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a VirtualTourist member from Swansea asked on Sep 19, 2012

Ankara Ili

Places to visit on way from Goreme & Ankara

Dear VT ians,

We are visiting Cappadocia region for our wedding anniversary. On our way back, we are thinking of leaving Goreme 1 night before the flight date, instead of 4 hrs long journey on the same day. Is there any good tourist spot (even offbeat) for a night stay on the way from Goreme and Ankara.

Also will the airport shuttle bus be operating 24 hrs ? Our flight reaches really at odd time 2 am!!!

Many thanks!

7 Answers

answered on 9/19/12 by
claus andersen from Denmark

Toz Golu is a salt lake inbetween Goreme and Ankara and that is worth a stop for sure.
I don't know if it's posible to sleep overnight there, but this is a photo i took when i was there:

[original VT link]

answered on 9/19/12 by
a VT member from Swansea

Thank you! Looks Serene. May be worth stopping by.
Hope it won't be very cold in 1st week of October. May be I should get some travel books about the region and explore more.

answered on 9/19/12 by
claus andersen from Denmark

Ilhara valley is a place a little away from Goreme that is really worth a detour and an overnight stay.

answered on 9/19/12 by
a VT member from Bristol

I don't know about October, but I can tell you that in January Goreme could be bloody freezing! Even if it's warm during the day it might get cold at night, particularly if you're staying in a cave house. Pack a warm jumper/fleece just in case.

answered on 9/20/12 by
a VT member from Swansea

Thanks both. Googled Ilhara valley, won't be much of a deviation. May consider that.
Any idea of what to see there, what not to miss?

answered on 9/20/12 by
claus andersen from Denmark

The main attraction of Ilhara is hiking through the valley which can be done by anyone who is resonably fit.

answered on 9/23/12 by
a VT member from Ankara

I wish you a happy and long life on the same matratze and pillow (A Turkish proverb) I am sure you will love Goreme (Read :Goereme) October is the best time herein Turkey. The days are warm and sunny but the nights will be cold for that reason you must have your saccos or warm cloths. You must have your walking shooes, caps on the heads during day time. Dont drink too much wine in the caves. Goreme is a land of grapes and wine. Goreme is a town of the region Cappadocia. The capital city of the region is Nevshehir. Goreme is only half an hour away the capital city. There is 24 hours bus or mini bus connection between Goreme and Nevshehir. The mini bus is called Dolmush. It is a kind of sammel taxi for 12 people. the minibus drives when it is half full. On the way it takes passengers. The other yowns near Goreme are Avanos, Urgup (Read:Uerguep), Uchisar (read: Uchhissar) Both towns are very interesting.
Ihlara valley can be reached only by rent-a-car. It is far from Goreme. The lake Tuz the Great Salt lake is also very far on the way Ankara.The bus dont stop there. Tou must rent a car. Forget the Salt lake. It takes 5 hours from Goreme to Ankara by bus. A shuttle of the bus company will take you from Goreme office to Nevshir main bus terminal.You can ask more information about this trip while in Goreme.
Ankara is the capital. Where are you planning to stay. have you booked your hotel? If you take the early bus to Ankara you can have the possibiliy to visit the famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum in the after noon. 2 months ago a taxi to airport from the city centre costed 70.- TL yesterday the government made a taxation to gaoline so that it might cost you 100.O0 TL not more. Your hotel can arrage for you a taxi. The airport shuttle is operating 24 hours.There is olso HAVAS shuttle which operates from THY Turkish Airlines terminal. Your hotle receptionist can help you also for that problem. Have nice time.

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