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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 2021

  • Guest House Trails
    $1,656
    • GBP: 1,240
    • EUR: 1,390
    per person sharing
    4 – 11 April
    11 – 18 April
    13 – 20 June
    22 – 29 August

    $1,867

    • GBP: 1,398
    • EUR: 1,567
    per person sharing
    25 April – 2 May
    2 – 9 May
    25 April – 2 May
    2 – 9 May
    16 – 23 May
    5 – 12 September
    19 – 26 September
    26 September – 3 October
    10 – 17 October
    Single rooms available from $280
    • GBP: 210
    • EUR: 235
    per week
  • Comfort Trails
    Standard $1,867
    • GBP: 1,398
    • EUR: 1,567
    pp sharing & Deluxe $2,410
    • GBP: 1,805
    • EUR: 2,023
    pp sharing
    28 March  – 3 April
    27 September – 3 OctoberStandard $1,656
    • GBP: 1,240
    • EUR: 1,390
    pp sharing & Deluxe $2,136
    • GBP: 1,600
    • EUR: 1,793
    pp sharing
    14 – 20 June
    Other dates are available on demand.
    Single rooms available from $280
    • GBP: 210
    • EUR: 235
    per week
  • Great Cappadocia Camping Trail
    $2,530
    • GBP: 1,895
    • EUR: 2,124
    per person sharing
    29 May – 6 June
  • Family Stay
    $1,068
    • GBP: 800
    • EUR: 897
    per person sharing
    8 – 15 August
    15 – 22 August

Non Riders/Walkers are very welcome –please ask. 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.

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 from and 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, except for the Antalya Camping Trail, which is arrival into Konya Airport and departure from Antalya International 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 2021

Open from March 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 French born hosts are Nicolas and Helene who made this place their home, now with their young son, some 10 years ago. Both are true adventurers and have a deep love of horses. Nicolas once rode through Afghanistan on horse back and he met Helene while she was riding across Turkey with a friend. He relishes his trail rides and has his own farm at the heart of this national park, along with his beautiful Arab and Arab cross horses.

Normally either Nicolas or Helene will personally guide you on the ride and stay with the group at your accommodation.

You’ll find the horses here all super fit and the riding is fast, probably as fast as any ride in the world. The tack is immaculate, the trail saddles so comfy and all hand made by Nicolas in the winter months. This ride is suited to adventurous riders who like a fast pace and are very fit themselves as there is some fairly serious scrambling up and down steep tricky tracks on foot with your horse following you required. You are also expected to look after your own horse and groom, tack it up in the morning. It’s a really magical way to explore this stunning part of Turkey with some really interesting hosts.

THE RIDING top

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

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. The riding and pace is fast with lots of long and sometimes windy (in and out of rock formations) so you need to be fit. You need to be comfortable at all paces. The horses are superbly schooled and don’t pull and you are encouraged to take your own lines, not follow. You will need to hike up and down some very steep mountain paths which can be very slippy with shingle with your horse following you. The reward is a gallop on top of the ridges on the plateau with the most incredible views.

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 8.

ACCOMMODATION top

Accommodation is dependent on your chosen programme.

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.

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.

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 which are filling and tasty.
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 or prepared by a local farmer.
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 – early wake up at 3.30am!
  • 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

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 your chauffeur and transferred in 50 min to your guesthouse in Ortahisar, where you have dinner with your guide.

Monday: Avlak
You are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet your horse, and get acquainted with the riding equipment. You will have time to try your horse on a 1 km training course going around the farm. The trail begins with a one-hour riding through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon. Very quickly, the first long canter brings you to Avlak mountain, with a magnificent encompassing view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie… Cantering on this high plateau brings us to lunch time. Olives, humous, vegetables, different cheeses, black bread, traditional yoghurt dish, Turkish black tea are served on a table, in the heart of a green tiny canyon, with the horses grazing around.

The afternoon is spent riding through a huge valley where the ghost village of Karain takes place. A few more canters let us arrive to Akköy village. The horses are tied just under the hotel, and the group can enjoy a drink looking at them. The terrace of the hotel has an 180° view on the valley and the paddock is 100 m in front of the hotel.

Tuesday: Keslik Monasteri
We start this day by cantering through fields of the high Anatolian plateau (1600 m high) : barley, wheat, oat and beans fields. We dismount for 20 minutes of a steep single trail down to Damsa lake.

Villagers cook lunch for us on a woodfire.

Passing by and overlooking a valley of fairy chimneys, the afternoon scenery is made of bare hills surrounding the lake. (In case of hot weather, you can swim in the lake with your horse). You canter along tracks of soft red clay leading you to the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon, and stop at your hotel.

Wednesday: Golgoli
In the morning, a quick start with a canter brings you to visit the underground village of Golgoli. Your sure-footed horse takes you off the beaten tracks along a scenic path through rock formations, vineyard and orchards, surrounded by table-mountains.

Arrival in the center of the old Greek village of Mustafapasa and visit on horseback. You climb a scenic plateau where you have the opportunity to gallop your horse again. After a short ride, you arrive to your hotel in Ayvali.(depending on the season and weather forecast, lunch in Mustafapasa or next to the swimming pool in Ayvali)

Thursday: Ibrahimpasa
Leaving the hotel on horseback, you can enjoy a varied scenery of narrow tracks, small canyons, farmed land, and the wide- open spaces of Subasi, where shepherds lead their flock. You sneak your way along the lush, narrow canyon of a remote village, before galloping on large sandy tracks. Visit of a second and different type of underground village : “Kirkule”.

Long canter leads us through vineyards and orchards and over rolling hills of white tuffa to reach the fairy chimneys of Gomeda valley, then more fun riding awaits you in the narrow corridors and arches of the canyon of Gumuslu. You ride uphill to reach one of our best restaurants for lunch: “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. Your reach your panoramic guesthouse on horseback and enjoy a drink on the terrace.

Friday: Valley of Roses
Optional hot-air balloon flight in the early morning: travel with the wind over Cappadocia’s magical landscape at sunrise.

You sneak your way through the rock tunnels, arches and small woods of the spectacular, 4 km-long canyon called the Green Valley. 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 citadels 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 with a long canter to your guesthouse in Uchisar, in time to admire north Cappadocia in the sunset light.

Saturday: Boz daha’ plateau
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 …

Crossing the picturesque village of Cavusin, you dismount for a short walk to reach the plateau of Boz daha, you canter on the crest overlooking Red valley on one side and Devrent valley on the other, with its strangely shaped fairy chimneys on the other side.

You enjoy more long canters through the maze of woody, sandy paths of the valley of Urgüp before reaching the valley of Pancarlik and its multicoloured rock formations, gardens and orchards. You return to the ranch in the afternoon. After tea on our terrace, you have an option to be driven to the hamam in Urgüp for a relaxing steam bath and massage. Short transfer back to your guesthouse and farewell dinner.

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

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 itinerary 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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