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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.

Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

3. 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.

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: Shared Airport Transfer Service

5. Cappadocia: Shared Airport Transfer Service

Save money on private taxis and avoid the hassle of public transport and heavy luggage with a shared shuttle service between Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) or Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) and any hotel in Goreme, Urgup, Uchisar, Cavusin and Avanos towns. After landing, your friendly driver will be waiting for you after your flight arrival time. They will be holding a sign with the lead traveler's name at the exit gate of the airport after the luggage claim area. After receiving a greeting from your friendly driver, you will be assisted with your luggage and the shuttle will depart from the airport when everyone is ready. You will then travel in comfort, before your driver drops you of at the front door of your requested destination.

From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

6. From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

Discover the incredible natural setting of Pamukkale and the ancient settlement of Hierapolis on a day trip from the Antalya or Kemer region. Your guide will help you to understand the fascinating history and provide extra insight into this special area. Begin with pickup from your hotel or from the meeting point in the early morning before driving for a few hours until you reach Pamukkale. The dreamlike landscape is filled with fantastic stalactites and white terraces with flowing water. The healing properties of this area have been recognized for centuries and have long attracted visitors to the area. Experience the rejuvenating and calming effect of the mineral water. In the past, even Cleopatra made the trip to experience this unique setting. The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis in Anatolia also provide spectacular views. In addition to learning about the history of this place, find out more about religion and culture in contemporary Turkey.

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.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Skip The Line Private Cappadocia Tour

8. 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.

From Alanya: Green Canyon Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

9. 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.

Antalya: City Tour including Waterfalls and Cable Car

10. Antalya: City Tour including Waterfalls and Cable Car

Your experience begins as you are picked up at around 09:30AM from your hotel, before driving to the west side of the city. Antalya is surrounded by sandy beaches, soaring mountains, and picturesque waterfalls, and this tour takes in some of these most scenic spots. Ride the cable car to the top of Tünek Tepe Mountain for a magnificent view along the coast. Afterwards, visit two different waterfalls: Düden Falls and the Karpuz Kaldıran Waterfall. There will be plenty of time granted at these two waterfalls for you to explore and take photos. This tour provides you with a fantastic chance to discover the local culture as well as the ordinary lifestyle of Turkish people. At the conclusion of your experience, your driver will return you back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Central Anatolia

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A wonderful experience. We traveled with a family of five including a 6 years old. My son loved the trip and wanted to go there the next day. Our driver- Rambo-, picked us up from the hotel in the safari jeep. He provided an amazing and jun trip. The host was also bringing the positive vibe. The actual trip was great. Beautiful cave and walk along the tree tops on the wooden bridge. And the canyon was just beautiful. Make sure that you bring your swimwear and dive into ice cold water by the waterfall. Unforgettable. In the end a lunch by the water was delicious and filling.

Yusuf was a brilliant guide. He took care of his group ensuring we were all looked after. His knowledge of Antalya was vast. Our shuttle picked us up from our hotel so we didn't whave to worry about getting there. We also took the cable car ride which was fantastic. Loved seeing the Duden waterfalls and visit through Antalya old town down to the harbour for our very scenic boat trip. Good value for money and lunch was included. Thanks Yusuf.

Very nice guide and lots of fun. River was not that wild as I, though so, and you can easily go with children. They provide dry bag for your items like mobile or cigarettes. It helps to have wet shoos and wet suit. Water is quite cold. You get chance to swim if you fancy and water is very clean. Very nice launch too.

Great first time up in a hit air balloon!! Good communication with Coordinator via Whatsapp. Light preflight snack. interesting watching balloon inflate. Great views of cave dwellings & beautiful landscape. very different from Goreme area. after flight toast. Recommend!!

The crew are very good unlimited fizzy soft drinks they kept us always entertained with little shows on the way and foam party on way back a Def must do