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.
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.
– 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.