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Turkey - Cappadocia Trails
The name Cappadocia comes from the phrase “the land of beautiful horses” so this is a very fitting place for a riding holiday.
Cappadocia lies in Central Anatolia in the middle of Turkey. The area is visually unique and famous for three things, all related to the underlying geology; the fairy chimneys, underground towns and the churches carved out of rock.
There are two different itineraries in Cappadocia depending on whether you would like the comfort of hotels or prefer to go more off the beaten track and camp. There is normally an opportunity to visit the Goreme Open Air Museum to see the awe-inspiring painted churches built by exiled Christians during the Roman era.
A highlight for many is the optional hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys. Cappadocia is one of the popular places in the world for ballooning but this does mean that you need to book many months in advance, so please let us know if you’re interested in doing this.
The horses are a mixture of pure Arabians, Arabians-Anatolian and Akhal-Teke crosses. Some can be very lively and strong in canter. The terrain is very varied with some steep ascents and descents and technical riding. There are also some long canters.
The horses are generally ridden in English tack but some are ridden in McCellan-type stock saddles and one or two in Western saddles.
You should be a confident rider in control of your horse at walk trot and canter.
During the Cappadocia Highlights ride you stay in Mustafapaşa at Saddle Cave Hotel. Occasionally we use a different hotel of similar standard. The hotel had a complete restoration at the start of 2019 and now has five bedrooms. Each room is comfortably furnished with private bathrooms with a bath/shower and free WIFI.
There is a lovely balcony to relax and have meals on.
On the Fairy Chimney Ride, the first two and last two nights are in Saddle Cave Hotel and during the other nights you camp. All camping equipment is provided with the exception of a sleeping bag which you should bring yourself. The camp support crew (including a cook) travel ahead by vehicle and all luggage is transported by vehicle. The camping is comfortable but not luxurious. There is a fully equipped kitchen as well as tables and chairs for dining, but the campsite is basic with no facilities. On one of the camping nights you may get the opportunity to visit a local Turkish bath establishment.
Additional dates may be available for private groups. Please call for more information.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Fairy Chimney Ride||
||7 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019||8 nights 8 ngts||£1,409.72||Book|
||21 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,110.09||Book|
||28 Sep 2019 - 4 Oct 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,110.09||Book|
||5 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,110.09||Book|
|Fairy Chimney Ride||
||5 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019||8 nights 8 ngts||£1,409.72||Book|
||12 Oct 2019 - 18 Oct 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,110.09||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; soft drinks; riding and guide; entrance fee to Goreme Open Air Museum and Whirling Dervish performance (if on the itinerary).
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS Apply as follows. The supplement is per person:
|Fairy Chimney Ride||Cappadocia Highlights|
|1 to 3 people confirmed||ride needs 4 people to confirm||£249.38|
|4 to 6 people confirmed||£130.27||£99.56|
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Of £165.43 is payable if in a single room/tent on the Fairy Chimney and Cappadocia Highlights. This can be refunded if you are willing to share and a sharer is found for you. If we find you a sharer for the hotel nights on the Fairy Chimney Ride but you would still like a single tent for the camping nights then the supplement is £82.71.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; alcoholic drinks; optional hot air balloon trips €180 per person (advanced booking required); optional visits to a local Hammam.
NEAREST AIRPORT Kayseri or Nevsehir, which are both a short flight from Istanbul.
TRANSFERS Are included from Kayseri at a set time. Transfers from Nevsehir can be arranged.
Cappadocia lies in the centre of Turkey.
Cappadocia has a typical continental climate with dry hot summers and cold winters. Rainfall is sparse and the region is largely semi-arid. April to June and September to October are the best times of year to visit. There is a sharp difference in the temperature between day and night and it is not uncommon to have freezing cold nights interspersed with scorching hot days. The average temperature during the summer months is 23°C (73°F).
The horses and riding more than met my expectations. The horses were Arabian endurance mares - just what I am used to riding - very forward going and spirited, and of the highest standard being from one of the top Turkish Endurance yards.
England, UKOverall rating: 4/5
A hot air balloon flight is a great way to see the remarkable rock formations. This is a stunning ride in beautiful scenery on very fit horses.
Take a camera you can reach quickly. There are so many beautiful views and interesting sights that you will wish to take many photographs from the saddle.