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Cappadocia: Goreme Sunrise Balloon Official Flight

1. Cappadocia: Goreme Sunrise Balloon Official Flight

Glide serenely above the unique rocks and valleys of Cappadocia on a shared hot air balloon flight. Have the choice of colorful balloons and get a flight completion certificate and champagne at the end of the experience. Your adventure begins with a transfer from all hotels in the Cappadocia area 1 hour before sunrise. Upon arrival at the take-off site, fill up on complimentary light snacks, while the ground team finalizes their safety procedures. Once inflated, and following a safety briefing about your flight, your breathtaking tour begins as you rise to an altitude of up to 2,000 feet (600 meters). Propelled by the breeze, drift over the valleys and iconic fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, enjoying breathtaking panoramic vistas and descents that almost allow you to touch the rocks. Let the wind and fire float you gently back to earth. Back on the ground, toast the day with a glass of complimentary champagne, and collect your personal flight certificate, before the transfer back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

2. Cappadocia: Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

Enjoy Cappadocia from above on a thrilling hot air balloon tour complete with a light breakfast and champagne celebration upon landing. Start your tour with a luxury mini-bus transfer from your hotel to the local partner's headquarters. Here you can relax and enjoy a light breakfast while the pilots choose a launch site. Then get ready to watch the crew assemble and inflate the balloon. It's the only balloon variety in the region that is silver-coated, a hallmark of quality and safety. Following a brief introduction, you'll be off to see Cappadocia from high in the air. Climb approximately 300 meters and take in panoramic views as you drift above the valleys and between rock formations. Balloons move by the wind and you'll float wherever the breeze takes you. Once back on the ground, celebrate your flight with a champagne toast and receive a commemorative flight medallion.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Light Breakfast

3. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Light Breakfast

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: Sunset Horse Riding Tour

4. Cappadocia: Sunset Horse Riding Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable sunset as you ride horseback through the beautiful valleys of Cappadocia. See captivating rock formations, rock-carved churches, and local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards. Known as the 'land of beautiful horses,' Cappadocia also provides just as beautiful scenery from fairy chimneys to multicolored rock formations. A professional rider will guide you through the Rose Valley, known for its striking rock formations and hidden rock-carved churches. Visit the rock-cut Church of the Cross where a cross has been carved into the stone ceiling. Finish the ride through local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards during the Cappadocia's beautiful sunset.

Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Adventure Tour

5. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Adventure Tour

Experience an alternative way to see the sights of Cappadocia from the ground on this ATV tour. After a quick safety briefing and demonstration, get some practice on the bikes before beginning your tour. When you are 100% comfortable behind the wheel, begin your tour of Cappadocia's must-sees. First, drive through Sword Valley, the smallest valley in the region, and admire the sword-like fairy chimneys which give the valley its name. Next, speed through the White, Love and Red Valleys, stopping in each location for a rest or photos. Finish off at Rose Valley where you can watch the sunset from one of the best spots for sunset viewing in Cappadocia.

Red Tour: North Cappadocia with Göreme Open-Air Museum

6. Red Tour: North Cappadocia with Göreme Open-Air Museum

Discover Cappadocia on a 7-hour guided tour. Visit Avanos town, known for its earthenware pottery. See a demonstration of the Hittite technique. Explore Çavusin, one of the area's oldest settlements. People still live in the rock-cut dwellings and stone houses. Walk among the Devrent Valley's fairy chimneys, and marvel at unique rock formations that resemble animals. Visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum and see centuries-old rock-cut churches and monasteries. In the Pasabag Valley, marvel at the best collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Uchisar Rock Castle is the area's highest point. Take in panoramic views from the top of the castle. Stop in Ürgup to visit a winery for a tasting.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour

7. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Cappadocia on a full-day guided tour. Admire the main highlights of the city like Goreme Open Air Museum, Paşabağı, Old Greek Village of Çavuşin, and more while learning about the history and culture of the city from your guide. Arrive in Göreme after pickup from your hotel and marvel at some of the best views in the region. Continue to the Underground City, the biggest and deepest underground settlement, which boasts eight levels connected by narrow tunnels. Enjoy time to explore the stalls, stores, churches, wineries, kitchens, and other sections open to visitors, while your guide provides insightful commentary. Stop for some lunch in a traditional restaurant, before making your way to Pigeon Valley, located in Uçhisar town. Here, take in the spectacular panoramic views. Make your way to the Goreme Open Air Museum and marvel at the rock-cut churches carved by early Christian monks. Learn about Christianity and the Monastic Life of Cappadocia from your guide. Visit the Old Greek Village of Çavuşin, located on the banks of the Red River, which is the longest river in Turkey. Embark on a tour of the town, visiting a pottery workshop and learning about red clay work and ceramics. Watch a demonstration of the ancient free-hand technique and hear about the pottery-making tradition which dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C by the Hittites. Then, head to a rug workshop with hand-woven products. Continue to Paşabağı where the spectacular mushroom-shaped rock formations can be seen. Paşabağı is also called Monks Valley because of the Chapel of Saint Simeon, which is located in the valley. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also known as Imagination Valley. Admire the curious red rocks, which resemble animal forms, including a camel, a lizard, an owl, a snake, a chicken, and a penguin. At the end of your day, enjoy a relaxing return transfer to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

8. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

Take to the skies on this private or group hot-air balloon experience over Cappadocia. Awe at the spectacular views and see the sun rising as you take the most memorable photos from the balloon basket. Choose between a standard, comfort, or private flight. Fly in a hot-air balloon above Cappadocia and discover the best way to view this land of rocky valleys, underground cities, and legendary landscapes. Begin your experience very early in the morning with pickup from your hotel followed by transportation to a secret location via minibus. Once there, meet the rest of your group (if choosing a group flight). Follow your licensed crew on board the balloon basket as it bloats with hot air and becomes very big. Listen to your pilot who will share safety measures and the dos and don’ts during your flight. Hold on as your balloon rises between 500 and 1000 meters above the ground. Fly smoothly above valleys and spectacular geographical formations that you can only see from the sky. Make sure to snap some photos of your own balloon and the dozens of others nearby that will be starting to go up in the air. At the end of the flight, land somewhere safe where the ground crew will be waiting for you with a commemorative flight certificate and a light drink to celebrate.

Cappadocia: Mount Erciyes Skiing and Snowboarding Tour

9. Cappadocia: Mount Erciyes Skiing and Snowboarding Tour

Summer may be gone, but winter offers no less of an opportunity to get outside and be active. Join a skiing and snowboarding excursion on the Erciyes Volcanic Mountain for an unforgettable adventure. Enrich your trip with an optional 1-hour lesson with a professional teacher. In order to make most of the daylight, the tour starts bright and early. Get picked up directly from your hotel, then head to the local office for a cup of morning coffee or tea before driving to Mount Erciyes in the Kayseri Province. Upon arrival, your driver will help you to get the equipment you need for skiing or snowboarding. Then it’s time to set out on your adventure through the snow. You’ll be able to choose between different tracks based on your interests and skill level. The first track is for beginners; it’s 500-meters long with a flat escalator. At this track, you can get a lesson for 1-hour from a professional instructor to learn how to ski or snowboard (optional). If you want, you can pass to the second part of the tracks, which is for professionals. The professional area has 2 tracks which are 1500-meters long with a cable car to reach high levels. After some free time, you’ll receive lunch and drinks. At the end of your adventure, the driver will take you back to your hotel in the evening. 

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

10. From Istanbul: 2-Day All-Inclusive Cappadocia Guided Trip

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.

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Such an incredible experience. Worth every penny. I thought I would have been nervous or a little scared, but it was so smooth and stable under your feet. We were in the sky for about an hour and this was during the winter months. Breakfast was a bag of snacks and a juice box. Super basic. Because it was winter, I have to mention, it was freezing. Almost unbearable and I was dressed for it. Wear your warmest clothes if it’s the winter time

10/10 experience! Ail Polat our pilot was fantastic and very talented at flying! I will take this experience away with me forever as one of the best

Enjoyed. Great staff and safe route. Was worried since I had a 11 year old but it was very safe

It was an amazing experience. On time fly and promised service.

Everything from discovery balloon did amazing jobs thank guys