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We fly from London to Kayseri Airport via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. We usually arrive in the evening and transfer by private coach to Göreme.
We begin our Cappadocia journey with a moderate walk in the hidden valleys. We follow a trail through Pigeon Valley to Uchisar. This valley’s name refers to the historical use of pigeons as message carriers. There are now many pigeon houses or dovecotes carved into the rocks and the cliffs. We walk through vineyards, orchards of walnut, quince and apricot trees. On our arrival in Uchisar, we visit its castle and explore the town before enjoying a traditional Turkish lunch with a stunning valley view in a family run restaurant.
4km (2.5 miles), ascent 90m /descent 30m, 2 hours.
In the afternoon we venture to White Valley where we walk through small fields surrounded by lush vegetation and unique rock formations including the beautiful Fairy Chimneys. Our path leads us back to Göreme.
6km (3 miles), 120m ascent/descent, 2 1/2 hours.
Today we transfer from Göreme to Kavak, a rural farming town not known to tourists. We follow a walk to Bahceli where we break to enjoy traditional tea at a local tea house. After a refreshment, we continue our walk along an undulating route to Ayvali. We have lunch in Aravan at a local restaurant in Aravan Evi Hotel where we will be served traditional cuisine from home grown ingredients from its eco farm.
7km (4.3 miles), ascent/descent 100m, 3 hours.
We follow a route through Gomeda Valley before returning to Göreme.
5km (3 miles), ascent & descent 20m, 2 hours.
Today is a transfer day with a free afternoon. We start the morning with an optional walk to Pasabag, a valley surrounded by cones carved from “tuff”. This valley contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. If you would prefer to have a morning at leisure then please advise our leader and local guide who can arrange a transfer for you to meet the group after their visit to the valley.
We transfer to Avanos, the second largest town in Cappadocia where the Red River, the longest river of Turkey passes through. We have lunch here before a free afternoon to relax, explore the area or even visit a Turkish Bath with our local guide (25 Euro extra per person).
We transfer to Derinkuyu Underground City, a true wonder in Cappadocia used for hiding for centuries. We transfer to Ihlara Valley, the only green area in the whole of Cappadocia and the home to rock cut mosques and churches. We follow the beautiful river through the valley. There are some areas where the track takes us to areas where scrambling on rocks is required.
Afterwards, we visit Ihlara town centre, an area surrounded by willow and poplar trees and magnificent rock-cut churches with its unique paintings. We have lunch here before continuing our walk alongside the river to Selime town. We finish the day by transferring to Güzelyurt to taste Gelveri Organic Wines.
13km (8 miles), ascent 50m/ descent 80m, 6 hours.
We transfer to Çavusin (approximately 1 ½ hours) where we break away from the classical trekking routes in the area and venture off the beaten track. This is a walk for those who enjoy hiking with heights. We explore the village before ascending through the deserted house to reach the church of John the Baptist to explore its unique paintings. We continue to the summit of Bozdag mountain where we are treated to a spectacular panorama view of the region, including Uchisar, Göreme, Çavusin, Avanos, Ortahisar and Zelve. We follow a smooth path over the plateau for more incredible sites, including views of Mount Erciyes.
5.8km (3.6 miles), ascent 180m/descent 90m, 2 ½ hours.
We break for lunch in a small family run restaurant in the Red Valley before visiting a winery and grape church. We have an afternoon walk in Rose Valley to visit the pigeon houses carved into the rockface and the Cross Church.
3km (2 miles), ascent 10m/descent 50m.
After breakfast we drive to Soganli valley, a beautiful corner of Cappadocia. Christian monasteries located on the skirts of the hills have very unique wall paintings, different from other Cappadocia churches. The Keslik Monastery is a rock cut complex with blackened frescoes whilst the Stephanos Church has vibrant well preserved frescoes.
We enjoy lunch in Mustafa Pasa, which until 1924 was an old Greek town known as Sinassos. We finish our venture in Cappadocia with a visit to the Open Air Museum of Göreme, a UNESCO world heritage site This cluster of monastic Byzantine artistry with its rock cut churches, chapels and monasteries is an essential must for a visit to Cappadocia.
Cappadocia’s wonders will have captivated us but unfortunately it is time to say goodbye. We transfer to Kayseri airport for our flight home.