Cappadocia on Foot

Cappadocia on Foot information and booking

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$990
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights accommodation in simple hotels and pensions
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots, warm clothes, day pack and sun hat. (A detailed packing list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

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
  • Ring the old cave village of Cavusin with its rock cut dwellings and stone houses
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people
  • Discovering the earth pillars, fairy chimneys and vineyards of the Pasabag Valley and Goreme

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

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. Following a series of trails to reach the highlights of the region such as Mustafapasha, Ortahisar (or 'middle fortress') and Goreme to name a few, this walking trip explores lunar landscapes and fascinating ancient sites. In the evening, you'll stay in a combination of comfortable family run hotels, a troglodyte hotel and village houses to gain a true appreciation of the warm local hospitality.

What's included

  • Meals include 7 breakfasts and 6 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).
  • 7 nights accommodation in simple hotels and pensions
  • Daily luggage transfer with option to skip some walks and travel with luggage
  • Information kit including detailed maps and directions
  • Airport transfers as described

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kayseri Airport and transfer to Mustafapasha
On arrival at Kayseri Airport (or Nevsehir), you will be met and transferred to Mustafapasa, overnight pension. The village of Mustafapasa was formerly known as Sinasos during Ottoman times when it was inhabited by the Greeks, who also built many of the churches. There are some impressive mansions with colourful wall paintings. Transfer time: 1 hour
Day 2 Walk to the village of Ayvali (3hrs)
The days walk begins on a dirt road along the foot of a natural tumulus carved by erosion and known as Golgoli by local people. The road continues through vineyards in the direction of an interesting peak with white and brown sandstone pyramids around it. In clear weather you will have a great view towards the snow caped Erciyes peak (3916m) in the distance. You ascend the smaller peak from the right and continue walking on a plateau before descending to the village of Ayvali. Experience the hospitality of the inhabitants, perhaps, with a tea-break in the local cafe. You stay overnight at a village house in Ayvali. Distance walked: 8km. Ascend 250m, descend 190m
Day 3 Walk via vineyards to the Gomeda valley with its rock houses and on to Ortahisar (6hrs)
The trail today takes you through vineyards on the east side of the Gomeda Valley. At one point the road goes down in the valley and you start walking on a single track path following the river. The Gomeda Valley is very picturesque, rich in rock houses, bird houses, rock arches, small vegetable yards and abundant vegetation. After around 2 hours walking in the shade of the valley you turn west and go up and out of the valley on a dirt road until you reach Ortahisar, famous for its natural fortress (note: it is no longer possible to climb the fortress). Overnight village house. Distance walked: 14km. Ascend 240m, descend 320m
Day 4 Walk in the Zemi Valley known for its rock churches and continue to Uchisar (4hrs)
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 versatile flora, high white sand rocks, you pass by small vegetable yards and go under natural rock arches. In the sky it is common to spot kestrels flying around the rocks. A sandy dirt road takes you out of the valley. Accommodation at a pension in Uchisar. Distance walked: 10km. Ascend 250, descend 150m
Day 5 Walk through the famous Love Valley (Bagli Valley), overnight Cavusin (4hrs)
The walk today is one of the shortest but also one of the best. You start walking in the famous Love valley (Baglidere 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. It is most likely that you will spot a turtle or a rabbit while walking. As you exit the valley you will reach Chavusin on a sandy dirt road. Overnight at pension in Cavusin. Distance walked: 7/8km. Ascend 80m, descend 200m
Day 6 Circuit trek to the Zelve Open Air Museum and ascent of the Bozdag Plateau (7hrs)
A long 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 Pasabagi. Take a rest and visit the rock churches nearby. You continue the walk to the stunning Zelve Open Air Museum. Take a walk in the ancient rock city and enjoy a lunch in a restaurant in the rocks. 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. Overnight at a pension in Cavusin. Distance walked: 6/7km. Ascend 320m /descend 300m
Day 7 Walk to the rock churches in Gulludere (Rose Valley) and continue to Goreme (4hrs)
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 a visit of the museum you reach the town of Goreme on the main asphalt road. Overnight in a hotel in Goreme. Distance walked: 7/8km. Ascend 450m, descend 400m
Day 8 Transfer to airport at Kayseri, trip concludes
After breakfast there will be a transfer to the airport, trip concludes. Transfer time: 1 hour.