On this tour you will be shown a natural phenomena on resembling almost another planet and which is difficult to describe to do it justice. You will need to immerse yourself in its atmosphere and its luminosity in order to appreciate it. Then you will see a creation of man, competing with all the historical monuments that you could have visited up till now.
The excursion to Mt Nemrut will certainly be one of your most unforgettable travel memories. From the top of an impressive artificial tumulus, you will look down on a majestic mountainous landscape. From two facing terraces, this is the sole place where you may appreciate the indescribable spectacle of colossal stone statues (erected in the first century B.C) set ablaze by both the rising and the setting of the sun.
The discerning traveller in Cappadocia will come across unique geological features such as the “tuff” created by its two facing volcanoes and which have been moulded by the simultaneous action of the wind and rain during millennia.
Attracted by this singular aspect of the landscape many civilisations and settlers chose to live in this remarkable place. Curving out in the fairy chimneys and cones, caves dwellings, underground cities, fortresses, troglodyte cult-rooms. While hiking throughout canyons and fairy chimneys, you will visit the hideaway cities and the frescoed rock-cut churches of the first Christian period. At the same time you will experience the way of life of several civilisations which cohabit the same territory: Turkish, Kurdish, Zaza, Arabic…
Itineray: 10 days
Day 1 / Ankara :
Meet and transfer to hotel for the night.
Days 2 to 7 / Cappadocia :
Hiking through the most beautiful secluded landscapes of Cappadocia; valleys of: Guvercinlik, Gulludere, Pancarlik Uzengi, Akvadi, Pasabag, Ihlara with fairy chimneys, cave dwellings and churches built out of rock. Stopover and visits to the villages of: Uchisar, Zelve, Urgup, Goreme, Ihlara, Selime and the underground city of Derinkuyu. Overnight in comfortable hotels and pensions. 5/6 h trekking time.
Days 8 & 9 / Mount Nemrut :
On the summit of Mt Nemrut, visit the gigantic funerary sanctuary and the Karakus tumulus. 2 nights in Kahta, on the banks of the Euphrates River.
Day 10 / Return :
Return flight from Sanliurfa, the city of the prophets.
Favorable Season: April – November.
Level : Easy