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Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

1. 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.

Cappadocia: Sunset Quad Safari

2. 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.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Highlights Tour

3. Cappadocia: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your hotel in the morning. From here your first stop will be a meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, where you will discover rock formations beyond belief in the Devrent Valley. You will visit the famous Pasabag "fairy chimneys", where the sound of the of wind mixes with the "songs of fairies" near Zelve. You will later have lunch in Avanos, the center of the terracotta art medium since 3000 B.C. It is at this location that you will enjoy a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Goreme Open-Air Museum, where you will be able to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. This is demonstrated in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings which date from the 10th to the 13th century. Next, you will continue to the panoramic viewpoint of Esentepe, which will provide you with a spectacular view over Goreme. You can see the complete view of the Goreme Valley and Goreme Village, including fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. You will later end your day with Uchisar Castle, a tall rock which is the highest point of the Goreme region. At the completion of your tour, you will be returned safely back to your hotel.

From Istanbul: Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flight and Lunch

4. 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.

Göreme: Dinner and Folk Show at a Cave Restaurant

5. Göreme: Dinner and Folk Show at a Cave Restaurant

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Göreme in the evening, and then journey to an amazing cave restaurant located in the stunning rock formations of Cappadocia. Watch a unique folkloric show of traditional dances from different areas of Turkey and journey through the various styles of music and costumes of the nation's regions. Feast on a tasty dinner with unlimited soft and alcoholic drinks as the dancers perform. Marvel at the rhythms of an authentic belly dance after the different folk dances have finished, and become part of the program as you are invited to join in. 

2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

6. 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.

Cappadocia: Turkish Night Show w/ Dinner in a Cave

7. 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.

Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour with a Small Group

8. Full-Day Cappadocia Blue Tour with a Small Group

After a pickup from your hotel at 10 AM, 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. Here, marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. Then, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Descend towards the center of the earth with a trip to the Underground City, 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, enjoy a spectacular view of dovecotes, see old abandoned cave homes, marvel at the old Greek houses of Uchisar, and visit Ortshisar Castle, the biggest mass of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Return to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

9. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Discover the charm or Cappadocia from above on this hot air balloon flight. Savor a delicious breakfast before experiencing the thrill of taking off over the Red Valley. End your trip with fruit juice and cake. Take home a flight certificate as a memento of your time in the sky. Benefit from hotel pickup or make your own way to the launch site before sunrise and enjoy a complimentary breakfast as the final preparations for your flight are completed.  Then, glide with the wind above the stunning rock formations of Cappadocia as your pilot shows you all the natural landmarks from the Red Valley to Göreme. See an amazing sunrise from a different perspective and get panoramic views of Urgup, Göreme, Ortahisar, Uchisar, Avanos, and Nevsehir. Land at a site that is determined by the weather conditions and celebrate your experience with fruit juice and cake. Receive a personalized flight certificate as a keepsake souvenir before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

10. Göreme: Small Group Full-Day Cappadocia Red Tour

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel or in the town before starting your full-day Cappadocia small-group city tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 10 AM. Start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as the “Imagination Valley,” a most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also known as the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity. It will be possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot.  Then proceed to Avanos (Venessa), the pottery center of Cappadocia. This village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/ Red River. The river gets its name from the red clay it deposits. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Göreme 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 will be able to see the best-preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of church fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe. See the panoramic viewpoint of Esentepe. With a spectacular view over Göreme, see the complete view of Göreme Valley and Göreme village complete with fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. End your day at Uchisar Castle on a tall rock, the highest point in the Göreme region. After the tour, you will return to your hotel.

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The most beautiful experience of my life I was accompanied by my 7 year old son who was amazed but found the flight a bit long (one hour) because he is only a little over 1.20 meters tall and was therefore smaller than the gondola, which makes the show less interesting. In addition, provide a very warm outfit (I was told that a vest would be enough, absolutely not!) To do at least once in your life!

First time on an ATV. My husband and I enjoyed it a lot, we drove our own. The guide was very good and attentive. We had opportunities to learn and also put in more speed. It did rain for a little midway and we were provided raincoats. We were able to see 4 different sites and still make it to a mountain top to wait for the sunset. I highly recommend. Beautiful sites and so good for the price.

It was a first for both of us, and we loved it despite my vertigo, the flight was very gentle, the landscapes magnificent and all these hot air balloons around us, the show was really magnificent!!! To do without hesitation

Good organized tour. The flight was about 50 min. We got an Breakfast bag in the beginning of the flight.

It was great, on time pick up, professionalism, puntuality, friendly. But there was no breakfast