Trekking & Spa in Cappadocia

8 days


 

The violent eruptions of the volcanoes Erciyes (3916 m) and Hasan (3268 m) three millions years ago which covered the surrounding plateau with tuff, lava and volcanic ash, are at the origin of the most strange landscape on Earth.  Undergoing erosion by wind and water, this plateau was shredded creating monumental rock formations such as rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines in colours ranging from warm reds and golds to cool greens and greys. "Fairy chimneys" with flat stones on the top, cones with distorted shapes combining to perfect a more confusing surrealist decoration than any of the most delirious sculptors could design. In other places, are notched small valleys dug out of canyons at the bottom of which rivers curve, giving the appearance of a lunarscape.

Cappadocia is not only a wonder of Nature. Man lived there. In pyramids and cliffs openings give access to cave dwellings, rock-cut churches, monasteries and underground cities dug at the beginning of Christianity.

On this tour, we offer you a fantasy of nature and almost like another planet and to which no description can accurately do justice. One needs to feel its magic environment, its colours and its luminosity to appreciate another dimension...

 

DAY 1: ANKARA

Meet with our Samistal Travel team in hotel in Ankara. Dinner is free. Night in hotel. ****

 

DAY 2: ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA (Mustafapaşa)

Depart in the morning after 4 h drive to Cappadocia area through the Anatolian plateau, via the salt lake (Tuz Gölü). 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 showing the Seljuk art. Then our minibus drives us to Derinkuyu for visiting the incredible underground city (8 floors, going down to 57 m under the ground). After this visit, we drive to Mustafapaşa charming city, which was inhabited by Orthodox Greek, until 1923. At 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.  Night in Uchisar and SPA HOTEL.

 

DAY 3: TAHTALI  - PANCARLIK VALLEYS - MUSTAFAPASA (walk about 5 hours)

After breakfast in the pension, our minibus drives us to the trailhead point of our walk. We walk down to the Tahtali, one of most typical of Cappadocia. Millions years ago tuff, a soft stone comprised of lava, ash and mud have been thrown out to place by volcanoes. The erosion made this 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 plateaux we go down to the valley of Uzengi bordered with a high cliff of white tuff where are thousands of pigeon houses. 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 chimney. They are interesting for their architecture.

Drive back to Uchisar and SPA HOTEL.

 

DAY 4: Valleys of Avcilar and Kiliçlar GÖREME (walk about 5 hours)

Short drive to the beginning of Vacilar valley. In the heart of Cappadocia, this is a very beautiful valley, with poplars, fruit trees and gardens between two walls of colour tuff. We follow all the meanders; the colours change quickly, the white dominate, the abandoned gardens fall down in this strange land.

Then our way continues into the Kiliçlar 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.. Then we drive to Uchisar and check in SPA HOTEL.

 

DAY 5: ZELVE - PASABAG - CAVUŞIN - KIZILÇUKUR - GOREME (walk about 5 hours)

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 Paşabağ 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 Çavuşin 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 Kızılçukur (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.Night in Uchisar and  SPA HOTEL.

 

DAY 6: GUVERCINLIK - AKVADI - Göreme (walk about 5 hours)

We walkin the Göreme-valley, which will get us to the Pigeon valley (called so because of the numerous "pigeon houses" built in the 18th century). After Lunch-breach in Uçhisar village 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 (today dry), with fruits gardens and vineyards. In this valley, the fairy chimneys are particularly slim.Overnight in Hotel in Uchisar and SPA.

 

DAY 7: Göreme - IHLARA VALLEY - SELIME - ANKARA (walk about 5 hours)

Drive (1hour 15) to Ihlara area where.Walk in the Ihlara valley, along the Melendiz with the rhythm of birds’ songs. This valley is particularly rich with flora due to presence of water. We will see here cave dwellings and rock-cut churches from the Christian period. We visit certainly ones of the most beautiful orthodox churches (from 6th and 12th century) with good conserved frescoes on the rock faces of the valley. We arrive in Belisırma village where we have lunch-break at the bank of the river. Then drive to Ankara (4 hours). Install to hotel for the night.

 

DAY 8: ANKARA - HOME

Breakfast and END OF SERVICE.

 

LAND COAST INCLUDES:

  • All transfers and Transportation.
  • All Hotel accommodation BB. (Ankara ***)
  • English speaking guide
  • All meals are included except for when we stay in Ankara (Lunch and dinner).
  • Transportation luggage (vehicle)
  • All the SPA Hotel  in Cappadocia.

LAND COAST DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Meals at city Restaurants; (Lunch and Dinner in Ankara)
  • Entrance fees.
  • Drinks and personal expenses.

 

For price details and more information, please contact us

 

 

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