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Holiday Overview


  • Learn about the fascinating rock spires of Cappadocia
  • Horse riding on an ancient caravanserai route
  • Mountain Biking amongst the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia
  • Trekking in the High Taurus Mountains

The world-famous rock spires of Cappadocia and the nearby rugged Taurus Mountains, provide an unbeatable destination for a schools adventure in Turkey. Flying into Kayseri, the first part of our trip highlights the outlandish scenery of Cappadocia, famous for its weird and wonderful rock formations. Millions of years of wind, rain and frost have sculpted the area's volcanic rock into a landscape of bizarre spires and 'fairy chimneys'. After exploring the Meskendir and Red valleys on foot, with visits to hidden rock-carved churches, we spend an afternoon on bikes, whirling around the rock formations in the vicinity of Goreme. We have time to check out the open air museum at Goreme, hike in the White Valley, try our hand at making pottery in an artisan's studio and enjoy a horse riding adventure on an ancient caravanserai route leading to a hot spring. We end our time in Cappadocia with a visit to the amazing troglodyte city of Derinkuyu. Moving on to the Taurus Mountains, the source of the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, we find ourselves in an idyllic area, where the local people still travel with their animals to high pastures during the summer months. Here, we will embark on a 2-day trek in the valleys beneath Demirkazik (3756m), the highest peak in the range. This is an unforgetable school adventure full of Turkish delight! This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email

Is this holiday for you?

This School Adventure combines a mix of trekking and other activities. The biking and horse riding elements of the trip are very straightforward. The biking is on dirt trails with no technical sections and is suitable for everyone who can ride a bike and even those with no previous experience of horse riding can take part in this activity. Helmets are provided both for the biking and the horse riding. Overall the trip is designed to provide an exciting mix of activities, sightseeing and cultural interaction. We have three days of moderate hiking in the beautiful High Taurus mountains where we will meet some of the semi-nomadic shepherds of this region. None of these activities are particularly strenuous but the trip will be most enjoyable if students ensure they get themselves into good shape prior to setting off.  We recommend a minimum age of 14 years

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at Kayseri Airport. A single timed group transfer to Mustaphapasha in Cappadocia is provided.
  • Walk through the Meskendir and Red Valleys. Visit cave houses and troglodyte villages.
  • Visit to Goreme Open Air Museum and bike ride through the White Valley.
  • Horse riding from a ranch in Avonos before trying our hand at pottery.
  • Drive to the magnificent Taurus Mountains via the underground city of Derinkuyu.
  • A day of spectacular trekking across the High Yayla Plateau to the Emli Valley.
  • Trek through the Mangirci Gorge to Alaca Yayla for views of the dramatic Aladaglar Mountains.
  • Departure Day. A single timed return transfer to Kayseri Airport is provided.

Land Only

The price of our trips does not include international air travel to the start location in the destination city and country. The start location for joining the trip is identified for each trip. It's usually a centrally located hotel. KE can easily arrange all airport transfers for you.

International Air Travel

Please contact us at KE for air travel advice. We will be happy to discuss the flight arrangement which best suits your group.

2 teachers FREE

The Guide Price assumes that 2 teachers will accompany the group. Their Land Only costs are covered by the group's payment.

Guide Price $1,540*
Park Fees/permits N/A
Other Charges N/A

* We give a price estimate for all of our school trips. This is based on 12-16 pupils and includes two free teacher places. If you are interested in a specific trip, we will send you a quote letter. You may wish to take extra teachers or add on additional days and this can all be included into your quote, on request.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at Kayseri Airport. A single timed group transfer to Mustaphapasha in Cappadocia is provided.

    On arrival at Kayseri Airport, we are met by our KE Schools Adventure leader or a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel in Mustaphapasha in Cappadocia. This transfer normally takes approximately 1 hour. After check-in we have dinner and get an expedition briefing from our guide.

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  • Walk through the Meskendir and Red Valleys. Visit cave houses and troglodyte villages.

    Today we will start our programme of activities with a hike through the picturesque Meskendir Valley. We follow a path from which we can view traditional cave houses and troglodyte villages dating back to ancient Christian civilisation. From the Meskendir Valley we cross over to the Red Valley, one of the most spectacular in Cappadocia with its many different rock formations and variety of colours. We pay a visit to the hidden Cross Church and head into the nearby Rose Valley to visit the Church of the Three Crosses. This church was carved out of the cliff face in the 7th Century - decorative reliefs and frescoes were added in the 10th and 11th centuries. We continue our walk to Cavusin, site of one of the first Christian villages built in Cappadocia. After lunch we’ll explore the amazing Pasabaglari Area, home of the famous fairy chimneys! There will be approximately 4 to 5 hours walking today, interspersed with regular stops to explore and play hide and seek among the rocks.

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  • Visit to Goreme Open Air Museum and bike ride through the White Valley.

    Today we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum, which presents an amazing collection of frescoes taken from cave churches constructed between the 10th and 13th centuries. Then we begin our exploration of the area by bike. Starting from Goreme we ascend to Uchisar Castle for views of the Cappadocian landscape from the highpoint known as “The Fortress” where a network of rooms and corridors are carved inside the rock. After lunch we continue our ride through the “fairy chimneys” of the White Valley. Stopping in Cavusin, we can explore the old village before pedalling back to Goreme later in the afternoon from where we transfer back to our hotel.

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  • Horse riding from a ranch in Avonos before trying our hand at pottery.

    Today, we will drive to a ranch in Avanos, where we meet our horses and set off on a ride to the village of Sarihidir which sits beside Turkey's greatest river, the Kizilirmak. We will be able to visit the caravanserai at Saruhan, built by the Seljuk Sultans in the 13th century. The Seljuks paid for the building of many of these wayside, Silk Road inns which provided food and shelter for travellers and their animals. Avanos is famous for its production of earthenware pottery, still the economic mainstay of the town to this day. Ceramics production and trade in this area dates back to the Hittites who first used the red clay silt from the Kizilirmak river to make pots. After the ride we will visit a pottery where we have the opportunity to try our hand at “throwing” our own pot.

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  • Drive to the magnificent Taurus Mountains via the underground city of Derinkuyu.

    After breakfast, we pack up and leave Cappadocia, driving south to the Taurus Mountains. On the way we will stop to visit the incredible underground city of Derinkuyu. In this part of Turkey there are around 200 subterranean towns that are believed to have been built as hiding places in time of war by early Christian people. Derinkuyu is the most impressive, with 7 floors and a maximum depth of around 85 metres. It would have accommodated thousands of people. There are food stores, kitchens, stalls, churches, ventilation chimneys, wells and a missionary school and can best be described as being like Swiss Cheese! Continuing our journey into the Taurus mountains we reach the village of Demirkazik where we begin this afternoon's hike which takes us through the Cimbar Gorge and up to the high meadow area of the Arpalik Plateau. From here, we walk on a dirt road to our camp site at Sokulupinar.

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  • A day of spectacular trekking across the High Yayla Plateau to the Emli Valley.

    For the second day of our trek in the Taurus Mountains we head up the valley to Sakartas and then traverse to Ezenevit (2538m), a summer grazing camp where we hope to meet some of the shepherds who spend the summer months in this remote place with their flocks. Whilst staying at the high 'yaylas' these semi-nomadic people spend their time making cheese and weaving colourful flat-weave rugs known as kilims. This is a great place to have lunch, amongst tremendous mountain scenery. We then begin our descent of the picturesque Siyirmalik Valley, which is the only place on the west side of the Aladaglar to have forests of cedar and juniper trees. Our overnight camp is at 1800 metres in the Emli Valley.

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  • Trek through the Mangirci Gorge to Alaca Yayla for views of the dramatic Aladaglar Mountains.

    In the morning we hike through the Emli Valley to the Mangirci Gorge and then climb on to the Alaca Yayla plateau where we walk through forests of oak trees to a viewpoint. Here we can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the rocky peaks of the Aladaglar mountains which lie in the centre of the Taurus range. After lunch by a spring, we descend to camp via Oluksekisi, a shepherd’s camp. If the shepherds are here with their flocks we will stop a while here for valuable insight into this nomadic way of life. We will spend our final night camping in the Emli Valley. Approximately 5 to 6 hours walking, with 650m of ascent and descent.

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  • Departure Day. A single timed return transfer to Kayseri Airport is provided.

    After breakfast in camp, we will transfer to Kayseri Airport, where KE Land Only package services end. Transfer time is around 2 – 3 hours.

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Holiday Information

  • A qualified UK KE Schools leader
  • Professional English-speaking local guide
  • A single group transfer from Kayseri Airport to the group hotel on Day 1 and back to the airport on Day 8
  • All transfers within the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • All camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Horse riding and biking including specialist equipment and guide
  • Entrance fees to Aladaglar National park
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Airport transfers (other than with the group)
  • Entrance fees to historical sites except Aladaglar National Park
  • Optional activities
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
On trek, breakfast options include cereals, fruits, bread, preserves, eggs, salami, feta, olives, melon, dried fruit and nuts, tea and coffee. After breakfast the group will make up their own individual picnic lunch using bread sticks and a variety of meats, cheeses, tomatoes and cucumber. There will also be plenty of fruit, biscuits and cake. The evening meal is prepared by our cook and served at the camp table. This meal may be a barbecue of local meats or any of a number of excellent Turkish dishes. Vegetarian food is also available but you must inform us if you require an exclusively vegetarian diet. While staying in hotels breakfasts will usually consist of fresh baked bread, butter, jam and/or honey, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, yogurt, preserved meat, fruit juice, eggs, and tea or coffee. This is most often set out as a buffet. Dinner options in hotels range from simple grilled meats to elaborately baked fish and meat casseroles. There are also plenty of delicious vegetarian options.
All meals are included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.
Airport transfers are included on arrival and departure. The KE School Group Leader or KE representative will meet you on arrival and assist with the transfers to the group hotel. Full joining instructions along with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with the booking confirmation.'
During this trip, the group will spend 4 nights in a hotel in Cappadocia and 3 nights camping. All accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis. Single rooms and tents are possible on request at aditional cost. All camping equipment is provided except for sleeping bags.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All KE school adventures are led by a specialist UK KE Schools leader. During the trip the leader will be assisted by an English-speaking local guide and on trek will be supported by a trek crew including a cook, camp staff and porters or baggage animals and their handlers.
Approximately £100 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including tips to the local support crew and things like snacks and soft drinks. If you intend to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. Turkey’s unit of currency is the New Turkish Lira. You should bring your spending money in cash (Pounds, Euros and dollars are all acceptable for exchange). In emergencies cash can be drawn from ATMs in Goreme.
Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your local support staff but they are very much appreciated. Most groups will want to show their appreciation to the local staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Normally, tips are given at the end of the trip and this is best done as a group. As a guide, we recommend that each student contributes £20 (in local currency) to these tips. Your KE School Adventure leader will help you make arrangements for a fair distribution of tips among the support crew.
During the trek, your baggage will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag during this part of the trip should be no more than 15 kgs (33 pounds). Travel clothes and other items not required on the trek can be left in the support vehicle.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is little more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Gaiters (to protect boots from scree)
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Sleeping bag rated comfortable to 0ºC
  • Daypack c.30 litres
  • Second ‘hold-all’ type bag*
  • Headtorch with spare battery
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including the following: Insect repellent; antiseptic cream; throat lozenges; diarrhoea treatment (Diocalm or Immodium); painkillers; plasters/band-aids and blister treatment; and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose sweets and vitamin tablets are a useful addition.

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (note that foam camping mats are provided)
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Shorts
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Water purification tablets/solution **


  • * Second bag: You will need to bring a bag which is large enough to store items not required for the 3-day trek in the Taurus Mountains. This bag will stay with the vehicles and does not have to be waterproof or particularly robust. It should be able to fit in your main baggage when not being used.
  • ** Water purification tablets:At all the camps on trek spring water is available and good to drink. However you might wish to treat this water to be extra safe.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

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As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Daytime temperatures in Cappadocia will vary between 22ºC and 28ºC during the spring and autumn. The weather at these times is generally excellent - with hot days, clear skies and little rain. In the Taurus Mountains, the temperature will vary with altitude. Typically, we will be trekking at temperatures around 15°C to 20°C. At night while camping we can expect the temperature to fall below 10°C. In common with many mountain areas, cloud can build during the day resulting in late afternoon rain.
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