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Cappadocia: Hot-Air Balloon Tour

1. Cappadocia: Hot-Air Balloon Tour

See beautiful panoramic views of the Cappadocia landscape in the bright morning sun. Feel like a VIP with included food and pickup on this hot-air balloon ride through the Turkish skies. This 3-hour program begins with a hotel pickup about 1 hour before sunrise. Watch the inflation of the hot-air balloon while enjoying a light breakfast of tea, coffee, and cookies. After a safety briefing from the pilot, climb into the basket and get ready for a spectacular flight. Rise to altitudes of several hundred meters for panoramic views. Drift through the valleys and canyons and around the fairy chimneys. The actual flight time is approximately 1 hour for standard flights, and 1.5 hours for deluxe and private flights. On landing, enjoy a traditional celebration party with Champagne and cakes. Take home a personalized flight certificate.

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Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience

2. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience

Experience the best way to view the rocky valleys, underground cities, and legendary landscapes with a Hot Air Balloon flight at sunrise. See the sun rising as you take the most memorable photos from the balloon basket. Choose between a standard, luxury, or private flight to enhance your experience. 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 fly in the balloon. The licensed crew will help you board the balloon basket as you see it bloat with hot air and increase in size. Receive a short safety briefing, see dozens of other balloons nearby begin to bloat and go up in the air, and take some amazing pictures of the spectacle. Rise between 500 and 1000 meters above the ground and experience a smooth flight high above valleys and spectacular geographical formations that you can only see from the sky. At the end of the flight, land somewhere safe where the ground crew will be waiting with a commemorative flight paper and a light drink to celebrate.

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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight with Breakfast

3. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight with Breakfast

Discover Cappadocia from above on an early-morning hot air balloon flight. Gently fly over the fairy chimney rock formations for an hour and experience Cappadocia like a bird surveying its surroundings. Benefit from early morning hotel pickup before the day breaks, and travel to a hot air balloon launch site to get ready for your amazing adventure. Savor a light breakfast and hot drinks as you watch the balloons inflate against the stunning backdrop of the landscape. To make sure everyone stays safe, a passenger safety briefing is provided. You'll learn the basic rules of hot air balloon flights before ascending into the sky as the sun begins to rise. Take souvenir photos of the valleys below before gliding gently back down to the ground for your champagne celebration. Collect your keepsake flight certificate as a reminder of your experience. End your experience with a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.

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The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

4. The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

Watch a magnificent 1-hour show of the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and witness the miracle of the whirling dances and dervishes. Dating back 800 years, the show represents in thrilling fashion the idea that everything in the universe, from atoms, to the solar system, to the blood that circulates in the body, revolves. Sema is a spiritual journey that the soul makes to God as it becomes mature and attains unity. After the journey, it returns to its life and to serve humankind again. This thrilling program begins with a classical Turkish music concert, followed by the Sema ceremony, comprised of 7 parts. Watch in wonder as the whirling dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, a drum voice is heard and all 7 parts unfold, - the ceremony climaxes when the extraordinary whirling dervishes revolve to represent the birth of humanity. The Sema ends with a Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, and believers, and a prayer for the salvation of the country. Chosen as the best authentic local event in 2010 by the Federation of Tourist Guides in Turkey, this fantastic show takes place in the fantastic HodjaPasha Culture Center, which is a restored 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci.

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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight

5. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight

Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys and rock-cut churches and houses of Cappadocia, with transfers from your hotel and a pre-flight breakfast on arrival at the launch site. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cappadocia for the transfer to the launch site. Warm up from the early morning chill with complimentary coffee and tea. While you enjoy breakfast, watch the balloons as they are prepared and inflated. 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 and the start of the rest of your day.

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Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

6. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV 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, head to the Cavusin Village, where you can admire the architecture and churches of this former Greek village.  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.

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Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

7. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

Discover the moon-like landscape of Cappadocia from a new perspective as you witness the sunrise from a hot air balloon. Get picked up from your hotel just before sunrise and head to the starting point. Once permission to fly has been granted, head to the take-off site where you can take captivating photos and watch the balloon inflation process. When everything is ready for the flight, rise up from the heart of Cappadocia and marvel at the spectacular landscape as you watch the fairy chimneys and rock formations shrink before your eyes.  Your flight will last approximately 1 hour. Upon landing you will enjoy a traditional Champagne toast and medal presentation. End your experience with a convenient drop-off back to your hotel.

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Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

8. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxurious cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, while dining from a 3-course menu of Turkish meze and local drinks. Sail past some of Istanbul's greatest monuments, while watching traditional entertainment along the way. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the yacht for the start of your journey. Get a welcome cocktail on deck as you begin to sail as far as the Black Sea. Cruise between Europe and Asia, passing under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the grand Ottoman fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle. Soak up some of Istanbul’s legendary nightlife as you pass famous nightclubs, such as Reina and Sortie. Marvel at the waterside mansions and villas that line the European and Asian coasts. As you feast on a meal of typical meze dishes and mains, watch live folk dances from different regions of Turkey. Be seduced by the sensual moves of a belly dancer, and relax to international music by the on-board DJ. Back on dry land, enjoy a free shuttle transfer back to your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Tour

9. 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.

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Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

10. Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxury cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Get a welcome cocktail on arrival and then set sail for the Black Sea passing some of Istanbul's most famous monuments along the way. Cruise between Europe and Asia and pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle, and marvel at the mansions that line both coastlines. Watch live folk dances from the regions of Turkey, be seduced by a belly dancer and relax to international music played by the on-board DJ.

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If the thought of walking through ancient Mosques, seeing spectacular Ottoman architecture and hearing the call of the muezzin has you thinking about exotic adventures in faraway lands, then a holiday to Turkey is for you. Start your sightseeing holiday in Istanbul by visiting the Hagia Sophia. Built in the 532, the Hagia Sophia started as an Orthodox Basilica, was changed to a Mosque and stands today as a museum that is considered the ultimate embodiment of Byzantine architecture. Move on over to Topkapi Palace for Ottoman architecture. Topkapi Palace, built in 1459, contains holy Muslim relics such as Mohammed's Cloak as well as his sword.

More sightseeing can be done on one of the many boat tours in Turkey. Take a cruise on the Bosphorus Sea and see sights such as Topkapi Palace by sea, the Maiden's Tower and Selimiye Barracks (made famous by Florence Nightingale). Take a tour on the Marmara Sea and cross to the Asian side of Turkey where you can purchase souvenirs such as hand-made sweaters and woven rugs at one of the many bazaars.

Fairy Chimneys, underground cities, the ancient city of Ephesus, souvenir shopping at the Grand Bazaar, enjoying long soaks in a Turkish Bath and visiting the Hippodrome are several more of the exciting attractions that Turkey has to offer.

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