Welcome to Zelve

The valleys were inhabited until 1952, when they were deemed too dangerous to live in and the villagers were resettled a few kilometres away in Aktepe, also known as Yeni Zelve (New Zelve).

An excellent walking trail loops around the valleys allowing access to the various caverns, although erosion continues to eat into the valley structures and certain areas are cordoned off due to rockfalls.

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$869 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, 7 nights, Twice in a Week

Day 1 : Arrival to Istanbul Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul  meet by our representative and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul. Day 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast)  09.00 a.m. Our journey begins in Istanbul, We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 3 : Istanbul to Cappadocia by flight – Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast – Dinner ) Ttransfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Cappadocia . Start for Cappadocia tour. First meeting with Cappadocia, visiting Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup which are the most popular and seen on advertisements  Then we descend into the center of the earth in the Ozkonak Underground City. Overnight in CappadociaDay 4 : Full Day Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast – Dinner )Optional Hot Air Balloon Experinece. In the morning, visit to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” Lunch in Avanos, center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Oovernight in Cappadocia.Day 5 : Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale (Breakfast – Dinner ) Departure for Pamukkale. Viisit the 13th century  Sultanhan Caravanserai first then visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana in Konya, the world-wide famous mystic, Drive to Pamukkale , overnight in a Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale. Day 6 : Pamukkale – Kusadasi (Breakfast – Dinner ) In the morning visit to the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. Then drive to Kusadasi and overnight.Day 7 : Kusadasi – Ephesus – Istanbul by flight (Breakfast ) First visit the Artemission Temple then Continue to Ephesus, Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them The State Agora, Odeon, Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, , Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, The Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, Latrina,  Celcus Library, the gate of Mihridates and Mazues, Commercial Agora and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Visit House of Virgin Mary. After Ephesus tour  Drive to Izmir airport for our flight  to Istanbul. Arrival to  transfer to the hotel for overnightDay 8 : Home (Breakfast) After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul airport .The end of our services

$899 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Turkey Express Tour for 7 nights including Hotels

Day 1 : Arrival to IstanbulWelcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, meet by our representative and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul.Day 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour (B)After breakfast pick up from hotel and our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace ,Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place.Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 3: Istanbul & Full Day / Ephesus Tour (B,L,D) Transfer to Istanbul airport to take an early flight to Izmir. Your driver and guide will be ready to meet you at the Izmir airport and begin your tour with a visit to the Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded), Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; Virgin Mary’s House and St. John Church. Overnight in Kusadasi.Day 4: Full Day / Pamukkale Tour (B,L,D) Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way visit to Aphrodisias and the museum. Later, have a lunch. Then drive to visit the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard in Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale. Day 5: Konya Tour / Cappadocia (B,L,D) Early departure for Cappadocia. Drive to and explore the Mausoleum of Mevlana, then proceed to Karatay Theological School in which beautiful tiles are on display. After lunch 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrival in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.Day 6: Full Day / Cappadocia Tour (B,L,D) After breakfast, visit Pigeon Valley near Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Lunch in a restaurant and then visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Pasabagi in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts. Overnight in Cappadocia.Day 7: Cappadocia - Istanbul (B,L,D) After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport according to your flight time to Istanbul. Arrival at Istanbul airport. Meet the representative and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.Day 8: Home (B,L,D) After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home. End of services.

$173.53 Outdoor Activities

Cappadocia Running Tour

We will pick you up from your hotel at 17:30pmBegin your running tour at the historic Uçhisar in Cappadocia.Love Valley (Love Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey certainly has a claim to fame – a very large one. Rather euphemistically named, the valley is home to rock structures that bear a passing resemblance to… well - make your own mind up. Seeing, as they say, is believing.)Çavuşin (Çavuşin village, located about halfway between Avanos and Göreme, is surrounded by a valley which becomes gradually wider, allowing extended farming. Until the 1920s it had a mixed population with many Christian Orthodox families.)Paşabağ (Pasabag in Cappadocia is located on the road to Zelve, coming from Goreme or Avanos. Highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard.)After the running tour, We will drop off your hotel at 19.30pm

$113.38 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Hollywood world in Cappadocia

We will pick you up at 9:45 after breakfast at your hotel. First visit will be to the Devent Valley (Imagination Valley) where a magic wand touched a piece of land and turned it into a dreamy picture while this region was on the making. Each fairy chimney looks as if once flesh and bone faces turned into stone figures and you can not help but lose sense of time scanning through them for a familiar face.Next stop is the Zelve Valley where the movie Ghost Rider 2 was filmed. Once there, you will feel you are in the movie set yourself! Zelve Valley is where the oldest and the longest settlements took place in the region. It is also known as the place Christianity started to spread. Many monasteries, churches and old settlements can be found in Zelve.Lunch is at a local restaurant.We will then go to the Uchisar Castle where L'empire des Loups was filmed. Being the highest point of the region, Uchisar Castle overlooks  the Hasan and Argeus; today's inactive volcanic mountains, the originator of the unique shapes of Cappadocia. Final stop is the Selimiye Monastery where the-second-highest-grossing movie of all time Star Wars was filmed. One of the oldest settlements in history, Selimiye Monastery has footprints of many civilizations as the Romans, Seljuks, Hittites, Persian, Byzantines and the Ottomans. Once home to the Orthodox communities, people that lived here obeyed the rules from the cathedral without questions. This truly was their sacred place.Your tour ends here. After that, you will be dropped off at your hotel at around 17:30.

$117 Day Trips & Excursions

A Private Day Tour From Glorious Cappadocia

Cappadocia was an object of desire to men, even before it was mentioned in the Holy Bible. Once the homeland of the powerful Hittite empire, later a refuge for early Christians; it is a land of magic, a region of exceptional natural wonders (in particular characterized by fairy chimneys) and a unique historical and cultural heritage. Prepare yourself to travel back in time, and prepare your mind to wander between the images of ancient people and the breathtaking beauty of the landscape.You are going to be picked up by a professional guide and driver  from your Hotel in Cappadocia at  9:30 in the morning. The day will start by visiting Zelve and Paşabag.Zelve - Pasabag with the most interesting fairy chimneys and first example of a monk’s chapel will be the appetiser to your day. Followed by the visit to the most exquisite Göreme open air museum.Avanos town is famous for traditional handicraft and pottery manufacturing by the Hittite technique where you can find out if you have the skill to make your own pot.Finally visit to the unique underground city of Kaymaklı will give you the most memorable adventure of your life.At the end of the day the guests will be dropped off to pick up points.

$140 Tours & Sightseeing

2-Day Cappadocia Full Day Tours With Airport Transfers

Day 1 – CappadociaDeparture will be from your hotel at 9:30am. We will be traveling in an air conditioned minibus with your professional English speaking guide on board. The first stop will be at Devrent Valley which is also known as Imaginary Valley does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia.The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape have their strange look. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks.This will be great stop to capture the photos of the rock formations of the unique fairy-chimneys. After Devrent Valley, we will head down to Paşabağ also referred to as The Monk's Valley to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Pasabag in Cappadocia is located on the road to Zelve, coming from Goreme or Avanos. Highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard. We will be having hour Lunch in a near by Restaurant and our next stop will be the city of Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art. In the afternoon we will head down to The Goreme Open-Air Museum which resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It is definitely the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. There are many churches and chapels in Goreme Open Air Museum but the most important ones are; Nunnery, St. Barbara Church, Apple (Elmali) Church, Snake (Yilanli) Church, Carikli (Sandals) Church, Dark Church (Karanlik Kilise) and most importantly Buckle (Tokali) Church. Last stop before returning to your hotel will be the natural castles at Uçhisar. We will finish our day around 5:30pm and you will be dropped off to your hotel.Day 2 – Cappadocia Departure will be from your hotel at 9:30am. Our first stop will be Red valley and we will explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike about 5 km through the valley of Gulludere. Our hike will end in Çavuşin village.This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clergymen. After lunch Drive to the Pigeon valley. There are also many other pigeon houses in Pigeon Valley which connects Uchisar to Goreme. Most of these cave dwellings have been painted white to attract the birds and their valuable droppings. After having lunch in a near by restaurant we will head down to Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Kaymakli underground city is built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and was opened to visitors in 1964. The ancient name was Enegup. Caves may have first been built in the soft volcanic rock by the Phrygians, in the 8th–7th centuries B.C. Our day will end around 05:30pm and you will be dropped off to your hotel.

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