Walking in Cappadocia

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Explore incredible Cappadocia on foot

Turkey has long been underrated as a trekking destination, but with the fairytale rock formations of Cappadocia to enchant its visitors it should not be overlooked. This unique landscape was formed by the eruptions of three volcanoes, Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz, which have created one of the most distinctive landscapes in the world. The great walking and staggering scenery of this region make for a highly memorable trip.


  • Trek amongst the fairytale rocks of Cappadocia
  • Discover the historic and cultural secrets of this region
  • Visit the underground city of Kaymakli

Key information

  • 7 nights comfortable 3-star hotel with en suite facilities
  • 6 days centre-based walking
  • Vehicle support provided
  • Altitude max 1150m, average 1000m

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations



Moderate: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour


Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 212.0km/7.0miles
Day 315.0km/9.0miles
Day 412.0km/7.0miles
Day 511.0km/6.0miles
Day 67.0km/4.0miles
Day 77.0km/4.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Kayseri, transfer to Goreme.

    Fly to Kayseri airport and transfer to the hotel.  In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.

    Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Trek through Akvadi (White Valley), visit Uchisar Citadel, highest point in Cappadocia.

    Today's trek takes us through the Akvadi Valley. Perfectly eroded over time this fascinating landscape presents curious rock formations and fairytale chimneys that wouldn't look out of place in a Dali painting. If we are lucky we may spot wildlife such as the beautiful hoopoe (with its distinctive call) or an Eurasian fox along the way. After approximately 3 hours of walking we arrive at Uchisar village where we will take lunch in a local restaurant before climbing the citidal embedded into the rock above. From here we will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding surreal landscape. In the afternoon we follow a path that leeds us to the Guvercinlik (or Pigeon Valley) where pigeons are encouraged to roost so the local people from the region can collect their droppings to use as fertiliser. We will then continue to the town of Goreme before returning to Cayusin.

    Walk: Distance 12 km Ascent 400 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 1350 m Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Transfer to Kavak village; walk through the Gomede Valley from villages of Bahceli to Mustafapasa.

    In the morning we transfer to the farming village of Kavak where we begin our trek to Bahceli, passing through vinyards, gladed areas and various ruins. Arriving at Bahceli we will be rewarded with fresh Turkish tea in a local tea house. Rested and replenished, we will then head on through the Gomeda Valley to the Mustafapasa village, also known as 'Sinosis' to its Greek inhabitants. Mustafapasa used to be one of the richest towns in Anatolia until the 1924 population exchange, which forced the Greeks living in Turkey to move to Greece and vice versa. You will be able to spot the Greek influence on the architecture on some of these buildings.

    Walk: Distance 15 km Ascent 300 m Descent 600 m Max Altitude 1500 m Time: 6 hours

    Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Explore the beautiful rock formations of the Pancarlik and Kizilcukur (Red) Valley.

    After breakfast we transfer to the beautiful Pancarlik Valley. Smooth surfaces on the rock face undulate like waves, whilst the pastel colours intertwined with vineyards and cultivated gardens add colour to this extraordinary landscape. It is also possible spot Sarica and Kepez churches ingrained into the rock chimneys that rise forcefully from the ground. After lunch we head through the Kizilcukur Valley, also known as the Red Valley, for the dramatic sunset colours. Amongst the network of paths that connect the small villages of this valley we visit some of the churches that pepper the area before arriving at Goreme.

    Walk: Distance 12 km Ascent 200 m Descent 200 m Max Altitude 1200 m Time: 5-6 hours

    Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Walk through Pasabaglari (Monks) Valley. Trek up Bozdag, the highest point in the area offering stunning views.

    Today our trek takes us through Pasabaglari, formerly known as Monk's Valley. Here it is possible to see the dwellings of the hermits of Cappadocia who distanced themselves from the world by carving their abodes high up in the rock chimneys, using footholes and rope to climb in. Inside these dwellings are surprisingly spacious with some rooms hollowed out to around 15m high. Once through the valley we head up to Bozdag, the highest point in Cappadocia, offering some outstanding views.

    Walk: Distance 11 km Ascent 300 m Descent 200 m Max Altitude 1300 m Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Visit the underground city of Kaymakli. Afternoon walk through the Ihlara Valley, the deepest, longest canyon in Cappadocia.

    In the morning we transfer to the underground city of Kaymakli, built by early Christians to avoid religious persecution. This fascinating construction is an elaborate system of tunnels and caves, featuring everything from communal living spaces and kitchens, to stables, a church and graveyard, not to mention being fortified to protect its inhabitants. We then drive to the village of Selime where we begin our walk following the Melendiz river until we reach Belisirma where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we head down the Ihlara Valley, the deepest and longest valley in the region, passing Byzantine monasteries and churches that date back to the 11th Century, before arriving back in Cappadocia.

    Walk: Distance 7 km Ascent 100 m Descent 200 m Max Altitude 1300 m Time: 4-5 hours

    Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk along the Zindanonu Valley passing the Goreme open air museum with carved caves and Byzantine frescoes.

    Our last day takes us through the Zindanonu Valley and up onto a viewpoint of the town of Goreme and the Goreme open air museum. The Goreme Valley itself holds some of the finest collections of painted cave churches in the region. In around 1000-1200 AD orthodox monks carved places of worship from the soft volcanic stone and decorated them with beautifully elaborate Byzantine frescoes, many of which are still very much intact to this day. The late afternoon is then free to unwind after a truly memorable week.

    Walk: Distance 7 km Ascent 200 m Descent 0 m Max Altitude 1300 m Time: 2 hours

    Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Goreme, transfer to Kayseri; fly to London.

    End Goreme, transfer to Kayseri; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info



Holders of UK, Austrian, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish and US passports require visas. From 10 April 2014 it will no longer be possible to purchase a Turkish visa on arrival. This can now be obtained online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for approximately US$20.
The visa is valid for a stay of up to three months (dependent on passport holder's nationality). For a longer stay a visa from a Turkish Embassy is required.
Visa regulations can change without notice; please check the current regulations in good time to obtain the appropriate visa if required.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included.

Typical Meals:

Breakfast: typically comprising a selection of tea, coffee, bread, butter, jam, cheese, olives, cucumber, tomatoes and yoghurt.

Lunch and dinner: often a buffet arrangement with several freshly cooked dishes to choose from. Kebabs are of course to be found everywhere.

Picnic lunches taken on trek: lunch typically comprises a selection of bread, cold meat, cheese, (sometimes boiled eggs or tinned fish), fresh salad vegetables, juice and chocolate.

Most people find that Turkish cuisine is one of the most varied in the world and there is usually something to please everyone. Vegetarians will generally find themselves well catered for as many Turkish dishes are based on vegetables and dairy products.

Please note that in Turkey the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized dietary items from home.

Drinks are not included with meals (except breakfast) as a wide variety is normally available and this allows you greater choice. Mineral water, excellent fruit juices, beer and wine are generally readily available at about half to three-quarters of the UK price, depending on locality. Tea (usually taken in small glasses) is cheap, and so is Turkish coffee (strong, taken in small cups). European instant coffee and spirits can be more expensive.


Daytime temperatures in Cappadocia will range from 22-30 degrees in summer at low altitudes. Early mornings may be cooler later in the season. Summers are usually dry, however, rain is possible at any time and the odd storm cannot be ruled out.

Ankara, Turkey

Is this trip for you?

Grade: 3 (Moderate):

6 days centre based walking with vehicle support. All the walking is on undulating trails at low altitude.

The trip is a good mix of walking and cultural exploration. All the walks are on good paths and are around 5 hours per day.


Ciner Hotel

On this trip we usually stay at the Ciner Hotel. Situated in Göreme, the heart of Cappadocia, this hotel boasts modern comforts whilst preserving its cosy family atmosphere. This hotel has a great location as it is literally minutes of walking distance from all the town amenities. All rooms are en-suite, and the hotel has a swimming pool, offering nice views of the town and red valley to unwind after each day and a homemade buffet breakfast with delicious array of local cuisine.

Single rooms are available on request for a supplement.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2017
    Nigel Donovan

    Walking in Cappadocia

    From the moment I started having information sent back to me in 2016 I have been impressed with all aspects of the trip. The walks were all different and well organised. Our driver (Reg) was excellent at no time did I have any concern for our safety. Sensible routes and breaks made the trip a really harmonious event. I can only encourage people to take holidays in Turkey as they need our support .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first walk with the "fairy towers" landscope was a revelation. The balloon ride was breathtaking and well worth two false starts.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Firat Solak was excellent. He was both informative and humourous. His pace on the walks was just right for the various members. His checks on the state of the members showed a good understanding of what was going on during the day. The places we ate during the day and evening was a hit with everyone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go as soon as possible.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The roof area of the hotel was slightly tired but the helpfullness of people, the food and the position of the hotel was excellent.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Brian Hills

    walking in cappadocia may/june 2017 sid

    A very enjoyable week in a unique area,local people were welcoming and all the food provided varied and tasty. Five of the walks were 5*, day 3 Kavac to Bahceli had to much road walking though the first rest stop and final village were worth visiting,manageable walks for first timers like ourselves.A good mixed group.The only small disappointment was the accommodation not as described,we stayed at Goreme, hotel Matiasos ,it was clean,good staff,good breakfast but no bar or public area to chill out, also bathroom to small to dry yourself with towel.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The balloon trip,worth getting up at 4am.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fred was a star,looked after us 24/7

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Possibly take a little more spends 100 sterling would be a bit tight for drinks and tips,150 each more like it.All prices are in turkish or euros,balloon trip was 150 euros or 130 sterling each

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just do it
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Robert Taylor

    Walking in Cappadocia

    A totally unique landscape which is a "Must See" if you want something different. The walks are mostly in valleys and are easy. We've never seen so many caves! This is the true way to see Turkey and meet the people, who are very friendly and welcoming. Don't expect to loose weight though - the traditional food is very tasty and plentiful!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to say as it was all great. The valley walks are fascinating. We also went on an early morning (start before sunrise) balloon trip which was brilliant- well organised and magical. Over 100 balloons in the air at the same time. It was like fairyland as we set off in the early morning twilight seeing all the flames from the gas burners lighting up the balloons - never to be forgotten! Remember to take your camera! One thing that will always stay with us is one morning whilst walking through a local village an old lady gave us some freshly baked bread to taste and a man came across with some molasses he was preparing in which we dipped the bread - it was like nectar. Someone else then came over with grape juice to sample. What a nice gesture by a poor community.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ferat was an excellent leader, living up to the exodus high standards we have always experienced. Our driver was also excellent, very safe and thoughtful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a travel sink plug for the sink in the hotel - there wasn't one in it! Although the walks are easy you will still need good boots as the ground can be rough.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel bedrooms / bathrooms were adequate & clean but not of the usual standards we expected. The sitting areas are comfortable & plentiful in traditional décor. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Stuart Mann

    Walking in Cappadocia

    We arrived in Cavusin after 2 flights, with Turkish airways, that were on time, comfortable and with good food.Our hotel 'Green Hotel', was just opposite a 'fairy chimney' of incredible beauty. Our room wasn' t the better one that the Hotel had but it was nevertheless comfortable with ensuite shower.The people there did their utmost to welcome us and the new chef's food was glorious. Our guide Omer was a lovely fellow,with a good sense of humor, good English and with plenty of knowledge of the local history. The walks were varied and interesting, not tiring at all and we were lucky to have wonderfully warm days with blue skies. For me the best of the walks were through the red valley and Ihlara valley ,my wife also liked the first one very much :the Akvadi and up to Uchisar: spectacular views at the top !But we both were thrilled with our first Hot Air balloon flight, in perfect weather with a perfectionist Pilot that landed the basket onto the waiting trailer!!! Amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the Hot air balloon flight was incredible, the views of the 'fairy chimneys' amazing. The rock formations of the 'red valley' and the white. Goreme open air museum with its many churches and frescoes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Omer was a calm ,relaxed guy with a sense of humor and plenty of knowledge, a really likeable fellow: he never was put out if my wife was recording whilst he was talking of the churches ,history or else. He always obliged when we stopped to take pics

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We would recomend taking trekking poles as they do help with unsteady terrain and climbing on the rocks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We ate too much ,perhaps if we had to choose our lunch we would have preferred it.
  • Reviewed July 2015
    Ann Priestley

    Walking in Cappadocia TTG

    Truly awesome place. Challenging in places but a great way to push yourself and achieve. Great guide, so knowledgeable. We had lessons in Language, Religion, Geology, Politics, History and Turkey. Nobody passed the 'exams'! Lots of fun and laughter.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Contouring Table Mountain. I was worried but Ilhan, our guide, gave me confidence to do it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ilhan Senturk...superb leader. As I said before, he gave lessons. We learnt so much. We enjoyed so much. We were a team helping each other when needed. He never rushed us. Lovely guy with a sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it. No such thing as cannot.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    On your packing list please add sink/bath plug. I was advised to take £100 of Lira. A tad more would have been more comfortable. Tell people about the hot air balloons in more detail as the cost is quite high.
  • Reviewed July 2015
    Carol Capper

    Walking in Cappadocia

    This was my first Exodus trip and I was very impressed with the whole holiday. The organisation was first class and I can't praise our Trip Leader enough. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was done with a smile. If anyone wants a first class holiday with mind blowing scenery then Cappadocia must come top of your list of treks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walking on the table top mountain and the amazing scenery on the walk around the mountain and the valley - in fact too many highlights to mention. One of the most amazing holidays I've ever had.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ilhan was amazing. He was exceptionally knowledgeable on all subjects and was happy to answer any questions we put to him. A big thank you to him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need really good walking boots for this holiday.
  • Reviewed October 2014

    Walking in Cappadocia

    This was an excellent and highly enjoyable holiday amidst a stunning landscape - featuring great walking, an informative and expert guide, lovely group of people, pleasant hotel and tasty food. Cappodocia is a relatively small area offering a wonderful variety of walks without involving too much travelling.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just being in the peace and beauty of such a fantastic environment. The Turkish bath was a fun experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fahti was knowledgeable, friendly and adaptable - able to flex the tour to suit the group's wishes and needs (e.g. adding in extra features of interest, being supportive to less fit walkers). He related well to local people we encountered and was helpful and considerate at all times.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The historical and cultural aspect of the area is fascinating. But don't expect too much of the frescoes in the cave churches. Most have not been preserved and many have suffered vandalism.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A photographer's paradise.
  • Reviewed October 2014
    Hannah Hannah

    Lovely Cappadocia

    Cappadocia is beautiful and I'm really glad I chose to go on this trip. You get to see so many different landscapes within a relatively small distance and walking through it all is such a good experience. On most days we didn't see any other walkers in the areas we were exploring and the peace and quiet away from it all was fantastic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the Red Valley and the high outcrop above it, fabulous!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was very friendly and organised and seemed to know everyone in each small village we stopped in.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you don't mind heights, or fancy challenging yourself if you're a bit scared of them, definitely take the opportunity for a hot air balloon ride. Also, the walking is very manageable for people of low/medium fitness. I was a bit worried I hadn't got myself fit enough in the weeks leading up to the holiday, but it was all relatively easy walking with just a few short steep uphills here and there.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Green Hotel is a bit basic, but does have spectacular views from the rooms and terrace.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Celia Harrison

    Walking in Cappadocia

    Based in one hotel with day excursions/walking trips. Amazing scenery. Love Cappadocia!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery, the hot air balloons every morning, the view from the plateau - the sight of an older group decending a steep slope with one gentleman, who was quite shaky on his legs and appeared to be in his late 70s, being stopped from toppling by someone behind him holding his belt from behind all the way down.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was very quiet and sweet, but not very engaging. His pace was good for the walking and he took care of those who struggled. He listened to what the group said they wanted and did his best to arrange it, particularly issues around food. He opened up more towards the end of the week, which was nice.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do take walking poles, a hat, sun cream. I had walking boots, but some of the group got by with walking sandles - I preferred boots.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really enjoyed this trip. The group were lovely. We were all women, apart from one man, which must have been a challenge for our guide! I have not laughed this much in years. The walks were mostly gentle, with only two days which were slightly more challenging. The scenery was just incredible. Those who had the hot air balloons said it was worth it and were proud of their certificates saying they had done it. The Turkish bath was good, although busy. Hotel staff lovely and friendly. Might do this trip again!
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Paula Evans

    walking in cappadoccia

    Really good holiday, Fantastic scenery and setting. Hotel nice with friendly staff. Lovely to see the animals. A nice place to wander round on your own without getting hassled or lost.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were a lot but I think getting up early and watching the balloons take off from the valley really had the wow factor. And the balloon trip was brilliant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fahti very informative and helpful, took on board a few suggestions made by members of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go with an open mind and expect to see lots of interesting things..

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For light sleepers take ear plugs because there is a mosque opposite and when the call to prayer goes out at 5am the local dogs and cockerels join in! On the plus side you don't need an alarm clock and its great to get up early and watch the balloons!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


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