Yalla Walk 'N' Yoga in Turkey
Why take this trip?
This trip is guaranteed to give you an experience you’re unlikely to forget, showing you a side of Turkey you are unlikely to see or experience anywhere else! In this historical region of central Anatolia, you will get the chance to hike through surreal landscapes and explore many villages along the way. You will also get to cook and eat Turkish delicacies as you never imagined before. One of the highlights is visiting the deepest underground city of the area, Derinkuyu, 8 floors deep. On top of all of that you’ll get a mindful, quiet and enriching yoga and meditation sessions brought to you by Yalla Yoga!
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1 - Arrival to History
After arriving in Istanbul, you catch an internal flight to Kayseri airport where you are met by our driver, and driven by private transport to the village of Avanos, our base for the exploration of this region. You will check into Kirkit Hotel, a 200 year-old authentically restored Ottoman guesthouse (or similar depending on availability). You have the evening to relax, explore the village and prepare to begin your adventure. As you move around the region, your luggage will follow you on private transport and be available at each destination you spend the night in. We’ll have a yoga session in the guesthouse at night.
Day 2 - Into the Valley (B,L,D)
Early morning we’ll have a yoga session in our guesthouse, then after breakfast we’ll follow a track through the vineyards, through some of the most spectacular landscapes of the area; Baglidere valley, Red valley and Rose valley. There is this wonderful view point in Rose Valley where we will have our yoga session during the hike. In the surrounding village of Çavuşin, you will observe traditional Turkish village life that has remained unchanged for centuries. In the evening, you will be transported to the pension for dinner and our overnight stay in Avanos. 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 3 - Underground Cities (B,L,D)
Early morning we’ll have a yoga session in our guesthouse, then after breakfast, we will head off to the south of Cappadocia. On the way, you will visit the deepest underground city of the area, Derinkuyu, 8 floors deep! We’ll then hike down the magnificent Ihlara Canyon from Ihlara to Belisirma whilst visiting some of its Byzantine rock churches. We’ll have lunch and a meditation yoga session afterwards by the river. We drive onto the fairy chimneys of Selime and then return to your hotel for a well needed sleep.
Day 4 - Istanbul was Constantinople (B,L,D)
Early morning we’ll have a yoga session in our guesthouse and bid it farewell, then after breakfast, you'll be transferred to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Istanbul (Atatürk Airport). At the crossroads of 2 continents, Istanbul still remains as one of the most fascinating capitals in history. From Its Byzantine origins, to its Ottoman past, then as a modern metropolis, Istanbul caters to all. After checking into our hotel in the historical Sultanahmet district, you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore the city. We’ll also have a sunset yoga session in a park near our hotel.
Day 5 - Homebound (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the international airport (Atatürk Airport) for your flight home.
Price is based on 8 people
Accommodation in the mentioned hotels
on a double room sharing basis
Meals as mentioned in the programme
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Transport in an A/C Car/Van/Mini coach with an English speaking guide
All activities mentioned in the itinerary
Optional hot air balloon ride for an extra $175
7 Yoga sessions (indoors & outdoors)
Yalla Yoga instructor services
WG leader to facilitate the journey
Domestic flights (extra $50 - $65)
Any additional beverage or food
Optional activities other than in the itinerary
Tips and gratuities