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9 Days
Availability : September 10 OR October 8, 2022
Istanbul
Istanbul
Tour Details
Walking the Ancient Trails of Cappadocia

Explore the unique landscapes and cultures of historic Cappadocia on foot and by balloon – from an extraordinary and stylish cave hotel

9 Days with prices from $3,795 CAD per person, based on double occupancy

Departure Location

Istanbul

End Location

Istanbul

Price Includes

  • 8 nights premium hotels at central locations
  • Travel by internal flights and air-conditioned minibus
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Tipping for all hotel, drivers and local staff
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Named tour leader, chosen for their expertise and great customer feedback

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's & vaccinations, if required
  • International flights

Tour Specialist

  • Lesli Heron
What to Expect

Cappadocia’s world-famous scenery and cultural history is best discovered on foot. And the region will thrill you with its unique landscape of rock towers, caves and valleys. Following ancient volcanic eruptions, the region was covered with a blanket of soft ‘tufa’ rock that is easily eroded by wind and water. It has been inhabited for millennia, with many civilisations carving cave dwellings and churches into the towers and hillsides. In recent times local entrepreneurs have used the same principle to create some incredible and unique hotels, one of which is a highlight of our experience.

Our programme of walks and activities will show you the best of the area, as well as lesser-known routes and experiences. This trip is recommended to those who like exploring in style, and don’t settle with the ordinary.

This is a leisurely/moderate walking holiday and is run at a relaxed pace

Highlights
  • A six-night stay at the fabulous Yunak Evleri cave hotel in the heart of Cappadocia
  • A unique programme of walks and activities to discover the region’s history valleys rock towers and cave dwellings
  • Iconic balloon ride, pre-booked (paid locally)
  • An introduction to historic Istanbul, from centrally located hotels
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Today you arrive in Istanbul, one of the most important and inspiringly beautiful cities of the world’s history. We have no activities scheduled for today, so you are free to arrive anytime.

Premium accommodation: Kent Hotel, Istanbul (4 star)

Day 2Morning Calligraphy lesson; fly to Kayseri

We start our Turkish experience with a calligraphy lesson where we learn the secrets of creating rich patterns on handmade marble paper and experience the sensuous flow of Ottoman calligraphy in the company of our highly skilled artist-craftsman. Participation enables the school to be able to have the funds to continue supporting this retention of this ancient skill in the community.

For lunch we have arranged a fabulous introduction to Turkish food, with a meal of Ottoman cuisine at the Matbah restaurant. Centrally located, with excellent views of the city of Istanbul.

Late afternoon we transfer to the airport for our 1h 15m flight to Kayseri.

Premium accommodation: Yunak Evleri cave hotel, Cappadocia (4 star)

Meals included: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 3Optional balloon ride; visit to the Open-Air Museum of Goreme; walk through the colourful Rose Valley

This morning is our chance to take part in Cappadocia’s most iconic activity – an early morning hot air balloon ride. We have pre-booked slots for each group member, but to allow for possible weather-related delays or even cancellations, will arrange for final confirmation and payment through your leader for those that wish to take part.

It’s an early start and a short transfer, but the ride lasts for approximately 1h 15m, and is completed with a cold glass of champagne.

After late breakfast, we continue our programme for the day. We start with a gentle climb up through the tunnels of Uchisar rock for a striking panoramic view, then continue to the extraordinary Goreme Open Air Museum to see the painted churches and troglodytic monastic dwellings. This afternoon we drive to the rabbit warren-like village of old Cavusin and walk through the colourful Rose Valley with its rock-cut churches, viewpoints, and stunning vistas to end at Sunset Point.

Premium accommodation: Yunak Evleri cave hotel, Cappadocia (4 star)

Meals included: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 4Tour of Pigeon Valley; explore the cellars at Kaymakli Underground City; cooking class experience

We set off on foot along the scenic Pigeon Valley trail walking downhills from Uchisar to Goreme. Pigeon valley is named after the many dove cotes that have been carved into the dwellings. From Goreme, we will drive to Kaymakli to explore the cellars, stables and houses of this underground city, before continuing on to the beautiful Soganli Valley for a taste of off the beaten track Cappadocia.

For lunch, we have arranged a visit to a local family for a cooking experience. This activity offers a lovely opportunity to discover the local home-cooked food and way of life, in a shared experience. The leader will be on hand to help with translations and demonstrations. We will return to our hotel in the mid-afternoon.

Premium accommodation: Yunak Evleri cave hotel, Cappadocia (4 star)

Meals included: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 5Walk through White Valley; discover Love Valley; afternoon at leisure

Today we walk through the White Valley. It is a little more challenging than the other hikes, but it is one of our favourites. From Uchisar, we descend into a valley of smooth snow-white rock faces and follow an uneven riverbed along the valley floor before entering Love Valley with its archetypal Cappadocia views and fairy chimneys. The original name of this valley is ‘Valley of the Vines’ but it’s not hard to work out why it has been nick-named Love Valley! After lunch, the afternoon will be at leisure.

Premium accommodation: Yunak Evleri cave hotel, Cappadocia (4 star)

Meals included: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 6Visit the former monastic complex of Zelve; explore Sword and Red Valleys; optional Jeep Safari; late afternoon Whirling Dervishes performance

After breakfast we explore the former monastic complex of Zelve, then we drive on to Pasabagi – one of Cappadocia’s most famous valleys.

For our walk, we drive to Goreme to begin our walk through the Sword and Red Valleys to the rock-hewn Kizlar Kalesi monastery. The path takes us through more jaw-dropping scenery, past the giant shards of rock that give Sword Valley its name, and on to the richly coloured rock formations that make Red Valley so remarkable.

After lunch, there is an option to join a Jeep Safari experience to take you a little further afield and to some hidden corners as the drivers take you through narrow canyons and to viewpoints.

In the late afternoon, we visit the historical Saruhan Caravanserai to see the Sema Ritual performed by Whirling Dervishes. This traditional performance has a deep cultural significance in Turkey and is a spectacular, spiritual and sometimes moving experience. The evening is free to make your own choice of dinner venue.

Premium accommodation: Yunak Evleri cave hotel, Cappadocia (4 star)

Meals included: breakfast lunch

Day 7Day tour to Ihlara Valley; visit to the famous town of Avanos

After breakfast, we start our day tour to Ihlara Valley and one of Cappadocia’s prettiest trails. With a length of 14 kilometres, the depth reaching up to 120 meters, it is the largest historically inhabited canyon in the world. Ihlara has hundreds of churches and shelters made by the easy excavation of the rocks surrounding the valley as well as the classic fairy chimneys. We finish with a visit to Selime Cathedral when we exit the valley.

The last stop of today’s tour is Avanos, the famous town of Cappadocia that was established by the Hittites on the riverbanks of Halys River. Making use of the red clay that is obtained from the shores of this famous river, the Hittites created outstanding examples of pottery ware and used potters’ wheels as early as 2nd millennia BC. We will visit one of the studios of a pottery artist of Cappadocia and watch the interactive presentation of creating masterpieces of pottery and ceramics.

Farewell Dinner at Elai restaurant, set near the stone-carved Uçhisar Castle, all of the tables overlook the green valleys.

Premium accommodation: Yunak Elveri cave hotel, Cappadocia (4 star)

Meals included: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 8Fly to Istanbul; optional Turkish Bath experience

This morning we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Istanbul. We arrive in Istanbul and transfer to our central hotel. There will be an option for a Turkish Bath experience at the historical and the luxurious 16th century Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For those who wish to explore the more classic sights of Istanbul, or leader will offer walking maps and suggestions, or can help you pre-book some guided experiences.

Farewell Dinner at Hamdi Restaurant, famous for its traditional southeastern kebabs and is the place to go for this famous Turkish dish. The popular restaurant is situated in the historic Eminönü district (West of Sultanahmet) and offers stunning views over the Golden Horn.

Premium accommodation: Oran Hotel, Istanbul (4 star)

Meals included: breakfast dinner

Day 9End Istanbul

After breakfast we say our goodbyes.

Meals included: breakfast

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com