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Turkey - Cappadocia Trails
A glorious riding adventure discovering Cappadocia's unique riding trails

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Horse Riding Holidays Turkey – Cappadocia Trails

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Horse Riding Holidays Turkey Cappadocia Trails 2017

Open from April to October.

Prices are quoted for 7 nights.

Bivouac Trail
£1,020/€1,200/$1,255 per person sharing.
Single Supplement – £70/€90/$100
On this trail there are 3 nights camping, but if you prefer to stay in a guesthouse you can upgrade and at the end of the day, you will be taken by car from the campsite to the nearby guesthouse.

Bivouac Trail with guesthouse instead of camping
£1,170/€1,375/$1,435 per person sharing.
Single Supplement – £179/€210/$220

4 – 11 June, 11 – 18 June, 18 – 25 June (Full Moon ride)
6 – 13 August, 13 – 20 August, 20 – 27 August (Full Moon ride)
3 – 10 September

Guest House Trail
£1,170/€1,375/$1,435per person sharing
Single Supplement – £179/€210/$220

2 – 9 April, 9 – 16 April, 16 – 23 April (Full Moon ride)
30 April – 7 May, 7 – 14 May, 14 – 21 May, 21 – 28 May (Full Moon ride)
28 May – 4 June
27 Aug – 3 Sep, 10 -17 Sep, 17 – 24 Sep (Full Moon ride)
24 Sep – 1 Oct, 1 – 8 Oct, 8-15 Oct, 15 – 22 Oct (Full Moon ride) 22 – 29 Oct

Luxury Trail – Price varies, available on request.

April, May, June, August, September

Family Stay – £675/€790/$825 per person sharing

2 – 9 April, 9-16 April, 16-23 April, 23 – 30 April (Full Moon ride)
30 Jul – 6 Aug, 6 – 13 Aug, 13 – 20 aug, 20 – 27 Aug (Full Moon ride)
15 – 22 Oct, 22 – 29 Oct

Non Riders are very welcome –the non-rider itinerary is designed for walkers (2 to 4 hours hiking per day). It’s self-guided with GPS and guide book. Non riders will join the riders at lunch time and at the end of the day. It’s a very nice way of discovering Cappadocia for non riding partners and family.

£675/790€/$825 per person sharing

Included – All riding, guiding, full board accommodation (except on the Family Ride which is half board) drinks with meals and set time transfers to Kayseri airport.

Excluded – Flights, tips, drinks outside of mealtimes and alcohol.

How To Get There
International flight to Istanbul and a domestic flight to Kayseri Airport

Transfer
To avail of the included transfer, you need to arrive in Kayseri airport between 05:00am and 22:00pm. Our driver will collect you at the airport and take you to your guesthouse for the first evening. On the first evening the welcome dinner is at 8pm so we recommend clients arrive before 6.30pm.
Arrival at other times is available but at an additional charge of €65 each way per car payable directly in Euros or Turkisk Lira.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

A glorious riding adventure discovering the silent beauty of Cappadocia’s unique landscape of fairy chimneys and volcanic formations on board forward going Arabs horses. Whether negotiating the narrow paths or galloping through the steppe or along the lush canyons, you will enjoy exhilarating trails off the beaten track. The landscape is truly breath taking, unusual and spectacular, something between the Grand Canyon and a moonscape!
You will visit cave villages, troglodytic monasteries and ancient frescoed churches, and you will discover the historical and cultural wealth of this region listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Your riding host is French born Nicolas who made this place his home some 10 years ago. He relishes his trail rides and has his own farm at the heart of this national park, along with his beautiful Arab horses.

THE RIDING top

Horses –Nicolas has 25 horses, mostly Arabs, Arab Crosses & Anatolians. Forward-going, sure footed and 15hh – 15.2hh.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. There are long days in the saddle and the riding can be technical.

Tack – Mostly hackamores and comfortable trail riding saddles with saddle bags.

Weight Restriction – 90kgs / 198 lbs / 14 stone. Please do still contact us if you are over this weight as there may be some bigger horses available on the dates you request, depending on the group.

Group Size – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

Accommodation is dependent on your chosen programme.

Bivouac Trail – A mix of guesthouses and camping. Arrival, departure and Wednesday nights will be spent in picturesque and comfortable guesthouses, in double rooms with ensuite toilets and shower.Guesthouses are family run and typically Anatolian. Most offer free internet access and a laundry service.

On nights where you camp, the exclusive camp will be set up in the heart of the national park, surrounded by fairy chimneys or a beautiful view. The camp includes a large communal tent, like the ones used by the last nomadic families of the country. During the week, you will spend 4 nights in double tipi-tents including floor mats and single camp mattresses.

Guesthouse Trail – They are family run and typically Anatolian. There are double rooms with en-suite toilets and shower. Most offer free internet access and a laundry service. Stone built and some cave dwellings unique to the area.

Luxury Trail – Upmarket, luxury and boutique style hotels which have been selected for their historical architecture, some cave hotels with special atmospheres, a high quality of service and attention to detail. Single rooms can be arranged at an additional cost.

Family Stay – Local guesthouse accommodation.
Turkey is famous for its kebabs, mezes (different types of appetizers) and also very rich in vegetable and fish dishes. Central Anatolia is well known for its pasta dishes such as mantiand gözleme, a hand-made and hand rolled pastry filled with, for example, spinach and cheese. Guests will be able to sample a vast array of different foods that are beautifully prepared.
Breakfast is usually continental style and is taken at the guesthouse or hotel or whilst camping, the Turkish way, sitting on a carpet under the communal tent. On most days you will ride to a local restaurant for lunch although some day’s lunch will be a picnic.
Dinner is Turkish style, comprising of a starter, one or two main courses and a dessert. Vegetarians can be catered for with prior notice. Water, tea and coffee are included. Cappadocia wine, beer and other drinks are available and payable locally.

Please Ask About
There are a huge amount of other activities in Cappadocia you may want to enjoy. You can choose to arrive earlier or stay a few days longer before or after the trail ride, we can help with arrangements and accommodation.

  • Hot-air balloon flight – at sunrise, travel with the wind over Cappadocia’s spectacular landscape
  • Göreme’s Open Air Museum – the region’s greatest concentration of frescoed churches
  • The underground cities – the larger cities descend to 8 levels through a maze of tunnels
  • Ceremony of the Whirling-Derviches – night representation at the Sarihancaravanserail
  • Trip to the valley of Ilhara – at the foot of Hasan Dagi volcano, this long, lush canyon shelters several churches
  • Trip to the valley of Soganli – off the beaten track, churches and dovecotes unique in Cappadocia
  • Wine testing in Cappadocia’s vineyards
  • Visit to local craftshops and workshops: carpets, kilims, pottery, jewels
  • Steam bath and massage at the hamam

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Bivouac & Guesthouse Trail
Leaving from the ranch between Urgup and Ortahisar, in the heart of the national park, this progressive trail takes you on a 6-day tour around Cappadocia, stopping at a different location every evening. From the peasants’ Cappadocia of the south to the most beautiful valleys of the north, a succession of fantastic rock formations, lush canyons, high plateaux, steppe-like landscape, along with vineyards and orchards, make for a very varied route. On the way, the villages reflect the Anatolian way of life while frescoed churches and other troglodytic treasures testify of the rich past of the area. Our itinerary takes place entirely within the national park. It is now possible to include during the week a hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia’s surreal landscape at sunrise, as well as a trip to the underground cities. Steam bath and massage at Urgup’s traditional hamam at the end of the week.
The bivouac trail is for fit, ‘active’ and autonomous riders with an exploratory mind. The trail includes difficult passages where you will be asked to get off your horse and lead it, sometimes up steep paths. The effort is rewarded by stunning views, but a good physical condition is essential.

Sunday

Arrival at Kayseri airport. You are met by our driver and transferred in 50 minutes to your accommodation inOrtahisar, where you have dinner with your guide and the rest of the group.

Monday

You are driven to the ranch in the early morning to meet your horse and get acquainted with the riding equipment. The trail begins through the lush canyon of Uzengi, where abrupt rock walls shelter troglodytic citadels ofdovecotes. After your first gallop on the sandy tracks, we stop for lunch in the natural rock circus of Taslik. Fromthere, a muleteer track carved in the rock leads you to the ancient village of Mustafapasa. We spend the afternoonriding through expanses of steppe-like bare lands surrounding Lake Damsa. In the evening, we reach the camp inthe shady woods of the Valley of Cemece. Guesthouse trail: short transfer to your accommodation in Mustafapasa.

Tuesday

We ascend the Plateau of Avlak for a magnificent view of Cappadocia. In the background standsmajestic Erciyes volcano. After a canter on the plateau's larger tracks, we stop for lunch on a cliff overlooking theValley of Karlik. After more trots and canters on the plateau with views over the chain of the Taurus mountains, weride down to the Valley of Cemil. As the sun is slowly setting, we pass through orchards and vineyards to reach thecamp next to the ancient troglodyte monastery of Keslik, near the remote village of Cemilkoy. Guesthouse trail:short transfer to your accommodation in Mustafapasa.

Wednesday

This day we ride for 3 and a half hours in the morning The afernoon is at your leisure in Cappadocia's most picturesquevillages: Uchisar and Göreme. Following a track left by the muleteers on the flank of the mountain, we reach a vast rocky plateau overlooking thesouth of Cappadocia. From the top of the cliff, the view is breathtaking. We descent through a lush valley plantedwith woods, where we stop for a morning break. We ride through the green countryside, crossing narrow streams, winding our way through gardens and orchards. Later, the land turns into wide open, bare spaces whereshepherds lead their flock, helped by the impressive Kangal dogs. After a last gallop on the steppe, we arrive at thecamp, where lunch is cooking on the woodfire. We are transferred to the guesthouse in Uchisar in the early afternoon. Dinner at the guesthouse. Activities available for the afternoonare; Visit the ancient troglodytic village of Uchisar, its rock fortress and crafts shops. Visit the Underground Cities Visit the churches of Goreme’s Open Air Museum Walk the Pigeon Valley to Goreme (4km)

Saturday

We ride along the crests overlooking the forest of fairy chimneys in Devrent Valley. We dismount to ascend the BozTepe mountain in order to reach the mausoleum of local saint Alil Dede. From his resting place, we have a360°view over Cappadocia. We descend through the maze of tracks and paths up the crests and down the canyonsof the Red Valley. With its cidatels of red, pink and ocre rock, this is Cappadocia's most spectacular valley. In theafternoon, we leave the difficult paths behind us to take advantage of larger tracks for a long gallop. We crossthe Valley of Pancarlik and we arrive at the ranch in the late afternoon. Short transfer to your accommodation inOrtahisar. Before dinner, you have an option to be driven to the hamam in Ürgüp for a relaxing steam bath. Farewell dinner with your guides at the guesthouse.

Sunday

After breakfast, departure to Kayseri airport.

Luxury Trail

Sunday

Arrival at Kayseri airport where you are met by our driver and transferred in 50 minutes to your accommodation in Urgup, where you have dinner with your guide.

Monday

Ortahisar

After getting acquainted with your horse and riding equipment, you leave in the morning to explore the scenic greenvalleys of Yatak and Pancarlik. Your sure-footed horse takes you safely along the rocky paths carved by generations ofmuleteers. You pass ancient troglodytic churches off the beaten track, then follow the stream towards the village ofOrtahisar. You stop for lunch at a traditional guesthouse overlooking the canyons or, in summer, at a hotel with aswimming pool. In the afternoon, you have a long canter on a sandy track leading you to the churches ofGomeda. You ride along a spectacular cliff on your way back to the ranch, stoppingen route to admire the views over south Cappadocia. Short transfer back to your hotel in Urgüp.

Tuesday

Mustafapasa

The day begins through the lush canyon of Uzengi, where abrupt rock walls shelter troglodytic citadels of dovecotes.You ride through the fairy chimneys of Gümüslü valley and then canter towards the valley of Tartali. You pass throughthe valley’s natural rock arches and narrow rock corridors to reach the village of Mustafapasa for lunch. You may strollamong the village’s old Greek mansions, or relax by the restaurant’s swimming pool. In the afternoon, the landscapechanges radically as you ride across Avlak mountain. Here, large expanses of bare lands resemble the Mongoliansteppes; there, rocky hills provide the perfect background to a Western movie. You return to the ranch in theevening light, through small woods and green gardens. Short transfer back to your hotel in Urgüp.

Wednesday

Uchisar

Today’s itinerary takes you to the beautiful valleys of north Cappadocia, and to the village of Uchisar. You trot andcanter through vineyards and orchards and over rolling hills of white tuffa to reach Ibrahimpasa. From this picturesquevillage, you start ascending the ‘twin hills' of Cappadocia. A nice canter at the top takes you to a panoramic viewpointencompassing northern Cappadocia and the towering rock fortress of Uchisar. As you ride towards the village, you canadmire the multi-coloured rock formations of the famous Pigeon Valley, and Uchisar’spicturesque fairy chimneys. You reach your villa accommodation on horseback and enjoy a late lunch on the terrace. You may spend the rest of the dayexploring the village, resting by the swimming pool of a nearby hotel, or hiking to the churches of Göreme’s Open Air

Thursday

Green Valley

You ride out from the villa, snaking your way through the rock tunnels, arches and small woods of the spectacular, 4km-long canyon called the Green Valley. Later, the landscape opens up on a magnificent panorama over the Bozdagamountain. You make a detour through the famous Love Valley and its gigantic phallic rock formations, before enteringthe village of Göreme, where you stop for lunch by the swimming pool. In the afternoon, you ride on top of panoramiccrests, then trot and canter on tracks of white tuffa, surrounded by the rocky hills of north Cappadocia. The windingpaths of the green Shepherd’s valley take you back to your villa in Uchisar, in time to admire central Cappadocia atsunset.

Friday

Red Valley

Leaving the villa on horseback, you enter another beautiful canyon called the White Valley. You snake your way througharches, rocky labyrinths and lush vegetation, then ride onto the majestic Red Valley, also called the Valley of the Roses.With its cidatels of red, pink and ochre rock, this is Cappadocia's most spectacular ensemble of mineral formations. Youstop to visit the cave churches nested into the rock walls, then stop for lunch at an ancient troglodytic monastery. Aftera siesta on the restaurant's comfortable terrace, you leave the dificult paths behind to enjoy a long gallop on a sandytrack lined with tree. You cross the Valley of Pancarlik and its multi-coloured fairy chimneys, and you arrive at the ranchin the late afternoon. Short transfer to your hotel in Ürgüp.

Saturday

at leisure with optional activities, or 6th riding day: Bahceli

Today’s itinerary takes you to the remote villages of Ayvali and Bahceli, in the far south of Capppadocia. Here, ancienttraditions are still alive and people still tend their gardens with horses and donkeys. You ride through the wide-open,steppe-like landscape surrounding lake Damsa, enjoying canters on tracks of soft red clay, surrounded by the tablemountainsof south Cappadocia. You enter the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon, and stop for lunch at arestaurant nested in the rock. In the afternoon, the canyon takes you further down to the ancient troglodytic quartersof Bahceli. You ride through a maze of paths lined with orchards and vineyards, then spring into a long canter on thelarge dust tracks taking you back to the ranch. Short transfer back to your hotel in Urgüp.

Sunday

After breakfast, departure to Kayseri airport.

Activities at leisure for Day 6

The list below is only indicative of the visits, excursions and activities available in Cappadocia. Some can be doneindependently, while others can be arranged through us or the local travel agency we can recommend.

Hot-air balloon – at sunrise, travel with the wind over Cappadocia’s spectacular landscape. The experience of a lifetime!

Cross golf – forget the green, Cappadocia’s landscape provides the perfect playground for this new approach to golf

Visit of Göreme Open Air Museum – the region’s greatest concentration of frescoed churches, with some dating back tothe 4th century

Trip to the underground cities – used as shelters during wartime, the larger cities descend to 8 levels below groundlevel and feature series of rooms, stairs and tunnels.

Ceremony of the Whirling-Derviches – night representation at the Sarihan caravanserai

Trip to the valley of Ilhara – at the foot of Hasan Dagi volcano, this long, lush canyon shelters several churches

Trip to the valley of Soganli – off the beaten tracks, churches and dovecotes unique in Cappadocia

Motor rides (jeep, scooter, ATV), mountain bike
Discovery of Cappadocia’s vineyards and wine testing
Visit to local craftshops and workshops: carpets, kilims, pottery, jewels.
Massage at Urgup or Goreme’shammam.

Family Stay
The Family Stay itinerry below is for information only; it can be modifed upon request, in relation to the participants’ ages and interests.

The itinerary runs from Sunday to Sunday. Guests are free to take in the various activities according to their wishes.
Walk in valleys are sometimes self-guided with a GPS ( training will be given), or with a local guide.

Sunday

Arrival at Kayseri airport you will be collected by our driver and transferred in 50 minutes to guest house in Ortahisar. Evening meal with your guide.

Monday

Discovery of the farm and the animals. Lunch on the farm. 2 hours ride (initiation and short walk around the farm)Back to your guesthouse in Ortahisar

Tuesday

Breakfast at the farm. A morning of the farm activities (goat-milking and cheese-making). Some Natural horsemanship. Lunch in the village of Mustafapasa. Walk back to the farm through the Gomeda valley (Self-guided with a gps)Dinner and night in your guesthouse in Ortahisar.

Wednesday

2 hours ride in Yatak and Tartale valley. Lunch in UzumluKilise, walk to Cavusin through the valley of roses. (Self-guided with a gps). Transfer to your guesthouse in Uçhisar, diner and night in Uchisar.

Thursday

Walk in the Green Valley (3 hours)Lunch in Goreme.Visit of the Goreme open air MuseumDinner and night in Uchisar.

Friday

Walk in the White Valley. Lunch in Cavusin and transfer to the farm for some training on natural horsemanship and cattle penning.Dinner and night in Ortahisar

Saturday

Early visit in Urgup' market. Ride to Pancarlik Valley, picnic with horses on the valley, back to the farm by the scenic valley of Ortahisar. You have an option to be driven to the hamam in Ürgüp for a relaxing steam bath and massage. Dinner and night in your guesthouse in Ortahisar

Sunday

Breakfast& departure to Kayseri airport

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