First we discover the uniqueness of Cappadocia. In the summertime it’s real joy to walk through this amazing and limestone area. There are wild flowers everywhere; isolated gardens that abound with fruits and vegetables. We follow old paths to visit the rock-cut churches, monasteries and cave dwellings, all of which are set against a textured moonscape of bizarre volcanic erosions. Then we’re ready to tackle a week’s moderate to strenuous trekking through mighty Taurus range passing glistening mountain lakes.
-Kaymakli Underground City -Ihlara Valley
-Goreme Open Air Museum
Day 1 : Kayseri Airport – Transfer to Cappadocia
Meet the group at Kayseri airport and drive to Capapdocia to our hotel.
Day 2 : Akvadi – Guvercinlik
We trek thorough the Akvadi (white valley) eroded so perfectly by time, rain and wind during centuries. On our way following a seasonal river, many strange curious rock formations and fairy chimneys round us. If we are lucky we can also see some wild birds (like hoopoe) and some wild animals (like fox). In 3 hrs walk our way gets us up to Uchisar village where we have lunch break in a restaurant. Uchisar village is settled around a high promoter, which is called citadel. We visit it walking to the top where we have rewarding panoramic view on all the surrealist Cappadoccia area. In the afternoon we follow a path to the Guvercinlik (pigeon valley). The piginaries are really very holy for Moslem people because of the Koran (holy book of Islam) and prophet Mohammed. Local people of the region use pigeon’s fertiliser for their vine fields. The path will take us to Goreme town. Overnight Hotel. (5 hrs walk)
Day 3 : Zemi Valley – Gomeda Valley – Mustafpasa
Today we start our hike with Zemi valley. The path leads us through orchards and mesmerizing tunnels.We meet our bus at panaromic view point and drive to Ayvali. In the afternoon we have a short walk from Ayvali to Mustafapasa village where we stop for tea break in a local cafe. We have a short transfer to Mustafapasa, an old greek village which was deserted in 1924 during population exchange between Turkey and Greece. Richly decorated mansions, Ottoman madrasah and 18.century Greek Orthodox church are worthseeing spots in the village. We stroll around the village before we head back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 4 : Pancarlik Valley – Kizilcukur Valley (Red valley)
In the morning transfer to beginning of Pancarlik valley. It is a fantastic landscape, a tumble of waves with pastels colours, patchwork of vineyards and small gardens in terraces. We can see Sarica and Kepez churches, carved in the heart a fairy chimneys. They are interesting for their architecture. After lunch we will walk Kizilcukur valley (Red valley) which is know also sunset point. The Red Valley is an isolated valley behind Urgup town. It has beautiful rock formations with some great hidden rock – carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area. We can visit some small churches during our walk, our walk will end in Cavusin village. Overnight hotel. (3-4 hrs walk)
Day 5 : Pasabaglari (Monk’s valley) – Bozdag
In the morning we will walk in Pasabaglari formerley known Monk’s valley. Many fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps. The hermits of Cappadocia distanced themselves from the world by cutting into fairy chimneys rather than living on top of columns. They hollowed out the chimneys from bottom to top creating rooms 10 – 15m high. They lay on beds made from rock. During our walk in this valley we will see many fairy chimneys. After Pasabaglari we will walk up Bozdag the hihest point in Cappadocia that is offering the surrealistic view of Cappadocia. Overnight at hotel. (5 hrs walk)
Day 6 : Ihlara Valley – Visit Underground city
Morning drive to underground city (30 min). Kaymakli Underground city is built by early Christians to protect them from religious persecution. Kaymakli Underground city is an elaborate labyrinth of tunnels and caves and is probably the widest of the underground cities. The most impressive aspect of the Kaymakli Underground city is the organised, structured and comprehensive nature of the complex. It had everything from living space, stables and communal kitchens to a church and a graveyard as well as being well fortified to protect its inhabitants. It is unclear when the city was actually constructed, but the earliest Christians were living in the area from the 4th century. Incredibly well-preserved and maintained, this is a fascinating site to visit. After visit drive to Selime village and start to walk through Melendiz River till Belisirma village where we will have our lunch here. After lunch walking in the Ihlara Valley which is the deepest and the longest canyon in Cappadocia. The beautiful scenery as well as look at the ruins of over 60 Byzantine churches, chapels and monasteries dating back to the 11th – 13th centuries make this valley another popular destination for hikers. After walk return to Cappadocia to our hotel. (4-5 hrs walk)
Day 7 : Zindanonu walk – Goreme Open Air Museum
We will walk through Zindanonu valley, will pass from Goreme town and walk up to scenery place of Goreme and watching the fantastic view of Goreme town. Continue the walk passing through Goreme open air Museum. The Göreme Valley holds the region’s best collection of painted cave-churches. Medieval orthodox Christian monks (1000-1200 AD) carved the caves from the soft volcanic stone and decorated them with elaborate Byzantine frescoes. The valley, and other troglodyte (cave-dweller) habitations in Cappadocia, may have been inhabited since Hittite times, but Göreme is known for its thousand-year-old churches. Late afternoon is free. Overnight at hotel. (2 hrs walk)
Day 8 : Kayseri – Home
After breakfast transfer to the airport, end of the service.
Season : March – November