Discovering World Heritage Cappadocia

Tour Code : TRE 01

–    Explore unique landscapes of Cappadocia
–    Visit UNESCO World heritage sites
–    Goreme open air museum
–    Derinkuyu underground city 
–    Zelve monastery valley
–    Ihlara valley & Selime monastery


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)
= A (Easy) 
Hiking through beautiful valleys of Cappadocia (5 routes on 5 days)


Hotel    :    7 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 seven 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 : Uzengi & Pancarlik valleys – Ortahisar village & Kiliclar (Sword) 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. Afterwards we drive to the 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 the road to Goreme there are tracks where it is possible to explore abandoned caves which were homes of past citizens in this region.
Walking time: 3 h; walking distance: 6 km; ascent: 155m; descent: 80m (Pancarlik Valley – Ortahisar)
Walking time: 1 h; walking distance: 4 km; ascent: 0m; descent: 150m (Kiliclar (Sword) Valley)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals:  B / L / D

Day 3 : Derinkuyu underground city and Ihlara valley & Selime monastery

After breakfast we drive to Ihlara, on the Way we visit the incredible underground city of Derinkuyu, opened to visitors in 1965. The city is approximately 85m deep, but only 10 % of the city can be visited, 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. Ihlara Valley is 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. After having Lunch in Belisirma village we drive to Selime to visit the Selime Monastery. A visit to this complex of buildings on a steep mountain slope is a must in the region. In the late afternoon/early evening we return to Cappadocia to our Hotel.                                                           
Transfer time: 1/2 h; transfer distance: 95 km (Ihlara – Cappadocia via Derinkuyu / one way)
Walking time: 3 h; walking distance: 8 km (Ihlara – Belisirma); optional: 5/6 km (Belisirma – Selime)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals:  B / L / D 

Day 4 : Day at leisure to explore Urgup & Goreme

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.
City Tours & day at Leisure
Urgup is one of the most important centres in Cappadocia; once was a bishopric of the rock cut churches and monasteries found in the villages, valleys and towns around Urgup. Today Urgup is known for its famous wines and pleasant cafes. Goreme is designated as an important tourist destination; a “center” for all tourism in Cappadocia, the name of the town was changed to Goreme for practical reasons. In Urgup and Goreme we take time to relax a while and to taste a traditional cup of Turkish tea before we explore the centers of these famous cities (villages), with their small shops and pleasant cafes, on our own way.
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Goreme open air museum - Meskendir valley; Red & Rose valleys

In the morning we start today’s first activity and walk out to explore one of the most beautiful valleys in Cappadocia. 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.  After visiting the Goreme open air Museum we start our walking in the Meskendir Valley. We follow the path which is full with old Cave houses and complexes from the old Christian civilization. From the Meskendir Valley we cross over to the Red Valley, the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia with its spectacular formations and colours. In Red Valley it is possible, depending on walking pace and time, to visit some hidden churches like the Uzumlu church (Grape church / Red Valley), the hidden Cross Church and the Church of the Three Crosses (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 we will arrive in Cavusin, where our vehicle is waiting for us.
Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 9 km; ascent: 85m; descent: 135m; (Meskendir Valley; Red & Rose Valley)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Akvadi (white valley) & Uchisar citadel – Zemi valley & El Nazar church

After breakfast we drive to the trailhead point at the beginning of the Akvadi (The White Valley). We will walk along this valley following an old river bed, used today for vineyards. Especially a special section at the beginning of the valley is worth seeing. At noon we will 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. Afterwards we continue our walk and enter into the Zemi Valley, a green valley with wind eroded volcanic rocks and tall poplar trees. At the end of the Valley and depending on time there will be the opportunity to visit the El Nazar church. The church was carved from one piece of a rock in a ‘T’ shape. The frescoes show scenes which follow each other in chronological order. The church can be dated to the end of the 10th Century. Our vehicle will pick us up at the end of the Valley and we drive back to our Hotel.
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.
Walking time: 2 h; walking distance: 6 km; ascent: 280m; descent: 0m; (Akvadi White Valley)
Walking time: 2 h; walking distance: 5 km; ascent: 0m; descent: 270m; (Zemi Valley)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Cavusin vilage - Zelve monastery & Pasabaglari (monks valley) – Avanos

Today we drive to Cavusin first where we start our todays walk. Cavusin is one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia Area; a small village made up of rock cut dwellings and elegantly carved stone houses. From Cavusin village 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. Our walk will permit us directly to the 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: 2 h; walking distance: 6/8 km; ascent: 60m; descent: 70m; (Cavusin – Zelve)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Cappadocia to Kayseri - Home

Transfer to Kayseri airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 80 km (Cappadocia – 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 stated in the Itinerary
      Days 1 & 8: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Kayseri airport/Hotel in Cappadocia
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel accommodation, 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, 7 x Dinner


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
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips