Shaped by wind and water, the rock formations, rock-hewn churches, cave dwellings and underground cities of Cappadocia are otherworldly. Fairy chimneys cleaved from the earth and shaped by centuries of erosion punctuate the Pasabaglari Valley, giving it a moon-like appearance. Walk along the Melendiz River, experiencing traditional village life as you meander through the beautiful Ihlara Valley. Here there are dozens of Byzantine cave chapels to explore, most of them decorated with exquisite biblical frescoes.
The underground city of Derinkuyu, with some dwellings spread out over seven levels beneath the ground, is another highlight. But perhaps the main attraction on Cappadocia holidays is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Goreme Open-Air Museum, a monastic complex composed of churches, rectories and dwellings.
Cappadocia Adventure Holidays
15 Daysfrom$ 2,979
Guided Group (Excl. Flights)
Visit some of Western civilisation's most iconic sites in Turkey
6 days of walking. After the first 3 valleys they start to look the same (how many pigeon holes do you need to see?) but the group was great, and the guide was enthusiastic and patient, managing the fast walkers at the front, and the ones at the back who took lots of photos. He was very good at finding different places to eat, and it was great that food was all included so you just paid for extra drinks. Water was always available on the minibus so plastic waste much reduced. If you are vegetarian expect a lot of vegetable stew and eggplant! There are some lovely churches to visit in the rocks (as in small places of worship with the remains of old frescoes dating back several hundred years, not churches as tend to be build here)