Istanbul to Cappadocia Tour by Plane for 2 Nights – 3 Days

Are in Istanbul and wanna have a day trip to Cappadocia? You can easily take a day tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia and explore this amazing place with this Istanbul to Cappadocia Tour by plane for 1 night and 3 days.

Typical Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (Overnight in Cappadocia)

You will be transferred to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) for a late afternoon flight to Kayseri Airport (ASR). After a 1 hour flight you will be picked up with meet and greet at the airport service (plate with your name on) and then transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia.

Cappadocia hotel

You’ll spend the night at your hotel, and if you want you can go out in the evening for a stroll. You can ask and learn tips and details for where to go for dinner and night-time activities.

Day 2

Your second day in Cappadocia begins with a great breakfast at hotel. Afterwards, you’ll be taken by the guide and drive through the valleys of Cappadocia and your first stop will be the Devrent Imagination Valley.

Devrent Valley is home to very interesting fairy chimney formations. Cappadocia’s famous fairy chimney that looks like camel and many other fairy chimneys that look resemble animal or human figures are located here.

You’ll spend good times by strolling along the most surrealist-shaped fairy chimneys, in the company of wonderful nature and landscapes where you will feel yourself on the Moon.

Your next stop will be the Zelve Valley Open Air Museum, where three canyons meet in one valley.

Zelve Valley Open Air Museum

Zelve Valley Open Air Museum is a very peaceful area that travelers may see variety of both natural and human made formations and best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia such as churches, tunnels, mills, houses and monastery.

After Zelve visit, you’ll ride to Avanos for a delicious lunch. Avanos is situated nearby the Kizilirmak River and attracts big number of visitors with its European town look. Avanos is also the center of terracotta artworks since 3000 BC.

After the lunch break here, you visit the pottery artisans in Avanos, experience and enjoy the traditional pottery workshops. And than you’ll ride through the world famous Goreme Open Air Museum.

Here you can marvel the rock-cut churches with frescoes dating from the 10th century carved by early Christian monks and fine examples of Byzantine art at the museum.

Goreme Open Air Museum

After the open air museum visit, you’ll continue your tour with the last stop at Uchisar Castle.

Uchisar Castle is the highest point of the region and also the biggest and the most beautiful fairy chimney of the region where you may enjoy a unique panoramic views over Cappadocia.

Uchisar Castle

After those visits, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel for an overnight stay.

You can ask and learn tips and details for where to go for dinner and night-time activities.

Day 3

Your last days begins with a great breakfast at your hotel.

Upon breakfast you will check-out from your hotel and start your third Cappadocia day with your guide by driving through the Red Valley.

Red Valley

The valley is located in the middle of Goreme National Park named after the red colored tuff rocks and fairy chimneys spread through the valley. Red Valley has such a beautiful landscape in a dreamy crimson color that attracts its visitors. We can say that it is the most beautiful valley of Cappadocia.

You’ll stay about 2 hours here, also visit the nearby Rose Valley. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes and clothes as you’ll have a nice hike here.

Rose Valley

Afterwards, you’ll head to the former Greek village of Cavusin, that is one of the oldest settlements in the region. Locals still live in the rock-cut dwellings and stone houses.

Cavusin village

You’ll have nice stroll in and around the village, visit a pottery workshop and learn about red clay work and ceramics.

Your next stop will be a break. After you have a delicious lunch, your guide will drive you to the Pigeon Valley.

Than you’ll drive to the famous Kaymaklı Underground city, which is one the best preserved and the largest one in Cappadocia.

Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City has 8 levels underground (only 4 are open) carved from the soft volcanic stone that are connected with each other by narrow tunnels. You can admire the stalls, stables, stores, refectories, churches, wineries, kitchens and the other sections.

Your next stop will be the Ortahisar Castle and finally Mustafapasa Village, an old Greek village also known as Sinasos.

Ortahisar Castle

After your final day in Cappadocia, your guide will drive you to Kayseri airport back for an evening flight to Istanbul.

Upon arrival to Istanbul, the travel agency staff will be there for you with plate with your name on, and then will drop you back to your hotel in Istanbul.

How to Book this Tour?

You can find several local tour agents organizing Istanbul to Cappadocia tours. As insiders, we only suggest the proven ways and top rated ones with travelers’ comments.

Tour Price

Istanbul to Cappadocia tour prices varies depending on the season, service quality and demand density.

Here we only suggest the proven ways and top rated ones with travelers’ comments. You can feel free to book one of the below top selling Cappadocia Tours from Istanbul.

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Book Your Balloon Ride

Below you can find our recommendations. Each company directly operates the hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia with their team of experts. So you will book your flight directly from the company. No men in the middle.

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Local Recommendations from Cappadocia4U team

If youʻre visiting Cappadocia for the first time, we have you covered. Below are some of the top recommendations, tours and experiences!

Some useful info

  • Cappadocia is the name of the region situated in the middle of Turkey. It is mostly known by the three popular towns of Goreme, Urgup and Uchisar but actually it is the name of the very big region spread through the cities of Nevsehir, Kirsehir, Nigde, Aksaray and Kayseri.
  • If you are first-time visitor, want to get familiar, please read our Cappadocia for first timers guide.
  • If you are not sure how to travel, please read our Traveling to Cappadocia guide.
  • If you don't know where to stay, please read our Where to Stay in Cappadocia guide for regions, and Accommodation guide for hotels.
  • If it is hard to plan your days, please read our Ideal 3-Days Cappadocia itinerary.

Top Attractions & Sights

There are 6 must do and see in Cappadocia that you won't want to miss!

  1. Hot Air Balloon Rides (the most exciting attractions in the world)
  2. Goreme Open Air Museum (some best-preserved examples of Byzantine rock-cut architecture and frescoes in the world)
  3. Pasabag Monks Valley (one of the most popular fairy chimneys areas)
  4. Uchisar Castle (highest point, the biggest fairy chimney)
  5. Derinkuyu Underground City (one of the largest underground cities in the world, 8th century BC)
  6. Ihlara Valley (fantastic canyon with a depth of about 100 mt. and 14 km. length)

Tip-1: One of the best ways to explore Cappadocia is by taking a sightseeing tour, so that you can cover all the top sights. Three main sightseeing tours available: Red Tour (covers the highlights of the region), Green Tour (best of natural and historical sites), and Blue Tour (lesser-known sights, off-the-beaten-path experience)

Tip-2: Private Tours are also good choice within a well-planned and custom itinerary along with a private vehicle, driver and professional guide. Great for those who don't have a car or don't know the region well.

For leisure activities we'd recommend 2 must-take attractions! Don't miss! Wine Tasting and Photo Shooting