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Cappadocia: Goreme Sunrise Balloon Official Flight

1. Cappadocia: Goreme Sunrise Balloon Official Flight

Glide serenely above the unique rocks and valleys of Cappadocia on a shared hot air balloon flight. Have the choice of colorful balloons and get a flight completion certificate and champagne at the end of the experience. Your adventure begins with a transfer from all hotels in the Cappadocia area 1 hour before sunrise. Upon arrival at the take-off site, fill up on complimentary light snacks, while the ground team finalizes their safety procedures. Once inflated, and following a safety briefing about your flight, your breathtaking tour begins as you rise to an altitude of up to 2,000 feet (600 meters). Propelled by the breeze, drift over the valleys and iconic fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, enjoying breathtaking panoramic vistas and descents that almost allow you to touch the rocks. Let the wind and fire float you gently back to earth. Back on the ground, toast the day with a glass of complimentary champagne, and collect your personal flight certificate, before the transfer back to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

2. 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 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.

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.

Transfer from Nevşehir Airport to Cappadocia Hotels

4. Transfer from Nevşehir Airport to Cappadocia Hotels

Take the hassle out of travel with a convenient and punctual transfer from the Nevsehir Kapadoky to your hotel in Göreme, Avanos, Uçhisar, Nevşehir, Çavuşin, Ortahisar, or Ürgüp. Your licensed driver will be waiting for you near your exit at the airport to take you to your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned van. This is a 1-way booking, but you can arrange for a transfer from your hotel to the airport with your driver as well. Your drive will confirm the pickup time and location with you the day before your flight.

From Kayseri Airport: Transfer to Cappadocia

5. From Kayseri Airport: Transfer to Cappadocia

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer from Kayseri Erkilet Airport to your accommodation in Cappadocia. Enjoy a 1-way service from the airport to Nevşehir, Göreme, Avanos, Uçhisar, Ortahisar, or Ürgüp. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the exit. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself from having to carry heavy bags and navigate the public transportation system and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

6. Full-Day Cappadocia Red Plus Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel by a professional tour guide after your breakfast at around 10:00/ 10:15. 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, Zelve 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: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience

7. 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: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

8. Cappadocia: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

Start your magical night with a glass of Turkish wine or beer as the Turkish dance performance begins. Be mesmerized by the shimmering costumes and impressive dance moves as traditional belly dancers take to the stage and clap along to the hypnotic rhythms of classic Turkish music, played by live musicians. In between performances, indulge in a delicious dinner of traditional Turkish cuisine, including dessert and a glass of wine. Enjoy traditional dances from various regions of Turkey and be wowed by professional dancers, ornate costumes, and exotic music.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

9. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

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.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

10. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on a trip from Istanbul. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Avanos, Underground Cities, Ortahisar, and Pasabag. Day 1: Flight to Kayseri and Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Catch your domestic flight to Kayseri. Start with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a cave city in the Goreme Valley. See rock-cut churches, kitchens, and wineries left by Anatolian Christians. Gaze at Byzantine frescos at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its history. Next, make your way to Devrent Valley, famous for its animal-shaped rocks. See a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Continue to Pasabagi Valley or Monks Valley to enjoy the wonderful landscape. Make your way to Avanos Village, the region known for its pottery, silk, wool, and carpet weaving, wine cultivation, and agriculture. See the natural as well as human-made masterpieces of this charming old town. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Experience pottery-making with local experts. After treating yourself to a hearty lunch, continue to Goreme Panorama, for views of fairy chimneys, which are tall rock formations with caps on top. Make the most of your time in Cappadocia by visiting Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing, be driven to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia in a special-class cave hotel. Day 2: Underground Cities Of Cappadocia and Flight to Istanbul Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After check-out, embark on a full-day tour. Visit Rose and Red Valley, an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink, especially during sunset. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Next, enjoy a tour of Pigeon Valley, named after the countless man-made dovecotes or pigeon houses carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Then, go down to the world of underground cities. Once a refuge for 15000 Christians, these settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Continue the tour with Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches. See the famous castle-like rock formation standing dominantly over the town. After the tour, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, be greeted by your driver and return to your hotel.

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Such an incredible experience. Worth every penny. I thought I would have been nervous or a little scared, but it was so smooth and stable under your feet. We were in the sky for about an hour and this was during the winter months. Breakfast was a bag of snacks and a juice box. Super basic. Because it was winter, I have to mention, it was freezing. Almost unbearable and I was dressed for it. Wear your warmest clothes if it’s the winter time

Atilla was great! Not as rushed as the green tour. So many cool things on this one! Lunch was nothing special though.

Everything was excellent. Would recommend this trip. The best adventure of my life.

It was an amazing experience. On time fly and promised service.

Everything from discovery balloon did amazing jobs thank guys