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Cappadocia: Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

1. 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.

From Alanya: Sapadere Canyon Discovery Tour

2. From Alanya: Sapadere Canyon Discovery Tour

Discover one of the most colorful places in the Alanya region - the magnificent Sapadere Canyon on a full-day tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Alanya at 10 AM, and set off on a 48 km drive to Sapadere. During the journey, admire breathtaking views of the gorge along the route, crossing the Sedre River multiple times on the scenic mountain road. On the way, stop for 15-20 minutes in a nomad tent where you can taste gözleme (Turkish pancake) as a light snack. Then, head over to the Cüceler Cave (the dwarf cave) for the chance to get out and explore. After this, continue on to the village of Sapadere Village for a 45-minute stroll to visit some interesting places. Discover the small village mosque, an old watermill, and a silk weaving workshop. Have the chance to visit a fruit garden where you can pick fresh oranges and taste local exotic fruits. Then, arrive at Sapadere Canyon for the opportunity to discover its hidden waterfalls and swim in crystal clear natural pools. Follow the stairs down to pristine swimming spots, with water flowing all year round. At the end of a 600 m path, find the most impressive waterfall where swimming is also allowed. Take a dip in this spectacular location and refresh yourself from the heat.   Finally, at around 4:30 PM, return to Alanya where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

From Side: Day-Trip to Sapadere with Lunch

3. From Side: Day-Trip to Sapadere with Lunch

Escape the hot and humid coast of Alanya for the day and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sapadere Canyon, located approximately 90 kilometers from Side. Walk along a network of well-maintained wooden walkways through the Taurus Mountains, and experience the dramatic landscape up-close. Take in the fresh mountain air and marvel at the stunning landscape. During the relaxed walk, pass numerous waterfalls cascading down the rocks. If you're feeling brave, jump in and swim in ice-cold water! Stop for a typical lunch of local produce in Sapadere village. Then, visit the natural cave of Guceler and see the stalagmite and stalactite formations.

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.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus, Pamukkale, & Hierapolis Tour

5. From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus, Pamukkale, & Hierapolis Tour

Discover the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis on this two-day trip from Istanbul. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus where you can see the Temple of Artemis. Experience the beauty of the natural white terraces created by mineral deposits at the hot springs in Pamukkale. Stay overnight in the town of Selcuk or Kusadasi. Treat yourself to breakfast at the hotel. Try authentic Turkish food with lunch at two local restaurants during your tours. Day 1: Be picked from your accommodation in Istanbul and relax on the drive to the airport. Enjoy a comfortable flight to the city of Izmir. Meet your guide at the airport and drive to the tour provider's office in the town of Selcuk. Take a break with lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to the archeological site at Ephesus to start your guided tour. Walk through the ancient streets and see one of the wonders of the ancient world at the Temple of Artemis. View the façade of one of the largest libraries from Roman times at the Library of Celsus. Stop at the House of the Virgin Mary where the religious figure is said to have spend her last days. See the remains of an old Roman Amphitheater. Learn about these ruins from your local guide. Drive to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi where you can rest for the evening. Day 2: In the morning, be picked up by your guide from your hotel. Enjoy the scenic Turkish countryside on the drive to Pamukkale. Hear about area and culture from your guide. Have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before starting your tour of the ruins of Hierapolis. Stroll to the remains of a massive Roman amphitheater that once held an audience of 15,000. Admire the marble staircase at the Greek Temple of Apollo. Watch as your guide points out all the significant structures in the archeological site of Hierapolis. Take off your shoes and walk along the white terraces of Pamukkale. Dip your feet in the natural hot springs. Swim amid the ruins of a temple in Cleopatra's Pool. Have some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Take it easy on the ride back to the airport where you can catch your flight back to Istanbul. Once you arrive in Istanbul, your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to your accommodation in Istanbul.

From Istanbul: Pamukkale Day Tour With Flights and Transfers

6. From Istanbul: Pamukkale Day Tour With Flights and Transfers

Delight in the ancient history and spectacular natural beauty of Pamukkale on a full-day, guided tour with flights and transfers from Istanbul included. Start the day bright and early with a morning flight from Istanbul to Denizli. There you will catch a transfer to meet your professional tour guide who will uncover Pamukkale’s Greco-Roman past. Explore the hot springs in Karahayit, which have taken on an Instagram-worthy shade of red due to mineral deposits. Then head over to the Roman ruins in Hierapolis, a place twinned with Pamukkale to create a single UNESCO World Heritage site. After exploring toppled ancient columns and sacred temples, you will have the chance to swim in Cleopatra’s Antique Pool—a majestic spot purportedly frequented by the Egyptian queen for its healing powers. Take an hour for yourself to discover hidden corners of Pamukkale at your own pace before reuniting with your guide and the group for lunch. The next stop is one of the most picturesque spots in Turkey—the travertines of Pamukkale. Take a barefoot walk across these bright, white limestone terraces filled with pools of cascading water. Finally, stop by a local Onyx factory before heading back to Istanbul after an unforgettable day spent in nature and history.

From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour

7. From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour

Day 1: Cappadocia - Kahramanmaras – Kahta Meet your guide and driver at your hotel at 8:00 AM and depart from Cappadocia. After passing Kayseri, visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. Then, drive through the Taurus Mountains, observing the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After stopping for lunch, drive to Kahramanmaras and try some of the best ice cream in Turkey. Then, drive to Kahta and check into your hotel. Spend the night in Kahta. Day 2: Adiyaman - Mt. Nemrut - Harran – Sanliurfa Depart from your hotel early in the morning and head to Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road, get out of the van and walk twenty-five minutes to the summit. Watch the memorable sunrise between the colossal-sized statues and heads of the kings and Gods. Then, visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Septimus Severus Bridge over the Cendere Stream and the Karakus Tumulus, where members of the royal family were buried. Continue driving to Sanliurfa and Harran. Visit the Ataturk Dam, the largest dam in the Middle East, en route. Check into your hotel in Sanliurfa and have lunch there. Visit Gobeklitepe, a 11,500 year-old hilltop sanctuary, believed by archaeologists to be the oldest sanctuary in the world. After lunch, visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Then, walk around an oriental covered bazaar and Gumrukhan. Drive to Harran, a village of Mud-Brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the Book of Genesis, where Abraham spent the last years of his life. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Sanliurfa. DAY 3: Sanliurfa – Cappadocia After breakfast, depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik, famous for its Bald-Ibis birds, which only live in Birecik. Enjoy a visit to the Bald Ibis breeding farm. After lunch, drive up to the Taurus Mountains. Take a short tea break and drive back to Cappadocia.

Pamukkale: Tandem Paragliding Experience

8. Pamukkale: Tandem Paragliding Experience

Take a unique look at Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, with the help of a professional tandem pilot who will help you soar to new heights while taking in breathtaking views of the white limestone cliffs. Pick up is provided from Pamukkale hotels and it will take approximately 20 minutes to reach the jump off point in the mountains. After a safety briefing, you are ready for take-off. Flying time varies from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on wind conditions. This activity will take approximately 1 hour in total. At the end of the adventure, hotel drop-off is provided.

From Cappadocia: Ephesus and Pamukkale 3-Day Private Trip

9. From Cappadocia: Ephesus and Pamukkale 3-Day Private Trip

Explore the most iconic Roman archaeological sites in Turkey on an all-inclusive trip. Learn about the history of Ephesus and Hierapolis from an expert guide. Enjoy the natural hot springs and unique landscape at Pamukkale. Day 1: Meet your driver at your hotel reception for airport transfer. Catch a flight to Izmir. Be greeted by a representative upon your arrival at Izmir Airport. Be transferred to your hotel in Ephesus and get a good night's sleep. Day 2: Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Get ready for a day of exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus with a hotel pickup. Visit the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Open Air Theatre, Virgin Mary House, St. John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque, and Artemis Temple. Stroll past massive Roman pillars, city walls, and towers. Conclude the tour at around 5 PM and be whisked away to your next destination. Spend the night in Pamukkale. Day 3: After having breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide for a guided tour of Pamukkale. Visit the cotton-colored White Travertines formed by warm spring water. Pamukkale is a UNESCO world heritage site owing to the Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis where you can see the Necropolis, Roman Bath, St. Philipe Martyrum, and Apollo Temple. Unwind in the natural baths with views of the city’s ruins. Conclude the day tour by 5 PM. Transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival in Istanbul, meet your driver and be taken back your Istanbul hotel.

From Istanbul: 5-Day Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Ephesus Trip

10. From Istanbul: 5-Day Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Ephesus Trip

Day 1 Meet your driver at the hotel reception for an Istanbul airport transfer to catch your flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival to Cappadocia, be welcomed by a representative with a sign bearing your name. Next, be transferred to the tour office. Join a private North Cappadocia day tour. Visit iconic landmarks like Uchisar Castle Viewpoint and Goreme Open Air Museum. See a pottery demonstration and have a traditional lunch in Avanos. Conitnue to Red River, Devrent Valley, Pasabag (Monks Valley), and a traditional carpet weaving school. As the tour wraps up at around 5 PM, be escorted to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia. Day 2 Start your day with breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide and leave from the hotel for a private South Cappadocia day tour. Enjoy Goreme Panorama, hiking in the Red Valley, Old Greek Cavusin Village, Love Valley, a traditional lunch, Kaymaklı Underground City, Onyx demonstration, and Pigeon Valley. Spend the night in Cappadocia. Day 3 After a hotel pick-up at around 08:00 AM, head to Pamukkale by visiting Sultan Han Caravansarai and Konya Mevlana Museum. Spend the night in Pamukkale. Day 4 Have a hearty breakfast and check out from the hotel. Head out with your guide for a private Pamukkale day tour. Explore Pamukkale White Travertines, the ruins of Hierapolis Old Roman Antique City (Necropol, Antique Theatre, Apollo Temple). At the end of to tour, transfer to Kusadasi. Spend the night in Kusadasi. Day 5 Checkout from the hotel after breakfast. Leave for another private day tour of Ephesus. Visit Ephesus Ancient Greek, Roman City (Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Open - Air Theatre and the other ruins), Virgin Mary House, St. John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque, and Artemis Temple. Conclude the tour at 05:00 PM and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival to Istanbul, be dropped off at your hotel.

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This was the most amazing experience ever would recommend it to everyone. From the date we booked to the date of the flight communication was brilliant. Even though the original date of our flight was cancelled due to weather, we were immediately put onto the next day's flights.

It was my first balloon flight experience. They provided hotel pickup service and breakfast before the flight. Our pilot Tolga was very friendly and informative. If you visit Cappadocia, I recommend to try the sunrise balloon flight. Totally worth it.

Such an amazing experience from start to finish! They picked us up efficiently, we had breakfast and the balloon ride was a life time experience! Felt very safe and some beautiful sites to see! Royal were very professional!

The organization was perfect, everything was thought of, just brilliant, can only be recommended, really great.

super team at royal Balloon and an overall amazing experience