Cappadocia: Land Of
The Beautiful Horses - (7 days with hotel accommodations)
Early morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri. Transfer by
minivan to Ayvali and check in at hotel. Barbecue lunch at the ranch
in Avanos. Afternoon ride to get to know horses. Dinner in
Ride from Avanos to Sarihidir, a tiny fishing village on
the Red River, where you will stop for tea in a local cafe. Continue
on to Sarihan, a beautifully-restored 13th Century caravanserai, for
lunch. In the afternoon ride amongst Cappadocia's famed fairy
chimneys to Zelve, Pasabagi and Çavuşin, where the horses will
overnight.After leaving the horses, visit the Göreme Open Air
Museum to see the awe-inspiring painted churches built by exiled
Christians during the Roman era. Dinner in Ayvali.
Ride from Çavuşin through the tranquil White Valley to
Uchisar. Stop for lunch, and then continue on to the villages
of Kavak and Bahçeli for a tea break. Finish the day in
Ayvali, a quiet town in the midst of lush apricot groves, where you
will overnight in a charming old hotel with a 12th Century church
inside.Delicious organic dinner at hotel in Ayvali.
Ride from Ayvali through Mustafapaşa, an old Greek
village, to Lake Damsabarajı for a picnic lunch. If the
weather is warm, you can take a dip with the horses in the
lake. After lunch return by a different route on a high
plateau to Ayvali where youll spend one more night.
Ride from Ayvali to Ibrahimpaşa, an old village boasting
exquisite Greek architecture, then on to Ortahisar for lunch.
If you have the energy, you can climb to the top of Ortahisar's
craggy rock fortress for a beautiful view. After lunch enjoy a
long, exhilarating ride through the Red and Rose Valleys on to Çavuşin
and Avanos. After freshening up, visit a carpet shop to see
local weavers at work and learn about this ancient craft
tradition. Dinner in Ayvali.
Ride from Avanos to Özkönak where youll visit one of
Cappadocia's largest underground cities. Return over Ziyaretdağı
Mountain to Avanos. Upon return, if youd like, you can
visit a local pottery factory to enjoy the art form for which Avanos
has been well-known since the time of the Hittites. Final
dinner in Ayvali.
Transfer to airport in the morning for return flight to
us for rates and reservations.