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A glorious riding adventure discovering Cappadocia's unique riding trails

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PRICES & DATES top

Cappadocia Trails : Prices & Dates 2019

Bivouac Trail
9 – 16 June
11- 18 August
£1,080/€1,200/$1,375 per person sharing

Guest House Trail
12-19 May
1 – 8 September
15 – 22 September
29 September – 6 October
13-20 October
£1,330/€1,550/$1,575 per person sharing

Single rooms available from £150/€168/$190 per week

Sportive Comfort Trail
16 – 22 June
4 – 10 August
18 – 24 August
8 – 14 September
Deluxe Accommodation – £1,715/€2,000/$2,240 per person sharing
Standard Accommodation – £1,330/€1,550/$1,730 per person sharing

5 – 11 May
2 – 8 June
6 – 12 October
Deluxe Accommodation – £1,690/€1,875/$2,145 per person sharing
Standard Accommodation – £1,330/€1,475/$1,685 per person sharing

Single rooms available from £150/€168/$190 per week

Antalya Trail
20 – 27 October
27 October – 3 November
£1,540/€1,800/$2,010 per person sharing

Family Stay
4 – 11 August
11 – 18 August
18 – 25 August
£710/€790/$905 per person sharing

Non Riders/Walkers 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.

£710/€790/$905 per person sharing

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

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, optional balloon trip (€200 payable), 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.

Cappadocia Trails : Dates 2019

Open from April to October.

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 – Snaffle bridles 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.

Sportive Comfort 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.

Mountains of Antalya Trails – Crossing the Taurus mountains from north to south, the trail starts in Anatolia with incredible canters along Lake Beysehir and ends on the Mediterranean side by crossing a river. This trail is notable because of the diverse landscapes and scenery: sandy beach and an umbrella pine forest; chestnut and arbutus trees and pomegranate orchards; rocky valleys and high pasture, as well as the majestic canyon of Köprülü for which the Köprülü Canyon National Park is named.You will also discover Selge. Set on the historic Saint Paul trail, this ancient site has astonishing rock formations and Roman ruins – a little diamond between two mountains!

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.

Sportive Comfort Trail

Sunday
Arrival at Kayseri airport. You are met by your shuttle driver and transferred in 50 min to your guesthouse in Urgup, where you have dinner with your guide.

Monday
You are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet your horse and to get acquainted with the riding equipment. The trail begins with one hour of riding through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon. Villagers cook lunch for you on the woodfire, at the foot of troglodytic citadels of dovecotes carved out the abrupt rock walls. Your first long canter is the ascension of the Avlak mountain (in case of rain, the Avlak mountain is unrideable and will be avoided), with a magnificent encompassing view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie… you will then spend the afternoon riding through expanses of bare hills surrounding Lake Damsa. (In case of hot weather, you can swim in the lake with your horse). After lunch, you ride through a maze of paths lined with orchards and vineyards, then enter into the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon, and stop for the night in your hotel nestled in the rock.

Tuesday
In the morning, you have a quick start with a canter through the fields of the high anatolian plateau (1600m height): barley, wheat, oat and bean fields which bring us to visit the underground village of Golgoli. Your sure-footed horses take you off the beaten tracks along a scenic path through rock formations, vineyard and orchards, surrounded by table-mountains. Tying horses in front of the restaurant, you will have lunch in the centre of the old Greek village of Mustafapasa. After lunch, you may stroll among Mustafapasa’s old stone houses, its Ottoman madrasa and its painted church or take a nap on the sofa.
In the afternoon, you can enjoy varied scenery of narrow tracks, small canyons, farmed land and the wide-open spaces of Bahceli, where shepherds lead their flocks. You sneak your way along the lush, narrow canyon of Sorkumlu, before galloping on large sandy tracks. You arrive to your guesthouse in Ayvali for your last night in the village.

Wednesday
Leaving the guesthouse on horseback, you can enjoy a varied scenery of narrow tracks and farmed land. You sneak your way along the lush, narrow canyon of a “Gomeda” before a beautiful canter through the fairy chimneys of Gümüslü valley. You ride uphill to reach the lunch at one of our best restaurants: “Babayan evi”. Very good and healthy local food. From this picturesque village, you start ascending the ‘twin hills’ of Cappadocia to reach a panoramic viewpoint encompassing northern Cappadocia and the towering rock fortress of Uchisar. As you ride towards the village, you can admire the multicoloured rock formations of the famous Pigeon Valley, and Uchisar’s picturesque fairy chimneys. You reach your panoramic guesthouse on horseback and enjoy a drink on the terrace. You may spend the rest of the day exploring Uchisar.

Thursday
Optional hot-air balloon flight in the early morning: travel with the wind over Cappadocia’s magical landscape at sunrise (paid directly to the balloon company). You sneak your way through the rock tunnels, arches and small woods of the spectacular 4 km-long canyon called Zemi. You make a detour through the famous Love Valley and its gigantic phallic rock formations, then into the Sword Valley and Red Valley. With its cidatels of red, pink and ocre rock, and its beautiful troglodytic churches, this is Cappadocia’s most spectacular ensemble of geological formations. A cave cafe located in an ancient monastery welcomes you for lunch. In the afternoon, you keep exploring the Red and Rose Valleys, then ride out into the fields, surrounded by the rocky hills of north Cappadocia. The winding paths of the Shepherd’s valley take you back to your guesthouse in Uchisar, in time to admire north Cappadocia in the sunset light.

Friday
You enter another beautiful canyon called the White Valley, after the colour of its rock. You ride through stone labyrinths and lush vegetation, and pass the impressive fairy chimneys of yet another Love Valley. You canter on a dust path overlooking Red Valley. You enjoy more long canters through the maze of sandy paths of the valley of Ortahisar before reaching the village for lunch on a terrace with a nice view of a dovecote. You return to the ranch in the afternoon by the valley of Pancarlik and its multicoloured rock formations, gardens and orchards. After tea on our terrace, you have an option to be driven to the hamam in Ürgüp for a relaxing steam bath and massage.

Saturday
After breakfast, departure to Kayseri (or Nevsehir) airport for your flight to Istanbul.

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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