Turkey - Cappadocia Trails

Experience Level
  • Open Apr-Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 6 nights / 5 to 7 days of riding | 3 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Kayseri
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

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.

 

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Upcoming Dates

Additional dates may be available for private groups. Please call for more information.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Cappadocia Highlights
11 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
25 Apr 2020 - 1 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
9 May 2020 - 15 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
16 May 2020 - 22 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
13 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
27 Jun 2020 - 3 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
11 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
25 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
8 Aug 2020 - 14 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
22 Aug 2020 - 28 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
5 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
12 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
26 Sep 2020 - 2 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
3 Oct 2020 - 9 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book
Cappadocia Highlights
10 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,568.15 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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:

2019 Fairy Chimney Ride Cappadocia Highlights
1 to 3 people confirmed ride needs 4 people to confirm $311.31
4 to 6 people confirmed $162.62 $124.29

 

2020 Fairy Chimney Ride Cappadocia Highlights
1 to 3 people confirmed N/A $348.48
4 to 6 people confirmed N/A $116.16

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Of $206.51 (2020:$232.32)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 $103.25.

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.


Getting There

GETTING HERE A shared transfer on the start and finish day of the ride is included from Kayseri, which is one hour from the riding centre.

The transfers are timed to coincide with most people's flights. However, normally the collection at Kayseri is in the evening, around 20:00. The transfer back to the airport is in the morning for flights departing Kayseri on or after 09:00.

If you require a private transfer, there is an extra cost of €80 per vehicle (2020: €60 per person) each way from Kayseri. Transfers from Nevsehir can be arranged at extra cost.

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Location

Cappadocia lies in the centre of Turkey.


Weather & Climate

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).

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Guest Review

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, UK

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

What the Press Say

Linda Warburton in NagMag Feb 2014 says...

Cappadocia Trails Riding Specialist

Lucy says

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.

My Top Tip

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.

Email: lucy@inthesaddle.com

Lucy Downes
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