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Captivating Cappadocia

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Discover Cappadocia, a unique and distinctive volcanic landscape created by the eruption of a series of volcanoes.

Cappadocia, a unique and distinctive volcanic landscape created by the eruption of a series of volcanoes. Over time erosion has created a mystical land of uniquely formed volcanic rock towers. Early Christian communities thrived, and the towers were carved to create settlements, including many beautifully crafted churches and a network of underground cities.

We’ll visit several unique valleys including the White Valley, the Red Valley, Pancarlik Valley and the Pigeon Valley. We explore vineyards surrounded by the outstanding Fairy Chimneys, a unique landscape of carved-out rock formations rising high into the sky accompanied by our local specialist guide. We pass through the famous troglodyte villages of this region and visit the Nargolu Lake, a large volcanic crater lake. We may even have time for a swim! 

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the intriguing history of this region with our local guide.
  • Marvel at one of the world’s most distinctive landscapes.
  • Explore the best of Turkey's remarkable and unique valleys.
  • Turkish villages for lunch and savour traditional Turkish hospitality.
  • See the brightly coloured wall paintings in the hidden valleys.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Kayseri via Istanbul both ways (Turkish Airlines)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfast  
      Lunches & dinners will be taken in local tavernas  
      English speaking local guide  
      All local transport costs.  
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6

  1. Day 1

    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. 

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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). 

  5. Day 5

    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.

     
  6. Day 6

    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.   

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    Cappadocia’s wonders will have captivated us but unfortunately it is time to say goodbye. We transfer to Kayseri airport for our flight home. 

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Kayseri via Istanbul both ways (Turkish Airlines)
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Holiday Cave

Goreme is a town caved into dramatic volcanic rock and is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Goreme National Park where churches, caves and cottages have been carved into the rocks. We stay in the Holiday Cave, a small hotel located in the National Park for 4 nights. The hotel has beautiful views of fairy chimneys and the Pigeon valley and is within walking distance from the town centre. There is a luscious garden, a swimming pool, a terrace area to relax and a restaurant. This unique hotel has 30 cave style stone ensuite rooms with TV, WIFI, phone, hairdryer, fridge, and tea/coffee making facilities. These remarkable rooms are decorated with traditional Turkish décor and furnishings, with marble tiled floors and colourful Turkish rugs.



Karamanli Mansion

Guzelyurt means beautiful place, and this really is! The village is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, citrus growing areas, Troodos Mountains and agricultural land. The village and its hidden charms is a great place to explore. There are busy markets at the weekends selling local produce between the various local restaurant and museums that create the village.  We stay in the Karamanli Mansion, a 120-year-old building constructed using local Gelveri stone, a unique place to stay during our tour! This small hotel has 11 bedrooms, a restaurant and a courtyard terrace. The charming cave style en suite rooms feature traditional Turkish decor, arched stone ceilings and locally made furniture. The rooms are simple and include coffee/tea making facilities.