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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Experience flying in a hot air balloon and take in the rugged and rocky terrain below. Enjoy the comfort of a small basket with this balloon experience. Begin your trip by being picked up from your hotel before sunrise. Arrive at the balloon site and meet your pilot. Have a small breakfast and watch the balloon fill up with hot air. Ascend into the air and float over the dramatic landscape featuring volcanic rock shaped into towers by erosion. Watch as the sun rises over the peaks and into the valley. Experience feeling weightless as you smoothly glide through the air. See how a hot air balloon works as your instructors steer it. Finally, land in a safe spot and celebrate with a glass of champagne before returning to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

2. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Discover the charm or Cappadocia from above on this hot air balloon flight. Savor a delicious breakfast before experiencing the thrill of taking off over the Red Valley. End your trip with fruit juice and cake. Take home a flight certificate as a memento of your time in the sky. Benefit from hotel pickup or make your own way to the launch site before sunrise and enjoy a complimentary breakfast as the final preparations for your flight are completed.  Then, glide with the wind above the stunning rock formations of Cappadocia as your pilot shows you all the natural landmarks from the Red Valley to Göreme. See an amazing sunrise from a different perspective and get panoramic views of Urgup, Göreme, Ortahisar, Uchisar, Avanos, and Nevsehir. Land at a site that is determined by the weather conditions and celebrate your experience with fruit juice and cake. Receive a personalized flight certificate as a keepsake souvenir before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

3. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Avanos, Underground Cities, Ortahisar, and Pasabag. Day 1: Flight to Kayseri and Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Catch your domestic flight to Kayseri. Start with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a cave city in the Goreme Valley. See rock-cut churches, kitchens, and wineries left from Anatolian Christians. Gaze at Byzantine frescos at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its history. Next, make your way to Devrent Valley, famous for its animal-shaped rocks. See a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Continue to Pasabagi Valley or Monks Valley to enjoy the wonderful landscape. Make your way to Avanos Village, the region known for its pottery, silk, wool and carpet weaving, wine cultivation, and agriculture. See the natural as well as human-made masterpieces of this charming old town. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Experience pottery-making with local experts. After treating yourself to a hearty lunch, continue to Goreme Panorama, for views of fairy chimneys, which are tall rock formations with caps on top. Make the most of your time in Cappadocia by visiting Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing, be driven to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia in a special class cave hotel. Day 2: Underground Cities Of Cappadocia and Flight to Istanbul Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After check-out, embark on a full-day tour. Visit Rose and Red Valley, an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink, especially during sunset. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Next, enjoy a tour of Pigeon Valley, named after the countless man-made dovecotes or pigeon houses carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Then, go down to the world of underground cities. Once a refuge for 15000 Christians, these settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Continue the tour with Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches. See the famous castle-like rock formation standing dominantly over the town. After the tour, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, be greeted by your driver and return to your hotel.

From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

4. From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Cappadocia

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on an all-inclusive trip from Istanbul. Float above volcanic spires and honeycombed hills on a hot air balloon. Be accompanied by a guide to Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Pasabag, Uchisar, and Kaymakli Underground City, and more. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and make your way to Istanbul airport. Catch your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival to Cappadocia, meet your guide and begin your tour of North Cappadocia. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Red River, Devrent Valley, and Pasabag. Make your way to Avanos Village for a traditional lunch and pottery demonstration. Get to the top of the Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing, be driven to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia. Day 2 You can opt to join a balloon flight in the morning. Your day tour will be organized according to the balloon flight hours. After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full-day tour of South Cappadocia. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Head to Goreme Panorama for views of fairy chimneys. Hike in the Red Valley. Visit Old Greek Love Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, and Pigeon Valley. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Witness an onyx demonstration by local experts. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Conclude the day tour by 5 PM. Then, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your driver and taken to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Highlights Tour

5. Cappadocia: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your hotel in the morning. From here your first stop will be a meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, where you will discover rock formations beyond belief in the Devrent Valley. You will visit the famous Pasabag "fairy chimneys", where the sound of the of wind mixes with the "songs of fairies" near Zelve. You will later have lunch in Avanos, the center of the terracotta art medium since 3000 B.C. It is at this location that you will enjoy a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Goreme Open-Air Museum, where you will be able to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. This is demonstrated in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings which date from the 10th to the 13th century. Next, you will continue to the panoramic viewpoint of Esentepe, which will provide you with a spectacular view over Goreme. You can see the complete view of the Goreme Valley and Goreme Village, including fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. You will later end your day with Uchisar Castle, a tall rock which is the highest point of the Goreme region. At the completion of your tour, you will be returned safely back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

6. Cappadocia: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

Start your magical night with a glass of Turkish wine or beer as the Turkish dance performance begins. Be mesmerized by the shimmering costumes and impressive dance moves as traditional belly dancers take to the stage and clap along to the hypnotic rhythms of classic Turkish music, played by live musicians. In between performances, indulge in a delicious dinner of traditional Turkish cuisine, including dessert and a glass of wine. Enjoy traditional dances from various regions of Turkey and be wowed by professional dancers, ornate costumes, and exotic music.

Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

7. Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Your tour of Cappadocia's highlights begins with a pickup from your hotel. Head to the Devrent Valley and see why it is also known as Imagination Valley. See countless different types of Fairy Chimney formations, which formed almost 30 million years ago. Head to the Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia and a UNESCO site. See the cave town's dwellings built into the sides of rock formations. Now a ghost town due to unsafe erosion, this place once housed Christians and Muslims in harmony with each other. Have the opportunity to stop by a local shop to discover the real Anatolia. See how people survived and created beautiful art in this region dating back to the Hittite period. Sit down for lunch in a local restaurant and rest up for the second half of the tour.   Then stop in Pasabag, where we will see the most interesting fairy chimneys, resembling those seen in the Hobbit and Smurfs.

From Istanbul: Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flight and Lunch

8. From Istanbul: Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flight and Lunch

Tour the most important landmarks of Cappadocia along with its fascinating rock formations on an all-day guided tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and arrive at the airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Kayseri. Meet your local driver and enjoy the ride to Cappadocia, where you will join other group participants and begin your tour. Explore the Goreme Open Air Museum and study the many rock-cut churches from as far back as the 10th century. Next, visit Devrent Valley, famous for its quirky animal-shaped rocks, and feel like you're in another world. Head to Pasabag, also known as Monks Valley, and see the chapel dedicated to St. Simeon along with a hermit's shelter. Admire some of the most striking fairy chimneys with a unique mushroom shape. Stop for a typical Turkish lunch in Avanos. Then learn to make pottery with local experts. Take in the best views of the fairy chimneys from Goreme Panorama before marveling at more magnificent landscapes from Uchisar Rock Castle. Drive back to Kayseri for your return flight to Istanbul where your driver will greet you and take you back to your hotel.

Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour with a Small Group

9. Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour with a Small Group

After a pickup from your hotel at 10 AM, hike along the Red and Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. Conclude your hike at the Cavusin Cave Village. Here, marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. Then, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Descend towards the center of the earth with a trip to the Underground City, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. Discover this underground city and its stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries. Visit the Pigeon Valley, enjoy a spectacular view of dovecotes, see old abandoned cave homes, marvel at the old Greek houses of Uchisar, and visit Ortshisar Castle, the biggest mass of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Return to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Cappadocia: 1 or 2 Day Private Tour

10. Cappadocia: 1 or 2 Day Private Tour

On day 1, your professional guide and the driver will pick you up from your hotel at 9:30 AM. The first stop is Esentepe, the impressive panoramic viewpoint overlooking Goreme. Here, your guide will give you information on the history of Cappadocia and the unique rock formations. Your next stop is the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will explain the meanings of the frescoes in the cave churches, decorated with scenes of the Old and New Testaments dating back to the 10th century. The site has been used as a monastery since the first years of Christianity. For lunch, visit a lovely restaurant in Goreme. Then, after lunch make several photo stops along the way to your next destination. Stop at Urgup’s family fairy chimneys, Devrent’s animal-shaped rock formations, and Monk’s Valley with the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys as well as St. Simeon’s monk cell carved into the rock. Day one concludes in Avanos, a picturesque town on river that supplies clay for the 4000 year-old Avanos tradition of pottery. A kick-wheel demonstration by a local potter and your chance at trying this ancient custom brings your day to an end. You will arrive back at your hotel around 5:00 PM. Day 2 also begins at 9:30 AM, with your first stop being the amazing Kaymakli Underground City. Carved by the Hittites about 3500 years ago, this multi-level underground city was used by early Christians as a main shelter from marauding enemies during the 6th and 7th centuries. Kaymakli is one of the biggest underground cities in Cappadocia with 8 levels including stables, temples, and wineries. After departing Kaymakli, drive further south to the magnificent verdant Ihlara Valley. On your way back to Goreme, stop at the spectacular vista point overlooking Pigeon Valley.

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What people are saying about Avanos

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,995 reviews

Edip was a wonderful tour guide. His sarcasm, wit and humour made this the most pleasurable tour to be on. Alican was such a great host and made sure that we were picked up timeously for the tour despite being situated in the city. The tour itself covered everything necessary to view and experience in Cappadocia. I highly recommend this tour.

We were picked up by our guide Ali and a driver in a very spacious van. Got a lot of information about the area. A day before the trip, they reached out to us regarding the pickup information and even after the trip, someone from the company texted for feedback. Highly recommended

The tours were great and Stoneland travel did a great job setting up it all, being available for any questions at all times on WhatsApp and helping with extra travel arrangements while we were in town.

The experience was amazing I would definitely recommend this. The tour guides were really friendly and helpful. The hotel was absolutely beautiful.

Great service. They were waiting for us in the airport. They picked up us and took us right to our hotel.