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.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Goreme, Turkey
Finish
Goreme, Turkey
Country
Turkey
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
ERAK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we 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.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

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.

Your Cappadocia Short Break starts this afternoon with a Wine and Sunset Tour. We recommend arriving before 3.30pm on day one.

Please check with hotel reception for your pick up time today as it can change seasonally.
A sunset to remember, fine Turkish wine a walk through the stunning Red Valley and, and a sunset overlooking the fairy chimneys dotting the scene. The perfect introduction to your Cappadocia Adventure.
Early in the evening you will be dropped back at your hotel. Ask your Tour Guide for some local dinner recommendations and enjoy a relaxed evening getting to know the locals.
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.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - The Dark Church Entry - TRY10
  • Goreme - Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR25
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.
Accommodation
  • 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

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Bus

Accommodation

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.

Following recent safety incidents 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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