Cappadocia in 48 Hours
With its underground cities, houses and cave churches in the rocks, it is true that Cappadocia in 48 hours will be a whirlwind of amazement and wonder. For instance, the Goreme Valley was shaped by the previous volcanic eruptions that once have eroded. These eruptions have left a landscape of chimneys, mushrooms and cones. Those people who once lived here carved caves for tunnels, storage areas, churches, living quarters and stables from the soft rock years ago.

Above Photo Credit: Raquel Ponte

Day One

Cave Hotel

To fully enjoy Cappadocia in 48 hours you must start off by staying in a traditional Cave Hotel. I recommend Yasin’s Place Cave Hotel as it perfectly combines cave dwellings and modern luxury. The hotel provides deluxe suites and cave rooms in such a cozy and warm design near the centre. An ideal location in Goreme, plus they pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

Goreme Open-Air Museum

The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a big monastic complex that consists of refectory monasteries situated side-by-side. The Kaymakli Underground City is also considered as the widest one and the deepest one.

Orient Restaurant
Orient Restaurant has its impressive and meaty menu-sized rooms that can range from the traditional Turkish to a whole lot more. This one will simply inspire you all the more for the many food varieties. Lamb cooked in a clay pot is my favorite…so good we ate there twice.

Haman (Turkish bath)
You will have a balloon to catch early in the morning so end the day with an age old tradition. A Turkish bath or Haman is simply one of the best experiences you could have here and all over Turkey. There is actually a steamy and grand hot room for massage and steam-soaking and for washing with water and soap. Modern Turks usually shower during the morning and even before returning back to the office. This is so far one of the significant and small pleasures in life and is a one-of-a-kind experience that you should not leave off your itinerary.

Photo by: Simon Gurney

Photo by: Rik Evans-Deane

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Day Two

Kapadokya Balloons
On your second day, try the hot air balloon escapade in Cappadocia which will let you witness the surreal and spectacular landscape underneath. You will also drift over the chimneys, the pigeon houses, the valleys, the orchards and a whole lot more. There are also various colors of landscape that will leave you in such a breathless state. Because this is an activity that you should not miss out, I strongly suggest Kapadokya Balloons.

Kapadokya Balloons will transfer their guests from their respective hotels to their office. The pilots pick the best take-off spots with regard to weather conditions while guests finish the check-in formalities and enjoy hot drinks and cookies. They then transfer guests to the selected take-off place, pilots deliver detailed information on technical details of the flight, conditions and safety measures then its take-off.

Also, hike through the valley/Ihlara Valley, Pigeon Valley, Zelve Valley, and Devrant “Imagination” Valley that are among the best choices of valleys to visit by people. Each of these valleys has different rock formations and different scenery making them more ideal for horseback riding, hiking and walking. There were actually monks who worshipped and lived in these valleys with those vibrant frescos.

Ceramic Shop
Apart from it, there are handmade ceramics, pottery, rugs and carpets that can take your breath away. All these usually come in different sizes, designs and colors. There are exquisite collections for different budgets of people looking for high quality and immense collection!.

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Enjoy your time in this magical place.

Also READ: Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia



This family-run hotel is situated in the heart of Goreme, just 3 minutes’ walk from the bus station. Yasin’s Place offers panoramic views from its terrace.Yasin’s Place Backpackers Cave Hotel has just 11 rooms and some of them are cave rooms. Breakfast is included in the room rate.The rooms are decorated in Ottoman style and have private bathroom facilities. The cave rooms are naturally cool in summer, and the hotel offers central heating in winter.

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