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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights simple family hotels
  • 1 night in a village house
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$920USD

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Overview

Trip Code: COF

Trip highlights


  • Ortahisar (middle fortress) with its castle like rock formation, but also picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches
  • Walking amongst the fairy chimneys and rocks of Uchisar
  • Discovering the old cave village of Cavusin with its rock cut dwellings and stone houses
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people
  • Exploring the earth pillars, fairy chimneys and vineyards of the Pasabag Valley and Goreme

For millions of years the volcanoes of the Central Anatolian Plateau erupted over the land to create the unique rock formations and fairy chimneys that characterise Cappadocia, Turkey. Through the centuries, civilisations carved houses and churches within these rocky pillars and underground cities leaving a natural and historic legacy which continues to be a focal point for visitors to the region. Interspersed amongst these relics is a living culture of traditional villages, spectacular river valleys and rural settlements. On this week long self guided walk you will be immersed in the history and stunning lunar landscapes of this fascinating region. Following a series of trails you will explore the highlights of the region such as Mustafapasha, Ortahisar and Goreme.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

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On arrival at Kayseri Airport (or Nevsehir airport), you will be met and transferred to Mustafapasha. The village was formerly known as Sinasos during Ottoman times and was inhabited by Greeks until 1924. The Greeks built many of the churches, and you'll also find some impressive mansions with colourful wall paintings. Overnight in a comfortable pension. Transfer time from Kayseri: 1 hour (80km), from Nevsehir 45min (60km)

Meals:  Nil

This morning from Mustafapasa you take the asphalt road out of the village and continue on small walking paths and roads through the Pancarlik Valley towards Ortahisar village. In Pancarlik Valley you will see numerous cones and fairy chimneys decorating the way and it is also possible to visit Sarica and Pancarlik churches for their architectural interest. Ortahisar is famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches as well as the castle-like rock formation after which the town is named. Walking: 10.7km/6.7mi, ascent: 323m1060ft, descent: 305m/1000ft

Meals:  B,D

You start walking in Ortahisar and follow roads passing vineyard gardens until you reach the village of Ibrahimpasa, where the historical stone bridge and original Greek stone houses draw your attention. It's a small village with an authentic atmosphere. In Ibrahimpasa we suggest tasting a cup of traditional Turkish Tea, better known as cay. From Ibrahimpasa village a path will lead you down to a beautiful scenic valley, then on small walking paths you will continue back to Ortahisar village, accompanied by beautiful formations and amazing geological formations. Walking: 8km/5mi, ascent: 315m/1033ft, descent: 226m/741ft

Meals:  B,D

Today’s walk will take you down to Zemi Valley, known for its rock churches and rich vegetation. Following a small river on a single track surrounded by rich flora and high white sand rocks, you pass by small vegetable yards and go under natural rock arches. It is quite common to spot kestrels flying around the rocks. A sandy dirt road takes you out of the valley. Accommodation at a pension in Uchisar. Walking: 12.5km/7.8mi, ascent 398m/1306ft, descent 269m/883ft

Meals:  B,D

The walk today is one of the shortest but also one of the best. You start walking in the famous Love valley (Baglidere valley, also known as Akvadi - White Valley) with some of the most picturesque fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Enjoy the marvelous sculptures made by nature and sense the mystic spirit of the valley. You may spot a turtle or a rabbit while walking. As you exit the valley you will reach Cavusin along a sandy dirt road. You stay in Cavusin for two nights at a hotel. Walking: 7km/4.4mi, ascent 85m/263ft, descent 342m/1122ft

Meals:  B,D

A longer but exciting walk awaits today. From Cavusin you start an ascent on a good single track path passing through beautiful red, orange and white sand pyramids until you reach Pasabag (Valley of the Monks). Take a rest and visit the rock churches nearby bfore continuing to the stunning Zelve Open Air Museum. You can explore the ancient rock city and enjoy a lunch in a restaurant in the rocks (allow extra time for the visit). In the afternoon you ascend a tunnel-like path surrounded with sand pyramids which takes you to the top of Bozdag Plateau. The path takes you along the edge of the plateau with great views of Zelve Open Air Museum and Urgup town. Finally you descend to reach the path to Cavusin and your hotel. Walking: 8.4km/5.25mi, ascent 295m/968ft, descent 277m/909ft

Meals:  B,D

The walk today is in the direction of Goreme following mainly dirt roads. First you will visit some interesting rock churches in Gulludere (Rose Valley) and then continue on a small ridge to the main road and Goreme open air museum. After visiting the museum you reach the town of Goreme along the main asphalt road. Overnight in a hotel in Goreme. There's a variety of restaurants here where you can dine at leisure. Walking: 9.1km/5.6mi, ascent 339m/112ft, descent 281m/922ft

Meals:  B

After breakfast there will be a transfer to the airport, trip concludes. Transfer time: 1 hour.

Meals:  B

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On arrival at Kayseri Airport (or Nevsehir airport), you will be met and transferred to Mustafapasha. The village was formerly known as Sinasos during Ottoman times and was inhabited by Greeks until 1924.The Greeks built many of the churches, and you'll also find some impressive mansions with colourful wall paintings. Overnight in a comfortable pension. Transfer time from Kayseri: 1 hour (80km), from Nevsehir 45min (60km)

Meals:  Nil

This morning from Mustafapasa you take the asphalt road out of the village and continue on small walking paths and roads through the Pancarlik Valley towards Ortahisar village. In Pancarlik Valley you will see numerous cones and fairy chimneys decorating the way and it is also possible to visit Sarica and Pancarlik churches for their architectural interest. Ortahisar is famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches as well as the castle-like rock formation after which the town is named. Walking: 10.7km/6.7mi, ascent: 323m1060ft, descent: 305m/1000ft

Meals:  B,D

You start walking in Ortahisar and follow roads passing vineyard gardens until you reach the village of Ibrahimpasa, where the historical stone bridge and original Greek stone houses draw your attention. It's a small village with an authentic atmosphere. In Ibrahimpasa we suggest tasting a cup of traditional Turkish Tea, better known as cay. From Ibrahimpasa village a path will lead you down to a beautiful scenic valley, then on small walking paths you will continue back to Ortahisar village, accompanied by beautiful formations and amazing geological formations. Walking: 8km/5mi, ascent: 315m/1033ft, descent: 226m/741ft

Meals:  B,D

Today’s walk will take you down to Zemi Valley, known for its rock churches and rich vegetation. Following a small river on a single track surrounded by rich flora and high white sand rocks, you pass by small vegetable yards and go under natural rock arches. It is quite common to spot kestrels flying around the rocks. A sandy dirt road takes you out of the valley. Accommodation at a pension in Uchisar. Walking: 12.5km/7.8mi, ascent 398m/1306ft, descent 269m/883ft

Meals:  B,D

The walk today is one of the shortest but also one of the best. You start walking in the famous Love valley (Baglidere valley, also known as Akvadi (White Valley) with one of the most picturesque fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Enjoy the marvelous sculptures made by nature and sense the mystic spirit of the valley. You may spot a turtle or a rabbit while walking. As you exit the valley you will reach Cavusin along a sandy dirt road. Overnight in Cavusin. Distance walked: 7.5km/4.7mi. Ascend 85m/263ft, descend 342m/1122ft.

Meals:  B,D

The walk today is in the direction of Goreme following mainly dirt roads. First you will visit some interesting rock churches in Gulludere (Rose Valley) and then continue on a small ridge to the main road and Goreme open air museum. After visiting the museum you reach the town of Goreme along the main asphalt road. Overnight in a hotel in Goreme. There's a variety of restaurants here where you can die at leisure. Distance walked: 9.1km/5.6mi. Ascend 339m/112ft, descend 281m/922ft.

Meals:  B

This morning a transfer will take you to the Ihlara Valley (1-2hrs each way, 95km approx.). Our vehicle will drop you at the entrance point of the Ihlara Valley. The valley is a 14km long canyon with hundreds of rock-cut rooms and churches. It proved to be an ideal place for Monks to worship in seclusion, as well as providing a safe hideaway and place of defence for people during times of invasion. There are numerous dwellings, some of which are connected by tunnels and corridors. The decorations in the churches date from the 6th to the 13th centuries. Midway through the Ihlara Valley, you will arrive in Belisirma village, a great place to have have lunch at a riverside restaurant. Afterwards you can carry on hiking in the valley to Selime Monastery. A visit to this complex of buildings on a steep mountain slope is a must in the region. Please exercise caution at this site as there are exposed sections. Later you will meet with our vehicle and driver in front of the Selime Monastery and drive back to Goreme. Distance walked: 14km. ascent: 264m; descent: 374m

Meals:  B

After breakfast there will be a transfer to the airport, trip concludes. Transfer time: 1 hour.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners - Breakfasts are Turkish style and will generally include cheese (feta), olives, eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, jam, honey, bread, tea or coffee, fruits. Dinner is a fixed menu; soup or hot and cold appetisers with fresh baked bread, main course (usually kebab varieties), salad, and dessert (fruits or baklava).
  • 6 nights simple family hotels with ensuite facilities, 1 night in a village house
  • Daily luggage transfer with option to skip some walks and travel with luggage
  • Information pack including route notes (one per room booked), GPS Tracks are available on request (recommended)
  • Airport transfers as described (from/to Kayseri or Nevsehir airports)

  • Travel to and from Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport
  • Meals not indicated above – allow approx. EUR 15 for dinner on Day 1 and EUR 65 for lunches
  • Drinks
  • All entrance fees for historical and natural sites (allow EUR 20)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transfers not part of the trip arrangement
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities can be arranged in addition to the trip, eg, hot air balloon ride, a cooking class
  • Ihlara valley visit, see the 2nd itinerary - supplement applies

Accommodation


Grading

moderate  

The walking is moderate (3) grade with daily walks of around 3-5 hours per day. There are some steep sections over loose trails during the walk and such sections of the trail require care. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Mar to 15 Nov (excluding Jul and Aug)

Notes

DN1
It is possible to include an itinerary variation to walk through the Ilhara Valley - additional charge applies. See trip notes for details (days 6-7 are changed).
DN2
We do not recommend this trip for solo travellers. A guided tour is available - see trip code COG.

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Total Priceper person from

$920USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Ilhara Valley Variation (pp) - min 2 peopleUSD$130
  • Single SupplementUSD$230
*Prices listed are per person

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