Cappadocia (Turkish: Kapadokya) is an area in Central Anatolia in Turkey best known for its unique landscape of weird rock pinnacles and deep valleys is enhanced by rock-cut, frescoed churches and entire underground cities.
The Cappadocian Region located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years of the level, lava-covered plain located between the volcanic mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan as well as its troglodyte dwellings carved out of the rock and cities dug out into underground, presents an otherworldly appearance. The eruptions of these mountains which were active volcanoes in geological times lasted until 2 million years ago. A soft tuff layer was formed, 150 m in thickness, by the issuing lavas in the valley surrounded by mountains. The rivers, flood water running down the hillsides of valleys and strong winds eroded the geological formations consisting of tuff on the plateau formed with tuff layers, thus creating bizarre shapes called fairy Chimneys. These take on the names of mushroom shaped, pinnacled, capped and iconic shaped formations.
The fastest and most comfortable way of reaching Cappadocia is using the airway. There are two main airports that you can use to reach Cappadocia. One of them is Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) located in Kayseri and nearly one hour driving to the center of Cappadocia region. Turkish Airlines operates several direct (nonstop) flights from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) to Kayseri Erkilet Airport. There are also daily flights from Izmir into Kayseri via Istanbul. It’s easy to arrange a transfer or shuttle bus from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia.
The second one is Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV), which is located in Gülşehir town of Nevşehir Province. Turkish Airlines operates direct (nonstop) flight from Istanbul Ataturk to Nevsehir Kapadokya twice a day.
- From Kayseri, Cappadocia, about 70 kilometers (km) and can take up to about 1 hour by car.
- From Ankara Cappadocia about 305 kilometers (km) and can take up to about 4 hours by car.
- Istanbul to Cappadocia, about 757 kilometers (miles) away and the vehicle takes about 9 hours and 15 minutes.
- From Cappadocia, Konya about 238 kilometers (km) and takes about 3,5 hours by car.
For accomodation there are so many possibilities however since we need to travel together most of the time by bus we try to negotiate the hotels that give us the best deal so that everybody could stay together. The prices are really convenient but it you want more choices for each city we can also add some more accomodation possibilities to our proposal.
June is a nice month in terms of weather. It is not too hot, not too cold. The avarage temperature for Cappadocia and Konya is around 25-28 C degree. It is really rarely rainy. Since Antalya is on the coast, because of the humadity the avarage temperature is around 30 C degree.
26th June 2019
-Dervent Valley (Imagination Valley): Walking among the colorful rock formations like camel shape
- Pasabaglari (Monks Valley): The most beautiful mushroom shaped of the region.
- Red River (Avanos): Pottery demonstration from Hittite time.
- Goreme Open Air museum (Rock Churches): Byzantine rock carved churches, wall paintings and Frescoes; St basil, Apple Church, Snake Church, St Barbara, Sandals Church, Monasteries.
- Uchisar Castle: The silk road below the castle of uçhisar the highest point of Cappadocia.
- Kaymakli Underground City: The best and the most famous underground city in Cappadocia.
- Ihlara Valley: Ihlara Valley is possibly one of Turkey’s most stunning natural landscapes. Situated in the Cappadocia region and formed thousands of years ago, the 14-kilometre gorge, reaches 100 metres deep in most places. Historians have also uncovered human dwellings and cave churches that led them to believe, the valley was home to a large community of people for many centuries. Also known as Peristrema, hiking the valley is a popular daytime excursion while visiting Cappadocia.