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From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

1. From Istanbul: 2-Day Trip to Cappadocia with Flights

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots on a trip from Istanbul. Walk in the land of fairy chimneys. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos Village, Uchisar, Avanos, Underground Cities, Ortahisar, and Pasabag. Day 1: Flight to Kayseri and Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Catch your domestic flight to Kayseri. Start with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a cave city in the Goreme Valley. See rock-cut churches, kitchens, and wineries left by Anatolian Christians. Gaze at Byzantine frescos at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about its history. Next, make your way to Devrent Valley, famous for its animal-shaped rocks. See a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Continue to Pasabagi Valley or Monks Valley to enjoy the wonderful landscape. Make your way to Avanos Village, the region known for its pottery, silk, wool, and carpet weaving, wine cultivation, and agriculture. See the natural as well as human-made masterpieces of this charming old town. Savor a typical Turkish lunch. Experience pottery-making with local experts. After treating yourself to a hearty lunch, continue to Goreme Panorama, for views of fairy chimneys, which are tall rock formations with caps on top. Make the most of your time in Cappadocia by visiting Uchisar. Get to the top of the rock castle in the center of the town, the highest point of the region, a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the stunning Cappadocian landscape. After sightseeing, be driven to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia in a special-class cave hotel. Day 2: Underground Cities Of Cappadocia and Flight to Istanbul Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After check-out, embark on a full-day tour. Visit Rose and Red Valley, an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink, especially during sunset. Go off the beaten path to visit Cavusin. See its famous rock churches. Next, enjoy a tour of Pigeon Valley, named after the countless man-made dovecotes or pigeon houses carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Walk through a picturesque maze of rock formations. Then, go down to the world of underground cities. Once a refuge for 15000 Christians, these settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers of corridors and passageways. Continue the tour with Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches. See the famous castle-like rock formation standing dominantly over the town. After the tour, be driven to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, be greeted by your driver and return to your hotel.

Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Trip in Goreme with Breakfast

2. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Trip in Goreme with Breakfast

Treat yourself to an adventure in the air with a hot air balloon flight above scenic Cappadocia. Gaze down on Central Anatolia from your colorful balloon as you float above the landscape in the morning light, and enjoy some food to celebrate your flight. Start your day with pickup from your hotel. Upon arrival, meet your team on the ground for a safety briefing. Have peace of mind as the crew fill you in on all the details about your experience before boarding your balloon. Next, settle into your comfortable, individual spot in the basket and get ready for lift-off. Rise into the air and experience the sensation of both adrenaline and calm as you float across the scenic landscape. Marvel at the natural and man-made landmarks below as you make your flight. Once you've landed back on the ground, treat yourself to a light breakfast and a drink. Upon completing your experience, take advantage of convenient drop-off back at your accommodation.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

3. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

Take to the skies on this private or group hot-air balloon experience over Cappadocia. Awe at the spectacular views and see the sun rising as you take the most memorable photos from the balloon basket. Choose between a standard, comfort, or private flight. Fly in a hot-air balloon above Cappadocia and discover the best way to view this land of rocky valleys, underground cities, and legendary landscapes. Begin your experience very early in the morning with pickup from your hotel followed by transportation to a secret location via minibus. Once there, meet the rest of your group (if choosing a group flight). Follow your licensed crew on board the balloon basket as it bloats with hot air and becomes very big. Listen to your pilot who will share safety measures and the dos and don’ts during your flight. Hold on as your balloon rises between 500 and 1000 meters above the ground. Fly smoothly above valleys and spectacular geographical formations that you can only see from the sky. Make sure to snap some photos of your own balloon and the dozens of others nearby that will be starting to go up in the air. At the end of the flight, land somewhere safe where the ground crew will be waiting for you with a commemorative flight certificate and a light drink to celebrate.

Cappadocia Half-Day Jeep Off-Road Adventure

4. Cappadocia Half-Day Jeep Off-Road Adventure

Join a fantastic half-day jeep tour and explore the best that the region has to offer from ground level. Drive through beautiful valleys with unique volcanic formations and experience the area from a different perspective. Begin your tour by being picked up from your hotel and driven to the tour departure point. Here, listen to a quick safety briefing and driving demonstration before boarding your vehicle. Be accompanied at all times by your guide who will show you the correct paths to follow. Explore the Sword, Rose, Red, and Love Valleys and have an off-road adventure at the Cavusin Ghost Village. Make a stop for a traditional tasty Turkish barbeque meal and watch the sun setting over the horizon before heading back to your hotel.

From Kayseri Airport: Transfer to Cappadocia

5. From Kayseri Airport: Transfer to Cappadocia

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer from Kayseri Erkilet Airport to your accommodation in Cappadocia. Enjoy a 1-way service from the airport to Nevşehir, Göreme, Avanos, Uçhisar, Ortahisar, or Ürgüp. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the exit. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself from having to carry heavy bags and navigate the public transportation system and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

6. 2-Day Cappadocia Tour From Istanbul Optional Balloon Flight

Start the first day by visiting Devrent Valley, also known as 'Imagination Valley', this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi also called the Monks Valley. Proceed to Avanos the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Red River. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Goreme Open Air Museum. The world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule.  Then admire a spectacular view over Goreme, you can see fairy chimneys, rock formations, and cave houses. You have the option of also booking a pre-sunrise hot-air balloon flight for the next morning. While your guides complete the final preparations for your flight, you are served breakfast. Your pilot will show you all the unique beauties of Cappadocia from the Red Valley to Goreme. While witnessing an amazing sunrise up in the air, you will get to see perfect panoramic views of Urgup, Goreme, Ortahisar,Uchisar, Avanos, and Nevsehir. After the landing, a celebration with refreshing drinks (non-alcoholic) will be waiting for you. On the Blue tour you hike along the Red and Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. Conclude your hike at the Cavusin Cave Village. Marvel at the rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th Century. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Descend towards the center of the earth with a trip to the Underground City of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. Discover this underground city and its stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries. Visit the Pigeon Valley. See spectacular view of dovecotes (pigeon or dove houses), old abandoned cave homes, and old Greek houses of Uchisar and Ortshisar Castle, as well as the biggest mass of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.

Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience

7. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience

Experience the best way to view the rocky valleys, underground cities, and legendary landscapes with a Hot Air Balloon flight at sunrise. See the sun rising as you take the most memorable photos from the balloon basket. Choose between a standard, luxury, or private flight to enhance your experience. Begin very early in the morning with a pickup from your hotel and a transfer by minibus to a secret location. Meet the rest of your small group with whom you will fly in the balloon. The licensed crew will help you board the balloon basket as you see it bloat with hot air and increase in size. Receive a short safety briefing, see dozens of other balloons nearby begin to bloat and go up in the air, and take some amazing pictures of the spectacle. Rise between 500 and 1000 meters above the ground and experience a smooth flight high above valleys and spectacular geographical formations that you can only see from the sky. At the end of the flight, land somewhere safe where the ground crew will be waiting with a commemorative flight paper and a light drink to celebrate.

Nevsehir: Classic Car Tour of Cappadocia with Photo Shoot

8. Nevsehir: Classic Car Tour of Cappadocia with Photo Shoot

You will be picked up from your hotel at any time you want, and you will discover unique valleys on a three-hour classic car tour and take immortal photos with a photographer. everything will be customized for you and at the end of the tour you will receive all your photos. The valleys you will see are Güllüdere Valley, Swords Valley, Rose Valley, Love Valley.

Cappadocia Sunset and Night Tour with Dinner

9. Cappadocia Sunset and Night Tour with Dinner

Discover Cappadocia by experiencing its beauty and charm at night. Follow in the footsteps of your guide in a 4-5 hour private tour that features the main attractions of the city that glow in the evening light. As the day winds down, set out for Kızılçukur Valley to witness the magnificent sunset. See some of the city's most iconic sights, including Goreme, Ortahisar, and Ürgüp to gaze over the stunning landscape. Next, stop at a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious dinner. Finish your tour with visits to the towns of Avanos and Çavuşin. Tour spots: Kızılçukur Valley Sunset point Ortahisar Panoroma Ürgüp Panoroma and Fairy Chimneys Avanos city tour Uchisar Castle Göreme Panoroma Dinner

Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

10. Cappadocia: Full-Day Private Custom Tour

Following pickup from your hotel, your first stop is the fantastic viewpoint of Uchisar Castle. Whilst there, receive information about the rich history of Cappadocia and its unique rock formations. Next up is the Kaymaklı Underground City, which was used by early Christians as a shelter to hide themselves against their enemies. Afterwards, take a break for terrific views of Pigeon Valley, where your guide informs you about carved pigeon houses. You are then gifted some time to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, visit the Devrent Valley, where you can take fantastic pictures with the area's animal-shaped rock formations. You then visit Pasabag, commonly known as Monks Valley. There you have the chance to see the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys, as well as the St. Simeon’s Monk Cell carved into the rock. Towards the end of your tour, visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum. There your guide explains the meanings of the frescoes covering the walls of the 1,000-year-old cave churches, as you explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your final stop is then to the Ortahisar Castle, where you conclude your tour with terrific views of the castle and old Greek houses.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 347 reviews

Amazing trip! Very well organized; experienced and very helpful personnel! Sedef especially was very patient with me. Transport was easy despite my husbands misspelled name. The guides were very personable and knowledgeable and the balloon ride was incredible. Tour Altinkum (the local group) were fabulous and took care of all the logistics! The hotel we stayed at was a gem! We strongly recommend this tour.

Driver was expecting at the exit with our names and was very nice. All trip went well until the hotel. We come with other group of people and was a good experience overall and a great service. I would advise other travelers to have it. Price from bus also to the airport is similar and don’t pick you at the hotel so I would consider the best choice.

It was amazing experience. Our guide fatih took us to very nice spots with beautiful panoramic views, then to a night lazer show in the caves explaining the history of Cappadocia and Türkiye. The stars was also beautiful as it was dark. Must do

No waiting...good driver dropped off at hotel. No issues . As promised

great service!!!! you have to experience it, it's breathtaking