CAPPADOCIA COMFORT HIKE

CAPPADOCIA COMFORT HIKE

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

4 days 3 nights

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Maximum Seats

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Cappadocia, which means “the land of beautiful horses” in ancient Persian, is located at the heart of Anatolia. A region that combines unique geological, historic, and cultural features, Cappadocia is an open-air museum in its own right. Millions of years ago three active volcanoes – Erciyes, Hasandağ and Güllüdağ – erupted and these eruptions were so strong that in some places the lava was up to 150m in thickness. Over many millions of years, volcanoes, wind, rain and ice sculpted the region which is known as Cappadocia. On the eroded landscape, basalt stones remained and formed conical structures which the local people referred to these unique rock formations “fairy chimneys” (in turkish “peri bacalari”). Cappadocia is known to be one of the most interesting places on earth with its geography and history. It has thousands of cave dwellings and churches carved out of rock, and over 250 underground cities.

  • 6 Days on hike discovering the valleys and historic spots

  • Göreme Open Air Museum (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

  • Underground Cities

  • Village of Sinasos

  • Mystic center Hacibektas

  • Rug and pottery workshops

Tour Program

Day 1

Arrival to Kayseri and transfer to Sinasos

We’ll transfer to our hotel in Sinasos, modern-day Mustafapaşa,The village was dominantly populated by the Greek Orthodox community who flourished mainly through caviar trade and resided for hundreds of years until the population exchange in 1924. Until the exchange in 600 Greek Orthodox and 150 Turkish families were living in the town. We’ll have a light hike around the village and will have the opportunity to see the architectural and historical character of this lesser-known but equally beautiful town of Cappadocia. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Walking time: 1.5 hours, 3 km

Included Meals: Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 2

Beydere – Gomeda Valley Hike

After hiking along the two beautiful valleys of Cappadocia, we’ll reach the Sarıca Church where a surprise will be waiting for you! Sarıca Church is among the cluster of tenth-century cave churches in the Kepez Valley south of Ürgüp. As you’ll see, the open valley has multiple churches and halls, suggesting that a community populated this sacred area. While Sarıca Churches 1 and 2 are located inside isolated volcanic cones in the lower section of the open valley, the church we’ll visit, “Sarıca Church 3” is part of the upper courtyard complex. After a carefully curated restoration process, this church won the Europa Nostra Award in 2006, which is the most prestigious award in terms of cultural heritage conservation. The prize was given for the impressive rescue, stabilisation and conservation of Sarıca Church that was threatened by climatic erosion and for the provision of visitor infrastructure in a region of huge cultural significance.

Walking time: 4-5 hours, 10 km

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 3

Over the St. Nicholas Church to Golgoli Hill

We will start walking from the hotel and walk through valleys with hidden churches and pigeon houses. We will ascend 300m to reach the steep Golgoli Hill, with its church ruins. On the foot of the hill we will find some cave dwellings and a small underground city. At the end of the day we will walk back to our hotel.

Walking time: 3 hours, 9 km

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 4

Göreme Open Air Museum and Valley Hikes

After a short bus ride we will visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum which is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After the guided tour we will walk through Red and Rose Valleys and Cavusin. After a short bus ride we will come back to our hotel. Optional: Today there is a possibility to attend a rug workshop.

Walking time: 4-5 hours, 12 km

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 5

Ihlara Valley Hike

Before reaching the valley, there will be photo stops in Güzelyurt and a crater-lake. Ihlara Valley was commonly used by Byzantine monks since the 7th century, to hide inside the rock-cut hidden churches and monasteries along the Melendiz River. We will eat a savory lunch near the river.

Walking time: 4-5 hours, 12 km

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 6

Uçhisar Castle Visit and Hiking between Paşabağ and Zelve

After breakfast we will visit Uçhisar Castle, which is considered as one of the most prominent landmarks of the region. Uchisar is a natural rock formation fortified with walls throughout the centuries and used as an important defense point as it has the highest elevation in the entire Cappadocia. After midday we will have a hike between Pasabag passing through striking views, also known as the Monk’s Valley, to Zelve.

Walking time: 4-5 hours, 10 km

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 7

Hacıbektaş and Underground City Visits

“Hacıbektaş”, is known as one of the most important spiritual centers of Anatolia. Hacıbektaş was an Islamic mystic and sufi that lived in the 13th century. It is a pilgrimage point for the Alawite community in Turkey. On the way back we will have time to visit the underground city of Özkonak and we’ll be joining a pottery demonstration in Avanos.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Transfer to Kayseri Airport

After breakfast and some leisure time in the morning, we will be transferred to Kayseri Airport. We hope you had an amazing week discovering the culturally abundant region of Cappadocia!

Included Meals: Breakfast

Guaranteed departures:

August 15-22, 2021 (690 Euros)

September 19-26, 2021 (790 Euros)

October 10-17, 2021 (790 Euros)

November 07-14, 2021 (690 Euros)

All prices are for per person accommodation in a double room. Single room supplement is 190 Euros.

Tour price includes:

7 overnight accommodation on half-board basis in a small hotel

6 lunches (lunchbox and set-menu at restaurants)

Private van with A/C for all transfers (luggage transfer during the hikes)

Entrance fees as per the program

English speaking professional hiking guide

Hiking poles (please book in advance)

 

Tour price excludes:

← Flights

← Airport transfers

← Excursions and meals not mentioned in the program

← Drinks during the meals

← Personal Expenses

← Travel Insurance

← Tips

Gül Konakları Sinasos, Mustafapaşa-Ürgüp

MEETING POINT

Your hotel at Mustafapaşa, Ürgüp

END POINT

Your hotel at Mustafapaşa, Ürgüp

REACHING THE HOTEL FROM THE AIRPORT

Airport transfer to/from the hotel is not included in the price. A private one-way transfer costs xx Euros for 1-2 persons, xx Euros for 3-4 persons, xx Euros for 5-10 and xx Euros for 10+ persons.

IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU?

This trip consists of comfortable walking with some short, steep slopes, on average 5-6 hours a day. There will be moderate ascents and descents, roughly a few hundred metres. It is ideal for people who can manage to walk 4-5 hours a day during a weekend excursion. The best time to do this hike is March, April, May and September, October, November.

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED FROM 

2 persons

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE

14 persons

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your luggages will be transferred between each accommodation. All you need is a backpack to carry your lunchbox, drinking water, photo camera etc.

MEALS

You will be eating mostly set menus at the hotels and restaurants. Your lunch boxes are usually made of a sandwich, snack, seasonal fruit.

TRANSFERS

There will be a private van with A/C for the entire trip.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

The most important is the walking boots, which should cover your ankle. Outfit that is suitable for walking, lots of shirts, shorts or walking pants, sunglasses, raincoat, a hat, outfit for chilly Cappadocia nights, sunscreen cream, water bottle, 30 lt backpack  should be enough for this excursion. We provide hiking poles for those who need but please make sure in advance that you need one.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

In order to know the visa regime of Turkey for your country, please visit the related page at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site.

For those who require to get a visa, Turkey accepts e-visa only which should be bought online before one’s arrival. For more information please visit the web site.

COVID-19 RELATED

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for Turkey.

As of December 30, 2020, passengers arriving in Turkey are required to submit a negative PCR test (nucleic acid). The sample for the test must have been taken within 72 hours prior to the passenger’s scheduled departure from the country of origin. This applies to all passengers aged 6 years and over, except sailors and transit passengers.

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