Cycle 191km mostly off road in 5 days, combining the best of remote, wilderness off road adventure biking with plenty of experiences along the way. We will be riding through valleys, alongside and into streams, and there will be some climbing.This challenge will take you through a network of little used dirt roads and not too technical single track MTB trails as it winds its way across the region – including the Ihlara Canyon, Soganli Valley, and the “Fairy Chimney” landscape that stretches from Mustafapasa to Goreme.
Cappadocia is a geological oddity of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of otherworldly appearance. Ancient volcanic eruptions dispersed thick ash, which solidified into a soft rock tens of metres thick. Hills and unusual rock formation were shaped as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years creating a fairy-tale landscape of cones, pillars, pinnacles, and chimneys. People have long utilised the region's soft stone, seeking shelter underground and leaving the countryside scattered with fascinating cavern architecture.
Day 1: Arrival
You will fly in to Kayseri Airport and from where you transfer to your hotel in Goreme. The rest of your day is free before we gather for a trip briefing and a delicious dinner.
Day 2: Selime - Guzelyurt
Early in the morning, we drive for 90-minutes until reaching Selime, a Byzantine city with more than a hundred churches, before getting on our bikes. Following asphalt and dirt roads out of the canyon with a view over the rolling foothills of Melendes Mountains into Kitreli, a village where we stop for lunch. Then a downhill ride on to Guzelyurt will provide us with beautiful views over the canyon below. Once in Guzelyurt, we will tour through underground cities and rock-cut churches before settling in one of Cappadocia’s best boutique hotels. of Ottoman grandeur. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 40km
Day 3: Guzelyurt - Soganli
Day 3 takes us to a 1780-m pass offering fantastic views of plains below Sivrihisar before descending through the old part of the village to one of the oldest Orthodox church in Cappadocia, the Red Church from the 5th or 6th century. Passing by shepherds and their flocks takes us through grassy plains to Nar village, unless bad weather forces us to take an alternative, equally impressive asphalt route. Before reaching a lakeshore for a picnic, we will pass through an extinct crater of Nor Lake. We will visit Gaziemir underground city and then transfer to Soganli for a night in a traditional homestead cave rooms of Emek Pension.
Day 4: Soganli - Mustafapasa
We start the morning off with a bike tour around the valley past Guzeloz and to the village of Baskov and through impressive greenery to Debenbasi at the head of the canyon. We then drop down into the Damsa Valley to visit Sobessos Roman ruins before grabbing a picnic lunch. We can appreciate the regions diversity while visiting Medress and Selcuk mosques at Taskinpasa and the monastery at Keslik on our way to valleys full of vineyards and fruit trees. After arriving at Mustafapasa, an impressive Greek village, we will spend the evening in comfort of our hotel among the region’s most enigmatic historical buildings.
Day 5: Mustafapasa - Goreme
From Mustafapasa, we take a scenic route through Gomeda Valley through Ibrahimpasi, an unspoilt charming village, towards a panoramic viewpoint on Karlitepe over the valley basking over the beautiful horizon. We then descend towards the town of Uchisar which is overlookd by an imposing rock hewn hill fort. After our lunch we will follow the canyon of White Valley with a memorable eroded rock scenery on our way back to Goreme. We then visit an open air museum with an exposition of the region’s rock-cut structures and frescoes. We spend the night in the town, which offers a range of authentic restaurants, cafes and bars.
Day 6: Goreme Loop
We take a circuit ride around the Rose Valley visiting the Church of Columns along the way. After a climb through the Devrent and its barren surroundings, we descend to the majestic Sarihan Caravanserai, which is a 13th century trading post on the Silk Road. We explore the ancient courtyard and then follow a stream with many water crossings, which may get us wet, towards Kizilirmak, Turkey’s longest river. We arrive at Avanos, a quaint town famous for its ceramics craft and countless bazaars and markets, before heading back to Goreme. Once back in Goreme, we meet up for a farewell dinner at a famous Orient Restaurant.
Day 7: Departure
Following our breakfast, we transfer back to Kayseri Airport for our return journey home.
- Airport transfers
- Support vehicle
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Snacks and drinks
- Water bottle
- Bike hire
- All flights
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
Making a booking
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|Sunday 17th Jun 2018 - Saturday 23rd Jun 2018||£1,419|
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|Sunday 21st Apr 2019 - Saturday 27th Apr 2019||£1,419|
|Sunday 19th Apr 2020 - Saturday 25th Apr 2020||£1,450|
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|Sunday 4th Oct 2020 - Saturday 10th Oct 2020||£1,450|