A trip to Cappadocia evokes feelings of having walked into your own personal fairy tale. You’ll be in awe of the incredible landscape, with its ‘Fairy Chimneys’ rock formations which look as if they have been made with the help of some kind of magic.
Day 1 – Istanbul – Cappadocia
Flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia (not included). Transfer to your hotel. Your Cappadocia Mini-Break begins with a free afternoon to explore.
Day 2 – Cappadocia
Optional sunrise hot air balloon flight. Today you will discover the rich history of Cappadocia and marvel at its landscape. Our first stop will be at the beautiful Rose Valley which takes its name from the rose-coloured hues in the rocks. Here we will hike through around 3km of the valley, looking at fairy chimneys, small farms, pigeon houses and small chapels carved into the rocks as we go. When we have finished our hike we will stop at the rustic old cave village of Cavusin, before moving on to Monk’s Valley (Pasabag). Pasabag is famous for its mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys.
Stop at Goreme for lunch, then we drive to Kaymakli Underground City, an intricate series of rooms built underground by early Christians fleeing persecution. Our final stop will be at the bottom of Uchisar Castle. You will then be dropped off at your hotel.
Overnight Cappadocia (B, L).
Day 3 – Cappadocia
Your guide will meet you around 9am today. Set off for the Red Valley. Head south to the beautiful Ihlara Valley, full of centuries old caves and structures. Here, you will walk through the beautiful Ihlara Gorge. Stop for lunch at a cafe on the banks of the river in the charming village of Belisirma. After lunch, visit the Selime Monastery with its large cave cathedral and stunning views. You will then make your way back to Urgup. We will stop along the way at a vista point with breathtaking views across Cappadocia. Drop back at your hotel for your last night. Option to attend a traditional Turkish dance and folklore evening held in a local cave restaurant.
Overnight Cappadocia (B, L)
Day 4 – Departure
Your Cappadocia Mini-Break ends after breakfast. Transfer to the airport or bus station for the next leg of your journey. (B)
- Arrival airport transfer
- Accommodation – Alfina Cave Hotel or similar (2 nights)
- Day Tour – Rose Valley, Cavusin, Monk’s Valley, Kaymakli Underground City
- Day Tour – Red Valley, Ihlara Vally, Selime Monastery
- Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight
- Turkish dance and folklore evening
- Breakfast (3)
- Lunch (2)
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