The progressive trail in guesthouses

Leaving from the ranch between Urgup and Ortahisar, in the heart of the national park, the progressive trail takes you on a 6-day tour around Cappadocia. From the peasants' Cappadocia of the south to the most beautiful valleys of the north, a succession of fantastic rock formations, lush canyons, high plateaux, steppe-like landscape, along with vineyards and orchards, compose a surprinsingly varied route. On the way, the villages reflect the Anatolian way of life while frescoed churches and other troglodytic treasures testify of the rich past of the area. Our itinerary takes place entirely within the national park.

It is now possible to include during the week a hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia's surreal landscape at sunrise, as well as a Turkish bath experience (steam bath and massage at Urgup's traditional hamam at the end of the week).

Accommodation is in charming guesthouses in Cappadocia's prettiest villages, in front of which your horses are spending the night (see dates and details below).

The guesthouse trail is for fit, 'active' and autonomous riders. The circuit includes difficult passages where you will be asked to get off your horse and lead it, sometimes up steep paths. The effort is rewarded by stunning views, but a good physical condition is essential.
Tradition and comfort on this guesthouse formula.

 

Conditions

- Riding level: confident to advanced riders
- Group size: maximum 8 riders for 1 guide,(on special ask, up to 8 participants, 2 groups (2 guides) can be organized, both groups use the same route
- 5 to 6 hours on horseback each day except Wednesday: 3:30 hours riding in the morning and afternoon at leisure in Cappadocia's most picturesque villages
- 25 to 30 kilometres each day, stopping at a different location every evening
-Pace: walk, with lots of opportunities for canters
- Lunch is taken in restaurants
- Riders' weight on the progressive trail is STRICTLY limited at 90 kg (all riders are weighed on arrival).
- A good physical condition is essential
- Logistics vehicle for your luggage
- Balloon flight and Turkish bath in option

- Dates 2018 : April 01 - 08 ; April 08 - 15 ; April 15 - 22 ; April 22 - 29 ; April 29 - May 06 (Full moon ride on April the 30th) ; May 06 - 13 ; May 13 - 20 ; May 20 - 27 ; May 27 - June 03  (Full moon ride on May the 29th) ; August 26 - September 02 ; September 09 - 16 ; September 16 - 23 ; September 23 - 30  (Full moon ride on September the 25th); September 30 - October 07 ; October 07 - 14 ; October 14 - 21 ; October 21 - 28
- Price: 1375 Euros

Itinerary

Sunday: Evening arrival at Kayseri airport and transfer to central Cappadocia
Monday: Departure from the ranch – Avlak ills – Cemce Valley – Mustafapasa
Tuesday: Damsa lake – Troglodyte village of Golgoli – Ayvali village – Steppes of Subasi – Mustafapasa
Wednesday: Silver valley – Ibrahimpasa Village, top of Urchisar/ Afternoon at leisure in Uchisar & Goreme
Thursday: Shepherd valley – Turtle Valley – Village of Cavusin – Sand Valley – Green Valley (Zemi Vadisi) – Uchisar
Friday: White Valley – Love Valley – Red Valley – Valley of the Roses – Ortahisar
Saturday: Vallée de Pancarlik – Vallée d'Uzengi – Taselik – Gomeda – Ranch
Sunday: After breakfast, transfer to Kayseri airport


Read the detailed programme with pictures (in PDF)

 

 

Description

Depending on availability, the guesthouses used are located in the villages of Ortahisar, Urgup, Mustafapasa, Uchisar and Goreme.
You will stay in picturesque, comfortable guesthouses 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. Most guesthouses are run by families.

Food and accomodation:

- 7 nights in double/twin room with ensuite toilets and shower. Single room supplement (depending on availability): 25 Euros per person per night payable locally.
- Most guesthouses offer internet access and a laundry service.
- Lunch is taken in different restaurants and snacks, you will taste local specialities.
- Dinner and breakfast are taken at the guesthouses. Guesthouses serve Anatolian cuisine for dinner comprising a starter, one or two courses and a dessert. Vegetarian menu on request. Tea, coffee 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.