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Goreme: Budget Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

1. Goreme: Budget Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys and rock-cut churches and houses of Cappadocia, with transfers from your hotel. Get picked up from your accommodation in Cappadocia and embark on a drive to a secret location via minibus. 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. Feel the exhilaration as the wind transports you across the valleys and mountains for about 45 minutes to 1-hour, depending on the weather. Marvel at the unique rocks and caves of the region from a bird’s eye perspective and feel the freedom of floating across the skies.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

2. 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: Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

3. 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: Sunset ATV Adventure Tour

4. 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.

Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

5. Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel by a professional tour guide after your breakfast at around 10:00/ 10:15. Your first encounter with Cappadocia will be Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley).  In this valley, different rock formations can be seen as animals which is why this valley can also be called Imagination Valley. Use your imagination to describe all these rocks. Then, head to Monks Valley or also known as Paşabağları.  There is a bit of a difference between these two meanings in English and Turkısh. Monks used to live here and hide from the religious pressures of the Roman government or local people.  During the Roman period, most of the people were pagans and not Christian. That's why all the history of these places comes from this point.  In Turkish, Paşa means men who have lots of money and land. Bağ means land or area that can be purchased. In the following years, all these rich men bought some part of the land for their own economic power. Afterward, the local people were known as Paşabağları. Avanos town will be your third point of interest. In the art center, you will see how to make pottery and ceramic in the Cappadocia region. The history of pottery making and ceramic dates back to the Hittite emperors (B.C. 4000).  Avanos is the only town that is famous for pottery and ceramic made using red and white clay only. In the art center, you will be shown a pottery-making demonstration and will also be able to try it yourself. Then, head to an open buffet lunch in a local, clean restaurant as a tour break.  After a short photography break at the Esentepe viewpoint, see the stunning Gōreme Valley and fairy chimneys. The largest and tallest fairy chimney known as Uchisar Castle will be your next point of interest located in Uchisar. It is also a natural structure, not made by human hands.  In case of dangerous situations, you will not be allowed to climb the castle.  The most important place for Christianity, Zelve Open Air Museum will be waiting for your visit after Uchisar Castle. This will be completely similar to today's university model. You will see dormitories (for men and women), churches (9 to 10), chapels, dining rooms, mutual places, and classrooms.  You will see wall paintings or frescoes on most of the walls of the churches in this museum. These paintings depict some scenes from the Bible or some other important point in the life of Jesus Christ. People used to live here as students and teachers together. In addition, teachers gave Christian courses to their students from the Bible. Then after their graduation, they would go to some other part of Turkey in order to spread and teach Christianity to the people.  Finally, you will visit the deepest and largest underground city in Cappadocia. Consisting of seven floors, you will see all parts of the underground city open to the public and learn how people survived under limited opportunities.  Mainly, you will see stalls, dining rooms, food storage rooms, churches, kitchens, and other similar places you would normally find in a living area. Your professional art historian guide will gladly explain all the details and the history of the places you will visit during your tour schedule. 

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

6. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys and rock-cut houses of Cappadocia. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers and a pre-flight breakfast on arrival at the site. Have an early start to the day with pickup. Depart from your accommodation at 5 AM in an air-conditioned minivan and make your way to the launch site. Warm yourself up in the early morning chill with complimentary coffee and tea. Watch the balloons as they are prepared and inflated. Then, hop aboard your balloon. As the sun begins to rise, float to an altitude of 1,000 feet for panoramic views of Cappadocia. Let the wind carry you across valleys and mountains for about an hour. Float above volcanic spires and honeycombed hills on a hot air balloon. Marvel at the unique rocks and caves of the region from a bird’s eye perspective. At the end of the adventure, be rewarded with a personal flight certificate. Be driven back to your hotel at about 8 AM and enjoy the rest of your day.

Cappadocia: Camel Safari

7. Cappadocia: Camel Safari

Enjoy a fun and traditional trekking experience as you ride on a camel caravan to see unique views of Cappadocia. Choose from sunrise, midday, or sunset camel rides. After your hotel pickup, join your guides during the safety briefing. Get to know your new camel friends and start the safari journey. Admire the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia as you ride into the Red and Rose Valleys. Capture incredible picture moments with breathtaking valleys in the background. Enhance your experience by donning a traditional cap, which will available for you to wear during the ride. After your camel trek, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Mount Erciyes Skiing and Snowboarding Tour

8. 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. 

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys Balloon Flight with Breakfast

9. Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys and rock-cut churches and houses of Cappadocia, with transfers from your hotel and a pre-flight breakfast on arrival at the launch site. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cappadocia for the transfer to the launch site. Warm up from the early morning chill with complimentary coffee and tea. While you enjoy breakfast, watch the balloons as they are prepared and inflated. Then, as the sun begins to rise, float to an altitude of about 1,000 feet (300 meters) for extraordinary 360-degree views of Cappadocia. The wind will transport you across the valleys and mountains for about 45 minutes to 1-hour, depending on the weather. Marvel at the unique rocks and caves of the region from a bird’s eye perspective. Toast your landing with a glass of sparkling Champagne, and get your personal flight certificate before the transfer back to your hotel and the start of the rest of your day.

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

10. Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and get a panoramic view of Göreme en route to Derinkuyu Underground City. Marvel at the subterranean city, used by the Romans to shelter against invasions by the Arabs. Get explanations about the area's deepest underground city before moving on to the Ihlara Canyon, formed by volcanic activity from Mount Hasan and erosion by the Melendiz River. Learn how early Christians carved churches from the rock on a 3.5-kilometer hike through the Ihlara Valley, and pause for lunch at a riverside restaurant. Next, visit the rock-carved Selime Monastery and learn about monastic life in Cappadocia. Continue to the Pigeon Valley to learn how the locals have used pigeon eggs and droppings for different purposes and why they carved pigeon houses on the slopes of the valley. End with a visit to an onyx factory in Uçhisar and watch a demonstration about how volcanic stone is shaped by a master craftsman.

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What people are saying about Göreme

I’ve been traveling around the world for 100 days and this was my favorite thing so far. So much fun!!!

Great experience. Can get individual atvs or can share with your partner/friends. Really enjoyed.

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

Good. Passionate camel guide, even made us videos. We love it

It was amazing experience and all the staff was really nice.