Travel to Turkey and break away from the bustle of the big cities to experience the rural culture of the Cappadocia region. A series of volcanic eruptions resulted in the area being swamped in ash, which then hardened to form a porous rock. The elements carved the terrain into the odd fairy chimneys, and later the inhabitants discovered they too could carve the rocks - even into homes and churches. A base in Goreme allows you to easily explore Cappadocia with a local guide. Come and discover Cappadocia's many mysteries and legends.

This trip will no longer travel to Soganli Valley in 2019. This change is based on operator and passenger feedback which suggested that the trip was too rushed and did not have enough free time.

Goreme, Turkey
Goreme, Turkey
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  •  Discover the out of this planet landscape of Cappadocia with its incredible fairy chimneys, troglodyte dwellings, cave churches of Goreme, Uchisar Rock Castle, and impressive valleys

  • Visit one of Cappadocia’s most famous wineries

  •  Hike the beautiful Red Valley

  •  Explore the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli

  • Taste authentic Turkish cooking at its best in a traditional cave setting in Cappadocia

Is this trip right for you?

  • Being one of our famous Shortbreaks we pack a lot into just a few days. Some early starts; and late finishes. If you prefer to explore at a more leisurely pace this may not be the best trip for you. Please check the trip notes before making onward travel plans.

  • Travelling alone? Our Shortbreaks are a group tour with independence, you won’t have a Tour Leader with you for the full duration of the tour, but you may be joined by other like-minded travellers to reflect and share you tissues with.

  • Being an independent traveller you won’t mind carrying your own bag, not great distances just off and on the bus or ferry and into the hotel.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018.
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Hosgeldeniz ! Welcome to Cappadocia

Cappadocia fascinates all travellers. Shaped by wind and water, its otherworldly rock formations have to be seen to be believed. Rock hewn churches, cave homes and incredible underground cities wait to be explored.

You are free to arrive at any time today. There are no activities planned. We would suggest a walk through the village this evening it is impossible to get lost
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Without a doubt, one of the most amazing memories of this journey could be of a hot air balloon ride over the majestic landscape. This aerial tour of the region is guided by our experienced operators and is an incredibly memorable experience. Note: this is an optional activity and the cost varies depending on what type of flight you choose. Don't worry you will back in time to enjoy a good local breakfast.

This morning your Guide will meet you at 9.00am for this adventure into the heart of the region.
You will visit Devrent Valley with its very unusual rock formations, Pasabag with its twin and triple fairy chimneys. Continuing or exploration of the region we stop at Cavusin with its cave mosque, churches and rock cut homes.
A visit to Avanos the centre of terracotta artworks since 3000BC, is a highlight see how it all done, and test your own abilities on the potters wheel Lunch is included today, a simple village lunch or your guide may choose a picnic depending on the weather.

After lunch we conclude our day with a visit to the UNESCO Open Air Museum with its many rock cut churches it is the the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. Finish with a stop at Pigeon Valley, for tea of course.

This evening you may want to think about visiting an ancient Caravanserai for a demonstration of the famous Sema - Whirling Dervish.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - The Dark Church Entry - TRY10
  • Goreme - Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR25
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR175
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR230
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Another big day today as we head underground

This morning you are picked up from your hotel at 9am. Discover underground Cappadocia with your guide as they take you on an adventure through the corridors and rooms of this fascinating part of the city.
From here on this tour you’ll head to Soganlı Valley, where you’ll find a tiny Turkish village that lives a very traditional lifestyle, the perfect spot to experience authentic local life in Cappadocia. Here you’ll find caves, churches, monasteries, and the spot where the famous handmade dolls of Cappadocia are made.
After a local lunch in the village, you’ll continue on the Keşlik Cave Monastery, an early Christian cave complex located in the garden of a local villager. The owner of the garden guides visitors to show them the monastery and offers tea and local fruits – an experience you’ll not be forgetting in a hurry, we’re sure of it!

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Wine at Sunset in Cappadocia
  • Goreme - Kaymakli Underground City
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4 is departure day, you are free to depart at any time on day 4. Hotel check out will be 11.00am, Please speak to your booking agent if you wish to stay longer.
If you fly out today, please check with the hotel to store your luggage.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


3 breakfasts, 1 lunch




Hotel (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
  • Goreme - Wine at Sunset in Cappadocia
  • Goreme - Kaymakli Underground City

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Important notes

1. This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you may share some activities.

This trip will no longer visit Soganli Valley on Day 3.  Based on passenger and operator feedback the trip was too rushed and this change allows more time to enjoy the valleys of Cappadocia at a relaxed pace.

We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page -

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