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Welcome to Cappadocia

Located in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, Cappadocia is a destination like no other. In Göreme, ancient volcanic rock formations known as fairy chimneys grace the moon-like landscape. Hundreds of hot-air balloons take flight daily, allowing visitors to admire this otherworldly panorama from about 1,000 feet (305 meters). For an unforgettable experience, book a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise that includes a Champagne brunch upon landing. For more incredible views, head to the Ihlara Valley, which is home to a massive canyon along with some of the region's best hikes. In addition to its uncommon landscape, Cappadocia also offers fascinating history and culture that are best appreciated on guided tours of the region. Explore the ancient cave churches—used by monks at the end of the first millennium—that dot Rose Valley, then wander through the deserted rock village of Old Çavuşin, which rests silently nearby. A visit to Ortahisar, where an imposing Byzantine castle towers over the town, completes your tour of cave buildings. Many visitors will want to tour the Kaymakli or Derinkuyu underground city networks, which once provided shelter for religious refugees. For those who love to shop, the riverside town of Avanos is famed for its earthenware pottery, a historic trade that continues to thrive among the cobbled streets of the old town.

Top 15 attractions in Cappadocia

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Pigeon Valley (Güvercinlik Vadisi)

Pigeon Valley (Güvercinlik Vadisi)

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Cappadocia’s wind-sculpted volcanic tufa has created an impressive series of valleys, dotted with towering “fairy chimneys” and dramatic rock formations. Taking its name from the pigeonholes carved into the tops of its fairy chimneys, Pigeon Valley (Güvercinlik Vadisi) is stunning, and visitors to Cappadocia shouldn’t miss it.More
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Uchisar Castle (Uchisar Kalesi)

Uchisar Castle (Uchisar Kalesi)

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Honeycombed with tunnels, the twin slabs of volcanic tuff rock known as Uchisar Castle (Uçhisar Kalesi rear up above the little town of Uchisar and Cappadocia’s dramatic landscape in mesmerizing style. Climb the stairs to savor dramatic views across the surrounding valleys, which are spectacular at sunset—as is the castle itself.More
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Devrent Valley (Devrent Vadisi)

Devrent Valley (Devrent Vadisi)

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Cappadocia is already well known for its unusual rock formations, but at Devrent Valley—nicknamed Imagination Valley—these large stones are the densest cluster found anywhere else in the region and they seem to take on a life of their own.More
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Göreme (Goreme)

Göreme (Goreme)

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This unique town, located in the heart of Turkey, is an excellent jumping off point to some of Cappadocia’s most fantastic attractions. From the fairy chimneys in Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia to the incredible cave churches at the Göreme Open-Air Museum, this region offers a variety of stunning sights.More
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Monks Valley (Pasabag Vadisi)

Monks Valley (Pasabag Vadisi)

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A stone-sculpted wonderland of billowing tuff cliffs and towering fairy chimneys; Monks Valley is the postcard image of Cappadocia and it’s every bit as compelling in real life. Named for the Christian monks who once hid out in the rocks, the valley’s UNESCO-listed landscapes are both a geological wonder and a key part of Cappadocia’s history.More
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Zelve Open-Air Museum

Zelve Open-Air Museum

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The Zelve Open-­Air Museum sits on site of the remains of a Byzantine monastery that was carved into the rock face in ancient times. Zelve was a monastic retreat from the 9th to the 13th century, and in fact the area was inhabited right up until 1952. 15 years after locals abandoned the site, Zelve was turned into the open-­air museum that can be seen and explored today.The site features various remnants of local life, including houses, a tunnel joining two of the valleys, a mill, and a small mosque. Beyond the mill, the Balıklı Kilise (Fish Church) can be found, while the impressive Üzümlü Kilise (Grape Church) adjoins it.The three valleys of Zelve are a great spot for trekking around and exploring in peace, as it isn’t as popular with tourists as the Göreme Open­-Air Museum nearby. The site also has a good walking trail looping around the valleys, giving access to various caves and chambers and featuring dramatic crags and pinnacles along the way.More
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Goreme Open-Air Museum

Goreme Open-Air Museum

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Perhaps one of the most recognizable attractions in Cappadocia, Turkey, the unusual edifices at the Göreme Open-Air Museum (Göreme Açık Hava Müzesi) are an important part of monastic history. A popular Byzantine settlement in the fourth century, the cave churches found at Göreme were carved out of soft volcanic cliffs.More
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Rose Valley (Güllüdere Vadisi)

Rose Valley (Güllüdere Vadisi)

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The Rose Valley (Güllüdere Vadisi) in Cappadocia is filled with enormous, cone-shaped rocks and offers some of the region’s best hiking. Home to the Cross Church (Haçli Kilise), the Columned Church (Kolonlu Kilise), and other sighes, the valley is particularly striking late in the day when the sinking sun brings out the stones’ rosy glow.More
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Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City

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Cappadocia’s underground cities—vast multistory complexes carved into the region’s famous volcanic rock—are among the most impressive underground dwellings in the world. Kaymakli Underground City is one of the most visited, with eight floors reaching depths of 262 feet (80 meters) and a history dating back to the eighth century BC.More
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Fairy Chimneys

Fairy Chimneys

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Cappadocia’s lunar-like landscapes draw admirers from around the world. And its “fairy chimneys,” soaring rock pinnacles topped with lids like mushroom caps, are at the region’s heart. See them from one of the popular sunrise balloon flights, but they’re equally impressive up close, as they're used as homes, hotels, and ancient churches.More
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Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City

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The most thoroughly excavated of Cappadocia’s many underground cities, Derinkuyu spans an impressive eight floors, reaching depths of over 280 feet (85 meters). The subterranean labyrinth of cave rooms and tunnels is fed by a remarkable ventilation system and provides fascinating insight into Cappadocia’s troglodyte history.More
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Avanos

Avanos

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Situated along the K?z?l?rmak (Red River)—the longest river in Turkey—Avanos is a small town in Cappadocia known for red earthenware pottery that was originally created by the Hittites during the Bronze Age. Explore the lovely stretch of old town that overlooks the river and stop into the pottery shops selling their rouge-colored wares.More
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Ihlara Valley (Ihlara Vadisi)

Ihlara Valley (Ihlara Vadisi)

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Thousands of years ago the Melendiz River cut its way through the land between Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz creating a magnificent canyon that’s roughly 328 feet (100 meters) deep. Today, travelers visit the Ihlara Valley to hike the canyon, observe its cave churches, and experience it’s oasis-like environs.More
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Selime Monastery

Selime Monastery

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Carved directly into the rocks of Cappadocia, Selime Monastery is one of the region’s most fascinating cultural attractions. Experts believe it took more than 200 years to shape the monastery, beginning in the eighth or ninth century. The structure, which could house some 5,000 people, included a cathedral-sized church with stone columns, camel stables, living quarters, a missionary school, water well and a huge kitchen with a chimney.There’s a bit of a climb to get up to the monastery structure, and visitors are free to climb inside many of the structures as well. The view from the top looks out over the lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia.More
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Özkonak Underground City (Ozkonak Yeralti Sehri)

Özkonak Underground City (Ozkonak Yeralti Sehri)

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Smaller than Cappadocia’s other subterranean cities like Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, Ozkonak Underground City (Özkonak Yeraltı Şehri) is also much less crowded. On the northern slopes of Mount Idis, as you hunch to stroll the tiny corridors of this ancient city you'll feel very big compared to the people who once lived here. Likely built in the Byzantine era, though perhaps even older, Özkonak Underground City was rediscovered in the '70s by a local farmer who wondered where his excess crop water was going. Turns out it was going into a huge subterranean city stretching ten floors deep and able to house 60,000 people.Reaching a depth of 40 meters in total, today only the first four floors of Özkonak Underground City are open. As you wander the tiny corridors, you'll see the sophistication of the city which had a built-communication system made up of pipes that connected all 10 levels. Look out for holes in the walls too — these provided ventilation in the event that Özkonak city would have to close itself off to the outside world if enemies tried to invade. The underground city also had its own winery and water well, and if enemies did get too close, well Özkonak’s inhabitants were more than ready to pour hot oil on them through secret holes designed for that very purpose.More

Top activities in Cappadocia

1-hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over the Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia
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Budget Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia
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Recent reviews from experiences in Cappadocia

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Worth the trip
Marjan_S, May 2022
One Hour Deluxe Hot Air Balloon Tour(Goreme Valley)
Make sure to take a jacket if taking the trip in spring or early summer.
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Fun and educational.....
Michelle_M, May 2022
Cappadocia Tour
I should have atleast 2days tour to see other places ..
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Better instructions...
Phillip_A, May 2022
Cappadocia Magic : 1 Night 2 Days Cappadocia Tour Including Hot Air Balloon Tour
Once we finally met the driver he didn’t speak English and could not understand we needed the heat in the shuttle turned off.
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The guide was amazing and...
Bree_J, Jan 2022
All in One 10-Hour Private and Guided Day Tour in Cappadocia
This is the best tour if you want to see all of Cappadocia in one day.
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See everything in one tour.
Louise_A, Jan 2022
Red tour Cappadocia, small group, including everything, lunch, etc
I only has 2 days here and joining this tour allows me to see many beautiful view points of Cappadocia landscape.
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Superb value for money tour.
Ibrahim_S, Jan 2022
Full Day Car & Guide at Disposal in Cappadocia
I will definitely recommend this tour to anybody who wants to see Cappadocia but is a bit short on time.
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A Great Choice For A Complete Package
MaryJean_G, May 2022
Best of Cappadocia with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
The tour guide initially seems not aware to her guests who have difficulty in mobility especially providing instructions on options on what to do in case one can't keep up with the group but she later has improved.
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Unique Red Tour
LaiMeng_W, May 2022
Red (North) Tour Cappadocia (small group)
Hakan speaks fluent English doused with good sense of humour expertly delivered.
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Great tour, great value, nice to be with small group, but you still can't skip the shopping stops
Lili_F, May 2022
Cappadocia Dream - 2 Days Cappadocia Travel with Balloon Ride from/to Istanbul
So much to see and so rich in history and culture.
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Excellent Tour Extremely informative , professional tour guide
Edward_S, May 2022
Cappadocia Red Tour (profesional guide + tickets + Lunch)
Our Tour guide truly was the best “Elif Asena” was her name , spoke Fluent English with perfect grammar , accent & humor so of all the tours we took in Turkey she was the one we understood complete 100 % & she has lots of information , intuition , creativity to get your engaged , always alert & most of all gave us tips & enough time to explore on our own too .
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Great all in one private tour
Manohar_N, Apr 2022
All in One 10-Hour Private and Guided Day Tour in Cappadocia
He spoke good English and had a great deal of patience in explaining to us the history of the places we visited.
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Breathtaking sights and welcoming people.
Christopher_M, Mar 2022
2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul by Plane with Optional Balloon Ride
I highly recommend anyone wanting to visiting Cappadocia take this tour.
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Fun, cultural night out with amazing food
Semira_B, Mar 2022
Turkish night with dinner and unlimited free alcohol
QX Travel provide transport to and from the restaurant, I had a lovely English speaking driver named Michael who arrived early and made me feel safe as a solo female traveler.
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Private tour, good for limited time and flexibility
jennyzhang262, Dec 2021
Full Day Car & Guide at Disposal in Cappadocia
I was able to see all the main attractions within the 7 hrs (Fairy Chimneys, Goreme Air Museum, Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar Castle, Dervent Valley, Pigeon Valley, Rose Valley).
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Exceptional Service
Silvia_B, Sep 2021
Turkey's Highlights - Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia Trip & Balloon Ride Option
Especially the guide in Cappadocia, Samet, who spoke English very well and I loved his stories.
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Sera_W, Aug 2021
Tour of Highlights of Cappadocia with Lunch
Great tour and saw almost everything we wanted to see in one day!
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Excellent!
Analuna_S, Mar 2021
Cappadocia Dream - 2 Days Cappadocia Travel with Balloon Ride from/to Istanbul
Definitely the nest way to see cappadocia.
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Beautiful way to visit Cappadocia
Adrian_C, Dec 2020
Cappadocia Red Tour & Green Tour - Combined Deal Package
Beautiful way to see Cappadocia.
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Nice Tour
BroDan, Oct 2020
Cappadocia Green Tour
The guide was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent english and was very helpful.
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An unforgettable experience
FernandoJavier_D, Aug 2020
2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul by Plane with Optional Balloon Ride
Do not miss a chance to visit Cappadocia, the views are beyond words.
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