- Discover the historical and cultural heritage of the area, including troglodyte (cave) citadels and churches now part of the UNESCO world heritage list.
- Comfortable accommodation in three different guesthouses during the week
- Experience the warmth and friendliness of the local people
- Small groups of 8 riders max
- A camping version is also available, see "Riders of Anatolia"
Day 1 1 : HOME - KAYSERI AIRPORT - URGUPArrival at Kayseri airport. 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. You are transferred to your guesthouse in Urgup (approx. 50 min drive), where you have dinner with your guide.
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 sportive 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 - AKKOY - 5-6 hours ridingYou are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet the horses and get acquainted with the riding equipment. You will have time to try your horse on a training course going around the farm. The trail begins with a short ride through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon.
Very quickly, the first long canter brings you to the Avlak mountain. The views from the top are truly stunning and this is your first proper glimpse of Cappadocia. After a canter across a high plateau, lunch will be made ready: olives, Hummus, vegetables, “walnut-chicken”, different cheese, black bread, traditional yoghurt dish, Turkish black tea are served on a table. The horses are grazing just steps away from your picnic table.
You spend the afternoon riding through a vast valley to the ghost village of Karai. After some time and a few canters, you reach the village of Akköy, where you will stop for the night. The terrace of the hotel boasts an impressive 180° view on the surrounding valley - and the horses are kept in a paddock just in front of the hotel!
Day 3 3 : AKKOY - LAKE DAMSA - AYVALI - 5-6 hours ridingToday starts with a fast canter across the fields of the high Anatolian plateaus (1600 m above sea level). As you reach a steep trail down to Lake Damsa, you will be asked to dismount and lead your horse on foot for about 20 minutes. Local villagers will cook your lunch on the woodfire.
In the afternoon, and weather-permitting, you will have the opportunity to swim with the horses in the lake. Spend the afternoon riding through expanses of bare hills surrounding the lake, with canters along tracks of soft red clay leading to the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon.
Day 4 4 : AYVALI - GOLGOLI - MUSTAFAPASA - AYVALI - 5-6 hours ridingIn the morning, get ready for a quick start with a canter that will bring you to the underground village of Golgoli. With your sure-footed horses, get off the beaten track and follow a scenic path through curious rock formations, vineyards and orchards, surrounded by table-mountains. Lunch at a restaurant in the centre of the old Greek village of Mustafapasa, or by the swimming pool in Ayvali (weather dependent).
In the afternoon you climb a scenic plateau where you will have the opportunity for another gallop. A short ride will take you back to your guesthouse in Ayvali, for your last night in the village.
Day 5 5 : AYVALI - GÜMÜSLÜ VALLEY - CANYON OF TAHTALI - UCHISAR - 5-6 hours ridingThis morning's ride will take you through a varied scenery of narrow tracks, small canyons, farmed land, and the wide-open spaces of Subasi. Ride along the lush, narrow canyon of a remote village, before a gallop on large sandy tracks. There will be time for a visit of the underground village of Kirkule. A long canter on a sandy path lined with vineyards and orchards will take you to the fairy chimneys of Gümüslü valley before you explore the canyon of Tahtali.
Lunch at an excellent local restaurant, “Babayan evi". You then start the ascent of 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.
Day 6 6 : UCHISAR - LOVE VALLEY - UCHISAR - 3 hours ridingOptional hot-air balloon flight to see the sunrise: travel with the wind over Cappadocia's magical landscape in the early morning ride. (not included, approx. £100)
After lunch, set out on horseback through rock tunnels and arches, reaching the 4 km-long canyon called the Green Valley. You will also ride to 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.
Day 7 7 : UCHISAR - VALLEY OF PANCARLIK - URGUP - 5-6 hours ridingAfter breakfast, the horses are waiting to take you to a beautiful canyon called the White Valley, named after the colour of its rock. You ride through stone labyrinths and lush vegetation, and pass impressive fairy chimneys. Crossing the picturesque village of Çavuşin, you dismount for a short walk to reach the plateau of boz daha. Enjoy a canter along the crest overlooking Red valley on one side and Devrent valley the other side. There will be more long canters through the maze of woody, sandy paths of the valley of Urgup before reaching the valley of Pancarlik and its multicoloured rock formations, gardens and orchards. You return to the ranch in the afternon. 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 - hamman price not included, approx. 45TL). A short transfer will take you back to your guesthouse for a farewell dinner.
Day 8 8 : KAYSERI - EUROPEAfter breakfast you are transferred to the airport in Kayseri for your flight home.
Dates & prices
- Groups are composed of 2-8 international riders plus guides.
- 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).
- If you wish to guarantee single accommodation for the duration of the trail, the supplement is approx. £185. Please contact us in advance.
- Riders aged 30 yo or younger will automatically get a 10% discount
- Optional air balloon flight at 3:30 am can be arranged at €200/£180 per person. If interested, please contact us in advance.
- 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
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.
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
Airport transfers on set times (late arrivals will have to pay a taxi)
First aid kit
Price doesn't include
Park, museum and other site entry fees
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
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Did you know?
Did you know?
Cappadocia is a historical region located in central Anatolia, Turkey. It is a region of natural and geological wonders, including impressive rock formations. Cappadocia is settled on a high plateau located over 1000 m in altitude and is pierced by volcanic peaks, stone chimneys, cones, pillars, mushrooms and deep colourful canyons. Rainfall is sparse during the summer and the region is considered to be semi-arid, although it can see some heavy snowfalls in the winter and some spring rains.
Cappadocia also boasts a strong cultural heritage. During your trail ride you will observed carved out houses, churches and monasteries, and perhaps meet whirling dervishes.