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HIKING IN CAPPADOCIA AND TAURUS

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8 days

HIKING IN CAPPADOCIA AND TAURUS

In the south of Turkey, bordering the Mediterranean, the Taurus mountains are a remarkable region of mysterious beauty, with peaks and summits reminiscent of the Dolomites. The human aspect is not the least interesting, and the discovery of the Yorüks plunges us even deeper into the lives of the great nomads of Cappadocia... Just an hour from Taurus, at over 1000m altitude, the Cappadocia plateau lies in the heart of Anatolia. The history of Cappadocia begins in the Tertiary era, when highly active volcanoes first dumped ash and lapili, then later a protective layer of basalt. Over several million years, this crust dried out and turned into a soft, porous rock: tuff. Wind, sand and water have eroded, sculpted and twisted columns, towers and fairy chimneys into fantastic shapes. We'll stop here before entering the mountain world. . We ourselves will be much more than spectators, amazed by our snowshoes and our efforts, we'll have the privilege of entering the setting and tasting its most subtle corners. After just three days, you'll be able to taste all the charm. Hospitable, the Turks are proud of their past but resolutely turned towards the modern world. A complete discovery of Turkey and its mountains...

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THE PYSICAL LEVELS: IN SHAPE - Technique : * A hike with no technical difficulties. This involves walking on paths that can sometimes be stony. An average day involves about 5 to 6 hours' walking, and to really appreciate it, you need to be a good sportsman.

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Itinerary

We have carefully planned each day to give you the best possible experience. From exploring historic sites to sampling delicious local cuisine, every day is filled with adventure and excitement. Join us on a journey through some of the world's most fascinating destinations.

Welcome by our team and transfer to Cappadocia. After a 1-hour drive, we arrive in Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight at the charming hotel.

Morning bus transfer to the Gömede valley (10mnt). Hiking in the Pancarlık valley with its penitents and countless fairy chimneys. Visit the Xth and XIIth century churches of Kepez and Sarıca, standing in the middle of nature as if to face time… Lunch in a troglodytic house in Kızılçukur. Our hike continues into the Kizilçukur (Red Valley), named for its beautiful red and pink hues. Here you’ll see the magical result of millions of years of wind and rain erosion on soft volcanic rock. Peaks, valleys, penitents and fairy chimneys alternate harmoniously. Man’s ingenuity has added a special touch, with the need to fit into this lunar landscape: numerous troglodytic dwellings and churches.. Enjoy a magnificent sunset over Cappadocia. 5-hour walk. Dinner and overnight at the charming hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Accompanied by your guide, your day will be devoted to discovering this fantastic region of lunar landscapes. You’ll visit the Göreme Valley, a veritable open-air museum with its rock churches, a monastic complex displaying the finest examples of Byzantine art.

Lunch during visits.

In the afternoon, you’ll continue with a visit to the village ofUrgup, thenUchisar and its citadel crowning a rocky outcrop that offers a superb panorama of the region and the Valley of the Dovecotes.

Then on to Pasabag, where you can stop for a photo opportunity.

You’ll finish your journey with a climb to the citadel of Uçhisar, from where you can admire a magnificent sunset over Cappadocia. On the way down, you’ll visit the village at the foot of the fortress, with its 19th-century houses decorated with star motifs and rosettes, little architectural gems.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Optional excursion at extra cost (€300). At dawn and before breakfast, you can take a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia to admire the region’s fairy chimneys and unreal landscapes. This unforgettable excursion alone is the highlight of this exceptional trip!

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

This day will take you to the Soganli Valley, nestled in a 16 km-long gorge and home to the villages of Baskoy and Guzeloz. Your walk will take you past pigeon lofts, cellars, churches such as the Church of Karabas and monasteries. Then a short stop at the women’s market to appreciate their handicrafts, especially the Cappadocian dolls.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Continue on to MustafaPasa, formerly Sinasos, a 19th-century Greek village in the heart of Cappadocia. It has remained miraculously intact, far from the hustle and bustle of mass tourism. The way of life of its inhabitants is preserved in a traditional way. Here, in this historic village, you can observe age-old traditions, weddings, and watch the locals go about their daily business in the vineyards, boiling grape molasses, drying grapes and apricots, or pruning pumpkin seeds in the streets.

You’ll be treated to a wine tasting at the end of the day. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Hike to Cavusin, one of the most important centers of Christianity since the 3rd century. The St. John the Baptist Church, standing amidst a cluster of troglodyte dwellings, is worth a visit for its architectural appeal. Our journey continues through the fairy chimneys of Pasabaglari. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. We depart by bus towards the Taurus Mountains. En route, we visit the underground city of Derinkuyu, which spans 8 levels at a depth of 55 meters. We’ll make a stop along the way to visit an agricultural cave. Upon arrival at the village of Çukurbağ, located at 1550 meters above sea level, our hike begins in Martıköy. For two hours, we follow the Ecemiş River. Dinner and overnight stay in a bungalow. Ascent : 0m. Descent : 0

Hike through the massif to the village of Elekgölü. Nous nous enfonçons lentement dans la gorge de Kazıklı Ali aux parois élevées. The path along a riverbed (dry at this time of year) takes us directly to the picturesque village of Elekgölü. In the village café we stop for tea with the generous and hospitable locals. As we leave the village, we come across the Ecemiş Çayı river, in which it’s good to take a dip. We’ll take advantage of this stop to eat our picnics. Transfer to the town of Niğde. Dinner and overnight at the charming hotel.

3-hour walk.

Morning visit to Yeşilburç, an ancient Greek village. We’ll visit an ancient Greek church in the village. We’ll have the chance to visit the women’s cooperative set up by the women of this village and taste the local products they produce. After a break at the village café, we visit the Old Silver Monastery.

ESKI GÜMÜS monastery. 9 km from NIGDE on the KAYSERI road, in the village of GÜMÜSLER.
This is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Cappadocia, carved entirely out of tufa rock.
It’s barely visible from the outside, against a wall pierced by insignificant openings. But a corridor leads us into an inner courtyard lit by a skylight, surrounded by arcades and cells, the floor made up of slabs from the monks’ tombs. From here, you enter the underground city, then the church, adorned with magnificent frescoes from the 10th and 11th centuries. Then, on foot from our hotel, we visit Aladdin’s mosque. Erected in 1223, the mosque, which has survived to the present day with some repairs, retains much of its original character and continues to function as a place of worship. In summer, at mid-morning, the shadows on the mosque’s carved stone portal, facing east, reveal the Head of a Crowned Woman. According to legend, the mosque’s architect fell in love with the daughter of Sanjak Bey, the governor of Niğde. Unable to marry her, he preferred to carve the portal so that her portrait would be visible when the sunlight shaded the door. Dinner and overnight at the charming hotel.

Argent.

Transfer to the airport and flight to Paris.

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