HighlightsEnjoy a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia’s unique fairy-tale landscapes
Cappadocia is a nature lover's heaven, with its strange rock formations and beautiful valleys that make one of nature's most surprising masterpieces. This tour will take you on a journey through Cappadocia’s unique landscapes, where you can explore the fairy-tale-like “fairy chimneys” and volcanic lands while learning about the region’s social and historical contexts. You’ll enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the dramatic landscapes of Rose and Red Valleys and visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum to see the well-preserved frescoes of the early to middle Christian era. You’ll also explore an underground city and immerse yourself in local cultures along the Soğanli Valley.
Who This Experience Is Good For
This experience is perfect for anyone who is interested in history, culture, and nature.
Meet Our Local Host
Your local host is an experienced guide who will share their in-depth knowledge of the region’s geology, history, and culture with you. They are passionate about Cappadocia and will make sure that you have an unforgettable experience.
Early morning flight to Kayseri from Istanbul.
Meet with the guide at Kayseri Airport.
Visit Paşabağ and see the most diverse forms of fairy chimneys.
Check into our hotel in Uchisar, a small town located at the highest point (1200m) in the region. Optional sunset horse riding.
Early morning hot air balloon tour.
View the region before gently descending down to the region’s most dramatic landscape of Rose and Red Valleys with unique “fairy chimney” rock towers.
Learn about the geology of Cappadocia, its social and historical contexts.
Hike through an unbelievable area of cave dwellings, rock-cut churches, and even a monastery complex called Church with Columns for a drink.
Enjoy a leisurely and enjoyable meal at a highly rated restaurant.
Visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum to see the well-preserved frescoes of the early to middle Christian era.
Visit Avanos pottery studios, producing the finest red and white clay ceramics since ancient times.
Witness a Whirling Dervish ritual at Saruhan Caravansarai.
Drive to an underground city that served as a military garrison and public shelter in case regional safety was endangered by invaders during the 7th-9th Centuries.
Visit Love Valley to find the tallest fairy chimneys and have a chance to drink fresh orange juice.
Walk around Ortahisar Town for a chat with the locals.
See stunning civil architecture examples while immersing in local cultures along the Soğanli Valley.
Day 4Have lunch in Ürgüp.
What’s IncludedAirport transfers
What’s Not IncludedFlightsDinners
Know Before You GoMinimum Needed: 8 people
Special Clothing Required: Nights and early mornings could be cold, warm clothing is essential
fREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This was easily a highlight of our month in Turkey. The itinerary was packed, but we got to see and learn a lot. For all that was included and the ease of booking through RY, it was well-worth the money. The cave hotel was incredible (with wonderful staff!) and the included lunches were all amazing. The morning balloon ride was a bucket list experience I'll never forget!
Our side trip to Cappadocia was one of the highlights of the month. The landscapes are truly otherworldly—I was constantly in awe during the hikes and the sunrise hot air balloon ride. Our guide Gaye was so energetic, funny and knowledgeable about the history of the area, and she took us to so many cool sites and delicious local restaurants throughout the trip. Our group had an amazing time and it was truly seamless from start to finish with all of the details Remote Year had taken care of for us.
Such an amazing part of the country and there was no better was to experience it than with RY. Everything is taken care of and it was a truly stress free way to see Cappadocia
I have to be honest, I was on the fence about going to Cappadocia given that it seems a bit pricey. FOMO was too intense and I decided to join last minute. Best decision ever!
It was worth every dollar and if we take into account all it includes:
- Balloon ride ofc
- Nice hotel with amazing breakfast
- Lunch was excellent every day! (not the cheap buffet style you find in some tours but proper local restaurants)
- Tour guide
- Entrance to museaums
- Transportation. This is a big one. It took us everywhere we needed to. We ask the guide "Can we go back to the ceramic place we were yesterday?" BAM! We go there. "Do you know any nice place to buy a Turkish carpet?" BAM! There. The fact that we didn't have to worry about it together the guide's insight was a big plus.
...and the bounding moments we shared as a group that made this trip priceless.