Hot Air Balloons, Cappadocia, Turkey


Home to the countries capital, Ankara, this plateau-like, arid highland area of Turkey is considered the heartland of the country and, in parts, the landscape is akin to the Russian Steppes.

A dazzling geographical masterpiece which is like nothing else on earth.

Take a varied and exciting tour through rock-carved churches, hillsides with out-of-this-world beauty and a rich heritage from right through the ages.

Sultanani Town, Caravanserai Courtyard, Konya, Turkey
Konya, Turkey
Goreme Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey

Central Turkey with Ian Colvin

This June, join historian Ian Colvin on a small group tour exploring Central Turkey. From Ankara to the captivating rock-cut cave churches of Cappadocia and Konya, home of Islam’s greatest poet, Rumi, delve into the region’s diverse history. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites and journey through ancient eras, from Roman and Byzantine to the Bronze and Iron Ages. Traverse mountains and open steppes to uncover the beauty and heritage of Anatolia’s heartlands in this 12-day adventure.

20 June to 01 July 2024 from £4,485 per person
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Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Take to the air in a hot air balloon to view the magical lunar landscapes of Cappadocia.

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Catalhoyuk, Neolithic site, Turkey


Visit Çatalhöyük one of the oldest towns in the world, a fascinating Neolithic site.

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Whirling Dervishes, Turkey


Visit Konya, the home of the beautifully spiritual Whirling Dervishes.

Fairy Towers, Love Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

The Fairy Chimneys

Hike through the dramatic Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia.

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Mevlana Museum, Konya, Turkey
Konya, Turkey

Konya and Çatalhöyük

Konya blends ancient mosques and traditional markets with a more contemporary side and is the birthplace of the whirling dervishes. Just south of Konya is Çatalhöyük, a fascinating Neolithic site dating from the 10th-8th millennium B.C., making it one of the world’s oldest towns.

Fairy Towers, Love Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey

Kayseri and beyond

Kayseri is in the centre of Anatolia and is one of the best places in Turkey to watch and then purchase handmade carpets and kilims.

Central Anatolia’s mountain-lined plains hide a unique land of fairy chimneys and valleys full of underground cities. The spectacular landscape of Cappadocia is entirely sculpted by erosion and an amazing way to appreciate the varied formations is by hot air balloon.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Museum Hotel £££££

  • Turkey
  • Boutique

Museum Hotel can be found in the small unique town of Uchisar in Cappadocia. Carved into the cliff-face, the hotel offers panoramic views over the magical Cappadocia landscapes which are viewed from the Roman infinity swimming pool or from the award-winning Lil’a restaurant, which serves international and Turkish cuisine as well as a lovely selection of Cappadocian home-cooked dishes. This award-winning boutique cave hotel offers 30 beautifully decorated rooms and suites and is one of the best hotels in Cappadocia.

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Yunak Evleri £££££

  • Turkey
  • Boutique

Yunak Evleri is situated in the village of Urgup just a short downhill walk from the village centre. Carved into the cliffside, Yunak Evleri is made up of 6 cave houses encompassing 39 cave rooms, linked by a labyrinth of passageways and curved stone stairways. Many of the rooms date back to the 5th and 6th centuries and the style of decor is simple and elegant without detracting from the charm and character of the natural cave environment. The rooms have their own distinct style with a mixture of hand-made embroidery, antique Ottoman furniture and traditional rugs and carpets. Each of the rooms also has its own private patio or balcony. Spend an evening watching the sunset over the surrounding landscape while reclining on scatter cushions by the outdoor fireplace or take a candle-lit dinner on the rooftop terrace.

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Argos Hotel £££££

  • Turkey
  • Boutique

Located in the heart of Cappadocia, on the site of an ancient monastery in Old Uçhisar Village, Argos Hotel offers unique accommodation in converted historical dwellings, underground tunnels and caves. Scattered throughout six different buildings the 53 rooms all differ in size, layout, and style but all have been sympathetically decorated in a traditional yet comfortable style using exposed brickwork, Turkish furnishings, and contemporary touches. Plant-filled gardens and sunny terraces offer the perfect place to soak up the wonderful views while dining al fresco or drinking a glass of local wine from the hotel’s extensive wine cellar.

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My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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