Day 1: Arrival at Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport, transfer to your comfortable Hikmet’s House Ancient Stone Townhouse in the historic town of Avanos. Dinner and meeting your host to talk about the riding program.
Day 2: Transfer to the horses after breakfast. Today we ride to Özkonak where you will visit one of Cappadocia ́s famous underground cities. When excavated, the city revealed ten floors that could have housed 60,000 people for three months at a time, the first four floors are open for visitors. After lunch we return over Ziyaretdagi Mountain to the ranch. If you wish, there is time to visit the ceramic and carpet stores in Avanos and the surrounding area.
Day 3: We pack our bags as tonight will be our first camping night. We ride through Dereyamanli and the White Valley. After lunch we will ride across the Göreme Valley where you can look out onto the Rose and Red Valley until reaching the old fortress town of Ortahisar. Tonight we will camp in the Rose Valley.
Day 4: Today we ride from Ortahisar to Mustafapasa, which was an old Greek village formerly known as Sinassos and to Gol Golu where many ancient Roman cave ruins can be seen. We stop for tea and then ride on to the quiet village of Ayvali and have lunch at a shaded trout farm. We camp overnight just outside the village of Cemil and take the opportunity to visit the 11th century Keslik Monastery known as the Monastery of the archangles.
Day 5: This morning your ride will take us through the Cemil Valley across the plateau and then through the valleys filled with Cappadocia’s famed fairy chimneys. The horses scramble down a dramatic canyon to the village of Taskinpasa. It is normally possible to visit the 14th century mosque before riding on to Karain and the overnight camp.
Day 6: After breakfast we ride up to the Akkoy plateau and enjoy a breathtaking view and then on to the quaint village of Sofular. On a clear day it’s possible to see all the way to Mount Erciyes (3,918 m). Following the ancient 13th century caravan route – the Uzun Yol (long road) – we make our way towards our campsite near the Kizilirmak River, Turkey’s longest river.
Day 7: Depending on the weather those who wish might get up very early for a hot air balloon ride (balloon ride not included).This morning we will have a shorter ride along the Kizilirmik River where we can enjoy some lovely long canters along the path winding its way between craggy cliffs and caves. Overnight in our Hikmet’s House Ancient Stone Townhouse in Avanos.
Day 8: Today we will ride to Sarihidir, a tiny fishing village on the Red River. After a short break we can enjoy a long canter along the river, before we pass a beautifully restored 13th century caravanserai where you will also see the whirling dervish performance. After lunch we will ride through the fairy chimneys of Zelve before returning to the ranch. Farewell dinner and overnight in Ortasihar.
Day 9: After breakfast transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir for departure flights.
ACOMODATION & FOOD
Stay in a comfortable Hikmet’s House Ancient Stone Townhouse in Avanos(4 nights), Camping in double tents with shower and toilet available in our trailer (4 nights). Full board with local specialities and available non-alcoholic drinks, lunch sometimes as picknick. Entrance fee to Göreme Open Air museum and dervish performance included.