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Walking in Cappadocia

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Trek through Turkey’s amazing rock formations in Cappadocia

  • Reviews 11 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 16
All about the Walking in Cappadocia.

Turkey has long been underrated as a trekking destination, but with the fairytale rock formations of Cappadocia to enchant its visitors it should not be overlooked. This unique landscape was formed by the eruptions of three volcanoes, Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz, which have created one of the most distinctive landscapes in the world. The great walking and staggering scenery of this region make for a highly memorable trip.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
* 7 nights comfortable 3-star hotel with en suite facilities
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Trek among the fairy tale rocks of Cappadocia
  • Discover the historic and cultural secrets of this region
  • Visit the underground city of Kaymakli
  1. Day 1 Start Goreme.

    There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive in Goreme at any time. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar**Standard Hotel**

  2. Day 2 Trek through Akvadi (White Valley), visit Uchisar Citadel, highest point in Cappadocia.

    Today’s trek takes us through the Akvadi Valley. Perfectly eroded over time this fascinating landscape presents curious rock formations and fairytale chimneys that wouldn’t look out of place in a Dali painting. If we are lucky we may spot wildlife such as the beautiful hoopoe (with its distinctive call) or an Eurasian fox along the way. After approximately 3 hours of walking we arrive at Uchisar village where we will take lunch in a local restaurant before climbing the citidal embedded into the rock above. From here we will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding surreal landscape. In the afternoon we follow a path that leeds us to the Guvercinlik (or Pigeon Valley) where pigeons are encouraged to roost so the local people from the region can collect their droppings to use as fertiliser. We will then continue to the town of Goreme.Walk: Distance 12 km Ascent 400 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 1350 m Time: 5 hoursAccommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar**Standard Hotel**

  3. Day 3 Walk to Zemi valley and through Gomede Valley;  afternoon explore Mustafpasa

    Today we have a short transfer before we start our trek in Zemi valley. The path leads us through orchards and mesmerizing tunnels to a  Panoramic view point, where we meet our bus and drive to Ayvalı.  İn the afternoon we have a short walk through the Gomede Valley from Ayvalı to Mustafapaşa village where we stop for tea break in a local cafe.  Mustafapasa used to be one of the richest towns in Anatolia until the 1924 population exchange, which forced the Greeks living in Turkey to move to Greece and vice versa. You will be able to spot the Greek influence on the architecture on some of these buildings. In the afternoon there is time to explore this village before returning to our hotel.Walk: Distance 11 km Ascent 280m Descent 400m Max Altitude 1150m Time: 5-6 hoursAccommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar**Standard Hotel**

  4. Day 4 Explore the beautiful rock formations of the Pancarlik and Kizilcukur (Red) Valley.

    After breakfast we transfer to the beautiful Pancarlik Valley. Smooth surfaces on the rock face undulate like waves, whilst the pastel colours intertwined with vineyards and cultivated gardens add colour to this extraordinary landscape. It is also possible spot Sarica and Kepez churches ingrained into the rock chimneys that rise forcefully from the ground. After lunch we head through the Kizilcukur Valley, also known as the Red Valley, for the dramatic sunset colours. Amongst the network of paths that connect the small villages of this valley we visit some of the churches that pepper the area before arriving at Goreme.Walk: Distance 12 km Ascent 200 m Descent 200 m Max Altitude 1200 m Time: 5-6 hoursAccommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar**Standard Hotel**

  5. Day 5 Walk through Pasabaglari (Monks) Valley; trek up Bozdag, the highest point in the area offering stunning views.

    Today our trek takes us through Pasabaglari, formerly known as Monk’s Valley. Here it is possible to see the dwellings of the hermits of Cappadocia who distanced themselves from the world by carving their abodes high up in the rock chimneys, using footholes and rope to climb in. Inside these dwellings are surprisingly spacious with some rooms hollowed out to around 15m high. Once through the valley we head up to Bozdag, the highest point in Cappadocia, offering some outstanding views.Walk: Distance 11 km Ascent 300 m Descent 200 m Max Altitude 1300 m Time: 5 hoursAccommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar**Standard Hotel**

  6. Day 6 Visit the underground city of Kaymakli. Afternoon walk through the Ihlara Valley, the deepest, longest canyon in Cappadocia.

    In the morning we transfer to the underground city of Kaymakli, built by early Christians to avoid religious persecution. This fascinating construction is an elaborate system of tunnels and caves, featuring everything from communal living spaces and kitchens, to stables, a church and graveyard, not to mention being fortified to protect its inhabitants. We then drive to the village of Selime where we begin our walk following the Melendiz river until we reach Belisirma where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we head down the Ihlara Valley, the deepest and longest valley in the region, passing Byzantine monasteries and churches that date back to the 11th Century, before arriving back in Cappadocia.Walk: Distance 7 km Ascent 100 m Descent 200 m Max Altitude 1300 m Time: 4-5 hoursAccommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar**Standard Hotel**

  7. Day 7 Walk along the Zindanonu Valley passing the Goreme open air museum with carved caves and Byzantine frescoes.

    Our last day takes us through the Zindanonu Valley and up onto a viewpoint of the town of Goreme and the Goreme open air museum. The Goreme Valley itself holds some of the finest collections of painted cave churches in the region. In around 1000-1200 AD orthodox monks carved places of worship from the soft volcanic stone and decorated them with beautifully elaborate Byzantine frescoes, many of which are still very much intact to this day. The late afternoon is then free to unwind after a truly memorable week.Walk: Distance 7 km Ascent 200 m Descent 0 m Max Altitude 1300 m Time: 2 hoursAccommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar**Standard Hotel**

  8. Day 8 End Goreme.

    Our adventure ends after breakfast in Goreme. Those on the group flights will be transferred back to Kayseri for the flight to London.

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Where you stay

Ciner Hotel

On this trip we usually stay at the Ciner Hotel. Situated in Göreme, the heart of Cappadocia, this hotel boasts modern comforts whilst preserving its cosy family atmosphere. This hotel has a great location as it is literally minutes of walking distance from all the town amenities. All rooms are en suite, with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.  The hotel has a swimming pool, offering nice views of the town and red valley to unwind after each day and a homemade buffet breakfast with delicious array of local cuisine.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included.

Typical Meals:

Breakfast: typically comprising a selection of tea, coffee, bread, butter, jam, cheese, olives, cucumber, tomatoes and yogurt.

Lunch and dinner: often a buffet arrangement with several freshly cooked dishes to choose from. Kebabs are of course to be found everywhere.

Most people find that Turkish cuisine is one of the most varied in the world and there is usually something to please everyone. Vegetarians will generally find themselves well catered for as many Turkish dishes are based on vegetables and dairy products.

Please note that in Turkey the availability of certain specialized products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized dietary items from home.

Drinks are not included with meals (except breakfast) as a wide variety is normally available and this allows you greater choice. Mineral water, excellent fruit juices, beer and wine are generally readily available at about half to three-quarters of the USA price, depending on locality. Tea (usually taken in small glasses) is cheap, and so is Turkish coffee (strong, taken in small cups). European instant coffee and spirits can be more expensive.

Holders of US passports require visas. Visa’s must be obtained in advance, passengers need to obtain an e-visa prior to their arrival. This can be done online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for approximately US$20. The visa is valid for a stay of up to three months (dependent on passport holder’s nationality). For a longer stay a visa from a Turkish Embassy is required.

For passport holders from other countries, please consult your local Turkish embassy for visa requirements.

Activity Level 3: Moderate

On this trip we have 6 days centre based walking with vehicle support taking us to and from each walk. All the walking is on undulating trails at low altitude. The terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be rocky and loose in places with sloped ascents and descents. A good level of fitness is required. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not vital as long as you are confident of your physical condition. The walks take about 5 5hours and require a moderate level of fitness.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Walking in Cappadoccia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Cathedral on t he second last day. Also the gorge on the same day - sorry cant remember names.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Fine. Knowledgeable and related well to the group. Gave an interesting summary of Turkish history to help us relate to the caves and their eras, altho probably went on a bit too long about it. Organized meals well and gave sufficient prior information so we knew what was intended. Was flexible, rearranging the walks to make them more sensible. Guide waited for tail end walkers to catch up occasionally, but then didnt pause to allow them to rest but started immediately.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Worth advising potential travellers that many paths have gravel making them slippery on downslopes. Need to take walking poles. Definitely need hats and sunburn cream becuase of heat in June.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Lovely Cappadocia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the Red Valley and the high outcrop above it, fabulous!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was very friendly and organised and seemed to know everyone in each small village we stopped in.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you don't mind heights, or fancy challenging yourself if you're a bit scared of them, definitely take the opportunity for a hot air balloon ride. Also, the walking is very manageable for people of low/medium fitness. I was a bit worried I hadn't got myself fit enough in the weeks leading up to the holiday, but it was all relatively easy walking with just a few short steep uphills here and there.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Green Hotel is a bit basic, but does have spectacular views from the rooms and terrace.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

walking in cappadoccia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were a lot but I think getting up early and watching the balloons take off from the valley really had the wow factor. And the balloon trip was brilliant.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Fahti very informative and helpful, took on board a few suggestions made by members of the group.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go with an open mind and expect to see lots of interesting things..
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For light sleepers take ear plugs because there is a mosque opposite and when the call to prayer goes out at 5am the local dogs and cockerels join in! On the plus side you don't need an alarm clock and its great to get up early and watch the balloons!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

walking in cappadocia may/june 2017 sid

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The balloon trip,worth getting up at 4am.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Fred was a star,looked after us 24/7
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Possibly take a little more spends 100 sterling would be a bit tight for drinks and tips,150 each more like it.All prices are in turkish or euros,balloon trip was 150 euros or 130 sterling each
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just do it

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

A good trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The chance to see the underground city.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    He was always good humoured full of knowledge of all the sites. He was always prepared to come with us to see us ready to take on the system of shopping and other sightseeing. as well as available on the walks and meal times to give the instructions.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of tea and coffee with you - the local stuff is undrinkable. Remember to buy some alcohol before the meal times!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No.

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