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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight with Breakfast

1. 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.

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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight

2. 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.

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Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

3. 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.

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Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

4. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

Discover the moon-like landscape of Cappadocia from a new perspective as you witness the sunrise from a hot air balloon. Get picked up from your hotel just before sunrise and head to the starting point. Once permission to fly has been granted, head to the take-off site where you can take captivating photos and watch the balloon inflation process. When everything is ready for the flight, rise up from the heart of Cappadocia and marvel at the spectacular landscape as you watch the fairy chimneys and rock formations shrink before your eyes.  Your flight will last approximately 1 hour. Upon landing you will enjoy a traditional Champagne toast and medal presentation. End your experience with a convenient drop-off back to your hotel.

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From Istanbul: Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flight and Lunch

5. 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.

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Cappadocia: Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

6. 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.

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Quad Safari through the Sword, Love & Rose Valleys

7. Quad Safari through the Sword, Love & Rose Valleys

Quad biking tours in Cappadocia are operated every day. You will be picked up from the hotel and drive to the tour starting point. On arrival you will get a safety briefing and information about how to drive a quad. The local guide will accompany you all the time showing the way you should drive (please note that the guide will not give any information about the area on this activity tour). A 2-hour ride provides you with an exciting and memorable sightseeing experience as you will drive through the beautiful valleys with the unique volcanic formations. You will explore Sword, Rose and Love valley and have an off-road adventure at Cavusin Old Greek Village. You will also see Cappadocia from a different perspective by viewing its amazing hills and fairy chimneys from the ground level. The 2-hour tour is more common but you can also join the 1-hour tour (riding through the Sword valley and Cavusin village). İn both cases, great fun, an adrenaline rush, and an unforgettable experience is guaranteed. Your tour ends with a hotel drop off.

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2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

8. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

Start the first day by visiting Devrent Valley, also known as 'Imagination Valley', this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley. Proceed to Avanos the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Red River. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Goreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule.  Then admire a spectacular view over Goreme, you can see fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. You have the option of also booking a pre-sunrise hot-air balloon flight for the next morning. While your guides complete the final preparations for your flight, you are served breakfast. Your pilot will show you all the unique beauties of Cappadocia from the Red Valley to Goreme. While witnessing an amazing sunrise up in the air, you will get to see perfect panoramic views of Urgup, Goreme, Ortahisar,Uchisar, Avanos, and Nevsehir. After the landing, a celebration with refreshing drinks (non-alcoholic) will be waiting for you. On the Blue tour you 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. Marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th Century. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Descend towards the center of the earth with a trip to the Underground City of Kaymakli, 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. See spectacular view of dovecotes (pigeon or dove houses), old abandoned cave homes, and old Greek houses of Uchisar and Ortshisar Castle, as well as the biggest mass of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.

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Cappadocia: 1.5-Hour Camel Safari Ride

9. Cappadocia: 1.5-Hour Camel Safari Ride

Enjoy a fun and traditional dessert 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 hot air balloons floating in the background. Enhance your experience by donning traditional clothing, which will available for you to wear during the ride. After your camel trek, you will be driven back to your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

10. Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your knowledgeable guide and head out on a small-group tour through Cappadocia. Start with a stop at Goreme Panorama, a scenic viewpoint that presents you with the expansive vista formed by the city below and the stunning rocky hills that back it. Then drive to Kaymaklı Underground City to learn firsthand how early Christians protected and defended themselves from persecutions and invasions for centuries. Hike through Turkey's largest canyon, which features over 2,670 different plants that thrive in the valley's micro climate. Afterwards, make the 1.5-hour drive to Nar Lake. Stop to take some photos before getting briefly back on the road to reach Ihlara Canyon for a 3.8 km hike along the river and through the area's beautiful nature. After the hike, satisfy your appetite with lunch at a local restaurant in Belisırma. Following lunch, head to Yaprakhisar Panorama (known for serving as a Star Wars movie set) to view the characteristic fairy chimneys from an incredible vantage point. Then visit Selime Monastery, the biggest religious building in Cappadocia with a cathedral-size church. Before returning you to your hotel, your guide will stop at Pigeon Valley, the best photo spot in all of Cappadocia.

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What people are saying about Central Anatolia

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based on 476 reviews

This was one of the most amazing experiences, we were very lucky to have a clear perfect sunrise, and it made the experience truly unforgettable. Tolga our pilot had such a passion for flying and brought a great energy and humor to the morning. We did the royal king flight and we highly recommend this, trust us once you are up there you will want all the time possible!

Great tour with a very nice female tour guide. It was a nice day out with a short trek in Ihlara Valley. Highly recommended! Please note that the price on GetYourGuide excludes entry fees of 115 TRY which you will be asked to pay.

One of the best company to buy ticket for hot air ballon. Pilot from sultan ballon company was the best. Smooth take off and landing. Can book without worry.

One of the best travel experiences ever! Very good company and all was professionally organised. Highly recommended!

Good organization, positive guide, lots of interesting information