Cappadocia walking holiday in Turkey
Optional single supplement £145.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Cappadocia walking holiday in Turkey
This week long walking holiday in Cappadocia, Turkey, is energising, exhilarating and enchanting. Spend six days hiking with an expert guide and with a small group between five and sixteen in size, through these Central Anatolian marvels that have been carved by volcanic activity and water erosion into a wilderness place of sculptured serenity.
Walking between 7-15 kms every day the highlights are many, including the wild and whacky rock formations of the Akvadi (White) Valley or the underground cave dwellings and ancient churches set into the rocks of the Gomede Valley. Every day a different valley in fact, each one with its own characteristics, such as the vineyards that are scattered between ancient churches in the Pancarlik Valley or the unforgettable sunsets that radiate off the red rock in Kizilcukur Valley.
Physically, the highlight is the hike up to Bozdag, Cappadocia’s highest point at 1300m, in the Pasabaglari or Monks’ Valley, passing hermit dwellings en route that were carved high up into the rock chimneys that tower over this extraordinary landscape.
From high up to way down low, we also spend a day exploring Cappadocia’s underground city of Kaymakli, a conglomeration of caves and tunnels used by persecuted Christians during the 11th century. Returning to our own traditional dwelling every night, a modern hotel built in the local style, with some parts carved into the rock, lovely gardens to relax in, superb local food and elegant rooms decorated minimalist style to highlight the natural beauty of the building itself.
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5 Reviews of Cappadocia walking holiday in Turkey
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by Barbara HayersBrilliant amazing walks and loads to see great guide who told us about history of Cappadocia. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 May 2019 by Asma Abu-TalebThe hikes and the scenery were amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2018 by Martin CoxFrom day 1 the holiday had so many different memorable experiences but not many can compare with the early morning Balloon trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2017 by Vicky BarrettBeautiful scenery, which was amazing to walk in, but almost more spectacular when seen from a hot air balloon. Lovely, like-minded people to travel with; we shared lots of laughs. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jun 2017 by Roger WillisThe most memorable was hot air ballooning over the terrain of Cappadocia early in the morning with 100 other balloons. Read full review
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although we do intend to have a positive effect by encouraging engagement with locals, visiting local cafes and restaurants and supporting small businesses at craft and food markets. By operating with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, we are able to raise awareness for a kind of tourism which puts environment and community before financial gain.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We will spend all seven nights in a comfortable, 3 star hotel. All accommodation is locally staffed, which has a very positive effect on employment levels and also ensures that any income generated remains within the local economy. Most meals are included and wherever possible will be made from locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Sampling local cuisine is a great way to get in touch with Turkish culture and there are plenty of Cappadocian specialties to try including Biberdomasi (Bell peppers stuffed with rice and ground lamb), Pide (Oblong pizza-like flatbread) and Moussaka. We will also stop at a number of villages and Turkish teahouses where our custom is really appreciated by local people.
Local Craft and Culture:
Although the majority of the trip is spent in remote, mountainous areas, there are still opportunities to connect with local communities and their cultures. As well as the villages we pass through, we also encounter semi-nomadic tribes, who often pitch their goat hair tents along our route and sometimes we are fortunate to share a homemade, traditional ‘ayran’- which is a refreshing yoghurt based drink. The peaks and valleys of Cappadocia are dotted with churches, monasteries and remains of ancient cave dwellings- which are of great cultural interest. If there is time on the trip, we also recommend seeing a whirling dervish display and investigating some of the crafts shops and bazaars in the region. In the Cappadocia area, carpet making and hand painting pottery are popular and traditional forms of craft. By purchasing souvenirs from local people, we can benefit the community.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.