Cappadocia Road Bike Touring

Tour Highlights:

  • 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 villages
  • Admiring the canyon and huge rock formations of the Ihlara Valley
  • Enjoying the alpine countryside of Cukurbag in the Aladaglar Mountains National Park
  • Going underground at the subterranean city of Derinkuyu
  • The big climb up and over the shoulder of Erciyes volcano

Tour Details:

Cappadocia, with its unreal rock formations, cave dwellings and “fairy chimneys” 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 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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Practial Information:

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 more information on Cappadocia.

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Tour Options:

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 6 and 12 although smaller groups and bespoke guided tours are available on request.

2: Fully Supported Self-Guided
This 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.

3: Self-Guided
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:

1: Guided
Price 1750 Euro. 
Including all meals and snacks.
Minimum Group size: 6
Maximum Group size: 12
For smaller groups a surcharge will be added to the price.
Smaller groups and bespoke guided tours POA.
2: Supported Self-Guided.
Price: 2150 Euro.
Includes 8 evening meals at top quality restaurants and English speaking professional guide / fixer / driver at your disposal 24/7.
Price based on 2 people travelling.
3: Self-Guided.
Price: 1800 Euro.
Half board accommodation with in hotels or good quality restaurants.
Price based on 2 people travelling.
Single Supplement 400 Euro. 
Bike Rental (Trek FX hybrid road / sport bikes): 300 Euros
Road Bike Rental (High quality road bikes with alu or carbon frames. Price depending on availability): 250-400 Euros
eBike Rental (Trek Powerfly): 480 Euros

Price includes:
7 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.

2024 Guided Dates: 
11 – 18 May
28 September – 5 October

Tour Length:
8 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.

6 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.

Cappadocia Road scenic

Cappadocia Road picking fruit

30 thoughts on “Cappadocia Road Bike Touring

  1. Hello,
    I am interested in Cappadocia Road Bike Guided tour, but I am concerned that it might be too hard. Is there a support vehicle in case one gets tired?

    • Hi Ilana, Thanks for your message. Yes, on all of our road biking tours there is a following support vehicle that you are free to use as a “sag wagon”, in case you get tired. Are you interested in a guided group or self-guided option? Are you travelling solo or are there other in your party? I’ll send you an email so we can communicate directly, look forward to your reply! All my best, Jon

        • Hello Ilana,
          Thanks for your reply. That’s great, we can certainly arrange the tour around the three of your preferences. Do the dates we have published suit you or would other options be better? Let’s speak further over email! Kind regards, Jon

  2. hello. im Rameesha from Pakistan interested in signing up for the June 2017 Cappadocia Road Biking Tour. Please email me the details 🙂

    • Hi Rameesha. The Cappadocia Road Biking tour is available to book for June 2017, and the tour comes highly recommended.

      It’s a challenging, yet easy going programme, all on back roads without too much traffic. You get to cycle all round the region of Cappadocia, but in addition to the more commonly visited areas around Goreme and Urgup, we also see the Hasan and Erciyes volcanoes and ride around the Aladaglar / Crimson Mountains. Hotels are good quality, some are boutique, some authentic cave houses, and others rather more rustic. Food is first class and all diets can be accommodated. Guide is English speaking Turkish, certified and registered.

  3. Dear
    Hi my name is Abdullah from kuwait and im interesting in Cappadocia Road Biking tour (9 days ) in October 2016 ,

    1- are you still running this tour or not ,
    2- my preference is to join group with guide but with private room in the hotel is that possible . And how much is the price for that .



    • Dear Abdullah. Thanks for your interest. We are running the Cappadocia Road Biking tour this October. I’ll send you an email with full details, but please also check your spam folder in case the email goes to there. Hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, Jon

  4. hi 3 of us will be arriving at cappadocia on 25th april and stays until 2nd may…. we would like to do a self guided tour… can u give us a quote. we may bring our own bicycls

    • Hello there, nice to hear from you. If you prefer to cycle on the roads then this tour is ideal- there is not much traffic and the scenery is beautiful. The tour as listed here costs 800 Euros per person for a 3 person group if are able to share a triple room (where available). This is a half board price and includes good quality evening meals each day. I’ll send you an email with some further details.

  5. 2 of us are interested in a tour starting March 1st and lasting 7-10 days 70-100km a day. I’m currently working in Izmir. Do you have anything available? What are your bike hire options? Do you offer self supported options (bikes with panniers and que sheets… no support van needed)?

    • Dear Nelson, We can offer self-supported self-guided tour options, although our standard itineraries are car supported- not just to transport your luggage, but to transfer you between the most interesting areas. Still, your tour can be a reality, and I’ll send you an email with some alternatives. Many thanks, Jon

  6. My husband and I are interested in doing your Cappadocia guided road tour next May or June 2015 and would like to take advantage of some of great airfares and book early. Would you have an idea of what your tour dates might be in 2015?

    • Hi Deborah, Booking early is always a good idea! We are looking at May 23rd to 30th 2015 for the Cappadocia Road Biking next year. Does that suit you? If not, let me know and I’ll do my best to re-jig a couple of things. Cheers, Jon

      • Hi,
        I would like to know if you still have an available space for this trip and what would the cost be for one person.

        • Hi Maria, yes we do still have places on the 6th-13th June tour! We don’t charge any single supplement for single riders willing to share a twin room, so the price will be 900 Euro (plus bike hire). I received your email and will get back to you directly from there. All best, Jon

  7. Hi there, great website! I am interested in your capadoccia road biking tours but don’t have 8 days and my budget can’t stretch to 900 euro. Do you have any options for half the time and half the price (cycling every day, 60+km)? Happy to do self guided. And hopefully my sister will join! Thanks, Rebecca

    • Hi Rebecca- yes, that’s possible- especially if you sister can join you! Full details on their way to you by email. Thanks!

  8. Hi, We are two students interested in the self guided tour in Cappadoce in September for 10 days. Is it possible to have further informations by email?
    Thanks a lot, xx

    • Hi Juliette, Yes- sure- September is perfect for a Cappadocia road biking tour! I’ll send you an email right away with some details and options. All the best, Jon

  9. Hi, we are interested in road biking in Cappodocia in either your October 2014 tour or self guided. Can you email me details of both? Is the self guided still supported in any way?

    • Hi Rebecca. Thanks for getting in touch with us. The self-guided option is still fully supported, and both guided and self-guided options follow the same itinerary. I’ve sent you an email with some details, so will hope to hear back from you soon!

  10. My husband and I are interested in your cappadocia road trip that begins May 31. Do you have availability? What will typical day time temps be? What is the typical demographic profile of the people that do this trip? We are long time cyclists, aged 57 and 60, and have done many cycling trips. 60 to 80 km are our usual distances though we are capable of more. We live in a somewhat flat area so not much of our regular riding has a lot of ascent though we’ve done some on some of our trips (northern Italy). What are the grades on the climbs like and What kind of bikes would we be riding?
    Thank you

    • Hi Teresa, nice to hear from you. Yes do we have availability on the May 31st departure of the Cappadocia Road Biking tour. I’ll send you an email with further details. Many thanks, Jon

  11. hello

    we are interested in the Cappodocia self guided tour, Would it be possible to do it the week of 18th – 25 th May 2014.

    • Hi there… Yes, it is possible and the best season to do this tour! I’ll send you an email with some more details about the self guiding options!

  12. Hi. I will be travelling as a single female. Would be comfortable riding level 4. Would it be possible to join an existing group? I am keen on all trips road and MTB a nd trekking if you are able to recommend a reputable trekking company. Flexible with dates.
    Thank you for your response.

    • Hi Sue. In all likelihood, yes, the Cappadocia Road Biking tour will run in 2013. We have already had quite a lot of interest. However, we are not running it as a fixed date tour- which means if you would like to sign up for it let us know which dates you prefer and we can either open it up to others or give you the option of a small group / private tour. Many thanks, Jon

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