Kapadokya or Cappadocia is one of the very popular and historical places in central Turkey. When I was in Istanbul, I decided to visit this wonderful place. I stayed there for one day and two nights, and explored most of the tourist attractions during my stay including taking the famous Hot Balloon Ride and City Tour. I’ll share my Cappadocia tour experience with you throughout this blog post.
How to reach Cappadocia?
Cappadocia is easily accessible through most of the cities in Turkey. If you are in Istanbul then you can take a Turkish airline flight for around $30 to $40 which I did myself, and the flight duration was only 1:25.
The actual location of Cappadocia doesn’t have any airport, you have to arrive in one of the two airports in the region and then a shuttle service is available to take you to Cappadocia against a small fee ($6). Cappadocia is 40KM away from both the airports.
The two airports which serve Cappadocia are Nevsehir & Kayseri. Both have almost the same distance to Goreme which is the main town of Kappadokya. Buses will cost the same from Istanbul to Kappadokya, so better is to go by air.
If you are in Ankara then you can easily take a bus from the main bus terminal called “ASTI“, and it’ll take exactly 4 hours to reach Nesehir and then another 30 minutes to Goreme.
Accommodation & Food in Kapadokya
I got a basic hotel room for only $6 USD for the first night which included the famous Turkish breakfast as well. The next day, I decided to upgrade my room in the same hotel, and it cost me $16. The hotel owner was a very nice person who gave me so much information, and he was very friendly and loyal to his guests.
I always use Agoda.com to book a hotel room in advance, and I recommend it to everyone who travel across Asia, Middle East and Africa. For Europe and Americas, I’ll recommend Booking.com.
The Hotel room I stayed in Kappadokya is called “Paradise Cave“ which is located in the starting of Goreme town. There are other better hotel options there, but if you are someone like me who want to save money as much as possible then you can try this hotel. I stayed there in November 2016 (off season).
Food options start from Turkish Cuisine and end up with fast foods. You’ll find many restaurants in the Goreme town where you can have your best meal for an affordable price. I didn’t find it difficult to have a perfect dinner or lunch in Goreme.
Places to Visit in Cappadocia
According to Wikipedia:
Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.
The Place has a great landscape and historical attractions. The first activity you can do in Kapadokya is to take the famous Hot Balloon Ride which starts in the morning at 6AM before the sunrise, and continues for 1 hour. You can catch the best moments with your camera. The Hot Balloon Ride cost me $80 USD which included pick up / drop off at the hotel.
The next activity is to take the Kapadokya City Tour through a Mini Van you can see in the background of the picture below, which starts from 9:30 in the morning and last till 5:00 in the evening. That city tour cost me only $20 which included a professional tour guide in both English & Turkish, and a Red line tour through which I explored most of the attractions such as Open Air Museum in Goreme, Love Valley, Imagine Valley, Avanos Valley, Traditional Carpets Industry and so many other things.
The city tour price also included a buffet lunch and many cups of Turkish tea. You can see the tour highlights in one of the videos below which I recorded during my Kapadokya tour. Remember, I only took the Red Line Tour, there is also a Green Line tour, so if you are staying for more than 2 days then you should take both the tours.
And finally, I think two days are enough to explore most of the Kappadokya. I spent less than $200 while staying in Kapadokya for two nights and one day. This is not an expensive destination. And I visited it in November which was off season, therefore the prices were very low. The best season to visit Kapadokya is between May & August. But the cheap season is October to February 🙂
From Kapadokya, I went to Ankara by bus, because I had to take my flight to Baku-Azerbaijan, and I’ll write the bus experience in a different blog post.
If you have any questions then feel free to leave me a comment. and watch the beautiful videos I recorded in Kapadokya.