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2.5 Days in Cappadocia Itinerary Questions

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2.5 Days in Cappadocia Itinerary Questions

After going through numerous threads here on TA, we have decided to split 3 nights in Istanbul, 2 nights in Cappadocia, 2 nights in Bodrum, 1 night in Izmir & 1 night in Istanbul. We are family of four with boys age 6 & 4.

We are reaching NAV airport at 8:30 AM on Monday. So I am thinking to take a tour directly from Airport that will cover Pigeon Valley , Cavusin Village, Kaymakli Underground City. Then we check-in at Hotel. (Anitya Cave House in Ortahisa).

On Day 2 - Tue - take Hot Air Balloons in morning. After Breakfast take another tour that will cover Red Valley, Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum, Devrent Valley.

On Day 3 - Wed - we have flight from ASR airport at 2:30 PM. In case, if Hot Air Balloon didn't fly on Tue, this is our back-up day. Else, just roam around to nearby places and then go for Airport.


1) Does the above looks doable?

2) Should we take tour on Day 2 or should we just do it on our own?

3) If we have time on Day 2, I will like to take wife to vineyards in evening for romantic dinner - any suggestions?


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1. Re: 2.5 Days in Cappadocia Itinerary Questions

Tours don't usually leave from the airport so you'll probably have to arrange a private tour.

On the second day, you can take a tour if you want to fit everything in, rent a car, or just do what you can on foot. You won't manage it all on foot but you may find it better than trying to get young children to cope with two days of tours.

Are you aware that most reputable balloon companies have age restrictions for children?

Not sure what you mean by dining in a vineyard but you can read reviews for nice restaurants.

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2. Re: 2.5 Days in Cappadocia Itinerary Questions

I would like to do day 2 on my own, taking my own time, exploring places, while renting a car/taxi for the day. There are some great places o go for sunset,some in the rose/red valley or maybe the top of Uchisar, which are romantic, but I'm not sure if wine available at those places, they are more like tea/juice places for walkers/hikers on the go. It's not exactly like France or Italy where you can dine near vineyards. But there are enough places with good atmosphere.

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3. Re: 2.5 Days in Cappadocia Itinerary Questions

Hi, your itinerary looks packed and doable for adults, but i am afraid it may be too exhausting for the day 2 for kids as long as you do not complain carrying them at the back. Make sure that red valley includes hike or not, since most reason to go there is for 1,5 or 2 hours hike.. Renting a car for the second day will give comfort, flexibility and stress free times, i believe.

Yes, make sure that you arrange your shuttle transfer from airport on arrival day. The town you overnight is close to two main sites mentioned on day 2 - goreme open air museum & red valley- btw.

You should tailor this romantic dinner in a wineyard otherwise there are no restaurants among wines. You may opt for one of the nice restaurants with a nice view or in a romantic atmosphere; like Muti in urgup, seten in goreme, elai or lila in Uchisar. Or have a sunset time with a fine cappadocian wine?

Hope you enjoy most out of it!

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