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How to Spend 1 Day in Cappadocia

How to Spend 1 Day in Cappadocia

With one day in Cappadocia, you’ll have just enough time to squeeze in the highlights of this popular Turkish destination. See the central villages of Ürgüp and Gӧreme, take a hot-air-balloon flight, explore the fairy-chimney valleys, and learn how to make Turkish cuisine. Here’s how to make the most of one day in Cappadocia.

Morning: Visit the Fairy Chimneys

Cappadocia’s fairy-tale landscapes are even more magnificent when viewed from above—it’s consistently voted one of the best places in the world to take a hot-air-balloon ride. Rise at dawn and watch the sunrise as you float over the mountains, valleys, and fairy chimneys. For the full experience, choose a tour that includes a Champagne breakfast when you land. With just one day to take in all the highlights, opt for a Red Route tour, which covers the northern villages and fairy-chimney valleys such as Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, and Monk’s Valley. Travelers who prefer to explore independently might opt for a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour instead.

Afternoon: Ancient Wonders of Cappadocia

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gӧreme Open-Air Museum offers insight into Cappadocia’s early Christian settlements. A guide can provide historical context and help you navigate tricky passages in these ancient cave churches, homes, and stables carved into the cliffside. Other sights that lie along the Red Route include the long-abandoned cave village of Çavuşin and the village of Uçhisar, known for its gigantic fairy chimney “castle.” Time your arrival in Avanos village to watch the sunset over the Red River. Avanos is renowned for its distinctive, red-clay pottery, and many of the shops offer demonstrations or the chance to try your hand. If you want to pick up some traditional Cappadocian handicrafts, this is the place.

Night: Turkish Delights

Immerse yourself in local culture by taking a cooking class to learn the secrets behind tasty Turkish dishes such asbӧrek (stuffed pastries), creamymanti (dumplings), or sweet baklava. After mastering traditional cooking techniques, sit down to enjoy a homemade feast with your hosts. Alternatively, have dinner at one of Cappadocia’s atmospheric cave restaurants. Popular restaurants can fill up quickly in the summer months, so book a table in advance to avoid disappointment, and look for one that includes live entertainment such as belly dancing or Turkish folk music. 

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Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast

Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast

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Soar through the skies of Cappadocia on this magical hot-air-balloon tour in Turkey. Choose your flight duration, and ascend into the atmosphere where you can admire the region’s lunar landscape from above. Before your flight, enjoy a buffet breakfast with coffee or tea. No trip to Turkey is complete without treasuring this unforgettable experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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1-hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over the Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia

1-hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over the Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia

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Float over Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise from a unique aerial viewpoint on this 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Enjoy memorable panoramic views from up to 1,000 feet (300 meters) above ground, then celebrate your safe landing with a champagne toast and a personalized flight certificate.
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  • 3 hours
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Cappadocia Cooking Class

Cappadocia Cooking Class

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Learn how to make Turkish treats like 'borek' pastries, stuffed eggplant and sweet baklava with a unique cooking class in a local family home. Enjoy an authentic taste of Cappadocian life as you shop for fresh ingredients at the local market and feast on a homemade 3-course lunch or dinner, accompanied by traditional Turkish coffee. This 4-hour tour includes hotel pick-up and a local interpreter, and can be adapted to suit vegetarians or those with food allergies.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour - Cappadocia's All Highlights in 1 Day

Private Tour - Cappadocia's All Highlights in 1 Day

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It’s impossible to see all of Cappadocia’s attractions in just one day, but this private full-day tour comes close, with a jam-packed itinerary perfect for the time-conscious traveler. You’ll see Cappadocia’s most distinctive fairy chimneys in Love Valley, then discover the region’s unique history with tours of the Kaymakli Underground city and the UNESCO-listed Goreme Open Air Museum. Also on the agenda are Uchisar Castle, Avanos, Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) and Devrent (Imagination) valley, before ending the day sipping wine and watching the sunset over the Red & Rose Valleys.
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  • 8 hours
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Turkish Night at Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Drinks

Turkish Night at Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Drinks

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Enjoy a night of Turkish culture and cuisine with a 3-hour dinner show in a Cappadocia cave restaurant. Watch a series of folk dances and a belly dancing show, sip unlimited beer and wine, and dine on classic Turkish fare. This Cappadocia dinner show includes dinner, drinks, and round-trip transport from your hotel in Cappadocia.
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  • 3 hours
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Hidden of Red Cappadocia: 1 Day Private Guided Tour

Hidden of Red Cappadocia: 1 Day Private Guided Tour

Make the most of your day in Cappadocia and skip the lines at the Goreme Open Air Museum on this private full-day tour. Accompanied by a guide, travel in a private vehicle and learn about the area as you admire the stunning landscape. Visit Uchisar Castle, Pasabag Valley, Kaymaklı Underground City, Pigeon Valley, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Guiding Service in Cappadocia

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Private Guiding Service in Cappadocia

Explore Cappadocia with ease in a private vehicle with a guide on this customizable tour. Meet your guide at the airport or your hotel and set out to explore the area’s wild landscape. Elect to visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag Valley, the town of Avanos, Uchisar Castle, the Kaymakli Underground City, Ihlara Valley, and more.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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Discover Cappadocia Full Day Tour

Discover Cappadocia Full Day Tour

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This small-group tour of Cappadocia offers an introduction for first-time visitors. You’ll travel to famous sites like the Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley. Take a guided walking tour of the Melendiz River to Belisirma, and see the largest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia. Lunch and hotel transport by minibus round out the full-day itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
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