Turkey: Cappadocia

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Turkey

Cappadocia

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This distinctive region boasts a lunar landscape of water-carved stone columns and spires as well as buildings cut into stone cliffs—including your award-winning hotel. You’ll walk through colored canyons to frescoed Byzantine-era cave churches and artisan workshops. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself sharing the route with farmers leading their donkeys and carts to apricot orchards and vineyards. Stroll through villages where rows of tomatoes and peppers are drying on rooftops, and greet local residents on their doorsteps. Learn about Sufism’s Whirling Dervishes at a beguiling evening performance

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Meet
Kayseri, Turkey
Depart
Kayseri, Turkey
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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Icludes

  • Meals: three breakfasts, three lunches (days 1, 2, and 3), two dinners (days 1 and 2)
  • Accommodations in award-winning cave hotel
  • Three days of guided walks and cultural visits with a local expert bilingual guide
  • An authentic Sufi whirling dervish Sema ceremony
  • Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point
  • Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Ortahisar to Cavusin Village
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2
Uçhisar Village to Goreme
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3
Ihlara to Belisirima Village
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4
Flight to Istanbul
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Day 1

Ortahisar to Cavusin Village

Arrival to Cappadocia. Ortahisar to Çavusin Village guided walk; 4 miles, easy to moderate

The name Cappadocia is from the Persian for “land of beautiful horses,” and a minibus transfer upon your arrival flight takes you to the heart of the countryside. Your award-winning hotel is located in Ürgüp, a timeless village surrounded by ancient Christian cave churches and magnificent views of the landscape. After checking in and enjoying lunch, you embark on a short transfer with your expert guide to the starting point of the day’s walk. Well-maintained trails take you through the spectacular Gulludere (Rose) Canyon and Kizilçukur (Red) Valley, and on to Çavusin Village. Hidden amidst this lunar landscape are Byzantine-era cave churches, adorned with frescoes. Time permitting, one stop may be at a potter’s workshop in a cave where you enjoy a hands-on pottery demonstration. Later you return to your unique hotel, comprising two former cave houses restored to complement the natural and cultural surroundings. Dinner this evening at the hotel’s restaurant is a bounty of Turkish fare.

Ürgüp Evi Cave Hotel

Ürgüp, Cappadocia, Turkey

An award-winning, 12-room hotel comprised of troglodytic houses that have been perfectly restored to highlight the historic character of each dwelling while offering modern amenities. This cozy hotel provides stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 2

Uçhisar Village to Goreme

Uçhisar Village to Goreme guided walk; 2 miles, easy. Goreme Outdoor Museum visit; 1.5 hours. Valley of the Spears guided walk; 3.5 miles, easy to moderate

A very early-morning adventure is an optional balloon ride (advance reservation required, weather permitting, see below for details). Later, the first of the day’s guided walks begins in Uçhisar Village, considered one of the most picturesque of the region, with its cave homes carved out of volcanic rocks. An easy trail leads through Kodarak Canyon and ends in Goreme, at its outdoor museum. The 1½-hour tour takes you past 10 cave churches where your guide stops and provides a thorough explanation of the significance of this area in Christian history; its 4th-century philosophy developed here went on to shape later Christian doctrine. Please note that due to the popularity of the site, group visits to the museum are regulated and it is not possible to explore independently or alter the designed route; therefore, you may opt out of the tour entirely. Following lunch, you enjoy a guided walk through the Valley of Spears (Bagli Dere Valley), where some of the most striking fairy chimneys and phallic tufa formations are found. Returning to your hotel, you have time to refresh and dine before a very special evening, attending an authentic Sufi whirling dervish Sema ceremony at the original 13th-century Seljuk Caravanserai of Saruhan. The site of this performance is located 30 minutes from the hotel and the estimated return time is 11:00 p.m. (attendance is optional).

Ürgüp Evi Cave Hotel

Ürgüp, Cappadocia, Turkey

An award-winning, 12-room hotel comprised of troglodytic houses that have been perfectly restored to highlight the historic character of each dwelling while offering modern amenities. This cozy hotel provides stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 3

Ihlara to Belisirima Village

Kaymakli Underground City. Selime Village and monastery. Ihlara to Belisirima Village guided walk; 3 miles, moderate

This morning, a 45-minute drive takes you to the Kaymakli Underground City, one of Cappadocia’s largest. Eight levels deep below the ground, the city could accommodate up to 5,000 people throughout its extensive system of rooms and passageways, secured from invaders with “locking” rocks and labyrinthine routes. The top floor housed animals, and the spacious third floor was a grain and wine storage area. Next, you transfer to the village of Selime to explore its cliff-side monastery. The valley surrounding Selime was an important center of Christian monasticism from its beginnings in the 4th century until the 14th century. Following lunch along the Peristrema River, a 15-minute drive takes you to Ihlara. The afternoon walk begins with 250 steps down into the valley and continues to Belisirima Village on an undulating path along which Byzantine-era cave churches of a different style can be found. You dine on your own this evening at the hotel or at one of the many local restaurants.

Ürgüp Evi Cave Hotel

Ürgüp, Cappadocia, Turkey

An award-winning, 12-room hotel comprised of troglodytic houses that have been perfectly restored to highlight the historic character of each dwelling while offering modern amenities. This cozy hotel provides stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 4

Flight to Istanbul

Flight to Istanbul. Farewell

After breakfast, you depart the region for the flight to Istanbul and your onward travels.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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