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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

2-Day Cappadocia Tour with Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride

Get to know Cappadocia on an action-packed overnight tour! With a one-way flight from Istanbul included, plus hotel accommodation and excursions, the tour includes everything you need to see Cappadocia at ease. Enjoy a hike through Rose Valley, see fairy chimneys and rocks houses in the village of Çavuşin and explore the UNESCO-listed Göreme Open-Air Museum. Upgrade to include a hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia if you wish!


  • 2-day Cappadocia tour including a flight from Istanbul to Kayseri
  • Hike through Rose Valley and then visit Çavuşin’s stone mosque
  • Explore Kaymakli Underground City where Turkey’s early Christians hid from persecutors
  • Visit Göreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Upgrade to see aerial views of Cappadocia’s lunar landscape from a hot air balloon!
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Cappadocia included

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Cappadocia Tour with Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia!

Day 1: Istanbul - Cappadocia (D)
Start your tour with a transfer from your Istanbul hotel to Istanbul Airport. Board your flight to Kayseri Airport, and on arrival, meet your driver who will transfer you to your Cappadocia hotel. After a quick break to freshen up, set off on a morning hike through Rose Valley – a beautiful stretch of land that takes its name from the red-hued rock that abounds throughout it. Wedged between the villages of Göreme and Çavuşin, the valley is studded with rock-carved churches and tunnels, and your guide will point out the best ones on your hike. Finish up in Çavuşin, and after visiting its cave mosque, enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense).

Hop aboard your minibus and continue your day’s tour to Kaymakli Underground City, one of Cappadocia’s best-preserved subterranean sites. Explore its maze of passages, seeing underground stables and cellars while learning about the early Christians who once hid here to escape persecution. Return to your coach and travel to Ortahisar – your final stop of the day. On a stroll, admire its stone houses that surround its crowing rocky glory -- Ortahisar Castle. Stop for photos by this unique fortress and then return to your hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Lykia Lodge, Alfina Cave Hotel or similar superior hotel in Cappadocia

Day 2: Cappadocia (B)
Upgrade to start your day in style with a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia! It’s an early start from your hotel, but once at the hot air balloon office, a buffet breakfast awaits. Tuck in and then take to the skies on a 1-hour flight! Cappadocia’s volcanic origins have left some truly captivating sights, with fairy chimneys punctuating the rocky landscape that you’ll see below you. Finish with a glass of Champagne and then return to your hotel.

If you choose not to take the balloon ride, then enjoy breakfast in your hotel and spend the early morning at leisure. Both groups meet up in the late morning for an excursion to Imagination Valley, where intriguing animal-like rock formations are abundant. Admire the landscape and stop in Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) in the region of Zelve, to walk through the area’s cone-like rocks where monks and hermits once lived in peaceful seclusion.

Continue by minibus to the pottery town of Avanos, and after a break for lunch (own expense), travel to Pigeon Valley. See its famous bird-nesting caves and then head to Göreme Open-Air Museum. Exemplified by dusty-looking beige buildings and fairy chimneys, this open-air museum comprises a cluster of rocky monuments that attest to Byzantine life in Cappadocia.

Check out of your hotel and then finish your tour with a transfer to Kayseri Airport or another Cappadocia hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was one of the best tours we have ever taken. Everything was well organised and we didn't have to worry for a single thing right from when we were picked from our hotel at Istanbul till we were dropped at the Kayseri airport back on the second day.
The tour guide UNLUER KOCAN was an amazing guide. He was so informative , sweet and courteous and we enjoyed his company. He used the time in the most efficient way to show us the most and in the best possible way. He gave detail information regarding anything we want to know about that place and Turkish specialities in general.
The stay was so comfortable , food was delicious and balloon ride was definitely one of the main highlights that should not be missed.
Overall this tour was definitely a 10 on 10 experience and it someone is reading this review to consider this tour I will say GO FOR IT and you won't regret your choice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My recommendation is to take the balloon tour. It's a bit more expensive but really worth the experience. We got free lunches both day which was not mention.
Would have like to stay at the cave hotel but Lykia Lodge was good as well although far from Goreme if you want to explore it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The entire tour was an amazing experience! The food, the accommodation and the hot air balloon ride is a must. Our tour guide Ünlü was excellent and his English was also very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide is very good and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour was fantastic, great balloon ride, accommodation and food. 4 am start in Istanbul, too early. The only issue is to make sure you have booked your return flight from Cappadocia- this tour would be better if it was included as many people had no idea they had no return flight to Istanbul until they got to Cappadocia-

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We were picked up at our hotel and transported to the airport. At the end of our two day tour we were once again transported back to the airport. Our tourguid was excellent and the hotel we stayed in for the night as well. Lunch both afternoons were great The hot airballoon ride was everything I hoped for. I can highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour exceeded expectations. Hot air ballooning easily a highlight. Both tour guides I had were really good. The logistics of the whole process for me went well. Pick up times and scheduling were well organised between various parties. Hotel and meals were also really good.

For me the only minor downside was not knowing what the daily plan was given that it wasn't following the schedule outlined on website. It would have been nice to know so I could prepare what I needed for the day. Given this it did not impact how I felt about the tour overall.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour was amazing! The scenery was just beautiful and our tour guides were so knowledgable and the kindest people! Highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Sad we missed out on the ballon ride wind was too much and was cancelled the day of our ballon trip but other than that the cave hotel was an experience and the rose valley hike was beautiful a must do

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Totally recomended!!!!! The hotel and the food were very good, the experience on the hot air ballon was amazing, the view and the feeling. Don`t miss it, it`s worth it.

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