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Walking in Cappadocia

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Trek through Turkey’s amazing rock formations in Cappadocia

  • Reviews 6 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 12/12/2019
5/5

WALKING IN CAPPADOCIA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the amazing scenery was the best thing about the trip. Having passed through the area 18 years ago I had always wanted to go back and the holiday certainly didn't disappoint. Walking through villages and seeing the local people going about their everyday activities was also good. The way of life in the cities has changed so much but we saw things that were timeless. The people were very welcoming and keen for us to see what they were doing. The ingenuity of the earlier inhabitants of the area in terms of carving out underground cities and making pigeon houses was eye-opening.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Gorkem was very good. He was so keen to show us as much of this part of his lovely country as possible in the short time we were there. He made sure that we got as much out of the trip as we could.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare to be amazed at the scenery. If you go in October, also be prepared for it to be cold at night.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tourism is obviously a big thing in the area. It has not yet reached all of the villages and it was these that were probably the most interesting so go soon before they change. Some of the day walks were quite short and it would have been nice to extend them.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Excellent guide, fascinating trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just being able to walk at a leisurely pace so that we could fully take in the magnificent landscape and awesome rock formations.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent in every way! He dealt with a tricky situation diplomatically when we had a challenging member of the group.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Proper walking boots are a must for the rocky, dusty paths.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Walking in Cappadocia TTG

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Contouring Table Mountain. I was worried but Ilhan, our guide, gave me confidence to do it.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Ilhan Senturk...superb leader. As I said before, he gave lessons. We learnt so much. We enjoyed so much. We were a team helping each other when needed. He never rushed us. Lovely guy with a sense of humour.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it. No such thing as cannot.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    On your packing list please add sink/bath plug. I was advised to take £100 of Lira. A tad more would have been more comfortable. Tell people about the hot air balloons in more detail as the cost is quite high.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Very good week walking

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The balloon flight spectacular 120 balloons in air at once .
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alcan great friendly nothing to much trouble
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try this trip well worth a week of your life
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This an ideal trip for those that like a steady but slightly challenging walk mainly a walk in the park with a few tricky bits but take a waterproof coat it can rain

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Great trip!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The hot balloon ride definitely. Cappadocia is the place to do it. Love Valley was a highlight too.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alkan has a great knowledge of the area and looked after the group well. He was funny and engaged with us. Also offered to take us to places that were not part of the original itinerary. He has a real passion for his country and he wanted to share that with us.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take a water bottle and your walking poles.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip is great value for money. My group flight was through Istanbul so I did a stopover on the way back. It is worth doing.

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