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2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

1. 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.

Istanbul: 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia by Bus

2. Istanbul: 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia by Bus

Take the intercity bus to Cappadocia and relax in non-smoking, air-conditioned comfort. The journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia takes around 12 hours. You’ll learn about the region’s history and see the sights of Cappadocia on this 2-day tour. Day 1: First Day in Cappadocia: (Refreshments at the hotel, and lunch on the tour) When you arrive at the Cappadocia bus station you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel for some refreshment. The tour begins at about 9:30 AM, departing from the hotel. Head to the Devrent Valley where the landscape will remind you of something from another planet! In Pasabagi, take a guided walk to see Cappadocia’s amazing fairy chimneys. Next on the itinerary is a drive to Avanos, where you’ll have lunch. After lunch, continue on to the Goreme Open Air Museum to see the rock-cut churches and beautiful frescoes. Afterwards you’ll drive to Uchisar Castle, the highest point in the region, to admire the panoramic views over Cappadocia. Return to the hotel at around 5:30 PM for an overnight stay. Day 2: Second Day in Cappadocia: (Breakfast at the hotel, and lunch on the tour) You’ll leave your hotel at around 09:30 on a 2.5-mile hike through the Rose Valley, stopping to visit churches along the way. Afterwards, visit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Enjoy lunch in Pigeon Valley before you explore the Kaymakli underground city. Stop at the natural rock formation known as Ortahisar Castle. At 9:00 PM, depart Cappadocia on the overnight bus to Istanbul, arriving at Istanbul’s bus station at 7:00 AM the next morning.

Private Cappadocia Full Day Tour From Istanbul Incl. Lunch

3. Private Cappadocia Full Day Tour From Istanbul Incl. Lunch

You begin by being transferred to Istanbul airport to fly to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport. Upon arrival, you'll be transfered to Cappadocia. You will have a full day tour of the Cappadocia region. Enjoy the amazing scenery of unusual rock formations and man-made dwellings. You will also see churches and chapels from the early Christian and Byzantine periods. Your visit will include trips to the Goreme Open Air Museum (including Karanlik Kilise), the Underground city of Kaymakli, Uchisar, Urgup, and various scenic spots. After the tour you'll be transfered to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport, according to your flight timings, to have a flight to Istanbul. You'll then be transfered to your hotel in Istanbul.

Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

4. Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

Start at 5.30AM with a pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to Istanbul airport. Take a flight to Cappadocia where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel to check-in. At 9.30AM, begin your tour of Cappadocia and visit sites including the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, and Cavusin old village. Enjoy a lunch in Avanos and watch a pottery demonstration. See the Paşabağı Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley (magic valley), Urgup fairy chimneys and Urgup Carpet Factory. After the first day, spend the night in a boutique-style hotel. After breakfast, you will be picked up at 5.30AM for a hot air balloon tour. Take a chance to stop back at the hotel afterward before beginning the tour again at 9.30AM to see the Göreme panaromic view. Here, learn about the geological and historical background of the city, then visit Derinkuyu Underground City which was constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Take a small hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. At Yaprakhisar Panorama, visit Selime Monastry, and marvel at all the different sections of a monastry in one composition. Finally, end your with a pigeon valley and onyx demonstration. Fly from Kayseri to Istanbul at 8.25PM and arrive in Istanbul at 9.55PM where you be transferred back to your hotel to end the program.

From Istanbul: Highlights of Turkey 7-day Guided Tour

5. From Istanbul: Highlights of Turkey 7-day Guided Tour

You'll explore the cultural and natural heritage of Turkey on this 7-day, 6-night guided tour. DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul The local partner will meet you at the airport and provide private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. DAY 2: Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, you'll visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. In the afternoon, visit Istanbul's Grand Bazaar where you can enjoy some shopping time. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 3: Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, your first stop for the day will be at the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). Then enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus Strait which separates the continents of Europe and Asia. In the afternoon, visit the Underground Cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 4: Istanbul – Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, you'll transfer from your hotel to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. On arrival in Cappadocia, you'll meet your guide and transfer to your hotel where you can leave your luggage. Then head out to the famous Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup. Next you'll visit the Pigeons Valley and learn how important pigeons have been for Cappadocians. Finally you'll descend deep into the ground at the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and the deepest of Cappadocia's more than 200 underground cities. Overnight in a cave hotel. DAY 5: Cappadocia Tour - Izmir - Kusadasi (Breakfast) After breakfast, head to the Devrent Valley where you'll walk through a lunar-like landscape of fascinating rock formations. You'll also visit Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley to see another amazing example of these unique structures. Then visit Avanos Town, which is famous for tile and pottery workshops. In the afternoon, visit Goreme Open Air Museum where you will marvel at fantastic rock churches and the beautiful frescos covering their walls from centuries of church decorating committees. Finally you'll visit Uchisar Rock Castle before transferring to the airport for your flight to Izmir. On arrival in Izmir, transfer to Kusadasi for overnight. DAY 6: Ephesus Tour - Istanbul (Breakfast) After breakfast, your first stop is at Artemis Temple. From there you'll continue on to Ephesus, where you can walk through history along marble streets to see the State Agora, Odeon, the Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, the Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, the Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, and the Celcus Library. In the afternoon, you'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, before the drive back to Izmir to catch your return flight to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel for overnight. DAY 7: Home (Breakfast) After breakfast, you'll check out of the hotel and enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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It was a good experience. The balloon ride was amazing!! There’s a lot of history in Cappadocia. While the guide was very friendly and sweet, her English was not the best and sometimes I couldn’t really make out what she was trying to say, although that didn’t really detract from the tour. The only thing that really was annoying was that they bring you to lots of places where people try to sell you things, but a lot of tour groups do that as well, just wasn’t fun after a while. Also, the harrowing mad dash to the airport (I didn’t get picked up at the time they originally said) jammed packed in a bus with no A/C was not fun either.

The place is very interesting, if you are a lover of history, historical places, then the tour is required, and even here there are amazing views, it is a pity only the balls were canceled due to the wind (by the way, the money for a failed flight was returned). Mustafa is an excellent guide, tells interesting and with humor

The guides were amazing however I wish there was less stops at the shops/manufacturers/shopping. They were nice but one would have been sufficient. I would rather have enjoyed more time at some of the outdoor sights. But would still recommend!

Everything was perfect, the excursion very well organized, the guide really good, the hotel incredible and the magic hot air balloons!

Great organized 2 day tour... and the balloon ride is just sooo great!