Cappadocia hot air balloons rising at dawn over unique rock formations.

What to See and Do in Cappadocia in Just Two Days

The Best Way to See Cappadocia in Two Days

Cappadocia is a historical region located in central Turkey. The region is famous for its unique landscape, which includes rock formations, caves, and underground cities. Cappadocia is also home to a number of ancient ruins, including the city of Hattusa. If you’re planning a trip to Turkey and are wondering what to see and do in Cappadocia, look no further! In just two days, you can explore the region’s highlights and get a taste of its history and culture.

Cappadocia is a must-see destination in Turkey. This unique landscape is like no other, with its fairy chimneys and rock formations. Here are the top things to see and do in Cappadocia in just two days.

Day 1: Fly from Istanbul to Kayseri/Nevsehir — North Cappadocia Tour

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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. Your tour will start with a visit to the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys. Next, you will visit the Pasabag Monk’s Valley to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles. After this visit, you will drive to the city of Avanos. After lunch, you will visit the beautiful open-air museum of Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Finally towards the end of the day tour before returning to your hotel, you will be able to visit the natural castles of Uchisar. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia for check-in.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Included Meal(s): Lunch

Day 2: South Cappadocia Tour with Hot air balloon — Fly back to Istanbul

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Pick-up from the hotel at 5:00 am for the hot air balloon ride. After a hot air balloon ride dropped off back at the hotel around 7:30 am.

After breakfast at the hotel around 9:30 am you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full-day tour of South Cappadocia. Your tour guide will brief you on the day’s activities. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Red Valley where you will be able to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike approximately 5 km through the Güllüdere (Rose) Valley. Next, you will visit Çavusin village which is famous for its houses and churches of Christian Clergymen. We will take a break for lunch around noon. After lunch, you will drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon you will visit the Kaymakli or Ozkonak Underground City where early Christians lived. This will be the end of your full-day tour.

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 around 7:00 – 10:00 pm (1 hour 20 minutes flight duration) to Istanbul. END OF OUR SERVICE and TOURS.

  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation: No accommodation is included on this day.

Important notes:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 in Cappadocia at a cave hotel including breakfast
  • Hot-air balloon flight
  • 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
  • Tips to staff, items of a personal nature
  •  Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)
  • Travel Insurance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is two days enough to explore Cappadocia?

Two days in Cappadocia is a tight schedule but our blog post outlines an itinerary that covers key attractions and experiences you won’t want to miss.

2. What are the must-see attractions in Cappadocia for a two-day trip?

The must-see attractions we recommend include Göreme Open-Air Museum, Uçhisar Castle, and a hot air balloon ride to witness the unique landscape from above.

3. Can I customize the two-day itinerary?

Absolutely! The itinerary is merely a suggestion and can be customized to better suit your interests and pace.

4. What is the best time of the year to visit Cappadocia?

The best time to visit Cappadocia is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild and the crowds are less dense.

5. Are accommodations included in your suggested itinerary?

The blog post provides accommodation suggestions but does not include reservations. You will need to book your stay separately.

6. How do I get around Cappadocia?

Our blog post outlines options for getting around, including local tours, public transportation, and car rentals.

7. Are the activities family-friendly?

Yes, the suggested activities can be enjoyed by travelers of all ages, making this itinerary suitable for families.

8. Do I need to book activities and attractions in advance?

While it’s possible to book on-site, we recommend making reservations in advance, especially for popular activities like hot-air ballooning.

9. What kind of clothing and footwear are appropriate for Cappadocia?

Comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear are essential, as the itinerary includes some walking and potentially uneven terrain.

10. How can I book a guided tour for my two-day trip in Cappadocia?

You can book a guided tour directly through the One Nation Travel website, or contact us for more personalized options.

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