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We're trying to figure out the right tour to take:

This one has three different tours of varying destinations:

1. www.goreme.com/group-cappadocia-tours.php

However, I had also heard about Green, Red and Blue tours. Are they different? Between the ones above and the Green, Blue and Red, which one would you advise?

Since we're staying in Goreme, we can probably walk to some of the places too.

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1. Re: Tour advice

The names mean nothing,some agencies call them by colour others by gold,silver etc. or by cultural names.It is the content that is important.

If you plan to take only one daily tour then choose one which includes Derinkuyu underground city and Ilhara Valley.These are the furthest from Göreme and the most difficult or time consuming to reach by public transport so they give the best value for money.

Those that include Göreme open air museum and Zelve open air museum are less value for money as these are places you can get to easily alone.

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Spot on advice from Sari, I completely agree with her. This colour thing is totally irrelevant and is just being touted by a few tour companies.

Choose the tour whose itinerary appeals to you most, has good reviews - and preferably no dreaded, overly expensive shopping stop to waste your precious time and money . NB the shopping stop will often be disguised as a "demonstration" in the itinerary.

I'd also suggest including an underground city in your tour for the reasons given by Sari, but if you are only in the area for a day or two I wouldn't give Ilhara top priority.

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I did the "Green" tour last Tuesday from Goreme. I checked with all of the places on the main street and the colors seemed consistent but like others said, decide what you want to do/see and then choose. My main place to see on a tour was Derinkuyu. I've never been on a tour like these before and actually had a blast! The guide was pretty good but got along great with a lot of the people in the group (on Facebook with several of them now), was really sad when it ended as everybody else was going elsewhere so I felt stuck in Goreme alone for my last night.

Tour started a little late but went well past the stated end time even though it was at a demonstration/shopping stop. Managed to get my tour for 90TL but average is 100TL.

The area was neat but for some reason I didn't really like Goreme. I didn't care for the cheap place I stayed in (which I'm sure affected my impression of the town), but you get what you pay for.

From Goreme the Open Air Museum is easy to get to (for whatever reason I didn't feel like going to it). The first full day there I went hiking on the trails around Goreme (maps provided aren't very good) so some common navigational sense is good, easier when sun is out of course. Was also able to use the GPS on my phone to double check what town I at or what road I was at, which helped.

Also, there is a pharmacy at one end of the main road in town, if you need sunscreen, it's the only place I could find it, you won't get any deals on it though, was almost $10 but worth it since I'm fair skinned.

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Thanks. Which travel agency did you book the Green Tour with?

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I booked my tour the afternoon before I went on it. I went with Hiro Tours mostly by accident. I don't know the road names but their main office in Goreme is along the main street next to other tour places.

The funny part is, I checked with a bunch of places around there about the green tour and was headed back to my room for a bit to sift through everything and walked by one last place on a street off the main drag as I headed uphill. The woman at the desk was super nice and helpful and offered the price of 90TL. I didn't have my ATM card handy and didn't have enough liras with me so she called to check about paying with VISA, which ended up being fine. She walked me to the main office to pay with the card, which really is only like a minute walk away and I talked to the same guy I had seen just a short while before but it saved me 10TL for some reason by stumbling upon the side office, go figure.

The girl at the smaller office spoke great English and was great to deal with, not sure if it's the owner that's at the main office but he never seemed too friendly in any of our interactions.

The average price in town was about 100TL. The tour started a little late and they did overbook our tour which caused some confusion at the beginning of the tour but otherwise went fairly smooth. In all fairness, I'm sure that could happen anywhere.

We were in a large comfortable van, not a big bus. It included a decent little lunch somewhere (drinks extra, soda was 4TL).

The guide for my tour was Ali Battir.

Hopefully no matter who you end up going through, you end with a decent guide and a good group of people, it's gotta make all the difference.

My trip in Turkey was done solo and usually at home I'm not very social but like I said in my first post I was truly sad when the day was over, I got to see some really cool things and meet some really nice people!

I know that's a long answer to the simple question but if you want to know anything else, feel free to ask, I am home now but was on the tour just last Tuesday so it hasnt been long. Have a good trip!

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7. Re: Tour advice

Occasional traveller, the link you gave in your first post is for Turkish Heritage Travel who have a very good reputation.

I'm glad the previous poster had a good day as Hiro Tours have had a very mixed reputation on these forums.

Have a look in the Things to Do section for more tour company reviews.

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That price for the green tour seems right.

There are multiple tour companies organising the red & green tours.

The red tour visits the the sights immediately around Goreme which truth be told are easily done on your own.

The green tour however ventures further down south to Derinkuyu underground city, Ihlara valley and is concluded by the dreadful onyx (demonstration) sell which is nothing but an organised way of getting foreign tourists to buy expensive stones from an atelier. Surprisingly the tourists buy the expensive stones and jewellery which I'm guessing is why they keep taking the travellers there at the end of the tour. Not to mention the kickbacks the tour group receive by routing the people there and making sales.

Hiro do appear to have received some mixed feedback here as of late.

Sunscreen isn't a common item used by locals in Turkey hence the inflated price of it. Wow you used sunscreen in Feb, respect for you. It's better to protect your skin year around especially if you are fair skinned.

The advantages of having slightly darker skin I suppose. Never would have thought of using sunscreen during winter.

I know what you mean about everyone going their ownways after the tour and you being left alone. You seem to use social media so can remain in touch with those people that way.

I enjoyed the pre meet we did with the group we went on the hot air balloon with in december as it gave us a chance to mingle with fellow travellers.

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9. Re: Tour advice

In the summer/spring, you dont get tours for 100 TL, it becomes 120 TL in general everywhere.

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