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 into homes and churches. A base in Goreme allows you to easily explore Cappadocia with a local guide, so come and discover Cappadocia's many mysteries and legends.


Start
Goreme, Turkey
Finish
Goreme, Turkey
Destination
Turkey
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
ERAK
Physical rating
Ages
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 and Uchisar Rock Castle.

  • Visit one of Cappadocia’s most famous wineries.

  • Hike the beautiful Red Valley.

  • Explore the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli.

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.

Itinerary

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
Accommodation
  • 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.  We set out to explore on foot one of he many valleys of the Cappadocia Region.  It could be Love Valley or maybe the subtle hues of Red Valley, each guide has their favourite.  Talk to your Guide about how far and wide you would like to hike this morning.

Some free time for lunch in the village of Goreme.

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.

This evening you may want to think about visiting an ancient Caravanserai for a demonstration of the famous Sema - Whirling Dervish, or Visit a local Turkish Family for a wholesome home cooked meal
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia - Valley Walk
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - The Dark Church Entry - TRY10
  • Goreme - Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR25
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR195
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR250
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 venture further afield in to check out places like Devrent  Valley (Imaginary Valley) let your imagination run wild, make a stop at Pasabag (Monks Valley) and check out the three headed fairy Chimney's.  Later enjoy a drop of local wine at a local wine house, grab a bottle to go and watch the sunset over this magical landscape.  
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Wine at Sunset in Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia - 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

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia - Valley Walk
  • Goreme - Wine at Sunset in Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia - 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.

TURKEY:
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 - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

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