Two Days in Cappadocia, Detailed Itinerary

Are you looking to spend 2 days in Cappadocia? If so, we have an awesome itinerary for you. Cappadocia is a magical place in central Turkey. It is known for its rock formations called “fairy chimneys” which are simply breath-taking.  Visitors love staying in the many cave hotels and watching thousands of hot air balloons fill the sky! The most famous sites include the Göreme Open-Air Museum, Pasabag, Red and Rose Valleys, and more!

Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for a good reason! Its rock formations make it one of the most unique and largest cave dwellings ever. Have you ever dreamed of staying in a cave hotel? Well, you can actually do that and it’s one of the most memorable experiences you could imagine!

Guest post by Jackie Rezk of Jou Jou Travels

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Two Days In Cappadocia: Where To Stay?

Staying in a cave hotel is a must when visiting Cappadocia and there are so many to choose from! The greatest part is that they are super affordable too!  The average hotel price a night is only $32.

Cappadocia Cave suites Cave hotel - 2 days in Cappadocia
Cappadocia Cave suites Cave hotel / photo by Jou Jou Travels

Cappadocia Cave Suites (CCS): If you don’t want to go far to see the beautiful hot air balloons soaring through the sky, stay here and visit the rooftop for epic views in the most instagrammable setting. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Sultan Cave Suites: This one is a favorite among tourists so be sure to book early or it might be sold out. They also have an incredible rooftop with an amazing setup including rugs, pillows, tea, and more. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Local Cave House Hotel: You might recognize this hotel from Instagram due to its amazing pool setting. It is located in Goreme and the fairy chimneys overlook the pool. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

How To Spend 2 Days In Cappadocia, A Perfect Itinerary

Cappadocia in 2 days: Day One

Ride in a hot air balloon

One of the most incredible experiences includes riding in a hot air balloon. It’s an experience you can’t miss! Expect an early morning as this is the safest time to go when the winds are calm. Most balloons take off between 5 to 7 am but it is worth every minute even if you might be sleepy.

The are many reputable companies to go with like this one here. and Book early as these tend to fill up quickly and allow for a few days in your trip to go to avoid disappointment. There will be days that the balloon flights will be canceled due to weather conditions being windy or foggy.

If safety is a concern, you can always watch from the ground but it’s not as scary as it seems once you are up in the air!

Hot air ballons ride in Cappadocia - 2 days in Cappadocia itinerary
hot air balloons from the balloon ride / photo by Jou Jou Travels

Have lunch at Cafe Keyif

For delicious food try Café Keyif. The meatballs were especially delicious

Get lost & explore the surrounding areas

Take a walk through the surrounding areas and soak in all the amazing views and structures. The best times are spent getting lost in a town and discovering pathways on every corner that are unbelievable.

Shop at Galerie Ikman

An Instafamous place for its display of lanterns, rugs, and jewelry

Take a sunset ATV sunset tour

Ride through the Cappadocia valleys at sunset on an ATV and you won’t regret it! It is the best way to see a lot of ground and beauty while zipping through the valleys. The views at all the stop points are to die for.

Click here for more information and to book this tour.

Try the famous traditional clay pot kebab

For an authentic experience of the Turkish Cuisine, try Dibek Restaurant. You must book early and let them know what you will get that morning for dinner as it takes all day to cook. Avoid places that let you order on the spot as they are more tourist traps and won’t be as good. The real thing takes hours to cook and prepare which is why it is so tasty!

Cappadocia in 2 days: Day Two

Wake up early to watch the balloons from the ground

You may have already flown in a hot air balloon so use day 2 to see the balloons from the roof top of the cave hotel you’re staying in. The sky is literally full of them and it makes a good photo opportunity to be lounging on a rooftop with Turkish rugs, throw pillows, and scenic views.

rooftop view of Cappadocia Cave suites hotel
rooftop view of Cappadocia Cave suites hotel / photo by Jou Jou Travels

Take the red, blue, or green tour to see many attractions in one day

You may want to opt for a tour that will take you to all these places in one day without having to plan transportation or tickets yourself. There are tours that explore different areas including the Red Tour which takes you to the Goreme open-air museum, Uchisar Castle, Love Valley, and Pasabag There is also the Green and the Blue Tour which go to different parts of Goreme.

If you want to venture out on your own it is totally possible too and if you do you won’t want to miss the following places:

Goreme Open-Air Museum

This must be the most popular tourist attraction in Cappadocia. It contains some of the finest rock cut churches and beautiful frescos. It showcases the really unique rock architecture in Cappadocia and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984. 

Open air museum Cappadocia in 2 days
Open air museum in Cappadocia / photo by Jou Jou Travels

Pasabagi

Between Goreme and Avanos, you will find some of the prettiest fairy chimneys. Arrive early morning or before sunset to avoid the crowds! Tickets cost 20TL unless you arrive before 9am when it’s free.

Love Valley

Fairy chimneys Love valley Cappadocia 2 day itinerary
Fairy chimneys Love valley Cappadocia / photo by Jou Jou Travels

Love Valley is the best places to see the fairy chimneys that the town is known for. They are huge cone shaped structures and the view is stunning from this spot. There is also a heart swing which is a very photogenic spot. It is perfect to go at sunset!

Located 10 minutes away by car – but it is a stop you will get to see if you do the ATV tour mentioned on Day 1.

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photo by Jou Jou Travels

Uchisar Castle

This rock-cut castle is a true fairytale. Climb to the top and admire the beautiful views as this is the highest point in Cappadocia.

You might like this Cappadocia highlights tour that includes a visit to the Fairy Chimney rock formations, the village of Avanos, the open-air museum, the Pigeon Valley, and Uchisar Castle.

Practical Information For Your 2 Day Cappadocia Itinerary

What is the currency?

Turkish Lira ₺ is the currency.

The best way to exchange money Is to go to an ATM and withdraw money.

TIP: always DECLINE the conversion on the ATM screen or you will be charged a lot more money.

When is the best time to visit Cappadocia

The best time to visit Cappadocia is in Spring (April to May) or Autumn (September and October) when the weather Is not too hot.

How to get from the airport to the Goreme

There are 2 main airports that you can fly into to get to the Goreme area.

  1. Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) 
    Distance: 74.7 km
    Time to Goreme: 1 hour by shuttle
  2. Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV). 
    Distance: 43.5 km
    Time to Goreme: 40 minutes by shuttle

Click here to book your private transfer between Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) or Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) and your Cappadocia hotel.

Click here to book your shared shuttle service between Kayseri Erkilet Airport, or Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport, and your Cappadocia hotel.


Bio: Hi! I’m Jackie of Jou Jou Travels. I am obsessed with travel & good food. When I travel, I love to find hidden gems – the undiscovered places with pretty architecture and pops of color. I moved to London 3 years ago from America because I wanted to have Europe at my fingertips. I do a lot of solo traveling because I don’t want to wait for others or let them stop me from seeing this beautiful world. Here I am now, finding the best places to go and the best things to do, I want to share all of that with you as my reader and I hope you feel inspired to travel the world and if you have no one to do it with, please don’t let it stop you!