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Hot Air Balloons in Turkey


Istanbul-Cappadocia-Kusadasi -Izmir-Ephesus


  • Private Sunset Cruise on Bosporus

  • Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia

  • Gullet cruise in the coves of Kusadasi

  • Blue Mosque

  • Hagia Sophia

  • Topkapi Palace

  • Grand Bazaar

  • Spice Market

  • Galata Tower

  • Bosporus Bridge

  • Beylerbeyi Palace

  • Mazi

  • Ayvali Village

  • Love Valley

  • Pigion Valley

  • Kizilcukur Valley

  • Uchisar

  • Cavusin

  • Ortahisar view terrace

  • Cardak Selcuklu Mosque

  • Mary’s House


  • Round-Trip, non-stop Airfare from LAX 

  • Airport Transfers

  • 4-star hotel accommodations

  • All breakfasts & dinners

  • All Activities listed on itinerary

  • Private Charter Bus

  • Tour Host


$3,999 -
per person (double occupancy) 

+$499 for single traveler

Fine Print

  • You must be able to walk with few problems; trip is not wheelchair accessible

  • $500 deposit per traveler required (make below) to secure airfare

  • Full payment due 110 days before and must be made by check

  • Trip deposit and final payments are non-refundable once paid

  • Passports are required and must be valid 6 months after final date of the trip.

  • Tips for local guides and bus driver are not included. 

Your Host: Alan McKay

Alan McKay Tour Host

October 7-16: 2024

Day 1: Fly to Istanbul on a non-stop flight!

Day 2: Istanbul Arrival and Bosphorus Magic

Welcome to Istanbul, where East meets West in a tapestry of culture and history. Upon your arrival, our warm hospitality awaits you at the airport. You'll be escorted to the heart of Istanbul, where a private Sunset Cruise on the enchanting Bosporus will sweep you away into a world of golden hues and shimmering waters. As the sun dips below the horizon, enjoy a delectable dinner on board, setting the tone for a memorable journey. Rest and rejuvenate at the luxurious Kent Hotel in Istanbul. (D)

Day 3: Unveiling Constantinople's Splendors

Embark on a day of discovery in the footsteps of emperors and sultans. Our first stop is the resplendent Blue Mosque, a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. The awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia follows, a cathedral turned mosque, where history whispers its secrets through intricate mosaics. Behold the opulence of Topkapi Palace, once the royal residence of Ottoman sultans. The afternoon unveils treasures at the Grand Bazaar, where you'll find an array of exotic wonders. Conclude with a visit to the Spice Market, a sensory delight. A sumptuous dinner beckons, and your night is spent in the comfort of Istanbul. (B, D)

Day 4: A Towering View and Tranquil Charms

Rise above the city's rooftops at the Galata Tower, where panoramic views weave tales of Istanbul's past and present. A journey to the Asian side through the iconic Bosporus Bridge leads to the exquisite Beylerbeyi Palace, a testament to Ottoman elegance. Return to the European side, where a delightful dinner and a peaceful night's rest in Istanbul await. (B, D)

Day 5: From Istanbul to Cappadocia's Mystique

Bid adieu to Istanbul and set your sights on Cappadocia's otherworldly landscapes. Your flight transports you to a realm of fairy chimneys and cave dwellings. Embrace the allure of Sultan Hotel, your home in this unique region. As night descends, enjoy a feast fit for a traveler. (B, D)

Day 6: Aerial Dreams and Ethereal Wonders

A sunrise optional hot air balloon ride awaits the adventurous souls, offering unparalleled views of Cappadocia's surreal landscape. Reconvene for an exploration of Mazi underground city, Ayvali Village's quaint charm, the whimsical Love Valley, and the enchanting Pigeon Valley. As the sun sets, capture the hues of Kizilcukur Valley in your photographs. For the evening, an optional Whirling Dervishes performance adds a spiritual touch to your experience. (B, D)

Day 7: Balloon Magic and Architectural Marvels

The early morning sky welcomes another chance for your hot air balloon ride, promising a new perspective of Cappadocia's beauty. This world-famous bucket list item is stunning as all the hot air balloons are released at the same time. A tour of Uchisar, Cavusin, and Ortahisar leads to a captivating view terrace, followed by a visit to the Cardak Selcuklu Mosque, a testament to the region's history and artistry. A delightful dinner and peaceful slumber await. (B, D)

Day 8: Coastal Escapade and Aegean Waters

Embark on a journey from Cappadocia to the charming city of Izmir. Experience the soothing rhythm of the Aegean Sea on a gulet cruise through the coves of Kusadasi. Delight in the sea breeze and the crystal-clear waters, followed by an exquisite dinner. (B, D)

Day 9: Echoes of Ancient Glory

The morning sun graces your journey to the ancient city of Ephesus. Step back in time as you explore the ruins of this once-thriving Roman metropolis. A visit to Mary's House adds a touch of spirituality to your day. (B, D)

Day 10: Farewell, Turkey

With hearts full of memories and a sense of awe, it's time to bid Turkey adieu. A seamless transfer to Izmir airport awaits, connecting you to your journey homeward.

Your Turkish odyssey has painted vivid memories across historic cities, enchanting landscapes, and tranquil waters. Until we meet again, may your travels be filled with the echoes of Istanbul's minarets, Cappadocia's mystique, and the timeless allure of Ephesus. (B)

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