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Daily Cappadocia Tours
We offer two different daily tours at Kelebek Hotel. Both of our tours are private to our hotel's guests and number of people are limited to 15. We also don't spend time on obligatory shopping places. Tours start between 09:30 and 11:00 depending on the tour choise from Kelebek and finish around 16:30 at Kelebek. The rate is 60 Euro per person (10 Euro discount for cash payment) including licensed English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch and transportation. Apart from winter, we have at least one tour almost every day, however, we need minimum four people to arrange a tour. Itineraries of the tours are:

History and Adventure Tour:
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Hike in Rose Valley (3 km)
  • Pasabag - Monks Valley
  • Lunch
  • Kaymakli Underground City
  • Drop-off at the hotel


  • Cappadocia Undiscovered Tour:
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Mustafapasa (Sinassos) Village
  • Sobessos Excavation
  • Kirksehitler Church
  • Hike in Soganli Valley
  • Lunch in Soganli Valley
  • Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Drop-off at the hotel


  • Explore and Hike Tour:
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Esentepe
  • G├╝zelyurt (St. Gregorius Church & underground city)
  • Hike in Ihlara Valley (3 km)
  • Lunch in Belisirma Village
  • Selime Monastry
  • Agzikarahan Caravansarai
  • Drop-off at the hotel

  • Daily Cappadocia tours are organized by Turkish Heritage Travel and you can find further information at their Cappadocia Tours page.


    Cappadocia Grape Harvesting and Pekmez Making Tour

    Pekmez is a molasses-like syrup made from the boiled down juices of grapes. A staple ingredient of Turkish cuisine, pekmez is used in many dessert dishes and, when mixed with tahini, is a popular breakfast spread. Rich in natural goodness, it's also locally renowned as a cure-all for colds and flu. In Cappadocia this vital condiment is still made the old fashioned way, with local women gathering together to boil down the fruit in vast vats. This tour is only available during the grape harvesting season which is September through to mid- October

    During this full day tour (starting around 08:30 with breakfast), you will experience the entire process of making pekmez; beginning with harvesting the grapes from local fields (we will travel there in jeeps) and then watching the pekmez boiling process with local women of the village.

    The tour also includes a delicious organic lunch with produce picked fresh from our garden. You will have an English speaking guide throughout the day to explain the process and also answer any questions you may have about Cappadocia and Turkey. Tour finishes around 16:00 with a jeep ride back to your hotel.

    Price 60 Euro/person (10 Euro discount for cash payment).

    Please note: Part of this cost is donated to the Cappadocia Heritage Foundation towards the restoration of the local Pigeon Houses


    Whirling Dervishes Ceremony
    Sema (Whirling dervishes ceremony), is the inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi (1207 - 1273) as well as part of the Turkish culture, belief and history in Konya. It symbolizes the different meanings of a mystic cycle to perfection (Ascension - Mirac). The Sema (whirling dervishes) ceremony represents all a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through love, finding the truth and arriving to the "Perfect". Then he returns from this spiritual journeys as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole creation, to all creatures without discriminating in regard to belief, class, or race.

    We take our guests to a 13th century caravanserai where dervishes perform Sema everynight. Our departure from Kelebek is at 21:00 and the ceremony starts at 21:30. It takes one hour and we are back at the hotel around 22:15. Whirling Dervishes Ceremony is 25 Euro per person including transportation.

    Explore Cappadocia from a different angle!

    Balloon Flight Over Cappadocia

    Most of the pilots agree that Cappadocia is best place to fly on earth. The spectacular landscape of the area makes flying experience even more breath-taking. You will pass barely over trees while touching the leaves or capture your own google-earth image from thousand meters.

    There are 2 different types of balloon flights in Cappadocia changing according to flight duration and services.

    Standard (Short) Balloon Flight
    Standard Balloon Tours offer one hour flight time on the air. You are going to be picked from Kelebek early in the morning, usually before sunrise and driven to take-off site. While having a light breakfast, you will also see the inflation of the balloons. Right after the passenger brief, highlight of trip will start and you will take-off gently. After taking hundreds of pictures over the valleys of Cappadocia, you will land, celebrate your flight with champagne. Next step will be getting your flight certificates, then you will be back at Keleebk around 08:30am. So you will have a full day for other activities unless you want a nap.

    Short balloon flight is 175 Euro per person including transfers, a light breakfast, champagne celebration, insurance and flight certificates. We offer 10 Euro discount on cash payments, so the rate becomes 165 Euro per person.

    Deluxe (Long) Balloon Flight
    By joining the Deluxe Balloon Tours you will have around 1,5 hours flight. For people who are professionally interested in photography and aviation, deluxe tours are the perfect choice. However, the main difference of the deluxe flights, is not only the longer flight duration but also the basket sizes. Deluxe flights are operated with less people, usually between 6 and 10.

    Deluxe balloon flight is 250 Euro per person including transfers from/to hotel, a light breakfast, champagne celebration and flight certificates. We offer 20 Euro discount on cash payments so the rate becomes 230 Euro per person.

    Please send an email (to ali@kelebekhotel.com) for reservation.



     
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