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The Cappadocia Endurance Race

Itinerary for The Cappadocia Endurance Race

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1- Saturday
Arrival at Kayseri airport. Riders are driven to Sultan Sazli National Park. Night in a guest house with direct view on the wetland of the «Bird Paradise».

Day 2- Sunday
After breakfast, the teams are put together and the rules of the trail are explained. You meet your horse and start for a one hour ride on the southern part of the lake in a flat landscape ideal to get confident with you horse, team and guide. Each team is to choose its own way. Other team’s riders may be seen in a distance. After the lunch gathering all the riders, your team has three hours to cross an agricultural area, to climb up to the crest of Yesilisar, then to take a long ride across Akkoy lake and Keslik village or straight away to Erdemli Valley to reach the camp. Once arrived, enjoy dinner and check rankings of the day. Night in the Erdemli Valley. Before sleeping you will have to build your strategy for the next day.

Day 3- Monday
On the second day, the team that arrived last the day before is the first to start. You'll spend 6 hours in the saddle with many riding options. You start the day on a stony high plateau, through fields and meadows of the high Anatolian plateau (1600 m high), overlooked by the Erciyes volcano with its snowy peak. It’s up to you to decide on the itinerary: go around Hodul Daha or ride downhill by the Damsa Valley; the most challenging one gives you the maximum points! Camp in the green and peaceful Karlik Valley. Dinner around a big camp fire, rankings of the day and strategy for the next days.

Day 4- Tuesday
Now that your team has gotten used with the rules and is able to evaluate the other competitor's level, this is a day for an exciting competition when missing the entrance of a valley can make you lose your position of leader. Many remote canyons to visit, underground villages, and churches that you shouldn’t miss... Keeping your eyes open will make you win lots of points! Later on, the land turns into wide open, bare spaces where shepherds lead their flock, helped by the impressive Kangal dogs. After a last canter on the steppes, you arrive at the camp « Subasi ».

Day 5- Wednesday
Vineyards, orchards, valleys, and remote villages. The labyrinth of Cappadocia could make your arrival on time at the evening camp difficult. Will you take one of the easiest way or a challenging one? Arriving in the northern part of the National park, during this long riding day you can see the more scenic and sculptural valleys of Cappadocia: Zemi, Pigeon, Love and White valleys. Night on the top of the red valley.

Day 6- Thursday
After an early wake up to admire the sunrise, the ballet of balloons taking off close by, the day start with a long canter on an open plateau, overlooking the maze of colorful valleys. Red valley, Boz daga, Devrent valley, all beautiful, all challenging. Arrival in Uzengui valley for the night, nearby the Ranch.

Day 7- Friday
Today is a half day's ride. You'll go through a training course where your horse has to pass some obstacles (mud, door, U-turn, slalom) to bring your team more points. Your horse is to undergo the vet-check for a 40-km endurance race, and you get all the information about the rules and organization of the race. You'' have an opportunity to shop in Gorëme, to visit the open air museum ,or to laze around. An equestrian show takes place in the afternoon and ends up with a big camp party.

Day 8- Saturday
A 40-km race is organized for all the riders. The minimum speed limit is 10 km/h ; the maximum 15, and the cardio at arrival makes the difference. Night in hotel.

Day 9- Sunday
After breakfast, departure from Kayseri airport.

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The Cappadocia Endurance Race
Tour Code: IT-TKIR04
9 days / 8 nights ~$2,520.00
Dates : May- June

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2019 05/25 - 06/02 9d / 8n 9-day trip, AP 6 /12 Expired
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Tack: McClellan light trailing saddles with ...
Horses: Arab and cross-Arab mares
Pace: Moderate pace. 6 hours per day in the ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Kayseri Erkilet Airport
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