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Initiation to Horse riding Tour


A wonderful opportunity to learn or improve your horse riding in spectacular surroundings where nature has carved  out of the local stone moonlike landscapes and man has added his part by carving out rock homes and churches. An unforgettable experience. 

Duration: 8 days

Rates: 1820€ per person


 Day 1 :    You'll be expected in Avanos for dinner and overnight in a comfortably hotel, restored anatolian home, private room with bathroom..


 Day 2 :   First contact with the horses and a 3 hour lesson in the corral.  Lunch.  After lunch, we’ll ride up the hills behind the village, through the gardens and vineyards, for a panormic view over Cappaocia. 2 hours of riding.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

 Day 3 :  a 2 hour lesson in the corral. Lunch. After lunch we’ll ride along the Cayagıl Valley and the parc Time and Space. 3 hours of riding. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.


 Day 4 :  a 2 hour lesson in the corral. Free time in the afternoon, in Avanos, where you may visit pottery workshops, and take a rest before leaving for three days trail. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.


 Day 5 :  Departure on the 3 day riding tour :

We’ll head off from Avanos through the Çayagıl valley with its magnificent rock formations.  Passing through the Love Valley whose fairy chimneys are the tallest of the whole region,  we’ll reach the rocky outcrop of Uçhisar, a rocky wonderland created by nature and by man, for a great panoramic view over the area.  Overnight in a small family hotel. 5 hours of riding.


 Day 6 : We’ll ride down the Pancarlik valley, spectacular with undulating ridges of pink and white rock, vineyards and apricot trees, in the direction of Ürgüp. Just before the village, we’ll fork off towards the rocky outcrop of Ortahisar and its traditional village. We’ll then follow a track through the vineyards through some of the most spectacular landscapes of the area, in the Rose and Red valleys, to the village of Çavusin. We’ll spend the night in a small family hotel of the village. 6 hours of riding.


 Day 7 :  We’ll pass in front of the impressive cliff of Çavusin, an abandoned rock village which harbours the 6th century church of John Baptist. A small goat track will lead us to a high plateau for a view over the fairy chimney valley of Devrent. Nature is a true artist, some of its pink and white fairy chimney formations resemble animal figures. Then we’ll continue onto the 13th century Seljuk caravanserai of Saruhan with its monumental entrance. The first Turks to arrive to Anatolia from Central Asia in the 11th century, the Seljuks were builders and experts in stonework. After visiting the caravanserai, we’ll follow a dry riverbed and then the banks of the  longest river of Turkey, Kizilirmak, back to Avanos. 5 hours riding. Overnight at a hotel in the village.

 Day 8 :  Departure according to your flight or program

(If you would like, camping is also possible during the 3 days trail, according to the weather conditions, please ask for more information.)


(Note: Maximum weight - 85 kg) 

The given program is an indication of a possible itinerary. It may change according to technical, security or weather imperatives. Only Kirkit’s guide can make the necessary decisions


The price includes:

  • A horse and saddle for riding,

  • The services of an English speaking guide

  • A minibus to carry your luggage,

  • Meals and accommodation during the program, from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 8

The price does not include:  

  • International and domestic flights

  • Drinks and personal expenses

  • Entrance fees

  • Insurance

We can organise buses, flights or personal transfers to Cappadocia upon request.


This trip is recommended for beginners, families with children, and also for couples if one does and the other doesn't know riding.  

We use Barb-Arab horses, sturdy and well adapted to the terrain we cover. Each rider has the responsibility of caring for his horse and looking after his material. You'll be accompanied by an English speaking guide who knows the region and the horses perfectly.

This riding tour includes 3 days of lessons and short rides, followed by a 3 day itinerary with accommodation in bed and breakfasts. The rythym is calm with quite bit of walking, troting and some galloping. 


During the 3 days trail, there are picnics for lunch and hot meals in the evenings. The first four nights are spent in the same hotel and during the 3 day tour, your personal luggage is transported by a vehicle from one hotel to the next. The riders are provided with saddlebags to carry their needs for the day (water, camera, picnic for lunch…). You do not need a sleeping bag and bath towels are provided.

The climate is a continental climate with large temperature variations. In summer, hot during the day (25/35º), cool in the evening and at night (10/15º). The altitude (between 900 and 1400m) and the season determine the temperature. The weather is generally nice and dry but one can have occasional heat storms. Spring can be cooler and wetter – take this into account when preparing your equipment.

Here’s an idea of what you might like to include in your bag: 3 T-shirts, a sweat shirt or a long sleeve shirt (against sunburns), a warm jumper, a wind jacket, a rain cape, a light pair of long pants, a pair of shorts, a swimming costume, hat, a scarf for the dust, shoes for rest periods, sunglasses, a toilette bag, a small personal first aid kit and medicines, a light torch with spare batteries, an isotherm canteen, a pocket knife. For tours in spring or autumn, bring warmer clothes and a coat.

For horse riding: a cotton tracksuit or comfortable large pants with large elastic bands under the feet so as to avoid the pants from riding up your legs. Sand shoes along with mini-chaps to protect your calves. Leather gloves for fragile hands. Because of the heat, avoid wearing synthetic clothes and underwear, tight jeans or pants with thick seams and boots (even leather boots).

Children may join the ride depending on their size.  

Helmets and half chaps are lent directly at the stables.

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