Travel to Turkey
We hopped on the bus to visit Nevsehir in Central Antalya, where we wanted to do some hiking in Cappadocia. It was a very long journey from Istanbul to Cappadocia by bus. For those, who don’t want to take the bus, they have the option to take one of the many flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia. We were students and we did not mind the inconvenience of the bus. Where is Cappadocia? You may wonder. It is right in the middle of Turkey. It is about 750kms away from Istanbul. The nearest town is Nevsehir. We were excited to arrive to Nevsehir as the town and its surroundings was one of the best places to visit in Turkey. We arrived in a pretty scenic town that was surrounded by mountains of all sorts of shapes. Cappadocia is a must see if you are on a tour of Turkey. Visiting these rock formations is one of themost interesting things to do in Turkey. Soon after, we checked into our cave hotel. We stayed in one of those famous Cappadocia cave suites that you probably seen on TV or in travel magazines before. Staying in a cave hotel in Cappadocia was one of the best idea of the trip.
Everything inside our room was carved into a cave, the chairs, the tables, the bed. After a delicious Turkish breakfast on the roof terrace of our hotel, which consisted of philo pasty stuffed with feta cheese and olives and tomatoes and cucumbers, we went to explore the city. We were very tired from the trip, but we went on a Cappadocia daily tour to discover the underground cities and learn about how the Christians were hiding under the ground 1000 years ago. These people carved beautiful churches as well as their homes into the walls of the caves. These underground caves were still in pretty good condition even 1000 years later. This place was one of the most important of the Turkey tourist attractions.
Many of them were preserved. We went for a hike and saw some beautiful sights as we walked along the river. The mountains were beautiful and colorful birds were flying around us. It was one of the most fascinating places to see in Turkey.
The next day we went to the Goreme Open Air Museum. It was a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first period of settlement in Goreme was established during the Roman period. Ancient volcanoes 3-9 million years ago left the area with spectacular pillars and minaret like rock formations. People carved out houses, churches and monasteries of the soft volcanic rock formations. The Goreme National Park was one of the most interesting part of our trip.
We spent the whole day exploring the caves. We saw more beautiful mountains and more evidence of how people lived inside these mountains in the 9-10th centuries. The mountains were fairy chimney shaped. After a while we felt like we hiked and saw enough mountains. Instead of heading back from Cappadocia to Istanbul, we hopped on the bus to visit Pamukkale instead. We traveled from Cappadocia to Pamukkale on a bus for a whole night. We loved Cappadocia, we thought it was a fascinting place to visit with all its history. We also loved our Cappadocia cave hotel. It was such a fun experience sleeping in a cave.
Cappadocia Balloon Tour
Lots of tourists come to Cappadocia to see the landscape from a balloon. There are many hot-air balloon tours offered by local operators. These tours are not cheap. They usually start at $100 for an hour, but they can be as much as $500. Some of the tours even offer a champagne breakfast before you fly. A Cappadocia balloon ride can be a once in a lifetime adventure. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to do it in Cappadocia, but I did have a chance to do it in Sri Lanka and in Ankor Wat in Cambodia as well. I recommend it to everyone, however if you have a fear of heights, you should not take the balloon, because you will not have a good experience. Also, if you don’t like flying, it is most likely not for you. However if you want to see a beautiful sunset or sunrise from the balloon, I totally recommend you to take the ride. You will have a chance to take some stunning photos from above. Here is a list of 15 tour operators who offer balloon tours in Cappadocia.
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