Hot Air Balloons + Things To Do in Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Balloons + Things To Do in Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Balloons + Things To Do in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia in Turkey is one of those world wonders that came straight out of your dreams. Moon-like landscapes located in Goreme including hundreds of hot air balloons in the sky are what makes Cappadocia so magical. This is, without any doubt, one of the best experiences you’ll have in your life.

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Cappadocia is beautiful in all seasons, try to avoid July and August. We wouldn’t recommend visiting this area for one day as many people do. At least take two days, better is three or four. We summed up our top 7 things to do in Cappadocia.

Things to do in Cappadocia:

1. Experience a Cappadocia hot air balloon flight

Cappadocia is world-famous for its balloon rides with the sunrise. Hundreds of hot air balloons filling the sky, flying over and through the fairytale-like canyons. You will be picked up from your hotel around 5 AM and will start flying from 5:45 AM. This is a once in a lifetime experience, but there is a price tag on it. The price of a Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon flight usually is around $180. Check out Butterfly Balloons.

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2. Sunset horse riding through Rose Valley, Cappadocia

Rose Valley is a one of a kind. Valleys in the Cappadocia area are great to hike through, from 2 to 10 kilometers, you won’t be bored as a hiker. Another way to explore the valley is by horse is. You can do a 1 or 2-hour sunset ride and hike up with the horses to a viewpoint to see the sun disappear. We highly recommend doing this with The Dalton Brothers, without a doubt!

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things to do Cappadocia horse riding

3. Wake up at 5:30 AM for the balloon view

Maybe even better than being in a balloon is experiencing the balloons their take-off location. This actually was our number one thing to do in Cappadocia. We had to move to not get hit by one of the baskets while they were in the air, that’s how close they were.

This is how to get at the balloon take-off area:

Rent a bike or motorbike the evening before. Go out at 5 AM, search on Google Maps for The Dalton Brothers, there’s a road that runs at the foot of the valley. Follow this for about 5 minutes, park if you see some hot air balloons lighting up. Hike up for about 1 minute on one of the mountains and experience balloons flight all around you. Also, see the full Turkey Route trip.

4. Pasabag or Open Air Museum Cappadocia

The Cappadocia Open Air Museum is one of Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritages. And one of the essential things to see in Cappadocia. The entrance to the Open Air Museum is around 10 TL which is 2.50$.
An alternative to the Open Air Museum is to visit Pasabag, which is a little more dislocated but free to enter and less busy.

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things to do Cappadocia Pasabag

5. Get lost in the maze of rugs

There’s a shop in Goreme, a town in the Cappadocia area which sells rugs and other kinds of handicraft. A huge shop with over 50.000 pieces of craftsmanship divided over 17 rooms that’s Galeri Ikman. It is owned by the friendliest shop owner we’ve ever met. Take a piece home if you’re able to fit something in your suitcase. We took two cushion covers with us.

things to do Cappadocia Galeri Ikman

6. Try the best Cappadocia food

7. Stay in typical Cappadocia Cave Hotel

Caves house were cut out hundreds of years ago and used as houses and churches. Nowadays, many hotels now took over and maintain those caves.


Budget cave hotels in Cappadocia

Beautiful cave hotels in Cappadocia

How to get in Goreme, Cappadocia

There are two good options to get in Cappadocia. The night bus runs from multiple cities and will drop you off the next morning in Goreme, Cappadocia. The bus takes about 12 hours and is credited for its comfortable ride and good service. There are also two airports near Goreme. Search for flights from Istanbul or Antalya to Kayseri, the flight takes about 1 hour. Returns can be found for $30 up to $100. Which is a perfect price if you’re not too much on a budget or don’t have enough time to spend all night on the bus.

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  • Really wonderful article. Are the Hot air balloon trip fees mentioned per trip or per person?

  • Such a great overview. We’re going here next month and your gorgeous photos have me so excited! Thank you!

  • Thank a lot.
    The sultan cave suites seems pretty nice. I will think about it.
    Meanwhile I browsed your website a bit and I found out that you also offer sponsored articles as a form of cooperation? This would be interesting for me. May I send you an email to you about that?

    Thanks again
    Have a great day

  • Hi, beautiful pictures from Cappadocia. Thank you so much. Can you recommand a good cave hotel.? Do you think Goreme or Uchhisar is better for staying? I heard that Uchisar is not so touristic.


  • I have always wanted to visit Cappadocia but even more so after reading this post! The balloon tours are a little bit steep price wise but if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it properly! How long do you tend to be in the air on a balloon trip?

  • Hey guys! Where exactly is Nick in the photo at number 4? Great article btw!

  • Sezai Dogruer

    As a cappadocian man and a tourism staff in Cappadocia i was amazed with your way of looking at this beauty!!

  • Colleen Ridgeway

    Loved the photo of the food. Testi Kebap is a traditional Cappadocian food cooked in a pot sealed with dough that has been slow cooked in a traditional oven to tenderize the meat. Definitely a tasty kebap!

  • Sophia Grace

    Nice article about Turkey with amazing 7 things to do Cappadocia. I love first pic of this post which is such amazing concept & rest pictures are too.

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