Cappadocia by car – how to prepare for a self-guided tour

 

The region of Cappadocia was probably one of the most surreal landscapes I’ve seen in my entire life. And I’ve been in Salvador Dalí’s museum in Figueres.

 

There are several options to see the marvels this region has to offer: travel on your own in Cappadocia region by car, take one of the organized tours (Red Tour, Green Tour), explore it by horseback riding, ATV’s or take your time and do some independent hiking. Either one you choose, the experience will be unique and the landscape will leave you speechless.

 

We traveled to Cappadocia by car from Istanbul. We had to cover 750 kilometers, which took us around 8-9 hours. However, we chose to spend a night in Bursa, and drive to Göreme the next day.

 

Traveling in Cappadocia by car was probably the cheapest option, but not the fastest one. We had to make an itinerary of our own, research about the places we wanted to visit in advance and choose a route which allows us to see the most of the region in 3 days.
If you book one of the tours with a travel agency, you get everything organized (transportation by bus, food, guide, entrance tickets). However, you have to stick to a schedule, which leaves no time for you to explore places on your own.

 

 

How to prepare for a self-guided tour in Cappadocia

A quick google search about Cappadocia will give you tons of result about the place. If you are visiting Cappadocia on your own (not with guided tours), you’ll have to take a few things in consideration:
– Renting a car is very useful, as most of the landmarks are quite far from each other

– there is no public transport available to visit the landmarks
– book a hotel in advance, especially if you are visiting during high season
– booking a hot air balloon ride can be done in advance, but sometimes you can get a better price on the spot if you’re into bargaining
– be aware that Cappadocia is not a “place”, it’s a region that extends on 5000km2, and the attractions are spread across it
– you might get lost a few times even with a good map, so plan your trip accordingly (well, at least it’s an awesome place to get lost)
– pack comfortable shoes and clothes (the trip involves some light hiking)
– I prefer printing every useful information before a trip (descriptions, how to get there, a minimap)
– you can read below about what we managed to see in 2 days in Cappadocia
– look up synonyms for “wow”, because you’ll be using that word A LOT 😀

 

What to see in two days in Cappadocia

 

If you have two entire days in Cappadocia, you will probably have time to see most of the main attraction in the region. However, I would suggest spending at least 3 days to explore the region.

 

 

We visited Cappadocia by renting a car on our own and we did not take any organized tours.

 

These are the places we managed to visit in two days:

  • Sunset point in Göreme
  • Göreme Open Air Museum
  • Paşabağ Valley (Monk valley)
  • Uchisar Castle
  • Devrent Valley
  • Rose Valley
  • Pigeon Valley
  • Cavusin village
  • Underground city
  • Attend a Turkish night

 

Where to stay in Cappadocia

 

If you are wondering where to stay in Cappadocia, I’ll advise you to choose Göreme. Göreme is the main tourist city in Cappadocia, and this is the place where you can find a lot of cave hotels. WHAAAAT, CAVE HOTELS? Yes, Batman, you can stay in an underground cave. How awesome is that?

 

We spent two nights in two different hotels: Grand Cave Suites and Divan Cave House.
I am still amazed by this, just by looking at the pictures.
You can book the places here and here.

 

Oh, did I mention about the famous Turkish breakfast included in the price? So.Much.Food. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture about all the yummy food, I was busy eating everything I could enjoying the Turkish cuisine. #stuffedlikeaturkey #ivebeenwaitingalotforthispun
Note to self: next time please double check the dates you’ve booked, searching for a room instead of seeing more phallic-shaped rocks IS NOT FUN.

 

 

 

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