Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia, Turkey

To watch the hot air balloons or see fairy chimneys, be in Goreme. It is a little town in Cappadocia where their main source of income comes from tourists. Every single inhabitable house is a hotel/ guest house/ cave hotel of some sorts. You won’t believe the sheer number of hotels in the area.

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Gerome is in the Nevşehir Province and has a population of around 2,500 people. There isn’t much to do there other than sitting on a hot air balloon, signing up for day tours, soaking in a Turkish bath or riding horses/ ATVs. Well, you could hike, like what WL & I did. Tourists still flock to Cappadocia yearly, if only just to witness the rising of hundreds of hot air balloon in the first light!

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Here are the most up-to-date information and everything you need to know to get to Cappadocia and witness the most magical sunrise in your life:

Hot air balloon 🎈

SGD 165/ 330 TL
1 hour
20- or 28-person baskets
Pick up at around 4.30am
Sunrise view
Includes pick up and drop off at hotel

Cappadocia, Turkey

We did with Urgup Balloons. Their balloons are the ones with colourful rings on them, not branded with sponsor logos. My favourite kind. 😍 Most other companies charge SGD 225. Be sure to ask around. There are plenty of tour agencies, though your hotel also provides such tours.

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Green tour

Cappadocia, Turkey

SGD 60/ 120 TL
9.30am-6pm
Lunch and transport provided

Here’s where the Green Tour brings you:

Cappadocia, Turkey

1. Derinkuyu Underground City

Deepest underground city which used to inhabit those who had to remain uncovered from enemies. Ventilation shafts are ingeniously carved. Cattle can be raised in this underground city, food can be cooked, garbage can be disposed and you also excrete in there. Oh, there’s also a church and a tombstone. It amazes me how anyone can live underground. Reminds me of the movie Mockingjay, or The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

2. Ihlara Valley

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Ihlara Valley and the volcanic landscape of the region were formed as a result of the volcanic eruptions. A river flows through its bed, making the valley deeper and forming it. The valley has a 100m depth. There are 105 churches and 10,000 rock caverns in the valley alone.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

3. Selime Cathedral

The largest cathedral in Cappadocia. It has a multi-storey structure carved into rocks at a high point, thus making it an excellent viewpoint to the rest of Cappadocia. It resembles a volcano with holes carved in it and was served in the Byzantine period.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

The cathedral is made up of tens of rooms connected to each other via tunnels and passages. It was mighty fun exploring around, entering little cave doors only to find unexplored terrain. One wonders how large this cathedral really is, with so many hidden passages. The cathedral dates back as early as the 8th century.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

There even exists a kitchen made up of these rocks, and niches for candles and storage!

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Found deep holes on the grounds.

Cappadocia, Turkey

4. Uchisar Pigeon Valley

Cappadocia, Turkey

Pigeons were important to the Turks then as they act as messengers. They were thus really well taken care of. This pigeon valley is made up of carvings of little houses to feed and house the pigeons.

Cappadocia, Turkey

En route, saw some snow-capped mountains! And that was in end May!

Red tour

SGD 50/ 100 TL
9.30am-5pm
Lunch and transport included

The Red tour brings you to:

1. Goreme Open Air Museum

(or you can walk here, like we did)

2. Devrent Valley

3. Pasabag fairy chimneys

4. Urgup Fairy chimney rock formations

5. Uchisar Castle

6. Pottery Shop

7. Cavusin Old Cave Village

Other activities:

1. Turkish bath (hamam)

SGD 32.90/ 60 TL
2h or more (depending on how long you want to steam/ soak)

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Perfect for wet weather plans. Which was exactly what happened in our circumstance.

The procedure goes like this:
Strip completely naked > Face mask > Steam > Shower > Exfoliating scrub (the Turkish way!) > Body Massage > Swim > Apple tea

So what makes Turkish bath different?

The scrub and massage are done on a marble plinth that occupies the centre of a room. At the end of the whole hamam you are treated to apple tea.

Cappadocia, Turkey

WL’s masseuse insisted on a picture with him!

TIP: Book it through an agency. It offers a better package than walking directly in! Also, negotiate!

2. Hike

Cappadocia, Turkey

We hiked from the centre to the red and rose valley. To be exact, a kind driver picked us up along the way to facilitate our hike without expecting anything in return heh heh. He spurred me to write about why everyone loves Turkey!

Cappadocia, Turkey

Walking exposes you to many more places that you’d never have known/ stopped for! We saw a horse shed which lets you do horse riding. There was also a pottery factory to learn/ watch pottery for free!

Cappadocia, Turkey

3. Catch the setting sun

4. Star gaze

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5. Zelve Open Air Museum

6. Kaymakli Underground City 

Largest underground city.

EAT:

  1. Pottery Kebab

Cappadocia, Turkey

Do yourself a favour and try this. You CANNOT leave Cappadocia without trying this! The waiter would crack the pot on the spot in front of you. The stewed kebab inside is stewed for many hours, which makes the meat extremely tender and tasty!

Cappadocia, Turkey

This is what the inside of the pottery kebab looks like.

  1. Turkish Pizza

Cappadocia, Turkey

The bread that’s used to make the pizza is unique in a Turkish way. Also, bread is served as an entree no matter what you eat! I actually enjoy eating Turkish bread!

  1. Turkish tea

That goes without saying.

We went to this shop D’stiny under a local’s recommendation. It is a local-frequented restaurant, which is hard to find in Cappadocia. This means the prices are not overpriced and you soak in the local atmosphere. It’s deeper down the street, but go ahead and walk all the way! It’s not too far from the bus station, so it’s still extremely accessible.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Transportation

Istanbul-Cappadocia by BUS: SGD 32.50
Istanbul-Cappadocia by FLIGHT: SGD 37.50-52.50 by Pegasus Airlines
Airport shuttle from Cappadocia airport to hotel: SGD 12.50 

Cappadocia, Turkey

Hope the above posts share some light about travelling to Cappadocia! Let me know if it has helped you! 😀


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