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Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

1. Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon ride over Soğanlı valley, Cappadocia. Marvel at spectacular views and see the sun rising as you take postcard-perfect photos from the balloon basket. After a convenient, pre-dawn pickup from your hotel, hear a safety briefing from your pilot and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and some snacks. Watch the balloon inflate before climbing into the balloon's basket, lifting off, and drifting peacefully over Cappadocia. Float over Soğanlı valley to take in the early morning sunrise over the mountains, illuminated in stunning golden hues. Snap some photos of the iconic Cappadocian landscape. After about an hour, land gently and return to your hotel.

From Antalya or Kemer: Suluada Island Boat Trip with Lunch

2. From Antalya or Kemer: Suluada Island Boat Trip with Lunch

Join a boat trip to Suluada Island and soak up this fantastic Mediterranean setting with transportation from Antalya or Kemer included. Take in the sights of the surrounding bays, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, and watch the wooden boats from Adrasan. The island of Suluada is one of the most beautiful in the region and is covered in lush forests. The water sparkles like glass and is so clear that you can see the bottom of the ocean. Suluada is sometimes referred to as the 'Turkish Maldives' because of the sparkling bay. Begin with pickup and take a bus ride of up to 1 hour and 20 minutes to the port where the boat departs from. Sail toward the island and take your first swim in the beautiful waters. Enjoy further swimming breaks at the island's western and spring water beaches. Enjoy a lunch on board with vegetarian options available. On the way back from Suluada, take one last swimming break in the beautiful Hacivat Bay. The formation of its rocks resembles Hacivat, the lead character in a traditional Turkish shadow play.

Belek: The Land Of Legends Theme Park Entrance Ticket

3. Belek: The Land Of Legends Theme Park Entrance Ticket

Experience endless fun and excitement on a day trip to the Land of Legends Theme Park which boasts over 40 water slides and over 20 fun rides. Enjoy a fantastic day out perfect for entertaining your friends and family. First, touch the sky with the 62-meter-high Hyper Coaster. Then, meet the water after climbing up to 43 meters on the Typhoon Coaster. If you prefer, spin and spin on the Magicone ride. Or perhaps experience the Space Rocket and become a water astronaut. Also explore a range of other surprising, exciting, and adrenaline-filled rides. Don't forget to bring your swimwear and towel so you can take advantage of the pool and waterpark facilities.

Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

4. 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 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, Göreme 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: Sunset ATV Tour

5. 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, 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.

From Alanya: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

6. From Alanya: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion into the heart of nature. Begin you day with pickup from your hotel and a bus ride to the Green Canyon. Continue your journey by boat along the 14-kilometer-long Grand Canyon and 3-kilometer-long Little Canyon. Make use of stops to swim along the way. Admire the lush surroundings of the Green Canyon as you sail along this emerald-green lake. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare brown fish owl as you cruise.  After exploring the Green Canyon, enjoy a longer swimming break in sparkling waters. Continue the cruise across the canyon before stopping for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with breathtaking views over the lake. Well-rested and well-fed, continue onwards to explore the canyon further. Admire spectacular views of the mountain range and woodlands around you. Stop for one last refreshing dip before the return trip to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Skip The Line Private Cappadocia Tour

7. Cappadocia: Full-Day Skip The Line Private Cappadocia Tour

Get picked-up from your hotel. First, enjoy a panoramic view of Göreme and marvel at some of the best views in the region. Your guide will have plenty of knowledge to offer you about your surroundings. Afterwards, visit Underground City which is the biggest and deepest underground settlement. It has 8 levels connected with narrow tunnels. You will visit stalls, stores, churches, wineries, kitchens and the other sections which are open for visitors. While you are visiting the sections, your guide will complement the experience with their expert knowledge. Next, enjoy a local lunch in an authentic restaurant. After, visit Pigeon Valley which is located in Uçhisar town and offers another spectacular panoramic view. The next destination is Goreme Open Air Museum, where you can see rock-cut churches carved by early Christian monks. Your guide will give you information about Christianity and the Monastic Life of Cappadocia. The next stop will be Çavuşin, which is the Old Greek Village, abandoned after Population Exchange in 192. This town is located on the banks of the Red River which is the longest river in Turkey. It is famous for its pottery which started around the 2nd millennium B.C by Hittites. You will have a tour of the town and then visit a pottery workshop and learn about red clay work and ceramics. One of the masters of the discipline will even demonstrate the ancient free-hand technique that has been used throughout history. Visit a rug workshop where all the products are made by hand in the traditional way. Then visit Paşabağı where spectacular mushroom-shaped rock formations can be seen. Paşabağı is also called Monks Valley because of the Chapel of Saint Simeon which is located in the valley. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also known as İmagination Valley. The valley contains curious red rocks, some of which resemble animal forms: a camel, a lizard, an owl, a snake, a chicken and a penguin.

Cappadocia: Sunset Quad Safari

8. 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.

From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

9. From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in the early morning by jeep. From that moment on, your adventure will begin.  Once the jeep convoy has gathered, you will drive to the Taurus Mountains, where you will witness breathtaking views of Green Canyon. The convoy will lead you to the villages of Sartlar and Işıklar and your tour guide will explain to you the tradition, culture, and routine life of the locals. As you are driving off-road in the hot weather, you will splash water onto each other - helping you to cool down and have some fun. The next stop will be at a waterfall named Manavgat. Forget your problems as you relax watching the beautiful flow of water. You will move from jeep to boat as you go sailing on Green Lake. This is a great tour for those who want to escape the city noise. You will also have the possibility to go swimming in the Lake as well.

Sapadere Canyon Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

10. Sapadere Canyon Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Alanya

Escape the hot and humid coast of Alanya for the day and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Sapadere Canyon. Located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Alanya City, Sapadere Canyon offers visitors the chance to walk along a network of well-maintained wooden walkways through the Taurus Mountains, and experience the dramatic landscape up-close. With departures from hotels in Alanya province, drive to the cooling Canyon for the start of your 7-hour guided tour which includes a typical lunch of local produce in Sapadere village. Take in the fresh mountain air and marvel at nature’s pure beauty. During the relaxed 750-meter walk, pass numerous waterfalls cascading down the rocks. If you're feeling brave, jump in and swim in ice cold water! During this trip you will also visit the natural cave called Guceler (Smurffs cave). It will be an interesting experience to see the stalagmites and stalactites formations.

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What people are saying about Central Anatolia

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Me and my fiance went to see it and would definitely recommend it to everyone visiting Kapadokya! Everything was absolutely amazing the whole atmosphere with the music and the dance is amazing!

Absolutely fantastic service that good that we rebooked and going back in a few days time thank you to all the staff very nice and friendly highly recommend this place.

I booked twice the servies, although no one contacts me, the driver always shows up on time. Really nice experience!

Great experience on a private tour. Went off road and saw amazing view of different valley.

Really great tour! Nice staff, locations and food. totally worth it!