An excursion to Cappadocia from Istanbul will allow you to explore the ancient churches and monasteries founded back in the period of the formation of Christianity, visit the valley of the Pasabag monks, the valleys of Ihlara and Belisyrma, the fabulous valley of Imagination, walk through the underground city of Kaimali, look into the pottery workshop and the workshop for the production of onyx.
About excursion to Cappadocia from Istanbul
Turkey is a country with a rich centuries-old history, multifaceted architecture, original oriental culture, and unique natural phenomena. On the territory of the state there are snowy peaks, and coniferous forests, and the purest lakes, and mountain rivers, and seas.
However, there are places that everyone knows and are the hallmark of Turkey. One of them is Cappadocia. Hearing this word, in our imagination there are pictures of hundreds of colorful balloons in a bright blue sky against the backdrop of a unique and strange mountain landscape, similar to the surface of another planet. Everyone should visit this magical place at least once in their life.
Road to Cappadocia from Istanbul
If you are determined to see the legendary valleys and ancient cities with your own eyes, an excursion to Cappadocia from Istanbul can be made in two ways – by plane or by bus. If you have chosen an air flight, you will arrive by morning flight to Nevsehir or Kayseri airport, spend the whole day on an exciting journey, exploring mountain slopes and unique landscapes, and in the evening the plane will take you back to Istanbul airport.
Tour to Cappadocia from Istanbul can also be made on a comfortable bus. A night trip takes 10-12 hours, but it significantly saves your budget and time, so you can start sightseeing early in the morning.
The ancient city of Ugrup
Excursion to Cappadocia from Istanbul starts from the ancient city of Ugrup, located in the very center of Turkey in the province of Nevsehir. The city in some places has retained its original appearance, old interesting sand-colored houses fit so organically into the surrounding landscape that they can easily be mistaken for sheer cliffs and mountain caves.
Among the wide mountain valleys, stone blocks of an unusual shape rise, resembling huge mushrooms – these are “fairy chimneys”. The height of these wind-carved rocks sometimes reaches 40 meters, and their fantastic shapes are more reminiscent of alien landscapes.
The Devrent Valley, better known as the Imagination Valley, is the most visited place in Cappadocia. There are no architectural buildings, no palaces, no mosques, only unique creations of rain, wind and sun. Here everyone can be convinced that it is nature that is the creator of all the most beautiful things on Earth.
The stone sculptures of the Devrent Valley have the most bizarre forms, here you can see the figures of animals, birds, reptiles, fairy-tale creatures – it all depends on your imagination. And at sunset, the sun floods the rocks with light and they play with all shades of pink, from which this place is also called the Pink Valley.
During the excursion to Cappadocia you will also visit the Pashaba Valley or the Monks’ Valley. Among the local vineyards you can see stone pillars similar in shape to giant mushrooms, but only here they can be two or even three-headed. And in one of the rocks at a height of 15 meters there is one of the ancient churches – the church of St. Simeon.
The legend says that in the 4th century there lived in Cappadocia a man endowed with miraculous powers, and people from all over the area sought to get to him. In order to retire from excessive attention and fuss, he began to lead a reclusive lifestyle, settled in a mountain cave and went down only for food. Since then, this place is also called the Monks’ Valley.
Ancient city of Avanos
Cappadocia is also known for its famous potters throughout Turkey. The red clays of Avanos have always been of excellent quality, and local artisans turned out to be real artists and created real masterpieces from clay. You will have the opportunity not only to visit the capital of pottery in Cappadocia, but also to learn all the subtleties and secrets of this craft and create a product from clay with your own hands.
Goreme National Reserve
Cappadocia is home to one of the 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey, the Goreme National Park. Covering an area of 300 square kilometers, this open-air museum combines many rock formations, cave structures, monasteries and churches. From the 6th to the 9th century, Goreme was one of the largest centers of Christianity, more than 400 churches were located in its vicinity, many of which have survived to this day.
The excursion to Cappadocia ends with a visit to Uchisar Castle. Previously, the castle served as a watchtower, because it is located on the highest point in the region. Incredibly beautiful views open from the top of Uchhisar – from here the whole valley is visible at a glance. Sun-drenched rocks, mountain caves, unrealistic lunar landscapes amaze with their unique beauty.
An excursion to Cappadocia from Istanbul will open you a completely new Turkey, majestic and sometimes unearthly, which you want to know more and more, which you want to return to again and again.
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Overnight stay (Duru Hotel Cappadocia)
English speaking guide
1 x Breakfast
1 x Dinner
Turkish Night Show
Lunch on the first and second day
Personal expenses (photos, souvenirs, etc…)
Hot air balloon tour (optional)
Photo tour when Hot air balloons are fliying
Money for personal expenses
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How much is Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul?
Group tours to Cappadocia from Istanbul from all regions of Istanbul – 60€.
How to get to Cappadocia from Istanbul?
To Cappadocia from Istanbul, it is preferable to take a direct bus to Cappadocia. It takes 8 hours to drive from Istanbul to Cappadocia.
How much does a Cappadocia balloon flight cost?
Prices for hot air balloon flights in Turkey are quite high, but at the same time volatile. On average, the cost of such an excursion is 100-150 euros per person.