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Trek Cappadocia & Stay in a Cave Hotel

See the best that Cappadocia has to offer with our hand-picked selection of guided walks in the region, taking you far away from the coach tours. Explore hidden cave churches and learn the fascinating history of the region, whilst staying in an atmospheric cave hotel.

Tailor-made Classic 5 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $314 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

The scenery in Cappadocia is like no where else on earth. As a consequence of a super volcano millions of years ago, the area is typified by unique rock formations, which have been eroded over the years. The canyons, valleys and fairy chimneys have become a well-known geographical phenomenon. The unique rock also played an important part in the region's history and culture as well. The soft rock was easy to carve into, meaning that ancient inhabitants carved their homes and churches direct out of the rocks. Hidden beneath and behind these ancient dwellings are vast networks of caves and tunnels which were built by the early Christians in the area to escape persecution.

On this trip, you will have three private guided treks offering different scenery and experiences. Your first trek sees you hiking through quiet valleys, exploring rock-hewn churches and passage ways. Ancient frescoes can still be seen in some of the churches, which offer fascinating insights to early Christianity. Your second trek takes you through rural Cappadocia, hiking through little-visited villages and peaceful valleys giving you a genuine insight into village life. Your third trek takes you to the Ihlara Valley, where the scenery changes and you follow a river through a vast canyon. Passing poplar and pistachio trees and more cave dwellings, your trek culminates in a visit to the Selime Monastery, one of the largest in the region.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO HOTEL
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel

DAY 2: HIKING: CAVE CHURCHES & HIDDEN VALLEYS
This morning, you will meet with your guide and set off for a day exploring cave churches and seeing fairy chimney rock formations up close. You will see pigeon lofts and get a real sense of the geography of the region, as well as having the chance to explore Cavusin, with some excellent examples of ancient dwellings. Today's walk is a circular, with a lunch stop en-route, so there is flexibility to lengthen / shorten the hike depending on the heat and how far you want to walk.

DAY 3: HIKING: RURAL VALLEYS & VILLAGES
This morning you will be picked up by your guide who will take you to an underground cave complex where you can see and explore the labyrinthine cave dwellings that were inhabited in the area by Christians to escape persecution. You will then be transferred to the rural village of Kavak. From here, you will walk through sleepy rural villages, far away from the bus loads of tourists. Passing through valleys with bizarre rock formations and deserted cave dwellings, you will get a real sense of rural life in Cappadocia. Lunch will be in a local restaurant in a sleepy town. You will finish your walk in Mustaphapasa, which until the population exchange in 1924, was a predominantly Greek town.

DAY 4: HIKING: IHLARA VALLEY
Today you will be transferred to the village of Ihlara (about 1 1/4 hour drive) Today's 13 km hike is a popular one. It is generally an easy walk, following the river, there are some short parts where you will have to scramble on rocks.. After a short tea break, you will walk for about 3 1/2 hours, visiting three rock-cut churches en-route. After a late lunch, you continue following the river down to Selime. After visiting the monastery and climbing the 300 steps up the passages, you will drive back to Goreme via a volcanic crater lake where there will be a chance to stop for a quick swim.

DAY 5: DEPARTURE
You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Esbelli Evi

Cappadocia

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exceptional cave hotel
- Simple, yet elegant furnishings
- Ideal boutique family option
- Extremely spacious suites

Details

Price includes

The price includes all transfers, treks with guide, accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis.

When is best?

This trip is available all year round, with the best trekking season from April - October.

Is it for me?

This trip is suitable for adults and children alike. The hiking is all in private groups and so distances can be flexible. Expect to walk for around 4 hours each day, with plenty of stops for photos and exploring caves and churches.

This itinerary is fully customisable, so please get in touch if you have any questions.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • My kayak tour with Tour dust is an experience I will treasure forever. I believe Johnny is exactly the type of guide everyone hopes for on a trip like this. Upbeat, funny, enthusiastic, and an incredible level of skill in this sport. I have been kayaking for many years, but, being over 60 years old now, I certainly appreciated knowing we were in such very, very capable hands.
    And the other people who took part in the trip? What a great bunch! It's hard to believe we were mostly complete strangers just one week ago. I will treasure those friendships forever as well.

    MissingStephen McGrill reviewing Dubrovnik Kayaking Short Break on 06 October 2014

  • On our final night now in Dubrovnik sadly.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the first half Tourdust arranged with all the kayaking etc. our son was very sad to leave and preferred the earlier part of our trip to the second half chilling by the pool!

    Accommodation was 'ok', activities were just enough, some people couldn't keep up with the amount of kayaking but for us it was just the right amount. Johnny and Mattie were superb, they went out of their way to ensure everyone was happy all the time (I hope Tourdust look after them as they are a great asset to the company!!).

    They took us to some great restaurants, arranged all the transport and ensured everyone was safe during the activities.

    5 out of 5 to you guys, we hope to be back!!

    MissingRichard Jones reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 22 August 2014

  • A few comments on our recent trip
    Organization Excellent including pick up and drop off
    Our guide Amir was friendly, spoke good English, and competent as our instructor / guide, he went out of his way to give us a good holiday.
    Accommodation , First island was fantastic with a friendly family, Breakfast was outstanding
    second island was good although the breakfast wasn't up to the standard if the first.
    Equipment was all of good quality and in good condition
    overall the holiday was relaxing , enjoyable with sufficient paddling for two experienced paddlers,
    the restaurants and bars produced food which was fresh, tasty and reasonably priced
    we would highly recommend the holiday to friends and family
    we will hopefully return again to do more in Croatia in the future

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Adults from $765 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $433 per person economy class from London

Families from $765 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $433 per person economy class from London

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