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Cappadocia Comfort Ride

Itinerary for Cappadocia Comfort Ride

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Please, note that the description below is an example of a trail we often do, but for reasons such as weather or safety, the guide can chose to change the itinerary at the last minute.

During the hottest months, we ride in the morning (8 am to 1 pm) and late afternoon. During the rest of the day, we stay around the swimming pool and enjoy the troglodic habitats.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Arrival at Kayseri Erkilet Airport/ Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport where you are met by your driver and transferred to your accommodation in Urgup (about 1 hour) where you have dinner with your guide.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Urgup

Day 2 (Monday): Uzengi Canyon
You are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet your horse and to get acquainted with the riding equipment. We start with a training course around the farm before going on a short trail ride.
The track leads to the foot of troglodytic citadels and dovecotes carved out the abrupt rock walls. There, some local villagers will cook lunch for us on wood fire.
The afternoon is spent riding through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon.
In the evening, you are driven back to Urgup where you will spend a second night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Urgup

Day 3 (Tuesday): Ride to Mustafapasa & Ayvali
Your start the day with a long canter (the ascension of the Avlak mountain - in case of rain, the Avlak mountain is unrideable and will be avoided), with a magnificent view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie... We eventually arrive in the center of the old Greek village of Mustafapasa.
After lunch, you may stroll among Mustafapasa’s old stone houses, its Ottoman madrasa and its painted church or take a nap on the sofa.
In the afternoon, you can enjoy varied scenery of narrow tracks, small canyons, farmed land and the wide-open spaces, where shepherds lead their flocks, before arriving to your guesthouse in Ayvali.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Ayvalı

Day 4 (Wednesday): Keslik Monastery
This morning, we canter through fields of the high Anatolian plateau (1600 m high). Then, we ride through a steep single trail down to Damsa lake. Villagers cook lunch for us on a woodfire. We have the opportunity to visit the Keslik monastery.
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 end the day cantering along tracks of soft red clay leading you to the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon, and stop at your hotel in this village.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Ayvalı

Day 5 (Thursday): Uchisar
Today’s itinerary takes you to the beautiful valleys of north Cappadocia, and to the village of Uchisar. You trot and canter through vineyards and orchards and over rolling hills of white tufa 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 multi-coloured rock formations of the famous Pigeon Valley, and Uchisar’s picturesque fairy chimneys. Your reach the village on horseback and enjoy a late lunch on the terrace. You may spend the rest of the day exploring the village, visiting the churches of Goreme’s Open Air Museum or hiking through the Pigeon Valley.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Uçhisar

Day 6 (Friday): White, Red and Rose Valleys
Optional hot-air balloon flight in the early morning: travel with the wind over Cappadocia's magical landscape at sunrise (extra fee).
You enter another beautiful canyon called the White Valley (after the colour of its rock). You sneak your way through arches, rocky labyrinths and lush vegetation, then into 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 café 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 northern Cappadocia.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Uçhisar

Day 7 (Saturday): Balkan Valley
You ride through the rock tunnels, arches and small woods of the spectacular, 4 km-long canyon called the Green Valley. You make a detour through the famous Love Valley and its gigantic phallic rock formations, then ride to the village of Ortahisar, where you will have lunch. You canter on a sandy track lined with trees and then cross the Valley of Pancarlik with it’s multi-coloured fairy chimneys, arriving at the ranch in the afternoon. Short transfer to your hotel in Urgup.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Urgup

Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
After breakfast, departure to Kayseri Erkilet Airport/ Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport for your flight.
Meals included: Breakfast


Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. It is best to have a car in order to do some sightseeing while the rest of the group explores on horseback.

For those interested in experiencing the hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia's surreal landscape at sunrise it can be arranged. The cost varies depending on season and type of ride, from 150 to 220 Euro plus 10% tax -- paid locally in cash or credit card. The price includes:
- pick-up from hotel around 04:00h
- deluxe flight (1 hour, up to 16 passengers)
- return to hotel before breakfast
Note that if the weather does not permit for the balloon flight the operator will advise at the last minute, often after the pick-up.
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Cappadocia Comfort Ride
Tour Code: IT-TKIR03
8 days / 7 nights
Dates : April to Oct (except Jun-Aug)

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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Tack: McClellan light trailing saddles with ...
Horses: Arab and cross-Arab mares
Pace: 5 to 6 hrs on horseback each day. ~28 ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport
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