You will be collected from your hotel around sunrise (it really is the best time of the day) for the Cappadocia hot air balloon ride. You will be offered a light breakfast while your pilots check the weather conditions and decide on the best launch site for the preferred flight path. Once you set off, below you will be a unique landscape, a combination of natural beauty and a deep and complex history. From the balloon you will see it, feel it and fall in love with it. “When you witness the freedom and beauty of a butterfly, make a wish and realize that you may have been touched by an angel.” At the end of a fantastic Cappadocia hot air balloon flight you will celebrate the experience with champagne, shared stories and friendship.
After the hot-air balloon ride, enjoy breakfast at your hotel before starting your full day Cappadocia tour. Start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity, it’s possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot. Proceed to Avanos (Venessa) the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/Red River. The river gets its name from the red clay it deposits. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
After lunch continue to Göreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of Church Fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe. Panoramic view point Esentepe. With a spectacular view over Göreme, see the complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. End your day with Uchisar Castle. This tall rock, the highest point of the Goreme region.
Head back to your air-conditioned coach and drive back to your hotel.