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Reviews



VERY GOOD!! Well organised, good order, good material and horses. Fantastic landscape. Demanding (trail) the way I like it. Much cantering!! Lovely. Ahmed and Raphael (guides) did a very good job. Friendly, careful, helpful, checked everybody's saddles and fittings. Real friends.

Leif A.
Excellent. Good horses, well looked after. On the 'luxury' holiday the hotels were fantastic. Favourite memory... taking the horses bareback into the lake for a swim!

Glynis M.
It was an amazing experience - probably one of the most unique holidays I've ever had. It was thoughtfully prepared and well organised - all I had to do was enjoy the fantastic riding. The teepees were great and the hostel/guesthouses were totally gorgeous. The food was delicious and the hosts really made an effort to accommodate my vegetarianism. The horse was great and the saddle was the comfiest I've ever used. The guide Nico was a mine of information and clearly had invested a lot of time finding unique trails for us.

Sophia H.
Very enjoyable, fantastic scenery, busy and very friendly people - both those we had direct contact with and other locals. Very relaxed and informal trail. (Favourite memory?) Cantering uphill "Wild-West" fashion to come out on top of a ridge, with an amazing panoramic view of the wild scenery. Good, reliable, sturdy little horses. (Guides) helpful and very friendly - made it like a family day out every day. (Accommodation?) The cave guesthouse was very basic but very authentic - gave us a real feel of the country and it was very nice not to be isolated in a "posh" hotel. Plenty of food - actually more than enough!

Heidrun & David C.
I'm very pleased, fantastic I would say. Good planning, good horses, the guides were so nice and the scenery was marvellous!

Christer S.
Amazing - a real adventure, test of my riding skills and a huge buzz. I had a big grin on my face, especially on the last day when we had a mad, twisty, up and down canter that my horse loved.

Kate G.
Excellent! Very active - long canters and some walking up and down steep sections. Stunning scenery - Cappadocia is beautiful! Was very happy with my horse (Tootsie) and the equipment. Guide was excellent, very knowledgeable about the area and history. Very passionate about his horses and the trails. And good fun!

Sarah C.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Arab and Arab X

Nature of horses:

Forward-going, responsive and sure-footed.

Height of horses:

Around 15hh

Weight limit:

Strictly no more than 90kg / 198lbs for riders.

Tack type:

Hackamores and McClellan saddles

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Experience the incredible and unusual beauty of Turkey's Cappadocia region from the back of a horse. Something like a cross between the Grand Canyon and a moonscape, Cappadocia boasts some of the world's most unusual and spectacular landscapes. Traversing the countless valleys and mountains by horseback brings riders in touch with the area's breathtaking beauty. Forget the tour buses or even the rental cars - this astonishing region of Central Anatolia is best seen from a horse.

The farm is just a short distance from the villages of Ortahisar and Urgup. Located in the heart of the national park, away from roads, it is the perfect starting point for these trails and the exploration of Cappadocia's most famous valleys. The stables are composed of 25 forward-going Anatolian Arab and Arab mares who will surprise you with their robustness and agility. They are around 15hh, the ideal size for the tortuous paths. Horses are assigned according to riding levels and riders preferences and of course, according to size.

The ranch is owned and managed by French-born Nicolas who decided to make Cappodocia his home more than eight years ago and has been organising horse riding tours ever since. Riders must be of a confident intermediate standard or above and have good physical fitness as you will be required to lead your horse at times. For this reason, you must also be able to mount and dismount unaided.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is dependent on your chosen programme. Guesthouses are family run and typically Anatolian. There are double rooms with en-suite toilets and shower. Most guesthouses offer free internet access and a laundry service. For the luxury option, boutique hotels are used which have been selected for their historical architecture (cave hotels), special atmosphere, high quality of service and attention to detail. Single rooms can be arranged at an additional cost.

On nights where you camp, guests are required to help put up and take down their tents. Double tipi tents are provided along with floor mats and single camp mattresses. Camps have a “shower tent” with a bucket and a gas stove where you may heat the water.

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 manti and 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 so beautifully prepared in this country.

Breakfast is usually continental style and is taken at the guesthouse 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 days 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.

 

Activities

This trail is specifically designed for horse riders, you will spend a long time in the saddle so evenings are spent relaxing. There are other activities available on the Family/Luxury Trail as listed.

Non-riders can follow a specific non-riding itinerary - this is designed for walkers/hikers who are happy to follow a non-guided trail using a GPS and guide book. The trails are 2-4 hours of hiking each day and you meet the riders at lunchtimes and in the evenings. Please enquire if you have a non-riding partner/friend who would like prices/itineraries for this.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, French and Turkish.

Health requirements: Fit and healthy, able to withstand long hours in the saddle.

Age limit: 12 years and above.

Tuition: No

Included: All riding, accommodation, meals, non-alcoholic drinks (water, tea and coffee), guiding and luggage transfer as per itinerary.

Not included: Transfers outside of set times, drinks, flights and travel insurance.

 

Travel Information

Turkish Airlines, BA and Easy Jet all fly to Istanbul, Turkey. From Istanbul Ataturk airport, you should take a domestic flight to Kayseri. There are a number of different options to take and guests should aim to arrive between 5am and 10pm. Return will be on the following Sunday morning, leaving Kayseri from 9am.

Transfer from/to Kayseri airport is available at any time of day, but will be charged additionally for arrival times outside of the above stated times.

You can also travel to Cappadocia by night bus from Istanbul or anywhere in Turkey. Buses are modern and comfortable but they are often full so you should book in advance (agencies can be found in city centres or at bus stations). From Istanbul, a one way ticket is about 25 Euros, and takes about 12 hours (with regular breaks).

Airport: Kayseri airport

Alternative Airport: Istanbul

 

Programmes


Bivouac (or Guesthouse) Trail



NB. This trail is primarily a camping/bivouac trail but there is now the option to upgrade to guesthouse accommodation. In that case guests follow the same route as below and end everyday at the bivouac camp, but are then driven to their guesthouse accommodation (15 mins). 

Leaving from the ranch between Urgup and Ortahisar, in the heart of the national park, this progressive trail will take 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, compose a surprinsingly 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. This itinerary takes place entirely within the national park. 

It is possible to include during the week a hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia's surreal landscape at sunrise, as well as an excursion to the underground cities. A steam bath and massage at Urgup's traditional hamam are also available at the end of the week.

Sunday

Arrival at Kayseri airport. You will be met by your driver and transferred to your guesthouse in Ortahisar, where you will have dinner with your guide. The transfer takes approximately 50 minutes. 

A welcome dinner will be served at 8pm, for those guests who arrive in good time, and is a great opportunity to meet your hosts and guides. 

Monday

You will be driven to the ranch in the early morning to meet and choose your horse and get acquainted with the tack. The trail will begin through the lush canyon of Uzengi, where abrupt rock walls shelter troglodytic citadels of dovecotes. After your first gallop on the sandy tracks, you will stop for lunch in the natural rock circus of Taslik. From there, a muleteer track carved in the rock will lead you to the ancient village of Mustafapasa. You will spend the afternoon riding through expanses of steppe-like bare lands surrounding Lake Damsa. You will have the opportunity to swim with your horse. In the evening, you will reach the camp in the shady woods of the Valley of Cemece.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

Following a track left by the muleteers on the flank of the mountain, you will reach a vast rocky plateau overlooking the south of Cappadocia. From the top of the cliff, the view is breathtaking. you will descend through a lush valley planted with woods, where you will stop for a morning break. You will ride through the green countryside, crossing narrow streams, winding your way through gardens and orchards. For lunch, you will stop in the village of Ayvali. Lunch will be waiting for you in front of a swimming pool. The afternoon is taken at leisure, by the pool. 

Later, the land turns into wide open, bare spaces where shepherds lead their flock, aided by the impressive Kangal dogs. After a fast gallop on the steppe, you will arrive at the camp, where dinner will be cooking on the wood fire. 

Thursday

You will begin from the Valley of Sorkumlu; there are areas so narrow that they form a deep canyon with out-of-the way troglodytic treasures. You will visit the underground village of Kirkule. After visiting the village, you will gallop on a long sandy path lined with orchards and gardens, still cultivated by the locals using horses or mules. In a green field you will stop for lunch, surrounded by walls of soft colourful rock, where the horses can rest and graze. 

In the afternoon, you will continue over rolling hills of white tufa leading you up to a rock pinnacle embracing Cappadocia’s most beautiful valleys. You will sneak your way through the rocky labyrinths, tunnels and arches of the splendid Green Valley. You will admire the valley’s strangely shaped pink rock formations. You will pass the fancy fairy chimneys of the aptly named Love Valley before reaching the guest house in Goreme, a friendly local family will welcome you (hot shower, WC, overnight in dormitory, single room on request). 

Friday

There will be an optional hot-air balloon flight in the early morning, travel with the wind over Cappadocia’s magical landscape at sunrise.

After crossing Uchisar and the pigeon valley, you will enter the White Valley. You will take a short morning break among its fantastic rock formations. Through a narrow path carved in the rock, you will 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 will lead you to the famous rock formations of Pasabagi. After a long canter across the plain of Avanos, you will ride along the crests overlooking the forest of fairy chimneys in Devrent Valley. You will dismount to ascend the Boz Tepe mountain in order to reach the mausoleum of local saint Alil Dede. From his resting place, you will have a 360˚ view over Cappadocia. You will descend through the maze of tracks and paths up the crests and down the canyons of the Red Valley. With its citadels of red, pink and ochre rock, this is Cappadocia’s most spectacular valley. You will sleep in troglodyte caves and enjoy the sunset. 

Saturday

You will leave the torturous paths of the rose valley to take advantage of larger tracks for a long gallop. You will 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. You will stop for a picnic in a shady canyon cut deep in the mountain. (OR lunch at a restaurant with a swimming pool). 

In the afternoon, you will sneak your way among the fairy chimneys of Gumuslu Valley, then more fun riding will await 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. You will return to the ranch in the early afternoon. After tea on the terrace, you will have the option of being driven to the hamam in Urgup for a relaxing steam bath and massage (free 4x4 transfer). Short transfer back to your guesthouse in Ortahisar and farewell dinner. 

Sunday

After breakfast, departure to Kayseri airport for your flight home to Istanbul. 



Accommodation: 3 nights are spent in tipi-tents including floor mats and single camping mattresses. 1 night will be in a Turkish family home, 1 night will be in a troglodyte cave and 2 nights will be in guesthouses.

NB. Optional upgrade to guesthouse accommodation is available by paying the supplement.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 6 days riding, 5-6 hours per day
Departure dates: 2017: 4-11 June, 11-18 June, 18-25 June (Full moon ride), 3-10 September
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1078 per person, based on double/twin camping accommodation.
£81 single supplement (only available on 3 nights, unless the guesthouse option is booked).

Price includes 7 nights full board tented accommodation, Kayseri transfers at set times, horse riding and guide.

Upgrade to guesthouse accommodation in closest village: £157 per person, per week. In this case riders follow the exact same route and end their riding day at the bivouac camp, but are then driving by car to their hotel (15 mins).

*Optional hot air balloon flight available at an additional cost of £144 per person. This must be booked in advance!

Extra nights available on demand.

Price does not includes flights or travel insurance.



Sportive Guesthouse Trail



Leaving from the ranch between Urgup and Ortahisar, in the heart of the national park, the 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, compose a surprisingly 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.

During the week, it is possible to include a hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia's surreal landscape at sunrise, as well as an excursion to the underground cities. Steam bath and a massage are also available at Urgup's traditional hamam at the end of the week.

Accommodation is in charming guesthouses in Cappadocia's prettiest villages, in front of which your horses are spending the night.

Sunday

Arrival at Kayseri airport. You will be met by your driver and transferred to your guesthouse in Ortahisar, where you will have dinner with your guide. The transfer takes approximately 50 minutes. 

A welcome dinner will be served at 8pm, for those guests who arrive in good time, and is a great opportunity to meet your hosts and guides.

Monday

You will be driven to the ranch in the early morning to meet and choose your horse and get acquainted with the tack. The trail will begin with one hour of riding through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon. Villagers will cook lunch for you on the wood fire, 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 magnificent encompassing view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie. 

The afternoon will be spent riding through expenses of bare hills surrounding Lake Damsa. (If the weather is nice enough, you may swim in the lake with your horse). You will canter along tracks of soft red clay leading you to Mustafapasa. You will ride into the village from the hills, to reach your guesthouse. Your horse will spend the night in the nearby garden. In the evening, you may stroll among Mustafapasa’s old stone houses, its Ottoman madrasa and its painted churches. 

Tuesday

Leaving the guesthouse on horseback, you will ride up the valley of St Nicholas towards the far south of Cappadocia. Your sure-footed horse will take you off the beaten tracks along a scenic path through rock formations, vineyards and orchards, surrounded by table-mountains. After a canter, you will visit the underground village of Golgoli. You will climb a scenic plateau where you will have the opportunity to gallop your horse alone. You will enter the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon, and stop for lunch at a restaurant nested in the rock. There is a swimming pool available in front of the restaurant. 

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 flock. You will sneak your way along the lush, narrow canyon of Sorkumlu, before galloping on large sandy tracks. This is followed by a visit of a second and different type of underground village, Kirkule. In the evening, you will arrive at your guesthouse in Mustafapasa with the horses, for your last night in the village. 

Wednesday 

Today you will ride for half a day (3 and a half hours), in the morning. The afternoon will be spent at leisure in Cappadocia’s most picturesque villages, Uchisar and Goreme, where you can visit the Open Air Museum, as well as other sites. 

You will canter through vineyards and orchards and over rolling hills of white tuffa to reach Ibrahimpasa. From this picturesque village, you will 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 will reach your panoramic guesthouse on horseback and enjoy a late lunch on the terrace. 

You may spend the rest of the day exploring Uchisar or hiking to the churches of Goreme’s Open Air Museum through the Pigeon Valley. An excursion to the underground cities can also be organised on request. 

Thursday

In the morning there will be an optional hot-air balloon flight, travel with the wind over Cappadocia’s magical landscape at sunrise.*

You will sneak your way through the rock tunnels, arches and small woods of the spectacular 4 km long canyon called the Green Valley. You will make a detour through the famous Love Valley and its gigantic phallic rock formations, then onto the Sword Valley and Red Valley. With its citadels of red, pink and ochre rock, and its beautiful troglodytic churches, this is Cappadocia’s most spectacular ensemble of geological formations. A cave cafe, located in an ancient monastery, will welcome you for lunch. 

In the afternoon, you will keep exploring the Red and Rose Valleys, then ride out into the fields, surrounded by the rocky hills or north Cappadocia. The winding paths of the Shepherd’s Valley will take you back to your guesthouse in Uchisar, in time to admire central Cappadocia in the sunset light. 

Friday

This morning there will be another optional hot-air balloon ride. 

You will enter another beautiful canyon called the White Valley, after the colour of its rock. You will 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 will follow a scenic path carved in the red rock to reach the famous formations of Pasabagi and then onto Zelve, an ancient troglodytic settlement which can you visit during your lunch break at a family restaurant. 

In the afternoon you will canter across the plain of Avanos towards the crests overlooking Devrent Valley and its strangely shaped fairy chimneys. You will enjoy more long canters through the maze of woody, sandy paths of the valley of Urgup before reaching Ortahisar. Your terraced guesthouse in the village's ancient quarters is located above a canyon where the horses will spend the night. 

Saturday 

You will ride through 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. You will stop for a picnic in a shady canyon cut deep in the mountain. (OR lunch at a restaurant with a swimming pool).

In the afternoon you will sneak your way among the fairy chimneys of Gumuslu Valley, then more fun riding will await 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. You will return to the ranch in the early afternoon. After tea on the terrace you will have the option of being driven to the hamam in Urgup for a relaxing steam bath and massage (free 4x4 transfer). Short transfer back to your guesthouse in Ortahisar and farewell dinner. 

Sunday

After breakfast, departure to Kayseri airport for your flight home to Istanbul. 

NB: This itinerary is an example. In case of rain, the trail will be modified accordingly to ensure the safety of horses and riders.



Accommodation: Accommodation will be in comfortable guesthouses, most of which offer internet access and laundry.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Confident, strong experienced riders only. This ride includes long canters over difficult terrain and steep down hill sections where you will be expected to walk and lead your horse.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 6 days riding, 6 hours per day except on Wednesday where you will ride for 3 and a half hours.
Departure dates: 2017: 30 April-7 May, 7-14 May, 14-21 May, 21-28 May (Full moon ride), 28 May-4 June, 27 August-3 September, 10-17 September, 17-24 September (Full moon ride), 24 Sept-1 October, 1-8 October, 8-15 October
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1235 per person, based on double/twin accommodation.
£189 single supplement.

Price includes 7 nights full board accommodation, Kayseri transfers at set times, horse riding and guide.

*Optional hot air balloon flight available at an additional cost of £144 per person. This must be booked in advance!

Extra nights available on demand.

Price does not includes flights or travel insurance.



Luxury Trail



This one-week trail is for those looking for a comfortable ride without compromising on the riding and scenery. This trail combines quality accommodation in charming guesthouses or boutique hotels, lunch in restaurants with swimming pools in summer, together with a semi-progressive, varied itinerary including all of Cappadocia's highlights as well as treasures off the beaten tracks.

The first two riding days are spent exploring the hidden canyons and steppe-like landscape of south Cappadocia from the ranch, with nights spent in an Ottoman mansion in the nearby town of Urgup. You then leave the ranch to reach the beautiful valleys of northern Cappadocia, and spend two nights in a secluded villa overlooking the famous Pigeon Valley in the picturesque village of Uchisar. You will ride back to the ranch on day 5 through yet another scenic route via the majestic Red Valley, stopping to visit the region's troglodytic treasures along the way. On day 6 you may spend another day on horseback exploring the far south of Cappadocia or you may indulge in other activities such as flying above the region's magical landscape in a hot-air balloon, exploring the famous underground cities or testing the best local wines.

If you choose the luxury option then accommodation will be in superior hotels selected for their historical architecture, special atmosphere, high quality of service and attention to detail. 

Sunday

Arrival at Kayseri airport. You will be met by your driver and transferred to your guesthouse in Ortahisar, where you will have dinner with your guide. The transfer takes approximately 50 minutes.

A welcome dinner will be served at 8pm, for those guests who arrive in good time, and is a great opportunity to meet your hosts and guides.

Monday

After getting acquainted with your horse and riding equipment, you will leave in the morning to explore the scenic green valleys of Yatak and Pancarlik. Your sure-footed horse will take you safely along the rock paths carved by generations of muleteers. You will pass ancient troglodytic churches off the beaten track, then follow the stream towards the village of Ortahisar. You will stop for lunch at a traditional guesthouse overlooking the canyons or, in the summer, at a hotel with a swimming pool.

In the afternoon, you will launch into a long canter on a sandy track leading you to the churches of Gomeda. You will ride along a spectacular cliff on your way back to the ranch, stopping en route to admire the panorama over south Cappadocia. Short transfer back to your guesthouse in Urgup.

Tuesday

Today will begin through the lush canyon of Uzengi, where abrupt rock walls shelter troglodytic citadels of dovecotes. You will ride through the fairy chimneys of Gumuslu Valley and then canter towards the valley of Tartali. You will pass through the valley’s natural rock arches and narrow rock corridors to reach the village of Mustafapasa for lunch. You may stroll among the village's old Greek mansions or relax by the restaurants swimming pool.

In the afternoon, the landscape will change radically as you ride across Avlak mountain. Here, large expanses of bare lands resemble the Mongolian steppes. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie. You will return to the ranch in the evening light through small woods and green gardens. Short transfer back to your guesthouse in Urgup.

Wednesday

Today’s itinerary will take you to the beautiful valleys of north Cappadocia, and to the village of Uchisar. You will trot and canter through vineyards and orchards and over rolling hills of white tuffa to reach Ibrahimpasa. From this picturesque village, you will start ascending the “twin hills” of Cappadocia. A nice canter at the top lakes will take you to 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 will reach your villa accommodation on horseback and enjoy a late lunch on the terrace. You may spend the rest of the day exploring the village, resting by the swimming pool of a nearby hotel, or hiking to the churches or Goreme’s Open Air Museum through the Pigeon Valley.

Thursday

You will ride out from the villa, sneaking your way through the rock tunnels, arches and small woods of the spectacular 4 km canyon called the Green Valley. Later, the landscape opens up on a magnificent panorama over the Bozdaga mountain. You will make a detour through the famous Love Valley and its gigantic phallic rock formations, before entering the village of Goreme where you will stop for lunch by the swimming pool.

In the afternoon you will ride on top of panoramic crests, then trot and canter on tracks of white tufa surrounded by the rocky hills of north Cappadocia. The winding paths of the green Shepherd’s valley take you back to your villa in Uchisar, in time to admire central Cappadocia at sunset.

Friday

Leaving the villa on horseback you will enter another beautiful canyon called the White Valley. You will sneak your way through arches, rocky labyrinths and lush vegetation, then ride onto the majestic Red Valley, also called the Valley of the Roses. With its citadels of red, pink and ochre rock, this is Cappadocia’s most spectacular ensemble of mineral formations. You will stop to visit the cave churches nested into the rock walls, then stop for lunch at an ancient troglodytic monastery. 

After a siesta on the restaurant's comfortable terrace you will leave the tortuous paths behind to enjoy a long gallop on a sandy track lined with trees. You will cross the Valley of Pancerlik and its multicoloured fairy chimneys, and you will arrive at the ranch by late afternoon. Short transfer to your guesthouse in Urgup.

Saturday

Today’s itinerary will take you to the remote villages of Ayvali and Bahceli in the far south of Cappadocia. Here the ancient traditions are still alive and locals still tend their gardens with horses and donkeys. You will ride through the wide-open, steppe-like landscape surrounding lake Damsa, enjoying canters on tracks of soft red clay, surrounded by the table-mountains of south Cappadocia. You will enter the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon and stop for lunch at a restaurant nested in the rock. In the afternoon, the canyon will take you further down to the ancient troglodytic quarters of Bahceli. You will ride through a maze of paths lined with orchards and vineyards, then launch into a long canter on the large dust tracks taking you back to the ranch. Short transfer back to your guesthouse in Urgup.

Sunday

After breakfast, departure to Kayseri airport.

Additional activities on day 6

Hot-air balloon ride at sunrise.

Visit to Goreme Open Air Museum - the region’s greatest concentration of frescoed churches, with some dating back to the 4th century

Excursion to the underground cities used as shelters during wartime.

Ceremony of Whirling-Dervishes.

Excursion to the valley of Ilhara - at the foot of the Hasan Dagi volcano, this long, lush canyon shelters several churches.

Excursion to the valley of Soganli - off the beaten tracks, churches and dovecotes unique in Cappadocia.

Motor rides (jeep, scooter, ATV), mountain biking.

Discovery of Cappadocia’s vineyards and wine tasting.

Visit to local craft shops and workshops of carpets, kilims, pottery and jewels.

Massage at Urgup or Goreme’s hammam.



Accommodation: Accommodation will be in boutique hotels.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Intermediate and above.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 5 or 6 days riding, 5-6 hours per day except on Wednesday which will be 3 and a half hours riding.
Departure dates: 2017: Dates to suit, during April-June and August-October.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Prices available on demand - please contact us for more information.

Prices generally include 7 nights full board accommodation, Kayseri transfers at set times, horse riding and guide. Special airport transfers as well as a hot-air balloon flight, a range of activities on day 6, all transfers and entrance to sites.

Extra nights available on demand.

Price does not includes flights or travel insurance.



Family Ride



An thoroughly enjoyable stay in Cappadocia tailored to suit families with young children, who wish to enjoy a holiday on horseback in the midst of nature. Discover Cappadocia, its culture and its magical landscape with a week spent amongst horses, goats, cows and a variety of other farm animals, surrounded by a magnificent tableau of dramatic rock formations. Learn the basics of horsemanship and take rides amongst this incredible scenery. Enjoy sightseeing trips, cultural visits and hands-on workshops, as well as a whole host of activities to thrill and delight the whole family.

Below is an example itinerary and can be modified on request in relation to guest's ages, interests and ability.

Sunday

Arrival at Kayseri airport. You will be met by your driver and transferred to your guesthouse in Ortahisar, where you will have dinner with your guide. The transfer takes approximately 50 minutes. 

A welcome dinner will be served at 8pm, for those guests who arrive in good time, and is a great opportunity to meet your hosts and guides.

Monday

Meet and learn about the different animals on the farm before being introduce to the horses. A tasty lunch will be served on the farm, after which you will be able to get on your horses for a good introductory walk around the farm. All being well, you can then enjoy a 2 hour ride in the surrounding country.

Back to your guesthouse in the early afternoon for a good rest before dinner.

Tuesday

Today you will have a delicious breakfast on the farm, before heading out to discover some of the fun activities that farm life offers.

Perhaps you will try your hand at milking the goats and learn the process of making cheese from the milk. Afterwards, you will be given a good introduction to the art of natural horsemanship techniques, which are used to train all the horses on the farm. A short ride will take you up to lunch, which will be in the local village of Mustafapasa, followed by a visit to the Gomeda Valley and a self-guided walk back to the horse farm to finish off the afternoon (you will be provided with GPS devices for this).

Dinner and overnight will be back at your comfortable guesthouse.

Wednesday

After breakfast you will be able to enjoy a 2 hour ride in the Yatak and Tartale Valleys with your equine friends. On retunr to the horse farm, you will be able to enjoy a delicious lunch in the local town of Uzumlu Kilise before enjoying another lovely walk in the aptly named valley of the roses near Cavusin. 

Transfer on to a new guesthouse in Uchisar for dinner and overnight.

Thursday

This morning you will take the chance to explore the Green Valley on a 3 hour mountain walk. A well deserved lunch in the town of Goreme will set you all up nicely for a visit to the Goreme open air museum. This wonderful place is home to centuries old monasteries that have been cut deep in the rocky cliffs. You will learn so much about the ancient cultures and people of this area - it is a favourite visitor site for any traveller in Cappadocia.

Weary and filled with new found knowledge, you will take a short transfer back to your guesthouse for dinner and a peaceful nights rest.

Friday

The morning will bring with it another chance to explore the hills of the White Valley this time, followed a tasty by lunch in Cavusin on your way back to the farm. The afternoon will give you some more time to spend with the horses, perfecting natural horsemanship training and perhaps even taking part in some horseback games.

Finally, back to your guesthouse in Ortahisar for dinner and overnight.

Saturday

An early mornign start will see you paying a visit to the Urgup market, a lively and diverse gathering with the chance to pick up some interesting souvenirs. On return to the horse farm you will saddle up and take a longer ride to the Pancarlik Valley. Enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch in the valley whilst your horses take a pick of grass and a well deserved rest beside you. The afternoon will bring you winding through the valley of Ortahisar and finally back to the horse farm. Saying goodbye to your loyal equine companions, you might like to take this chance to go to for a relaxing steam bath and massage at the hamam in Ürgüp.

Transfer back to your guesthouse and a final farewell dinner to round off your holiday.

Sunday

After breakfast and bags are packed, you will be taken by road back to Kayseri in time for your departure flights.



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Minimum age advised: 5yrs. Beginners to advanced.
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: 5 half days riding.
Departure dates: 2017: 30 July - 6 August
Guesthouse family trails: 2-9 April, 9-16 April, 16-23 April, 23-30 April (Full moon ride), 15-22 October (Full moon ride), 22-29 October
Bivouac family trails: 6-13 August, 13-20 August, 20-27 August (Full moon ride)
 
Pricing: 2017:

£710 per person.
Extra night, half board: £49 per person.

Price includes 7 nights half board accommodation, Kayseri transfers at set times, 5 half days trekking in the horse riding and guide, 5 half days activities with horses, donkeys for small children (under 30kg) to ride, daily nature workshops, optional hot-air balloon flight (typically £144 per person, but reduced prices are available for children), hiking with a guide or self-guided with GPS, or other local activities and swimming pools are available.

NB: Hot air balloon rides must be booked in advance.