Explore the enchanting Turkish Riviera, also known as the Turquoise Coast, and the magical region of Cappadocia.

First, discover the luxurious D Maris Bay resort on the Datça Peninsula, with its world-class amenities and breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Experience the vibrant colors of the sea and the ancient ruins that make this region a perfect blend of history and luxury.

Next, journey to Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its unique geological formations and rich cultural heritage. Float above the fairy chimneys in a hot air balloon, visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, explore ancient rock-cut dwellings and underground tunnels, and unwind in a historic Turkish bath.

Whether it’s lounging on a private beach or sipping wine from ancient vineyards, this episode showcases the best of Turkey’s diverse and unforgettable experiences. Make your next trip a tale of two Turkeys – from the stunning coastlines to the ancient landscapes.

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What to do

Göreme Open Air Museum

Explore a complex of ancient rock-cut churches and monasteries adorned with stunning frescoes. Learn about the fairy chimneys and the underground tunnels that once served as hideouts and homes.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Experience one of the most popular hot air balloon rides in the world. Enjoy breathtaking views of Cappadocia’s unique landscape with hundreds of balloons filling the sky at sunrise.

  • Address: Various locations in Cappadocia
  • Hours: Early morning before sunrise
  • Cost: Starting at 150 EUR
  • Website: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon

Wine Tours

Discover some of the oldest vineyards in the world in Cappadocia. Take a wine tour to sample local varieties and enjoy the beautiful landscapes surrounding the vineyards.

  • Address: Various vineyards in Cappadocia
  • Hours: Varies by vineyard
  • Cost: 25 – 250 EUR
  • Website: Cappadocia Wine Tours

Turkish Bath (Hamam)

Unwind and rejuvenate in a historic Turkish bath. Experience the rituals of steam, soap, and massage for a truly unique and relaxing experience.

  • Address: Various locations in Cappadocia
  • Hours: Varies by hamam
  • Cost: Starting at 40 EUR
  • Website: Cappadocia Hamam

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Where to stay

D Maris Bay

Located on the Datça Peninsula, this luxury resort offers world-class amenities, five private beaches, and stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Perfect for a luxurious escape.

  • Address: Datça Peninsula, Mugla, Turkey
  • Website: D Maris Bay

Argos in Cappadocia

Stay at a unique hotel that transforms ancient ruins, caves, and tunnels into stunning luxury accommodations. Experience the blend of history and modern comfort.

  • Address: Asagi Mah. Kayabasi Sok. No:23, Uchisar, 50240 Nevsehir, Turkey
  • Website: Argos in Cappadocia

And there’s tons of other fabulous places to stay during your trip.

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What to eat

Mandarin Oriental Restaurant at D Maris Bay

Indulge in a culinary journey with exquisite Mediterranean dishes at the Mandarin Oriental Restaurant. Enjoy fresh seafood, local produce, and expertly crafted dishes with stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

Seten Anatolian Cuisine

Experience traditional Turkish cuisine with a modern twist at Seten Anatolian Cuisine in Cappadocia. The restaurant offers a variety of local dishes made with fresh ingredients, all set in a charming and historic ambiance.

  • Address: Aydınlı Mahallesi, Aydınlı Sk. No:42, 50180 Göreme, Nevşehir, Turkey
  • Hours: Daily 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Cost: $$
  • Website: Seten Anatolian Cuisine

Topdeck Cave Restaurant

Dine in a unique setting at Topdeck Cave Restaurant, where traditional Turkish dishes are served in an intimate cave setting. Enjoy homemade mezes, kebabs, and local wines for an authentic Cappadocian dining experience.

  • Address: Hafiz Abdullah Efendi Sokak No:15, Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Hours: Daily 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Cost: $$
  • Website: Topdeck Cave Restaurant

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit

    The best times to visit the Turkish Riviera and Cappadocia are during the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October). During these months, the weather is pleasantly warm, and the tourist crowds are smaller, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

    The summer months (July and August) can be very hot, especially in the Riviera, while winter (November to March) can bring cooler temperatures and even snow in Cappadocia, perfect for a unique winter experience.

  • Getting Around

    Turkish Riviera
    Public Transit: The Riviera has a reliable public transit system, including buses and dolmuş (shared minibuses), which are an affordable way to travel between towns and cities.

    Car Rentals: Renting a car is a great option for exploring the Riviera at your own pace. Major car rental companies are available at airports and in larger towns.

    Ride-Sharing Services: Apps like BiTaksi and Uber operate in major cities along the Riviera, providing a convenient way to get around.

    Public Transit: While public buses are available, they may not be as frequent. It’s advisable to use other means of transport for flexibility.

    Car Rentals: Renting a car or hiring a private driver is recommended for exploring the spread-out attractions in Cappadocia.

    Bicycle/Motorbike Rentals: For the adventurous, renting a bike or motorbike can be a fun way to navigate the region.

  • Safety Tips

    Stay Hydrated: The climate can be quite dry, especially in Cappadocia, so carry water with you.

    Respect Local Customs: Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country, so dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.

    Beware of Scams: Be cautious of overly friendly strangers offering unsolicited help or overly good deals.

    Secure Your Belongings: Petty theft can occur in tourist areas, so keep an eye on your belongings.

  • Helpful Notes

    Currency: The official currency is the Turkish Lira (TRY). Credit cards are widely accepted, but it's advisable to carry some cash for smaller establishments.

    Language: Turkish is the official language. While English is spoken in tourist areas, learning a few basic Turkish phrases can be helpful.

    Time Zone: Turkey operates on GMT+3 year-round.

    Health: Tap water is generally safe in larger cities, but it's recommended to drink bottled water in rural areas.

    Plug/Adapter Info:
    Plug Type: European plugs, type C and F
    Voltage: 230V
    Frequency: 50Hz

Packing list

Here’s our suggested items to pack for this destination. Please always consider the weather and activities you will be doing.


  • Lightweight, Breathable Clothing: For warm days and outdoor activities.
  • Swimsuits: Essential for the beaches at D Maris Bay.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Ideal for exploring ruins and hiking in Cappadocia.
  • Sandals/Flip-Flops: For the beach and casual outings.
  • Layers: Light jackets or sweaters for cooler evenings, especially in spring and fall.
  • Modest Clothing: For visiting religious sites; women may need a scarf to cover their heads.


  • Sun Hat/Cap: To protect against the sun.
  • Sunglasses: Essential for sunny days.
  • Sunscreen: High SPF to protect your skin from the strong Mediterranean sun.
  • Travel Umbrella: Useful for unexpected rain showers.
  • Scarf/Shawl: For modesty at religious sites and added warmth in the evenings.

Travel Essentials

  • Passport and Visa: Ensure they are valid and up-to-date.
  • Travel Insurance: Covering health, travel delays, and lost items.
  • Credit Cards and Cash: Both are useful, with some Turkish Lira on hand for smaller purchases.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: To stay hydrated throughout your trip.
  • Daypack/Backpack: For carrying daily essentials on excursions.


  • Camera/Smartphone: To capture stunning landscapes and memorable moments.
  • Chargers: For all electronic devices.
  • Power Bank: For extra battery life on the go.
  • Travel Adapter: For European plugs, type C and F.
  • Plug/Adapter Info: Plug Type: European plugs, type C and F, Voltage: 230V, Frequency: 50Hz.

Toiletries and Health

  • Basic Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and soap.
  • Medication: Any personal medication, plus basic first aid supplies like band-aids, antiseptic, and pain relievers.
  • Moisturizer and Lip Balm: To combat dry air, especially in Cappadocia.
  • Insect Repellent: For protection against mosquitoes.


  • Beach Gear: Snorkel gear, if you enjoy snorkeling, and a beach towel.
  • Hiking Gear: A small first aid kit, trekking poles, and a hat for sun protection.
  • Swim Cap and Goggles: For swimming in the resort pools.
  • Binoculars: For better views of Cappadocia’s landscapes and hot air balloons.

Documents and Information

  • Itinerary: Printed or digital copies of your travel itinerary.
  • Guidebooks and Maps: For both the Turkish Riviera and Cappadocia.
  • Emergency Contacts: List of important phone numbers and addresses.

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