Southern Cappadocia Tour: Cavusin, Red Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Cappadocia, Goreme
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  • 8 hours
  • Goreme
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Take in the highlights of Turkey’s southern Cappadocia region on this full-day tour. With an expert local guide, delve into the extraordinary Kaymakli Underground City, visit the Red Valley, and see the abandoned village of old Çavuşin. Plus, view the dovecotes of Pigeon Valley and try making pottery in the crafts village of Avanos, all as you learn more about the geology and history of this surreally beautiful region. Your tour includes lunch at a local restaurant and a pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Göreme or Ürgüp.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Pigeon Valley, Uchisar KasabasI Nevşehir Kapadokya, Goreme 50240 Turkey

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

Stop At: Red Valley, Nevsehir Ortahisar, Nevsehir 50650 Turkey

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

Stop At: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Turkey

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

Stop At: Cavusin Seramik, Cavusin Kilisesi Alti, Cavusin Koyu Girisi, Nevsehir 50500 Turkey


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

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Professional tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Entry/Admission - Cavusin Seramik

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • 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
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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.


Departure Time

10:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Jose G

08 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!

David H

03 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.

JOANNE G

26 Jun, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this with a good guide.

Keziah G

11 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.

kskitti

15 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.

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