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How to Spend 3 Days in Cappadocia

How to Spend 3 Days in Cappadocia

Three days in Cappadocia leaves enough time to visit the fairy chimneys, tour an underground city, and explore the villages, as well as taking a hike through the Ihlara Valley and experiencing local culture. Here’s how to get the most out of three days in one of Turkey’s most alluring destinations.

Day 1: Cappadocia’s Fairy-Tale Landscapes

Sculpted over millions of years of volcanic activity and erosion, the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia are even more extraordinary when viewed from above. Start your Cappadocian vacation with an unforgettable hot-air-balloon flight over the valleys, and watch the sunrise as you float over the fairy chimneys.

Then dive into the “Red Route,” Cappadocia’s most popular sightseeing route and the ideal way to take in the highlights. Join a tour or explore independently on a hop-on hop-off bus to maximize your time. Must-visit sites en route include the Goreme Open-Air Museum (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Uchisar Castle, and the cave village of Cavusin. Photo stops in Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, and Monk’s Valley provide the best views of the fairy chimneys. 

Day 2: Ancient Wonders

Start your second day with a visit to one of Cappadocia’s underground cities; the most popular is Derinkuyu, but Kaymakli is a great choice to avoid the crowds. Used as hideouts by the early Christian communities during the Arab-Byzantine Wars, the vast subterranean complexes are full of remarkable design details—visit with a guide to ensure you don’t miss anything. 

In the afternoon, a hike through the Ihlara Valley reveals even more of Cappadocia’s ancient wonders. The 2-mile (3-kilometer) hike winds through a scenic river canyon, dotted with early Christian cave churches, some of which date back to the fourth century. Be sure to organize pickup and transfers in advance, even if you plan to hike independently—the hike starts and ends at different locations. 

In the evening, head to Goreme or Urgup for dinner at a cave restaurant (book a table in advance to avoid disappointment), or enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner show. 

Day 3: Cultural Immersion

Despite its popularity with travelers, Cappadocia is still a great place to experience traditional Turkish life, and it’s worth taking a day to visit the rural villages and learn about local culture. Head to Avanos, a town known for its distinctive red-clay pottery, where you can watch pottery demonstrations, shop for handicrafts, or even have a go at pottery making. Another fun activity is to take a cooking class at a family home. As well as shopping for ingredients at the local market and sampling Turkish coffee at the local coffeehouse, you can learn to make tasty Turkish dishes such as bulgur soup, borek (stuffed pastries), andmanti (Turkish ravioli). After a delicious home-cooked meal, end the day with wine tasting at one of Cappadocia’s wine caves.

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Cappadocia Green Tour

Cappadocia Green Tour

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See more of Cappadocia on a full-day tour that visits both historical and natural attractions. Check out the views from Göreme Panorama and Yaprakhisar Panorama, enter the subterranean chambers of Derinkuyu Underground City, and see ancient rock-cut churches at Selime Monastery. Also, take a leisurely 1-hour walk through the scenic Ihlara Valley, and check out Pigeon Valley. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Cappadocia Cooking Class

Cappadocia Cooking Class

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Learn how to make Turkish treats like 'borek' pastries, stuffed eggplant and sweet baklava with a unique cooking class in a local family home. Enjoy an authentic taste of Cappadocian life as you shop for fresh ingredients at the local market and feast on a homemade 3-course lunch or dinner, accompanied by traditional Turkish coffee. This 4-hour tour includes hotel pick-up and a local interpreter, and can be adapted to suit vegetarians or those with food allergies.
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  • 4 hours
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Cappadocia Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Champagne

Cappadocia Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Champagne

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Soar across the skies of Cappadocia on this early morning 1-hour or 1.5-hour hot air balloon tour. After a convenient minivan ride to the launch point, settle in to your balloon basket and watch the surroundings shrink as your expert pilot lifts you into the sky. From the purplish sunrise sky, admire Cappadocia’s magnificently unique landscape, comprised of canyons, spires and the famed “fairy chimneys.” After approximately one hour, float back to the land and accept your souvenir certificate. This bird’s-eye-view of central Turkey’s stunning moonscape is not to be missed.
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  • 1 hour
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$275.00
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Turkish Night at Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Drinks

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Turkish Night at Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Drinks

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Enjoy a night of Turkish culture and cuisine with a 3-hour dinner show in a Cappadocia cave restaurant. Watch a series of folk dances and a belly dancing show, sip unlimited beer and wine, and dine on classic Turkish fare. This Cappadocia dinner show includes dinner, drinks, and round-trip transport from your hotel in Cappadocia.
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  • 3 hours
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3-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Tour

3-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Tour

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See the best of Cappadocia in a short time by taking a 3-day small-group tour. Your guide takes you to top attractions such as Goreme Open Air Museum, Derinkuyu Underground City, and Urgup’s Fairy Chimneys, and you have free time in the evenings. Traveling with a small group limited to 10 people allows for a more personalized experience of Cappadocia. Includes two nights of accommodation, most meals, and transportation by climate-controlled vehicle.
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  • 2 days
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Private Departure Transfer: Cappadocia Hotel to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airports

Private Departure Transfer: Cappadocia Hotel to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airports

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Arrange for a stress-free ride to the Kayseri Airport or Nevsehir Airport with this private transfer service from your Cappadocia hotel. Meet your driver at your hotel or private residence, and relax on the journey to the airport in a sedan or minivan (depending on the size of your group).
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  • 1 hour
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Private Guiding Service in Cappadocia

Private Guiding Service in Cappadocia

Explore Cappadocia with ease in a private vehicle with a guide on this customizable tour. Meet your guide at the airport or your hotel and set out to explore the area’s wild landscape. Elect to visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag Valley, the town of Avanos, Uchisar Castle, the Kaymakli Underground City, Ihlara Valley, and more.
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3-Day Cappadocia Tour from Kayseri with Optional Balloon Ride

3-Day Cappadocia Tour from Kayseri with Optional Balloon Ride

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Discover Cappadocia’s fascinating geologic formations during a 3-day guided tour from Kayseri with an optional balloon ride. Shack up in a traditional cave hotel central to Cappadocia and then visit its best attractions including Kaymakli Underground City, Rose Valley, and a selection of rock sculpted villages including Ortahisar and Çavuşin. This tour includes a trip to the vocalic carved chapels and churches at the Göreme Open-Air Museum. There is an optional hot air balloon ride that soars over the memorable landscape. Plus, enjoy a complimentary roundtrip transfer to Kayseri airport.
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  • 3 days
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$337.00
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Cappadocia Pottery Workshop

Cappadocia Pottery Workshop

After breakfast at your hotel we’ll pick you up for a visit to a pottery museum for inspiration. After admiring beautiful pieces at the museum we’ll head to a atelier for a pottery class where you’ll learn how to throw a potter's wheel and how to create pottery. You’ll be able to ask your teacher to cook your piece of art at their owen and send to your home address when it’s done if you like.
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  • 4 hours
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