Trips selected by Cap Rando agencies partners
Type
Circular Inn to Inn trail ride
Comfort
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level
Level 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor
Highlights
  • Good comfort
  • The nicest Cappadocia landscapes
  • Endurance Arabian horses
Trip variants

This progressive equestrian trail ride in Cappadocia is an invitation to discover the immense natural, historical and cultural wealth of the unique landscape of Cappadocia. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage, the Cappadocia region is the result of incredible volcanic eruptions and ancient human activity. You will explore a land with magnificent landscapes. From the ranch between Ortahisar and Ürgüp, depending on the version, the route will take you on a 6-day loop on horseback around "geological" Cappadocia. From the pleasant Cappadocia of the south to the spectacular valleys of the north, the unusual rocks, the green canyons, the highlands, the steppe, the vines and the orchards follow one another to form an astonishingly varied landscape. Along the way, work in the fields punctuates the seasons, the villages reflect the Anatolian way of life, and the troglodyte churches bear witness to the region's rich past. Our itinerary takes place entirely in the national park of Cappadocia. You will experience legendary Turkish hospitality in the typical Anatolian guesthouses or hotels that have been selected.

Itinerary
Image programme
rando a cheval en Cappadoce
Programme intro

HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE IN CAPPADOCIA
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival.
Arrival at Kayseri airport and transfer to the ranch (transfers are only included at set times!). You are met by our driver and transferred to your guesthouse in Ortahisar, where you have dinner with your guide.

Day 2 (Monday): Uzengi. 
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)

Day 3 (Tuesday): Mustafapasa. 
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.

Cappadocia horseback trail rideDay 4 (Wednesday): Keslik Monaster.
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.

Day 5 (Thursday):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.

horse riding in CappadociaDay 6 (Friday): Red Valley.
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.

Day 7 (Saturday) Balkan valley:
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 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.

Day 8 (Sunday):
Departure. After breakfast, departure to Kayseri (or Nevsehir) airport for your flight back home.

* Indicative itinerary, may be changed if necessary.

During the summer, the ride will be done mostly in the morning (riding time will be mostly between 08:00 to 13:00). In the hottest hours of the day, we will offer the opportunity to stay around swiming pools, swim with the horses, and enjoy the freshness of troglodic habitats

Programme (suite)

HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE IN CAPPADOCIA
SUMMER VERSION
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival.
Arrival at Kayseri airport and transfer to the ranch (transfers are only included at set times!). You are met by our driver and transferred to your guesthouse in Ortahisar, where you have dinner with your guide.

Day 2 (Monday): Uzengi. 
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 1 km training course going around the farm. The trail begins with a one-hour 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.
After lunch, you will ride in the stream of Uzengi, very quickly, the first long canter brings you to Avlak mountain, with a magnifcient encompassing view of Cappadocia. The rocky hills could provide the perfect background to a Western movie... The afternoon is spent riding through a huge valley where the ghost village of Karain takes place. Arriving in Akkoy, the horses are tied, you can enjoy a drink looking at them in your hotel.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Mustafapasa. 
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... 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 flocks, before arriving to your guesthouse in Ayvali.

Cappadocia horseback trail rideDay 4 (Wednesday): Keslik Monaster.
We start this day by cantering through fields of the high Anatolian plateau (1600 m high) : barley, wheat, oat and beans fields. We ride throught a steep single trail down to Damsa lake. Villagers cook lunch for us on a woodfire. 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.

Day 5 (Thursday):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.

Day 6 (Friday): Red Valley.
Optional hot-air balloon ride 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 fields, 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.

Day 7 (Saturday) Balkan valley:
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 Urgup.

Day 8 (Sunday):
After breakfast, departure to Kayseri (or Nevsehir) airport for your flight to Istanbul.

* Indicative itinerary, may be changed if necessary.

During the summer, the ride will be done mostly in the morning (riding time will be mostly between 08:00 to 13:00). In the hottest hours of the day, we will offer the opportunity to stay around swiming pools, swim with the horses, and enjoy the freshness of troglodic habitats

MEETING/DEPARTURE

MEETING:
Kayseri Airport. Free transfer between 8am and 10pm. The schedule depends on the arrival times of other participants: contact us. 
(Flights Paris-Istanbul, then Istanbul-Kayseri, see: Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, Onur air, Marmara, etc ...)

DEPARTURE:
Free transfer to the airport from Kayseri Airport after breakfast around 7:30 am (departure of the plane generally around 9:40 am).

FLIGHTS:
Flights are not included in our prices because it is generally more interesting to book your flights yourself, an inclusive flights package is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best rates or to offer you a trip including transport on request: free service.

Riding

RIDING LEVEL & CONDITIONS: image 738
Intermediate to confirmed. Riders must be able to tack up and mount their horse unassisted, and be confident on leading their horse on rough terrain and riding during group canters on forward-going horses.
The riders will lead there horse only on very few rough passages where they need to dismount from the horse ; and for a short walk in the morning before getting in the saddle.
Maximum weight : 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 horses .

RYTHM: 
5 and half days, 5 h on back of the horse each day. 28 km per day on average, on varied terrain.
Pace is walk, with canters every day. Sometimes long canter.

GROUPS:
Maximum 8 riders for 1 local guide, speaking English & French.


rando cheval cappadoceHORSES: 
Anatolian and Arab mares of an ideal size for hiking on steep paths (1.45 m to 1.55 m). Enduring and good in their head, they are respectful of their rider and let themselves be saddled and groomed without problem. They will surprise you with their sure footing and liveliness.

TACK:
The horses are ridden in hackamore and the saddlery is made up of lightweight McClellan type trekking saddles. Each saddle is equipped with 2 saddlebags.

PARTICIPATION :
Riders are expected to tack up/untack their horse, water it (at the fountain), and help feed it in the evening.

Comfort

 ACCOMMODATION: cappadoce a cheval
The guesthouses used are located in the villages of Urgup, Ayvali and Uchisar. You will stay in picturesque, comfortable guesthouses located in ancient stone houses or in renovated cave houses, typical of the local architecture. A luxury option is now available on request (+400€) for even more comfort.
All nights are in double/twin room with ensuite toilets and shower. Accommodations offer internet access and a laundry service.

cappadocia horseback trail rideMEALS:horse riding in cappadocia
On the ride, you stop for lunch at restaurants or village inns offering local specialties. Dinner (Anatolian specialties) and breakfast (Turkish and continental) are taken at the guest houses. Dinners usually include a starter, one or two courses, and a dessert. Vegetarian menu on request. Alcoholic beverages (Cappadocia wine, beer) available as an option. Tea and coffee are offered. Other drinks are payable locally.


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Rates
Infos tarif

2024 PRICE / PER PERSON: (for booking until 31/01/2024)
In standard Shared bedrooms : 1900 € (2000€ for booking after 31/01/2024)
Single bedroom supplement - standard accommodation: 305 €
Luxury hotels option (night 1,2,7) in twin or double room : 125€
Single bedroom supplement + Luxury hotels option : 480 €
Booking fee: 15 €
Under 30 years old : 10% of discount
Extra night in SURBAN (standard):  Single : 92 € Half Board /  Double room : 65 € Half Board (per pax)
Extra night in Selcuklu (Luxury) : Single : 150 € Half Board / Double room : 105 € Half Board (per pax)
Balloon’s ride could be booked in advance, and paied locally; prices will be given at the beginning of the season.

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
The equipped horse rental, the guide, accommodation, meals (except 1 lunch in an inn), Beverages other than water, tea and coffee at meal times, transfers during the ride, transfers from / to the airport at the times indicated , The financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator deposit.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Individual insurance, drinks excluding meals, any visits (Hot air balloon flight and Turkish baths -hammam- optional), tips, travel. It is more interesting to book your ticket, a transport package included is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best rates or to offer you a transport trip included on request.

Dates
Dates From Infos Contact
- 1900€ FULL Information request
- 1900€ AVAILABLE Information request
- 1900€ FULL Information request
- 1900€ LAST SPACES Information request
- 1900€ FULL Information request
Booking
How to book

By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !

BOOKING PROCEDURE:

1. CHECK THE AVAILABILITY, PRICE, DISCOUNT:
Check the availability and price (depending on the type of accommodation and after possible discounts) by contacting us through the availability & quote request form or by phone +33 (0)483431321, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: contact@horsebackridingvacations.eu
If you already have received the confirmation of the availability and the price, you can proceed directly to your booking:

2. BOOKING:
Fill out the online registration form: https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/booking-form
If you are registering and paying for several riders, you can add riders on the form.
If you have difficulty with the online form or if you prefer:
- Download the Excel file for 1 rider
- Download the Open Office file for 1 rider
- Download the Excel file for 2 riders
- Download the Open Office for 2 riders
To be completed, saved on your computer, and sent by email as an attachment.
Your personal information (birth date, height, weight, riding level & experience, health information, etc.) are contractuals. The facility / guide / instructor may exclude on site and without compensation, any person whose information is different from the information provided on the registration form, and/or who does not correspond to the conditions of participation.

3. INSURANCES:
Cap Rando is covered for its professional civil liability: GENERALI contract n ° AL974010.
To register on a Cap Rando holiday, you must be covered by an individual liability insurance covering your activity, individual accident, assistance, repatriation, and possibly cancellation (strongly recommended not to lose your payment in case of cancellation for a reason covered by a cancellation insurance).
We offer to Europe Union, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway residents (only) to subscribe the "Cap Security" insurance from Chapka Insurance. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, repatriation, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only subscribe a "Cap Cancellation" cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks. 
See all information about our cancellation policy and Chapka insurance offer.
For other country citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
The US citizens can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/

4. PAYMENT:
- For a stay starting at more than 60 days: It is requested at registration: 30% of the price of the stay, the payment of the insurance possibly subscribed, the transport possibly requested, the booking fees. The balance is to be paid 60 days before the start date of the stay.
- For a stay starting at less than 60 days: Full payment is requested upon registration.
- For a stay starting at less than 21 days: Full payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
- If these are the last places available: Payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: You will be directed to the payment link after completing the online booking form.
- By bank transfer: Our bank information will be sent to you after reception of your booking form.
For a quick processing and to secure your registration, receipt of your confirmation file within 24-48 hours: choose a payment by credit card. In addition: payment by credit card can allow you to benefit from its possible insurance.
Please note: your reservation will only be confirmed after receipt of your payment.
Your payments are guaranted by our GROUPAMA travel agent bond.
If you book a trip through Cap Rando, you have the guarantee not to loose any payment. 
The French law is the strongest and requires all French travel agencies to have an unlimited financial guarantee for their customers in case of financial failure.

5. CONFIRMATION:
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all useful information within 24-48 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.

6. TRANSPORTS:
Before booking your transport: we advise you to wait for the receipt of the confirmation file and check that your transports feet with the meeting/separation times of the offered transfers. We recommend booking refundable transports.

7. CANCELATION POLICY:
Please note: Any stay may be canceled if there are insufficient bookings to ensure the stay up to 20 days before the date of a stay of more than 6 days, 7 days for a stay of 2 to 5 days. In this case, you may be offered a replacement stay or a departure with a supplement, if these proposals do not suit you: a full refund (unless you have accepted a possible supplement upon registration), excluding booking fees and possible non-refundable transport, is guaranteed without compensation.
See the cencellation policy: cancelation conditions.

8. SALE CONDITIONS:
You can consult the sale conditions: see the conditions.


 

Useful information

CLIMATE:

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

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.

Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Caroline (France) - Mai 2023

Les organisateurs étaient de très bons conseils et ont fait attention à nous pendant tout le séjour.
Ibrahim (Ibo) est un guide très fiable, qui pense à la sécurité avant tout.
Les 3 hôtels étaient très bien avec une préférence pour le second qui ressemblait à une auberge où vivait l'habitant.