• Fokke Baarssen

Fairytale Cappadocia and Turkeys incredible coastline

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

A round trip through fairytale Cappadocia with a dreamy landscape, hot air balloons and Turkeys incredible coastline from Alanya trough Alacati this is a trip full of wandering and wondering.

This trip can easily be done in 21 days or less on the end of the trip you can choose to fly back from Izmir or Antalya or even the smaller airport of Alanya


Mornings in Kapadokya

Incredible Coastline and Hot Air Balloons


A three-week route guide through Turkey with Hot Air Balloons and a beautiful coastline from Antalya trough Alacati. I recommend to do this tour with a flight between Istanbul-Kayseri Kapadokya and Kayseri Kapadokya- Antalya pick up a rental car at the airport so you win a lot of time if you are a budget traveler you can do this route by bus but it takes some time to reach


We start our trip in Istanbul, fly with Turkish airlines from Amsterdam to Kayseri with a stop-over in Istanbul.

You can choose to transport your Luggage to Kayseri when you do a stopover so you don't need all your Luggage with you for one night in Istanbul it will save time for check out and check in again.

Check if you need a visa for Turkey if you need a visa I recommend to do it online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply/ and download it so everything goes smoothly at the airport.

When we landed in Istanbul we take only my camera stuff and some fresh clothes and here we go exploring Istanbul

We take a taxi and within 20 min we are in Balat Fatih exploring the colorful Streets. Here the houses are painted in a myriad of colors, washing lines are strung between buildings, kids play in the streets, and traces of Jewish, Armenian, and Orthodox communities still stand


Balat Istanbul

Time flies when you having fun so we have to hurry to reach our next point before sunset.

We take a taxi to Ortakoy it's not far from our hotel and we were before in Istanbul so we don't need to see all the other highlights again if you interested in the city you need another 2 days to explore the city it can not be done in a afternoon.

So after a 30 min taxi ride in the crazy busy streets we reach the beautiful mosk of Ortakoy where we watch the sun gone down after the bridge. Ortakoy have alsoe a great nightlife and many restaurants to diner


Ortakoy

We staying at the beautiful Witt hotel Most of Istanbul’s main tourist attractions are just 5-10 minutes away from the Witt Istanbul Hotel. It’s within walking distance of famous spots such as Taksim Square, Istiklal Caddesi and Istanbul Modern. The Sultanahmet quarter – with among others the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Basilica Cistern – can be equally quickly reached by a short tram or taxi ride.

First-timers to Istanbul tend to stay among the major sightseeing spots in the Sultanahmet quarter or Taksim district. But why miss the opportunity to have the best from both worlds and set up base in between both?


The next morning we have a great breakfast we drink some coffee at the rooftop looking out over the city before we leave Istanbul to Cappadocia.


Things to do in Istanbul:

  1. Hagia Sophia

  2. Grand Baazar

  3. Galata Tower

  4. Balat

  5. Blue Mosque

  6. Istanbul Nightlife in Ortakoy

  7. Cruise the Bosphorus

  8. Topkapi Palace

  9. Süleymaniye Mosque

  10. Dolmabahçe Palace



Witt Istanbul Hotel

Cappadocia

The Fairytale area called Cappadocia here we will stay 4 nights in different cave hotels to explore the region Cappadocia


Our first hotel is Gamirasu Cave Hotel its located near Urgup, the heart of Cappadocia, Ayvali village, with it's 35 meticulously restored and designed cave rooms, it is the first rock hotel of the region, put into service in 1999.

The hotel, which was used as a monastic retreat in the Byzantine Era, offers a strikingly beautiful nature, serenity and contemporary comfort in a pristine village of unspoiled beauty, without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years.

From the hotel, you can easily reach all the highlights of Kapadokya by car for dinner i recommend the restaurant of the hotel they serve delicious food and on the rooftop you can diner during sunset.Letting you rest in a magical atmosphere away from the modern life of the world. Gamirasu


Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Gamirasu Cave hotel

The next day we wake up around 03:00 for a hot air balloon flight with Butterfly Balloons. They pick us up at the hotel and drive to Goreme where we have a small breakfast before we take of. I always dreamed about a hot air balloon flight above Kapadokya or Myanmar these are such a dreamy places. Below you, a unique landscape, a combination of natural beauty and a deep and complex history. From the balloon, you will see it, feel it and fall in love with it.

The Cappadocia region in Turkey is one of those world wonders that came straight out of your dreams.

Sunrise from the hills at Goreme Cappadocia

Kapadokya

Moon-like landscapes including hundreds of hot air balloons in the sky are what makes Cappadocia a magical place. This is, without any doubt, one of the best experiences you’ll have in your life.

Maybe even better than being in a balloon is experiencing the balloons take off from the hills of Goreme and watch the Sunrise from there.

Rent a motorbike the evening before. Go out at 4:30 AM, search on Google Maps for The Dalton Brothers, follow the sand path for about 3 minutes, park if you see some balloons lighting up. Hike up on one of the mountains and experience balloons flight all around you.


Sunrise from an hot air Balloon Kapadokya

After our Balloon ride we drive back to the hotel where we have breakfast and get some sleep.

We wake up a few hours later by the sound of birds and chill by the swim pool. In the afternoon we drive around the area eat something at the village Urgup and take some pics. The next day we drive to our next hotel Aydinli Cave Hotel a boutique, family-run guesthouse set in the heart of the old town of Goreme. Aydinli Cave Hotel is totally unique. Carved from the natural rock and stone of Cappadocia, the guesthouse is located just a short stroll from the Goreme village centre. There are fourteen individually-styled rooms that offer comfortable and relaxed accomodation furnished with beautiful, locally-made carpets and family antiques.

From hear its easy to exlore the village of Goreme and open air museum


Aydinli Cave Hotel

Aydinli Cave Hotel

Things to do in Cappadocia:


  1. Sunrise form the hills of Goreme

  2. Cappadocia hot air Balloon ride

  3. Visit Goreme open air museum

  4. Stay in a Cave hotel

  5. Pasabag old church

  6. Visit Galeri Ikman

  7. Sunset horse riding

  8. ATV riding

  9. Stay in typical Cappadocia Cave Hotel

  10. Green & Red Tour & Sight-seeing

Read more about Cappadocia here


Horse ride during sunset by the Dalton Broters

Galeri Ikman

Pasabag

Antalya

After 5 days in Capaddocia we fly to Antalya and stay here one night, you can also drive to the coast or take the night bus to Antalya.


Things to do Antalya:


  1. Walk around the ruins of Phaselis

  2. Explore Kaleiçi the old town of Antalya

  3. Hadrian's Gate

  4. Shopping

We stay at Elegance East Hotel - Boutique Class, Antalya a perfect place to discover the old city of Antalya.


Kas

After some sightseeing, we drive to Kas where we stay at the beautiful Lycia hotel with is own swim pool and cozy colorful beach where you can relax and swim in the ocean. The rooms are big and have there own terrace with a view over the ocean.

Kaş, the former Lycian Habesos, is situated in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Mediterranean coast. The hotel Lycia is only a few minutes' drives from the center of Kaş and is easily accessible by the main road through the peninsula. The local minibus stops at the hotel every half hour. In the narrow streets of this ancient port city, you'll find many charming shops and excellent restaurants, cafes and bars for every taste and every budget. Untouched by mass tourism, Kaş retains its authentic character.

Kaş is situated on a stunning rocky coast, featuring sand and pebble beaches. The turquoise blue sea is bathed in sunshine for eleven months of the year. The waters are exceptionally clean and the sea temperatures are generally over 20 degrees, from April until December.


Lycia Hotel Kas

Lycia Hotel Kas

Lycia Hotel Kas

Lycia hotel Kas

Kas is a beautiful old small town. It offers beautiful beaches, great food, and narrow Streets

Don’t forget to visit the picturesque Kaputas Beach.

Whatever type of activity you enjoy, there is something to offer: paragliding, canoeing, sailing, mountain climbing, cycling, or hiking on the famous Lycian trail ... everyone can experience the stunning natural beauty in their own way.


Things to do in Kas:


  1. Visit Kaputas beach

  2. Wandering in the Streets of Kas

  3. Hike up the mountain for a spectular view over the coastline of kas

  4. Going on a day trip to the Greek island Kastelorizo

  5. Climb up the Amphitheater for Sunset

  6. Grab a drink at Kas Square

  7. Visite the many beaches around Kas

  8. Kekova Sunken City Ruins

  9. Go diving or snorkling


Meis Kastellorizo Greece

Kastellorizo Greece

Kastellirozo Greece

If you one stay more budget we recomend hotel Cachet a small hotel with swimpool is own beach and a beautiful view over the ocean.



Hotel Cachet Kas Turkey

Hotel Cachet Kas Turkey

old streets of Kas Turkey

view over the coastline Kas rivera

Fethiye

Our next stop is Fethiye famous for its Paragliding. We leave in the morning from Kas and drive to Saklikent Gorge, which is a 300 meter-high and 18 kilometer-long canyon, one of the deepest in the world. We had some great lunch at the river and driving farther to Fethiye where we stay at the romantic hotel Nautical Faralya, Fethiye or stay more budget at Oludeniz the town where the paragliding is organized.


Saklikent Gorge

Nautical Fethiye

Fethiye's natural harbour is perhaps the region's finest, tucked into the southern reaches of a broad bay scattered with pretty islands, including Şövalye Adası, glimpsed briefly in the James Bond film Skyfall.

Fethiye also makes a good base for visiting Ölüdeniz, one of Turkey's seaside hot-spots and the town for paragliding.


Fethiye Rock Tombs

A bit of a pull, but climb up to the main Lycian rock tombs in Fethiye the tomb of Amyntas and take in the amazing views of Fethiye marina and the whole of the bay.


Paragliding Oludeniz Fethiye

Paragliding Oludeniz Fethiye

visit the famous Butterfly beach during a boat trip

looking out over Butterfly beach Fethiye

Things to do in Fethiye:


  1. Paragliding

  2. Fethiye Old Town

  3. Saklıkent Gorge Canyon

  4. Boat trip to Butterfly beach

  5. View point Butterfly beach

  6. Fethiye Rock Tombs

  7. Ölüdeniz Beaches

  8. Kayaköy has many ruins left from the population exchange between Turkey and Greece

  9. Patara is home to Turkey's longest strip of sand, so it's the perfect spot for a beach

  10. Hiking in the surrounding areas is popular because Fethiye is the start of the Lycian way trek


Sunset Nautical hotel

Alacati

After a couple of days in Fethiye we drive to Alacati, Alaçatı is a Mediterranean town on the Western coast of Turkey, often noted for its architecture, vineyards, and windmills.

Alaçatı is one of the most traditional towns in Turkey with stone houses, narrow streets, boutique hotels and restaurants with tables on the Streets.


We stay at the beautiful Boutique hotel La Vela Alacati a great place to discover the old town of Alacati. A lovely cozy clean place with beautiful colorful balcony`s and a great swim pool to relax here you will find your inner peace.

Sleepy and unspoiled, with low mountains hovering on the horizon, a tranquil turquoise sea, and narrow cobbled streets lined with cozy outdoor cafés and restaurants, the charming port town of Alacati offers an idyllic seaside break on the Turkish Aegean coast. A unique place to fall in love. With its mild climate, a beautiful holiday destination throughout the whole year.

Boutique hotel La Vela Alacati

Boutique hotel La Vela Alacati

Boutique hotel La Vela Alacati

Alacati

Alacati

Alacati

Alacati


Things to do Alacati:


  1. Discover the old center of Alacati

  2. Visit Ephesus

  3. Relax on the many beaches with crystal clear water

  4. Windsurf course

  5. Diving

  6. Fishing tours with boat

  7. Bicycle rental

  8. From Çeşme harbour daily boat and yachttours

  9. Day trip to Chios (Greece)


Ephesus

Pamukkale:

From Alacati we drive to Pamukkale where we visit the thermal baths

Pamukkale has been famous for is gleaming white calcite terraces overrunning with warm, mineral-rich waters on the mountain above the village.

The surreal, brilliant white travertine terraces and warm, limpid pools of Pamukkale hang, like the petrified cascade of a mighty waterfall,from the rim of a steep valley side. Truly spectacular in its own right, the geological phenomenon that is Pamukkale, literally "Cotton Castle" in Turkish, is also the site of the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis


Staying overnight allows you to visit the site at sunset and dodge some of the crowds.

This also gives time for a day trip to the beautiful and little-visited ancient ruins of Afrodisias and Laodicea, and to appreciate the village of Pamukkale itself.

Staing at the Venus Suite just a 5 min walk to the thermal baths entrance. Venus Suite Hotel is a family run hotel with a charming home-like atmosphere a good choise to stay the night so you can watch the sunset or Sunrise from the thermal baths


Pamukkale Thermal Baths

Hierapolis, once a Roman and Byzantine spa city,

Pamukkale Thermal Baths

From Pammukale we drive all the way back to Antalya an stayed the last days relaxing and sunbathing at Sunprime C Lounge Alanya.

You can also stay the last days in Izmir and fly from there we choose Antalya because it have a better connection with Amsterdam, Alanya also have a small airport with a conection to Amsterdam


Alanya castle

Alanya

Sunprime C Lounge is located at the pearl of Mediterranean Alanya Sunprime C lounge is an all-inclusive adult only hotel with an indoor and outdoor pool, spa, fitness and its own beach with a Jetty easy to book with Tui


Its a great place to just do nothing chill by the pool hang out at the beach enjoy the great breakfast,lunch and dinner with the All-inclusive formula, the standard of the food is really high and I will give it more then 4 stars also the staff is friendly and try to help you with everything you wish. Try a breakfast in bed and feel like a king.

We had done a great road trip through Turkey and ending it in this hotel is just perfect so you fly home well rested.


Sunprime C lounge

Sunprime C lounge

Sunprime C lounge

Sunprime C lounge

Sunprime C lounge

Sunprime C lounge

Things to do in Alanya:

  1. Just do nothing

  2. Alanya castle and Red tower

  3. Cleopatra Beach

  4. Stay in an All inclusive hotel I think you’ll be shocked by how affordable hotels are here.

  5. Pirate Ship Cave Tour

  6. Sapadere Canyon Jeep Tour

  7. Standup Paddleboard

  8. Lunch at Dimcayi

After a few days we drive back to Antalya for hour flight home we take some last photos at the old center and thats it we had an amazing trip


Highlights route:


  1. Istanbul

  2. Kapadokya

  3. Antalya

  4. Kas

  5. Kastelorizo Greece

  6. Saklikent Gorge

  7. Fethiye

  8. Alacati

  9. Ephesus

  10. Pamukkale

  11. Alanya

Thangs for reading and see you on my next trip bye bye


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