Accommodation: Kirkit Hotel
We’ll hike down the Gomeda and Üzengi valleys with its churches and multi-layer dovecotes. The Gomeda Valley is very picturesque, and rich in rock houses, birdhouses, and rock arches. We will approach to the water springs rich in iron and sulfur and explore the Kepez, Sarica, and Pancarlik churches. By following the Valley of Balcan, we’ll reach Ortahisar, famous for its natural fortress towering above the town. If you make the effort of climbing to the fortress, you will be amply rewarded by the stunning views from the peak. The panorama of the valley of Balcan and the majestic volcano Erciyes.
Picnic for lunch. 5 hours of hiking
Free time in the morning. In the afternoon, a short transfer to climb above the village of Göreme. Hiking in the magnificent valleys of Zemi (Gemildere), Görkündere to the village of Göreme. Return to the hotel.
3 hours of hiking.
Optional activity in the morning: Canoeing in the Red River
Descent through the Bağlıdere valley with its huge fairy chimneys, also known as the valley of Love. The valleys of Kızılçukur (Red) and Güllüdere (Rose) with their extraordinary lunar landscapes, in search of hidden Byzantine rock churches; such as the church with Columns, the church with Cross. Arrival at Çavuşin village with its impressive rock cliff. Return to the hotel and dinner.
Lunch break in a restaurant. 5 hours of hiking
Our vehicle takes us to the underground city of Derinkuyu, 8 floors deep. From the village of Ihlara (1350 m), hike to the bottom of the longest canyon in all of Cappadocia, carved out by the Melendiz River. The high walls of this canyon are home to a hundred rock churches adorned with magnificent Byzantine frescoes. In the middle of lush vegetation, we can admire basalt rocks, then a forest of fairy chimneys in the village of Selime. Visit of the monastery. Return to hotel and dinner.
Lunch break in a restaurant. 3 hours of hiking.
Free time after breakfast according to flight time to Istanbul. Transfer to Kayseri or Nevşehir airport. And flight back to home.
The best time to go to Cappadocia is from the end of April to June and September and October. During these months the days are warm, the nights are cool, and there is little threat of rain.
We will spend 5 nights in Kirkit Hotel, Located in Avanos, this cave hotel is less than 9 km from Göreme. It offers rooms with free WiFi, and has a restaurant that serves traditional cuisine. Rooms at the Kirkit Hotel have stone walls and wooden furnishings,some of which is antique. They include a private bathroom with a shower. Some rooms have balconies with views of the Kizilirmak River.
During the trip we will try some delicious Turkish and Mediterranean food such as Doner, Kebap and Ayran.
The hike itself is moderate but it requires a reasonable fitness level. Expect to be hiking around 4-5 hours daily. The trip is also appropriate for children if they are fit enough.
We’ll be mostly hiking in colored valley, barren rock formations and beside water streams and river beds surrounded by cliffs on both sides.
We have all our transportation in a private A/C minibus.
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Price based on 4 pax (for 3 people $1600- for 2 people $2015 )
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D)
All transport to and from the destination and throughout the trip and airport ( A/C minibus)
Accommodation in double rooms for 5 nights
English-speaking professional hiking guide
Canoeing in the Red River
Excess baggage & Airport Taxes
Personal & Travel insurance
Drinks during the meals
Tips and Gratuity