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Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

The trip in a nutshell!

What?

5 nights trip in Cappadocia to experience the eastern culture and enjoy the most magnificent ride of your lives!

* Hot air ballooning Cappadocia in the most magical scenery for inspiration

* Horse riding in the valleys for freedom

* Turkish hammam experience for relaxing

* Traditional Turkish night with a lot of dancing!

* Whirling dervish ceremony for delving deeper into stillness

* Hiking and sightseeing: Ihlara Valley, Red Valley, Love Valley, Avanos etc…for fun

* Pottery class in Avanos to boost creativity

* Mystical underground cities: DERINKUYU and KAYMAKLI for exploring

* Belly dancing classes

When?

Pick your dates

Where?

Cappadocia, Turkey

How?

The closest airport is Goreme or Kayseri Airport.

Participation?

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Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

About Cappadocia

As if plucked from a whimsical fairy tale and set down upon the stark Anatolian plains, Cappadocia is a geological oddity of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of otherworldly beauty.

The fantastical topography is matched by the human history here. People have long utilized the region’s soft stone, seeking shelter underground and leaving the countryside scattered with fascinating troglodyte-style architecture.

The fresco-adorned rock-cut churches of Göreme Open-Air Museum and the subterranean refuges of Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı are the most famous sights, while only bedding down in one of Cappadocia’s cave hotels is an experience in 21st-century cavern dwelling.

Whether you’re wooed here by the hiking potential, the history or the bragging rights of unique accommodation, it’s the lunarscape panoramas that you’ll remember. This region’s accordion-ridged valleys, shaded in a palette of dusky orange and cream, are an epiphany of a landscape – the stuff of psychedelic daydreams.

Hot-Air Ballooning Cappadocia

Most of us have seen the magnificent photos of balloons flying over Cappadocia ‘s fantastic landscape! And many of us dreamt flying with one of those balloons and see the world from up above!

Now it is the time to experience this like “Fogg” and “Passepartout” in the movie “Around the world in 80 days”!

The flight will be approximately 60 minutes.

Our Hot-Air Ballooning Cappadocia experience begins with us being transferred to have a light breakfast early in the morning.

Then after our breakfast, our check-in will be made while the pilots are choosing a good launch site according to the wind directions. Once the launch site is selected, we will proceed to the launch site where we will witness how the crew and the pilot unloads, assembles and inflates the balloon.

Following an introduction to the safety factors of ballooning with our pilot, our amazing experience will begin.

The balloon will climb 300 meters (1000 feet) during the flight. A panoramic and marvelous view will greet us while drifting above the valleys and between rock formations just the moment when the sun will start rising.

Balloons move by the wind, and we will float wherever the wind takes us.

Each passenger has to dress according to the temperature which means flat shoes, hat, sunglasses and of course camera is a must. The flight presents many photo opportunities and lifetime memories to cherish.

In keeping with hot air ballooning Cappadocia tradition, we are delighted to a champagne ceremony upon landing by our crew.

We will also receive a memento Silver Medal.

After the flight, our minibusses will take us back to our hotel.

 

Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Horse riding in the valleys Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Horse riding in the valleys

Turkish hammam Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Turkish hammam

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is an excellent activity in Cappadocia. You can ride your horse through the valleys, looking at all the unusual rock formations and gardens, vineyards, orchards on horseback – much easier than walking.

Cappadocia was known as “Katpatuka”, land of beautiful horses. Here’s your opportunity to explore all these beautiful wonders on horseback with a 2-hour ride. All levels of riding capacity can be organized. Please let us know yours! And enjoy!

Turkish Bath (Hammam)

The Turkish hammam or Turkish Bath is the direct successor to the Roman bath and has had a special place in Turkish tradition for hundreds of years. Traditionally the Hammam has a domed roof with full bottle-glass lights set into the dome that concentrate the sunlight. Lying on the hot marble slabs, it is easy to imagine yourself transported back to the time of the Saracens.

It is a place where you can rejuvenate both body and mind. After changing into the traditional ‘Pestemal’ a type of sarong, and wooden shoes called Takunya, your body is acclimatized with warm water, then scrubbed with ‘loaf,’ to remove the top layers of dead skin cells and ingrained dirt.
The soap-massage that follows is a pure melting pleasure, leaving your skin refreshed, tingling and your whole body rejuvenated. A warm dry towel, a place to relax and a taste of Turkish delight end the session unless of course, you want to go the whole way and take a sauna or Turkish massage.
No vacation in Turkey is complete without a visit to the Turkish Bath!

PS: Everything you would need will be giving in the hammam. The only thing you would better have is your swimming suit if you like to use the swimming pool. The Turkish Bath includes sauna, peeling and soap massage! The other massages such as oil massage, relaxing massage, foot massage and medical massages are available for an extra cost.

 

Turkish night Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Turkish night

Dervish ceremony Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Dervish ceremony

Pottery class at chez Gallip Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Pottery class at Chez Gallip

Turkish night!

Turkish night is one of the nicest evening excursions in Cappadocia.

The show is around 20:30 pm. The program starts with a demonstration of whirling dervishes and after the fabulous presentation, drinks and dinner are served. While you have your meal, the folk dance group make their preparations for their traditional show.

They present all kinds of folk dance motives from all over Turkey. Then the dance show doesn’t stop. The belly dancer comes out to the scene. The night goes on with the fire and the knife shows. Finally, it is time for you to be on the stage and dance with traditional Turkish music. The night ends at about 11.30pm when we will be transferred back to our hotel.

Whirling Dervish in Saruhan Caravanserai

What is Caravanserai?

These buildings are set on a days camel’s ride distance and are all on the ancient Silk Road trading route.

Weary travelers could stay for up to 3 days free of charge and have new shoes or shoes mended, and their animals tended, in the safety of a building that looks like a fortress.

Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Saruhan Caravanserai.

The old Saruhan Caravanserai, built in 1249 and restored, is the place for the holy ceremony of the whirling dervishes in Cappadocia. The ceremony, inspired by the great Mevlânâ (1207-1273), is part of the Turkish history, tradition, culture, and beliefs. Performed only by religious men, while whirling endlessly, they have their arms open, their right hands directed to the sky and the left ones turned toward earth. They turn from right to left, pivoting around the heart, conveying God’s spiritual gifts to the people – to us. The Caravanserai is a fascinating one and watching this ceremony, carried over for hundreds of years, is an experience that a visitor in Turkey should not miss. Enjoy!

Performed only by religious men, while whirling endlessly, they have their arms open, their right hands directed to the sky and the left ones turned toward earth. They turn from right to left, pivoting around the heart, conveying God’s spiritual gifts to the people – to us. The Caravanserai is a fascinating one and watching this ceremony, carried over for hundreds of years, is an experience that a visitor in Turkey should not miss. Enjoy!

The Caravanserai is a fascinating one and watching this ceremony, carried over for hundreds of years, is an experience that a visitor in Turkey should not miss. Enjoy!

Pottery Class in Avanos!

Avanos is well known throughout Turkey for its production of clay products. Hundreds of the village men are skilled in making pots, plates, wine holders, and even ashtrays and chess sets.

They are pottery masters, and their skills have mostly been handed down from generation to generation. The roots of their profession lie in the nearby red river that flows through the town.

We will have the opportunity to have a pottery class in Avanos from a traditional pottery master, the best of many international awards and create our masterpiece!! The course duration is approximately 3-4 hours. Also, we will get the opportunity to wander around the city of Avanos, admire the small shops with this great art and do some shopping.

Also, we will get the chance to wander around the town of Avanos, admire the small shops with this great art and do some shopping.

For more info about our pottery master GALIP KÖRÜKCÜ visit the following link:

http://www.chez-galip.com/#/Aboutus

 

Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Hot-Air Ballooning Cappadocia

Hiking Ihlara Valley Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Hiking Ihlara Valley

Göreme open air museum Hot-Air ballooning Cappadocia

Göreme open air museum

Derinkuyu Underground City

Can you picture the conversation?

Go back 1400 years. A man and his son are digging yet another tunnel in one of Cappadocia’s underground cities. The boy is tired and ready to quit…

BOY: “Dad, why do we have to dig this tunnel? Don’t we have enough space already?”

DAD: “I already told you. In 1300 years Turkey will be dependent on tourism for a healthy economy. People are not going to come from around the world to visit an extensive cellar. We have to get down at least 100 meters to make it a “Wow” experience.

BOY: “Oh yeah, I forgot.”

Maybe not!

But their blood, sweat, and tears are still helping the residents. Only this time they are greeting the “invaders” and welcoming them into their underground cities.

We will have a guided tour in Derinkuyu & Kaymakli. Derinkuyu is the deepest underground city going down 100 meters!

Sightseeing & Hiking

You can hike part of Ihlara Valley, see the Selime monastery and also visit some of the other valleys like Love, Imagination, Rose/Red or Pigeon Valleys.
According to your time, there are plenty of other sites to see and enjoy like Fairy chimneys, beautiful towns in Cappadocia, wineries, panoramic views and much more!

 

The Accommodation

You will spend five nights in a boutique hotel.
Set in the heart of Göreme’s historic old village with a spectacular view looking out towards the valleys while enjoying the “Turkish hospitality” so generously offered by our friends there Ibrahim and Mehmet.
Until 2006, the hotel was the owner family house, and like most houses in Göreme was made of a mixture of stone-arched rooms and cave room.
Accommodations are deluxe rooms or a family suite. The terrace area offers uninterrupted views over the Göreme village and famous fairy chimneys. Breakfast is included. Enjoy!

Participation

Please contact us by clicking on the button below to inquire and let us know:

  • Dates you would like to travel and how many people
  • Type of accommodation you prefer (Single or double occupancy) and we will send you detailed info about accommodation options.
  • Activities you choose

HOW TO REGISTER

Contact us and reserve your trip

The Air-flights:

You will have to book a flight to Goreme or Kayseri airport, Turkey.

 

Remarks:

1) You should make on your own all the relevant arrangements to have a valid health insurance for your trip to Cappadocia.

2) You will need a valid passport to travel to Turkey, so please take care all the relevant arrangements. Regarding the Visa, if you are coming from a European country, you can obtain an electronic visa or a visa on-arrival in Turkey.

Please check about your visa obligations, so you are sure you took all the necessary steps to enter the country.

Check the links below:

http://www.ebmt2015.org/visas.html

https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/tour/

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