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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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 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

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.

There are no planned activities on Day 1 and you can arrive at any time today.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning your Local Guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 9.00am

Today you'll explore the Göreme Open Air Museum a monastic complex and Christian sanctuary of carved houses, churches and monasteries. One of the earliest centres for religious education, there are at least 10 churches and chapels in the museum area, dating between AD900 and 1200, with each one named after a prominent attribute by the local villagers. Explore the many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. Enter the cave chapels and witness the exquisite colour of the biblical frescoes found within.

After a break for lunch we explore on foot with some hiking in one of the local valleys, it could be the valley of love where the fairy chimmneys the deserted rock cut homes and churches with frescoes will astound you or any other fantastic scenic route that our Guides know.

Enjoy a free evening or consider attending a Whirling Dervis Ceremony, your guide will be able to advise you on activities for the evening or refer to your Shortbreak information pack.






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.

After our underground adventure we contine with our exploraing of this fascinating region.

You'll visit Devrent Valley with is unusual rock formations, Pasabag with it's three headed fairy chimney's and Cavusin with rock cut mosques, churches and homes. With out a doubt a highlight is a visit to Avanos located on the Red River. The clay from the Red River has been used in making local pottery for generations and we visit a local potter to see how this craft has developed through the ages, perhaps have a go on the wheel yourself.

Later this afternoon we have another suprise as we try some of the local wine and buy a bottle and watch the sunset over this lunar landscape with our Wine and Sunset Excursion.
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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