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Cappadocia In One Day Small-Group Tour from Istanbul: Rose Valley, Ortahisar, Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley

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    In the morning, meet your chauffeur at your Istanbul hotel for a transfer to Istanbul Airport and begin your day adventure to Cappadocia. After short flight, land at Kayseri International Airport and meet your air-conditioned minivan for a 1.5-hour ride to beautiful Rose Valley. 
    Arrive and begin a relaxing walking tour with your local guide. Learn about the rose-colored rocks whose tone changes during the day is the reason for Rose Valley’s etymology. Then, marvel at the valley’s weathered volcanic monoliths, craggy pinnacles, fairy chimneys and dense orchards and vineyards. Continue to Rose Valley’s cave churches and hear how their were used by monks before the end of the first millennium. 
    Onward to a historical deserted rock village filled with ancient houses and churches, known as Old Çavuşin. Here, capture stunning shots of creepy houses and admire the imposing Basilica of St John the Baptist which rests on a clifftop overlooking Çavuşin.
    Take a break for lunch at a traditional restaurant (see the sample menu below in the Itinerary) and then head to the old town of Ortahisar to gaze up at the commanding presence of Ortahisar Castle, a Byzantine-era fortification. Stand in awe as you view this 295-foot monolith chiseled into the image of a giant honeycomb. Climb up its narrow passage and pass carved rooms and etched out chambers. At the top, glimpse over the city for remarkable views. 
    Next, voyage to Kaymakli Underground City and delve into the winding network of subsurface tunnels, living quarters, stables, kitchens and cellars. Hear how this well preserved city was once home to Christians who sought refuge from persecution. 
    Finally, spend time looking at astounding cave homes at Pigeon Valley. Learn about locals who bred pigeons in their homes to collect poop for fertilizer! As the day comes to a close, journey back to Kayseri Airport to catch your flight to Istanbul. Then, enjoy a transfer back to your hotel where your tour ends.
    Please note: Ortahisar Castle may be undertaking renovation, if it is entrance will not be permitted.
    Itinerary
    Sample Menu:
    First course:
    • Turkish meze (small appetizers) of breads, aubergine, artichokes, stuffed vine leaves, meatballs and yoghurt with cucumber and garlicMain course:

    • Chicken, lamb or beef kebabsDessert:

    • Baklava (filo pastry layers filled with nuts and sweetened with honey or syrup) and coffee
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    Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

    I took their full package for transfers, red and green tour and the hot air balloon ride. I booked a month in advance and was communicating with Esma. Had a wonderful time. They are true professional. Esma contacted me 2 day prior to my arrival...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile

    Hello... i need a driver to bring us to take a prewedding photoshoot.. can you add my whatsapp number? +6285210203032

    1  Thank ayankn2015
    NeonToursIstanbul, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2019

    Dear our valued guest, Please send us an email about your request. Neon Tours.

    Reviewed January 15, 2019

    we enjoyed our time in roaming and visiting all tourism places , you have to visit Cappadocia but it is enough for 4 or 5 days

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank tamarashami
    NeonToursIstanbul, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2019

    Dear Tamara, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our services. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Hope to see you again in Turkey, Neon Tours

    Reviewed August 12, 2018

    As our time in Istanbul was limited my wife and I opted for the one day tour to Cappadocia from Istanbul. Although we have been on several day tours this has to be one of the absolute best. They pick you up from your hotel...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    5  Thank FaansieT
    NeonToursIstanbul, Public Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2018

    Dear Our Valued Guest, Thank you for your kind and valued comments about our services and guide Ayse. We are delighted to hear that you had great time and made you happy here with our services and guide. We will absolutely share your valued comments...More

    Reviewed May 8, 2018

    The service we received from Ucan Travel, Mr. M Keddo was more the what we expected.From the early hotel pickup for the flight the various transfers and the return flight late at night worked like clockwork. Cappadocias attractions were outstanding and most interesting,especially the walk...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    8  Thank pseifritz
    NeonToursIstanbul, Genel Müdür at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

    Dear Our Valued Guests, Thank you for your kind and valued comments about our services and guide. Great to hear that you had great time and enjoyed our services during the tour in Cappadocia. Once again we would like to thank you on behalf of...More

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    Response from tamarashami | Reviewed this property |
    Hi friend, Cappadocia is far than Istanbul by app. 1 hour by plane, you should plan for longer trip in Turkey and explore the nice places there, and note that you have to stay in Cappadocia at least 2-3 nights. I hope you... More
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