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

2024 Events Dates

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.

Tour Route Program:

Day 1: Transfer from Kayseri Airport to Urgup

We meet you at Kayseri Airport and transfer to a lovely boutique cave hotel in Urgup, where we’ll settle in, have a pre-tour briefing and if time allows, prepare our bikes.
Overnight Boutique Cave Hotel, Ürgüp.

Day 2: Urgup – Sarihidir – Ozkonak (Picnic lunch) – Avanos – Zelve – Cavusin – Goreme
Total 67km / 1100m climb / 1100m descent

We begin the ride by rounding Boz Dagi table top mountain and Devrent valley to our left, before finally arriving at the great Kizilirmak. Turkey’s longest river is clean, fast flowing and a gorgeous emerald green here, where we cross at the little visited village of Sarihidir. From here, our ride takes us up into the hills to the historical town of Ozkonak where we can visit the underground city and have our picnic lunch in a tea cafe there (hot and cold drinks available). After lunch we take a fast and long downhill to arrive in Avanos- a small but thriving town, famous for its pottery and winemaking- a fantastic place to relax and check out the local handicrafts. From there we continue onwards, visiting the “fairy chimneys” at Zelve and Pasabag- one of the areas must-see geographic sights! We continue to Cavusin, where we have a chance to visit rock cut churches and ancient cave dwellings. Then an easy ride takes us to the base of Love Valley, named after its particularly phallic stone towers, and on to Goreme- the vibrant backpacker-loved village right in the centre of Cappadocia’s heart.
Overnight Boutique Cave Hotel, Goreme

Hot Air Balloon Flight (optional) – Goreme – Uchisar – Urgup – Mustafapasa (Restaurant lunch) – Keslik Monastery – Sahniefendi – Guzeloz – Soganli
Total 67km / 1100m climb / 880m descent

This morning you might like to see the dawn from a Hot Air Balloon flight- respected as a “must do” in Cappadocia, and an awesome way to see the roads that you rode yesterday from a completely different perspective! Though the tour is completely optional, this is an unmissable experience, and you’ll be back in time for breakfast- possibly slightly drunk from the champagne reception! From Goreme we climb out of the valley, enjoying tremendous panorama’s, to arrive in Uchisar- an iconic Cappadocian village with stunning hilltop rock cut castle from where we can enjoy superb views of the whole area. Passing Ortahisar and the centre of Urgup we head down a beautiful road that crosses the Gomeda valley on its way to Mustafapasa (Sinassos)- a picturesque formerly Greek village where we stop for lunch.

We continue along a very green and pleasant road, soon arriving at Keslik Monastery, where spend some time exploring the shady gardens of the rock cut churches. After lunch our route leads us south down a route full of interest and wonderful scenery. We stop and visit the historic Taskinpasa Medresse, Selcuk Mosque and Sobessos Roman city. Amidst awesome scenery this ride is a perfect balance of restful freewheeling and memorable historic sites. Finally, we climb out of the valley at Sahinefendi, crossing a high plateau with views over all the region’s mountain ranges in clear weather. Finally, we drop down into Soganli valley- a lush green flash of life surrounded on all sides by sheer canyon walls. Soganli is an ancient and magical place- and we spend the evening visiting some spectacular rock cut churches- complete with stunningly preserved frescoes. We overnight in a local homestay- with wonderful organic food and true local hospitality. Rustic family ran accommodation is in local style cave rooms and may be shared depending on the size of the group.
Overnight Emek Pension, Soganli

Day 4: Transfer – Nar Lake – Gulagac – Selime (Restaurant lunch) – Ihlara – Guzelyurt
Total 62km / 700m climb / 600m descent

Today’s ride is relatively flat, offering a perfect scenic contrast between vast wide open plains and the awesome “Grand” canyon of Ihlara. We begin with a transfer via Derinkuyu (possible visit to the underground city) and continue out into wild, open uplands to our start point of Nar Golu crater lake. Now well out of the usual tourist realm we find ourselves in a place where shepherds guard huge herds of sheep and goats and people live in much the same way as they have done for generations. Continuing via Gulagac, we soon arrive at the many old houses of Demirci where we stop for drinks. From here our ride is mainly downhill through fantastic arid rocky scenery- arriving at Selime where we enjoy a restaurant lunch on the riverside. Now, our route climbs out of the Ihlara Canyon, and passes by Ihlara town for a super view of the deep upper canyon. After a good climb we arrive at the historic town of Guzelyurt and stay in one of the region’s most splendid hotels. Our host in Guzelyurt is a collection of restored and beautifully furnished Ottoman “konaks”- collections of wealthy town houses built from cut stone with arched ceilings and plenty of regal charm. All in all a hugely rewarding ride!

Day 5: Guzelyurt – Sivrihisar – Ciftlik – Altunhisar (Restaurant Lunch) – Nigde
Total 81km / 1150m climb / 1400m descent

From Guzelyurt (1430m) our route climbs steadily to the village of Sivrihisar (1780m) with increasingly epic views over the wide open expanses below. We carry on into wild, largely untravelled countryside, dropping down in the remote rural village of Ciftlik. From here we have a big climb (425m in 6.7km) amongst towering mountainous peaks and wonderful scenery to cross the Melendes Mountains. This is our most challenging climb to date but the gradient is gentle and the effort sustained. After recovering for little at the top we enjoy an epic 900m descent back to the flat plains of Nigde, and have lunch in a really good local restaurant in Altunhisar. The afternoon’s ride is much flatter and on larger roads, stopping off for a well earned break at the green gardens of Pinarbasi (60km) before cruising into the provincial capital of Nigde (Nee-Deh). Traffic isn’t too bad but the driver can wait at the edge of the city and transfer you in if you don’t fancy braving the streets! Nigde is an interesting town- untouristic and conservative but with a certain character of it’s own. We stay in the city centre at the best hotel in town and enjoy a sundowner or two on the hotel terrace.

Day 6: Transfer – Uckapili – Camardi – Kavaklitepe Pass (Picnic lunch), Kovali dam – Sultan Marshes National Park
Total 90km / 600m climb / 1500m descent

Today we make an early start and transfer out of Nigde to Gumusler, where we visit the impressive rock cut monastery complex. This monastery is an unknown treasure, with some of Cappadocia’s best examples of Byzantine art- superb, high colour frescoes dating from the 11th Century. We continue driving and begin riding at the summit of a ridge of hills that separate Nigde from the Aladaglar proper. The impending downhill is highly enjoyable, starting off with a gorgeous road that follows a lush green stream valley. Our first views of the Crimson Mountains (Aladaglar) seen here are spine tingling in grandeur and beauty, and the majority of the ride will now be spent in the shadow of these towering limestone peaks. We soon arrive at Camardi- a picturesque farming town right on the edge of the mountains, and carry on to skirt the edge of the massif besides apple orchards and wonderful scenery in every direction. We enjoy a hearty picnic lunch on the Kavaklitepe Pass at 1760m and from there the rest of the ride is mostly downhill. We set off through remote, upland hills where we’ll see shepherds guarding huge flocks of sheep. Finally, we begin a long descent past the Kovali Dam, rejoining the Anatolian Plateau at about 1000m. Here we overnight on the edge of the famous Sultan Marshes, one of Turkey’s foremost birdwatching highlights. Of course, for those who are interested, a guided birdwatching tour is possible (recommended early tomorrow morning!).

Day 7: Short transfer to Mustafabeyli – Develi (Restaurant Lunch) – Erciyes Mountain – Hacilar – Kiziloren – Short transfer to hotel
Total 86km / 1750m climb / 1400m descent

After a short transfer, we begin riding on a level road that crosses the plains nearby to the Sultan Sazligi marshes, getting ever closer to the towering volcanic peak of Mt. Erciyes. After a good restaurant lunch in the market town of Develi we begin the biggest climb of the tour- up to a 2200m pass gives and offering incredible views of the 3916m (12848 feet) dormant volcano. Note- if you prefer, you can ride in the support vehicle up this big hill! The last section of the tour circles Mt. Erciyes, passing through wonderful mountain scenery, and eventually dropping us back down onto the plains near Kayseri in the village of Kiziloren.

Day 8: Transfer to Kayseri Airport
Today, we drive you 30 minutes to Kayseri Airport, where the tour ends.
Tour ends at Kayseri Airport. 

Tour Information:

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.

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