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Turkey 2015-Happy B-day to Me

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I've decided to celebrate my birthday in Turkey, where I've always longed to go and have booked my flight to Istanbul leaving IAD March 24th, 2015 (12:30am) arriving Istanbul same day (4:25pm overnight nonstop flight). I was hoping to fly directly to Cappadocia on the same day but all of the low fares (what I consider low) were sold out, which is not a bad thing since I would use that time to explore IST a bit and sleep off my jet lag and thus get a fresh start to Cappadocia the next day the 25th, where I'll stay until the 28th, leaving IST for Kayseri at 9:30 am arriving at 10:50. I'm hoping to celebrate my birthday with a hot air balloon ride (26th) if the weather cooperates and I get over my fear of heights so I can have a memorable birthday. From reading many comments and I know the weather pretty much dictates whether the balloons will take off or not, so I've taken that very much into consideration.

Now the plan is to find a hotel(s) to overnight in Istanbul and which I can also use on my return from Cappadocia on the 28th, leaving IST on April 1, 2015. Also looking for a hotel in Cappadocia. My budget for hotels are about 60-80 euros per night.

I'm also hoping that the weather cooperates, which I know no one cannot predict, especially in March, but I would very much like to do some light/moderate hiking in the Cappadocia area. On my return to Istanbul, my interest is to leisurely sightsee without a need to rush and see everything. I plan on visiting Turkey again, so rushing to see everything is not a priority.

I will come back with specific questions once I've had a chance to narrow down my hotel searches. In the meantime, any recommendations you have would be most appreciated.

I'm female and traveling solo, not that it matters.

Thanks in advance,

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