Drive & Hike; via Cappadocia to the Coast
Tour Code : ACT 09
– World heritage Cappadocia & Aladaglar mountains
– Ihlara valley & Selime monastery
– Mediterranean coast; ancient sites & lonely beaches
– Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat; Simena castle & sunken city
– Aspendos & Koprulu National park
– Gelidonya lighthouse
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec
Duration of the Trip
10 Days / 9 Nights
Difficulty Level/walks (treks)
= A/B (Easy/Medium)
Cappadocia & Mediterranean coast treks (6 routes on 6 days)
Hotel & Pension : 9 Nights
Day 1 : Kayseri to Cappadocia
Meet at the Kayseri airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to Cappadocia. Cappadocia is undeniably a nature fantasy and it almost feels like another planet with its exceptional geological formations. In this creation of Nature, the curiosity of the landscapes is added to the historical richness. Wind, rain and frost have sculpted this superb scenery in the volcanic rock during millions of years. The region is largely underlain by sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams, and ignimbrite deposits erupted from ancient volcanoes. The rocks of Cappadocia eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and forms. You will spend the next two Nights in Cappadocia to explore the landscape of this wonder of nature.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 80 km; (Kayseri airport – Cappadocia)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D
Day 2 : Cappadocia
After breakfast (at 09:00/or 09:30 am) your vehicle will be handed out to you in front of the Hotel. Afterwards you will start a fascinating Tour through Cappadocia.
Drive: from Mustafapasha; via Urgup & Avanos to Cavusin
On asphalt roads you first drive towards Urgup; one of the most important centres in Cappadocia, today Urgup is known for its famous wines and pleasant cafes. Afterwards you continue to Avanos. The most famous historical feature of Avanos, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of earthenware pottery; it is also the most economic activity in the town.
Optional Activity: visiting Pottery shaping Studio
The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. In Avanos it is possible to visit one of the Pottery studios and to try to shape by your own. After visiting Avanos you will arrive in Cavusin; one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia Area; a small village made up of rock cut dwellings and elegantly carved stone houses.
Walk: round walk from Cavusin village to Zelve monastery & Pasabaglari valley
On small walking paths you walk close to fascinating rock formations and with magnificent views to the fairy chimneys at monk’s valley (Pasabaglari) down below. Your walk permits you directly to Zelve Monastery Valley. Christians moved to Zelve during the Persian and Arab invasions and the region, though recently uninhabited, became an important settlement and religious area during the 9th and 13th centuries. Zelve spreads out over three valleys, of which two are connected by a tunnel. The monastery is rich in its own beauty; main decorations are high relief crosses representative of the Iconoclastic doctrine. After visiting Zelve Monastery your route continues towards Pasabaglari Valley (also kown as Monks valley). Pasabaglari fairy chimneys are unique and feature bizarre large toadstool like caps which protect the rest of the chimney from erosion. The area was formerly a monastic retreat and used to be known as monk’s valley and features a rock cut church dedicated to St Simeon. Via Pasabaglari you walk back to Cavusin.
Drive: from Cavusin to Uchisar; via Ibrahimpasha & Pasabaglari valley back to Mustafapasha
Afterwards your drive continues towards Uchisar village to visit the high viewpoint known as “The fortress”. Many rooms hollowed out into the Rock, are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. The top of the Citadel provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. Via Uchisar you drive to the village of Ibrahimpasha, where the historical stone bridge and original Greek stone houses draw our attention. After Ibrahimpasha you will continue on stabilized (Gravel) roads through the Pancarlik Valley; where numerous cones and fairy chimneys decorate your way and it is also possible to visit Sarica and Pancarlik churches for their architectural interest.
Optional Activity: Turkish bath (Hamam)
In the late afternoon/ or early evening it is optional possible to try a traditional Turkish bath, better known as Hamam. The Hamam combines the functionality and the structural elements of its predecessors in Anatolia, the Roman thermal and Eastern Roman baths.
Driving distance: approximately 55/60 km (approximately 8 km stabilized (Gravel) road)
Walking time: 3/4 h; walking distance: 8/9 km; ascent: 270m; descent: 270m (Cavusin to Zelve Monastery & Pasabaglari)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D
Day 3 : Cappadocia to Aladaglar national park
Advisable Sightseeing: Goreme open air museum
After breakfast your route will take you to Goreme open air Museum. The Christian people at the heart of the Cappadocia realized that the soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches and monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post iconoclastic period. The frescoes inside the Goreme Open Air Museum are a unique artistic achievement from this period.
Walk: via Meskendir valley to Red & Rose valley
From the Museum you start your walk to the Meskendir Valley; you will follow the path which is full with old Cave houses and complexes from the old Christian civilization. From the Meskendir Valley you cross over to Red Valley, the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia with its spectacular formations and colours. In Red Valley it is possible, to visit some hidden churches like the Uzumlu church (Grape church/Red Valley) and the hidden Cross Church (Rose Valley). These churches have been carved out of the cliff face, although it is not definite, the common believe is that these churches date back to the 8/9th century. The decorative reliefs and frescoes are added in the 10/11th Century. After walking through the Red and Rose valleys you arrive in Cavusin, Afterwards you will be transferred back to your vehicle at the Goreme open air museum
Drive: from Cappadocia to Aladaglar National park via Derinkuyu underground city & Soganli Valley
In the afternoon you leave Cappadocia and drive to the Aladaglar National park; on the way you can visit incredible underground city of Derinkuyu; opened to visitors in 1965, but only 10 % of the city can be visited. The city is approximately 85m deep and contains all of the usual rooms found in an underground city, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches and wineries. Apart from these, a large room with a barrel vaulted ceiling on the second floor served as a missionary school, the rooms to the left used as study rooms. Later the day you arrive in Soganli village; which is divided into two, has been occupied since the roman period. The Romans used the conical rock formations as graves; later Byzantines transformed them into churches. The Frescoes in the churches date back to the 9th and 13th centuries. Karabas, Yilanli, Kubbeli and St. Barbara (Tahtali) are notable churches in the valley. In the late afternoon/early evening you will arrive in Demirkazik/Cukurbag village, located in the area of the Aladaglar National park where you spend the Night.
Driving distance: approximately 160 km
Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 9 km; ascent: 85m; descent: 135m; (Meskendir Valley; Red & Rose Valley)
ON: in the Aladaglar National park at a local village Pension
Meals: B / L / D
Day 4 : Aladaglar National park to Ihlara/Selime
Walk: walk to Alaca Yayla via Emli Valley
In the morning hike up to Mangirci Gorge via Emli Valley, climb up to Alaca Yayla (Plateau) where you will walk along oak trees. With spectacular views of southern Aladaglar region you reach Alaca Yayla, most probably some shepherds will be around during summer season to graze their flocks. After descend via Oluksekisi, another old semi-nomad camp, you will reach Emli Valley again.
Drive: from Demirkazik/Cukurbag village to Ihlara/Selime via Nigde
In the early afternoon you leave Aladaglar region and drive on country roads towards Nigde; a successful agricultural region, particularly apples and potatoes. Close to Nigde the Eskigumus rock-cut Monastery is located. The monastery remained unknown until 1963; high walls surround the large inner courtyard walls with monastic rooms and storage areas. The main church is large and is in extremely good condition, with many well-preserved frescoes considered to be among the greatest examples of Byzantine art in the region. Via Nigde your drive continues via country roads, to the villages of Ihlara and Selime, located north-east of Mount Hasan (3.268m). Depending on arrival time it is possible to visit Guzelyurt village in approximately 15 km/20 minutes driving distance. Guzelyurt, formerly Gelveri, is an area of great natural beauty and an important place in the history of Christianity.
Driving distance: approximately 145 km
Walking Time: 5/6 h; ascent/descent: 650m; (Alaca Yayla via Emli Valley)
ON: in Selime village at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D
Day 5 : Via Ihlara valley & Selime monastery to Konya
Walk: Ihlara Valley (Canyon)
In the morning you will be transferred to the entrance of Ihlara Valley; a 14 km long canyon with hundreds of rock cut rooms and churches. This valley proved to be an ideal place for Monks to worship in seclusion, as well as provide a safe hideaway and place of defense for people during times of invasion. There are numerous dwellings, some of which are connected by tunnels and corridors. The decorations in the churches date from the 6th to the 13th centuries. At the end of your walk you arrive in Selime village to visit Selime Monastery; a visit to this complex of buildings on a steep mountain slope is a must in the region.
Drive: from Selime village to Konya via SultanHani Caravanserai
After Lunch you will leave Selime/Ihlara region and drive to Konya, on the way it is possible to visit Caravanserai of Sultanhani, the largest Caravanserai of Country and a hostel for caravans during 13th Century. Sultanhani is one of the most magnificent Seljuk Caravanserais and was built by Sultan Aladdin Keykubat. In the late afternoon you will reach Konya where you spend the Night at the Hotel.
Driving distance: approximately 180 km
Walking time: 3 h; walking distance: 8 km (Ihlara – Belisirma); optional: 5/6 km (Belisirma – Selime)
ON: in Konya at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D
Day 6 : Konya & Mevlana Museum to Beskonak
Advisable Sightseeing: Mevlana museum; the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sufi mystic also known as Mevlana or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling dervishes. The members of the Mevlevi order had a prolific impact throughout the Ottoman Empire in classical poetry, calligraphy, visual arts and music.
Drive: from Konya to Koprulu National park via Akseki pass
You leave Konya and drive towards Akseki, with a scenic mountain pass. You will drive through pine areas which became denser as it continues; on your way many places offer a unique view of the surrounding area; the vegetation in some places is mainly composed of very tall firs and pines. After crossing the highest altitude (1.825m), the road begins to descent down towards Mediterranean coast. After passing Side, an ancient Greek city, you will take the road towards Beskonak village, located in the Koprulu National park, where you spend the Night at a small Pension.
Driving distance: approximately 310 km
ON: in Beskonak at the Pension
Meals: B / – / D
Day 7 : Beskonak & the Koprulu National park
Walk: via Selge ancient city to Beskonak
After breakfast you will be transferred to the ancient site of Selge, believed to be a Greek colony. In consequence of its excellent laws and political constitution, Selge rose to the rank of the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia and was able to send an army of 20,000 men into the field. The remains of the city consist mainly of parts of the encircling wall and of the acropolis. A few traces have survived of the gymnasium, the stoa, the stadium and the basilica. There are also the outlines of two temples, but the best conserved monument is the theatre, restored in the 3rd century AD. After visiting Selge you start your walk; accompanied by a local Guide, through the nearby village Altinkaya. On stabilized walking paths (shepherds trails) you pass fascinating rock formations and the areas famous conifer and fir forests. On arrival a vehicle will pick you up close to the main road and you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Beskonak.
Drive: from Beskonak village to Adrasan via Aspendos & Antalya
After Lunch you start your drive towards Aspendos, an ancient city in Pamphylia; according to later tradition the city was founded around 1000 B.C. by Greeks who may have come from Argos. Aspendos is known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity; with a diameter of 96 metres, the theatre provided seating for 7,000. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica, agora, nymphaeum and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) of a Roman aqueduct. Via Aspendos the road takes you into Antalya and along the coastal line to Adrasan, known for its natural beauty, located along a 2.5 Kilometre stretch of coast.
Driving distance: approximately 190 km
Walking time: 2/3 h; walking distance: 7 km; ascent: 25m; descent: 340m; (from Selge towards Beskonak)
ON: in Adrasan at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D
Day 8 : Adrasan
Walk: Gelidonya Lighthouse
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Region of Karaoz where you star your walk; ascending a stony path and a wide trail, through pine forest, you will arrive at the Gelidonya Lighthouse. From there we walk a rocky ridge crest overlooking the peninsula of Cape Gelidonya with its two lighthouses. Then dropping down closer to the sea’s edge, the route twists and turns amongst limestone crags sometimes under pine trees and sometimes on the cliff edge. There are views down to hidden coves and across to desert islands. At the end of this superb day of coastal walking you will arrive in Adrasan again where the afternoon is at Leisure.
Walking time: 4/5 h; walking distance: 18 km; ascent: 400m; descent: 400m; (Gelidonya Lighthouse walk)
ON: in Adrasan at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D
Day 9 : Adrasan to Ucagiz; Simena Castle & Sunken City
Drive: from Adrasan to Ucagiz
In the morning you leave Adrasan and drive to Ucagiz village;
In Ucagiz: Ucagiz/Kekova tour by Boat to Simena Castle & Sunken City
Kekova area is a great place for the coastal scenery as well as for the archaeological sites well preserved because they are not easily accessible. A pleasant excursion by boat is the best way to see the ruins on the northern coast of Kekova island, some of the old houses were completely submerged due to earthquakes during the Byzantine period. By boat, we go round the island, where you can see remains down to 2 meters deep, in the bluish light on the seabed. We walk up to the Simena castle rewarding us with a view all around, and on numerous rock tombs. You will fully appreciate this day with a stroll on the Tersane Island.
Drive: from Ucagiz to Kas and via Gombe & Elmali to Antalya
After returning to Ucagiz you will take a road towards Gombe and Elmali; a fascinating winding country road through pine and juniper forests, at some points with beautiful views down to the Mediterranean Sea. At the end of the road you reach Korkuteli, from where you take the Highway to Antalya. In Antalya you spend the Night in the Old Part of the city, known as Kaleici.
Driving distance: approximately 95 km (Adrasan – Ucagiz)
Driving distance: approximately 210 km (Ucagiz – Antalya via Gombe & Elmali)
Boat tour in Ucagiz/Kekova: approximately 3 h
ON: in Antalya at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D
Day 10 : Antalya – Home
Transfer to Antalya airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 20 min.; Transfer distance: 15 km (Antalya Kaleici – Antalya airport)
Meals: B / – / –
ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
– Day 1: One (one way) arrival transfer from/to Kayseri airport/Hotel in Cappadocia
Day 10: One (one way) departure transfer from/to Hotel in Antalya/Antalya airport
– Hotel & Pension accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
Local/basic village House accommodation in the Aladaglar National park area Cukurbag/Demirkazik village
Bed & Breakfast (BB) and Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
– 9 x Breakfast, 7 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 9 x Dinner
– Aladaglar National Park entrance fees
– Day 7: Demavend Tour Leader in Koprulu National park
– Days 3/5/7/8: Transfers to walking points as described in the Itinerary
– Day 9: Ucagiz/Kekova Tour by Boat; Simena Castle & Sunken (approximately 3 h/with Lunch on Board)
– Rent a Car & Gasoline expenses/Drop off charge
– All International and Domestic Flights
– Travel insurance
– Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
– All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
– Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
– All kind of personal expenses
– All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
– All kind of optional activities
– Extra Nights
– Single supplements
– Personal Equipment