- Meandering between the legendary rock valleys and “fairy chimneys” of Goreme
- Staying in an ottoman “konak” boutique hotel in the ancient village of Guzelyurt
- Discovering the true Cappadocia in off-the-beaten-track Akkoy
- Admiring the canyon and huge rock formations of the Ihlara Valley
- Enjoying the alpine countryside of Cukurbag in the Aladaglar National Park.
- The incredible waterfalls at Karpuzbasi and surrounding Aladaglar peaks.
- Going underground at the subterranean city of Derinkuyu
- The big climb up and over the shoulder of Erciyes volcano
Cappadocia, with its unreal rock formations, cave dwellings and “fairy chinmeys” is undeniably one of Turkey’s most captivating, unique and unmissable areas and a perfect destination for a road cycling tour. This tour links Cappadocia with the nearby Aladaglar Mountains – a jagged alpine range of limestone peaks surrounded beautiful forests, canyons and waterfalls. Designed to satisfy keen cyclists without being overly demanding, the tour includes some long days but the effort in is more than rewarded. We get the most from our time by using minibus transfers to cut out any unsuitable areas, leaving an itinerary jam packed with highlights and offering first class riding throughout.
The tour is a true journey of discovery that covers much of this intriguing region. There is much to explore along the way, and beyond the usual scope of stop-learn-take photo you will genuinely be able to explore and discover yourselves. Cappadocia is a land that frees the Indiana Jones inside us all, with history around every corner and an incredible mix of colours and cultures.
We stay at boutique hotels wherever possible, the best places utilising traditional cave rooms combined and authentic furnishings. In most cases you will stay in family owned, small hotels, which reflect the nature, history and culture of the area well. Food is without doubt another highlight of the experience, with evening meals and lunches to be savoured at carefully chosen, high quality restaurants. Expect hearty portions of central Anatolian specialities like pottery kebab, home made ravioli and meat and vegetables stewed in clay casserole dishes, alongside lighter, more national dishes like meze, fresh green salads and fish.
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We have been based in Goreme, the jewel in Cappadocia’s crown, for the last 10 years, and know the region’s roads like the backs of our hands. The choice to combine this tour with a circuit of the Crimson mountains came out of Cappadocia’s relatively small geographic size and the desire to create an even more memorable itinerary. The region has perfect riding conditions from May to October though the high summer of July and August may be too hot for some. The tour starts and finishes in Kayseri, the capital of Cappadocia. Modestly priced flight connections are available, normally via Istanbul.
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 rich with history and filled with natural wonders! Click here for for information on Cappadocia.
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We have improved and extended the route and added options that let you choose the tour format that suits you best. Choose from:
1: Guided Group Departures
By riding with one of our professional guides you will not only learn so much about the places you ride through, but enjoy the company and companionship that social cycling provides. These tours run on fixed dates throughout the year and are open to single riders willing to share a twin room with no single supplement. All guides speak English fluently and have extensive cycling experience in the region. These tours include all meals at excellent and well-chosen restaurants. The group size is between 3 and 10. There is a surcharge of 150 Euros per person for 3 to 5 Pax groups. Smaller groups and bespoke guided tours are available on request.
2: Fully Supported Self-Guided
This new option puts one of our professional biking guides in the driving seat of your support vehicle. It’s the best way to enjoy the support and assistance that a fully guided tour provides but gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace and make your own choices. Not only will your baggage be transported from hotel to hotel but you will enjoy full technical support and route assistance at every stage- just like having a driver and a guide in one. This option includes evening meals but lunches are extra. Please ask for prices for groups larger than 2 Pax as the quoted rate is based on 2 people sharing a support car and driver / guide and larger parties will always cost less. Dates tailored to your preference and departures are available throughout the year.
For those who prefer the freedom and value that self-guided tours offer, this is the best option. Your baggage will be transported from hotel to hotel, and you will still have a support car and driver following you (out of sight) along the route. But with this option your driver may not speak much English, and certainly won’t have the skills or knowledge of an expert guide. These tours are bed and breakfast only, leaving you free to make your own meal arrangements. We can add a half board supplement if you prefer, and all hotels are able to produce excellent meals. Please ask for prices larger than 2 Pax as the quoted rate is based on 2 people sharing a support car and driver.Dates tailored to your preference and departures are available throughout the year.
Price (per person):
There are 3 options for this tour:
Single Supplement 220 Euro.
Bike rental 150 Euro.
8 nights hotel accommodation. Transfers to and from Kayseri airport. Professional guide. Full use of support vehicle.
Price does not include:
Flights. Alcoholic and soft drinks available at camps or Restaurants, drinks or extras at optional cafe stops and entrance fees to historical sites and museums. Tips for guides and driver.
2018 Guided Dates:
23 June – 1 July
29 September – 7 October
9 days. Shorter or longer itineraries possible by arrangement.
Start / finish point:
3-4: Challenging sectors and a daily distance of around 80km requires a good level of fitness, although a support car is provided.
7 days multi centre road bike touring. Self guided options are also available.
Equipment advice: A road bike or lightweight touring bike is strongly recommended for this tour. We recommend 25-35mm tyres, ideally of a toughened type, as the road surfaces can sometimes be a little rough.