Gomeda Valley Hiking Tour Itinerary
If you want to maintain proper social distance during your visit to Cappadocia, you can do Gomeda Valley Hiking Tour by exploring this beautiful land on foot. There are multiple valleys which guarantee an amazing hiking experience. Some of the Cappadocia valleys are more popular than others. For example, if you visit Rose Valley, you will sure meet some other tourists, some of them on horseback, some may even be on ATVs. If you want a more peaceful experience, we are ready to take you to Gomeda valley which is more off the beaten track. Another advantage of the Gomeda valley hiking is that you do it while surrounded by tall trees and rocks shielding you from direct sunlight which is important during summer months. It’s advisable to wear high-ankle boots, long pants and long-sleeve top to protect yourself from bushes and nettles.
Gomeda valley is approximately 6 km long and it takes about 4 hours to hike through it. We will start our hike from a high panoramic viewpoint from where you will be able to appreciate the scenery. It is lovely all year round but especially so during summer and autumn months.
After enjoying the view, we go down to the Timios Stavros cave church. There is no entrance fee or a warden, like in Goreme open air museum, so you will be able to take pictures of the frescoes. They are somewhat damaged, of course, but still quite bright and impressive. Here you will see a rare example of the gray-haired “Ancient of Days” Jesus. There are only two such frescoes in Cappadocia.
Further down into the valley you will see a narrow stream which runs alongside the trail and provides wonderful freshness in summer. Thanks to the presence of the water source, the vegetation is thriving in the Gomeda valley. Our guide will point out interesting examples of local flora for you. There are cherry and walnut trees, blackberry bushes, sage and snapdragon, mullein and wild garlic plants.
We will also see St.Basil’s cave church which requires some climbing but is more than worth it with its interesting structure with a tunnel leading to the church, colorful frescoes and wonderful view.
About midway through the valley you will see the absolute best example of dovecotes in Cappadocia. They are multi-storied and cut right into the valley wall. Some of them have unusual patterns painted by the local people.
After the dovecotes, the valley becomes wider and eventually reaches a natural mineral water spring. It is said to have medicinal properties but even if you’re not into this kind of thing, a fresh clean water source is always welcome on a hike.
At the end of the hike, we will be picked up by the minibus which will take you back to your hotel or to our next destination. Gomeda valley hike can be booked as a standalone tour or it can be combined with other interesting locations nearby, such as the historical Greek village of Mustafapasa, St. Nicholas rock-cut monastery, Pancarlik valley or the rock fortress of Ortahisar.
Private tour rates are calculated according to group size and itinerary. For private options please contact with us.
What is included?
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
What is excluded?
- Personal expenses
- Drinks during lunch