Ski adventure in Cappadocia
- 8 days Cappadocia in Turkey
- Full board, excl. flights
- Sleeping in a rock house
- Cappadocia & Turkish hammam
- Snowkiting Erciyes volcano
- Caravanserai and Kayseri
Ski Cappadocia? It will be a week full of adventure. Deep down in Anatolia a volcano with 3916 m of elevation arises: Erciyes. Erciyes is also the largest and most modern ski resort in Turkey. At the foot of the volcano you’ll find the metropolis of Kayseri, and straight behind it the breathtaking landscape of Cappadocia unrolls. All this within a radius of 100 kilometers. In one week you will experience the Turkish hammam, sleep in a rock house, snowkite on a volcano, freeride to Develi, visit a bazaar and maybe even float over this tremendous landscape in a hot air balloon.
Kayseri was originally an important Silk Road trading post. The caravanserai around Kayseri were the largest and most prosperous of Anatolia. In these caravanserai traders could find a safe resting place during their long journeys. They could recover from their trip with or without cattle. Today, Kayseri is an industrial city with more than one million inhabitants. Although the city is rather unknown by foreigners, the commercial spirit of Kayseri is famous among the Turkish. The culture of trading and investing has never disappeared.
The ski resort of Erciyes is by far the largest in Turkey. It has 2 gondolas and 12 chair lifts. The highest point of the ski area is at 3360 meters. Since the village is at 2100 meters, you get some serious descents. There is a connection with Hacilar since 2017, which has added an enormous terrain. There are more than 100 kilometers of groomed slopes and an even larger part of freeride terrain. Certainly the east side of the Erciyes volcano can be called a freeriders’ mecca. We descent to the village of Develi and are picked up again by taxi.
An astonishing landscape has emerged between the Euphrates and Halys rivers. Special rock formations and deep canyons and valleys were created due to erosion. People have been living in the cone-shaped rocks since prehistoric times. Later, the rock dwellings became more sophisticated and the region even served as a shelter for Christians in the Ottoman empire. Today, tourism is growing enormously in Cappadocia. There are more and more “Cave Hotels” and rock houses that serve as cafes. The summers tend to get busy but since we visit Cappadocia during winter times, we have this kingdom to ourselves.
Next to skiing/boarding and snowkiting, we will visit the highlights of Cappadocia. The iconic fairy chimneys of Pasidagi, the national museum of Göreme and the famous Red Valley. If we have the right conditions, we can even book a hot air balloon flight.
The eastern flank of the Erciyes volcano is one of the best spots for learning how to snowkite. During two days our Turkish snowkiting hero will teach you the tricks of the trade. We stick to the snow plains at the foot of the volcano. Here you have all the space you need to practice. Real pros zigzag to the top of the volcano and then go down again, partly paragliding. Maybe, after two days of practicing, you will be able to top up. The lessons take place in the morning, after lunch you are free to use the equipment and practice on your own. We will be there to help, of course.
(Snowkiting depends on wind conditions. The schedule of the ski days will be based on the weather forecasts.)
We end our trip in Kayseri. We go to the bazaar, wander the streets and visit a typical caravanserai where we evaluate our trip accompanied by good music, drinks and Turkish delicacies.
Another exciting trip full of winter adventures! And did we mention the Turkish hammam? You surely don’t wanna miss out on this one.