Arrive in Kayseri and and transfer to Ihlara.
Three millions years ago violent eruptions of Mount Erciyes and Mount Hasan covered the surrounding plateau of Cappadocia with tuff, a soft stone comprised of lava, ash and mud. The wind and rain have eroded this brittle rock and created a surrealist landscape of rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines, in colours that range from warm reds and golds to cool greens and greys.
Göreme is one of those unique regions in the world where the works of man blend into the natural surrounding. Explore the surreal landforms of the Goreme valleys and enjoy the colourful blaze.
Arrive in Kayseri and and transfer to Ihlara.
After breakfast, embark on a walking tour in the Ihlara canyon. The narrow, steep-sided valley is dotted with rock-cut churches and was once the favorite retreat of Byzantine monks. The valley was formed by earthquakes, and the once gushing river is now only a quiet stream.
You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant on the way and then continue walking until you reach the village of Selime.
After the walk, transfer to Göreme. You will visit the famous Kaymakli Underground City en-route. The city used to house up to 5,000 people and is believed to have had up to 8 stories with 4 being open for visitors today.
In the morning, get ready for another trek that will take through the Akvadi Valley. The valley is a magical place, and you are surely going to come across many rock formations and fairy chimneys. The 3-hour hike will take you to the village of Uchisar where you’ll have lunch.
Afterwards, walk up the citadel of Uchisar to enjoy magnificent views over the surrounding valleys. In the afternoon, follow a path to the Pigeon Valley housing thousands of pigionaries.
After a short bus ride in the morning, arrive in Kavak, the starting place of your hike.
This region is renowned for its wine as the fine volcanic soil is very fertile. Viticulture has been there since the Hittites, but the Christians were the ones who really developed the vineyards. Other produce from these fertile soils include walnuts, mulberries and a variety of nuts.
You’ll have the opportunity to observe traditional village life on this hike as your route will take you through two typical villages named Bahceli and Ayvali.
After breakfast, visit the surrealist rock formations and churches of the Pancarlik Valley. The sweeping curves give a particular character to the region.
Afterwards, start your hike and follow a river that will take you to the village of Ortahisar. You’ll continue through the Kizilcukur Valley, sometimes known as the ‘red hole’ since it’s probably one of the hottest valleys in the region. Hidden in its array of fairy chimneys is a church that houses frescos depicting ancient viniculture and fruit growing.
Your hike will take you through Pasabaglari, known as the Valley of the Priests. Many of the chimneys there are only partially divided, showing the continuous erosion process. This valley is also noted as a retreat for many hermits who would stay in the caves.
In the afternoon, walk through the Zindanonu Valley and pass Göreme.
Spend the day in and around Cavusin. You’ll have the opportunity to walk up the Bozdag Mountain, the highest point in Cappadocia.
In the afternoon, you’ll also have a chance to visit the charming town of Avanos, well known for its pottery. Afterwards, visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, an important religious centre during the Iconoclastic period with its cave monasteries and churches.
In the morning, check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport.
This trek is designed for all those interested in hiking. Daily distances are short and contain plenty of rest breaks. We, however, still recommend preparing for the trek with regular walks and exercise.
Summers in Cappadocia are usually hot and dry, and winters cold, but sunny. The daily temperatures fluctuate quite a bit after sunrise and sunset.
Visa and permit information
Please note that obtaining a visa and other valid travel documents, is entirely up to you. Please check with your embassy or Foreign Office well in advance to get the latest facts about your visa requirements. Please make sure that your passport is valid at least 6 (six) months after the trip.
Hiking Permits are purchased on your behalf and are included in the tour price. For this, it is important for you to upload a copy of your passport to your account’s information page. If this is not possible, you are always welcome to send the copy in PDF or image (JPG) format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check that the primary vaccinations are valid during the trip. Everyone traveling to Turkey is recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Be sure to consult your doctor before your departure.
Having a valid travel insurance is mandatory on all of our trips. Please make sure to get a travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and trip related problems.
Your bigger luggage will stay at the hotel and you will only need to carry a small daypack on the trek. Make sure to take a bag that will fit your water bottle, sunscreen, camera, wallet and other smaller personal items that you might need on the way. The temperature in Cappadocia drops at nightfall so it might be a good idea to take something warmer with you as well.
Turkey's official language is Turkish. The Kurdish language is also spoken in the eastern parts of Turkey. English is widely spoken in most of the tourist areas.
Turkish currency is the Turkish lira (TRL). Also, euros may be accepted in some places in bigger cities. You can exchange money on the spot or withdraw money from an ATM. Most major credit cards are widely accepted in larger cities.
It is customary to leave a tip of 10-15% of the total bill in a restaurant. It is also polite to tip the guides and drivers after the trip, the amount should be around €5 per day.
Meals in Cappadocia do not include beverages so be sure to have money for those. For any other meals not included in the package, € 10-20 per day should be sufficient.
Please note that information provided in this fact sheet is subject to change. Faralong.com can not take responsibility for third party information and its changes. However, we do aim to update this page as often as possible. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage to check all important travel info such as visa regulations and travel info from the respective channels in your country.
The name, address and emergency contact numbers of the local tour operator will be released to the clients after the final payment has been done.
We would like to assure you that all of our partners are well-known and respected in their field of work. Faralong.com is a part of the Summit Travel Group, who has been partnering with these service providers for years.
Faralong.com’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:
Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.
Accommodation in local 3-4* hotels suitable for the destination. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.
Accommodation in international chain hotels, upmarket lodges or local 4-5* hotels. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.
1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.
2 (Medium) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include day hikes on various terrain, which are normally not mandatory.
3 (Hard) - These tours are suitable for people with an average fitness level and include day hikes and treks to various places, which are a mandatory part of the program.
4 (Very hard) -These tours are suitable for people with an intermediate level of fitness and include challenging treks on various terrain.
5 (Extreme) - These tours are suitable for people who are looking for some serious challenges. Have a good look at the program and do some research before committing to one of these tours.
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Otherwise, you will be accommodated in the same room with another traveler of the same sex.
The final cost of the tour is determined 45 days before departure when the group is automatically closed. Until that point, in case of vacancies, it is possible to join the group and, therefore, lower the cost for everyone.
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Our pricing scheme applies to private groups as well and no extra charge is applicable. The maximum group size, however, stays the same as stated in the pricing scheme.
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Please note that all itineraries are subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances. The security and well-being of our clients always comes first to us and all of our esteemed partners.
All tours on Faralong.com include the services of an English-speaking tour leader/guide/driver.
At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to provide these tours in other languages.
Please make sure that all of your travel documents are up to date and valid before departure.
Note that in some cases, a passport has to be valid up to 6 months after departing the destination. Be sure to check visa and other travel regulations from your local government offices well in advance.
Please make sure that you check the vaccination requirements or your destination well in advance. Some countries might have mandatory vaccination rules and it is solely up to you to abide to them.
In case of high altitude trekking, please consult your doctor before making a booking. It is important to us and in regards to everyone’s safety that every group member is fit to take on the challenge.
In some cases, Faralong.com is allowed to require a doctor’s note from the client that states their ability to take part in a tour with high physical activity level.
It is advisable to check the weather forecast of your destination a few days prior to departure.
Our and our local partners’ goal is to make everything go without any problems. However, sometimes the odds may not be in our favor and something may happen.
In case of problems on the road, please notify your tour guide first. It is important to give the local provider a chance to make things right.
If the problems can not be solved, please let us know by email at email@example.com. Be sure to give us an overview of the problem, your contact details and your booking reference.
In case of emergencies, it is mandatory to call the emergency number of our local tour provider. This number will be given to you with the confirmations and joining instructions, after making the final payment.