Trecking around the chimneys and deep valleys
The special topography of cappadocia has created increadible geological features and remarkable deep valleys of varying colours. You can trek through valleys such as Swords. Valley, Red Valley, Rose Valley, Zemi Valley, Piegon Valley. The valleys are geological phenomena called locally fairy chimneys. Each chimney has unique features and has got different volcanic history. You can visit many of the ancient churches with frescos and rock carving which you can capture in photos to remind you of your visit.
When the Hasandağ Volcano eruptions cooled down resulting basalt andesite landscape cracked and subsided. Streams found their way in these cracks, and the Melendiz Stream, called “Potamus Kapadokus” in antiquity, has eroded the bottom of the valley, bringing it to its present form. The Ihlara Valley is 14 km running from Ihlara to Selime. The valley sides are between 100 and 150 metres high. It is plesent valley to walk in, passing vineyards, poplars and pistachio trees to the soothing sound of the rushing water (Melendiz River), and surrounded by a rich wildlife of lizards, frogs, butterflies, birds and sometimes eagles and other mammals like lambs and sheep. There are many rock cut churches along the trail most dating from the ninth century and often containing unique religious frescos.
Hot air balloonings
Cappadocia is well known as one of the most exciting places in the world for balloon flights. The unique cappadocian scenery can be fully appreciated best from the air. To help you enjoy the experienced, we have to developed close relationships with companies who have experienced pilots for flight insurance. The companies we work with restrict the capacity of the basket to 12 people. So that you have special space to enjoy to flight and are able to take photos in comfort. By making your reservation trough us you are assured that in the event at cancelletion due to rain or wind, you will have an alternative flight date or a full refund. All flights take place at sunrise, when the weather is perfect for balloon flights. The whole experience takes approximatetly 2,5 hours. While the pilot inflates the balloon, you can have a simple breakfast – tea, coffea, some biscuites- while getting some instruction on the balloon flight. The flight will be minimum 60 min. Upon landing, there is celebration with Champagne or fruit juice with all the staffs and passengers. There is a “Flight Certificiate” for all passengers.
ATV (Quad Bike)
A great way to get right off the beaten track! Take a half or full-day guided tour through 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. ATVs provide an opportunity for great sight-seeing, as you are enabled to roam the hills, valleys, dunes, and trails of the Cappadocia.
Ride a horse in dreamy valleys
“The Land of Beautiful Horses” can best be seen on the back of its legendary mount, riding through wide valleys and ancient settlements. Horseback Safari is a group activitiy that enables you to enjoy the pleasure of riding these beautiful animals through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. You can ride among the apple, apricot, walnut and quince orchards as well as the grape vines used for local wines. The trails wind up through volcanic stone hills passing many beautiful fairy chimneys and churches along the way – with breathtaking vistas on mountain tops and unique landscapes in every direction.
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Erciyes Volcano, ski resort
Erciyes is the highest mountain in central Anatolia, with its summit reaching 3,916 metres (12,848 ft). It is the highest peak of the Anti-Taurus mountain range, a northeastern extension of the Taurus Mountains to the south, and belongs to the Alpide belt in Eurasia.The volcano is heavily eroded, but may have erupted as recently as 253 BC, as may be depicted on Roman era coins. Strabo called the mountain Argaeus (Ἀργαῖος); he wrote that the summit was never free from snow and that those few who ascended it reported seeing both the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south in days with a clear sky