​Cappadocia

Cappadocia is the historical region in Central Anatolia including 5 cities: Nevşehir, Aksaray, Kayseri, Kırşehir and Niğde. Rocky landscape, fairy chimneys, pinnacles, cones, human-created caves and rich history make the region so attractive for visitors.

How To Get To Cappadocia?

Cappadocia is 730 km (454 miles) away from İstanbul. Trip to Cappadocia could be made either by plane, bus or car. There’re daily direct flights from İstanbul’s major airports to Nevşehir and Kayseri. 10 – 12 hours ride could be done also by bus departing from Harem Bus Terminal.

There are many options to make the 285 km (177 miles) trip between Ankara and Cappadocia. The easiest way to make the 4.5 hours trip is to take a bus from Ankara’s Bus Terminal, AŞTİ. It takes about 4 hours drive to Nevşehir from Ankara with a stop at Aksaray.

Cappadocia night
Cappadocia Night

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia

No Cappadocia trip is complete without hot air ballooning. This is a lifetime experience you’ll never forget. The journey begins early in the morning before sunrise. After safety orientation, you fly over the gorgeous views of the Cappadocia Valleys, canyons and the fairy chimneys. The ride lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weather conditions. After landing, you enjoy a breakfast, a Champagne toast and leave with a personal certificate. There’re many local hot-air balloon companies offering tours for your hot air balloon ride experience. Expect to pay 150-175 Euros.

Hot air balloon in cappadocia
Hot air balloon in Cappadocia

Must-Do” List

– Pay a visit to Göreme Open Air Museum which is one of Turkey’s Unesco World Heritage Sites. Explore the most famous, fresco- filled, stunning church Karanlık Kilise.

– Consider staying in Ürgüp, a modern downtown area, hosting Cappadocia’s most luxurious cave boutique hotels.

– Opt for a full-day tour that takes you to southern Cappadocia region. With a local guide, explore best-preserved Kaymaklı Undergroung City, old village Çavuşin and magnifique Red Valley.

– Sample delicious local wines at Turasan Winery.

Alanya

​With its breathtaking coastline, magical and impressive natural caves and the tranquil serenity of its historical Castle, Alanya is one of the most exciting destinations in Turkey right now. It welcomes travelers from across the world.

Alanya is only 125 km away (2 hours drive) from Antalya international airport. Being one of the unique touristic destinations in Turkey and with so much to see Alanya really deserves a closer look.

Alanya Castle: This Seljuk-Era Castle dates back to 1221. With a magnifique view across the city, the Castle has the inner fortress (İç Kale) right at the top of it. It takes one-hour walk from the downtown. Cabs and minibuses are also available.

Alanya Castle
Alanya Castle

Dripstone (Damlataş) Cave: The Cave takes explorers and travelers into an impressive world. Dripstone Cave has high levels of humidity and carbondioxide and believed to cure the asthma disease if the air inside is inhaled regularly.

Dripstone (Damlataş) Cave
Dripstone (Damlataş) Cave

Cleopatra’s Beach: Cleopatra’s Beach is the best beach of the region with its beautiful sand and vibrant scenery. Although the accommodation choices are exciting and varied in Alanya, for those looking for a refreshing experience, a stay in one of the hotels nearby the beach is a must.

Cleopatra’s Beach
Cleopatra’s Beach

Other Highlights:

Get a hint of adrenaline by paragliding. Accompanied by a professional pilot, fly over the spectacular views of Alanya: Cleopatra’s Beach, Alanya Castle, etc. No experience is required for this exceptional 20 – 25 minute sky journey.

Paragliding
Paragliding

Explore Sapadere Canyon: Fresh air, numerous waterfalls, different species of birds… The walkway to the Canyon is good for trekking.

Sapadere Canyon Waterfalls
Sapadere Canyon Waterfalls

Enjoy local food. Not only is Alanya a densely populated tourist destination, it’s also one of the unique towns of the Mediterranean with its exceptional local cuisine. Highly dominated by vegetables, the cuisine is vegan-friendly. For those looking for popular Turkish food, the pre-dinner snack Lahmacun could make a delicious choice.

Boat along Alanya’s beautiful coastline: Boat tours are a very popular way of exploring the town’s natural beauties; such as caves, dolphins and sea turtles.

Discover the famous nightlife in the town. Robin Hood, Summer Garden, James Dean are among the biggest and best known places to party.

Alanya nightlife
Alanya nightlife

Pay a visit to Side, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls. Alanya is a perfect jumping-off point for adventures. On a full-day trip, discover the well-preserved Aspendos amphitheater built in 155, see the ancient city of Side and enjoy Manavgat Waterfalls.

Manavgat Waterfalls
Manavgat Waterfalls