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This tour was excellent. Our guide (Aykut) was both informative and helpful. Overall - a great experience!
Our overnight stay was at Capadoccia Lodge. It was a very good hotel - but in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing nearby so you had no choice but to stay in the hotel (however the buffet evening meal and breakfast were included in the tour price and were excellent).
The hot air balloon flight was conducted with military precision and was the highlight of our 3 weeks away - do not miss the balloon option; some travellers who were indecisive and missed out on this. It was completely safe with highly skilled and professional operators. They do not take chances and will not proceed unless the weather is appropriate.
Our guide was of great assistance and organised complementary transport to Kayseri airport (about 1 hour travel).
The only negative response that we can make is that a return flight from Kayseri to Istanbul was not included in the price. This lack of a prearranged return flight had caught out a number of travellers on our various Viator tours.
The tour was great! The services were good and the land is magical. I most certainly comment it!
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. There was an issue of no information from the drivers picking us up in Istanbul and at Cappadocia but this was outweighed by the great guide, very friendly fellow travellers and beautiful location. Provided meals were very good and the balloon ride was very professionally run. Highly recommended.
Everything was wonderful. This tour was the best part about our visit to Turkey. It is definitely worth the money. Great guides, food, hotel, and amazing scenery.
My experience in the tour of Cappodocia was incredibly satisfying. The guide, Burcu, was professional, knowledgeable, and very patient. It was like being with a good friend. The sites were amazing, and the hotel was excellent! I will do this again for sure! Thanks for the memories!
United Arab Emirates
You have to do it , very nice trip , so profisional company ,
Definitely recommend hot air balloon ride however they were late picking us up and scared the hell out of us with their driving when we were dropped off. Otherwise tour was good, good tour guide who was very knowledgeable. Underground city was awesome. Hotel was way nicer than expected. Good service getting picked up and dopped off to airport, even had a guy to help us to our check in etc.
Our guide Deniz was brilliant and professional. Taught us a lot. Best yet, acted as our travel agent. Asked us our travel plans and made recommendations that made our trip 1000 times better. 4 stars because I don't love tourist traps which I felt like we did a lot of. More hikes. Just do the balloon
Shame the wind was against us for hot air ballooning! Amazing countryside, beautiful.
The only part that was okay was the hike on the second day...not much to see
The tour itself was very nice and I was fascinated with the area, cave hotels, the landscape was enchanting. Would have enjoyed a sunset with the red cliffs but it was not to be. The balloon ride had to be canceled because of high winds.
The logistics for this tour were a nightmare for me as I was not picked up at the hotel and had to arrange for a cab ride at 4:00A.M.; the plane ticket was for one-way which stills baffles me; when I was dropped off at the hotel the tour company was closed for the day and I had to arrange for air transportation back to Istanbul; it turns out the airport while it was listed as Istanbul was real some 40 miles away; the cab ride back was expensive. I would not use the tour company for any future plans.
Tiring two days as the pick up was at 04.15AM for a 07.30AM flight to Cappadocia and then waited at the Tour office to join a 10AM tour. The Tours guides on both days are very competent and professional. Quite a lot of walking. the hotel accommodation was good, but I preferred to have stayed in one that is downtown especially the "Rock/Cave" types. Dinner was included, which was a pleasant surprise. I took the balloon ride option. Another pick up time at 4.15AM. I was a bit disappointed with the 50 minute ride, as it took quite a while to get off the ground and it did not go as high as others from a different company. Only about 20 minutes was the real up in the air time. Overall, it was a good experience.
First of all - if I was only rating the destination, this would be a 4-5 stars rating. Cappadocia is beautiful and the hot air balloon ride is one of the most impressive things I've ever done. Well worth the time and money!
My low rating is based on the service and organization provided by the tour operator who was subcontracted by Viator for this trip. On day #1, they never contacted me to advise of my hotel pick-up time or flight time from IST airport. I had to call them at my own expense the night before and learn that I would be picked up at 4am! Considering the early wake-up, it was very unappreciated to learn this news at 9pm the night before. Once in Cappadocia, I was the first to be picked up and then we spent the first 60 minutes of the tour zig-zagging around the area, picking up other guests. Seemed like such a waste of time. The stops along the way throughout the day were very short and touristy. You only see one small group of 'fairy chimneys' - if I hadn't taken the optional balloon ride the next day, I would have been very disappointed. Then, we spent at least 2 hours in the afternoon at a carpet shop, being pressured into buying carpets. Although I had no interest in this unscheduled stop, I had to sit and wait for others to shop. This seems to be consistent in Turkey, to be pressured into buying items, and you have to wonder if the tour guide isn't commissioned. It happened again on Day 2, this time at a ceramics shop and then a jewelry shop, where we got a 10 minute demonstration of how the items were made, and then had to sit and wait for the entire group to shop. We wasted at least 2 hours at the jewelry shop, forcing a rushed lunch to be pushed to almost 2pm, and for some of us to miss the last sights of the day because we had 6pm flights. Their problems with getting us pick-up information happened a second time for day 2, and I had to call their emergency number at 9pm to learn that I would be picked up at 4am the next morning!