Monday, 28 December 2015

Soaring Above Surreal Cappadocia In a Beautiful Hot Air Balloon

Cappadocia is one of the spectacular as well as exciting landscapes across the world. It’s sometimes unbelievable, fantastic and often absurd. The duckling through the caves, turning corners and reaching peaks, you will find lots of experiences, when confronted with a challenge of discovery, which just strike you in the face.

When you are in Cappadocia, the hot air balloon tour can offer you a specialized set of adventures for tourists when they sail above the fairy chimneys and magnificent landscapes. Even in winter, hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia is in great demand. However, hot air balloon tour in Turkey’s Cappadocia area is most popular for its uneven rock formations, named fairy chimneys, even during winter due to the higher interest. Appealing around two and a half million visitors every year, the tourist destinations of Cappadocia, includes the Goreme Open Air Museum, the majestic ruins of Pasabagi and Zelve and also the underground cities like Derinkuyu and Kaymakli. 

Tourists coming from all over the world visit this region during the coolest days of the winter to discover its snow-covered scenic beauty, the valleys as well as the fairy chimneys. In fact, the temperature of Cappadocia sometimes -15C, but many travelers don’t full stop their journey without taking a hot air balloon ride across the Cappadocia. 

Magnificent Sunrise Views When Hot Air Ballooning Over Cappadocia

On the day I started my balloon tour in Cappadocia, it was around 3 am and was so cold. I wanted to press the snooze button, but I couldn’t! As soon as the alarm rung up, I got up and wear some warm clothes I had and waited outside of my cave hotel in Goreme for the vehicles to arrive. Upon its arrival, I headed over for a sunrise hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. Along with all other travelers, we reached at the takeoff point, where I saw flashes of sparkling light burst from the balloons and our excitement was suddenly developed. 

After that, we accommodated in our specific baskets and within a few minutes, the beautiful balloon started its journey. The flame of heat beneath the balloon offered so much comfort during the winter morning hours. When the early morning sun came up, we rose high above the magical Rose Valley. The moment was just inexpressible, like a fairy tale or a dream, where you get to look every frozen across the surrounding. At first you will think it’s just your imagination, but after some time you will know that it’s the reality. In simple words, ballooning over Cappadocia is such a moment, which’s truly indescribable; that can only need to experienced to understand. All I can say is that there’s nothing, which can ever compare with the balloon tour memories in Cappadocia. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment and it has delivered all my expectations that I all have. 


When it comes to travel in the Cappadoccia region of Turkey, hot air ballooning is the most obvious sport of choice. It’s quite easy to explore when you take a glimpse at the town of Goreme, the mountain village famous for its fairy chimney, rock formations. When I was in Cappadocia, I got to see that tons of balloons took flight in the morning and also the snow started to cover the spectacular wilderness. 

However, these flights may seem like they should be only for the professionals, but the balloons are always available for the everyday tourists. I took a flight on my balloon tour in Cappadocia with Turkey Tours By Local Guides. They are quite professional and friendly people. I admit that I was a bit afraid when took a flight, but the pilot was so courteous and encouraged me to get rid of my fears.
If you are thinking to visit Cappadocia now, you should check out beautiful winter flights for your balloon tour in Cappadocia at Turkey Tours By Local Guides. I’m sure you will love the flight and will get loads of fun-filled experience of your lives!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Plan A Balloon Tour In Cappadocia For Your Next Holiday

Are you looking for a destination as your next escape? Or do you have a dream of exploring delicious foods? Well, if you need a little inspiration on where to go on your upcoming holiday vacation, then Cappadocia should be on your wish list! Being well-known for the exceptional volcanic fairy chimney inspired rock spires and disguised cities, Cappadocia is a moon-like landscape; which don’t need to be missed!


No matter whether you are planning for a holiday vacation or a romantic honeymoon for you two, Cappadocia is an epic getaway for you; as it has a unique capability to enchant and invigorate the burning flame of love between you and your spouse. No doubt, Cappadocia can add spice to your newly wedded life.

Cappadocia- An Extraordinary Spot In Turkey That Worth A Visit

Cappadocia is an ideal spot for all honeymooners as well as the holiday goers due to its unique historical and cultural attractions. However, Cappadocia can provide you with the best ever experiences ranging from spectacular hotels, balloon tours and many more offerings. But the real delight of Cappadocia won’t come in the wealth of boutique hotels; instead it’s in the stunning sunsets, world-class hiking, warm and welcoming locals and the balloon tour in Cappadocia.


With the ultimate fairy-tale charm, traditional cuisine, heavenly beautiful landscapes and offbeat places, Cappadocia is one of the favorite sites to visit among all the avid travelers. While you are going on a Cappadocia tour, don’t spend hours inside the hotel room. Experience the freedom and luxury of this stunning city by taking a hot-air balloon flight.

On A Hot-Air Balloon Tour In Cappadocia

Apart from all the sightseeing attractions, hot-air balloon trips are most popular, enjoyable activity in Cappadocia. There is an availability of so many balloon tour facilities than anywhere in the world. Absolutely, there is no other way to witness the spectacular landscape of Cappadocia by hot-air balloon. Fortunately, Cappadocia enjoys great weather condition; which can allow you to get the surreal bird’s eye view of this fairy-tale destination. With the incredible formations of fairy chimneys, orchards, different color valleys, vineyards and ravines, a tour above Cappadocial will make you feel like being top of the flamboyant world.

Important Tips To Remember
  • Availability of hot-air balloon rides in the morning hours (Especially before sunrise)
  • Children above 7 years are allowed for balloon tour in Cappadocia
  • Make an online reservation to schedule your balloon ride
Choosing A Tour Operator In Cappadocia

Turkey Tours By Local Guides offers exclusive balloon tour in Cappadocia to get the magnificent views of the entire land on the planet. Our Cappadocia Tours from Istanbul can give you a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the perfect landscapes of this city with slowly gliding in the sky through this symbolic activity. Have a look at our travel packages for Cappadocia Tours from Istanbul and choose wisely as per your preferences and budget. Hire tour operators for Cappadocia Balloon tour from Turkey Tours By Local Guides, and explore each and every unique natural attraction delightfully!
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Top 4 Mesmerizing Destinations That You Should Add To Your Istanbul Tour

Well, a Turkey tour is incomplete without visiting the stunning, exciting, vibrant city, Istanbul. This is one of the most popular, historic city in Turkey and is a home to over 13 million people; which makes it second most populated city around the world. Even, this sightseeing destination hosts lots of things to do and see. If you have a shortage of time, then go through our selections for destinations to visit in Istanbul. No doubt, these amazing destinations can definitely make you fall in love with this city and want to visit this ancient city time and time again.

Picturesque Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque, established in the early 17th century  is a home to handful mosques throughout the world boasting six minarets. Well, one question arises in mind, is it really blue! In fact, not noticeably; but all the walls of the mosque are equipped with finest iznik tiles. This mosque even houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed I, the person who had given the name the name of this mosque as well as the neighborhood.
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Shopping in The Grand Bazaar
In fact, the Grand Bazaar is a must-see destination in Istanbul. Even if you find shopping boring and dull, while visiting the Grand Bazaar you will love this market the most! Since 1461, the Bazzar has been covering around 60 streets and having 500 shops and traders. You will find here everything; from pottery, rugs, jewelry to the clothes. Worldwide visitors can wander around the architectural shops, winding roads, stunning surrounding areas. Spare some time during your visit to Istanbul and go to The Bazaar; no doubt you will spend the entire afternoon in shopping!

Visit the Basilica Cistern
However, the Basilica Cistern was constructed for the water storage purposes for the Great Palace in the 6th century. After that, it was no longer fit for any purpose. But now it has restored beautifully; so you can enjoy here seeing the stunning marble columns supporting the ceiling and wander around this ancient, hidden gem of Istanbul.

Spectacular Wonders at the Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace was earlier an abode to the Ottoman Sultans over 400 years; but now it stands out as the top most sightseeing attractions of Istanbul. The name Topkapi means ‘Cannon Gate’ which was given in the 19th century; previously this palace is known as The New Palace.  Here, you can witness the ultimate splendor of the Sultan’s residence, the harem and the splendid courtyards. So immerse yourself in the ancient royal history of this palace by spending the whole afternoon wandering around the spectacular surroundings.

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How To Visit These Captivating Istanbul Destinations
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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Top 5 Cappadocia Sights That You Shouldn’t Give a Miss in 2015

Cappadocia, an awe-inspiring destination is located right at the heart of the Anatolian region of Turkey and is well-known for the existence of spectacular landscapes and stunning underground cities. In simple words, it’s an enchanting wonderland; that both the natural enthusiasts and history buffs appreciate the most. Due to the presence of wide open and undefined region, Cappadocia is considered as a well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site; that means you will find here lots of things to explore, do and see. But whatever may interest you the most, be sure not to give a miss our top 5 amazing stops while going on private tours in Cappadocia.

Goreme Open Air Museum

The splendid town of Goreme was built around 20,000 years ago and there is even a true evidence that Saint Basel was settled in this town on 4th century AD. In earlier days, Goreme was the religious destination; that’s the main reason why all the incredible landmarks found in the Goreme Open Air Museum are the Churches.

However, during your private tour in Cappadocia, you can enjoy walking all day and explore new cave churches, fairy chimneys; which are erected towards the sky and a small museum offering the every detail of the town and the inhabitants.

Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley is a narrow, greenish valley located in Cappadocia; which is nothing but a nature lover’s delight. Encircled by rugged, steep cliffs, Ihlara Valley is a lush Eden of the tallest trees and fertile farming areas along the babbling Melendiz River; which flows up to 14km from Ihlara Village to Selime Village. However, the Kokar Kilise (Fragrant Church), Snake Church and St. George Church are the top 3 destinations that worth a visit during your private tours in Cappadocia.


Well, the top most attractive sights of the small village of Cavusin are two stunning Byzantine Churches. While entering into the town, you will see Cavusin Church with striking interior of frescoes and other at the village centre; i.e. the Church of St John the Baptist. This is most often considered as the oldest church throughout Cappadocia.


The small village of Uchisar is conquered by mammoth root-cut fortress. Like the underground cities, this rocky, outcrop fortress was provided villagers with ultimate protection from the invaders during the era of the Romans and Byzantine. Even, you can climb the fortress and the sweeping panoramas from the top are well-worth to visit; if you will opt to head for heights.


Avanos is a lively town located close to the Kizilirmak River. The exclusive attractions of Cappadocia is its amazing pottery. After all, this town has an incredible pottery history, which let you go back to the Hittite period. Here, you will find pottery workshops along the main road in the town centre. Most of them are happy to let you watch them work and let you an opportunity to create a simple pot on your own!

Do you want to visit these outstanding sites of Cappadocia? Choose private tours in Cappadocia from Turkey Tours by Local Guides. Our tour operators will organize personalized Cappadocia tours from Istanbul to witness this country delightfully. For more details, please make a visit to our website today!