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Cappadocia

With natural and manmade gems, this outdoor adventure playground promises breathtaking scenery at every turn.

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Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

1. 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 small 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. For this experience, select between 3 options: • Standard flight: group option with up to 20-24 people and a 45 to 65-minute flight • Comfort Flight: group option up to 16 people and approximately 60-minute flight • Private flight: private option for you and your friends with approximately 60-minute flight

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight with Breakfast

2. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight with Breakfast

Discover Cappadocia from above on an early-morning hot air balloon flight. Gently fly over the fairy chimney rock formations for an hour and experience Cappadocia like a bird surveying its surroundings. Benefit from early morning hotel pickup before the day breaks, and travel to a hot air balloon launch site to get ready for your amazing adventure. Savor a light breakfast and hot drinks as you watch the balloons inflate against the stunning backdrop of the landscape. To make sure everyone stays safe, a passenger safety briefing is provided. You'll learn the basic rules of hot air balloon flights before ascending into the sky as the sun begins to rise. Take souvenir photos of the valleys below before gliding gently back down to the ground for your champagne celebration. Collect your keepsake flight certificate as a reminder of your experience. End your experience with a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.

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 Tour

4. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV 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, head to the Cavusin Village, where you can admire the architecture and churches of this former Greek village.  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 09:45/ 10:00. 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 Roman period, most of the people were pagan and not Christian. That's why, all the history of these places come from this point. In Turkish, Paşa means men who have lots of money and land. Bağ means land or area can be purchased. In the following years, all these rich men bought some part of land for their own economic power. Afterwards, the local people where 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. History of pottery making and ceramic dates back to Hittite emperors (B.C. 4000). Avanos is only town which is famous for pottery and ceramic made by red and white clay only. In the art center, you will be shown a pottery making demonstration and also be able to try try yourself. After all process of demonstration, you will have an open buffet lunch in a local, clean restaurant as a tour break. After a short photography break at  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 hand. In case of dangerous situations, you will not be allowed to climb the castle.  The most important place for Christianity and known as an open air museum, Göreme Open Air Museum will be waiting for your visit after Uchisar Castle. This will be completely similar with 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 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 had 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: Sunset Quad Safari

6. Cappadocia: Sunset Quad Safari

After being collected from your Cappadocia accommodation, you will make your way to the starting point of your quad tour. Once there you will go through a short instruction to the tour, before you begin your adventure. Start by discovering "Swords Valley", in which there are so many fairy chimneys and rock formations. You will also visit the famous "Rose and Red" valleys, with plenty of free-time included to take photos. Following these valleys, you can find out how the early people used to live inside these caves by visiting "Cavusin" (Ghost Village). "Love Valley" is one of the more popular valleys in Cappadocia, which draws a lot of attention from the interesting shapes of its fairy chimneys. Following your quad bike adventure, you will be dropped off back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Hot-Air Balloon Tour

7. Cappadocia: Hot-Air Balloon Tour

See beautiful panoramic views of the Cappadocia landscape in the bright morning sun. Feel like a VIP with included food and pickup on this hot-air balloon ride through the Turkish skies. This 3-hour program begins with a hotel pickup about 1 hour before sunrise. Watch the inflation of the hot-air balloon while enjoying a light breakfast of tea, coffee, and cookies. After a safety briefing from the pilot, climb into the basket and get ready for a spectacular flight. Rise to altitudes of several hundred meters for panoramic views. Drift through the valleys and canyons and around the fairy chimneys. The actual flight time is approximately 1 hour for standard flights, and 1.5 hours for deluxe and private flights. On landing, enjoy a traditional celebration party with Champagne and cakes. Take home a personalized flight certificate.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience

8. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience

Experience the best way to view the rocky valleys, underground cities, and legendary landscapes with a Hot Air Balloon flight at sunrise. See the sun rising as you take the most memorable photos from the balloon basket. Choose between a standard, luxury, or private flight to enhance your experience. Begin very early in the morning with a pickup from your hotel and a transfer by minibus to a secret location. Meet the rest of your small group with whom you will fly in the balloon. The licensed crew will help you board the balloon basket as you see it bloat with hot air and increase in size. Receive a short safety briefing, see dozens of other balloons nearby begin to bloat and go up in the air, and take some amazing pictures of the spectacle. Rise between 500 and 1000 meters above the ground and experience a smooth flight high above valleys and spectacular geographical formations that you can only see from the sky. At the end of the flight, land somewhere safe where the ground crew will be waiting with a commemorative flight paper and a light drink to celebrate.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight

9. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight

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 Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

10. Cappadocia Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

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.

Frequently asked questions about Cappadocia

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Planning Your Visit

  • Terrorist attacks have happened in Turkey. Is it safe to go there?

    Millions of foreigners visit Turkey every year and most visits are trouble-free. Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, and Hatay provinces are the places advised to avoid.

  • Do I have to be careful about how I dress in a country with many Muslim people?

    Tourists should respect religious customs, particularly during the month of Ramadan. Dress modestly when visiting mosques or religious shrines.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when the weather is cooler and the top sites are less crowded. Summertime is more active with tourists and you might find higher prices during this time.

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What people are saying about Cappadocia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,614 reviews

The sunset ATV tour was a really great experience in terms of a lot of fun driving with the vehicle but also because we drove past stunning sceneries of Cappadocia and did some stops in the most scenic places! Everything was very well organized and the tour itself was extensive. Would do this again anytime :)

Absolutely amazing experience! The pilot was very knowledgeable and most importantly lively. Put us at ease immediately and cracked us up all the way. Honestly don’t think anyone could’ve done better, I would give 10 stars if I could. Most fun experience ever, I’ll do it over again, Amazing!

Great hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. Company is totally organized, professional and executed the whole trip perfectly. Fabulous sun rise views at many different elevations. Plus we had an absolutely clear day, which is more up to the weather Gods.

It was brilliant from pick-up to sunsent to drop-off! Professional and friendly staff. Defo book with this group :)

Onur the tour guide was great. Very informative. Amazing tour.