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Turkey Horse Riding Holiday

An enjoyable stay in the cutest villages of Cappadocia, tailored for children, family, or adults who want to combine horse riding and nice walks. Discover Cappadocia, its culture, its magical landscape, spend time among horses right in the middle of a theater of rocks, and walk in the more beautiful valleys of Cappadocia. Ride Arabian horses, discover, or improve outside riding and natural horsemanship. Walk-in incredible valleys and enjoy sightseeing trips, cultural visits.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 187 pounds / 85 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 15 hands
  • Tack Type: Trail riding tack, between English and Western tack
  • Horse Breed: Forward-going Anatolian, Arab, and cross-Arab

Highlights

  • 5 half-days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 hours
  • Ride on the farm and through the village and valleys
  • 5 half days of self-guided trekking with GPS in Cappadocia valleys
  • Program for beginner to experienced riders
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Local transportation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Internet access
  • Laundry

In the guesthouse, there are two bases, Mustafapasa 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. You will sleep seven nights in a double, twin, triple, or familial room with ensuite toilets and shower. Most guesthouses offer internet access and a laundry service.

Program

Daily itinerary

The description below is an example of a trail Kapadokya Ranch often does, but for a reason like the weather forecast or a safety reason, the guide can choose to change the itinerary of the trail at the last moment.

Day 1

Arrive at Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR). You are met by your chauffeur and transferred in 50 minutes to your guesthouse in Mustafapasaa, where you have dinner with your guide.

Day 2

  • Discovery of the farm and the animals
  • Try your horse and ride on a training course around the farm
  • Lunch on the farm
  • Two hours ride (around the farm)
  • Back to your guesthouse in Mustafapasa

Day 3: Ortahisar

  • Ride from the farm to the village of Ortahisar
  • Lunch in the village of Ortahisar
  • Ride back from the village to the farm through the trogloditic city of Gomera
  • Dinner and night in your guesthouse in Mustafapasa

Day 4: Valley of roses

  • Two hours ride in Yatak and Tartale valley
  • Lunch with swiming pool in the troglodytic hotel of Ayvali
  • Walk to Cavusin through the valley of roses
  • Transfer to your guesthouse in Uçhisar
  • Dinner and night in Uchisar

Day 5: Open-air museum of Goreme

  • Walk in the Green Valley (three hours)
  • Lunch in Goreme
  • Visit the Goreme open-air museum
  • Dinner and night in Uchisar

Day 6: Training of natural horsemanship

  • Walk in the White Valley
  • Lunch in Cavusin and transfer to the farm for a second training on natural horsemanship
  • Dinner and nigh in Mustafapasa

Day 7

  • Ride to Pancarlik Valley
  • Picnic with horses in the valley
  • Back to the farm by the scenic valley of tashlik
  • You have an option to be driven to the hammam in Ürgüp for a relaxing steam bath and massage
  • Dinner and night in your guesthouse in Ortahisar

Day 8 (departure)

  • Breakfast in your guesthouse
  • Transfer to Kayseri

Conditions

  • Riding level: beginner to confirmed
  • Group size: maximum six riders for one guide
  • Pace: depending on the level of the group

This ride in Cappadocia only is suitable for novices or low intermediate riders. To take part in all the 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 technical passages
  • Get on or off your horse several alone in every situation
  • Groom, tack, and untack your horse without assistance times a day to walk, sometimes up steep paths

If you have any doubt on your riding level, please contact Kapadokya Ranch and they will help you to select the more suitable trail for you. For safety reasons, they reserve the right to prevent a client from riding if they feel he or she does not fulfill any of the following competence levels. The maximum weight of riders is 85 kilograms on all trails. They value their horses and are extremely attentive to riders' weight.

Riders upper 85 kilograms could book with extra charge for the loan of a second horse. This option is only available on-demand, and it will depend on the horse riding level of the rider and the availability of the horses. Before coming to Turkey, go for a few rides outdoor and exercise yourself in order to avoid muscular pain or irritations during the trail. If you suffer from the heat, avoid the hottest weeks of the year from the end of June to the end of August.

Horses

The stable is composed of forward-going Arab horses who will surprise you with their robustness and their agility. They are small (one meter 50 centimeters on average - the ideal size for trailing on tortuous paths). Responsive, well-balanced, and respectful of the rider, they are trained with a natural horsemanship method. The horses live together in a herd, which contributes to their well-being.

Do not look for boxes, when they are not on trails, those horses are grazing in the fields around the farm. Most of the horses are born on the farm or are ex-racehorses. To train them to become pleasant and trustworthy, Kapadokya Ranch is training them with natural horsemanship technics. All horses can lead, all can be ridden alone. In the future, they will continue to select forward-going, responsive, sure-footed horses which are fun to ride.

Equipment

The riding equipment includes standard bits and pelhams, McClellan light trailing saddles, and saddles made by Kapadokya Ranch. These are fitted with two saddlebags for you to carry personal belongings for the day.

The farm

The farm is at a short distance from the villages of Ortahisar and Urgup. Located in the heart of the national park, away from roads, it is the perfect starting point for nature trails and the exploration of Cappadocia's most famous valleys. They share their home with 25 horses, dogs, cats, goats, chickens, and a donkey.

Included excursions

During this tour, you will take part in five half days of trekking within everybody’s reach in the most famous valleys of Cappadocia (self-guided with a GPS).

Location

The tour will take place in Turkey. Your route will be from Mustafapasaa to Ortahisar, Yatak and Tartale valley, Cavusin, Uchisear, Green Valley, Goreme open-air museum, White valley, and then back to Mustafapasa before taking the ride to Pancarlik Valley and finally stop at Ortahisar.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as tea, coffee, and mineral water are included in the price. Lunches are taken in different restaurants and snacks, you will taste local specialties. Dinners and breakfasts are taken at the hotels. Hotels serve Anatolian cuisine for dinner comprising a starter, one or two courses, and a dessert. The vegetarian menu is on request. Cappadocia wine, local alcoholic drinks, beer, and soft drinks are available as an option.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Ceremony of the Whirling-Dervishes - night representation at the Sarihan caravanserai
  • Excursion to the valley of Ilhara - at the foot of Hasan Dagi volcano, this long, lush canyon shelters several churches
  • Excursion to the valley of Soganli - off the beaten tracks, churches, and dovecotes unique in Cappadocia
  • Göreme's open-air museum - the region's greatest concentration of frescoed churches
  • Hot-air balloon flight at sunrise, travel with the wind over Cappadocia's spectacular landscape
  • Steam bath and massage at the hammam
  • The underground cities - the larger cities descend to eight levels through a maze of tunnels
  • Visit to local craft shops and workshops (carpets, kilims, pottery, jewels)
  • Wine tasting in Cappadocia's vineyards

What's included

  • 5 half days around horses (introduction of natural horsemanship, training on training trail discovery of the area on horseback)
  • 5 half days of trekking within everybody’s reach in the most famous valleys of Cappadocia (self-guided with a GPS)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Tea, coffee, and mineral water
  • Local transport and logistics vehicle for your luggage
  • 1 donkey at your disposal for walks around the farm (not suitable for children over 30 kilograms)

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Optional activities (hot air balloon, hammam, open-air museum of Gorëme)
  • Extra drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at NevÅŸehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) or Erkilet International Airport (ASR). Transfers from and to these airports are available upon request. It is recommended to arrive at the airport between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The chauffeur will wait for you at the airport with your name written on a board and will drive you in 50 minutes to your pension.

Your guides will join you at 8:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner. In the morning, your chauffeur will pick you up for the 10-minute drive to the ranch. Private transfer from or to Kayseri airport will be charged 65 EUR one way (per car), payable to the driver (in EUR or TRY).

Arrival by bus

You can also travel to Cappadocia by bus from Istanbul or anywhere in Turkey. Buses are modern and comfortable. You can book your bus in advance on Obilet. From Istanbul, a one-way ticket is about 25 EUR and takes about 12 hours (with regular breaks). Buses arrive in the city of Nevsehir, where you could take a shuttle to the city of Urgup. You should plan your arrival for the Sunday morning before trail departure and contact Kapadokya Ranch in advance for directions to the guesthouse they will have booked for you.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday August 14, 2022
(8 days / 7 nights)

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