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Soğanlı Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour with Art Historian Guide

2. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour with Art Historian Guide

After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop, the famous ‘Three Beauties of Ürgüp’. Here, admire mushroom-shaped rock formations and learn more about their geology from your expert guide. Your next stop is the ancient village of Mustafapaşa, where you can admire fine examples of ancient Greek architecture. Later, drive through Taşkınpaşa which has some of the best examples of Seljuk architecture in the district, before arriving in Sobessos, a recently-discovered Roman archaeological site. Here, admire beautiful mosaics and Roman baths. Next, drive through Şahin Efendi, where you can observe typical local residents doing their daily chores, dressed in traditional costumes. You can also see the huge storage caves in the surrounding hills where fruit and vegetables are stored. Afterwards, enjoy a short walk in Soğanlı valley to admire the area's many different rock churches. You can also buy the most famous local souvenir, the Soğanli doll, here. Finish your walk with lunch at a local restaurant to reenergize before heading to the largest underground city in the Cappadocia area. Spend some time wandering around this vast complex with its stables, refectories, and chapels. At the end of the tour, be dropped off back at your hotel.

Cappadocia: Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Tour

3. Cappadocia: Balloon Flight and Private Cappadocia Tour

Your guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby before the beginning of your day’s adventures in Cappadocia. Your experience will begin with a scenic hot-air balloon ride over the unique landscape, which will provide the perfect start to your day. From there you will drive for 1 hour to Soganli Village, where you can see one of the greatest examples of monastic life that has been hidden and protected over time. Following that, drive to the Sobesos Excavation site of a Roman City, which possesses one-of-a-kind floral mosaics that have only recently been discovered. Upon arrival at the Keslik Monastery, you will have the opportunity to understand how people survived and practiced their religion on this small site. This will also give you an idea of their not-so-well-known social life. You will then drive to Sinassos where you will see an Old Greek Village, which was re-inhabited after 1927. Following that, you will sit for lunch at a local restaurant, before beginning a Red Valley hike. Following this hike, you will complete your Cappadocia tour, following which you will be transferred to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Travel Pass with Balloon Ride & 20+ Attractions

4. Cappadocia: Travel Pass with Balloon Ride & 20+ Attractions

Make the most of your time in Cappadocia with a convenient 2, 3, 4, or 5-day travel pass. Enjoy access to hot air balloon rides, winemaking experiences, off-road jeep safaris, and much more. Fully included in the card price: • Ancient winemaking experience at Mazen Winery • ATV tour through the Magical Valley • Birth of Cappadocia video projection visual show• Traditional Ürgüp cuisine experience at Tık Tık Women Co-op Eatery• Turkish night with dinner, folk, and belly dance show• Whirling dervishes sema ceremony• Wonders of Cappadocia red tour• Gondola ride on the Red River• Zipline adventure over the Red River• Jet boat ride on the Red River• Ihlara Valley Canyon tour• Jeep off-road safari • Monster ride safari• WhatsApp traveler support Discounted with your card:• Hot air balloon ride• Private transfer to/from Kayseri• Private transfer to/from Nevsehir• Sunrise photoshoot with hot air balloons • Private Goreme Open Air and panorama tour• Private Ihlara Valley and Underground City tour• Private Goreme Open Air and Underground City tour• Private Soganlı Valley tour with Rock-Cut Churches • Retro and classic car ride at sunrise• Sultan’s Turkish bath experience at Ürgüp Hammam

From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia w/Balloon+Cave Hotel

5. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia w/Balloon+Cave Hotel

Day 1:The adventure starts with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul. Travel to the airport where you'll take an early flight to Cappadocia. Stop by the hotel to drop-off your luggage before starting the Red Tour at 10:00 AM. The first stop is Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley due to the countless Fairy Chimney formations, some dating back 30 million years. Next, head to the Göreme Open Air Museum, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia and a UNESCO site. See the cave town's dwellings built into the rocks and learn about the site where Christians and Muslims in harmony. Stop by a local shop to admire artistic techniques dating back to the Hittite period. Finally, set down for a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. The second half of the tour includes a visit to Pasabag, where you'll admire Fairy Chimneys that resemble those seen in the Hobbit and Smurfs. At the end of the day, return to the hotel for an unforgettable night sleeping in a cave. Day 2: Start with a sunrise balloon ride at Soğanlı Valley. Afterwards, return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. The driver will then pick you up for a stop at Göreme Panorama. Next, drive to Kaymaklı Underground City to learn how early Christians protected themselves from centuries of persecutions and invasions. Hike through Turkey's largest canyon, which features over 2,670 different plants that thrive in the valley's microclimate. Afterward, drive 1.5 hours to Ihlara Canyon for a 3.8-km hike along the river. After working up an appetite, enjoy lunch in Belisırma. Next, visit Selime Monastery, the biggest religious building in Cappadocia with a cathedral-size church. Before returning you to your hotel, your guide will stop at Pigeon Valley, the best photo spot in all of Cappadocia. The day ends with transport to the airport in Cappadocia. Once in Istanbul, a driver will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

Cappadocia: 3-Day Guided Trip

6. Cappadocia: 3-Day Guided Trip

Discover Cappadocia on a 3-day, 2-night trip accompanied by an expert guide. Visit the ethereal Devrent Imagination Valley, the Byzantine tombs, the Derinkuyu Underground City, and enjoy local cuisine and comfortable accommodation. Day 1, blue tour with lunch: Book an early morning flight to Cappadocia (Kayseri Airport) and arrive by 8:00 AM at the latest. The local partner will organize the shuttle transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia accordingly. Your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM. The first stop is Devrent Imagination Valley, where you'll walk through the ethereal lunar landscape and admire the dramatic rock formations. You'll also visit the Pasabaglari, fairy chimneys, and you'll see a pottery demonstration using the Hittite technique at Avanos. Tuck into a traditional lunch at a local restaurant and then head up to Uchisar Rock Castle, the highest point in the region and the best place to watch the sunset. Catch amazing panoramic views of the Goreme Valley from Esentepe, and visit the Goreme Open Air Museum. Day 2, green tour with breakfast and lunch: Before your 9:15 AM pickup from the hotel, you have the option to book an early morning hot air balloon ride. Otherwise, your first stop will be Kaymakli Underground City and then it's on to Soganli Valley where you'll take a relaxing walk along Byzantine rock tombs. Continue on to Sobesos, a Roman bath from the 5th century, then Taskinpasa Medresesi, an Ottoman theological school, and Mustafapasa where you'll see Ottoman and Greek architecture. Day 3, red tour with breakfast and lunch: Get picked up from the hotel at 9:15 AM, and then head to the Derinkuyu Underground City, the largest in the region, Narli Gol a volcanic creator lake, and Ihlara Canyon. Enjoy Lunch in Belisirma Village, Selime, a surreal ancient monastic site with great panoramic views of the Ihlara Valley. At the end of the trip, you'll transfer to Kayseri Airport and fly back to Istanbul or another part of Turkey to continue your travels.

Cappadocia: Off the Beaten Path Full Day Guided Tour

7. Cappadocia: Off the Beaten Path Full Day Guided Tour

Start the day with some gorgeous views at the scenic Ortahisar Panorama. This viewpoint, just a short walk from Ortahisar Castle, has stunning 360-degree views that stretch all the way to Uchisar and Goreme. Up next is Pancarlik Church. One of the longest-used church spaces in the world, it is said to have been used as a place of worship for almost 1,400 years! Explore this monastic church housed in a group of cone-shaped rocks and admire the beet-red frescoes before making your way to Soganli Valley. Hike along this peaceful and tranquil valley, discovering the ancient courtyard monasteries, cave churches, and numerous dovecotes. After exploring the area, stop for lunch before heading to Mustafapasa. This quaint and charming town has a heavy Greek influence, which can be seen in the village’s churches, mosques, and stone houses with carved and ornamented facades. Pass by the Constantine and Helena Church, a once-prominent building during the Ottoman period. The last stop of the day is the Zelve Open Air Museum, which is one of the earliest settled and last abandoned monastic valleys in Cappadocia. Marvel at the ancient monasteries that were carved into the rock and learn about the history of the civilization that once lived in the area.

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What people are saying about Soğanlı Valley

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Great experience overall. The drive to the airport was in time, the flight was decent. But the Cappadocia part was at another level. The sights and guiding were great, fulfilling and well organized. Hot air balloon flight at soganli valley wasn't a rush, it was very calm and had a unique taste. Especially the cave hotel was amazing. We had a slight delay on our return flight but this is not about the agency, so it's all good. Everything you'd like to do in Cappadocia is all here. Definitely recommended.

Very good experience! We booked a balloon flight but due to weather conditions we could not do it. They rescheduled us to the following day and we did the flight. Very happy with the experience and the team, they spoke fluent English and were very nice. The area of the flight is not too busy (only 3 other balloons) so if you want the typical picture with all the balloons you should try other area. In any case, our area was beautiful. Totally recommended for the price paid.

This was a must for us! One of the best activity from our a trip as it was a life long experience. We had a small breakfast before the ride. We went as a high as 1000km at a steady pace & the views were breathtaking . The fact that every hot ballon ride will be unique as it moves with the wind makes this experience even more memorable. We popped champagne to celebrate after landing safely. Pickup & drop off from the hotel was timely.

This experience was very well organised, the crew is absolutely helpful and very very nice. They offered us a little breakfast and champagne at the end of the flight. The flight is stunning and really interesting. I definitely recommend this experience Thanks a lot to everyone for being so friendly

service was excellent all the way through, from pick up at our hotel to the whole balloon experience to oir transfer back. very professional and friendly