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 and overnight 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 and overnight 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 and overnight 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 and overnight in Uchisar. Distance: 50 kms (65% off road). Climbing: 800 meters. Descending: 600 meters.
After breakfast, we are transferred to Soganli, from where we start riding to Derinkuyu via Orhanli village. After visiting the underground city of Derinkuyu and having lunch at a local restaurant, we keep cycling to Komurcu village via Kiledere and Yazihoyuk villages. Today"s ride finishes in Komurcu, where we rendezvous with our vehicle, and transfer to Guzelyurt. Dinner and overnight in Guzelyurt. Distance: 60 kms (90% off road). Climbing: 800 meters. Descending: 600 meters.
Today we"ll enjoy a day off in Guzelyurt with a casual bike ride around town. Advanced riders will have the opportunity to go on a longer bike ride at their leisure. Those who would like some free time to go exploring can stroll through the town"s lively streets past homes carved into rocks, take a walk through Monastery Valley and visit the cave churches, go fishing at a nearby lake, or just relax at our hotel and read a book. Dinner and overnight in Guzelyurt. Distance: 15 kms (90% off road). Climbing: 250 meters. Descending: 250 meters.
We cycle to Selime via Alanyurt. Selime is the village where we go in to Ihlara canyon. We cycle to Belisirma (a smart village in the middle of the valley) and have lunch there. After lunch we hike or bike in the second part of the canyon up to Ihlara village. For those who want to walk, we can take their bikes on the supporting vehicle. After Ihlara we have a 35 km ride to Ulukisla. This ride is going over Kucuk Hasan Mountain from a passage. We do a long uphill ride about 20 km and then a serious downhill. The beginning of the uphill is soft but when we get close to the mountain it is more challenging. We are picked up in Ulukisla village and transferred to Urgup. Dinner and overnight in Urgup. Distance: 60 kms (90% off road). Climbing: 1050 meters. Descending: 1300 meters.
On our last day, we ride towards the most popular sites of Cappadocia. We first ride through Pancarlik to Ortahisar and then to the famous Goreme Open Air Museum, to visit its rock-cut churches. Riding through Rose Valley leads us to Cavusin. After riding through the streets of Cavusin we cycle to Pasabag and then Zelve. After having lunch in Zelve, we visit its open air museum and head on to Devrent Valley and then Urgup. Dinner and overnight in Urgup. Distance: 30 kms (90% off road). Climbing: 700 meters. Descending: 700 meters.
After breakfast, we transfer you to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport for the flight back home.