Cappadocia & the Aladaglar Mountains

Tour Code : TRE 06

–    Cappadocia & UNESCO World heritage sites
–    Camping & hiking in the Aladaglar national park
–    Goreme open air museum & Zelve monastery valley
–    Uchisar citadel & Akvadi (white) valley
–    Red valley; the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia 
–    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)
= A/B (Easy/Medium)
Cappadocia & Aladaglar Mountain treks  (6 routes on 6 days)


Hotel     :    3 Nights
Camp    :    4 Nights

Day 1 : Kayseri – 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 three 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 : Goreme open air museum - Meskendir valley; Red & Rose valley - Avanos

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.
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. Afterwards 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: 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 3 : Uchisar citadel & Akvadi (White valley); Cavusin to Zelve monastery & Pasabaglari

After breakfast we drive to 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. After visiting Uchisar we walk through 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 end of the valley is worth seeing. Afterwards we continue to Cavusin, 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 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.   
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: 0m; descent: 280m; (Akvadi White Valley)
Walking time: 2 h; walking distance: 4 km; ascent: 60m; descent: 70m; (Cavusin – Pasabaglari – Zelve)
ON: in Cappadocia at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Cappadocia - Derinkuyu Underground city – Aladaglar National park; Emli valley

After breakfast 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. The Aladaglar become National park since 1995. Via Cukurbag village we continue to Kaziklar Valley; we follow for a while on stabilized roads and continue on small paths into the Kaziklar Valley, 50 to 70 meters high walls leading us to the Emli Valley where we spend the Night at the Camp.
Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 125 km (Cappadocia – Aladaglar National park)
Walking time: 2 h; ascent: 250m; descent: 80m
ON: Aladaglar national park at the Emli valley campsite (1.750m)
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Aladaglar National park; 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 6 : Aladaglar national park; Emli valley to Sokulupinar via Siyirmalik valley & Eznevit plateau

This morning you will leave the Emli valley behind as you walk up the Siyirmalik valley and climb up to Eznevit, a campsite inhabited by semi-nomadic families during the summer months, who we might meet and who might invite us for some drinks and will visit their tents to see their original life style during the time they spent in the mountains. From here we will be rewarded with good views over the surrounding area as we continue walking towards Sakartas. From Sakartas we will descend to Sokulupinar where we spend the night at the campsite.
Walking time: 5/6 h; ascent: 788m; descent: 538m
ON: Aladaglar national park at the Sokulupinar campsite (2.000m)
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Aladaglar National park; Sokulupinar to Cukurbag village via Cimbar Canyon & Demirkazik village

In the morning, we start walking in Sokulupinar and follow the stabilized roads to ascend Arpalik plateau. From the Arpalik Plateau we descend in trough panoramic Cimbar Canyon, 15 to 100 metres wide and hundreds of meters high walls leading down to a village where we will meet a local family and have lunch in their house. Afterwards we drive to the Cukurbag village where we spend the Night at the Camp.
Important: Close to our Camp in Cukurbag village there is a village House available,
Local (Basic) Village House/ with two small rooms on Multi share Base & mutual shower and WC,
Walking time: 3 h; ascent: 200m; descent: 500m
ON: Aladaglar national park in Cukurbag/or Demirkazik village at the campsite or at a local/basic village house
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 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 (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 7 x Dinner
–    All necessary Camping Equipment’s (Tents, Mattresses, necessary Kitchen Gears & Dinnerware)
–    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