Had the breathtaking experience of the hot water balloon over Cappadocia during sunrise. The people in charge are well trained and know their job. One can see hundreds of balloons rise up almost together and it's an unforgettable experience.
Started our tour of Cappadocia with a visit to the Kaymakli Underground City; carved out of rock and completely self contained. More than 200 people lived here on each of the seven floors. Next was the natural citadel of Uchisar. Later, visited the Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. The tour ended with visits to Pasabag Valley and Avonos Village.
Cappadocia – This place contains so much of history, there is so much about Christianity out here that it is also mentioned in the bible. This place is also known for the hot air balloon rides. There are many underground cities here and all homes and hotels are built within caves formed from the volcanic rock formations.The entire budget trip for 15 days cost us about Rs 1,00,000 – 1,20,000 per head including everything – airfare, stay, sightseeing, food, shopping (yes we did end up shopping a lot – went with a total of 5 bags and came back with 8 bags)This travelogue was first published by The Travel Kaleidoscope .
Day 8 (April 30): Cappadocia (includes breakfast)*Breakfast at Pamukkale*Drive through the Turkish countryside to Cappadocia (time taken to reach: 9 hours)*Overnight stay at Cappadocia Day 9 (May 1): Cappadocia (includes breakfast and lunch)Optional hot air balloon ride at dawn: Additional cost of US$180 – US$200 per person*Breakfast*Visit Devrent Valley This is the first real encounter with Cappadocia’s almost Martian landscape, where some amazing rock formations are visible.*Walk through the Zelve Open Air Museum This is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements in Cappadocia where you will be able to see troglodyte dwellings.*Enjoy the magical experience of Pasabag’s ‘fairy chimneys’ (rock formations)*Pause at Avanos, a centre of terracotta art since 2,000 BC, for a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop*Lunch at Avanos*After lunch, visit the Göreme Open Air Museum Did you know? The museum offers the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. These are found in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century.*Visit the Uchisar Castle, which provides a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia*In the evening, be spellbound by a whirling dervishes performance*Overnight stay at Cappadocia Day 10 (May 2): Cappadocia (includes breakfast and lunch)*Breakfast at TBD*Visit Soganli Valley This is an open-air museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style rock-cut churches and frescoes.*Drive to Mustafapasa through the unspoiled villages of Cappadocia, surrounded by ‘table-top’ mountains*On the way, visit the Keslik Monastery near Cemil village, which hides its frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which can only be seen by torch light*Lunch, hosted by a local family, at an old Greek house in Mustafapasa*After lunch, descend towards the centre of the earth with a trip to Kaymakli Underground City It is one of one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements.*End the day with a 5 km hike along the Red Valley, one of the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region Did you know? The valley, with its fabulous volcanic rock formations, is in the heart of Cappadocia but at an appreciable distance from mainstream tourist haunts. The little chapels of the hermits, carved out of the valley walls, lend a spiritual dimension to the beauty of the valley.*Overnight stay in Cappadocia Day 11 (May 3): Includes breakfast*Breakfast*Depart for Istanbul*Transfer from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Ataturk Airport for your international flightSPECIAL OFFER FOR TRIPOTO COMMUNITY: Rs. 5,000 OFF. Use Promo Code TRIPTURK0116 when you call. Valid till February 15, 2016Profile of Shibani Vig – Trip Curator & LeaderWith an army man for a father, Shibani has been on the move as far back as she can remember. Her adult life has been dominated by planning vacations to her dream places, and saving every penny she ever earned to make these plans work. An avid (and obsessive as some would say) planner of vacations and itineraries, she felt the need for an outfit like Wonderful World to satisfy her own need – of like-minded company to travel with. One of the most memorable experiences was the time she spent in Lahaul and Spiti, travelling and living with the locals. She is currently chasing two dreams simultaneously – learning how to play the piano and making a living out of travelling.