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Camping trail ride in Cappadocia

Riders of Anatolia

8 days (6 riding) - Price: contact us

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

 

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TURKEY-Riders of Anatolia

8 days (6 riding) - Price: contact us


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A camping trail in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. This progressive trail ride will take you on a stunning tour of Cappadocia, stopping at a different location every night and sleeping in a variety of different accommodation types: tents, family houses, and even a troglodyte cave! Discover the fabulous scenery of Turkey and its strange rock formations, lush canyons, and steppe-like plains, which are best explored on horseback. A wonderful riding holiday with Equus Journeys for competent riders with previous trail riding experience.

Strengths

- Discover the historical and cultural heritage of Cappadocia on horseback, a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Stay in quaint accommodation, including teepee tents and troglodyte caves
- Ride forward-going Anatolian, Arab and cross-Arab mares who will surprise you with their robustness and agility!
- A comfortable guesthouse version of this trail is also available: please see "Wonders of Cappadocia"

Itinerary

Day 1 : EUROPE - KAYSERI AIRPORT - URGUP -

Accommodation : NAZIM GUESTHOUSE

Arrival at Kayseri airport. You are met by your chauffeur and transferred to your guesthouse in Urgup (approx. 50 min drive), where you have dinner with your guide. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your riding ability: Nicolas is skilled at matching the right horse with the right rider, so feel free to tell him what kind of horse you enjoy riding.

IMPORTANT:
The following itinerary is just an example - the actual itinerary is flexible and will depend on weather conditions and the season. Please note that Equus Journeys is not responsible for changes in the itineraries that are always done with your safety in mind.

Please note: this is a particularly taxing trail and you must be riding fit. Some walking is involved: every morning you start with 5-10 minute walk to warm up, and same in the evenings to cool down. There will also be some steep paths where you will be asked to dismount and lead your horse on foot (up to 20 min).

Day 2 : URGUP - RANCH - VALLEY OF CEMECE - 5-6 hours riding

You are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet the horses. You will have time to try your horse on a training circuit around the farm. The trail begins with a short ride through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon. After your first canter on the sandy tracks, you will stop for lunch in the natural rock circus of Taslik. From there, a muleteer track carved into the rock leads you to the ancient village of Mustafapaşa. You spend the afternoon riding through expanses of steppe-like bare lands surrounding Lake Damsa. There you may have the opportunity to swim with your horse (weather dependant)! In the evening, you reach your camp in the shady woods of the Valley of Cemece.

Day 3 : VALLEY OF CEMESE - CEMILKOY - 5-6 hours riding

You ascend the Plateau of Avlak where you will enjoy magnificent views over Cappadocia - in the background stands the majestic Erciyes volcano. After a canter on the plateau's larger tracks, you stop for lunch on a cliff overlooking the Valley of Karlik. After more trots and canters on the plateau, you ride down to the Valley of Cemil. As the sun is slowly setting, you pass through orchards and vineyards to reach the camp, near the remote village of Cemilkoy.

Day 4 : CEMILKOY - AYVALI - 3-3:30 hours riding

Following a track left by the muleteers on the flank of the mountain, you reach a vast rocky plateau overlooking southern Cappadocia. From the top of the cliff, the view is breathtaking. You descend through a lush valley planted with woods, where you stop for a morning break. You ride through the green countryside, crossing narrow streams, winding your way through gardens and orchards.

For lunch, you stop in the village of Ayvali, where lunch is waiting you in front of the swimming pool. It is a nice spot to relax after your lunch. Later, the land turns into wide open, bare spaces where shepherds lead their flock, aided by the impressive Kangal dogs. After a last canter in the steppe, you arrive at camp, where dinner is cooking over a wood fire.

Day 5 : AYVALI - GOREME - 5-6 hours riding

Your ride begins from the Valley of Sorkumlu; there are areas so narrow that they form a deep canyon with out-of-the way troglodytic treasures. This morning, you have the opportunity to visit the underground village of Kirkule. You gallop along sandy paths lined with orchards and gardens, still cultivated by the locals using horses or mules. Stop for lunch in a lush green field surrounded by walls of soft colourful rock, where the horses can rest and graze.

In the afternoon, you continue your ride over rolling hills of white tufa (limestone) leading you up to a rock pinnacle embracing Cappadocia's most beautiful valleys. Snaking your way through the rocky labyrinths, tunnels and arches of the splendid Green Valley and its strangely shaped pink rock formations. You pass the fancy fairy chimneys of the aptly named Love Valley before reaching the guest house in Göreme, a friendly local family welcomes you (hot shower, clean WC, staying in dormitory accommodation, single rooms available on request).

Day 6 : GOREME - RED VALLEY - 5-6 hours riding

Optional hot-air balloon flight to see the sunrise: travel with the wind over Cappadocia's magical landscape in the early morning ride. (not included, see "dates and prices")

After crossing Uchisar and the so-called Pigeon valley, you enter the White Valley. You take a short morning break among its fantastic rock formations. Through a narrow path carved in the rock, you reach the plateau again for a wild gallop and break for lunch in the village of Cavusin, in front of a fantastic panorama. Later, a scenic path carved in the red rock of Mount Boztepe leads you to the famous rock formations of Paşabaği. After a long canter across the plain of Avanos, you ride along the crests overlooking the forest of fairy chimneys in Devrent Valley. Dismount to ascend the Boz Tepe mountain in order to reach the mausoleum of local saint Alil Dede. From his resting place, you have a 360° view over Cappadocia. You descend through a maze of tracks and paths up the crests and down the canyons of the Red Valley. With its citadels of red, pink and ocre rock, this is Cappadocia's most spectacular valley.

Tonight you will sleep in troglodyte caves and enjoy the sunset while you eat your dinner.

Day 7 : RED VALLEY - URGUP - ORTAHISAR - 5-6 hours riding

You leave the tortuous paths of the Rose Valley to take advantage of larger tracks for a long gallop. You cross the Valley of Pancarlik and its multicoloured rock formations, gardens and orchards, then canter on the large tracks leading you to the natural rock circus of Taslik. Stop for your picnic lunch in a shady canyon cut deep in to the mountain. In the afternoon, you sneak your way among the fairy chimneys of Gümüslü valley, then more fun riding awaits you in the narrow corridors and arches of the canyon of Tahtali. You will ride uphill to reach the crests again, then follow a spectacular, narrow path along a cliff overlooking the canyons. Return to the ranch in the early afternoon. (depending on the season, and availability of the cattle at the ranch ; cattle drive, ranch sorting, cutting will be offered for the rest of the afternoon). After tea on the terrace, you have an option to be driven to the hamam in Ürgüp for a relaxing steam bath and massage (free 4x4 transfer - but the entrance fee is payable locally, approx. 45TL). Short transfer back to your guesthouse in Ortahisar and farewell dinner.

Day 8 : KAYSERI - EUROPE -

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport in Kayseri for your flight home.


Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- Flights are not included

- Groups are composed of 4-10 international riders plus guides. If there are 3 riders in your group, we may offer the "Wonders of Cappadocia" ride instead, with accommodation in guesthouses. A supplement will be payable.

- Transfers are included from Kayseri for riders arriving before 22:30. If your flight is delayed or if you plan on arriving later, you will have to catch a taxi (approx. €65).

- Young riders may be allowed on the trail if they are older than 12 and meet the physical and equestrian demands of the trail. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

- If you wish to guarantee single accommodation for 3 nights on the trail, the supplement is £80. There is no single accommodation possible when it comes to the teepee tents.
(based on a double room accommodation): €790 - £705

- Non-riders will be offered a hiking programme, in autonomy with GPS device and roadbook. You will hike for around 4hrs a day and meet the riders for lunch. Rate per person in 2018 (based on a double room accommodation): €790 - £705
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide

Logistics

1 vehicle and driver
1 cook
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

Inland transport

Private minibus
Airport transfers at set times (late arrivals will have to pay a taxi)

Accommodation

- 3 nights in double tipi-tents
- 1 night in a Turkish family house.
- 1 night in troglodyte cave.
- 2 nights in guesthouses in the nearest village (arrival night, and departure night) in double or triple room.

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8, including water, tea and coffee

Additional equipment

Saddle bags
First aid kit

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement

Extras

Hot air balloon flight (€200/£180 pp) or additional activities

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extras

Transport

International flights

Extras

Tips to the local team
Park, museum and other site entry fees

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

Tips and gratuities are not mandatory in Turkey, although it is customary to leave a tip at restaurants (some already include a 10% in the bill). Tips to the local team and appreciated but are left to your discretion.

HORSES

The herd comprises forward-going Anatolian, Arab and cross-Arab mares. They are robust and sure-footed, responsive and respectful of their riders. There are no big horses (on average 1,50-55 m, 15hh) so there is a strict 90 kg / 14.1 stone / 200 lbs weight limit.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You must be a competent rider with an experience of riding outdoors. You must be able to mount your horse unassisted, and be confident over rough terrain and during group canters. Riders must be riding fit and have good levels of fitness.

There is a strict 90 kg / 14.1 stone / 200 lbs rider weight limit on this trail.

PACE

This ride will see you riding at walk, trot and canter. Some long canters so you must be riding fit. The terrain can be tortuous and difficult, and you will on occasions have to lead your horse from the ground, sometimes up steep paths.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Riders are expected to tack and untack their horse, and help with watering/feeding in the evenings.
You will also be asked to put up/take down your tent and help dismount the camp in the mornings.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You must be in good physical condition. On some occasions you will have to dismount and walk with your horse. The days in the saddle are long (5-6 hours almost every day) and you should not underestimate the physical demands of this trail. The weather can be hot, in which case you will take a longer lunch break to get some rest in the shade (bring a book!).

An experience of trail rides over several days is necessary.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

The riding equipment includes McClellan light trail riding saddles. These are fitted with two saddlebags.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

- 3 nights in double teepee-tents including floor mats and single camp mattresses. The camp has a 'shower tent' with a bucket and a gas stove where you can heat the water.
- 1 night in a Turkish family house.
- 1 night in a troglodyte cave.
- 2 nights in guesthouses in the nearest village (arrival night, and departure night) in double or triple rooms.

Logistics: by 4x4. You will often have to move your luggage during the week so we advise you pack several lighter bags rather than one large, heavy suitcase.

CLIMATE

Cappadocia has a continental climate and stands at over 1000 m above sea level. Expect cool nights from May through late June and possible rain during the day (average temperature is 15°C). This is a good time to visit and it also marks the beginning of the hot air balloons season. The summers are dry and hot with the hottest weeks from late July to late August.

Meals

Meals are taken the Turkish way, sitting on a carpet under the communal tent or outside by the camp fire.
Breakfast: continental.
Lunch: varied picnic with local specialities, carried in the saddlebags
Dinners: usually a main traditional Turkish dish cooked on the woodfire, with salad and fruit.
Water, tea and coffee are included.
Vegetarian meals are available on request.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your guide will be French-born Nicolas Guillo. He decided to make Cappadocia his home over 11 years ago and has been organising trail rides every since. He speaks English and also Turkish.

Packing list

Head
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and dust
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee in spring and it's better to be prepared. Layering is key to cope with the fluctuations in temperature between day and night
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable boots. There will be some walking involved so we recommend short hiking boots with half chaps as long chaps/long boots can get very hot.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear
- Pyjamas (thermals in the Autumn)
- Sleeping bag. We recommend a comfort factor of 0°C/-2°C, and you can bring a sleeping bag liner for extra comfort and warmth.
- Towel


Other useful items
- Mandatory: Water bottle (1.5 litre or two x 1 litre)
- Swimsuit
- Hand sanitiser
- Wet wipes for when showers aren't possible
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night
- Toilet paper and small plastic bags for taking rubbish away

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Small penknife

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Rehydration sachets (dioralyte or similar)
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Ear plugs, particularly if you are a light sleeper
- Micropur or similar water purification tablets

Our Recommendations
- Take a second, smaller bag to pack things you may need during the day such as a book or suncream then you can easily access it during the long lunch break
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- You should also bring a copy of your passport/insurance in case you lose your documents. You can also save a copy into your mobile phone.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey. You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website.An e-Visa costs $35 (plus $1.05 service fee) and you can pay by credit or debit card. If you use this option, you should apply at least 48 hours before travel and can do so up to 3 months in advance. In case of technical problems at the Turkish port of entry, carry a printed copy of your e-Visa or keep an electronic copy on a smartphone or other device to show at immigration.

Turkish visit visas issued on arrival are valid for multiple stays up to a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period. In case of problems with the computer systems at the Turkish port of entry, print off and carry a paper copy of your e-Visa, or make sure you have an electronic copy on a smart phone or other device to show to the immigration officer.

Make sure your passport has a blank page for the visa stamp. If it doesn't, the Turkish authorities will issue an ‘Entry-Exit form' and put your entry-exit stamp on there. You should carry this form with you in Turkey and present it to the border officers when you leave.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements

Addresses of consulates

  • Consulats de Turquie
    184 bd de Malsherbes
    75017 Paris
    Tél. : 01 56 33 33 33
    Fax : 01.42.27.58.18
    parisbsk@wanadoo.fr
  • Consulat de Turquie
    87 rue de Sèze
    69006 Lyon
    Tél. : 04 72 83 98 40
    Fax : 04 78 24 86 75
    tclyonkonsolos@wanadoo.fr
  • Consulat de Turquie
    363 avenue du Prado
    13008 Marseille
    Tél. : 04.91.29.00.20
    Fax : 04.91.22.78.21
    marsilyabk@wanadoo.fr
  • Ambassade de Turquie
    16 avenue de Lamballe
    75016 Paris
    Tél. : 01 53 92 71 12
    Fax : 01 45 20 41 91
    paris.be@mfa.gov.tr
  • Ambassade de Turquie
    Case postale 34, Lombachweg 33
    3000 Berne 15
    Tél. : 031/359 70 70
    Fax : 031/352 88 19
    tcbern@tr-botschaft.ch
  • Ambassade de Turquie
    Rue Montoyer 4
    1000 BRUXELLES
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 513 40 95
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 514 07 48
    info@turkey.be

HEALTH

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), is not valid in Turkey. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

BUDGET AND MONEY

Turkish Lira is the local currency of the Republic of Turkey. Visitors can exchange their cash money for Turkish Lira at exchange tiles and banks. International credit and debit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants throughout Turkey. However it is advisable also to carry cash for the smaller shops and cafes, particularly in more rural areas.



ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

A camping trail in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. This progressive trail ride will take you on a stunning tour of Cappadocia, stopping at a different location every night and sleeping in a variety of different accommodation types: tents, family houses, and even a troglodyte cave! Discover the fabulous scenery of Turkey and its strange rock formations, lush canyons, and steppe-like plains, which are best explored on horseback. A wonderful riding holiday with Equus Journeys for competent riders with previous trail riding experience.

  • Riding through "Love Valley" on horseback
    Rider and horse through the Love Valley
  • Riders in Cappadocia, Turkey
    Cappadocia and horses
  • Cappadocia between your horse's ears
    Trail ridrs in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Cantering on fit, forward Arabian horses!
    Riders cantering in a field in Kapadokya
  • Trail riding in Cappadocia
    Horses and riders in Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia riding holiday
    Riding holiday in Cappadocia
  • The mysterious beauty of Cappadocia from horseback
    Trail riding in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Horseback holidays and trail riding in Turkey
    Turkey and Europe riding holidays in the saddle
  • Meals are taken Turkish style
    Riders having dinner on a trail ride
  • Quaint accommodation during your trail
    Troglodyte house in Cappadocia
  • Discover a new location every night
    Cappadocia trail ride in Turkey
  • Stay in teepee tents and other quaint accommodation
    Tent accommodation and camping trail ride, Cappadocia

STRENGTHS

- Discover the historical and cultural heritage of Cappadocia on horseback, a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Stay in quaint accommodation, including teepee tents and troglodyte caves
- Ride forward-going Anatolian, Arab and cross-Arab mares who will surprise you with their robustness and agility!
- A comfortable guesthouse version of this trail is also available: please see "Wonders of Cappadocia"

ITINERARY

Day 1 : EUROPE - KAYSERI AIRPORT - URGUP -

Accommodation : NAZIM GUESTHOUSE

Arrival at Kayseri airport. You are met by your chauffeur and transferred to your guesthouse in Urgup (approx. 50 min drive), where you have dinner with your guide. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your riding ability: Nicolas is skilled at matching the right horse with the right rider, so feel free to tell him what kind of horse you enjoy riding.

IMPORTANT:
The following itinerary is just an example - the actual itinerary is flexible and will depend on weather conditions and the season. Please note that Equus Journeys is not responsible for changes in the itineraries that are always done with your safety in mind.

Please note: this is a particularly taxing trail and you must be riding fit. Some walking is involved: every morning you start with 5-10 minute walk to warm up, and same in the evenings to cool down. There will also be some steep paths where you will be asked to dismount and lead your horse on foot (up to 20 min).

Day 2 : URGUP - RANCH - VALLEY OF CEMECE - 5-6 hours riding

You are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet the horses. You will have time to try your horse on a training circuit around the farm. The trail begins with a short ride through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon. After your first canter on the sandy tracks, you will stop for lunch in the natural rock circus of Taslik. From there, a muleteer track carved into the rock leads you to the ancient village of Mustafapaşa. You spend the afternoon riding through expanses of steppe-like bare lands surrounding Lake Damsa. There you may have the opportunity to swim with your horse (weather dependant)! In the evening, you reach your camp in the shady woods of the Valley of Cemece.

Day 3 : VALLEY OF CEMESE - CEMILKOY - 5-6 hours riding

You ascend the Plateau of Avlak where you will enjoy magnificent views over Cappadocia - in the background stands the majestic Erciyes volcano. After a canter on the plateau's larger tracks, you stop for lunch on a cliff overlooking the Valley of Karlik. After more trots and canters on the plateau, you ride down to the Valley of Cemil. As the sun is slowly setting, you pass through orchards and vineyards to reach the camp, near the remote village of Cemilkoy.

Day 4 : CEMILKOY - AYVALI - 3-3:30 hours riding

Following a track left by the muleteers on the flank of the mountain, you reach a vast rocky plateau overlooking southern Cappadocia. From the top of the cliff, the view is breathtaking. You descend through a lush valley planted with woods, where you stop for a morning break. You ride through the green countryside, crossing narrow streams, winding your way through gardens and orchards.

For lunch, you stop in the village of Ayvali, where lunch is waiting you in front of the swimming pool. It is a nice spot to relax after your lunch. Later, the land turns into wide open, bare spaces where shepherds lead their flock, aided by the impressive Kangal dogs. After a last canter in the steppe, you arrive at camp, where dinner is cooking over a wood fire.

Day 5 : AYVALI - GOREME - 5-6 hours riding

Your ride begins from the Valley of Sorkumlu; there are areas so narrow that they form a deep canyon with out-of-the way troglodytic treasures. This morning, you have the opportunity to visit the underground village of Kirkule. You gallop along sandy paths lined with orchards and gardens, still cultivated by the locals using horses or mules. Stop for lunch in a lush green field surrounded by walls of soft colourful rock, where the horses can rest and graze.

In the afternoon, you continue your ride over rolling hills of white tufa (limestone) leading you up to a rock pinnacle embracing Cappadocia's most beautiful valleys. Snaking your way through the rocky labyrinths, tunnels and arches of the splendid Green Valley and its strangely shaped pink rock formations. You pass the fancy fairy chimneys of the aptly named Love Valley before reaching the guest house in Göreme, a friendly local family welcomes you (hot shower, clean WC, staying in dormitory accommodation, single rooms available on request).

Day 6 : GOREME - RED VALLEY - 5-6 hours riding

Optional hot-air balloon flight to see the sunrise: travel with the wind over Cappadocia's magical landscape in the early morning ride. (not included, see "dates and prices")

After crossing Uchisar and the so-called Pigeon valley, you enter the White Valley. You take a short morning break among its fantastic rock formations. Through a narrow path carved in the rock, you reach the plateau again for a wild gallop and break for lunch in the village of Cavusin, in front of a fantastic panorama. Later, a scenic path carved in the red rock of Mount Boztepe leads you to the famous rock formations of Paşabaği. After a long canter across the plain of Avanos, you ride along the crests overlooking the forest of fairy chimneys in Devrent Valley. Dismount to ascend the Boz Tepe mountain in order to reach the mausoleum of local saint Alil Dede. From his resting place, you have a 360° view over Cappadocia. You descend through a maze of tracks and paths up the crests and down the canyons of the Red Valley. With its citadels of red, pink and ocre rock, this is Cappadocia's most spectacular valley.

Tonight you will sleep in troglodyte caves and enjoy the sunset while you eat your dinner.

Day 7 : RED VALLEY - URGUP - ORTAHISAR - 5-6 hours riding

You leave the tortuous paths of the Rose Valley to take advantage of larger tracks for a long gallop. You cross the Valley of Pancarlik and its multicoloured rock formations, gardens and orchards, then canter on the large tracks leading you to the natural rock circus of Taslik. Stop for your picnic lunch in a shady canyon cut deep in to the mountain. In the afternoon, you sneak your way among the fairy chimneys of Gümüslü valley, then more fun riding awaits you in the narrow corridors and arches of the canyon of Tahtali. You will ride uphill to reach the crests again, then follow a spectacular, narrow path along a cliff overlooking the canyons. Return to the ranch in the early afternoon. (depending on the season, and availability of the cattle at the ranch ; cattle drive, ranch sorting, cutting will be offered for the rest of the afternoon). After tea on the terrace, you have an option to be driven to the hamam in Ürgüp for a relaxing steam bath and massage (free 4x4 transfer - but the entrance fee is payable locally, approx. 45TL). Short transfer back to your guesthouse in Ortahisar and farewell dinner.

Day 8 : KAYSERI - EUROPE -

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport in Kayseri for your flight home.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Extensions

There are many activities you can enjoy in Cappadocia before, after (and possibly during!) your trail ride! Cappadocia is a culturally rich region and a paradise for outdoors lovers:

- Enjoy a hot air balloon flight at sunrise, discovering Cappadocia's fascinating scenery from the air

- See a Whirling Derviches show

- Visit Göreme's Open Air Museum, to see the region's greatest concentration of frescoed churches

- Go on a wine-tasting excursion in the local vineyards

- Enjoy a traditional sauna and massage at a local hamam - perfect to recuperate after many hours in the saddle!


Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.