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In Cappadocia, consider hiring a guide for at least one day. In general, they know the terrain and can lead you to places you might not otherwise find, and fill you in on fascinating details about the geology of the region, early inhabitants, and other info. Expect to pay about $25-$60 a day. Local tourist offices and hotels can make recommendations, or try one of these companies.
Argeus. One of Cappadocia's best-regarded —and priciest—agencies, Argeus has 20 years of experience. It specializes in customized private tours but also organizes small group day trips (maximum eight people), one- and multiday mountain biking trips, plus airport shuttles. 384/341–4688 in Ürgüp. www.argeus.com.tr.
Turkish Heritage Travel. This well-regarded company organizes photo safaris, cooking classes, grape-harvesting excursions, and other unique outings aimed at introducing guests to authentic Turkish culture. Their knowledgeable, personal guides also lead more traditional group and private tours of Cappadocia— and there are no shopping stops. 384/271–2687 in Göreme. www.goreme.com.
HtR Travel. With 15 years of experience, HtR Travel offers daily sightseeing tours of Cappadocia (maximum 18 people) at reasonable rates. It also arranges private hiking tours in the region, as well as tailor-made tours, and the guides are excellent. 384/341–5548 in Ürgüp. www.htrturkeytours.com.
Kirkit Voyage. Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, boating, camping, and other outdoor activities—offered as day trips or multiday excursions—are the specialty of this agency, which also organizes sightseeing tours in Cappadocia. 384/511–3259 in Avanos. www.kirkit.com.
Rock Valley Travel. Friendly, family-run Rock Valley Travel organizes private and small group day tours (maximum 12 people) as well as three-day trips to Mt. Nemrut and Urfa. The tours are good value and the guides are professional. 384/341–5819 in Ürgüp. www.rockvalleytravel.com.
Ürgüp Travel. The knowledgeable, professional team at Ürgüp Travel runs good-quality outings around Cappadocia and beyond. Private tours, guided hikes, and cooking classes are also available. 384/341–5015 in Ürgüp. www.urguptravel.com.
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