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8 Days Cappadocia Walking & Hiking Tour

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8 Days Cappadocia Walking & Hiking Tour is one of the best adventurous program ever !

Explore Cappadocia in a different way with a highly specialized ‘Hiking Tour’ that takes you into the traditional villages and its daily life. Visiting local homes and rock-hewn houses, discovering many spectacular lesser known valleys. In the afternoon, lunch at a restaurant owned by a local family to taste an authentic Cappadocian meal.

8 Days Cappadoca Walking & Hiking Tour is starting and ending in Ankara.  You will have oportunity to explore the fairy chimney and natural sites of Cappadocia by foot including Mustafapasa, Tahtali rock formations, Uzengi Valley, Pancarlik Valley, Avcilar Valley, Kiliclar Valley, Zelve Village, Pasabag Valley, Kizilcukur Valley, Goreme Valley, Uchisar Village, Akvadi Valley, and Ihlara Valley.

Ancient Cappadocia, situated just an hour’s drive away offers the opportunity for some of the most fascinating day walking to be enjoyed anywhere in the world. The famous troglodyte (underground) villages and the amazing scenery are best enjoyed on foot. The lunar landscape of Cappadocia is formed from tufa compacted volcanic ash which erodes easily and is very suitable for making caves. Since the earliest times men have burrowed into this rock, making underground houses, churches and even large cities. There are dramatic cave houses at Zelve and Uchisar, and a complete underground monastery at Goreme. The insides of the caves are decorated with religious frescoes in the Greek Orthodox style, almost a complete record of Christian art over almost 1,000 years. One of the oldest and largest settlements in Cappadocia is Derinkuyu, a complete underground city, with seven levels of tunnels said to extend for 14 kms.

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TOUR START DATE: Available every day

TOUR ROUTE: Ankara » Cappadocia » Rila Monastery » Bansko » Thessaloniki » Vergina » Athens

ECO TURKEY TOUR PRICES – PER PERSON

Double Room: from £ 540.00

Single Room: from  £ 713.00

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Includes

  • Arrival airport transfer from Ankara Airport
  • 2 nights hotel in Ankara
  • 4 nights hotel in Goreme Cappadocia
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Guided Ankara old city tour
  • Guided Agzikarahan Seljuk Caravanserai, Derinkuyu Underground City, and Mustafapasa city tour
  • Guided Tahtali, Uzengi Valley, and Pancarlik Valley tour
  • Guided Avcilar and Kiliclar Valley tour
  • Guided Zelve, Pasabag Valley, Cavusin, and Kizilcukur (Red Valley) tour
  • Guided Goreme Valley, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar Village, and Akvadi Valley tour
  • Guided Ihlara Valley, Melendiz, and Belisirma Village tour
  • All transfer services to and from bus service
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Return airport transfer to Ankara Airport

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Ankara – Arrival Day

Meet with our guide at Ankara airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Ankara.

Day 2 – Ankara – Cappadocia (Mustafapasa)

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We have a look at the old city in Ankara. There is a possibility for those who want to visit the famous and rich Anatolian civilisations museum where one can view many different artefacts including objects and tools found during archaeological excavations in some of the surrounding Anatolian historical sites. After tour, we depart for our 4 hour drive to Cappadocia through the Anatolian plateau, via the salt lake (tuz golu). Before arriving in the heart of Cappadocia, we have a stop to visit to the agzikarahan seljuk caravanserai from the 12th century. The caravans travelling on the silk-road used this as guest-hotel. The masonry is an example of ancient Seljuk art. Then we will drive on to Derinkuyu for a visit of the incredible underground city (8 floors, going down to 57 m under the ground). After this visit, we drive to Mustafapasa charming city, which was inhabited by orthodox greeks until 1923. After this date, Turkey and Greece signed the Lausanne treaty, concerning exchange of population between the 2 countries. Today, you can recognise Greek masonry on the face of old houses. Dinner and overnight at pension in Cappadocia.

Day 3 – Tahtali, Uzengi and Pancarlik Valleys – Mustafapasa (5 Hours Walking)

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast, we depart for the trailhead point of our walk. We walk down to the tahtali, one of most typical examples of rock-carved housing in Cappadocia. Millions of years ago tuff, a soft stone comprised of lava, ash and mud has accumulated on the landscape’s surfaces as a result of local volcanic activity. The erosion since, has made this landscape appear to be unnatural work; rock formations out of a fantasy land rise up before you at every turn and entice you to look longer and wonder at their creation Then through small valleys and plateau’s we go down to the valley of Uzengi bordered with a high cliff of white tuff where there are thousands of pigeon houses. Our lunch break will be on the way as a picnic. Our pathway takes us into the Pancarlik valley. It is a fantastic landscape, a tumble of waves with pastels colours, patchwork of vineyards and small gardens in terraces. We are in front of sarica and kepez churches, carved in the heart a fairy chimneys. They are interesting for their architecture. Dinner and overnight at pension in Cappadocia.

Day 4 – Valleys of Avcilar and Kiliclar Goreme (5 Hours Walking)

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast, we will take a short drive to the beginning of Avcilar valley. In the heart of Cappadocia, this is a breathtakingly beautiful valley, with poplars, fruit trees and gardens between two walls of coloured tuff. We follow all the meanders; the colours change quickly, the white dominate, the abandoned gardens fall down in this strange land. We then continue into the Kiliclar valley. Like mushrooms, fairy-chimneys are standing up and we walk through them. Simple rock-cut churches, cones and unusual rock formations are the highlights of this part of the trek. Picnic will be served for lunch. Dinner and overnight at pension in Cappadocia.

Day 5 – Zelve – Pasabag – Cavusin – Kizilcukur – Goreme (5 Hours Walking)

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Transfer to zelve and visit, an old cave-dwellings-village, today used as an open-air museum. It was inhabited until 1950, but the government moved the population because of erosion.
Walk to Pasabag valley (also called priest valley). We walk on the cliffside dominating the most famous fairy chimneys of Cappadocia: some are getting destroyed, whereas some others have still three “heads”… We cross cavusin village village, one of the first christian settlement. We visit here the old church dedicated to st the baptispte, where you can still recognise the fresco of salome dancing for herodes. Afterward we continue onto kizilcukur (red valley), this valley is certainly the most beautiful in Cappadocia with its formations and red colours: during millions years ago, rain and wind worked together to erode the soft volcanic rock; you will see here that the result is really fairy. Small valleys, cones, peaks and fairy chimneys alternate harmoniously on our way. Because he needed to become integrated into this extraordinary landscape, man built into this, cave dwellings, frescoed churches. We will visit some of them en-route. Dinner and overnight at pension in Cappadocia.

Day 6 – Guvercinlik – Akvadi – Goreme (5 Hours Walking)

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today we will explore the Goreme valley, which will lead us to the Pigeon valley (called so because of the numerous “pigeon houses” built in the 18th century). After a lunch-breach in Uchisar village, we visit the high viewpoint known as “fortress”: this offers a splendid view all over Cappadocia. In the afternoon we walk in the Akvadi valley following an old river bed (today dry) featuring fruit gardens and many vineyards. In this valley, you will notice the fairy chimneys are particularly slim.
Dinner and overnight at pension in Cappadocia.

Day 7 – Goreme – Ihlara Valley – Selime – Ankara (5 Hours Walking)

(Breakfast and lunch included)
After breakfast, we drive to Ihlara area where we will walk in the Ihlara valley, along the Melendiz with the rhythm of birds’ songs. This valley is particularly rich with flora due to the presence of water. We will see here cave dwellings and rock-cut churches from the Christian period. There we will visit certainly ones of the most beautiful orthodox churches (from 6th and 12th century) with excellent preserved examples of Christian frescoes on the rock faces of the valley. We arrive in Belisirma village where we have our lunch-break on the bank of the river before departing for our drive back to Ankara (4 hours). Overnight in Ankara.

Day 8 – Ankara – End of Tour

(Breakfast included)
End of your tour, transfer to Ankara airport. We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Eco Turkey Tour.

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NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR ARE:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tipping and personal insurance

 

We highly recommend you bring the following personal equipment:

  • Cold weather gear – such as good quality hat
  • gloves
  • waterproofs
  • water bottle
  • headlamp
  • walking or climbing boots
  • sunglasses
  • rucksack
  • daypack and walking stick

Please note that we can arrange for you to rent the necessary equipment if you need.

 

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