16-11-2022 - Tips & Guides

Cappadocia From İstanbul

Istanbul is Turkey’s most crowded city and it has many cultural values because of the historical background of the region. Tourists mostly prefer to start their Turkey journey from İstanbul because of these facts.

The distance between Istanbul and Cappadocia is 762 kilometers. you can arrive from İstanbul to Cappadocia in 8 hours by car, 10 hours by bus and 1,5 hours by plane. We do not recommend you make your journey boring by arriving at your destination quickly. Instead of that, you can stop by other locations to make your experience more interesting. Here are some places and activities you can do on your way to Cappadocia. İf you use Niğde Highway, you will pass by Gebze, İzmit, Sakarya, Düzce, and Ankara.

Where to Go on the way to Cappadocia

You can visit Ballıkayalar National Park in Gebze which is a beautiful, natural place where you can hike, camp, and join in outdoor activities like climbing and trekking. You can stop here and have a quick picnic with your friends or family on your way to Cappadocia. İzmit, you can stop by Kocaeli Archeology and Ethnography Museum to see the historical background of the region. Paleolithic, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman artifacts are on display for visitors in the museum.

On your long journey to Cappadocia, you can also give your body and mind a rest and have lunch in Sapanca Lake, Sakarya. You can camp or have a picnic in the Arifiye Forest, which is above the lake, or you can canoe or pedal a boat on the lake. The lake can be circled on foot or by bicycle. After Sakarya there is Düzce and Fakıllı Cave is one of the attractions in Düzce that is a must-see. The cave, a first-class protected place, is interesting to visit because of its stalactites, stalagmites, and other natural structures. It is thought that the cave's air will help people with asthma and shortness of breath. Additionally, a picnic area is located near the cave.


Ankara and Cappadocia

After a while, your next destination should be Ankara, the capital of Turkey and the second most crowded city in the country. People may see Ankara as a gray city but you can still visit different destinations and learn so many things in short notice because of the historical background of the city. The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the country's founding father, is located in Ankara, Anıtkabir, a columned temple with striking architecture, a strong sense of identity, and enormous bronze doors. Visitors from across the nation pay their respects to the great leader here at all times of the year. Anıtkabir is open to anyone. On Sundays, entry to the main hall, where the mausoleum is situated, is prohibited. On other days of the week, it is open from 9:00 to 16:00. After you pass Ankara you will arrive at your destination Cappadocia in approximately 2.30 hours. Since there are so many different things to do in Cappadocia, resting there in a nice cave hotel after your long adventurous journey would be great for you as well. You can also travel to other locations while traveling from Cappadocia to İstanbul.

Whatever way you may choose to come to Cappadocia, there are 25+ handpicked attractions including a hot balloon ride FREE with Cappadocia Travel Pass®. Check out here and you will see how much you can save time and money by buying this amazing pass. 

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