Multi Adventure Central Anatolia

Tour Code : ACT 03

–    Explore unique landscapes of Cappadocia
–    Visit UNESCO World heritage sites
–    Mountain biking through Akvadi & via Uchisar 
–    Horseback riding Red & Rose Valley 
–    Camping & hiking in the Aladaglar national park 
–    Derinkuyu underground city 


Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec


Duration of the Trip
8 Days / 7 Nights


Difficulty Level/walks (treks)/activities
= A/B (Easy/Medium) 
Cappadocia & Aladaglar Mountain treks  (4 routes on 4 days)
Cappadocia Mountain biking: approximately 20/25 km (approximately 3/4 h)
Cappadocia Horseback riding: approximately 3 h


Hotel    :    4 Nights
Camp   :    3 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. We spend the next four 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 walking & sightseeing

Uzengi & Pancarlik valleys; Goreme open air museum; Zelve monastery & Pasabaglari (Monks valley)
Today we go out to explore the Uzengi & Pancarlik Valleys. We go for a ramble on a plateau offering a magnificent view on the Uzengi valley. Then we enter in the Pancarlik valley in order to see the numerous cones and fairy chimneys decorating our path and also to visit the Kepez and Sarica churches for their architectural interest. Following our pathway we arrive in Ortahisar village. Ortahisar is famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches as well as the castle like rock formation after which the town is named. Via Ortahisar we drive 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. In the afternoon we visit Cavusin village; one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia Area; a small village made up of rock cut dwellings and elegantly carved stone houses. Here we start our walk and continue on small walking paths, close to fascinating rock formations and with magnificent views to the fairy chimneys at monk’s valley (Pasabaglari) down below; 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 the Zelve Monastery we drive to the Pasabaglari area (Monks valley) in only 5 Minutes distance. 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. After visiting Pasabaglari area we take time to visit Avanos.
Optional Activity: visiting Pottery shaping Studio
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. 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. We will take time to visit one of the Pottery studios and you will try to shape by your own.
Walking time: 3 h; walking distance: 6 km; ascent: 155m; descent: 80m (Pancarlik Valley – Ortahisar)
Walking time: 2 h; walking distance: 6/8 km; ascent: 60m; descent: 70m; (Cavusin – Zelve
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Cappadocia Mountain biking

Goreme – Kiliclar (Sword Valley) – Akvadi (White Valley) – Uchisar Citadel – back to Goreme
Today we will ride on Mountain bikes through Cappadocia. We start our biking adventure in Goreme and ride first through Kiliclar (Sword) Valley, one of the smallest valleys in Cappadocia with many interesting fairy chimneys and ruins. Sword Valley is known for its fantastic views of Cappadocia; on our route there are tracks where it is possible to explore abandoned caves which were homes of past citizens in this region. Afterwards we enter into Akvadi (white valley), where white fairy chimneys sprawl through the region. Especially a special section at the beginning of the valley is worth seeing. Via Akvadi we arrive in 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. In Uchisar we take time to have a cup of traditional Turkish Tea, known as Cay, whilst enjoying the magnificent panorama over Cappadocia. On stabilized roads and partly on asphalt we ride through vineyard gardens back to Goreme where our ride ends.
Mountain biking: approximately 20/25 km (approximately 3/4 h); up/down: between 100/150m
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Cappadocia Horseback riding

Optional Activity: Hot Air Balloon
In the Early Morning before Sunrise it is optional possible to go on a Hot Air Balloon Flight. Cappadocia is awarded as one of the world’s best balloon flight areas and it is one of the best ways to discover the unique landscapes of this impressive wonder of nature.
Horseback riding Red valley area
An easy and pleasant, but long distance ride awaits us today. We will ride through the Rose and Red Valley area, with the most beautiful valleys in Cappadocia with spectacular formations and colours. We follow stabilized roads and paths which are full with old Cave houses and complexes from the old Christian civilization. In the Valleys it is possible to visit some hidden churches which 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 riding through Rose & Red Valley area we return to the horse ranch with rides through fascinating rock formations and with magnificent views to the fairy chimneys around.
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.
Horseback riding: approximately 3 h
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Cappadocia to Aladaglar national park via Derinkuyu Underground city

Cimbar Canyon to Sokulupinar via Arpalik plateau
In the morning we leave Cappadocia and drive to the Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National park. On the way to Cappadocia we take time to visit Derinkuyu. The incredible underground city of Derinkuyu was 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. Afterwards we continue to the Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National park, where we climb up through panoramic Cimbar Canyon with 15 to 100m wide and hundreds of meters high walls. The Canyon itself is a very famous place and well known under climbers as one of the best areas in the country. At the End of the Canyon we reach the Arpalik Plateau and continue on stabilized roads, with beautiful panoramic views to the northwest side of Demirkazik Mountain (3.756m) until we reach our Camp in Sokulupinar.
Walking time: 4/5 h; ascent: 600m; descent: 250m
Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 125 km (Cappadocia – Aladaglar National park via Derinkuyu)
ON: Aladaglar national park at the Sokulupinar campsite (2.000m)
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Aladaglar national park; walking & camping

Sokulupinar to Emli valley via Eznevit plateau & Siyirmalik valley
This morning we will leave the Sokulupinar camp behind as we walk up to Eznevit Plateau, a campsite inhabited by semi-nomadic families during the summer time. From here you will be rewarded with good views over the surrounding area as you continue walking towards Siyirmalik Valley. After an easy ascend with beautiful views to the Parmakkaya (Finger Rock) and the amazing Siyirmalik Mountains and through a pine forested Area we will arrive at the Emli Valley Campsite, one of the most beautiful Parts of the Aladaglar National park.
Walking time: 5/6 h; ascent: 538m; descent: 788m
ON: Aladaglar national park at the Emli valley campsite (1.750m)
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Aladaglar national park; walking & camping

Emli valley to Alaca Yayla (plateau)
In the morning hike up to Mangirci Gorge via Emli Valley, climb up to Alaca Yayla (Plateau) where we will walk along oak trees. With spectacular views of southern Aladaglar region we will reach to Alaca Yayla, most probably some shepherds will be around during summer season to graze their flocks. After having lunch by the spring we descend down to our camp via Oluksekisi, another old semi-nomad camp. We spend the night at the Emli Valley Camp.
Walking time: 5/6 h; ascent/descent: 650m
ON: Aladaglar national park at the Emli valley campsite (1.750m)
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Aladaglar national park to Kayseri – Home

Transfer to Kayseri airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 2 h; Transfer distance: 145 km (Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National park – Kayseri airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Day 1: One (one way) arrival transfer from/to Kayseri airport/Hotel in Cappadocia
      Day 8: One (one way) departure transfer from/to Aladaglar National park/Kayseri airport
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    7 x Breakfast, 6 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 7 x Dinner
–    Day 3: Cappadocia Mountain Biking (approximately 20/25 km/approximately 3/4 h)
–    Day 4: Cappadocia Horseback riding (approximately 3 h)
–    Necessary & Technical Equipment’s for activities Mountain Biking & Horseback riding
–    Days 5/6/7: Aladaglar National park walking & camping
–    All necessary Camping Equipment’s (Tents, Mattresses, necessary Kitchen Gears & Dinnerware)
–    Days 5/6/7: Sleeping bags / 4 Seasons
–    Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National park Entrance & camping Fees


Price Excludes
–    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
–    Single Tents
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips