Three millions years ago violent eruptions of Mount Erciyes (3916m) and Mount Hasan (3300m) covered the surrounding plateau of Cappadocia with tuff, a soft stone comprised of lava, ash and mud. The wind and rain have eroded this brittle rock and created a surrealist landscape of rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines, in colours that range from warm reds and golds to cool greens and greys. Goreme is one of those rare regions in the world where the works of man blend into the natural surrounding. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. Even today troglodyte dwellings in rock cones and village houses of volcanic tuff merge harmoniously into the landscape. Cappadocia is also natural wonders and unique area in the world with its history. We bike, exploring the surreal landforms of the Goreme valleys and enjoying the colourful blaze. Following ancient pathways we visit the strange rock cut churches and monasteries carved from the soft volcanic tuff.
Itinerary: 8 days
Day 1: Kayseri
Meet at the airport in Kayseri and transfer to the hotel which is located in Kayseri.
Day 2 : Kayseri – Ihlara Valley
Today we drive to Selime village (1, 5 hr) where we begin our first walk, at the northern end of the Ihlara valley and overnight in the valley itself. Overnight hotel with breakfast.
Day 3 : Ihlara Canyon – Drive to Kaymakli underground city –Mustafapasa village
In the morning we will first after visit small village Belisırma in the bottom of valley some more rock cut churchues 8/9th century by walk. This valley was formed by primeval earthquakes and river is now a quiet stream. We will be transfered to Kaymakli village, here we visit the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli. All underground cities used by Christian of the seventh century, who were fleeing from persecution. After visit Kaymakli we begin our bike tour from Mazı village Asphalt road to direction of Mustafapasa small village. During our trip we will cross two small typical traditionel turkish village Yenice and Ayvalı village that some old house exist still in this village is from ancient grec time . Arrive to Mustafapasa village where we spend the night- called old Grec gost village Sinasos, . Overnight hotel 24 km bike.
Day 4 : Mustafapasa – Goreme village
In the morning we bike first Damsa lake. This is actually damm. Over the hill descent from farm tractor road to lake about 5 km and return to Sinasos village from another asphalt road about 5 km with some little ascent untill beginning of Pancarlik valley then Here we join again tractor farm road bike some little up but mostly flat platue , visit Kepez churches here about 6 km tractor road this section secenarry siplendid with its around tuff rock formation. Arriving to Ortahisar village where we will visit the citadel of the town. on all the surrealist cappadoccia area. Late afternoon we continue to Goreme village about 6 km bike over the asphalt and some farm road .arrive to Goreme village . overnight hotel . Totally 22 km
Day 5 : Kavak Village – Ibrahimpasa village- Uchisar – Goreme
In the morning we transfer Kavak village 15 munites by bus. Here end of this small village we begin our bike trip . Today road is easy usully descent out of one or two small section. Bike through babayan platue to ibrahimpasa village 12 km bike . Here we will visit ibrahimpasa village an old Greek village, where until the turn of century Orthodox Anatolian Greek communities lived. We will have some tea in Local cafe. Then short transfer to Uchisar village where we will have lunch and visit citadel. Panoramic view of the Cappadocian region will be visible. Afternoon we will bike over the Akvadi (white valley from Farm Tractor road 11 km down to Goreme. En-route we will stop for some beautifull secenarry to see different fairy chimneys exist in down valley. Arrive Goreme Overnight hotel – Total bike 23 km
Day 6 : Goreme – Cavusin – Pasabagları – Avanos- Sarıhıdır village – Goreme
We go on the our biking tour from bottom side of Kizilcukur valley direction of Cavusin village , Kızılcukur valley sometimes known as the ‘’red hole’’ Kızılcukur is probably the hottest valley in region. Hidden in its array of fairy chimneys is Visiting Cavuşin village which lies on top of a collapsed section of early Christian cave city. Arrive to pasabag after stop for to see secenarry we continue bike to Avonos town. We will stop for lunch here .This town is famous with pottery and hand craft at the corner of Kizilirmak (red –river). After lunch we will contuniue bike to Sarıhıdır village from Farm Tractor road at the corner of red river here secenarry is siplendid this road is used also for horse drivers. About 10km . Here we join our whicle for short transfer to Goreme village. Overnight hotel. Total bike about 26 km bike.
Day 7 : Kızılcukur panorama to Urgup. Drive to Kayseri
After a short bus ride our last day with our bicycles will be in Red valley panorama down to Urgup town about 8 km from farm tractor road between the apricot and grap gardens inside fairy chimneys ., As well as the landscape this region is also renowned for its wine as the fine volcanic soil is very fertile. Arrive urgup we have some free hours to make some shopping in this town . Drive to Kayseri about 1 hour. Overnight Hotel in Kayseri.
Day 8 : Return home
Transfer to the airport and fly home.