Firstly we are two 50 year olds from Australia who just loved this area. We stayed in a fabulous pension called Hotel Gultekin. hostelworld.com/availability.php/…28487
This was in a very handy location, minutes walk from the bus station (street up from the large rug store). We booked all of our tours and transfers from the Neveshir airport with the manager of the hotel (Selim) who really looked after us beyond the normal. We arrived early June unpacked and walked around town which has so much to see the caves are right there. We did the Rose Valley sunset walking tour. We left around 3pm and came back in the dark. There was only 3 of us that day and we were collected by van after the tour. Easy flat walking and around the rock formations and churches all with tremendous views. Near the end you arrive at a cave where an elderly man has set up a terrace with chairs and he makes you a drink, we had the freshly squeezed orange juice to watch the sunset. Just magic.
Next morning at 5am we did the hot air balloon across the valleys. We used Goreme Balloons and was very happy with them. It is a magic site seeing nearly over 50 balloons up in the air at once and of course the scenery below.
We did the full day underground city tour – Ihara Valley. We thoroughly enjoyed the underground city and the tour guide was chatty and spoke great English.
We also did the Turkish Night which includes all your drinks and food and the dancing was great to watch. My husband of course was called up to do his thing with the belly dancer. All great fun. The night kept going with others we met from the hotel – lovely girls from USA and Canada and we danced on at Bedrock Cafe back in Goreme.
We found throughout our trip to Turkey (which was 4 weeks) that the people are all really really friendly and helpful and give great service and the staff at Hotel Gultekin was no exception.
We left this wonderful town by using the Metro late night bus to Antalya. Which I can highly recommend. The buses in Turkey are all modern, clean great comfortable seats and the best part is the host that is on board giving you drinks and snacks and sometimes icecream – all part of the fare.