Cycling mainly on unsurfaced farm tracks and quiet backroads, we discover the magical region of Cappadocia, where soft lava and ash rock has eroded over millennia to form a fairytale landscape unlike any other on earth. Bizarrely shaped rock forms and exotically contoured cliffs feast the eye while underground a fascinating network of tunnels, rock-cut churches, caves and even whole cities are waiting to be explored. Our route takes us through the best of Cappadocia’s landscapes but also to areas seldom visited by tourists which seem to belong in a different age.
On your arrival to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You will meet your guide and other tour participants for a cocktail and a briefing on your trip before dinner. Dinner in Urgup.
Off time in the morning after breakfast to prepare the bikes and a short meeting about the program. Today we ride to Ortahisar via Uzengi Stream. After a short village tour and having lunch, we ride back to Urgup via vineyards and on arrival to Urgup; we bike to Urgup fortress to have the panoramic view of the town. Dinner in Urgup. Distance: 20 kms (90% off road). Climbing: 700 meters. Descending: 700 meters.
As we check out from our hotel, we leave the town and bike through Damsa stream to Sarihan Caravanserai and then through Red River to Avanos. After a lunch break in Avanos, we head to Cavusin and then take the road, with great views of the valleys by the Love Valley, to Uchisar. We end our day in Uchisar. Dinner in Uchisar. Distance: 35 kms (90% off road). Climbing: 1000 meters. Descending: 700 meters.
After the breakfast, we cycle to Kavak village first and then Mazikoy. We have picnic (lunch boxes) at Mazikoy. We bike through the potato fields until Devretbasi village and then through a very nice valley to Baskoy. Finally we reach Soganli, which is one of the earliest settlements of Cappadocia. From here, we are transferred back to our hotel. Dinner in Uchisar. Distance: 50 kms (65% off road). Climbing: 800 meters. Descending: 600 meters.
After the breakfast, we cycle to Kavak village first and then Mazikoy. After the picnic lunch at a local tea house in Mazikoy, we bike through the potato fields until Derbentbasi village and then through a very nice valley to Baskoy. Finally we reach Soganli, which is one of the earliest settlements of Cappadocia. From here, we are transferred back to our hotel. Dinner in Uchisar. Distance: 49 kms (65% off road). Ascent: 788 meters. Descent: 780 meters.
After breakfast, we take an hour’s transfer to Guzelyurt and start the day with a ride through the vineyards and then around a lake towards Analipsis Church. After visiting the church, we keep riding through the potato fields to Selime via Alanyurt village. Selime is the village where we go in to Ihlara canyon, known as Turkish Grand Canyon. We cycle to Belisirma (a smart village in the middle of the valley) and have lunch there. After lunch at a local restaurant by the river, we are transferred Urgup. On the way, we descend towards the centre of the earth, with a trip to the Underground City of Derinkuyu, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. Dinner in Urgup. Distance: 33 kms (90% off road). Ascent: 495 meters. Descent: 810 meters.
We first ride through Pancarlik Valley to Ortahisar and then take the single tracks of Red Valley which leads us to Cavusin village. After riding through the streets of Cavusin we cycle to Pasabag, where we see the best examples of the fairy chimneys, and then Zelve. After lunch, we visit Zelve Open Air Museum, which is a journey into the past, with its troglodyte houses. This is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements in Cappadocia. After this, we head on to Devrent Valley, known as the Imagination Valley, and then back to Urgup. Dinner in Urgup. Distance: 35 kms (70% off road). Ascent: 762 meters. Descent: 762 meters.
We start our last day with a visit to the local open market in Urgup where they sell mostly fresh vegs and fruits. Today, we ride through some nice valleys around Pancarlik Valley and visit some cave churches dating as early as the 10th century. After riding through the vineyards and gardens, we arrive at Damsa Dam, where we have lunch at a local BBQ restaurant. After lunch, we ride to Mustafapasa village and then through the single tracks of Gomeda Valley back to Urgup. There is a small stream passing the valley and some nice pigeon houses carved into the rocks. Dinner in Urgup. Distance: 42 kms (90% off road). Ascent: 980 meters. Descent: 980 meters.
After breakfast, we transfer you to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport for the flight back home.