It is 730 km from Cappadocia to Istanbul. For go to Cappadocia, you need a plane or bus transportation. Transportation by plane is 1 hour 30 minutes. Transportation by bus is around 12 hours. Since the hot air balloons in Cappadocia get up early in the morning, you have to go to the hotel one day before.
If you go by plane, you can fly at any time of the day. After a night's stay, the hot air balloon company will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and transfer you to the flight destination. After the hot air balloon flight, you will come back to your hotel. You are free after this activity, which takes a total of 3 hours. If you want to return to Istanbul, you can visit the area until the flight time. Guests arriving by plane in Cappadocia generally prefer to take 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights package tour. Package tours include flight tickets, airport hotel transfers, accommodation in the hotel, guided daily tours. If you don like to fly back to Istanbul, you can go to Izmir or Antalya airport. But you have tell this when you are booking flight tickets in Istanbul.
It is a total of 3 hours of activity. For the Cappadocia hot air balloon tour, you are taken from your hotel an hour before the flight time and brought to the flight point.
After a light breakfast, security information is given together with the balloons being inflated and the flight begins.
The flight, which lasts for approximately 1 hour during sunrise, can end 10 minutes early or late depending on the wind's intensity and landing point. Standard flights take 60 minutes. After all the activities are finished, you will be left to your hotel. Total duration is around 3 hours. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5:00 in the morning and return to your hotel at 8:00.
If you go by bus to Cappadocia, you will arrive at your hotel after a tiring 12-hour journey. You will rest at the hotel that day and get on the balloon early the next morning. After returning from the balloon tour, you can participate in guided tours. At the end of the evening tour, you will return to Istanbul by bus. If you do not want to return to Istanbul, it is possible if you want to go somewhere else. They usually go to places such as Pamukkale and Antalya by bus. If you like stay one more day, the next day you can visit with local guide other part of Cappadocia. If you take package tour from Istanbul, 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights then you can be more relax because it is organize for you. Package tours include bus tickets, hotel transfers, accommodation in the hotel, guided daily tours.
Cappadocia is a very large area. There are many important places to see here. But how many days you have, this is important. If you have 1 day you can see only Göreme valley and and around some churches. If you 2 days you can see most of them in Cappadocia. If you have 3 days you can see all of then in Cappadocia. We prepared the most important of them for you. Please see below of the page;
Göreme Open-Air Museum: Göreme Open Air Museum is a place where you will enter a completely different world. In this different world where the missionary and seclusion of Christians escaped from oppression and where the monastic life started, you will meet many churches, chapels and living areas carved into the rocks.
Places to See in Göreme Open-Air Museum;
Boys and Girls Monastery
St. Basil's Chapel
Saint Barbara Chapel
St. Catherine's Chapel
Pigeon Valley: Starting from Uchisar and extending to Göreme and covering an area of 4 kilometers, Pigeon Valley has taken its name from the pigeon nests carved into the rocks.
Güllüdere Valley: You will see the best of the fairy chimneys and the most artistic stance while walking this 4-kilometer valley. In the valley, there are ruins and churches belonging to the monastic life of ancient Christians.
Zemi Valley: Sarnic Church, Görkündere Church, Saklı Church, and El Nazar Church are in this valley. You will find rich vegetation in this hidden valley, which is quite suitable for walking.
Uchisar Castle: Uchisar Castle is like the roof of Cappadocia; The snowy head of Erciyes, Kızılcukur, Ürgüp, Avanos, or the whole region is spreading under your feet. A place where you can watch the sunset and take panoramic pictures of Cappadocia.
Pasabagi Valley: Valley of the Pasabagi Priests is one of the valleys where you can watch interesting formations of the fairy chimneys. Three-headed fairy chimney in the middle of the valley is dedicated to Saint Simeon. It is said that Saint Simeon lived in this chapel for 15 years.
Cavusin Village: Cavusin Village; Cavusin is on the road of Göreme-Avanos, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia. This village is old Greek village in the Cappadocia region. Now It is separated into 2 parts; the new village and the old Greek village. You can visit to the 5th century church of Saint John the Baptist, situated in the old village part.
Devrent Valley: Devrent Valley is known as Dream Valley and Haunted Valley. There are fairy chimneys in the form of the famous camel and different silhouettes, which you will sometimes liken to an animal and sometimes to a human. It is up to you to find the fairy chimney of the Virgin Mary who opened her hands in this visual feast.
Zelve Valley: Zelve Valley is one of the largest open-air museums in Cappadocia. You will see the most pointed and wide body fairy chimneys here. Especially in the 9th and 13th centuries, one of the most important religious centers of Christians, Zelve Valley has 15 churches.
Ihlara Valley: Which is the most secret, deepest and most mysterious of Cappadocia's paradise? The answer will be the Ihlara Valley. The first settlement of the valley began in the 4th century according to estimates. There are 105 historical artifacts in the valley which extends for 14 kilometers in a canyon at a depth of 120 meters.
Derinkuyu Underground City: Derinkuyu Underground City, which is the largest underground city of Cappadocia. It was named because of the deep well in the middle. In this gigantic city, which has 8 floors of space, there are almost as a city inhabitant.
Kaymakli Underground City: Kaymakli Underground City is built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and was opened to visitors in 1964. The people of Kaymakli (Enegup in Greek) village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city.
We would like to be happy to see you in Cappadocia, to see and discover all these beauties. Let's explore all these beauties of Cappadocia together. We recommend Cappadocia hot air balloon tour to see the Göreme valley and around the valley from a bird's eye view. We will be happy to help you if you contact us.