Sky High – Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia which is unique miraculous nature wonder is the common name of the field covered by the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir in the Central Anatolian region.

In an extraordinary meeting of nature’s artistic splendor and humankind’s resourcefulness, Cappadocia is one of those rare places that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

With soaring rock formations, uniquely-rippled landscapes, splendid walking trails, mysterious underground cities and rock-cut churches, Cappadocia is the must-see destination in Turkey.

Hot Air Ballooning

Cappadocia has unreal amazing landscape which makes balloon flights one of worlds the top 3. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region.

Cappadocia is a landscape that you will have never witnessed before in your lifetime. This makes it one of the most popular spots in the world to go up in a Hot Air Balloon. As you take off for sunrise you will start to be hypnotized by the spectacular and surreal landscape that lies below you.

You will gently drift over the fairy chimneys, through valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over orchards and vineyards. The different colours of the diversified landscape will leave you breathless. An activity not to be missed.

Hot Air Ballooning over Cappadocia

Cappadocia Balloon Tour Types

Standard Balloon Flight

The standard balloon tour is the most common activity in Cappadocia. Total tour time is about 3 hours which 1 hour is the flight time. Duration of the flight can change by 5 -10 minutes depending on the availability of landing area.

Comfort Flight

If you want flexibility and style during your balloon tour the comfort flight is the best for you. Even two people less in the basket makes difference. Baskets which are used on Comfort flights are not more than 16 passenger size.

Deluxe-Long Balloon Flight

The Deluxe-Long Flight Package is a world class ballooning experience for those guests who want it all and more. There will be no more than 16 people in the basket of this one and half hours unforgettable balloon ride.

Tip: Most balloonists enjoy low level flight over the Cappadocia region to witness the spectacular fairy chimneys and rock formations. The typical balloon flight can be anywhere from tree level to about 3000 feet above the ground.

Where to Stay

The Kelebek Special Cave Hotel offers magnificent views over the village, and to the valleys and mountains beyond. Kelebek offers the best views of the hot air balloon rides amongst the cave hotels in Cappadocia. With specially-crafted rooms, they offer the cave or cave stone experience, helpful & knowledgeable staff, and all the amenities a modern traveler requires.

Goreme Open Air Museum

The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It is obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia, standing as it does in the very center of the region with easy access from all directions.

It is only 15 minutes’ walk (1.5km, 1 mile) from Goreme village center. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness.

It also presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique. The Goreme Open Air Museum has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984, and was one of the first two UNESCO sites in Turkey.

The area covered by this Open Air Museum forms a coherent geographical entity and represents historical unity. There are eleven refectories within the Museum, with rock-cut churches tables and benches. Each is associated with a church. Most of the churches in Goreme Open Air Museum belong to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries.

Goreme Open Air Museum

How to get there

Goreme open air museum is near the Goreme town of Nevsehir province. You can go by walking to museum from Goreme in 20 minutes. Entrance fee is 15 TL. If you want to join Goreme Open Air Museum tours we suggest Lanora Travel Agency with best price guarantee.


A Taste of Istanbul

Dine out in the Turkish capital and you’ll find that every dish has its own neighborhood, and an address at which to enjoy it.


Agora Meyhanesi 1890

Agora Meyhanesi 1890

A tradition shared by Turkey’s neighbors, mezze is a state of mind: that of several people gathering around a table covered with little dishes, taking time to make the most of it. Lunch can become dinner, through sheer inertia. A favoured spot is Agora Meyhanesi 1890, in the old Jewish neighborhood of Balat, on the Golden Horn.

Try eksili Antakya, a spicy tomato and walnut dip hailing from near the Syrian border. Meanwhile, Asmali Mescit Caddesi is a street brimming with places for small plates. Yakup 2 (21/B Asmah Mescit Caddesi), a vast, old-style meyhane (traditional restaurant/ bar) has wonderful aczh ezme (a spicy salad).

Street Eats

 lahmacun (Turkish pizza)

lahmacun (Turkish pizza)

Street food is part of Turkey’s cultural heritage. Expect to find everything from grilled meat and fish sandwiches to pizzas, chestnuts, juices, stuffed mussels and the little mountains of pilav rice with chickpeas on sale at any time of day. A lahmacun (Turkish pizza) devoured at, say, 8pm, at Abusta 33 Mersin Tantuni (in Begiktag, at 7 Kazan Sk), does not rule out a 2am islak (`wer) burger, best eaten on Taksim Square’s main street, Istiklal Caddesi. Kumpir Sokak (`Baked Potato Street’), in Ortakoy, only sells kumpir (potatoes stuffed with everything); and perhaps the city’s best doner is to be found at Karadeniz Pide Ve Doner, in Begiktag (6 Mumcu Bakkal Sk, Sinanpaga). While balik ekine (a fish sandwich) is traditionally eaten near the Karakoy Fish Market, at stands along the water’s edge.

Neighbourhood of Note

Cihangir is the artists’ neighborhood — a little bohemian, a little bourgeois and very charming, with narrow, tree-lined streets, views of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus, and many cafes, organic food shops and chic grocers. A compulsory stop, Asri Turgucu (9/A Agahamam Caddesi), was opened over a century ago by the grandfather of the current owners. Offering approximately 40 different types of pickle, it’s hard to pass up the cabbage leaves pickled in lemon juice.

Make It At Home: Turkish Coffee

Aromatic spiced Turkish coffee

Aromatic spiced Turkish coffee

INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp Turkish coffee per person Granulated sugar to taste

METHOD: Mix the coffee and sugar in a cezve coffee pot. Add cold water (125ml per half pot), and mix. Wait for coffee to swell over a low heat. Take off the heat, spoon the top foam into the bottom of two cups. Return to the heat, wait for the coffee to rise again. Half-fill the cups, carefully pouring the liquid over the foam. Return pot to heat: when coffee rises a third time, serve by topping up each coffee cup to the rim.