Riders cantering along a path in Cappadocia on an active trail ride

Riders of Anatolia

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.
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Trail Riding
8 days (6 riding) -
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Open to non-riders
  • A group of riders riding their horses in a field
    The scenery is lovely and offers excellent riding grounds
  • Two riders preparing for a canter during a trail ride in Cappadocia
    This is an active riding holiday with many long canters
  • Horseback riders in Cappadocia, central Turkey
    Enjoy a trail riding holiday in central Turkey
  • Trail riding guide Nicolas with a guest at Kapadokya Ranch
    Your guide Nico is a knowledgeable guide and excellent horseman
  • Rider riding across a technical path in Cappadocia
    The terrain can be somewhat technical and you must be a competent rider
  • Riders leading their horses on foot in Cappadocia, in Turkey
    Incredible views in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Horse in Cappadocia, Turkey
    Cappadocia, Turkey.
  • Cantering on wide open spaces in Turkey, Cappadocia
    An exciting trail ride in Turkey with Equus Journeys
  • Riders leading their horses through a canyon in Cappadocia, Turkey
    Discover the eerie scenery of Cappadocia, Turkey
  • Trail guide leading his horse and loose horse in Cappadocia
    A fantastic trail riding option for adventurous riders
  • Two riders cantering and enjoying an active trail riding holiday
    Enjoy incredible canters and excellent horses



- 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"

    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.

    Transfers are included (shuttle bus from the airport to your hotel). We strongly recommend your flight to arrive at 6:00 pm at the latest so you can enjoy dinner with the guides and the group on the first night - this is important as this is when your guides will make the final horse attributions. If necessary, you can fly in a day early and we can book an extra night at the hotel you will stay on the first night (around £50-65 per person per night).

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 8 : KAYSERI - EUROPE

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

Dates & prices

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 (shuttle bus from the airport to your hotel). We strongly recommend your flight to arrive at 6:00 pm at the latest so you can enjoy dinner with the guides and the group on the first night - this is important as this is when your guides will make the final horse attributions. If necessary, you can fly in a day early and we can book an extra night at the hotel you will stay on the first night (around £50-65 per person per night).

- 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

- Optional air balloon flight can be arranged at around €160/£145/$190 per person (prices fluctuate depending on the season). If interested, please contact us in advance. Availability can be difficult in the high season so please make sure to let us know with plenty of notice if you are interested. This is payable locally in cash.

- 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

- There is a strict 85 kg / 13.3 stone / 190 lbs rider weight limit on this trail (including riding gear). If you weigh more than that, an additional horse can be arranged at a supplement, please contact us before booking.
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


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)


- 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.


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

Additional equipment

Saddle bags
First aid kit

Price doesn't include


Beverages and personal extras


International flights


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


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



Single room supplement


Hot air balloon flight (€200/£180 pp) or additional activities
We are currently updating our dates and prices they will be online soon. If you want details of this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Equestrian info


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

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 85 kg / 13.3 stone / 190 lbs rider weight limit on this trail (including riding gear). If you weigh more than that, an additional horse can be arranged at a supplement, please contact us before booking.


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.

Travel info


- 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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

Packing list

-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

- 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

- 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.

Visa & Health


British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes are able to travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a longer stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed. If you intend to work in Turkey, ensure you have the correct permits. More information is available from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. If you don’t abide by the terms of your visa or permit, you may be fined, deported and banned from re-entering the country.

If you’re entering Turkey via a land border crossing, make sure your passport has a dated entry stamp before you leave the border crossing area.
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.

Passport validity
The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 :
  • Consulat de Turquie
    87 rue de Sèze
    69006 Lyon
    Tél. : 04 72 83 98 40
    Fax : 04 78 24 86 75
  • Consulat de Turquie
    363 avenue du Prado
    13008 Marseille
    Tél. :
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de Turquie
    16 avenue de Lamballe
    75016 Paris
    Tél. : 01 53 92 71 12
    Fax : 01 45 20 41 91
  • Ambassade de Turquie
    Case postale 34, Lombachweg 33
    3000 Berne 15
    Tél. : 031/359 70 70
    Fax : 031/352 88 19
  • Ambassade de Turquie
    Rue Montoyer 4
    1000 BRUXELLES
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 513 40 95
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 514 07 48


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.


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.

Did you know?

Did you know?

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!