- Hotel-to-hotel cycling on quiet roads, farm tracks and singletrack trails
- Self-guided and guided options available
- Relaxed cycling and sightseeing with optional extra activities
- Wonderful, stone built, boutique “cave” hotels
- Delicious, local food in fine restaurants and family run guesthouses
- Enjoy unique scenery and a perfect climate from spring to autumn
- Enjoy a hot air balloon ride above the Cappadocian valleys
- Take a walk along the Ihlara Canyon- Turkey’s “Grand” Canyon by name and nature
- Luggage transport and roadside support car assistance
- Discover the real Cappadocia!
This relatively wild and challenging journey offers a true taste of Cappadocia’s finest landscapes, history and local hospitality without being too technical or physically intense. It connects incredible historical sights, off the beaten track villages and un-missable panoramas with wonderful cycling routes on dirt tracks, quiet roads and smooth flowing off road trails. The tour is a journey of discovery, spanning much of the region including the Ihlara Canyon, Soganli Valley, and “Fairy Chimney” lunar landscape that stretches from Mustafapasa to Goreme. It's a mix of dirt road adventure bike touring, relaxed cycle touring and some great mountain biking that is suitable for all cyclists. The emphasis is on discovery, and there are plenty of sights, things to do and unforgettable photo opportunities throughout. This tour is a great choice for small groups, couples and families.
Self guided tours include full hotel to hotel luggage transportation and airport transfers, leaving you to travel light. For self-guided programmes we provide a self guiding pack which includes detailed map, route directions, local info, language starters, details of sights along the way, and of course a GPS file of the whole route. Evening meals are included on the first four days and lunches can be added to your package, as can hotel upgrades.
Shorter or longer tours are also available, and the option to have a car and English speaking driver on hand 24/7 is also there for extra security should you wish- please let us know if you wish to add this to your package.
Day 1: Flight to Nevsehir / Kayseri Airport. Transfer to Goreme. The transfer takes around 40 minutes and 1 hour from Nevsehir and Kayseri respectively. You will settle in to the comfort of Goreme’s Holiday Cave (Flintstones) Hotel, and will return here at the end of the tour should you need to leave any excess baggage / bike bags etc. There should be time to assemble and /or fit bikes, have dinner and soak up the unforgettable atmosphere here. You can also visit our office, discuss the tour ahead, and check your bikes and spare parts kits with our experts. Overnight Holiday Cave Hotel (Flintstones), Goreme
Day 2: Transfer – Mamasun Lake – Catalsu – Kizilkaya – Selime Total 27km / 250m climb / 250m descent We start with a 1 hour transfer to Mamasun Lake, far away in Cappadocia’s southwest corner. At the foot of Turkey’s famous “Grand” Ihlara Canyon, your start point at Selime is set amidst an incredible moonscape of deeply eroded volcanic rocks and cave dwellings. This easy first day’s ride sets out a beautiful dirt road circuit around the lake with fabulous panoramas over wheat fields and sweeping views of the snow capped Hasan Volcano. The route continues via Gokce village to Catalsu- an ancient settlement with many old ruined houses and a graveyard that juts out into the lakes blue waters. Continuing around the lakeshore, we rejoin the main valley at Kizilkaya, 10km below the base of the main Ihlara Canyon. You pass by superbly grand, ruined old Ottoman houses and an abandoned troglodyte monastery complex on a rough road that leads up river on a shady trail. Finally you arrive back at your base in Selime and another delicious meal in the Catlak Restaurant on the riverside. Overnight Catlak Hotel, Selime
Day 3: Selime – Ihlara Valley – Belisirma – Ihlara village – Ilisu – Guzelyurt Total 25km/ 660m climb / 200m descent You may like to begin the day with a visit to Selime’s superb monastery and rock cut churches and set off on a lovely singletrack trail through riverside woodlands and then into the Ihlara Canyon itself. We recommend a late start to make the most of the sights around Selime and miss the morning crouds in the upper half of the canyon. The canyon itself has fantastic views and sheer rock faces on each side and 28 rock-cut churches to explore- a real highlight of the region. After 9km of singletrack MTB riding (one section on foot) you arrive at Belisirma- a great place for a morning drink- and continue to the head of the at Ihlara village (where good restaurants and shops are available). Please note there are many sections in the upper half of the canyon where you’ll have to push / carry your bikes! From Ihlara, you follow a quiet asphalt road to Ilisu village, and then on dirt road to Guzelyurt- with commanding views over the flat lands and canyon below. You eventually arrive in Guzelyurt’s Monastery Valley- a charming historical part of the town with lots to see including 19th century “Small Hagia Sofia, underground cities (bring a torch!) and rock cut churches. Tonight you stay in one of Cappadocia’s finest “Konak” luxury boutique hotels and enjoy a real taste of Ottoman grandeur. Overnight Kapadokya Ihlara Konaklari Guzelyurt
Day 4: Guzelyurt – Sivrihisar – Red Church – Nar Lake – Sofular – Gaziemir – Soğanlı Total 32km / 720m climb / 950m descent Your ride begins from the hotel and takes you up over a 1780m pass at Sivrihisar village with fantastic views over the plains below. The route descends through the old, deserted part of the village to Red Church- one of the oldest Cappadocian Orthodox churches that dates from the 5th or 6th century. From there, you’ll cross a relatively flat mountain “yayla”- a green pasture surrounded by mountains where you will see shepherds and their flocks. Following a dirt road across the grassy plain you pass your first “fairy chimney” rocks before descending to Nar village. Note- this section can be impassable after heavy rain due to clay and mud- in which case an alternative asphalt route is available- please ask us for advice! From Nar Village you climb up through the old village and arrive right on the crater of Nar Lake- an awesome extinct volcanic caldera whose sulphurous waters are an ever-changing chameleon of greens, yellows and blues. You follow a rough dirt track (vertiginous and singletrack in places- caution!) down to the lakeshore- an excellent spot for a picnic lunch. You continue downhill through Sofular Valley to reach the little-visited village of Gaziemir- home to a huge underground city complex that you might like to visit. A taste a unexplored and off the beaten track Anatolian rural life- there’s plenty to take in though and lots of photo opportunities! You meet your driver in Gaziemir, and after visiting the underground city there, transfer on to Soganli. In Soganli you stay in the homestead style traditional cave rooms of Emek Pension and enjoy a delicious meal on the terrace. Overnight Emek Pension, Soğanlı
Day 5: Soganli – Baskoy – Derventbasi – Sobessos – Taskinpasa – Keslik – Mustafapasa Total 46km / 700m climb / 870m descent This morning starts with an optional circular bike tour (first on asphalt, then on singletrack trail) around the valley to visit several incredible rock cut churches. It then continues on a quiet asphalt road past Guzeloz to the lovely little village of Baskoy. From here a tractor track leads up through green trees to Debenbasi at the head of the canyon. From here you set off on easy dirt roads, gradually climbing up over the Sahinefendi Pass before dropping down into the Damsa valley where we visit the Roman ruins at Sobessos- unique in Cappadocia with some very fine mosaics. Follow the road north, visiting the medresse and Selcuk mosque at Taskinpasa and the monastery at Keslik. Amidst awesome scenery this ride is a perfect balance of restful freewheeling and memorable historic sites. From Cemil you turn onto a dirt road and follow through paradise scenery of vineyards, fruit trees and first tastes of the “fairy chimney” valleys with great views of the Damsa lake below. Finally you arrive into Mustafapasa, and have time to explore this fascinating historical Greek village before relaxing for the evening in the comfort and splendor of the Old Greek House hotel- one of the region’s most enigmatic historic buildings with an excellent dining pedigree too. Overnight Old Greek House Mustafapasa.
Day 6: Mustafapasa – Gomeda Valley – Ibrahimpasa – Uchisar – Love Valley – Goreme Total 26km / 700m climb / 750m descent Today you set off on a tour of unsurpassed panoramas, through some of Cappadocia’s most awesome and memorable terrain. Towering “fairy chimneys”- interestingly shaped giant rock stacks- and sharply ridged, deeply eroded rocky corridors give the landscape a lunar feel. This is balanced perfectly by green, lush valleys over brimming with fruit trees, vines, and poplars. It’s a unique landscape of biblical grandeur, and today’s route takes in much of the best sights! From Mustafapasa you follow a very scenic dirt road through Gomeda valley, and begin a big climb on a beautiful dirt track that takes us up towards Ibrahimpasa village- a picturesque, unspoiled place with plenty of local charm. You continue to a panoramic viewpoint on Karlitepe high above the Goreme valley and enjoy one of the area’s most stunning views. From here a rough tractor track takes you downhill to Uchisar- an unmissable setting with a chance to climb on foot to the top of it’s imposing rock hewn hill fort.
After a restaurant lunch here you follow an easy but superb dirt road that skirts the canyon edge of Love Valley, with fantastic views of unbelievable landscape of fairy chimneys and deeply eroded tuff rock scenery. It’s also possible to follow a singletrack trail in the valley itself for those with MTB experience! From the bottom of White Valley you take a sandy dirt road to Goreme- right in the centre of the wonderful touristic heart of the region. There is time to explore the village at leisure, and an optional visit to the Open Air Museum for the region’s finest examples of rock cut churches and frescoes. Goreme is a lively and youthful place, in touch with its roots as a backpacker hub and offering a wide range of cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s also right at the centre of an indescribable moonscape of needle splined tuff ridges, steep sided canyons and “fairy chimneys”- epic stacks of rock carved with age old cave houses, churches and beautifully decorated pigeon lofts. Overnight Flintstones Cave Hotel, Goreme
Day 7: Goreme – Rose Valley – Cavusin – Pasabagi – Devrent – Sarihan – Avanos – Goreme Total 45km / 740m climb / 740m descent Today you ride on a dirt road to the incredible rock formations and fairy chimneys at Pasabag- with some of Cappadocia’s most enigmatic scenery and plenty of chance to explore inside the caves too. There is a superb circuit of Rose Valley and a visit to the immense Church of Columns on the way! Continuing on sandy tracks you climb up through the barren Devrent Valley and enjoy a long downhill track that brings us out at the majestic Sarihan Caravanserai- a 13th century fortified trading post on the Silk Road. After enjoying a cooling break within the ancient courtyard we head off on an easy mountain biking trail that follows a stream (plenty of water crossings- you will get wet!) down to the majestic Kizilirmak river- Turkey’s longest and a fresh, fast flowing torrent of emerald green water. You follow paths beneath shady trees along the riverbank past picnic spots and on to Avanos- a small but cosmopolitan town famous for it’s quality ceramics. Avanos is a refreshingly modern place, perfect for a leisurely drink in the square or a stroll through it’s many bazaars and markets. Finally, you take a scenic dirt road tour back to Goreme with the option to go out for a special last night dinner at the nationally renowned Orient Restaurant. Overnight Flintstones Cave Hotel, Goreme
Day 8: Transfer to Nevsehir ot Kayseri Airport for onward travel We transfer you back to Nevsehir / Kayseri Airport for flight home or onwards. The tour ends here.
Price (per person):
There are 2 options available:
Price 850 Euros.
Including all meals and snacks.
Minimum Group size: 3
Maximum Group size: 10
Surcharge of 100 Euros per person for 3 to 5 Pax groups
Smaller groups and bespoke guided tours POA.
7 nights high quality hotel accommodation including boutique cave hotels and Ottoman mansions. Evening meals in hotel restaurants on the first 4 nights. Transfers to and from Nevsehir or Kayseri airport. All baggage transfers and use of support vehicle and driver where required. Self Guiding pack (route directions, maps and GPS files).
Price does not include:
Flights, lunches, entrance fees, guiding, tips, bike hire.
Single Room: 220 Euro.
Half Board Supplement: 50 Euro
Bike Rental: 150 Euro.
Garmin Edge 800 GPS: 50 Euro
Hot Air Balloon: 175 Euro.
Pannier rack: 20 Euro
Women's saddle: 10 Euro.
SPD pedals: 10 Euros.
Start / finish point:
Kayseri or Nevsehir (Nevsehir recommended)
6 days multi centre road and off road touring on quiet country lanes, farm tracks and singletrack trails.
3- Suitable for most cyclists.
A mountain bike fitted with off road tyres and ideally front suspension is required for this tour.
Self-guided departures available from March to October.
Guided group tours 2016:
We have been based in Goreme, the jewel in Cappadocia's crown, for the last 10 years, and know the region's trails like the backs of our hands. There can be few better places to ride a mountain bike on this earth. So many trails and so much variety this is a single track paradise.
Cappadocia enjoys a continental climate of long, dry summers and cold winters, often with heavy snow. The best time to ride is May – June and September – October though the itineraries we offer are broadly possible right through from April to November.
About the Area:
The remains of the millions years ago volcanic eruptions, shaped by the wind and rain for thousands of years, have formed one of natures most spectacular masterpieces: Strange rock formations, called: "fairy chimneys". Settled throughout time by Hittite, Persian, Romans, Byzantine and Ottoman civilisations, many of these caves are still decorated with icons and wall paintings from the early Christian times. Cappadocia is a land rich with history and filled with natural wonders.