Cappadocia Comfort Ride

Cappadocia Turkey: (IT-TKIR03)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/turkey_cappadocia_comfort_ride.aspx

Introduction
Cappadocia Turkey
This one-week trail is for those looking for an exclusive, comfortable, and flexible ride without compromising on the riding and scenery. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cappadocia regions is the result of incredible volcanic eruptions and  ancient human activity. In personal riding groups of no more than 8 people, you will spend 5 - 6 hours per day exploring on horseback through a land rich with wonder. Horses are groomed and prepared for you each day as well as untacked and looked after so you can relax and really enjoy your vacation. This trail combines quality accommodation in guesthouses or upgrade to luxury hotels (selected for their historical architecture (cave hotels), special atmosphere, high quality of service and attention to details). Delicious Turkish meals, together with a semi-progressive, varied itinerary including all of Cappadocia's highlights as well as treasures off the beaten tracks.

You will be exploring a variety of landscapes from canyons, mountains, orchards and vineyards, rock tunnels, and of course the famous Sword Valley and Red Valley- a unique set of geological formations that are specific to Turkey. Villages dot the landscape and contain so much character and culture! You'll spot houses, churches, monasteries, and hotels have been harmoniously carved out of the rock surface of the natural landforms and will even have the chance to stay in one of these accommodations! Don't miss the hot-air balloon flight (optional) in the early morning and travel with the wind over Cappadocia's magical landscape at sunrise! The landscape is a sight not to be missed as the sun lights up all of the colours in the rock and creates a warm ambience. Find yourself amazed exploring his ancient and well-preserved country, marrying landscape and culture- all from horseback!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
All options portray our beautiful Turkish culture, located in ancient stone houses or in renovated cave houses, typical of the local architecture.
All rooms contain a double or two twin beds and en-suite washroom. WIFI is available at all locations. 

Standard Option Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 & 6: Surban Hotel in Urgup
Night 2 & 3: Dilektpesi in Ayvalı 
Night 4 & 5: Kilim Pension in Uçhisar

Surban Hotel in Urgup
This small hotel perfectly blends into the environment. The interior features many local artifacts and exposed stones and beam ceilings add to the charm. The rooms are simply furnished and all feature a TV, free Wi-Fi access and a private bathroom. There is a small terrace from which you can admire the view over the city.

Dilek Tepesi Cave Hotel in Ayvali
This charming cave hotel is ideally located on a scenic hill.  It offers a nice view of the village and of the valleys around.  The rooms are simple and comfortable and all come equipped with a TV, internet access and an ensuite bathroom.

Kilim Pension in Uchisar
This guesthouse offers elegant rooms in a traditional building, typical of the area. The interior is decorated with local objects including rugs and potteries. Each room offers a view of one of the surrounding valleys and they all come fitted with private facilities and Wi-Fi connection.

Deluxe Option Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 & 6: Selcuklu Evi Hotel in Urgup
Night 2 & 3: Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Ayvalı
Night 4 & 5: Kilim Pension in Uçhisar

Selcuklu Evi Cave Hotel in Urgup
This hotel displays a great example of the local architecture and offers bedrooms decorated with Turkish antiques. All rooms include a TV, a kettle, air conditioning, a safe, an ensuite bathroom and internet access. There is also a small garden and a lounge where guest can relax.

Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Ayvali
This beautiful hotel offers authentic cave rooms that were carved in volcanic stones. The rooms feature an arched ceiling and local artifacts. Every room is equipped with private facilities, a TV, a kettle, central heating, a safe box and Wi-Fi connection. There is also a small outdoor swimming pool.

Kilim Pension in Uchisar
This guesthouse offers elegant rooms in a traditional building, typical of the area. The interior is decorated with local objects including rugs and potteries. Each room offers a view of one of the surrounding valleys and they all come fitted with private facilities and Wi-Fi connection.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if we cannot find another rider to share for the Standard and Deluxe option.
Triple occupancy is not possible.


Meals

All meals are included on the trip from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7. 

Breakfast (Turkish and continental) and dinner (Turkish- comprising a starter, one or two main courses and dessert) will be taken at the guesthouse/ hotel.
On most days we ride up to a local restaurant for lunch & on some days we have a picnic lunch.
Dinner usually comprises a starter, one or two main courses, and a dessert.

Water, tea and coffee are included. Cappadocia wine, beer and other drinks are available and payable locally.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater some dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Physical Condition and Riding Ability
You must have a competent riding level to take part in our trails. Our horses are forward going and you must be able to stay in control during group canters. Before coming to Turkey, go for a few rides outdoor and exercise yourself in order to avoid muscular pain or irritations during the trail.
Riders must be in good physical condition to take part on the progressive trail. Circuit includes a few difficult ways where riders will be asked to dismount and lead their horse for a short amount of time.

Riding Schedule
The riding day will start early in the morning (08:00 am in the saddle) followed by a big break after lunch and 1 or 2 hours of riding in the evening. Riders arrive on horseback at the accommodation, and park the horses for the night in front or very close to the hotel. No travel by minibus required during the week.

Pace
This trail includes 5 riding days with 5-6 hours one horseback per day. We cover approximately 35km per day on varied terrain. The pace is primarily at a walk but with opportunities to canter every day. Sometimes we will have long canters (15 minutes).

Tack
The riding equipment includes standard bits and pelhams as well as McClellan light trailing saddles and saddles made by ourselves. These are fitted with two saddlebags for you to carry the picnic and personal belongings for the day.

Horses
Our stable is composed of forward-going Arab, and cross-Arab horses who will surprise you with their robustness and their agility. They are 1,50 m tall on average - the ideal size for trailing on tortuous paths! All our horses are responsive, well balanced and respectful of the rider and they are extremely sure-footed.
We have put a lot of time and investment into the quality of our horses. Since 2015 more than half of our cavalry has been renewed with pure Arabian endurance horses. Most of our horses have qualifed in national endurance races.
We have invested in a horse walker and in an arena in order to continue to offer riders well trained horses.
Our horses live together as a herd and all spend their days outside grazing in our fields when not on the trail.
Horses are assigned according to riding levels and riders' preferences, but the size and the weight of the rider are also important criteria.
Our team will groom and prepare the horses, so no participation is required by the rider.

Weight Restriction
Riders cannot be over 90kg. We will weigh riders on arrival and those over will not be able to participate in the riding program.

Guide
We will provide 1 guide for every 4 riders.

Travel Insurance
You must have appropriate travel insurance to take part in our trails. Make sure your policy covers horse-riding activities abroad. Your insurance details will be requested on arrival.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Arrival at Kayseri Erkilet Airport/ Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport between 8:00am and 10:00pm. You are met by your driver and transferred to your accommodation in Urgup where you have dinner with your guide.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Urgup


Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Ayvali
You are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet your horse and to get acquainted with the riding equipment.
The trail begins with one hour of riding through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon. Villagers cook lunch for you on the woodfire, 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 a magnificent encompassing view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie... you will then spend the afternoon riding through expanses of bare hills surrounding Lake Damsa. (In case of hot weather, you can swim in the lake with your horse).
After lunch, you ride through a maze of paths lined with orchards and vineyards, then enter into the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon, and stop for the night in your hotel nestled in the rock.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Dilektpesi in Ayvalı


Day 3 (Tuesday): Ride to Mustafapasa
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 which bring us to visit the underground village of Golgoli. Your sure-footed horses take you off the beaten tracks along a scenic path through rock formations, vineyard and orchards, surrounded by table-mountains.
Tying horses in front of the restaurant, we will have lunch 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 of Bahceli, where shepherds lead their flocks. You sneak your way along the lush, narrow canyon of Sorkumlu, before galloping on large sandy tracks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Dilektpesi in Ayvalı


Day 4 (Wednesday): Ayvali to Uchisar
Leaving the accommodation on horseback, you can enjoy a varied scenery of narrow tracks and farmed land. You sneak your way along the lush, narrow canyon of a “Gomeda” before a beautiful canter through the fairy chimneys of Gümüslü valley. You ride uphill to reach the lunch place at one of the best restaurants around: “Babayan evi”. Very good and healthy local food.
From this picturesque village, you 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 reach your panoramic guesthouse on horseback and enjoy a drink on the terrace. You may spend the rest of the day exploring Uchisar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Kilim Pension in Uçhisar


Day 5 (Thursday): Ride across Cappadocia's Valleys
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).
You sneak your way through the rock tunnels, arches and small woods of the spectacular 4 km-long canyon called Zemi. You make a detour through the famous Love Valley and its gigantic rock formations, 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. 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Kilim Pension in Uçhisar


Day 6 (Friday): Ride back to the Ranch
You enter another beautiful canyon called the White Valley (after the colour of its rock). You ride through stone labyrinths and lush vegetation, and pass the impressive fairy chimneys of yet another Love Valley. You canter on a dust path overlooking Red Valley. You enjoy more long canters through the maze of sandy paths of the valley of Ortahisar before reaching the village for lunch on a terrace with a nice view of a dovecote. You return to the ranch in the afternoon by the valley of Pancarlik and its multicoloured rock formations, gardens and orchards. After tea on our terrace, you have an option to be driven to the hamam in Ürgüp for a relaxing steam bath and massage.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Urgup


Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
After breakfast, departure to Kayseri Erkilet Airport/ Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport for your flight to Istanbul.
Meals included: Breakfast

The itinerary is an example of a trail we often do, but for reason like weather forecast or safety reasons the guide can choose to change the itinerary of the trail at the last moment.


Rates and Dates for Cappadocia Comfort Ride

Rates include:

Standard accommodations, All meals, 5 riding days &Transfers from/to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20207-day trip, AP - Please inquire€0$0
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Transfers included from Kayseri/ Nevsehir airport between 8:00am and 10:00pm. 0 $0
2020 Balloon flight, pp 270 $305
2020 Non-rider rate - Please inquire 0 $0
2020 single supplement - Please inquire 0 $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 04/01 - 06/30 7d / 6n 7-day trip, AP - Please inqu... 2 /7 Reserve
A 2020 08/01 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7-day trip, AP - Please inqu... 2 /7 Reserve

Dates Note: Trip confirmed from March 29th to April 4th 2020 (as of 11/04) - please inquire for rates
Trip confirmed from June 15th to 21st 2020 (as of 01/10/20) - please inquire for rates

Rates do not include:

Insurance (mandatory), Optional activities (balloon flight, open air museum, hamam), Use of swimming pools in summer in Gamirasu, Optional upgrade to luxury boutique hotels & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Urgup
Airport: Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport
Transfer: Kayseri Erkilet Airport or Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport

Climate:
                                        Mustafapaşa area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

38

44

53

63

71

80

87

88

78

66

53

41

Average Low Temperature (°F)

22

25

33

39

48

54

59

60

50

42

32

25

Average High Temperature (°C)

4

7

12

17

22

27

30

31

26

19

12

5

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-6

-4

0

4

9

12

15

15

10

5

0

-4

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Cappadocia has a semi-arid, continental climate, with 29 days of rain per year on average.
If you suffer in the heat, avoid the hottest weeks of the year which are from mid-July to end of August.

March: Cold weather, last frost after winter.

April: The sun is back, nature has woken up. Nights remain cold.

May: Sunny weather but may turn stormy at short notice.

June: Vegetation is lush, fields are covered with flowers, the horses are at the top of their form, the kids are still at school ...

July: Beautiful weather. Highly recommended.

August: Very sunny weather, and hot (35°). Siesta is a must after lunch. Bring your hat and sunglasses.

September: Very nice, Indian-summery weather. The trees bear fruits.

October: Beautiful light, great colors. Days are cooler and nights are cold again.

November: Rain is back. May be frosty at night. For the most adventurous riders only.


This trip is not running in January, February and December as temperatures are too cold and snow can make the trails dangerous.

What To Bring:
*Send us a copy your travel insurance policy - with your reservation (or shortly after). All non-insured riders will not be allowed on the trail*
-- to make sure -- and bring along a copy as well

What to bring:
-Riding boots/ walking shoes with rubber sole
-Chaps or half-chaps
-Riding hat (not mandatory but strongly recommended)
-1-litre water bottle (in summer bring 2-litre)
-Rain jacket (low risk of storms even in summer)
-In spring and autumn: windproof jacket and some warm clothing as the wind and altitude can be cold
-In summer: sun lotion, hat, sunglasses, and swim suit (towels provided)
-Personal medication
-Pocket money for tips and stops at cafes en route