Cappadocia Hotair Ballon ride is all over Instagram, which caught my attention! So I update my bucket list and to pack my bag to see the Magic everyone’s talking about. On our trip to Turkey, we decided to discover the two most highlighted places (i.e. Istanbul and Cappadocia). We did Cappadocia Turkey tours from Istanbul for 2 nights, 1 full day and 2 half days. (which is too much for this place).
The entire experience is with the family, you have seen solo travelers, couples or a backpacker reviews, where there they have fewer limitations then the blogger with a family to Cappadocia. Let’s see our travel journey to Cappadocia Turkey tours from Istanbul.
How to Cappadocia Turkey Tours from Istanbul?
Booking to Cappadocia Turkey tours from Istanbul
You can book a direct flight to Cappadocia from Istanbul which is around. Istanbul has two big airports (i.e. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and Atatürk Airport). Make sure to make a right decision before booking a flight. (look down for pro-tip booking). Travel destination will be Istanbul to Kayseri Airport from where you will drive all the way to Grome (travel time around 1 and 1/2 hours).
Pro-tip: There are lots of budget flights starting from 25 euro for round trip. Click here to book the cheapest flight >> PEGASUS. Travel the same day to avoid extra travel time to the airport. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport has cheap flights but it is way far from the Atatürk Airport and Istanbul city center. It’s better to pay extra 20 euro/per ticket to save lots of travel time, Airport check-in & control. Travel distance from Istanbul City center to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is around 60 minutes.
Hotel at Cappadocia Turkey
Location is very important when you booking a hotel, even if you are not going on hot air balloon you can sight the beauty of the valley when the balloon floats. Göreme is the central location to book yourself in Cappadocia. Good news hotels are very cheap as compare to the other places in the world. It’s ideal to stay overnight and relax while surrounded by caves all around you.
Yes, you read it right Caves! One of my key interest to experience stays in a cave. Back to my childhood memories (Flinstone Cartoon) Yabba dabba doo !! Where Flinstone lives in a cave with his family. Cappadocia caves remind me same and I feel like I am living Flinstone life.
In Cappadocia, they had converted caves into 4star – 5star hotels, with the real-time experience. All carved into the room, fireplace, equipped with television, modern bathroom, and private balcony to enjoy the morning with the Hot air balloons. Click on the Video to see our Cave Suite at Cappadocia.
Pro-Tip: Stay in Göreme to the cave hotel, something out of the box if you living in the modern city.
Things to do in Cappadocia Turkey
Cappadocia is not only for hot air balloon but it has much more to offer. Cappadocia is the place where you see the number of natural stones formation in the form of a honeycomb. To discover Cappadocia there are generally two different tours, which discuss below (name may vary to different companies).
Green Tours- Overview
This tour covers the underground city of Cappadocia, Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastery, Pigeon Valley vista point and Onyx Demonstration.
Red Tours- Overview
Uçhisar panorama view, Goreme Open Air Museum, Pottery Demonstration in Avanos, Monk’s Valley, Cavusin, and Devrent.
Pro-Tip If you want to choose anyone Red Tours worth a visit to discovers Cappadocia at its best. If you taking Balloon ride you can join any of these tours after the ride.
We have a day to discover Cappadocia so we selected the Red Tours. Travel my journey travel to Cappadocia Valley.
PASABAG (MONKS VALLEY)
This is our first stop Monk Valley. The stunning formation of Fairy Chimney rock, which seems like carved by human beings, but, in reality, they are by natural formation. You can walk, hike, horse ride or camel ride to discover this place.
Devrent (Imagination Valley)
We drive to our next stop by winding roads all surrounded by different types of mountains. The view was spectacular and unreal. Reaching to Devrent we explore some animal-shaped rock formations. It’s up to your imagination what to want to see is around you.
Pottery Demonstration in Avanos
One of the highlights of city Hand-made Pottery. You can evidence how they are made by hands and then paint with the vibrant colors. A reflection of Turkish culture and at the end you will have a chance to craft something by your own.
Protip: If you want to buy pottery, this is the right spot for you, it’s cheaper and 100% original no market competition.
Refuel for the Lunch Break usually, tour cost includes the lunch but it may vary company to company.
Goreme Open Air Museum
The UNESCO world heritage place is a must go place in Cappadocia. There are numbers of cave churches which are thousands of years ago full of rich history of monks. Small and Big caves with the beautiful craving rare type of Church which can be discovered in Cappadocia only.
Protip: Travelling with kids, always need a something to entertain them. It’s a historic museum, not much entertainment for kids. You can add some flavor of a camel ride and horse ride or buy ice-cream from the shops in front of the parking area.
This is the highest point of Cappadocia. Castle is closed for public due to the erosion. The outskirt is well explained the architect of Castle with a number of windows and pigeon house. One of the best place where you can witness panoramic view of Cappadocia.
Protip: Don’t forget to take a picture of Evil Eye Tree at the entrance. Its an idea to protect you anything from the bad or evil eyes.
My Review for Cappadocia:
Cappadocia attracts the number of tourists to visit. If you are lucky enough to catch the balloon flight, trip to Cappadocia score 5/5 else I will rate Cappadocia 4/5.
Obviously, it’s not a kid’s friendly place, as small kids are not allowed to take a balloon ride, It means if I need to catch the balloon ride daddy will babysit. Huh! not a good idea for the family holiday. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t permit me to experience balloon ride. Travel Blogger Regret!
Cappadocia is for adventurous, discoverer, hikers kinda person or if you want to experience something out of the box (i.e. staying in a cave) then it’s a must go place. This is the only place where you can experience the Balloon ride with such a stunning view and its ways cheaper than the rest of the places which offers hot air balloon ride.
*These are my own personal reviews on the bases of my family comfort and flexibility towards traveling. It may vary from person to person.
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