Things to do in Cappadocia

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

Our most recommended things to do in Cappadocia

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: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Transfer, Light Breakfast & Champagne

2. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Transfer, Light Breakfast & Champagne

Experience the best way to view the rocky valleys and legendary landscapes of Cappadocia with a hot air balloon flight at sunrise. 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 be flying in the balloon. Enjoy a light breakfast as you watch the balloon being inflated and increasing in size. See dozens of other balloons nearby beginning to float up into the sky, and take some amazing pictures of the spectacle. After receiving a short safety briefing, board the basket with assistance from the licensed crew. The balloon will then start its ascent into the sky, rising 500-1000 meters above the ground. As the sun comes up, admire the incredible scenery that this region is known for. Spot fairy chimneys, volcanic spires, and houses and churches carved into the rocks. After roughly one hour, you will land somewhere safe where the ground crew will be waiting with a commemorative flight certificate and a glass of Champagne to celebrate. Then be driven back to your hotel after a truly memorable start to your day.

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: Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

4. 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.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Light Breakfast

5. 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: Sunset ATV Adventure Tour

6. 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.

South Cappadocia Full-Day Green Tour with Trekking

7. South Cappadocia Full-Day Green Tour with Trekking

On this full-day tour of Cappadocia you'll visit Derinkuyu Underground City, the largest excavated site of its kind in Turkey. At a depth of 85 meters the multi-level city could accommodate up to 20,000 people. Continue to the Ihlara Valley for a 4-kilometer trek. See cave churches from the 7th-11th centuries, most of which feature brightly colored frescoes. Stop at Belisirma, a typical Anatolian village, to enjoy lunch and visit some of the churches open to tourists. Stop also in Selime town, known for its rock-cut churches and one of the largest rock-cut monasteries in Cappadocia. In Goreme, enjoy the beauty of Cappadocia’s lunar landscapes and the many-colored rock formations.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

8. 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.

Göreme: Dinner and Folk Show at a Cave Restaurant

9. 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. 

Cappadocia: Sunset Horse Riding Tour

10. Cappadocia: Sunset Horse Riding Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable sunset as you ride horseback through the beautiful valleys of Cappadocia. See captivating rock formations, rock-carved churches, and local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards. Known as the 'land of beautiful horses,' Cappadocia also provides just as beautiful scenery from fairy chimneys to multicolored rock formations. A professional rider will guide you through the Rose Valley, known for its striking rock formations and hidden rock-carved churches. Visit the rock-cut Church of the Cross where a cross has been carved into the stone ceiling. Finish the ride through local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards during the Cappadocia's beautiful sunset.

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What people are saying about Cappadocia

Overall rating

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Very reliable and trusted operator! Recommend operator.. From the shuttle driver up to the pilot for the balloon. It was very interesting and beautiful experience. The pilot took us until down to the beautiful alley with amazing scenery. Thank you everyone and the worth for 5 star rating.

this tour was just amazing, the guide Mehmet was so kind, he explained everything so well and he was so patient with all our questions, you made our day very special!! and the driver Asim was very attentive and careful with is and with the road!! I recomend it a million times!!

The tour was amazing and covered all the places in Cappadocia. Our tour guide elif was very helpful and accommodated all our needs. Would recommend to go with her when you book the tour.

Our pilot Yayha and Copilot Gulshan were amazing. It is once in a lifetime experience and you should definitely do jt.

Mehmet was a great guide. We had beautiful weather, and the tour stops were all interesting and fun.