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Cappadocia: Hot-Air Balloon Tour

1. 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.

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Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

2. Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel to begin a 6.5-hour tour full of incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many different types of ancient art. Your day begins with an exploration of Cappadocia, in particular Devrent Valley. This Valley is also known as “Imagination Valley”, which you’ll understand once you arrive. You’ll see countless different types of Fairy Chimney formations, which formed almost 30 million years ago. Following this, you’ll head to the Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia and one of the 3 UNESCO Sites in the park. This is an amazing cave town with 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. This trip offers 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, head to Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley, two of the best spots for photography in the whole world. Hit the road again to return to your hotel—but before you get home, you’ll stop at Goreme Panorama Point to see the beauty of Cappadocia from a different angle.

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Antalya: Cappadocia 2-Day Guided Excursion

3. Antalya: Cappadocia 2-Day Guided Excursion

Begin your immersive Antalya experience with a visit to the Saratli Underground City and see its rock-carved dwellings from the Byzantine era. After lunch, explore Devrent Valley and the Cavusin Old Village abandoned rock houses carved into the cliff. See the church of St. John the Baptist and Pasabag Valley before taking in the views. Spend your evening at the cave-themed hotel or join an optional Turkish Night with traditional music and an Anatolian folk dance show. If you choose the hot air-balloon option or want to watch the balloon flights, start the next with a one-hour balloon ride. After breakfast, take in the panoramic views of Pigeon Valley and visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point in Cappadocia.

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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Day Tour

4. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight and Day Tour

Begin your day with a pickup from your accommodation in Cappadocia at dawn and travel to the hot air balloon launch site. Enjoy a light breakfast then board your piloted balloon. Ascend above Cappadocia’s lunar-like landscapes. Absorb the incredible views of the sculpted valleys below. Capture them on camera as the sun illuminates them in soft reds and pinks. After at least an hour in the air, touch down and celebrate your experience with a glass of champagne. Then, be transferred back to your accommodation for breakfast and two or three hours of free time.  Your second pickup will be in an air-conditioned vehicle to kick off your tour of the highlights of Cappadocia. Your professional tour guide will help you get acquainted with this unique area.  Visit Avanos town, which is famous for its production of earthenware pottery. The ceramic trade in this district, and the countless pottery factories, date back to the Hittites. The ceramic clay from the red silt in the Kizilirmak River has always been used. Watch a pottery demonstration of the Hittite technique. Explore Çavusin. This is one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia, dating back to the 5th-century. It is an old village where people still live in rock-cut dwellings and stone houses. The Church of St. John the Baptist in Çavuşin village dates back to the 5th-century and the paintings date back to the 6th, 7th, and 8th centuries. The church offers a spectacular panoramic view of the village.  Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, is famous for a lunar landscape, with unique rock formations that look like particular animals, including a camel, an alligator, snakes, and seals. There are also rocks that resemble people as they dance or pray and one that appears to be St. Mary. Goreme Open-Air Museum is a UNESCO site with rock-cut churches and monasteries dating back to the 5th and 13th centuries. There are over 400 churches in Goreme and most of the beautiful frescoes have retained their original color and freshness. Visit the Apple Church, the St. Barbara Church, the Church of the Serpent, and the Dark Church.  Pasabag Valley has the best collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. These rock formations with twin and even triple rock caps are known as the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. The valley is also known as Monk's Valley because monks used to take refuge here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit’s shelter are built into one of the fairy chimneys with three caps. It is possible to visit the inside and climb to the top of it. Uchisar Rock Castle is the highest point in Cappadocia. There is a magnificent panoramic view of the area, and the Erciyes mountain in the distance, from the top of the castle. Rooms in this multi-level castle are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels, and passages. Urgup is a heart of Cappadocia and it is famous for the Three Beauties and wine production. Before returning to your accommodation, visit a winery to sample some local wines.

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Cappadocia: Royal Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Tour

5. Cappadocia: Royal Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Tour

Your guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby before the beginning of your day’s adventures in Cappadocia. Your experience will begin with a scenic hot-air balloon ride over the unique landscape, which will provide the perfect start to your day. From there you will drive for 1 hour to Soganli Village, where you can see one of the greatest examples of monastic life that has been hidden and protected over time. Following that, drive to the Sobesos Excavation site of a Roman City, which possesses one-of-a-kind floral mosaics that have only recently been discovered. Upon arrival at the Keslik Monastery, you will have the opportunity to understand how people survived and practiced their religion on this small site. This will also give you an idea of their not-so-well-known social life. You will then drive to Sinassos where you will see an Old Greek Village, which was re-inhabited after 1927. Following that, you will sit for lunch at a local restaurant, before beginning a Red Valley hike. Following this hike, you will complete your Cappadocia tour, following which you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Sunrise Photo Shoot

6. Cappadocia: Sunrise Photo Shoot

Beginning 15 minutes before sunrise, a taxi will be waiting outside your hotel to transfer you between different locations for the duration of your photo shoot. You will also have the possibility of shooting some photos at your hotel terrace first. There will be fixed locations during every shoot such as your hotel, the Old Cave Church at Paşabağı and the carpet shop. Other locations available for shooting are the landing site for the balloons, and other spots are simply good locations which have been hand-selected by your photographer. You are also able to take your taxi and go chasing the balloons for close-up photos, with a total of 5 different locations being utilized during your shoot. You will receive all of the photos taken during your tour afterwards, which includes 250-500 photos within 48 hours, and 15-20 professionally edited photos between 4-7 working days. You are able to bring multiple outfits to change into on the day of your shoot, and at your experience's conclusion, your taxi will take you back to your hotel.

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Early Morning Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning Tour of Cappadocia

7. Early Morning Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning Tour of Cappadocia

This tour covers the region of Ancient Cappadocia. Start in Ankara and from there you will visit the ruins of the Bronze Age Hittite Capital of Hatussa, abandoned for millennia. From there, your balloon will float whimsically across the Turkish landscape until reaching modern day Cappadocia, where you will peer at the the underground dwellings and churches of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Goreme. See all this by hot air balloon, flying hundreds of feet above the ground. See the sunrise as you never have before – an extraordinary way to experience the unique landscape. The Balloon Tour offers a minimum 45-minute flight time in the air. You will be collected from your hotel early in the morning (usually before sunrise), and driven to the take-off site. While you are having a light breakfast and anticipating your exciting journey, you will watch the inflation of the balloon. After the flight lands there is a small celebration with champagne, and you will receive your flight certificate. Please note that the landing site is not the same as the take-off location. You will be driven back to your hotel at around 08:30 am - just in time for breakfast!

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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight

8. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight

See Cappadocia from the sky and take flight on a hot air balloon with your pilot who will also act as your guide as you fly over the city. You will be picked up from your accommodation and taken to your own private hot air balloon, where you can then enjoy memorable panoramic views from up to 300 meters above ground. Celebrate your romantic adventure (and safe landing) with a champagne toast and a personalized flight certificate. Perfect for couples, this romantic trip will show you the highlights of the city from a new perspective. The hot air balloons are iconic to Cappadocia, there are, after all, over 100 flying over the city every morning.

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From Göreme: Salt Lake Tour at Sunset

9. From Göreme: Salt Lake Tour at Sunset

Kick things off when you’re picked up from your hotel in Cappadocia, 3.5 hours before sunset. After being comfortably transported for 2 hours in an air-conditioned vehicle, arrive at the stunning Tuz Golu salt lake. Enjoy ample time to roam the shores and discover the purity of this unique location, admiring salt rocks and vibrant hues of pink and orange reflecting off pristine waters. Take advantage of great photo opportunities and, if weather permits, take a refreshing dip in the lake before being transported back to your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Private Highlights Tour with Italian Guide

10. Cappadocia: Private Highlights Tour with Italian Guide

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, set out on a 6.5-hour journey of discovery of incredible natural formations, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many different types of ancient art. Start your tour at Devrent Valley, an area also known as “Imagination Valley”, where you can admire several different animal-like natural rock formations. Next, visit Pasabag, where you’ll see some more fairy chimneys which will remind you of the Shire from the Lord of the Rings, or The Smurfs. Close by, visit a local village’s pottery shop and 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 before the second half of the tour.   After lunch, visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains some of the best cave churches in Cappadocia. Admire the frescoes adorning this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley, two of the best spots for photography in the whole world. Hit the road again to return to your hotel—but before you get back, stop at Goreme Panorama Point to see the beauty of Cappadocia from a different angle.

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What people are saying about Central Anatolia

Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Best Tour Guide ever. I visited with my wife on 6th dec 2021. Bayram was a thorough guy. He explained each and every point in detail. From pickup till drop, Everything was perfect. One cant get better service and more comfortable tour in this price. Also lunch was too good. Best one i had in all tours in Turkey. I would love to travel with Pupa Travel again.

This was an amazing experience! I travelled solo along with a very niceee group of Turkish people and they were so amazing! Bayram, our tour guide, was very patient explaining the history with me in English. Glad I had a chance to see beautiful Cappadocia covered in white snow. It’s a once in a lifetime experience indeed!

Mustafa was friendly and knowledgeable, the van was a Mercedes Sprinter that was very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the tour very much and highly recommend it!

Thank you Mr. Bayram for today's very informative and interesting trip. Me, my wife and our kids, we all enjoyed a lot.

Great tour guide and wonderful area. would recommend both !!