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The name Cappadocia comes from the phrase “the land of beautiful horses”. This is a stunning area to ride through. The Fairy Chimneys are unique and the countryside is amazingly varied and stunning. There are no gates and you can ride for hours.
Cappadocia is famous for three things – all related to the underlying geology. The fairy chimneys, underground towns and the churches carved out of rock.
You have the opportunity to visit the Goreme Open Air Museum to see the painted churches built by exiled Christians during the Roman era. Join a hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys (option and additional cost). Cappadocia is one of the most popular places in the world for ballooning but this does mean that you need to book a flight many months in advance.
The horses are a mixture of pure Arabians, Arabians-Anatolian and Akhal-Teke crosses. They are very fit and some are used for endurance. They can be lively and strong in canter.
The terrain is very varied with some steep ascents and descents and technical riding. Due to the terrain much of the riding will be at a walk and there may be some particularly stony or steep areas where you may have to dismount and lead your horse.
There are opportunities for canter on most days and also some gallops on the hard tracks.
You should be an experienced, confident rider happy to ride a spirited horse in open terrain at all paces.
The horses are normally ridden in Turkish trail/endurance saddles.
On the Cappadocia Highlights ride you stay in Mustafapaşa at the Saddle Cave Hotel which is owned by the ride operator. Very occasionally circumstances might dictate that a different hotel of a similar standard is used.
The hotel had a complete restoration in 2019 and has six bedrooms. Each room is comfortably furnished with en suite bathrooms with a bath/shower and free WiFi.
There is a lovely balcony on which to relax and dine.
Normally only breakfast is taken at the Saddle Cave Hotel. Lunch is a picnic and dinner is at a restaurant.
The scheduled itinerary for 2020 is the six night Cappadocia Highlights where you stay each night in a hotel.
For groups of four or more the itinerary may be modified, perhaps to have additional hotel nights and/or to include camping nights.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Cappadocia Highlights||25 Apr 2020 - 1 May 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||9 May 2020 - 15 May 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||16 May 2020 - 22 May 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||30 May 2020 - 5 Jun 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||13 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||27 Jun 2020 - 3 Jul 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||11 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||25 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||8 Aug 2020 - 14 Aug 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||22 Aug 2020 - 28 Aug 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||5 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||12 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||26 Sep 2020 - 2 Oct 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||3 Oct 2020 - 9 Oct 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
|Cappadocia Highlights||10 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020||6 nights 6 ngts||$1,587.52||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; soft drinks; riding and guide; entrance fee to Goreme Open Air Museum and Whirling Dervish performance.
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS Apply as follows. The supplement is per person:
|1 to 3 people confirmed||$345.11|
|4 to 6 people confirmed||$115.04|
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $230.08 is payable if you are in a single room. This can be refunded if you are willing to share and a sharer is found for you.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; alcoholic drinks; optional hot air balloon trips c.€180 per person (advanced booking required and price may be much higher if there is high demand); 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.
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 and 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 your flight times do not fit in with the shared transfer then you can book a private transfer at an extra cost of Euro 60 (per vehicle one way). Transfers from Nevsehir airport can be arranged at extra cost.
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: 5/5
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.