The progressive Comfort trail 

Leaving from the ranch between Urgup and Ortahisar, in the heart of the national park, the progressive trail takes you  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 hotels in Cappadocia's prettiest villages, in front of which your horses are spending the night (see dates and details below).

The rider can choose between 2 kinds of accommodation : (See below for more infos)
- or in “standard” room
- in “deluxe” room (+ 400 € extra charge)

The Comfort trail is for autonomous riders, who want to discover the beauty of Cappadocia on a fast pace!

- The riders won’t lead their horse on long walks uphill or downhill  ; only on very few rough passages where they need to dismount from the horse and a short walk in the morning before getting in the saddle.
The circuit includes long and sinuous canters

Comfort and fast ride on this Trail formula.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed itinerary (The description below 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.


Sunday

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

Monday: Uzengi - Night in Urgup

You are driven to the ranch in the morning to meet your horse, and get acquainted with the riding equipment. You will have time to try your horse on a training course going around the farm. Short ride till the foot of troglodytic citadels of dovecotes carved out the abrupt rock walls where villagers cook lunch for us on the woodfre.

The afternoon is spent riding through lush vegetation and along the stream of the Uzengi canyon. You are drived back to Urgup where you will spend a secound night. (Driving time : 5 min)


Tuesday –  Mustafapasa - Night in Ayvali

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 magnifcent encompassing view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie... Arrival 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 focks, before arriving to your guesthouse in Ayvali.

Wednesday: Keslik Monastery - Night in Ayvali

We start this day by cantering through felds of the high Anatolian plateau (1600 m high) : barley,

wheat, oat and beans felds. We ride throught a steep single trail down to Damsa lake. Villagers cook lunch for us on a woodfrein. Opportunity to visit the 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 canter along tracks of soft red clay leading you to the village of Ayvali through a hidden canyon, and stop at your hotel, for the second and last night in this village.

Thursday : Uchisar - Night in 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 tuffa 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 multicoloured 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.

 

Friday : Red Valley - Night in Uchisar

Optional hot-air balloon fght in the early morning: travel with the wind over Cappadocia’s magical landscape at sunrise.

You enter another beautiful canyon called the White Valley. 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 ocre rock, and its beautiful troglodytic churches, this is Cappadocia’s most spectacular ensemble of geological formations.

A cave cafe 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 felds, surrounded by the rocky hills of north Cappadocia.
The winding paths of the Shepherd’s valley take you back with a long canter to your guesthouse in Uchisar, in time to admire north Cappadocia in the sunset light.

Saturday : Balkan Valley - Night in Urgup

Leaving the village on horseback,

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 till the village of Ortahisar, where you will have lunch.

You canter on a sandy track lined with trees. You cross the Valley of Pancarlik and it’s multicoloured fairy chimneys, and you arrive at the ranch in the afternoon. Short transfer to your hotel in Urggp.

Sunday :

After breakfast, departure to Kayseri (or Nevsehir) airport for your flight to Istanbul.

Conditions :


- The trail is 5 days a half and 7 nights (extra night on demand) on full board

- Number of participants : minimum 2, maximum 8.  Private group on demand.

- Riding level : Confirmed and strong intermediate. Riders must be able to tack up and mount their horse unassisted, and be confident on rough terrain and during group canters on forward-going horses.

- Riding: 5 to 6 h on back of the horse each day. 28 km per day on average, on varied terrain. Pace is primarily walk but with canters every day. Sometimes long canters (15 minutes).

- Physical condition: Riders must be in good physical condition to take part in the progressive trail

- Maximum weight : strictly limited to 85 kg. Riders upper 85 kg, could book with extra charge, for the loan of a second horse. This option is only on demand, it will depend of the horse riding level of the rider and the availability of our horses .

- The balloon fight is optional on Friday or Saturday morning depending to the weather forecast.


Dates and Prices 2021

June 13 - 20  : 1375 € (Standard)

Sept 26 - October 03 : 1550 € (Standard)

- Accommodation in luxury hotels : +400 €

Other dates on demand

Single room for the week:  245 € (Standart) / 370 € (Luxe)

 

 



 

 

Description

Depending on availability, the days comfort used 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. 

2 kind of accommodations are available:
- one standard
- one luxury (+400 €)
Rider can choose between these 2 options.
Hotels are very close to each other. Dinners will be taken all together, but not the breakfast.

2 types :

- IN STANDARD ROOM :

7 nights in double/twin room in guesthouses. Nights 1, 6 in the town of Urgup; nights 2,3 in Ayvali, nights 4 and 5 in a panoramic hotel in Uchisar.

- Night 1, 2 & 7 : Suban Hotel  or similar
- Nights 3 & 4: Dilek Tepesi Hotel or similar
- Night 5 & 6: Kilim Pension or similar

- IN LUXURY ROOMS :

7 nights in double/twin room in superior boutique hotels (stone houses, cave houses). Nights 1, 6 in the town of Urgup; nights 2,3 in superior boutique hotel in Ayvali, nights 4 and 5 in a panoramic hotel in Uchisar.

- Night 1, 2 & 7 : Selcuklu Evi or similar
- Nights 3 & 4: Gamirasu Hotel or similar
- Night 5 & 6: Kilim Pension or similar

Food and accomodation:

- 7 nights in double/twin room with ensuite toilets and shower. Single room supplement (full week): 250€ (Standard) / 370€ (Luxury)
- 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 hotels. Hotels 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.

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Contact us:

Kapadokya Ranch Turizm Ticaret Limited Sirketi
Bahceli Evleri Mah. N°29
50650 Ortahisar - Urgup - Turkey
Vergi : 497 043 4300 Tel: (0090) 534 342 71 71
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