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  • self guided walk
  • 6 nights simple family hotels
  • 1 night in a village house
  • 5 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£710GBP


Trip Code: COF

Trip highlights

  • Ortahisar (middle fortress) with its castle like rock formation, but also picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches
  • Walking amongst the fairy chimneys and rocks of Uchisar
  • Discovering the old cave village of Cavusin with its rock cut dwellings and stone houses
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people
  • Exploring the earth pillars, fairy chimneys and vineyards of the Pasabag Valley and Goreme

For millions of years the volcanoes of the Central Anatolian Plateau erupted over the land to create the unique rock formations and fairy chimneys that characterise Cappadocia, Turkey. Through the centuries, civilisations carved houses and churches within these rocky pillars and underground cities leaving a natural and historic legacy which continues to be a focal point for visitors to the region. Interspersed amongst these relics is a living culture of traditional villages, spectacular river valleys and rural settlements. On this week long self guided walk you will be immersed in the history and stunning lunar landscapes of this fascinating region. Following a series of trails you will explore the highlights of the region such as Mustafapasha, Ortahisar and Goreme.



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On arrival at Kayseri Airport (or Nevsehir airport), you will be met and transferred to Mustafapasha. The village was formerly known as Sinasos during Ottoman times and was inhabited by Greeks until 1924. The Greeks built many of the churches, and you'll also find some impressive mansions with colourful wall paintings. Overnight in a comfortable pension. Transfer time from Kayseri: 1 hour (80km), from Nevsehir 45min (60km)

Meals:  Nil

The days walk begins on a dirt road along the foot of a natural tumulus carved by erosion and known as Golgoli by local people. The road continues through vineyards in the direction of an interesting peak with white and brown sandstone pyramids around it. In clear weather you will have a great view towards the snow caped Erciyes peak (3916m) in the distance. You ascend the smaller peak from the right and continue walking on a plateau before descending to the village of Ayvali. Experience the hospitality of the locals, perhaps, with a tea-break in the local cafe. You stay overnight at a village house in Ayvali, which is well known for its cooking school. Distance walked: 7.73km/4.8mi. Ascend 318m/1043ft, descend 143m/469ft.

Meals:  B,D

The trail today takes you through vineyards on the east side of the Gomeda Valley. At one point the road goes down into the valley and you start walking on a single track path following the river. The Gomeda Valley is very picturesque, rich in rock houses, bird houses, rock arches, small vegetable yards and abundant vegetation. After around 2 hours walking in the shade of the valley you turn west and go up and out of the valley on a dirt road until you reach Ortahisar, with its natural fortress, and your hotel. Distance walked: 12.73km/7.9mi. Ascend 230m/788ft, descend 376m/1234ft.

Meals:  B,D

Today’s walk will take you down to Zemi Valley, known for its rock churches and rich vegetation. Following a small river on a single track surrounded by rich flora and high white sand rocks, you pass by small vegetable yards and go under natural rock arches. It is quite common to spot kestrels flying around the rocks. A sandy dirt road takes you out of the valley. Accommodation at a pension in Uchisar. Distance walked: 12km/7.5mi Ascend 398m/1306ft, descend 269m/883ft

Meals:  B,D

The walk today is one of the shortest but also one of the best. You start walking in the famous Love valley (Baglidere valley, also known as Akvadi (White Valley) with one of the most picturesque fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Enjoy the marvelous sculptures made by nature and sense the mystic spirit of the valley. You may spot a turtle or a rabbit while walking. As you exit the valley you will reach Cavusin along a sandy dirt road. You stay in Cavusin for two nights at a hotel. Distance walked: 7.5km/4.7mi. Ascend 85m/263ft, descend 342m/1122ft.

Meals:  B,D

A longer but exciting walk awaits today. From Cavusin you start an ascent on a good single track path passing through beautiful red, orange and white sand pyramids until you reach Pasabag (Valley of the Monks). Take a rest and visit the rock churches nearby bfore continuing to the stunning Zelve Open Air Museum. You can explore the ancient rock city and enjoy a lunch in a restaurant in the rocks (allow extra time for the visit). In the afternoon you ascend a tunnel-like path surrounded with sand pyramids which takes you to the top of Bozdag Plateau. The path takes you along the edge of the plateau with great views of Zelve Open Air Museum and Urgup town. Finally you descend to reach the path to Cavusin and your hotel. Distance walked: 8.75km/5.5mi. Ascend 295m/968ft, descend 277m/909ft

Meals:  B,D

The walk today is in the direction of Goreme following mainly dirt roads. First you will visit some interesting rock churches in Gulludere (Rose Valley) and then continue on a small ridge to the main road and Goreme open air museum. After visiting the museum you reach the town of Goreme along the main asphalt road. Overnight in a hotel in Goreme. There's a variety of restaurants here where you can die at leisure. Distance walked: 9.1km/5.6mi. Ascend 339m/112ft, descend 281m/922ft.

Meals:  B

After breakfast there will be a transfer to the airport, trip concludes. Transfer time: 1 hour.

Meals:  B



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners - Breakfasts are Turkish style and will generally include cheese (feta), olives, eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, jam, honey, bread, tea or coffee, fruits. Dinner is a fixed menu; soup or hot and cold appetisers with fresh baked bread, main course (usually kebab varieties), salad, and dessert (fruits or baklava).
  • 6 nights simple family hotels with ensuite facilities, 1 night in a village house
  • Daily luggage transfer with option to skip some walks and travel with luggage
  • Information pack including route notes (one per room booked), GPS Tracks are available on request (recommended)
  • Airport transfers as described (from/to Kayseri or Nevsehir airports)

  • Travel to and from Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport
  • Meals not indicated above – allow approx. EUR 15 for dinner on Day 1 and EUR 65 for lunches
  • Drinks
  • All entrance fees for historical and natural sites (allow EUR 20)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transfers not part of the trip arrangement
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities can be arranged in addition to the trip, eg, hot air balloon ride, a cooking class
  • Ihlara valley visit, see the 2nd itinerary - supplement applies





The walking is moderate (3) grade with daily walks of around 3-5 hours per day. There are some steep sections over loose trails during the walk and such sections of the trail require care. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.

Departure dates

Daily from 1 Mar to 15 Nov (excluding Jul and Aug)


It is possible to include an itinerary variation to walk through the Ilhara Valley - additional charge applies. See trip notes for details (days 6-7 are changed).
This trip is not suitable for solo travellers. If you decide to book this trip as a single person it is essential that you are a confident, experienced traveller and a strong walker with a keen sense of direction and risk averse nature.

Total Priceper person from


Options & Supplements*
  • Ilhara Valley Variation (pp) - min 2 peopleGBP£100
  • Single SupplementGBP£170
  • Single Traveller Surcharge (see note)GBP£350
*Prices listed are per person

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