Towers and Trails of Cappadocia
Turkey, Discovery, 8 days - from £695 (land only) - from €870 (land only) - from $1,215 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at Kayseri Airport. KE group package services begin with the 2-hour transfer to the Ihlara area, where we overnight in the group hotel at Guzelyurt.
Day 2: Today we walk in the Ihlara Valley, a 14km long canyon with hundreds of rock cut rooms and churches. After lunch in Belisirma village we drive to Selime where we visit the Monastery complex, before returning to our hotel. Walking time: 4 hours; Walking Distance: 7/8 km (from Ihlara to Bellisirma).
Day 3: We visit Guzelyurt's Church Mosque and nearby 'Monastery Valley'. We then drive to Derinkuyu for a visit to the incredible underground city - a trip highlight. After the visit we continue to Goreme at the heart of Cappadocia, where we check into our hotel.
Day 4: Today's walk starts in Cavusin, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia. Passing fascinating rock formations and fairy chimneys, we enter the the Zelve Monastery Valley. after a visit to the monastery we take a walk through the Pasabaglari Valley noted for its capped fairy chimneys. Overnight in the group hotel.
Day 5: We visit the museum at Goreme to see its collection of the best of the ancient frescoes from the surrounding rock churches. We then walk the Meskendir Valley to the Red and Rose Valleys. We end the day with a visit to a pottery studio in Avanos.
Day 6: We will drive to the Akvadi, the White Valley, and walk through vineyards to Uchisar. There are more wonderful fairy chimneys in this valley. Arriving in Uchisar Village at lunchtime, we will hike up to the high viewpoint known as the fortress, with views in all directions. In the afternoon, we will enjoy another easy hike in the Zemi Valley'.
Day 7: Today we will hike above the Uzengi Valley and through the Pancarlik Valley. Here, we will visit the churches of Kepez and Sarica and end our walk to Urgup. We spend our final night in Cappadocia.
Day 8: We have an early morning transfer to Kayseri Airport, where KE group package services end.