Self Guided Walking in Cappadoica

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...

 

Tour Highlights
Unique stone formations, diverse valleys, complete new world...

 

Trip plan:

 

Day 1: Kayseri

You will be met by our representative at the Kayseri airport, and then transferred to the pension in Mustafapasa.


 

Day 2: Ayvali - Mustafapaşa

You start walking on a dirt road along the foot of a natural tumulus carved by erosion and known as Golgoli by local people. The road continues passing by vineyards and white and brown sandstone pyramides. In clear weather you will have a splendid view towards the snow caped Erciyes peak (3916) in the distance. Experience the hospitality Ayvali village inhabitants, perhaps, with a tea-break in the local cafe. You stay overnight at a pension in Mustafapasa. Walking time: 3 h; uphill/downhill: 250/190m

 

Day 3: Gomeda – Ortahisar

Today's walk starts on a dirt road following tracks through vineyards on the east side of Gomeda valley starting from Ayvali. The Gomeda valley is very picturesque rich in rock houses and bird houses, rock arches, small vegetable yards and abundant vegetation. After around 2 hours walking in the shades of the valley you turn west and go up and out of the valley on a dirt road until you reach Ortahisar.  You stay overnight at a pension in Mustafapasa Walking time: 6 h; uphill/downhill: 240/320m

 

Day 4: Zemi Valley- Uchisar

Today’s walk will take you down to Zemi valley interesting for its rock churches and rich vegetation. You walk upstream the small river on a single track surrounded by rich versatile flora, high white sand rocks, passing by small vegetable yards and going under natural rock arches. You reach Ortahisar on a sandy dirt road when you climb out the valley. Accommodation at pension in Göreme. Walking time: 6 h; uphill/downhill: 250/150m

 

 

Day 5: Baglı Valley - Cavusin

Todays trek is one of the shortest but one of the most beautiful ones. You start walking in the famous Love valley (Bagli 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 rabit while walking. After you go out the valley you reach Chavusin on a sandy dirt road. Overnight at pension in Göreme. Walking time: 3.30 h; uphill/downhill: 80/200m

 

 

Day 6: Pasabagi- Zelve

 From Cavusin you start climbing on a nice single track path passing through beautiful red, orange and white sand pyramids until you reach Pasabagi. Then you walk to the stunning Zelve open air museum. After that the path takes you to the top of Bozdag plateau. You walk on a path on the edge of the plateau with great views of Zelve open air musem and Urgup town. Overnight at pension in Göreme. Walking time: 7 h;uphill/downhill: 320/300m

 

 

Day 7: Rose Valley - Göreme

Today you walk mainly on 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. Walking time: 4 h; uphill/downhill: 450/400m

 

 

Day 8: Transfer to Kayseri Airport for departure.  

 

LAND COAST INCLUDES:

  • All transfers and Transportation.
  • All Hotel accommodation BB.
  • English speaking guide
  • All meals are included.
  • Transportation luggage (vehicle)
  • All the pension in Cappadocia.

LAND COAST DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Drinks and personal expenses

 

For price details and more information, please contact us

 

 

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