Cappadocia is translated from the Persian language as the land of beautiful horses. Horse breeding began here in 1460 BC. The unforgettable Cappadocia Horse Safari Tour will take you through the most picturesque places in Cappadocia.
You can go horse safari in different valleys of Cappadocia, such as Meksendir Valley, which will impress you with its lunar landscape. Rose valley with pink cliffs and rock formations. Çavuşin Village , where you can visit one of the oldest temples in Cappadocia – the Church of St. John the Baptist. Valley of Swords where you can admire ancient rock churches, dwellings carved into soft volcanic rock many centuries ago. When horseback riding in Cappadocia you will visit parts of the valleys that cannot be reached by jeeps!
Price List for Horse Safari in Cappadocia 2022:
|Horse Riding Age||Standard Price||Online Price|
|+6||36 €||30 €|
Cappadocia Horse Safari Days – Times:
Every Day: all year round, anytime in the day. Duration is 2 hours.
Horseback Riding in Cappadocia
Cappadocia horseback riding tour takes place every day throughout the year. You can choose the timing of your exciting trip. Tours operate at dawn, during the day, and at sunset. No matter what time of day you choose, you will be satisfied. If you want to explore a particular valley, you have the option to choose between them.
30 minutes before the ride, a qualified instructor will give you a detailed safety briefing. You will learn all the necessary information about horseback riding. You will also practice and master your riding technique outdoors. All the horses on the ranch are well trained and you will not find it difficult to control them. In addition, professional instructors will accompany you on your beautiful journey. You can choose to ski in specific valleys or let your instructor choose for you.
The Meskendir Valley is located between Çavuşin and the city of Goreme. This valley stretches for 4.4 km and surprises with its unearthly landscape. You will find many dwellings carved into the rock. People lived here until the beginning of the 20th century, later some apartments were converted into dovecotes. To see the 11th-century Meskender Church one must climb up the valley, which is not a difficult task on horseback. You will definitely be amazed by the breathtaking view!
During the Cappadocia horseback riding tour, you can visit the amazing Red Valley, named after the color of its rocks. In the valley you have the opportunity to see the Üzümlü Church. It was built in the 8th century and named after the Stylite Nikitas who lived there.
This mesmerizing valley got its name thanks to its pink rocks, which look particularly charming at sunset. You will be amazed by several cave churches and dwellings in the valley from the 7th to 11th centuries.
Çavuşin is the oldest settlement in Cappadocia. Old churches and monasteries carved into the rock are the most interesting buildings in the village. Built in the 5th century, the Church of Saint John the Baptist is one of the most famous churches in Cappadocia.
You can take amazing photos in the ancient city of Çavuşin, which looks like a Swiss cheese due to rockfall and erosion.
Sword Valley is named after rock formations that stand tall and resemble swords and daggers. In this valley you will also see many dwelling houses, churches and dovecotes that were bent into rock many centuries ago. Beautiful frescoes with images of saints are still clearly visible in some churches.
Swords Valley also has a hot air balloon launch site. Joining the tour at sunrise allows you to capture incredible, colorful photos with balloons floating in the background.
Liebestal will amaze your imagination with its peculiar rock formations that look like mushrooms. They are also called “fairy chimneys”. The height of the fairy chimneys ranges from 20 to 30 meters, even some giants reach 40 meters. They appeared due to a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. Ash and lava settled on the rocks. Over time, soft ash has been washed away and eroded due to rain and wind.
The price for a Cappadocia horse safari tour is 36€ per person. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to ride a horse, but can ride the same horse together with their parents.
The Cappadocia horse safari is possible at any time of the day. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular among visitors.
Riding a horse in Cappadocia is not dangerous, but studies show that the risk of injury is proportional to the participant’s level of horse activity. For example, horse jumping is much more dangerous than horseback riding. Riding horses is a fun activity, but there is a risk of injury. However, the risk of injury is difficult to determine compared to other activities such as motorcycling, mountaineering or even driving a car.
Yes, it is possible to teach yourself to ride and there are many resources available to learn all the basics needed to get started. However, you need the right equipment, the right horse and finally an instructor who will take you further and teach you how to ride properly.