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Things to do in Cappadocia

With natural and manmade gems, this outdoor adventure playground promises breathtaking scenery at every turn.

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Cappadocia: Goreme Hot Air Balloon Flight Tour at Sunrise

1. Cappadocia: Goreme Hot Air Balloon Flight Tour at Sunrise

Glide serenely above the unique rocks and valleys of Göreme, in the region 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. Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel one hour before sunrise. Upon arrival at the take-off site, enjoy complimentary snacks as the ground team finalizes their safety procedures. Once inflated, listen to a safety briefing about your flight. Then, begin the breathtaking tour 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, experience amazing panoramic vistas and descents that almost allow you to touch the rocks of Göreme open air museum. 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: Hot Air Balloon Trip in Goreme with Breakfast

2. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Trip in Goreme with Breakfast

Treat yourself to an adventure in the air with a hot air balloon flight above scenic Cappadocia. Gaze down on Central Anatolia from your colorful balloon as you float above the landscape in the morning light, and enjoy some food to celebrate your flight. Start your day with pickup from your hotel. Upon arrival, meet your team on the ground for a safety briefing. Have peace of mind as the crew fill you in on all the details about your experience before boarding your balloon. Next, settle into your comfortable, individual spot in the basket and get ready for lift-off. Rise into the air and experience the sensation of both adrenaline and calm as you float across the scenic landscape. Marvel at the natural and man-made landmarks below as you make your flight. Once you've landed back on the ground, treat yourself to a light breakfast and a drink. Upon completing your experience, take advantage of convenient drop-off back at your accommodation.

Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

3. 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.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

4. 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: Transfer to/from Kayseri or Nevşehir Airports

5. Cappadocia: Transfer to/from Kayseri or Nevşehir Airports

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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Light Breakfast

6. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Light Breakfast

Experience flying in a hot air balloon and take in the rugged and rocky terrain below. Enjoy the comfort of a small basket with this balloon experience. Begin your trip by being picked up from your hotel before sunrise. Arrive at the balloon site and meet your pilot. Have a small breakfast and watch the balloon fill up with hot air. Ascend into the air and float over the dramatic landscape featuring volcanic rock shaped into towers by erosion. Watch as the sun rises over the peaks and into the valley. Experience feeling weightless as you smoothly glide through the air. See how a hot air balloon works as your instructors steer it. Finally, land in a safe spot and celebrate with a glass of champagne before returning to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour

7. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Cappadocia on a full-day guided tour. Admire the main highlights of the city like Goreme Open Air Museum, Paşabağı, Old Greek Village of Çavuşin, and more while learning about the history and culture of the city from your guide. Arrive in Göreme after pickup from your hotel and marvel at some of the best views in the region. Continue to the Underground City, the biggest and deepest underground settlement, which boasts eight levels connected by narrow tunnels. Enjoy time to explore the stalls, stores, churches, wineries, kitchens, and other sections open to visitors, while your guide provides insightful commentary. Stop for some lunch in a traditional restaurant, before making your way to Pigeon Valley, located in Uçhisar town. Here, take in the spectacular panoramic views. Make your way to the Goreme Open Air Museum and marvel at the rock-cut churches carved by early Christian monks. Learn about Christianity and the Monastic Life of Cappadocia from your guide. Visit the Old Greek Village of Çavuşin, located on the banks of the Red River, which is the longest river in Turkey. Embark on a tour of the town, visiting a pottery workshop and learning about red clay work and ceramics. Watch a demonstration of the ancient free-hand technique and hear about the pottery-making tradition which dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C by the Hittites. Then, head to a rug workshop with hand-woven products. Continue to Paşabağı where the 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 Imagination Valley. Admire the curious red rocks, which resemble animal forms, including a camel, a lizard, an owl, a snake, a chicken, and a penguin. At the end of your day, enjoy a relaxing return transfer to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Adventure Tour

8. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Adventure 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.

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys Balloon Flight with Breakfast

9. Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys and rock-cut churches and houses of Cappadocia, with transfers from your hotel and a pre-flight breakfast on arrival at the launch site. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cappadocia for the transfer to the launch site. Warm up from the early morning chill with complimentary coffee and tea. While you enjoy breakfast, watch the balloons as they are prepared and inflated. Then, as the sun begins to rise, float to an altitude of about 1,000 feet (300 meters) for extraordinary 360-degree views of Cappadocia. The wind will transport you across the valleys and mountains for about 45 minutes to 1-hour, depending on the weather. Marvel at the unique rocks and caves of the region from a bird’s eye perspective. Toast your landing with a glass of sparkling Champagne, and get your personal flight certificate before the transfer back to your hotel and the start of the rest of your day.

Cappadocia: Cat Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour with Pickup

10. Cappadocia: Cat Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour with Pickup

Your balloon flight tour starts with a transfer from your hotel at the stated hour. While the balloons are prepared, You can witness how balloons inflate and fantastic views welcome you. Standard Balloon Tour Flights are arranged for 45 min – 60 min and baskets space for Max 14-18 people. All passengers are insured by secure insurance companies. During your flight, you enjoy Cappadocia’s unique valleys, fairy chimneys, landscapes, vineyards, and other wonderful nature. You can ask your pilot to record your photos and videos during the flight and able to buy copies of these shots after landing. After celebrating your safe landing with Champagne, you will be given your flight certificate that memory this day in your lifetime. After your flight finishes, you will be transferred to your hotel to have breakfast. Daily tours usually start at 09:30 and 10:00 from your hotel, you can easily join tours.

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Frequently asked questions about Cappadocia

Insider tips: Explore Cappadocia like a local

I’m Jackson, an Australian adventure traveler who has been on the road for eight years now. After graduating with a journalism degree, I set off to explore the world while creating adventure travel guides featuring hikes, waterfalls, beaches, and adrenaline activities. I hope my travels motivate you to set off on an epic adventure of your own. It’s been a wild ride.

What should I do on my first trip to Cappadocia?

For a first-time visitor, exploring the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia should be at the top of your to-do list. A hot air balloon ride is one of the best ways to experience the stunning scenery of Cappadocia. Floating above the fairy chimneys, valleys, and rock formations, you’ll be mesmerized by the breathtaking views. Another must-see attraction in Cappadocia is the Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best-preserved rock-cut churches and frescoes from the Byzantine era.

What are some hidden gems to see in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia is full of hidden gems waiting to be explored by visitors, and two of these are the Ihlara Valley and the Uchisar Castle. The Ihlara Valley is a breathtakingly beautiful canyon with a meandering river and towering cliffs, making it a popular spot for hiking and sightseeing. Visitors can explore the valley on foot, admiring the stunning scenery and discovering hidden churches and ancient cave dwellings. The towering Uchisar Castle has panoramic views of Cappadocia’s unique landscape, so climb to the top and take it all in.

How much time should I spend in Cappadocia?

Five to seven days in Cappadocia is ideal. This would provide enough time to visit the main attractions like the Goreme Open-Air Museum, take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise, explore the Ihlara Valley and its hidden churches, visit Uchisar Castle, and also take a day trip to the Derinkuyu underground city. You’ll also be able to fit in some leisure time to relax and soak in the region’s unique atmosphere, sample local cuisine, and shop for souvenirs.

What food is Cappadocia known for?

Two of the best local dishes to try in Cappadocia are testi kebabı and mantı. Testi kebabı is a traditional meat dish cooked in a clay pot with vegetables, spices, and a special tomato-based sauce. The dish is cooked over hot coals and sealed with bread dough to create a delicious and aromatic meal. Mantı is a comforting dumpling dish that's packed with flavor and popular throughout Turkey. The dumplings are typically filled with ground meat, onions, and spices, and served with yogurt and tomato sauce.

What is the best way to get around Cappadocia?

Renting a car allows you to explore more remote areas at your own pace. Taxis are also readily available, but agreeing on the fare in advance is important. For those who prefer public transportation, local buses and dolmuşes (shared taxis) run between major towns and villages, providing an affordable option for getting around. Walking and cycling are great ways to explore the villages and valleys; bike rental is available in most towns. If convenience and a personalized experience are top priorities, private tours and transfers are hard to beat.

What are the best months to visit Cappadocia?

The best months to visit Cappadocia are April-May and September-October. During these months, the weather is mild and perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and hot air balloon rides. Additionally, the spring months offer the opportunity to see the region’s beautiful wildflowers and blossoming trees, while the fall months provide stunning views of the landscape’s changing colors. These months also fall outside the peak tourist season, so visitors can enjoy a more peaceful and authentic experience while avoiding the summer crowds and higher prices.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia has a unique and distinct local vibe rooted in rich history and culture. The landscape is dotted with ancient rock formations and underground cities, providing a glimpse into the area’s fascinating past. The local people are friendly and hospitable, with a strong sense of community and tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture by exploring traditional villages and attending cultural events like folk festivals, music concerts, and handicraft exhibitions.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

Cappadocia offers diverse dining options, with many excellent restaurants serving local and international cuisine. Two of my favorite places to eat in the region are Seten and Ziggy. Seten Restaurant, located in the heart of the Göreme Open Air Museum, has stunning views of the fairy chimney formations and delicious Turkish and international dishes. Ziggy Cafe and Restaurant, a cozy and atmospheric spot in the town of Ürgüp, serves a mix of traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, including grilled meats and fresh seafood.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

There are many places to buy local crafts and souvenirs in Cappadocia. One of the most famous and sought-after products is the region’s handmade carpets, known for their quality and intricate designs. and you’ll find some of the best in Avanos and Ürgüp. Do some research beforehand to ensure that you’re buying from a reputable dealer. You can also shop for pottery, handmade textiles, traditional Turkish lamps, and other handicrafts in local markets and bazaars. They’re great places to find unique items and bargains.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Cappadocia?

The best region to stay in Cappadocia depends on individual preferences, but Göreme is a popular and convenient choice for many visitors. The town is centrally located and offers easy access to many top attractions, including the Göreme Open Air Museum and the Love Valley. The town is also known for its charming cave hotels, many offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. For those looking for a quieter and more traditional experience, the towns of Ürgüp and Uçhisar are excellent options, with their own unique charm and atmosphere.

What is the best thing to do in Cappadocia for solo travelers?

An ATV sunset tour in Cappadocia is an excellent activity for solo travelers looking for an adventure and a unique way to experience the region’s stunning landscape. With the freedom to explore independently and at your own pace, an ATV tour allows you to get off the beaten path and explore the lesser-known areas of Cappadocia. The tour takes you through winding trails and rugged terrain — an exciting and thrilling ride. The sunset view from the top of a hill is breathtaking. As a solo traveler, joining a group tour is a great way to share the experience and meet new people.

What is the best thing to do in Cappadocia for couples?

Experiencing a sunrise hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is a truly unforgettable experience. As the sun slowly rises over the fairy chimney formations and valleys, you’ll soar high above the stunning landscape and witness breathtaking views that are impossible to see from the ground. The quietness and serenity of the early morning, combined with the gentle movement of the balloon, create a magical experience.

What are the best things to do around Cappadocia?

Lake Tuz is a stunning salt lake near Cappadocia. The lake spans over 1,500 square kilometers and is the second-largest lake in Turkey. The unique mineral composition of the lake gives it a striking white color, and the vast salt flats are an incredible sight. The lake is also an important breeding ground for flamingos, and visitors can witness these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. The lake and surrounding areas are rich in history and culture, with several ancient sites and old villages nearby.

What's a local recommendation for neighborhood Cappadocia?

The Cavusin Church is a hidden gem in Cappadocia worth visiting for its unique and well-preserved frescoes and architectural features. The church was carved into a massive rock formation and dates back to the 5th century, making it one of the oldest surviving churches in the region. The church’s interior is adorned with intricate frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible, including the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Visitors can also see the remnants of the church’s original altar and other architectural features that have survived for centuries. The church is located in the quiet village of Cavusin, an ideal spot for those looking to explore the lesser-known areas of Cappadocia.

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What people are saying about Cappadocia

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An extremely event filled day of experiencing the best Cappadocia has to offer. Our tour guide Faruk was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained everything in detail which really helped us appreciate and learn about the Turkish culture, tradition and history. Faruk also had excellent English which made the information easy to understand. Faruk ensured the tour was interesting, fun and interactive. We highly recommend this day tour for a wholesome Turkish experience! Regards, Roshan and Milan Anand - NZ

Ali was a great guide. He was friendly and so kept us engaged as he brought us around various sights in Cappadocia. Ali also tailored the tour to what we wanted to do as well as our comfort/fitness level (my parents are seniors who have trouble walking far distances and climbing steps) instead of simply following a standard itinerary. He gave great insight into the culture too.

Our tour was wonderful! Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. She showed us all the beauty Cappadocia. She took the time to explain and describe every important fact about this magic place. Everything was organized and coordinated. We definitely recommend this tour to everyone who wants to visit the beautiful Cappadocia.

Best experience. Drove to many locations and saw unreal sights and the best sunset Our guide is extremely talented at his job !! Thank you for an unreal Experience on my birthday.

Very exciting drive with Mustapha. Saw many caves, and rock formations that are not usually available on bus tours.