Cappadocia - Sportive Ride

4.8 (4)
8 days 7 nights
Turkey
Difficulty
Extreme
Comfort
Upscale
Premium
Weight limit
85 kg / 187 lb

Dashing from the rural Cappadocia in the south to the enchanting valleys of the north, the route unfolds through a series of captivating rock formations, verdant canyons, elevated plateaus, steppe-like landscapes, complemented by vineyards and orchards, creating an unexpectedly diverse journey.

Accommodations are provided in charming guesthouses in Cappadocia's most picturesque villages, with your horses spending the night in front.

Throughout the week, participants have the option to include a hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia's surreal landscape at sunrise, as well as partake in a Turkish bath experience, featuring a steam bath and massage at Urgup's traditional hamam towards the end of the week.

This trail is tailored for fit, "active," and independent riders. The circuit encompasses challenging sections where you'll be required to dismount and lead your horse, particularly on steep paths. The exertion is offset by breathtaking views, making good physical condition essential.

from US$ 2 808
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Nevşehir, Ürgüp
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 8 tourists over 18 years old
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Photo Nicolas G.
Nicolas G. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Nicolas Guillo has decided to make Cappadocia his home over 20 years ago and has been organizing horseriding trails since then. He speaks French, English, Turkish.

Tour highlights

Enjoy Breathtaking Views
Beautiful valleys, fantastic rock formations, lush canyons, high plateaux, steppe-like landscape, vineyards and much more
Visit Historical Cities
Enjoy the ride through the old towns built in rock formations
See the Famous Chimneys
Visit the famous valleys to see the best fairy chimney formations

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival at Kayseri airport. You are met by your chauffeur and transferred in 50 mn to your guesthouse in Urgup, where you have dinner with your guide.

Day 2
Meeting day
Day 3
Keslik Monastery
Day 4
Golgoli
Day 5
Uchisar
Day 6
Valley of Roses
Day 7
Boz Daha` Plateau
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Extreme
Tour provider's comments

This Sportive ride is only suitable for fit and advanced riders. (Probably one of the fastest ride on the market, some afternoon are 12.6 Km/h in average on rought terrain!)

To take part of all our trails, you must have a competent riding level to be able to stay in control during group canters on forward-going horses, ride or lead your horse on long technical passages, going strongly uphill ;  get on or off your horse several times a day alone and groom, tack and untack your horse without assistance.
 

This ride (Cappadocia in general) is not suitable for the riders who have vertigo, please be aware of cliffs and narrow altitude pass.
 

Rhythms of the trail :
- 6 riding days
- 5 to 6 hours on horseback each day
- 35 kilometres each day
- Pace: mostly walk, with opportunities for trots and canters each day

Riders are in charge of their horses ; they will be asked to tack and untack their horse, to water and feed their horse and to take care of their horse equipment.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Upscale
Premium
Hotel
7 nights

DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY, HOTELS ARE LOCATED IN URGUP, AYVALI AND UCHISAR.


You will stay in picturesque, comfortable hotels located in ancient stone houses or in renovated cave houses, typical of the local architecture.
You will have the time to visit Cappadocia's nicest villages and experience the legendary Turkish hospitality and the Anatolian way of life. 

 

Food and accomodation:
- 7 nights in double/twin room with ensuite toilets and shower.
- Most hotels offer internet access and a laundry service.
- Lunch in the nature, chairs and table coming out of a kitchen trailer or lunch from restaurants located in some remote valleys.
- Dinner and breakfast are taken at the hotels. Hotels serve Anatolian cuisine for dinner comprising a starter, one or two courses and a dessert. Vegetarian menu on request. Tea and mineral water are included.
- Cappadocia wine, local alcoholic drinks, beer and soft drinks are available as an option.
- Your luggage will be transfered by our logistics vehicle. You should pack several, lighter bags rather than one large, heavy suitcase.

7 nights
Hotel

2 kinds of accommodation are available :

- Standard
- Luxury (+ 125 € per week per person on twin, double )

IN STANDARD ROOM :

- Night 1 & 7 : Suban Hotel or similar, in the town of Urgup
- Night 2: Lavender Hotel or similar, in the village of Akkoy
- Nights 3 & 4: Dilek Tepesi Hotel or similar, in the village of Ayvali
- Night 5 & 6: Kilim Pension or similar, in the village of Uchisar 

IN LUXURY ROOMS :

- Night 1 & 7 : Selcuklu Evi  or similar, in the town of Urgup
- Nights 2 : Lavender Hotel or similar, in the village of Akkoy
- Nights 3 & 4: Dilek Tepesi Hotel or similar, in the village of Ayvali
- Night 5 & 6: Kilim Pension or similar, in the village of Uchisar 

Surban Hotel and Selcuklu Evi are next door. Dinners and breakfast will be taken all together.

Single room supplement (full week) : 305 € (Standard) / 480 € (Luxury)

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Nevşehir, Ürgüp
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Tour conditions

Included

  • 6 riding days, 7 nights on double, twin or triple room;
  • the loan of a horse and riding equipment;
  • English speaking guides (1 per group of 8 or less);
  • nights and food accommodation full board;
  • regular transfers between local airports and hotels

Extras

  • international flights;
  • insurance;
  • optional activities (hot air balloon, hammam, Open Air Museum of Gorëme, swimming pool);
  • extra drinks.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Cancellation of booking

In case of early cancellation of the reservation, we will be forced to withhold from you a percentage of the price paid:

  • after the payment - No refund

Tour reviews

4.8
Based on 4 reviews
  • S
    Sandra
    14 Oct, 2023
    about provider
    This ride is truly unique and unforgettable, perfect for experienced, balanced, and versatile riders. The journey includes long canters across plains and through narrow, bushy paths in valleys. You'll traverse mountains, valleys, climb, hike, and lead your horse up and down steep terrain. The horses are incredibly well-mannered, responsive to voice commands, and reliable in every situation. My ex-racehorse mare was powerful, energetic, and surefooted, creating legendary memories in the beautiful landscape. The food and guesthouses were nice and welcoming, ensuring no one goes hungry. Nico, our guide and owner, has clear rules for riding and handling situations, promoting independent riding while ensuring safety. I highly recommend this experience as the best way to explore Cappadocia and access untouched regions. However, littering in these natural spots is a major issue, with glass bottles, plastic, and paper being left behind by tourists and operators. I hope authorities take action soon to clean up and prevent further damage to this stunning environment.
    14 Oct, 2023
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    Anonymous
    26 Jun, 2023
    about provider
    We deeply appreciated how well the tour was organized and Nico's ability to take us to off-the-beaten-path places in Cappadocia. Discovering new roads with Nico allowed us to see a different and genuine side of the region. As first-time riders, we came with open minds and discovered a world we truly loved, thanks to Nico and his amazing horses. The challenging and technical ride was incredibly fun, and we learned a lot from Nico and the horses. The forward-going horses and the wonderful ranch run by Nico and Helene made this experience one in a million.
    26 Jun, 2023
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    Barbara
    28 May, 2023
    about provider
    What a fantastic experience! The ride was incredibly scenic and fast-paced. Nico, our guide, was exceptional, matching riders with beautiful, forward-going Arab horses. This ride is definitely for fit and advanced riders, with long canters through challenging terrain and steep trails to navigate. Nico's knowledge of Turkey and the area added to the experience, as he willingly shared information and answered questions. I can't wait for my next ride!
    28 May, 2023
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