The main reason I wanted to go to Cappadocia, Turkey was to go on the hot air balloons.
But in addition to the hot air balloon tour, there are other popular tours in Cappadocia:
- Rose Valley Tour
- This is a hiking tour that starts in late afternoon (around 5/6pm, depending on what time the sunset is) to watch the sunset from Rose Valley
- Cost: 20 TL (cost may vary depending on the tour agency)
- Duration: 3 hours
- Red Tour
- This is a full day tour where you visit various parts of Goreme/Cappadocia including the Goreme Open Air museum. This is a good tour if you want to get to know more about the history of Goreme/Cappadocia.
- Click here for a link to a site that provides a good overview of what is usually included in the Red Tour.
- Cost: 40 EUR (cost may vary depending on the tour agency)
- Duration: 7.5 hours
- Green Tour
- This is a full day trekking tour where you visit sites such as Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley
- Click here for a link to a site that provides a good overview of what is usually included in the Green Tour
- Cost: 45 EUR (cost may vary depending on the tour agency)
- Duration: 7.5 hours
I am not much of a hiking/trekking person, so when I was initially planning my itinerary in Cappadocia, I wasn’t interested in any tours other than the hot air balloon tour.
But since I had no other plans before dinner on the day I arrived in Cappadocia (my flight arrived in Cappadocia in the afternoon), I decided to go on the Rose Valley Tour since the timing worked out perfectly (the runs from 5-8pm, but various slightly depending on the sunset time), it didn’t require a full day commitment, and it was also super cheap (20 Turkish Liras = $9.5 CAD or $6.80 USD).
For 20 Liras, the tour agency picks you up and drops off at your hotel and there is a guide that walks you through the Rose Valley. Although our guide didn’t speak much English and didn’t tell us anything about the history of Rose Valley (I think the more expensive tours would have guides that actually tell you about Rose Valley, instead of just walking with you through the valley), I am glad I went on the tour as the views of Rose Valley at sunset were beautiful (great photo opportunities!).
I booked the Rose Valley Tour in advance through my hotel (all of the tours above can be booked through your hotel), but you can also book advance online through one of the travel agencies. I won’t recommend my agency since our guide didn’t do much other than walking with us through the valley. But check out Trip Advisor for reviews of other tour agencies.
My friend and I wore Toms during the tour and that was probably not the smartest idea – make sure you wear comfortable shoes (don’t wear flip flops or shoes that don’t have much support like Toms) as you will be walking up and down the valley. They also give you a break during the tour at a cafe (you can buy drinks there), so bring some cash with you when you go on the tour. They gave us complimentary water bottles at the cafe as part of the tour, but it might also be a good idea to bring your water bottle in case you get dehydrated during the tour.
Here are some of the photos from the Rose Valley Tour: