Things to do in Central Anatolia

Our most recommended things to do in Central Anatolia

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: Hot Air Balloon Tour with Light Breakfast

4. 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.

From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

5. From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in the early morning by jeep. From that moment on, your adventure will begin.  Once the jeep convoy has gathered, you will drive to the Taurus Mountains, where you will witness breathtaking views of Green Canyon. The convoy will lead you to the villages of Sartlar and Işıklar and your tour guide will explain to you the tradition, culture, and routine life of the locals. As you are driving off-road in the hot weather, you will splash water onto each other - helping you to cool down and have some fun. The next stop will be at a waterfall named Manavgat. Forget your problems as you relax watching the beautiful flow of water. You will move from jeep to boat as you go sailing on Green Lake. This is a great tour for those who want to escape the city noise. You will also have the possibility to go swimming in the Lake as well.

South Cappadocia Full-Day Green Tour with Trekking

6. 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.

From Antalya/Kemer: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour with Lunch

7. 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: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

8. 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

9. 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.

Belek: The Land Of Legends Theme Park Entrance Ticket

10. Belek: The Land Of Legends Theme Park Entrance Ticket

Experience endless fun and excitement on a day trip to the Land of Legends Theme Park which boasts over 40 water slides and over 20 fun rides. Enjoy a fantastic day out perfect for entertaining your friends and family. First, touch the sky with the 62-meter-high Hyper Coaster. Then, meet the water after climbing up to 43 meters on the Typhoon Coaster. If you prefer, spin and spin on the Magicone ride. Or perhaps experience the Space Rocket and become a water astronaut. Also explore a range of other surprising, exciting, and adrenaline-filled rides. Don't forget to bring your swimwear and towel so you can take advantage of the pool and waterpark facilities.

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We - a family of 4 with another family of 4, went rafting with Seven Tours in Köprülü Kanyon in Turkey. Our host was simply great - very responsive and very helpful. Everything was organized very well, too - pick-up from and return to our hotel, onsite arrangements - equipment handover, transport to the starting point, lunch and the rafting itself, of course. Initially, I thought that the river is quite still but the entire experience turned out extremely funny and with sufficient white-water spots to pump our adrenaline.

Fab trip that was incredible value for money. Sadly we didn’t see any dolphins as towards the end of the season and just saw the beak of a turtle pop up briefly, but we had a delicious lunch and a great time with the foam party. Loved the pirate ship and having photos with the parrot. Very friendly crew picked us up directly from our hotel. Plenty of swimming and snorkelling stops too. Thank you :)

This was a really wonderful adventure. The staff members were very helpful and friendly all the time. Everything was really nice.

I'm like, all team support the trip is friendly people but the price is expensive.

Amazing organization and the places just wow. Sunset is priceless!