Must to do things in Cappadocia:
Cappadocia is an extraordinary place on its own, but of course, there is a lot to do on each day.
Tours prices are variating a lot and its very important that you don’t pay a triple price from the same tour. The best prices are always related to locals, for example, Salkim Cave House, the ladies are locals and they know the best possible deals for you. This way you are saving a lot for your vacation and that’s how you can do more too.
When you stay at the Salkim Cave Hotel and you tell them what you would like to do each day, they will organize everything for you with good competitive pricing.
Here are 10 experiences of a lifetime that you should go to when visiting Cappadocia.
1. Hot air Baloon
The Cappadocia region of Turkey is the most popular location in the world for hot air ballooning. It’s one of the places in the world you can balloon almost year around. Flights are operated in boiling hot summers and snowy winters – and the landscape looks incredible in both.
While on the flight, you won’t just see a few balloons, the sky is filled with around 100 balloons of different colors and designs. Every day is a fiesta.
Flying in Cappadocia is safe, the pilots must train 5 times more than anywhere else.
The standard balloon tour offers a minimum of one hour flight time in the air. Including the pickup and drop off at your hotel. This happens usually before sunrise.
2. Turkish night
Turkish Nights Show is organized not only to let you experience Turkish culture and traditions but also to have real entertainment and show after a relaxing Cappadocia day.
The dancers, including the bride and the groom, come on the dance floor and perform the traditional way when a girl gets married in Turkey. After a couple of other folk dances from different parts of Turkey, the highlight of the night comes Belly Dancer!!
After that, you will enjoy some other dances and shows like fire dance, Caucasian dance with knives and drum show. During the night the waiters will serve an unlimited amount of soft and alcoholic drinks with appetizers.
3. Turkish bath
The Hamam, also known as the Turkish Hamam or Turkish Bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. Although the first hamams originated from Arabia and bath culture was a central part of Roman life, Turkey popularized the tradition by making hamams available to people of all statuses.
Turkish Hamam is the home of the tradition of physical and spiritual purification. The body and skin are cleared and they are purified from toxins, the blood circulation increases, the immune system is stimulated so that the physical and mental system is improved with a Turkish bath.
4. Hiking (red/rose valley)
We will start Goreme Panorama where you can see a wonderful view of Goreme town with its spectacular cave houses. Then we will start our hike in the beautiful Red/ Rose Valley which will take approximately 4km and slightly more than an hour.
You will see fairy-chimneys, local farms, pigeon houses, and cave chapels. You will visit many beautiful places on the tour and you will have lunch there as well. The final stop before coming back is Ortahisar Castle.
5. Horseback riding
Cappadocia is known as the “Land of Beautiful Horses” is the ideal place to explore on horseback. You will explore sweeping valleys and reach hidden scenic lookouts that may be difficult or impossible to reach on foot. They have 2-4 hour tours and also all-day trail riding – with Turkish Cowboy.
6. ATV tours
A great way to get right off the beaten track in Cappadocia! Take a Quad Safari to tour trough the most beautiful of Cappadocia’s spectacular rock-cut valleys on a sturdy ATV (quad) bike. These tours are a great activity option for those seeking a few hours of fun and adventure outdoors. ATV’s provide an opportunity for great sight-seeing, as you get a chance to roam the hills, valleys, dunes, and trails of the Cappadocia.
7. Red Tour
This tour gives you a first impression of the region:
You will start from Uchisar Castle which is the highest and the biggest freestanding rock formation of the region. Next stop is the Göreme Open Air Museum, which is the largest open-air museum in Europe.
It has the best-preserved churches. After that, we will visit the Love Valley Panorama and then the old greek village. Last stop is the Devrent Valley, which is famous for its landscape.
8. Green tour
The first stop in this tour is the Göreme panoramic point where you will enjoy the magnificent view of the vast Göreme Valley, after that you will visit the underground city. Later during the day, there is a visit to the Selime rock-cut monastery, which is the biggest rock-cut structure in the whole Cappadocia. Then you will have lunch at the Ihlara followed by the 3km walk in Ihlara Valley, natural green canyon as deep as 100m at some point.
9. Blue Tour
The first visit on this tour is Mustafapasa an old and charming Greek Village. You will visit the monastery with the bizarre landscape, in the middle of the monastery there is a church of st. Michael with frescos from the 13/14 century. You will also visit an old cemetery and their churches to see the first traces of Roman and Christian settlement.
10. Jeep safari
This is one of the most exciting adventures Cappadocia has to offer. You will explore the region in an off-road vehicle. The Jeep Safari offers you the best of the best: Open-top Jeep vehicles for unobstructed views of the valleys, churches and other cultural highlights. They will take you to hard-to-find places and away from the crowds for spectacular views. Half-day and full-day tours are offered.
Explore Cappadocia and you will be amazed about Turkey!!