...
ted z
, Jun 2015
Area was beautiful, tour leader accommodating and informative but was disappointed in that the tour did not meet the advertised itinerary. When booked it claimed that the tour would last about 8 hours and that we would venture to and explore an underground city. he tour lasted 5 hours and we did not get to the underground city but were told that it would be on the second day- at no time was it advertised as a 2 day tour and we couldn't do it anyway as we were leaving on that day.
star-4
This was a really good, full day...
Keziah G
, Jun 2015
This was a really good, full day. The underground city was amazing. The hike was good, although it was in the middle of a very hot day, and we hadn't realised that there was a 4km hike involved so weren't appropriately equipped. Unfortunately we did not make it to Avanos for pottery-making - instead we were taken to an onyx workshop with a very pricey attached showroom. Overall I was happy with the day and the tour, and would have appreciated a little more information on what was involved beforehand.
star-1
THEY NEVER SHOW UP HORRIBLE I have...
kamil e
, Feb 2015
THEY NEVER SHOW UP HORRIBLE I have contacted viator but still yet to receive any message!!! NOT ONLY they never show up on the date we have scheduled we had to change the date twice while I was traveling and had to book an extra date with my hotel just because of this tour!!!!!
star-4
I bought the tour but on that day, I...
kskitti
, Oct 2014
I bought the tour but on that day, I was told in the van that the van was for Northern Cappadocia Tour. The tour company decided to switch my tour without notice!!! However, the tour guide on that day was great. She accepted it was the company's fault and she arranged a private Southern Cappadocia Tour for me on that day.
star-4
Very well-arranged ; good...
SUNIL G
, Sep 2014
Very well-arranged ; good coverage of sightseeing and information ; good lunch ; energetic guide ; good transportation ; request the guide to inform more of the local famous history

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