Turkey (Part I) – Cappadocia

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

– Benjamin Disraeli

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This was my first and, most certainly, not my last trip to Turkey. We flew on Turkish Air (highly recommend for a well priced flight with excellent quality). In to Istanbul, traversed the airport and caught a flight to Cappadocia.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Airport: Kayseri Airport

There are two options for airports when flying into the area of Cappadocia, and we chose Kayseri based primarily on flight schedule. The airport itself is tiny, but very functional and it was about an hour drive through the countryside to get to our hotel. In case curious, the other airport is listed below for your perusing. We were told by both the hotel and our guide that the main attractions in Cappadocia are almost equidistant from either airport.

Nevşehir Kapadokya Havalimanı

Where we stayed: Fresco Cave Suites & Mansions

Eski Kayakapı Mah. Esat Ağa Sokak No:15 P.K.50400 Ürgüp-Nevşehir

Another fantastic discovery from booking.com (the Munise Hanim cave suite where yours truly and Steve hunkered down). I say hunkered down as we were literally in a cave. Let me say for the record that I am not one for “roughing” it and this was one of the coolest hotels we have ever encountered – then throw in a massive spa bathroom with a shower hewn into the rock and a killer breakfast. The staff here were incredible at going above and beyond – setting up our tour and making sure everything was perfect down to the last detail. They do have a restaurant onsite and, as mentioned, we enjoyed breakfast there every morning of our stay (fresh fruit and veggies, freshly squeezed orange juice as well as eggs cooked as desired, traditional potato and/or cheese pancakes and delicious meats.

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Sites we recommend:

Do not be fooled – Cappadocia can be done in 48 hours. The question is, how much time and value can you pack into that 48 hour period? Truth be told, a lot but I still recommend even a day longer if you can swing it. Meanwhile, below is what we accomplished in our whirlwind 48 trip (and let me add that this was only possible because of the fantastic staff at the hotel who helped arrange a private excursion for us).

Sidenote – wear comfortable shoes. It’s a fair amount of walking and your legs will be sore.

1. Derinkuyu Underground City

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Underground city – beware that people were shorter back then – and those with claustrophobia should seriously think twice before diving in, as it were. That being said, if neither of the above is off-putting, go. Go at once! You will thank me.

2. Uchisar & Uchisar fortress

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3. Pasabag

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4. Devrent – Imagination Valley

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5. Avanos – pottery demonstration

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6. Goreme Open Air Museum

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Things I wish we had done (which we inevitably could not physically cram in that 48 hour period):

Whirling Dervishes

Balloon ride
Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Fairy Chimneys

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