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Cappadocia Trails

Overview

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 hors…

Highlights

  • Spectacular scenery with iconic 'fairy chimneys'
  • Canter for mile after mile on fit horses
  • Authentic accommodations built into the rocks
  • Ride under rock arches and through tunnels
  • Take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise

Essential Facts

  • 4 itineraries available
  • Max 10 riders per group
  • Average of 4 - 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: Strictly no more than 85kg / 187 lbs / 13 stone 5 lbs for riders (dressed weight).
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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.

Horses & Riding

Tack

The horses are ridden in McClellan trail saddles which are lightweight and comfortable. Saddles are fitted with two saddlebags which you can use to carry the picnic and personal belongings for the day (water bottle, sunscreen, camera etc.). Bridles are simple leather headstalls with snaffle or pelham bits, or hackamore bitless bridles.

Horses

Horses are Anatolian, Arab and Arab-crosses who are extremely robust and agile. They are small and well-built, the perfect size for following the difficult paths between rocks. Your hosts hope that you will find these horses to be sure-footed, responsive and well-balanced. They are assigned according to guests’ riding levels and preferences, as well as their size and weight.

Riding

There are 4 itineraries:

  • Sportive Guesthouse Trail is a trail ride
  • Sportive Comfort Trail is a trail ride
  • Discover Cappadocia (Family Ride) is a based ride
  • The Great Cappadocian Ride is a trail ride

Ages

12 years and above.

Health

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

Weight

Strictly no more than 85kg / 187 lbs / 13 stone 5 lbs for riders (dressed weight).

Food & Accommodation

Food

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.

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.

Itineraries

Sportive Guesthouse Trail Standard accommodation.

Sportive Comfort Trail Standard accommodation.

Discover Cappadocia (Family Ride) Standard accommodation.

The Great Cappadocian Ride Tented accommodation.

Other 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.

Travel

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).

Testimonials

Clifford, June 7, 2021

Excellent, beautiful countryside, very nice hotels and food, well-behaved horses, plenty of galloping and cantering. My favourite trip so far. Nico (guide) was really nice and friendly and kept us safe and looked after the horses well, he was there if we needed anything.


Katherine W, Feb. 18, 2020

Incredible scenery, something totally unique to that part of the world. Fantastic long canters through challenging terrain. Very well kept healthy horses, schooled excellently and of course a wonderful group of ladies!


Sarah C., March 22, 2017

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!


Kate G., May 19, 2016

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.


Christer S., May 17, 2016

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


Heidrun & David C., Nov. 25, 2015

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!


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

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

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

Overnight at Hotel Surban in Urgup.

Day 2 - Monday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

You will be driven to the ranch in the early morning to meet and choose your horse and get acquainted with the tack. You will have time to test your horse on a 1km training course going around the farm. The trail will begin with one hour of riding through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon. Villagers cook lunch for you on a woodfire at the foot of troglodytic citadels of dovecotes which have been carved out of the rock walls.

After lunch you will ride in the stream of Uzengi and your first long canter takes you to Avlak mountain with a magnificent encompassing view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie. The afternoon is spent riding through a huge valley where the ghost village of Karain is situated - the horses will be settled for the night near to Karain and you can enjoy a drink as you watch them. A shuttle bus will then drive you back to Urgup to spend a second night (driving time, approximately 25 minutes).

Overnight Hotel Surban.

Day 3 - Tuesday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today starts by cantering through the fields of the high Anatolian plateau (1600m): barley, wheat, oats and beans. You will dismount to walk and lead your horse along a steep trail, single file, for approximately 20 minutes. This brings you down to Damsa lake. The villagers will cook lunch for you over a woodfire when you arrive to Keslik Monastery.

The scenery in the afternoon is made of bare hills surrounding the lake and you will also be overlooking a valley of fairy chimneys. In hot weather you can swim in the lake with your horse. There are tracks of soft red clay this afternoon, ideal for cantering, and you will eventually reach the village of Ayvali by passing through a hidden canyon. Here you will find your hotel.

Overnight at Dilek Tepesi Cave Hotel in Ayvali.

Day 4 - Wednesday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

This morning you have a quick start with another canter, bringing you to the underground village of Golgoli. Your sure-footed horse will take you off the beaten track, following scenic paths through rock formations, vineyards and orchards, all surrounded by table-mountains.

You will arrive to the centre of the old Greek village of Mustafapasa, visiting on horseback, and then onto a scenic plateau with a chance for another blast on your horse. After a little more riding you will reach your hotel in Ayvali once again.

Depending on the season and the weather, lunch today will either be in Mustafapasa or next to the swimming pool in Ayvali.

Overnight at Dilek Tepesi Cave Hotel.

Day 5 - Thursday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

After leaving the hotel on horseback you will find yourself amidst varied scenery of narrow tracks, small canyons, farmed land and the wide open spaces of Subasi where shepherds are still leading their flocks. You wind your way along the lush, narrow canyon of a remote village, before galloping on large sandy tracks. Today you will visit a second and different type of underground village called Kirkule.

Another long canter leads you through vineyards and orchards, over rolling hills of white tuffa to reach the fairy chimneys of Gomeda Valley. More riding fun awaits you here as you ride through the narrow corridors and archers of the Gumuslu canyon. Riding uphill you will reach one of the best restaurants for lunch, 'Babayan evi'. This serves very good, healthy, local style food.

After lunch in this picturesque village you can start ascending the 'twin hills' of Cappadocia to reach a panoramic viewpoint which encompasses northern Cappadocia and the towering rock fortress of Uchisar. As you ride towards the village you can admire the multi-coloured rock formations of the famous Pigeon Valley and Uchisar's charming fairy chimneys. You will reach your panoramic guesthouse on horseback and enjoy a drink on the terrace.

Overnight at Kilim Pension in Uchisar.

Day 6 - Friday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

This morning there is an optional hot-air balloon flight (additional cost) in the early morning - travel with the wind over Cappadocia's magical landscapes at sunrise.

Today you wind your way through the rock tunnels, arches and small woods of the spectacular 4km-long canyon called the Green Valley. You make a detour through the famous Love Valley and its gigantic phallic rock formations, then into the Sword Valley and Red Valley. With its citadels of red, pink and ocre rock, and its beautiful troglodytic churches, this is Cappadocia's most spectacular ensemble of geological formations.

A cave cafe located in an ancient monastery welcomes you for lunch. In the afternoon you explore more of the Red and Rose Valleys and then further out into the fields, surrounded by the rock hills of north Cappadocia. The winding paths of the Shepherd's valley take you back (with a long canter) to your guesthouse in Uchisar in time to admire north Cappadocia in the sunset.

Overnight at Kilim Pension.

Day 7 - Saturday

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

This is your last riding day and you begin by exploring another beautiful canyon called the White Valley, named after the colour of its rock. You will ride through stone labyrinths and lush vegetation, passing by more of the impressive fairy chimneys which will leave you with lasting impressions from your ride.

On crossing the picturesque village of Çavusin you dismount for a short walk to reach the plateau of Boz daha, cantering on the crest overlooking the Red Valley on one side and Devrent Valley on the other.

The maze of woody, sandy paths of the valley of Urgüp invite you to more pacey riding, before reaching the valley of Pancarlik and its multicoloured rock formations, gardens and orchards. You return to the ranch in the afternoon.

After a final tea on the terrace you have the option to be driven to the hammam in Ürgüp for a relaxing steam bath and massage (extra cost). There is a short transfer back to your guesthouse for a farewell dinner and overnight.

Overnight Hotel Surban.

Day 8 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

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. Please note that the balloon flight date is subject to change due to local circumstances

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in comfortable guesthouses, most of which offer internet access and laundry. You stay in four different accommodations during the week.

Experience Experienced

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. You must be able to tack up and to mount your horse without help several times a day. Canters can be long, 15 minutes at a time, and sometimes technical.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Aug. 22, 2021 - Aug. 29, 2021

Sept. 5, 2021 - Sept. 12, 2021

Sept. 19, 2021 - Sept. 26, 2021

Oct. 10, 2021 - Oct. 17, 2021

April 17, 2022 - April 24, 2022

May 1, 2022 - May 8, 2022

May 22, 2022 - May 29, 2022

Aug. 28, 2022 - Sept. 4, 2022

Sept. 11, 2022 - Sept. 18, 2022

Sept. 25, 2022 - Oct. 2, 2022

Oct. 16, 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022

Pricing

2021/2022
Sharing room
£1430 $1980 €1700
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, non-alcoholic drinks (water, tea and coffee), 6 days of riding with an experienced guide and return Kayseri airport transfers by shuttle on arrival and departure.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, transfers outside of set times, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Hot Air Balloon Flight £135 $187 €160
Paid to Far and Ride
Optional hot air balloon flight must be booked in advance in order to guarantee your place in the basket!
2021/2022 - Luxury Accommodation Upgrade £335 $465 €400
Paid to Far and Ride
2021/2022 - Single Supplement (Luxury accommodation) £310 $430 €370
Paid to Far and Ride
2021/2022 - Single Supplement (Standard accommodation) £205 $285 €245
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

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

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

Overnight at Hotel Surban in Urgup.

Day 2 - Monday

Riding: 5 hours

You are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet your horse and to get acquainted with the riding equipment.

You will have time to try your horse on a training course going around the farm, followed by a short ride to the foot of troglodytic citadels of dovecotes carved out of the abrupt rock walls. Here, the villagers will cook lunch for you on a wood fire.

In the afternoon, you will continue riding through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon, back to the ranch.

Transfer back to your hotel in Urgup for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - Tuesday

Riding: 5 hours

Your first long canter is the ascension of the Avlak mountain (in case of rain, the Avlak mountain is unrideable and will be avoided), with a magnificent encompassing view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie... Tying your horses in front of the restaurant, you will have lunch in the center of the old Greek village of Mustafapasa. You may stroll among Mustafapasa’s old stone houses, its Ottoman madrasa and its painted church or take a nap on the sofa.

After lunch, you ride through varied scenery of narrow tracks, small canyons, farmed land and wide open spaces where shepherds lead their flocks, before arriving at your guesthouse in Ayvali.

Day 4 - Wednesday

Riding: 5 hours

In the morning, you have a quick start with a canter through the fields of the high anatolian plateau (1600m height): barley, wheat, oat and bean fields. Your sure-footed horses take you off the beaten tracks along a scenic single track path through rock formations, vineyard and orchards, surrounded by table-mountains , finally arriving at Damsa lake. Lunch will again be cooked over a wood fire here and there will be an opportunity to visit the monastery close-by.

Passing by and overlooking a valley of fairy chimneys, the afternoon scenery is made of bare hills surrounding the lake. Visit of the underground village of Golgoli. You canter along tracks of soft red clay leading you to the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon.

You arrive to your guesthouse in Ayvali for your last night in the village.

Day 5 - Thursday

Riding: 3 hours

Todays ride takes you to the beautiful valleys of north Cappadocia and to the village of Uchisar. Trot and canter through vineyards and orchards and over rolling hills of white tuffa to reach Ibrahimpasa. From this picturesque village you start ascending the 'twin hills' of Cappadocia. A nice canter at the top takes 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 Urchisar's picturesque fairy chimneys. You reach the village in time for late lunch on the terrace. The rest of the day is free for expliring the village, visiting the churches of Goreme's Open Air Museum or hiking through Pigeon Valley.

Day 6 - Friday

Riding: 5 hours

Optional hot-air balloon flight in the early morning: travel with the wind over Cappadocia's magical landscape at sunrise (paid directly to the balloon company).

Mount up and enter another beautiful valley called the White Valley and sneak your way through arches, rocky labyrinths and lush vegetation into Sword Valley and then 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 welcomes you for lunch.

In the afternoon, continue exploring the Red and Rose valleys and then ride out into fields surrounded by the rocky hills of north Cappadocia. The winding paths of the Shepherds Valley take you on a long canter back to your guesthouse in Uchisar in time to admire Cappadocia in the sunset light.

Day 7 - Saturday

Riding: 5 hours

Leave the village on horseback and ride through rock tunnels, arches and small woods in the spectacular 4km long canyon called the Green Valley. Make a detour through the famous Love Valley and its gigantic phallic rock formations before continuing to the village of Ortahisar where you have lunch.

In the afternoon, canter a sandy track lined with trees before crossing the Valley of Pancarlik and its multicoloured fairy chimneys. You arrive back at the ranch in the afternoon and have a short transfer to your hotel in Urgup.

Day 8 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

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

NB. Please note that whilst this is the proposed itinerary, the guide may change the plan due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Accommodation

You can choose either standard comfort or luxury accommodation. During the programme you will stay in 3 different accommodations, all of which are near to where the horses stay.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Strong intermediate riders. You should be confident on rough terrain and able to control a forward-going horse in group canters. Canters are sometimes long, up to 15 minutes or more.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 7
Departure windows

April 10, 2022 - April 17, 2022

April 24, 2022 - May 1, 2022

May 15, 2022 - May 22, 2022

June 19, 2022 - June 26, 2022

Aug. 21, 2022 - Aug. 28, 2022

Sept. 18, 2022 - Sept. 25, 2022

Oct. 9, 2022 - Oct. 16, 2022

Pricing

2022
High Season, Sharing
£1305 $1805 €1550
Applies to 15 - 22 May 2022 and 9-16 October 2022.
2022
Mid-Season, Sharing
£1155 $1600 €1375
Applies to 2022 dates: 10-17 April, 24 April - 1 May, 19-26 June, 21-28 August and 18-25 September.
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, non-alcoholic drinks (water, tea and coffee), 5.5 days of riding with an experienced guide and return Kayseri airport transfers by shuttle on arrival and departure.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, transfers outside of set times, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Hot Air Balloon Flight £135 $187 €160
Paid to Far and Ride
2021/2022 - Luxury Accommodation Upgrade £335 $465 €400
Paid to Far and Ride
Upgrade to luxury accommodation for this trail ride.
2021/2022 - Single Supplement (Comfort) £205 $285 €245
Paid to Far and Ride
2021/2022 - Single Supplement (Luxury) £310 $430 €370
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

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.

Day 2 - Monday

Riding: 2 hours

Meet and learn about the different animals on the farm before being introduced 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.

Day 3 - Tuesday

Riding: 1 - 3 hours

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.

Day 4 - Wednesday

Riding: 2 hours

After breakfast you will be able to enjoy a 2 hour ride in the Yatak and Tartale Valleys with your equine friends. On return 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 R'oses near Cavusin.

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

Day 5 - Thursday

Riding: No riding.

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 night's rest.

Day 6 - Friday

Riding: 2 hours

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.

Day 7 - Saturday

Riding: 2 - 4 hours

An early morning 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.

Day 8 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

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

Accommodation

Most nights are spent at a comfortable guesthouse in Ortahisar, but 2 nights will be spent at a different guesthouse in Uchisar.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

Minimum age advised: 5yrs. Beginners to advanced.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

Aug. 7, 2022 - Aug. 14, 2022

Aug. 14, 2022 - Aug. 21, 2022

Pricing

2022
Sharing
£745 $1030 €885
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals, drinking water and tea, Kayseri airport transfers at set times (shuttle), 5 half days horse riding with guide, daily nature workshops, hiking with a guide or self-guided with GPS and other local activities and visits.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, lunch on day 5 (in Goreme), drinks, some entrance fees, hot air balloon rides, other activities, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2022 - Hot Air Balloon £135 $187 €160
Paid to Far and Ride
Hot air balloon rides are available but must be booked in advance of arrival. Price is per person, however, discounted rates are sometimes available for children.
2022 - Single Supplement £169 $230 €200
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Arrival to Kayseri (or Nevsehir) airport. You will be met and driven to Sultan Sazli National Park. The first night is spent in a guesthouse with direct views of the wetlands of Bird Paradise.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

After breakfast teams will meet together and the rules of the trail will be explained. You will meet your horse and start out with an hour of easy riding along the south part of the lake, through a flat landscape ideal for building confidence with your horse, team and guide. Each team will choose their own way and you will often be able to see other riders in the far distance.

After lunch your team will have three hours to cross some agricultural areas before climbing to the crater of Yesilisar. From there you will take either a long ride through Akkoy lake and Keslik village or will go directly to Erdemli Valley for the first night's camp. 

After dinner the day's rankings will be discussed and assigned. Overnight spend in Erdemli Valley. Before you sleep your team will meet to decide strategy for the next day.

Day 3 - Monday

Riding: 6 hours

For the second day the last team will set out first. You will spend about six hours in the saddle with many different riding options. The day starts on a stony high plateau and through fields and meadows which are characteristic of the high Anatolian Plain (1600m height). You will be overlooked by the volcanic Erciyes Mountain with its snowy peak. 

You will have chosen your team's route, either going around Hodul Daha or riding downhill through the Dams Valley. The more challenging route will earn you the maximum points. 

Dinner tonight will be around a big camp fire and rankings for the day will be discussed and assigned. You can debate team strategies for the next day and then will camp overnight in the green and peaceful Karlik Valley.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Now that your team has become familiar with the rules and has started to recognise how other teams are performing, the third day will be an exciting competition! Missing the entrance of a valley could mean you lose your position. 

There are many remote canyons to visit as well as underground villages and churches that you shouldn't miss along the way. Keeping your eyes open will ensure you win a lot of points! 

Later in the day the landscape turns to wide, open spaces where shepherds lead their flocks assisted by the impressive Kangal dogs. After a last canter across the steppes you will arrive at tonight's camp.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Today's ride will take you through vineyards, orchards, valleys and remote villages. Finding your way through the labyrinth of Cappadocia will make it difficult to arrive in time at the evening camp! Will you take one of the easier routes or a more challenging one?

Along the way you will encounter a training course where your horse will have to navigate some obstacles (mud, gates, U-turns, slaloms) in order to score points for your team. 

Tonight's camp is in the lush Uzengi canyon at the bottom of steep rock formations cut with troglodytic citadels and dovecotes.

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Arriving in the north part of the National Park you will see the most scenic and sculptural valleys of Cappadocia: the Zemi, Pigeon, Love and White Valleys. 

The day will end after a long canter across an open plateau, overlooking the maze of colourful valleys. 

You will spend the night in the beautiful Rose Valley where a big camp party is awaiting all the riders.

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: No riding.

Today is a recovery day. After an early wake up to admire the sunrise and witness the balloons taking off close by, you will take your horse for a vet check before being briefed with all the rules and organisation of tomorrow's 40km endurance race. 

There will be an opportunity to shop in Gorëme, to visit the open air museum or to laze around. There will be an equestrian show late in the afternoon. 

Overnight tonight is spent in a hotel.

Day 8 - Saturday

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Today is the endurance race with 40km to be covered. The race will follow Belgian rules - the speed limit is 15km / h and your horse's cardio rate on arrival at the finish line will make all the difference to your score. 

Overnight in a hotel.

Day 9 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

Departure after breakfast with transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport.

Accommodation

First and final 2 nights will be spent in guesthouses or small rural hotels. The other 5 nights will be in camps, set up along the trail route.

Experience Experienced

The ride is designed for experienced, self-sufficient, confident trail riders who are looking for a fun, fast ride and a more challenging itinerary than a standard trail. You won't be riding nose to tail! You will be independent riders who are riding together. You must be in good physical condition in order to cope with the distance and the difficult sections of the trail.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

June 4, 2022 - June 12, 2022

Pricing

2022
Sharing
£1770 $2445 €2100
Included 8 nights accommodation in shared rooms/tents, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, non-alcoholic drinks (water, tea and coffee), 6 days of riding (with a 40km endurance race to finish) and return Kayseri airport transfers by shuttle on arrival and departure.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, transfers outside of set times, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2022 - Hot Air Balloon Flight £135 $187 €160
Paid to Far and Ride
2022 - Single Supplement £205 $285 €245
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.