9 Day Istanbul and Cappadocia Tour With A Hot Air Balloon Flight
Explore two great cities on this fantastic 9-day tour of Turkey from Istanbul to Cappadocia. This incredible experience includes hotel accommodation, guided Sightseeing tours and an unforgettable Hot Air Balloon flight.
Tick off UNESCO-listed attractions in the melting-pot capital where you will travel comfortably between sights.
In Istanbul have a Byzantine Relics tours where you will get to see St. Sophia, which is an ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century. Visit Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, which is built in the 16th century and known as Blue Mosque due to its fascinating interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
You will also explore the Hippodrome which was was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople and where the Gladiators once fought. Then it will be on to the maze of the Grand Bazaar where you can buy some traditional Turkish goods for yourself or as gifts for your friends and family.
In Cappadocia, you’ll soar over the fairytale landscape on a one-of-a-kind hot air balloon ride, and sample tasty home-cooked Turkish treats. Also, visit the Goreme open air Museum and Pasabag, which is famous for the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. You will also get to experience a traditional Turkish bath, a camel ride and the Whirling Dervishes show in Cappadocia and a cool ATV Tour.
- Enjoy a Byzantine Relics tour in Istanbul including the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque
- Visit Pasabag famous for the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys with double and triple rock caps
- Watch a live pottery demonstration in Avanos town and you can even have a go yourself
- Soar over Cappadocia’s unique lunar terrain during a panoramic sunrise flight in a hot air balloon
- Visit the famous Derinkuyu underground city the deepest of the discovered underground cities in Cappadocia
- See the traditional Whirling Dervishes show in Cappadocia
- Go Camel Riding
- ATV Tour around Cappadocia
- Experience a Traditional Turkish Bath
- Sample tasty Turkish meals in local restaurants
- Scheduling: Private Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Chinese, Japanese
- Duration: 9 days
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Pick-up servicePick up from your hotel or airport in Istanbul
- Easy CancellationThere is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
- On Request
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 3 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Sightseeing Tours mentioned on the itinerary
- Airport transfers
- Domestic return flights between Istanbul and Cappadocia
- Professional guide
- Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon flight
- Accommodation in Istanbul
- Whirling Dervish Evening
- Turkish Bath Experience
- ATV Tour
- Camel Ride Tour
- Personal Expenses
- Other Services Not Mentioned
On your arrival at Ataturk airport, our driver will welcome you with a sign with your names written on who will transfer you to your hotel
After breakfast, you will get picked up in the morning and head directly to St. Sophia which is an ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century a magnificent and eye-catching building.
The second site we visit is Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, which was built in the 16th century and known as Blue Mosque due to its fascinating interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
Hippodrome is the next place to visit, which was once a circus and was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire.
After you will move on to the Grand Covered Bazaar, undoubtedly one of the best markets in the world in terms of age and dimension.
You will have an early morning hotel pick-up for your flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Once you arrive in Cappadocia, you can relax and spend time at your hotel.
Camel riding is the most famous oriental activity in Cappadocia. It shows you the culture in ancient time, tradition, lifestyle, endemic flora and fauna in Cappadocia. Also, different rock formations, landscapes are seen.
This activity has different time and durations. We have sunrise riding, sunset riding and also day time riding. When you book this activity, you can see both sunrise and sunset hot air balloon rides from Red valley, Rose valley and Meskendir valley. Also in the day time, you can see all the valleys, rock formations and other magical sights.
The camel farm provides you with local and traditional clothes, free time to take photos, guiding services, and pick up/drop off services from your hotel in Cappadocia. On return to your Cappadocia hotel, you are booked to have a Hammam (Traditional Turkish Bath).
Early in the morning, you will enjoy a memorable hot air balloon ride over scenic Cappadocia a once-in-a-lifetime and an unforgettable experience.
Come back to your hotel and enjoy some breakfast before been picked up from the hotel for a group Green Tour in Cappadocia.
Visit the famous Derinkuyu underground city the deepest of the discovered underground cities in Cappadocia reaching the depth of about 85 meters and this multi-level underground city could accommodate about 20 000 people.
After Derinkuyu explore the landscape of Ihlara Valley and Melendiz river. Ihlara valley is an amazing 14 km long gorge made of the same soft volcanic rock found throughout Cappadocia. Walkthrough the vineyards and pistachio trees and enjoy relaxing sounds of flowing water, observing the rich fauna of this area.
After hiking you will be ready for a delicious lunch at a restaurant over the Melendiz river consisting of traditional Turkish foods cooked by the locals.
The last place to visit is the Selime Monastery an amazing massive fairy chimney and a must-see place while you are visiting Cappadocia because of its sheer size and exciting structure.
Pick up from your Cappadocia/Goreme hotel and transfer to the private racecourse for a short introduction and training.
From there, with your tour guide leading the way, discover the Swords Valley and see the mystical fairy chimneys and rock formations. Stop to explore the famous Rose and Red valleys and enjoy some free time to take photographs.
Witness how people used to live inside the caves by visiting the Cavusin Ghost Village.
Continue on through the White Valley and visit the Love Valley, which is one of the famous valleys in Cappadocia and draws the most attention for its interesting shapes of fairy chimneys.
Drive back to the starting point where your transport will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
In the evening enjoy a traditional Whirling Dervishes show.
We will take you from your Cappadocia hotel in the evening for the whirling dervishes ceremony with an air-conditioned vehicle.
The Whirling Dervishes performances takes place at an old caravanserai from 1249 AD, so watching this 760 years old dance in this old building from that time makes it so much more meaningful.
The ceremony takes approximately 1 hour, and you can not clap or take the pictures during the ceremony, but at the end of the ceremony, there is a 2 minutes allocation for them.
When the ceremony is finished, we will then we will transfer you back to your hotel.
You will have an early morning hotel pick-up for your flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Once you arrive in Cappadocia, you will meet your guide and join a regional tour where you will see the main attractions of Cappadocia.
Visit Pasabag famous for the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys with double and triple rock caps. Explore the lunar landscape at Devrent Valley where you will enjoy a tasty lunch at a local Turkish restaurant and continue to the to Goreme open-air Museum where you will visit numerous rock-cut churches with incredible paintings on the walls and ceiling.
Then drive to the old Greek vıillage Cavusin, watch live pottery demonstration in Avanos town and enjoy spectacular views of Uchisar castle.
After your flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul, you will be transferred to your chosen hotel for 2 night and a transfer on the last day to the airport. End of Tour
- Please make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes while sightseeing
- Please wear appropriate clothing while visiting any religious places
- All names must match exactly as shown on your passport
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel