Explore Cappadocia in a different way with a highly specialized 'Hiking Tour' that takes you into the traditional villages and its daily life. Visiting local homes and rock-hewn houses discovering many spectacular lesser known valleys. In the afternoon, lunch at a restaurant owned by a local family to taste an authentic Cappadocian meal.
Rose and Red Valley (2 - 4 Hours)
Rose Valley is a large valley located between Goreme and Cavusin villages, and it is divided into many smaller valleys: Gulludere, Kizilcukur, Meskendir and Zindanonu valleys. This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on time of day, season and weather conditions. During the hike we will visit several cave churches, cave houses and cave tunnels. Rose Valley has paths for easy, medium and difficult levels. The most common path in the valley takes around 2 hours (3,5 km).
The White Valley / Love Valley
The White Valley starts from Uchisar and goes down to Cavusin village. Walking through the gardens of the villagers in the base of the valley will amaze you. We will pass through the Love Valley which has different types of ‘fairy chimneys’, most of them amusingly phallic in appearance.
The Pigeon Valley
The Pigeon Valley is one of the most famous valleys of Cappadocia and its name comes from the pigeon-cotes carved on its walls. The walk starts from the south side of Uchisar fortress and ends at Goreme village.
Ibrahimpasa to Ortahisar
This hike starts from the historical bridge of old Babayan village, today called Ibrahimpasa, and ends at the old part of Ortahisar village. The walk is through a narrow rocky valley which has small gardens with fruits and vegetable plantations. There are many pigeon lofts to be seen just before arriving at Ortahisar. There is an opportunity to climb up to Ortahisar rock-castle at the end.
Ihlara Valley (2 - 6 hours)
The stunning & lush Ihlara Valley boasts the deepest gorge in Asia Minor. Once the home of monks who instructed Christianity in cave churches – with most of the churches decorated inside with frescoes. The main difference between Ihlara and the other Cappadocian valleys is the Melendiz River which runs from the bottom of the valley in the village of Ihlara and paints the gorge beautiful shades of blue and green.
The total length of the valley is 14 km, and there are three different walking tours available for Ilhara valley.
3.5 km hike. Starting at the main gate and walking until Belisirma Village.
7 km hike. Starting at the beginning of the valley and walking until Belisirma Village.
14 km hike. Starting from the beginning of the valley and walking along the river until Selime Monastery.
• Professional licensed hiking guide
• A/C minivan for transportation
• Admission fees to valleys