Private Cappadocian Guides
The best way to explore the landscape and history of Cappadocia is with a certified Turkish tour guide. The information they provide far exceeds any tour book or website (including this one!). The price for a guide is a small investment. Guides plan your trip with maximum efficiency, provide background information, answer your questions, and become your window into Turkish culture.
Anyone can enjoy Cappadocia without a guide, but a tour guide greatly enhances your visit. You can hire a guide for a half-day, full-day, or multiple days.
CappadociaHistory.com recommends these tour guides. These are “the best of the best” based on their language fluency, historical knowledge, and professional experience. Many guides take you only to the physical sites. However, these guides actually take you back into history!
Mustafa Uysun, a native of Cappadocia, has worked as a national tour guide since 1991. As a senior guide, he has had the honor of introducing Cappadocia to many visiting celebrities and states-people. Mustafa lectures on Byzantine iconography in Cappadocia, and has written two books on the topic—The Guide to Iconography in Rock-Cut Churches of Cappadocia (2014) and Goreme Churches’ Iconography (2017). He lives with his family in Nevşehir.
Request a Guide
Complete the form below to request a Turkish tour guide recommended by CappadociaHistory.com. An official Turkish tour guide will respond to you directly to arrange your trip.
The following information explains how the tour guide industry works in Turkey.
To ensure an excellent experience for all visitors, the Turkish government regulates the tour guide industry. All tour guides in Turkey must study for several years, pass a government exam, and maintain official certification. The government even mandates the minimum daily price for all guides. Only licensed tour guides can lead a tour. I have visited other countries and heard many times, “Oh, my uncle give you good tour!” That does not happen in Turkey.
The professional organization for tour guides in Turkey is called TUREB. It oversees the certification and quality of all tour guides in the country. Official tour guides wear a blue “kokart” badges around their necks at all times. There are about 500 tour guides in Cappadocia alone. They are all professional and qualified, but not all guides have a deep historical understanding of Cappadocia’s cave churches. The above guides have advanced historical training.
All professional guides work for a fee. This is their full time profession. Because experienced tour guides are in high demand, they do charge more. When you request a tour guide through the form below, your price is directly from the tour guide, not a travel agency or intermediary that charges a broker fee. There is no mark up or “finder’s fee” involved.
Tour guides in Turkey are not travel agents or drivers. Turkish law prohibits tour guides from driving clients. If you tour requires transportation, the guide can arrange for a licensed driver from a licensed travel agent. Remember: guides, drivers, and agents are three separate professions in Turkish. All are regulated and licensed by the government.
And FYI, Jason Borges (the author of CappadociaHistory.com) is not a certified guide, nor is he a travel agent. CappadociaHistory.com does not guarantee any information or services.