Would you like to visit the most unique region of Turkey with an unearthly landscape and an interesting centuries-old history – Cappadocia? See with your own eyes a miracle created by nature itself? Cappadocia Balloon Tour From Side is a tour that can fulfill your desires.
Cappadocia is a unique area that was created millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. In the formed rocks, ancient people began to carve out their dwellings. You will be amazed by entire cities carved into the rocks, with a huge number of churches and monasteries. During your breathtaking trip you will visit the ancient cities with centuries of history and the amazing beauty of the valley. At the very beginning of your journey, you will stop in the ancient city of Akseki, where, admiring the views of the old city, you can have breakfast. Then you will visit the spiritual center of Turkey – the city of Konya, famous for its ancient ritual order – the Order of the Dervishes.
In the small town of Aksaray, which was one of the most important trading centers on the Great Silk Road, you will visit the 12th century Caravanserai, where a delicious and hearty lunch will be waiting for you. Not far from the city of Aksaray, you will visit one of the largest and most famous underground cities of Cappadocia – the city of Saratli. Your journey will continue in the ancient city of Avanos, the ancient center of pottery, where you will see how experienced potters make masterpieces of ceramics.
In the beautiful Devrent Valley you will see unique rocks created hundreds of years ago by nature itself. In them, you can easily recognize various animals and people, as well as take fantastically beautiful photos. In the most interesting ancient village of Uchisar you will see a huge rock fortress with various tunnels and rooms. In the Pasabag vineyard valley, you will be amazed by the “mushroom” rocks with two or even three caps, as well as the famous church of St. Simeon, local wine shop and clay workshop.
In the Göreme National Park, you will have an unusually delightful view of a vast area with ancient rock monasteries and churches. On the way back to Side, you will visit one of the largest and most famous “mushroom” rocks – Three Beauties, where you will take unearthly photos. And also spend a few pleasant minutes in the workshop of onyx stone and leather products.
Your most interesting trip to Cappadocia Balloon Tour From Side will be the discovery of this unique region for you. You can not only see unearthly landscapes and the amazing beauty of the valley, but also learn a lot of new things from the history of the Ottoman state. Such an exciting journey will remain in your memory for a long time!
Side Cappadocia Tour Balloon Tour price 210 Euro
Please note that we have ‘no hidden costs’
Early in the morning, a comfortable bus will pick you up from your hotel and you will go on a fantastic journey to the region of Turkey with a unique landscape – Cappadocia. On the first day of the trip, you will visit the ancient city of Konya, known for its religious culture, the city of Aksaray, where you will visit the underground city of Saratly and have lunch in the Caravanserai of the 13th century. In the ancient city of Avanos, the center of pottery, you will visit a workshop with beautiful ceramics. In the Devrent Valley, the Valley of the Imagination, you will take gorgeous pictures against the backdrop of bizarrely shaped rocks.
Next, you will visit the ancient village of Uchisar, famous for its rock fortress, as well as the Pashabag valley, where unique Cappadocian wine is made. The last stop of the day will be the Goreme National Park. After it, you will check into the hotel, where you will have dinner and overnight. On the second day of your trip, after breakfast at the hotel, you will start your return journey. There are two stops waiting for you on the way: Three Beauties – the most famous rock “mushrooms”, where you will take memorable photos, as well as an onyx stone workshop and a leather shop. In the evening of this day you will arrive in Side. Around 20:00 you will be transferred back to your hotel.
At the very beginning of your journey, you will have a short stop in the ancient city of Akseki for breakfast. Akseki is a city that has been inhabited since ancient times by Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, after being settled by the Turks, became part of the Ottoman Empire. You can take your breakfast from your hotel and eat it while enjoying the views of this ancient city, or have breakfast at one of the local restaurants.
Konya is an ancient city with more than 9500 years of history from the time of the Hittites and the Roman Empire to the present day. It is the spiritual center of Turkey. The famous Persian poet, mystic and Sufi Muhammad Mustafa Jalal ad-Din – Rumi lived here. He became the founder of the Sufi monastery and order of the Dervishes, as well as the dervish rotation ritual – Sema, which includes music, dance and prayer. In 1925, during the reign of Ataturk, the Sufi orders were abolished, and the Rumi monastery was turned into a museum. Here you will have a short stop to take a break, take a walk, look at the surroundings of the great historical city and take memorable photos.
Aksaray is a small ancient city with a population of 170 thousand people. It was originally a Roman city, in 1071 it was conquered by the Seljuk Turks and in 1570 it was annexed to the Ottoman Empire. The city was located on the Great Silk Road and was one of the most important trading centers. Not far from the city of Aksaray is one of the most famous underground cities of Cappadocia – the city of Saratly. This ancient underground city consists of 5 huge rooms connected by corridors and tunnels.
You will be amazed, but the doors between these rooms are huge blocks of stone, which still raise many questions. In the premises of the city there is everything necessary for life: kitchens, barns, living rooms and much more. During a stop in Aksaray, you will have the opportunity to visit the Caravanserai, built in the 13th century by the Seljuk Empire from volcanic stone. Caravanserai is an ancient inn for merchants who followed the Great Silk Road with caravans full of goods. You will feel like a traveler of the ancient trade route, who has the opportunity to take a breath after a hard day. To replenish the spent energy, you will be offered a delicious and hearty lunch, consisting of dishes of the national Cappadocian cuisine.
Continuing your journey, you will find yourself in the ancient city of Avanos. This city is also called the city of potters, since many millennia ago, back in Hittite times, they began to process clay here, which was mined in the longest river in Turkey (800 km) – Kyzylyrmak, which flows through Avanos.
Now this city is the center of pottery in Turkey. Local master potters process it and make truly wonderful products – masterpieces of ceramic art, known throughout Turkey, as well as in many other countries. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the ceramic workshops, where you will be shown how experienced potters work. You will be able to see the amazing ceramic products made by their hands.
During the tour, you will visit the Devrent Valley, which is also called the Valley of Magical Creatures. This valley is one of the most stunning valleys in Cappadocia and although it has never been inhabited, it is stunning in its unique forms. Nature itself has been skillfully creating these bizarre shapes from rocks for thousands of years. Thanks to her work, the stone took on a variety of forms.
Here you can see figures resembling animals and people. In the rocks, you can easily recognize, for example, a camel, a chicken or doves merged in a kiss, as well as Napoleon and even the Virgin Mary with a baby in her arms. In addition, the valley is rich in beautiful landscapes, so you will have a great opportunity to take amazing memorable photos here.
Uchisar is the most interesting ancient village of Cappadocia, located at an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level. It still retains the national flavor and primitiveness. In the center of the village there is a rock, 60 meters high. It began to be used as a fortress in Hittite times. The rock is dotted with various tunnels and rooms; in the 15th century, more than 3,000 people lived here. Climbing to the top of the fortress, you will be amazed by the stunning views of Cappadocia that will open up to you. Uchisar is also interesting for its cone-shaped dovecotes, characteristic of the area, carved right into the tuff rocks.
Pasabag is a unique valley with its landscape. Translated from Turkish Pashabag – Pasha’s Vineyard, Pasha is a military rank similar to a general. In the valley there are a large number of vineyards from which the unique Cappadocian wine is made. Here, as in many other valleys of Cappadocia, there are unique tuff rocks, bizarre shapes, with caps resembling mushrooms. But the uniqueness of Pashabag is that only here these rocks have 2 or even 3 caps at once.
Pasabag is also called the Valley of the Monks, since it is here that one of the famous churches is located – the Church of St. Simeon, which is located in a rock with three mushroom caps. You will be able to see all the beauty of this unusual landscape, as well as take unique photographs. You will also visit a local wine shop and clay workshop, where you will have the opportunity to purchase wine or pottery of your choice.
The last point that you will visit on the first day of your exciting journey will be the Goreme National Park. Göreme is an open-air museum that covers an area of 300 km². You will be amazed by the many rock formations, cave churches and monastic structures located in the vast territory of the park. Since 1985, Göreme Park has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting the park, check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
On the second day of your exciting journey through a unique area, you will have breakfast at the hotel and drive to Side. On the way back you will visit the famous Three Beauties – three “mushrooms” made of tuff rocks, which are located at the entrance to the city of Urgup – one of the largest tourist centers in Cappadocia. You will be amazed by these Three Beauties – the largest representatives of all such rocks located on the territory of Cappadocia. You can not only see this with your own eyes, but also take unique pictures against their background.
As you continue your journey, you will visit a unique onyx stone workshop. Stones in Cappadocia have always been of great importance. Since ancient times, they have been used for building, worship and decoration. In Cappadocia, a huge amount of onyx is mined in various colors from white to red and even green and black, so onyx is of particular importance for this region. Using different techniques, Turkish craftsmen make unique, beautiful patterns on the stones.
Products from this stone are truly masterpieces. You will also visit a leather goods shop. Cappadocia, like Turkey as a whole, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and exporters of leather goods. Here you will find the widest selection of leather products.
The price of an excursion to Cappadocia from Side in 2022 for adults is .. Euro, for children from 4 to 7 years old .. Euro, and for kids from 0 to 3 years old – free of charge.
The cost of the Cappadocia tour from Side includes transfer from your hotel and back, a professional English-speaking guide, entrance tickets (Pashabag Valley, Caravanserai, Saratly underground city), meals (2 x breakfast, 1 x dinner on the 1st day – buffet ), insurance, accommodation in a 4*Kral hotel.
Tour Cappadocia from Side lasts 2 days and 1 night.
Distance Cappadocia is 478 km from Side, our bus is equipped with air conditioning and comfortable seats with folding backs especially for you. The journey time is approximately 5 hours 48 minutes. Visit the three-story underground city of Saratli in Cappadocia.
Cappadocia, an ancient district in east-central Anatolia, lies on the rugged plateau north of the Taurus Mountains in central modern-day Turkey. The boundaries of the region have changed throughout history.