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Spectacular Trekking in Cappadocia and the High Taurus

Starts: Kayseri Airport., Turkey
Finishes: Kayseri, Turkey

Visit: Kayseri Airport., Alaca, Dikilitaş, Celikhan, Koseler, Churches of Göreme, Ihlara, Kayseri

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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Breath-taking scenery, stunning mountains, fairy chimneys, rick-cut churches, beautiful colours, delicious food, big smiles, a melting pot of cultures and a guaranteed warm welcome, Turkey is one of the most vibrant destinations on the planet. This Turkish delight of a walking holiday combines a wonderful trek in the Taurus Mountains before charming walks in the incredible landscape of Cappadocia. We start by trekking through the spectacular Aladaglar Mountains surrounded by alpine lakes and deep valleys before heading over remote passes to the spectacular Yedigoller Plateau. Here well meet nomadic Turkish shepherds and enjoy tea as we learn about their timeless lifestyle. The ascent of Mount Emler (3723m), a wild and dramatic peak is a holiday highlight and offers a unique opportunity to summit an off the beaten track peak. After the beauty of the Taurus Mountains well explore the stunning area of Cappadocia. Here fairy chimneys, cave dwellings and rock churches lie hidden in magical valleys and the result is a unique destination. Well wander through lovely Goreme, marvel at the spectacular rock pinnacles in the Ilhara Valley and explore the fascinating underground city of Derinkuyu, once home to over 20,000 people. This is a superb trekking holiday with unforgettable hospitality, incredible landscapes and excellent Turkish cuisine.

Highlights

    • Camp on the wildy remote Yedigoller Plateau and summit Emler (3723m)
    • Hike through colourful valleys and the magical landscape of Cappadocia
    • Take tea with the nomads and explore the underground city of Derinkuyu
    • The beautiful Emli Valley nestled in a timeless mountainous region in Turkey

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125286
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kayseri Airport., Turkey
Finishes: Kayseri, Turkey
Duration: 12 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional English-speaking local guide
  • Single timed Kayseri Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the trip
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • All land transport throughout the trip
  • A full trek service including cook and baggage transfer
  • Entrance and camping fees for the Aladaglar National Park

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,090 ($91/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Turkey Taurus, Turkey's Mediterranean Coast, Anatolian Plateau, Tigris, Euphrates, Aladaglar Mountains, Yedigoller Plateau, Mount Emler, Aladaglar Massif, Cappadocia, Goreme, Ilhara Valley, Derinkuyu, Cappadocia`S Red Valley, Cukurbag Village, Aladaglar National Park, Dipsiz Lake
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Joanna G  

All great. The beers at the end of each day were greatly appreciated !! Our leader was a great leader with a real dedication to his job and a great sense of humour. Our co-leader was great too. You were recommended by a fellow traveller on a previous holiday. We love walking holidays and I've wanted to visit Capppadocia for ages so this was the perfect trip.

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Jane E  

My first trip with you and will certainly be back for more! Very helpful staff in the UK. Absolutely wonderful local staff, good food and plenty of it. Guide - wonderful. Chief cook - brilliant. Horseman - lovely but sadly did not speak english The holiday was excellent - scenery, food, fellow travellers, the guide and his team all excellent!

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Carol A  

Our guide was excellent. His balance of information, guiding, consideration, pacing of the walking and schedule was just right. The trip was even better than expected!

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Delythe E  

First met Sheriff on the Ararat trip, he is an excellent leader, has masses of knowledge about his country. A very interesting person. The cook was fantastic, yummy food every day. First class.

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Sue D  

A very enjoyable, busy holiday. I most enjoyed the beautiful stark, wild mountains and then contrasting gorges and tufa landscape full of wild flowers, troglodyte caves and interesting churches. Very good walking and I felt we'd done a good walk each day. Ismet was one of the best leaders we've had, good company, warm, funny, friendly, helpful, efficient and very knowledgeable both of the mountains and of cultural aspects such as history and agriculture. Very good route finder and we very much appreciated her skills as a mountain leader. The hotels were very good and the tents and mess tents were roomy and good quality. The cooks were excellent - food was plentiful and tasty. The guy who took the ponies up over the high pass twice in two days was outstanding - also the logistics of getting all the gear back over the pass and round to the final campsite in poor weather - a very slick operation. The crew all worked very hard and I was very impressed by the ponies condition - they were very well cared for. My only comment is that if we had known that we could have stayed in Keyseri city overnight and just turned up at the airport that afternoon to be picked up with the rest of the group it would have been easier than what we did which was to overnight in Istanbul - expensive and wasted a lot of time in airports. I think you may need to include down jackets in your kit list rather than as optional - especially for the late season holiday as several people were inadequately kit

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Judy A  

It was an extremely enjoyable holiday all round, I loved it. Up to your usual high standards. The local crew were great, really nice people. They were very friendly, great cooks, worked hard and were very efficient. A thoroughly pleasant group of people. One guide did a great job. She had a difficult task trying to meet the needs of a very diverse group with different fitness levels and this brought some conflict, but she worked hard to meet everyone's needs and give us all a good time. She was never 'off duty', always putting everyone else's needs before her own, down to the finest details. I don't know how she managed it, some members of the group were very demanding but she handled it all well. It provided exactly what it promised. It has been a long standing ambition of mine to visit Cappadocia and it fulfilled all of my expectations. It was a great cultural as well as physical experience, with a really good balance of experiences and activities. Renewed my love of Turkey and the Turks. I have travelled with you before and consider that you always give good service and value for money. You are more expensive than a lot of others but the extra money is definitely worth it.

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Claire F  

Very efficient staff - driver of plush mini bus, 2 cooks who supervised the camps and invited us to have lunch with his family. Our guide was strong on both the trekking side and the cultural side. He was also quite a character and very keen to answer any questions on Turkey. Most Enjoyed: 1. Ascending Emler peak because of the views and testing of my fitness and nerve. 2. Ilhara Valley Walk - beautiful end to end with a delicious lunch thrown in the middle. 3. Cappadoccia for its scenery, painted churches and our room in the boutique hotel at Mustapha Pasha 4. Lunch with Ramuzan in his home after walking down the gorge.

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Louise C  

Our trip leader went above and beyond their duties. The group was small and we went to many areas where there were no other other tourists....it was like a private tour and so could really experience the majesty of the region.

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Karen G  

This trip met my expectations of any holiday booked - well organised, good hotels and great guests. I had another wonderful holiday with you - this was my fourth trip in two years, this time I brought along two mates, and it fully met my expectations. I was well looked after, well fed and in the company of great people. What more could I ask for? The trekking was excellent, as was the company.

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Cathy M  

Hotels were very good especially the Akyol Hotel in Mustafapasha. I found the first campsite in the garden of the village house a little odd. With small groups it may have been easier and more pleasant to actually sleep on the floor of the village house rather than in the tents outside, especially having come straight from the plane to the camp. The other campsites were in lovely locations. Support crew were brilliant especially the two cooks & food on camp was absolutely superb. We also had lunch at the village house owned by one of the support crew which was a lovely experience. Very enjoyable trip with a good contrast between the trekking in the Taurus and the cultural side in Cappadocia. Most enjoyed beautiful evenings spent in campsites in the mountains... seeing birds & wildlife including eagles, buzzards, ibex and wolves... spectacular trekking particularly the Celikbuyduran Pass day & the Dipsiz lake day... Cappadocia underground city visit.

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Wendy B  

We have done a lot of trekking around the world and Ismet was by far and away the best tour leader we have had. She worked so hard! Excellent English, great knowledge of both the environment and culture. Very organised, knew the pace we had to go etc but sensitive as well. Thoughtful about everyone. Loved her! The superb organisation of the local supplier. I loved the stunning environment we were in,the peace and quiet, our WONDERFUL tour leader/guide, the best day imaginable to summit Mt Emler and the other people in a group like this that you meet.

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Ian T  

Our leader was excellent. As well as being a very competent guide she also had a lively personality and was good company. Better information could be provided about meeting arrangements. We stayed overnight in Istanbul before flying to Kayseri but on reflection we would have been better to have stayed in Kayseri before joining the group. We are regular trekkers and have used a number of different companies. This was our second holiday with you and both have surpassed our expectations.

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Pete G  

Our guide is a legend. He's a very knowledgeable and patient guy with a good positive attitude and a lively sense of humour. I have recommend him to family when they visit turkey. I'd be very happy to be guided by him in the future. Most enjoyed - The climate, scenery and food! The tour of the cultural highlights at the end of the trip was brilliant. That was down to our guide.

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Florian  

Amazing trip to Turkey, trekking through the High Taurus mountains in Aladaglar National Park and exploring and experiencing the beauty and history of Cappadocia. The crew was really great, particularly our guide Ibraham who was very flexible, always up for fun, and had an incredible knowledge about the history of the country and the religion.

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Wendy  

This is an awesome trek - but be fit before you go. Lots of ups (rocky ups) - stunning scenery and remote. Just a wonderful raw wilderness trek. Camp set ups & sites are brilliant and very comfortable. Food was great. I suggest fly into Kayseri the day before - a great & very cheap - Turkish city with NO tourists. 5 of us stayed at Bent Hotel Kayseri - its a great city to get into Turkish culture before your trek. Last 3 days in hotels and Cappadocia are amazing. TREK IS FANTASTIC - LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!

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Phillipa  

To be honest I had not read the full itinerary before joining this holiday. It was a real delight though and made all the better by the care and attention given by Ismet. The trekking days were well thought out and paced perfectly (I am slow!). Alternatives were given to those that needed it. The food on trip was fresh and delicious and the cooks were great at catering for us veggies and a vegan in the group. If you are considering going it is worth knowing that there are 'showers' at each of the campsites. These are cold water but all the more refreshing. You will be drinking mountain spring water - no treatment of it was necessary. Although ankle support from your boots is a sensible choice I am used to trekking and used my Salamon trainers (proper mountain ones can't think of their name) and they were fine. The weather is quickly changeable. You may think hot weather it is Turkey but we also had a little rain, high winds and freezing temps at night. Check out what is happening with the moon before going...well worth watching the clear night skies. Pack light...the tents are not large, especially if you are sharing. They do provide 'mattresses' but these were much more comfortable with a thermarest under them. You can do a balloon ride in Cappadocia but be prepared to pay around 150 Euros for the experience!

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Patricia  

This trip is challenging. Andthe guide is a skilled compassionate leader/guide who got us through tough weather and great hikes. Fourteen people did the trip. Seeing and experiencing everything on the description and more. All logistics were flawless. This was my first trip with you and if all your guides are like this I want more.

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