Cappadocia walking vacation in Turkey

“Walk amongst the valleys, underground cities and villages of Cappadocia that provide a fascinating insight into the history and geography of this lesser-visited Turkish region.”

Highlights

Ancient cave dwellings | Underground city of Kaymakli | Akvadi Valley | Citadel of Uchisar | Kavak | Pancarlik and Kizilcukur Valleys | Goreme open air museum | Pasabaglari Valley | Zindanonu Valley

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
You will need a stout pair of walking boots which should be fairly worn in to lessen the chance of frustrating and painful blisters.
Trip type:
Small group. Average group size 12. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate. Max 14km walk on day 6. Approximately 5 hours spent walking per day.
Accomm:
7 nights in 3-star hotel with en-suite facilities.
Included:
Accommodation, transport and tour leader throughout.
Meals:
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single room supplement applies.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

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Environment
Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although we do intend to have a positive effect by encouraging engagement with locals, visiting local cafes and restaurants and supporting small businesses at craft and food markets. By operating with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, we are able to raise awareness for a kind of tourism which puts environment and community before financial gain.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend all seven nights in a comfortable, 3 star hotel. All accommodation is locally staffed, which has a very positive effect on employment levels and also ensures that any income generated remains within the local economy. Most meals are included and wherever possible will be made from locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Sampling local cuisine is a great way to get in touch with Turkish culture and there are plenty of Cappadocian specialties to try including Biberdomasi (Bell peppers stuffed with rice and ground lamb), Pide (Oblong pizza-like flatbread) and Moussaka. We will also stop at a number of villages and Turkish teahouses where our custom is really appreciated by local people.

Local Craft and Culture:
Although the majority of the trip is spent in remote, mountainous areas, there are still opportunities to connect with local communities and their cultures. As well as the villages we pass through, we also encounter semi-nomadic tribes, who often pitch their goat hair tents along our route and sometimes we are fortunate to share a homemade, traditional ‘ayran’- which is a refreshing yoghurt based drink. The peaks and valleys of Cappadocia are dotted with churches, monasteries and remains of ancient cave dwellings- which are of great cultural interest. If there is time on the trip, we also recommend seeing a whirling dervish display and investigating some of the crafts shops and bazaars in the region. In the Cappadocia area, carpet making and hand painting pottery are popular and traditional forms of craft. By purchasing souvenirs from local people, we can benefit the community.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by

Brilliant amazing walks and loads to see great guide who told us about history of Cappadocia. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 May 2019 by

The hikes and the scenery were amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2018 by

From day 1 the vacation had so many different memorable experiences but not many can compare with the early morning Balloon trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2017 by

Beautiful scenery, which was amazing to walk in, but almost more spectacular when seen from a hot air balloon. Lovely, like-minded people to travel with; we shared lots of laughs. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2017 by

The most memorable was hot air ballooning over the terrain of Cappadocia early in the morning with 100 other balloons. Read full review

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