Get off the beaten track on a full-day tour of the traditional villages of Cappadocia. Go for a hike in the tranquil Soganli Valley and explore the Roman remains of Sobessos.Explore the less visited parts of Cappadocia on this full day Cappadocia tour.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city life
Discover hidden churches in Soğanlı Valley
Marvel at the region's fairy chimneys and cave houses
Explore the biggest and deepest underground city of the region
Of the Beaten Track Cappadocia
The tour starts at 9.30 AM with a pick up from your hotel in Cappadocia.
First stop of the tour is Ortahisar Castle. Hisar, in Turkish, means castle, and the highest point in the area. Ortahisar is natural stone fortress, which you can climb for an amazing panoramic view. Next stop of the tour is Mustafapaşa (an old Greek town). Mustafapaşa has been called ‘the undiscovered gem of Cappadocia ‘. Mustafapaşa was Greek town until the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey took place following the First World War. Greeks left some fine and diverse architecture, a grand church and “The Medrese” Islamic College). The Medrese has swivelling columns by the main door. The tour continues with Keşlik Monastery where the two sides seem to have lived side by side. The monastery is partly decorated in the traditional style and partly with geometric patterns, the only decoration allowed by the iconoclasts. Next stop is Taşkınpaşa.
You have all heard of tiny places that developed into big important centres.Taşkınpaşa went the other way. In the 14ᵗʰ century under Karamanian rule this was a place to be reckoned with, now it’s a small, sleepy village. But some interesting signs of its former glory remain. The little mosque, and the Turbe tombs outside, is rare examples of Ottoman architecture. The mimbar (pulpit) and mihrap (where the Koran was kept) are masterpieces in the wood carving, so they are now in Ankara museum. Next stop of the tour is Sobesos. Near the village of Şahinefendi is a very new archaeological site. So new. It includes a Roman bath, tombs and what appears to be Byzantine Chapel built on top of a Roman Temple. The mosaic floors are largely intact and very beautiful.
Next stop is Soğanlı Village and Valleys. This is one of the most strikingly beautiful places in Cappadocia. Its name means with onion in modern Turkish. Two valleys meet at the village, which has been in existence since Roman times and which was once an important monastic retreat. The monks of Soğanlı were famous for their wine. They relied heavily on pigeons for fertiliser for their grapes and you can see many pigeon houses among the fairy chimneys. You will walk the valleys and discover the churches, and the even older Roman graves, usually in solitude since Soğanlı is so out of the way and rarely visited. In the Soğanlı Village centre you will find dolls, gloves and socks made by village women for sale.
After Soğanlı, we are heading to Derinkuyu underground city. The underground cities were complete with wells, chimneys for air circulation and niches for oil lamps, stores, water tanks, stables and places to store the dead until they could be taken out and buried. Most importantly carefully balanced moving stone doors, resembling millstones, were devised to quickly block the entrances in the event of an attack. Of course these doors opened from one side only!
After visiting all levels of this unique underground city, we are leaving for Pigeon valley. All around this area you can see pigeon houses. The sides of some fairy chimneys have fallen away and you can see inside where the rows of ‘pigeon holes’ have been carved into the rock. The entrances are often decorated to attract the birds. Some are simply surrounded by white point; others are intricate and colourful examples of Islamic art.
Next to Pigeon valley we’ll see onyx and semi-precious stones worked into jewellery and ornaments.
Last stop of the tour is Göreme Panorama– the best place from which to photograph Göreme and its surroundings.
You will return to your hotel at around 17:30 – 18:00 with full of happy memories from your day.
Professional tour guide (English)
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
AC transport during tour
Know Before You Go
Children under the age of 8 years are 50% discounted.
Your guide may alter the schedule to take into account weather, tourist traffic or other considerations but you will visit all the points listed.
30% deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is required in cash on the same day of the tour.
If you wish to pay the balance by card/bank transfer, there will be an extra 10% fee of the outstanding payment amount.
Balance payment accepted in EUR, TRY or USD. Payment will be charged at the current exchange rate on the day of payment.
Free cancellation up to 2 days before date of tour.
If cancelled with-in 2 days or less prior to tour date full cost of tour will be charged.
This tour is not runned everyday. Check availability if the tour is runned on your date(s).
What is the meaning of off the track?
A place that is off the beaten track is in an area where not many people live or go.
Is one day enough in Cappadocia?
Yes, but the more the merrier. Anyway, here is a one day itinerary for Cappadocia!
How many people in this tour?
Usually 6 to 10 people. However maximum number of group is 16 people.
Is there any age limit on this tour?
No, there is no age limit.
What is the best month for Cappadocia?
The best time to visit Cappadocia is from March to June or September to November when the crowds are thinner and the weather is milder. June to August is the peak season so it can get crowded, and it can get bitterly cold during the winter months from November to late February.
Truly wonderful experience. Our agent Ashley was very responsive throughout. The whole balloon crew were so professional and fun. Definitely the highlight of our Turkey trip.
Es el sitio que más barato vimos, volamos por 160€ por persona. Hacen lo mismo que todos, te recogen en el hotel, te dan el desayuno viendo montar los globos, vuelo de 60 minutos y luego te dan champán y un diploma.
Una experiencia inolvidable.
I booked an ATV tour online for 2 adults and assumed this meant we'd have 2 ATVS, which was not the case, we only had 1 reserved. Fortunately we were able to arrange a second ATV onsite.
The tour lasted 2 hours and we went through some fields, up to the rim of Love Valley and ended in a nice spot to catch the sunset. My partner put it succinctly when he said "ATVs are a cancer to this place" which is absolutely true. Cappadocia is completely overrun by tourists on ATVs (had I known this before, I would not have booked the tour) which is really unfortunate. The sunset spot was overcrowded with vendors and tourists taking selfies, all while inhaling the fumes of burning plastic and exhaust. The guys leading our tour were not friendly nor did they share any information about the region or areas we traveled through. They did however seem to enjoy showing off their ATV handling skills by riding around the rock formations at full blast, sometimes carrying young women along for a 'wild ride'. When we weren't trying to avoid serious injury by getting hit by an ATV guide, we were watching out for the jeep tours plowing full speed across the rock formations.
I'm sure many people enjoy these tours, but I wouldn't recommend them if you're interested in learning about the region and you care about how your tourism is impacting the places you visit.
Hayatınızda birkez bile olsa deneyimlemeniz gerekli.
Good honest people, gave a great hot air balloon tour. I enjoyed very much. I booked one day before my ride and they were quick to contact me and provide all information.
Oktay helped arrange all hot air balloon ride, daily tours and transfers for me. He is really good and gives you a fair price. Would totally recommend him. You can trust him to plan everything and be relaxed that it will ne taken care of.
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