The Ultimate 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia’s Must-See Attractions
Welcome to Cappadocia, a land of enchanting fairy chimneys, mystical caves, and ancient underground cities. With its unique landscape and rich history, Cappadocia has become a must-visit destination in Turkey. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together a captivating 2-day Cappadocia itinerary that covers the best this otherworldly region has to offer.
Explore Cappadocia from Above on a Hot Air Balloon Ride!
The hot balloon ride is one of the best ways to see Cappadocia. You will be able to see all the unique rock formations and have a bird’s eye view of the area. It’s an early morning activity, so be sure to get up early and join a tour.
How to Spend 2 Days in Cappadocia
Day 1: Fly to Kayseri/Nevsehir from Istanbul – North Cappadocia Tour
You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul around 4:30 am and will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight from Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir between 6:00 – 7:30 am. Upon arrival at Kayseri or Nevsehir airport, you will be picked up and transferred to Cappadocia. In Cappadocia, you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your full-day tour of North Cappadocia. On the tour today, you will visit the Devrent Valley, Pasabag Monk’s Valley, the drive-through city of Avanos, the open-air Museum of Goreme, and Uchisar. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia for check-in.
- Overnight in Cappadocia
- Included Meal(s): Lunch
- Accommodation: Overnight at the cave room in Cappadocia
Day 2: South Cappadocia Tour — Fly back to Istanbul
Optional add-on: Start your 2-day itinerary in Cappadocia with the sunrise hot air balloon ride.
After breakfast at approximately 9:30 am, you will be picked up from your hotel to begin the full-day tour of South Cappadocia. On the tour today, you will visit the Red Valley, Cavusin Village, Pigeon Valley, and an Underground City. At the end of the tour around approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transferred to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for your late evening return flight between 7:00 – 10:00 pm (flight duration is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes) to Istanbul. END OF OUR SERVICE and TOURS.
- Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
- No accommodation is included on this day
- Please note that your return flight from Kayseri / Nevsehir to Istanbul will arrive at either the New Airport in Istanbul or at the Sabiha Gökçen Airport depending on the availability of flights on the ticket purchase date.
- Upon arrival at Istanbul airport, you will have to arrange your own pick-up service from Istanbul airport to your hotel in Istanbul. This transfer is not included as part of your package tour services with us. Our service ends upon your flight arrival at Istanbul Airport.
- If you have a preference to return to a specific airport in Istanbul i.e. Sabiha Gokcen or Istanbul New Airport, you must request your choice of the airport in Istanbul by email prior to your tour booking. Any changes requested once your booking is confirmed will incur an additional cost.
INCLUDED in the Tour Price:
- Pick up from Istanbul hotel and transfer to Istanbul Airport (on the European side of Istanbul only)
- Domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir and from Kayseri or Nevsehir to Istanbul only
- 1 night at the Holiday Cave Hotel OR Kismet Cave House OR Heaven Cave House in Cappadocia including breakfast
- Professional licensed English-speaking guide during the tours
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: (B) breakfast, (L) lunch
- Entrance fees mentioned by the itinerary
- Local taxes and service charges
- Drop off transportation service from Istanbul New Airport OR Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Istanbul Hotel upon returning to Istanbul
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Optional tours mentioned in the program, they will be provided at an additional cost.
- Services not mentioned in the program.
- Drinks with meals.
- Travel insurance (recommended).
WHAT TO BRING:
- Hiking shoes
- This is a regular group tour, but if requested at cost can be provided as a private tour
- The regular group tour has shopping stops included in the tour
- Please be advised that the order /sequence in which the daily tours occur within the above day-by-day package tour itinerary can be subject to change depending on the availability of domestic flight tickets per the itinerary, opening/closing of various historical sites, etc.
- Vegetarian lunch option available upon request
- The normal arrival time in Istanbul is between 8:00 – 10:00 pm. If you are planning on reserving your plane back home that same day, we recommend you book a plane ticket from 12:30 am onwards, to avoid missing your flight.
Frequently Asked Questions: 2 Days in Cappadocia Itinerary
- Is 2 days enough to explore Cappadocia?
While Cappadocia offers a wealth of attractions that could easily fill a week, a well-planned 2-day itinerary can cover many of the highlights, including a hot air balloon ride, a visit to Göreme Open-Air Museum, and an exploration of the fairy chimneys.
- What is the best time to visit Cappadocia?
The best times to visit are during the spring (April to June) and fall (September to November) when the weather is most comfortable.
- What are the must-see attractions included in this 2-day itinerary?
Our itinerary includes a hot air balloon ride, Göreme Open-Air Museum, Uçhisar Castle, and the Underground Cities.
- Are meals included in the itinerary?
Meals are generally not included, allowing you the flexibility to explore local culinary delights on your own.
- Is the hot air balloon ride safe?
Hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia are operated by licensed and experienced pilots. The balloons are well-maintained and adhere to international safety standards.
Travel & Accommodation
- What type of accommodation can I expect?
Cappadocia offers a range of accommodation, from luxury cave hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses. Our itinerary offers recommendations for all budgets.
- How do I get around Cappadocia during these 2 days?
Our itinerary includes various transportation options, such as private car hires, public buses, and walking routes, depending on the activities selected.
Booking & Payment
- How far in advance should I book this itinerary?
Due to the popularity of activities like hot air balloon rides, it’s advisable to book at least a month in advance, especially during peak seasons.
- What is your cancellation policy?
Please refer to our detailed Cancellation / Refund Policy on the website for full information on cancellations and refunds.
- Is this itinerary family-friendly?
Yes, the 2-day Cappadocia itinerary offers activities that are enjoyable for travelers of all ages, though some activities like hot air balloon rides may have age restrictions.