Cappadocia Trails - Turkey

Experience Level

Cappadocia Highlights

4 star rating   28 September 2018

The third question is hard to answer.
The horses are beautiful and in excellent shape. Obviously well cared for and very fit. I was "very satisfied" with the standard of the horses.
The tack would rate an "unsatisfied." While the tack I was using was fine, my husband suffered two broken stirrups (while cantering) and cinch that broke as the saddle was being put on the horse. While he did not fall (due to the very high quality and responsive and calm nature of the horse he was riding), this could have had bad outcome. We did talk to our guide about the tack and took a good look at everything before we mounted going forward. We understand that tourism has been down and available funds needed to be prioritized to the care of the animals. But. The tack should be given some attention. [In The Saddle: Thank you for highlighting this problem and we will discuss with the owners of the stables].

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
4 star rating

The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

We were expecting cave rooms and rather looking forward to the experience. So finding out that the Queen's Cave has been closed for a number of years was a bit of a disappointment. However, our room at Hikmet's House was wonderful, the staff delightful. Food throughout the trip was delicious. [In The Saddle: we had clients stay at the Queen's Cave Hotel earlier this year, but the management has changed. We hadn't been informed that you were going to be staying at a different hotel and I am sorry about that.]

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

See comments on hotel. Probably just need to update information to what you actually get. All four in our party were disappointed to not be sleeping in a cave (which, if you think about it, is a bit odd... )

Do you have any other feedback for us?

Something about which you can do nothing, but should know. Avanos (the town we stayed in) and the areas we rode through were blanketed in rubbish. It's a shame... such a beautiful and unique location, such fine horses and such a wonderful guide... then trash everywhere. The trip is fantastic as long as you can keep your eyes away from the mountains of crap everywhere. This is why "maybe" is the selection below.