4 Days in Cappadocia, Turkey

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  • Cappadocia

  • Türkiye

  • Adventure Travel

  • Entertainment

  • Sightseeing

  • Outdoors

Hot air balloon in the sky during a sunset
Curator’s statement

I finally managed to check "hot air balloon" off my bucket list! Every morning in Cappadocia was magical, watching the balloons and the sun rising from different places. One day you're seeing it from your hotel's balcony, the next you're in the balloon itself and on another day you're hiking a hill for it. All these POVs are magical in their own ways and I loved every minute there. So here's me sharing the magic and I hope you will love it too.

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Where to stay

Taskonaklar Hotel Cappadocia

It is a dream hotel offering boutique service in Uçhisar / Cappadocia.

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Argos in Cappadocia

A unique luxury hotel nestled in the ancient landscapes of Cappadocia, offering guests a taste of history, cultural immersion, and unparalleled views.

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Day 1: Getting There

Getting There:

Took a domestic flight from Istanbul over and then got on the hotel’s shuttle service (about 10 euros) to the hotel.

Day One (Half Day):

I decided to explore nearby areas and have an early night as I had to wake up really early the next day.

Note: Your accommodations would definitely have their own contacts for activities, so if you’re not one for planning ahead, don’t worry, you’ll definitely still be able to book some activities. There are a couple of standard tours (red, green, blue) that you can book. It is chilly in the early mornings, so do bring a jacket.

Day 2: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Tour

An aerial view of a city with numerous hot air balloons in the sky

I booked myself the hot air balloon flight and my day started at 4 a.m., where the shuttle came to pick us up from our accommodations.

Once everyone had been picked up, we headed to our takeoff area where the magic happens. While the sky is still dark, you’ll see your captain hard at work, inflating your balloon. You’re then asked to hop in one by one and before you know it, up you go! This is where the race begins, between your balloon and the other 150+ to see who manages to get up the fastest and highest. And in a blink of an eye, you’re back on land popping some sparkling (non-alcoholic champagne), getting your certificate and heading back to your accommodation all before 9 a.m.

Well, I decided to squeeze in a cute nap before heading out for brunch and a hike to the next town (Uchisar). Starting my hike strong at Pigeon Valley trailhead east, I found a way and hiked my way all the way to Uchisar Castle. I spent around two to three hours exploring this town before taking a long stroll back to Goreme.

I decided to book a two-hour sunset camel riding activity. But if camel riding isn’t your cup of tea, they do have horseback riding/ATV too.

Day 3: Highest viewpoint in Goreme and Green Tour

A large structure build out in a brown hill with market stalls around it

I woke up bright and early again and headed to the Highest viewpoint in Goreme (TRY10) to watch the balloons go up. There were quite a lot of people there so I suggest going early to find yourself a good spot. They were like fireflies blinking in the dark from afar.

I went back to my hotel to get ready for my Green tour where they brought me to Pigeon Valley, Selime Monastery Museum, Ihlara Valley and Derinkuyu Underground City.

Day 4: Final Day

An above view of a vast, hilly area

Last morning here, I decided to catch the balloons going up from the comfort of my hotel’s balcony.

Spent my day exploring the Goreme Open Air Museum (TRY300), Galerie Ikman, and the streets of Goreme. Before catching my overnight bus to the next city - Antalya.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, 3 Days in Kas.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Türkiye.

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