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Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour

1. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private 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. 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.

Full-Day Private Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour from Istanbul

2. Full-Day Private Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour from Istanbul

After being picked up between 5:00 AM and 5:30 AM from your hotel in Istanbul, you will be driven to the airport where you will catch a flight to Denizli. Meet your private guide in Denizli and make your first visit to Pamukkale.  The beautiful white cascades of Pamukkale is well worth a trip to see eye candy of a natural site. Walk through Pamukkale and find a chance to relax in the hot waters of the ancient pool. Built just above the hot spring waters of Pamukkale, Hierapolis is a mighty ancient city and a UNESCO world heritage site. Hierapolis was built in the 2nd century B.C. by the King of Pergamon and became a Roman city. The city was famous for several important sanctuaries and also as an important trade center. Hierapolis was famous for purple dye and cloth making and it is still famous for textile products. Afterwards, drive back to Denizli airport to make your flight back to Istanbul. The Istanbul tour guide will met you at the Istanbul airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul.

Pamukkale: Hot Air Balloon Tours

3. Pamukkale: Hot Air Balloon Tours

You will start your day as you are collected from your accommodation, one hour before sunrise. This is approximately 6:30 AM in winter and 4:30 AM in Summer. Witness an amazing sunrise up in the air and see perfect panoramic views of the stunning landscape in Pamukkale. Choose from a great variety of routes to see the unique beauty of Pamukkale. The landing point will depend on the weather conditions on the day. Once your balloon has landed, celebrate your experience with fruit juice and cake. 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 at about 08:00 AM and the start of the rest of your day.

Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

4. Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

Begin your day with a visit to the mesmerizing Altindere National Park. Soak up the tranquility of the park as you listen to the sound of the waterfalls and snap photos. Follow your guide on a 15-minute walk to the Sumela Monastery observation point and marvel at the impressive architecture of the monastery, carved into the cliff face. After admiring the views, continue to Cosandere Valley and spend some free time exploring. Stop among the pine trees to enjoy a delcious lunch at Zigana Pass. After lunch, visit the ancient Tortul Castle and put your bravery to the test with a walk along a 240-meter-high glass observation platform. Later, enter the magnificent Karaca Caves. This natural wonder is filled with easy-to-navigate walkways and plenty of lighting to showcase its beauty. The final stop is in Hamsikoy, a peaceful region of 5 farming villages, where you’ll taste a local pudding known as sutlac before beginning the return journey to Trabzon.

Antalya Waterfalls and Old City Tour

5. Antalya Waterfalls and Old City Tour

Discover the most charming city in Turkey. Begin by stopping at the Duden Waterfalls, a very special location known to locals. The park around the waterfall is shady and cooling, almost like a tropical oasis with cascading waterfalls, loud birdsong and with a very special atmosphere and tranquility, that you will not find elsewhere in the town. After roughly 45 minutes relaxing in this environment, the tour will continue to the second location. Visit Kaleici Marina, also known as Old Antalya. A place that is filled with history and lovely buildings. See old houses built in the Ottoman style and from the park, enjoy terrific views of the water. See the old town’s harbor, Hadrian’s Gate, and many other interesting sights as well. Enjoy an hour on a short boat trip. After two hours wandering the city, follow your guide on to the final stop of the tour, at Duden Kiyi Selalesi. This spectacular waterfall is just 20 meters from the sea. See how the strong flowing water joins the sea in a loud thunder or noise and spray. 

From Istanbul: Pamukkale Day Trip, Including Flights

6. From Istanbul: Pamukkale Day Trip, Including Flights

Start your day with private transfer in the early morning to Istanbul airport and fly to Denizli Airport. Your local guide will pick you up from Denizli Cardak Airport in the morning. Then, you will be transferred to Pamukkale for your tour. Pamukkale, which means Cotton Castle in Turkish, is a unique place known for its beautiful white travertine terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Pamukkale and Karahayit are also important health centers due to thermal water springs. You can also learn about the history of the ancient city of Hierapolis, while visiting landmarks, such as the amphitheater, necropolis, The Apollon Temple, and The Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle.  Later, enjoy a traditional lunch at a restaurant. After your tour, transfer back to Denizli Airport, fly to Istanbul, and then enjoy transfer back to your hotel in Istanbul.  

From Marmaris: 2-Day Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

7. From Marmaris: 2-Day Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

Tick both Ephesus and Pamukkale off your bucket list on one trip with hotel pickup in Marmaris and İçmeler and an overnight stay in Pamukkale. Visit the amazing Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, on the first day and the breathtaking "Cotton Castle" Pamukkale on the second. Get picked up and head toward one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world, the city of Ephesus. Stop along the way for breakfast at Cleopatra Bay and for a tea break en route. See the House of the Virgin Mary, the 1,000-year-old amphitheater, and the Temple of Artemis. Have lunch in Seljuk before departing for Pamukkale. How better to end this magical day than with a romantic sunset over the white terraces of Pamukkale? Enjoy a tasty local dinner and a dance party as the eve's entertainment. Stay overnight at a luxe hotel. Wake refreshed for hotel breakfast and head off for a full day of fascinating travertines and thermal springs. Visit the ruins of Hierapolis and take some free time for the terraces and baths. Discover some spots in Turkey not yet touched by tourism. In the afternoon, depart for a visit to a local carpet school with another tea break before returning to your original pickup location.

From Istanbul: Pamukkale Trip with Hot Air Balloon Ride

8. From Istanbul: Pamukkale Trip with Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take a break from bustling Istanbul and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pamukkale on this 2-day trip. See extraordinary views of thermal pools and terraces and visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Your trip begins with a flight from Istanbul to Denizli Airport. Upon arriving at Denizli Airport your driver will meet you and drop you off at your hotel for you to retire and relax in the evening. The next day in the early morning, your driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the meeting point for your hot air balloon ride. Rise up into the sky and see the white travertines from above. Have a memorable experience as you taking stunning views of the surrounding landscape and Hierapolis. Once your air balloon flight finishes have breakfast back in the hotel. Take a break before beginning your excursion to Hierapolis. Follow your guide as they tell you about interesting historical events. Wander through ancient ruins before taking your transfer to Denizli Airport for your flight back to Istanbul.

Kusadasi or Selcuk: Pamukkale Guided Group Tour

9. Kusadasi or Selcuk: Pamukkale Guided Group Tour

Depart from your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk in the morning and meet your guide. Travel to Pamukkale to see its dazzling sights and learn about its history and culture. View the fascinating travertines of Pamukkale, formed by a complex chemical reaction from the nearby hot springs. Visit the site of the ancient city of Hierapolis, and admire its Necropolis, Domitian Gate, Agora, Temple of Apollo, and more. Learn about this fascinating city that played an important role during the spread of Christianity through Anatolia. Have some free time to wander around at the end of your tour. Bring your swimsuit and enjoy an optional dip in the Cleopatra Pool (not included). Get transferred back to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi at the end of the day.

Istanbul: Laodicea & Aphrodisias Day Trip with Flights

10. Istanbul: Laodicea & Aphrodisias Day Trip with Flights

Enjoy an all-inclusive trip to Leodicea and Aphrodisias with lunch and all transportation. We will pick you up from your hotel between 04:30-05:00 in Istanbul, and travel to the airport. You will then take a morning flight to Denizli City (depending on flight schedules, a flight can also be arranged from Izmir airport). Upon arrival in Denizli, we will begin the one hour drive to Laodiceia Ancient city. Laodicea is situated on a hill amongst the valleys, with the running Asopus and Kapros streams that flow into the Lycus River, now known as Curuksu Cayi. It is one of the Seven Churches of early Christianity, and you will learn about the history from our professional guide while you take in the views. Laodicea was founded on an important trade route. Throughout the area, there are many historic ancient cities. Just 10km to the north is the famous Roman spa of Hierapolis, while Colossae lies 14.5km to the east. The city of Tripolis on the Meander is also 26km north-west of Laodicea. After your visit to Laodiceia City, we will drive to the ancient city of Aphrodisias, a small Greek city in the province of Caria. Aphrodisias was one of several ancient cities dedicated to the goddess of love. Learn about the ancient history of the area, including Roman triumphs and tribulations, and the hand the city played in the assassination of Julius Ceaser. We end of the tour by driving you back to Denizli airport for your evening flight to Istanbul (in case of flight unavailability, flights will take a Istanbul-Izmir-Istanbul route).

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4.7 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Great experience! Best way to spend one day in Kappadochia and get most of it - plenty of information about the visited areas and touristic activities from our guide Ali, good vibes and pleasant group dinamic, gorgeous landscapes, enought time to both explore each touristic attraction and enjoy delicious lunch without beeing in a rush. We've enjoyed every moment!

The tour guide was super knowledgeable and entertaining. One of the best tour experiences of this trip! We saw many beautiful sites and the tour guide explained them in great detail :) great experience overall and would definitely recommend it

What a wonderful experience! Ali was very knowledgable and tailored the tour to what we would like to do. Highly enjoyable!

Amazing tour trip, i deffo recommend, pick up on the time, nice english tour etc

Guide is friendly, bus is clean and nice, explanation is awesome.