4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 2-Day Cappadocia Tour with Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This tour was soooo great. I had really wonderful time there.
All the scenery were awesome, especially Air Ballon Ride option. I cannot forget the scene forever :)

The guides were also very helpful and experienced. It was very interesting to listen their historical explanation about Cappadicia.

This is worthwhile participating in this tour.
Thank you very much for all of your organization and support.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Excellent tour and guide!!
Our guide Fátima was very professional and knowledgeable. She explained us very interesting and useful things about history and places we were visiting.
The sights are gorgeous.
Our hotel Alfina Cave was great! It is a Cave Rock hotel and is very cute and comfortable inside.
We enjoyed very much our tour and was one of the highlights of our trip to Turkey, though we couldn't ride on the ballon because of the wind.
Don't miss this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014

This tour was excellent. Our guide (Aykut) was both informative and helpful. Overall - a great experience!

Our overnight stay was at Capadoccia Lodge. It was a very good hotel - but in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing nearby so you had no choice but to stay in the hotel (however the buffet evening meal and breakfast were included in the tour price and were excellent).

The hot air balloon flight was conducted with military precision and was the highlight of our 3 weeks away - do not miss the balloon option; some travellers who were indecisive and missed out on this. It was completely safe with highly skilled and professional operators. They do not take chances and will not proceed unless the weather is appropriate.

Our guide was of great assistance and organised complementary transport to Kayseri airport (about 1 hour travel).

The only negative response that we can make is that a return flight from Kayseri to Istanbul was not included in the price. This lack of a prearranged return flight had caught out a number of travellers on our various Viator tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

The tour was great! The services were good and the land is magical. I most certainly comment it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. There was an issue of no information from the drivers picking us up in Istanbul and at Cappadocia but this was outweighed by the great guide, very friendly fellow travellers and beautiful location. Provided meals were very good and the balloon ride was very professionally run. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Perfect trip! We gonna come back for sure!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Everything was wonderful. This tour was the best part about our visit to Turkey. It is definitely worth the money. Great guides, food, hotel, and amazing scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

My experience in the tour of Cappodocia was incredibly satisfying. The guide, Burcu, was professional, knowledgeable, and very patient. It was like being with a good friend. The sites were amazing, and the hotel was excellent! I will do this again for sure! Thanks for the memories!

samorah1973
United Arab Emirates

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

You have to do it , very nice trip , so profisional company ,

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

it was ok

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

both tour guides were very good, full of information. Hot air balloon was the highlight of my trip, couldn't recommend it more. only down side was I was in a basket with no English speaking tourist. also found it quite hard to confirm the tour while in Istanbul, my mother had to call viator directly from Australia to find out my pick up times.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

Cappadocia is very different from Istanbul, and I quite enjoyed it. The Goreme open air museum has many churches carved into the rocks, some with well preserved frescoe that are quite beautiful. The dark church, which requires an extra 10lira charge is worth it. I highly recomend the balloon flight in the morning as well. It was amazing!

The only reason I gave four stars was because the return flight and return shuttle back to the hotel are not included in the tour. Even though the shuttle came to pick someone else up who was on the same flight as us who had booked the one day tour through Viator, they were not allowed to take us back to our hotel. I ended up having to catch the metro tram back. Not a terribly big deal, but I was not prepared for this. Every other tour I have been on, when they say complimentary pickup and dropoff that has meant pickup from the hotel in the beginning and dropoff back to the hotel at the end. That is not the case here, so be forewarned.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

Overall, it was a good trip. Cappadocia is beautiful and unique, do not miss an opportunity to see it! I think this two day tour allows enough time to get a taste of what the area is like. We did not opt for the balloon ride but those in our group who did it said it was amazing. There were several issues to take note of: just to point it out again, the tour provides the flight there, but not the return flight, so you will need to book that yourself. Due to the need to fly there from Istanbul, our group members were scheduled on different flights arriving at different times, which right off the bat caused some scheduling difficulties due to late flights. This was an issue the next day, too, which messed with the schedule again. Also, our hotel was in the middle of nowhere in the countryside. The hotel was really nice, I'll say that, with a pool, bar and restaurant and some nice gift shops Cappadocia Lodge. We wanted to go into Goreme for a drink and got a taxi, but the taxi was more than 30 for not a very long ride, so that is something to consider. If you want to stay in a cave hotel in town, but sure to contact them ahead of time to set that up. It might cost more, but would be worth it, I wish I had done that. The tour description suggests you might stay in one, but no one in our group actually did, I doubt that happens often to be honest, you will need to ask ahead of time. Overall a great trip despite some of these issues, it is a spectacular area to visit.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

The trip was very good, but perhaps not made clear enough about return trip not included as not enough information to make a booking. Balloon trip not available because of weather.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

Great tour and very helpful guide.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

Both our tour guides for the 2 days were very knowledgeable, warm and helpful. They were very different from the other guides we had in our other tours. They are commendable including the driver we had. Very helpful as well and they were commendable.
This was the best part of our Turkey experience.
The only problem and concern was that the return tickets to Istanbul were not included. We found this out only when we arrived Cappadocia and were asking the guide if he had our return tickets. Also, we were not informed by local tour operator beforehand which hotel we were booked in. This made us worried. This details are very important for tourists to know!

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

Definitely recommend hot air balloon ride however they were late picking us up and scared the hell out of us with their driving when we were dropped off. Otherwise tour was good, good tour guide who was very knowledgeable. Underground city was awesome. Hotel was way nicer than expected. Good service getting picked up and dopped off to airport, even had a guy to help us to our check in etc.

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2014

Our guide Deniz was brilliant and professional. Taught us a lot. Best yet, acted as our travel agent. Asked us our travel plans and made recommendations that made our trip 1000 times better. 4 stars because I don't love tourist traps which I felt like we did a lot of. More hikes. Just do the balloon

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