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Five Days in Cappadocia

From €305pp tour-only
Depart From
Cappadocia,Turkey
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates throughout the year
Duration
5 days
Destination
Cappadocia,Turkey
Price
From €305pp tour-only
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Delight at Turkey’s sweet spot of unusual delights.

Take a short and sweet trip full of Turkish delights, hitting the country’s most renowned region –Cappadocia – on this five-day natural adventure. Discover the weird and wonderful world of fairy chimneys, rock formations and otherworldly surroundings of Cappadocia’s sprawling valleys, go deep underground to explore the hidden cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli and bask in local hospitality and authentic food for a true taste of the place. It’s not Turkey unless you’ve tried and tested their kebab, and you’ll have a handful of days to do so much more than that. You might call Cappadocia quirky, but we call it Turkey.

This trip is for 18 to 29-year-olds

  • Some of our under-30 travellers prefer to get around with people their own age. If that’s you, you’re in the right place!
  • Over 29? We’ve got over 900 other great adventures to choose from for solo travellers, friends, families, food lovers, hiking enthusiasts, and more.

Why you'll love this trip

  • The weird and wonderful world of Cappadocia might be the most unusual place in Turkey. Learn all about its fairy chimneys and sprawling rock formations from your expert local leaders.
  • Cappadocia’s wonder is beautiful at all angles, but none more so than from on top. Consider the chance for a sunrise hot air-balloon ride, giving you the ultimate view of this awesome landscape.
  • Exploring the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli is mind-blowing – head four levels underground and discover where thousands of people used to live.
  • Get a dose of good old-fashioned Turkish hospitality, staying with a local family in a traditional guesthouse in Ortahisar and watching the sun set over the valley.
  • The thriving metropolis of Istanbul is where East literally meets West. With the option to extend your stay here, you’ve got the power to continue your Turkish escapade right away!
  • Lots of time allocated for optional activities means freedom and flexibility, but it does require a level of independence. Only are few meals are included, so mostly you'll find your own (with plenty of suggestions from your leader of course) – a great way to mingle with locals and discover unexpected delights! There's plenty of free time on this trip, which means you're able to take advantage of many optional activities; however, you will need some extra cash to do so.
  • Unlike most other Intrepid trips, this trip starts early on the morning, instead of in the afternoon. Consider arriving a few days earlier to make the most of your time in Antalya. If you wish to spend more time in Antalya, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation (subject to availability).
  • Some of the sites visited involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.
  • It can get quite cool in these destinations, particularly from October to April, so don't forget to pack some extra layers.
  • There are a couple of long bus rides. The good news is, public buses in Turkey are pretty cool and comfortable.

Day 1: Antalya - Cappadocia

Ready? Let’s adventure – your trip starts bright and early in Antalya at 8 am. Meet your group leader and the rest of your group, then head to the bus station and travel to Goreme in Cappadocia by local bus (approximately 9.5 hours). Once arrived, take a leader-led orientation walk to get your bearings and maybe visit the Ortahisar Castle in the afternoon. Tonight you’ll stay at local host Nazim's house in Ortahisar who has an amazing spot with views over a secluded valley. Your family hosts will treat you to some true Turkish hospitality with home-cooked food – Cappadocia style.

Accommodation

  • Pension (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Goreme - Dinner at Cappadoccian Family House

Meals Included

  • Dinner

Special Information

Please see the ‘Joining Point’ instructions in the Essential Trip Information for where to meet today. If you wish to arrive a day or two early, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Please note that accommodation in Cappadocia is on a multi-share basis of the same gender.

Day 2: Cappadocia

Weird rock formations, fairy chimneys and underground cities – Cappadocia is pretty wacky. This morning you have the option of taking an early hot air balloon ride over the landscapes at sunrise. Those who choose to opt in for this optional extra will have a seriously excellent time, getting high above the changing colours below as the sun rises. Later in the morning, head underground and explore some of the 36 underground cities in Cappadocia. These rabbit-warren metropolises were carved into the earth thousands of years ago. Discover the highlights of the region this afternoon, checking out Pigeon Valley and Deverent Valley – your group leader will know all the best places to stop. Later this afternoon, grab some wine and some local cheese and find a perfect vantage point to enjoy the sunset. Afterwards, you might like to check out the nightlife in Goreme, or for something more mystical, hit up a traditional sema performance of whirling dervishes.

Accommodation

  • Pension (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Cappadocia -Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Highlights
  • Cappadocia - Wine and Sunset
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration

Optional Activities

  • Goreme - Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR25
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR195
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR250

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

Today’s hot-air balloon activity can only be booked locally. Please speak to your trip leader in Antalya to organise this if it interests you.

 

Day 3: Cappadocia

Put your boots on and hike the hills and mountains to Goreme. One arrived in Goreme, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and deciding what to do. You might like to pull up a bean bag at ‘Fat Boys’ or, if you’re muscles are causing you grief, why not try a local hammam for a traditional Turkish spa treatment. Tonight is also yours to choose your own adventure, so get some of your travel crew together and head out for some dinner.

Accommodation

  • Pension (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Cappadocia - Valley Hiking

Optional Activities

  • Goreme -Hamam Turkish Bath - EUR25

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 4: Cappadocia - Overnight bus

Spend the day exploring the Cappadocia area some more. If you like, you can stop by the Goreme Open Air Museum – a medieval wonderland of old rock-cut churches and frescoes. For a very different taste of the diverse landscape around here, you could check out Avanos, or hire a bike and ride through the valleys out to Cavusin. Soganli Valley is another popular spot – it’s a bit of a drive but a great place for some local lunch and churches also with awesome frescoes. Keep in mind that tonight you’ll board an overnight bus bound for Istanbul (approximately 10–12 hours).

Accommodation

  • Overnight bus (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Goreme- Bike Riding - TRY80
  • Cappadocia - Goreme - Open Air Museum - TRY45

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

Optional activities listed are entry fees only and exclude any transport costs. Your group leader may suggest a group tour of the region complete with guiding and entry fees. Alternatively, there are local dolmus (minibuses) available to local attractions or join in tours you can book onto including ‘red tour’ and ‘green tour’, which take different routes around town.

Day 5: Istanbul

Arrive into Istanbul this morning, where you’ll say goodbye to your group leader and travel pals at a centrally located hostel. With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time. That doesn’t mean your Turkish adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to spend more time checking out all Istanbul has to offer, including the Blue Mosque, the huge Grand Bazaar and the flowing Bosphorus, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information

Your trip will finish at Bunk Hostel near Taksim Square this morning. Your group leader will be able to help you with your onward travel; however, if you wish to book an onward flight connection from Istanbul today, it is advised to book a flight after 1 pm to allow for any bus delays and travel to the airport.

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Meals -3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Transport -Public bus, Private vehicle, Overnight bus
  • Accommodation -Local Pension (3 nights) Overnight Bus (1 night)

 

Included activities

  • Goreme - Dinner at Cappadoccian Family House
  • Cappadocia -Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Highlights
  • Cappadocia - Wine and Sunset
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration
  • Cappadocia - Valley Hiking

Please ask us about adding great value: 

  • Flights - we will source the best priced flights for your travel dates
  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

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