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“Horse riding through Cappadocia”
Review of Goreme Ranch

Goreme Ranch
Reviewed July 5, 2012

My husband and I did a 2hr guided horse ride through the valleys (including Rose & Red Valleys) of Cappadocia with Goreme Ranch today. They offered a free transfer from our hotel to and from the ranch, which is located just down the road from the Goreme Open Air Museum. We paid 80TL each for the ride. It was really nice riding through the valleys, looking at all the interesting rock formations and gardens/vineyards/orchards on horseback - much easier than walking (we are avid hikers and would normally have walked but wanted to experience a horse ride while we were here). We stopped for a break at the halfway mark and had a look in one of the churches - really cool. Although our guide spoke English, he didn't share any knowledge of the area etc during our ride which would have made it that much better. The horses were in pretty good condition and they provided helmets.

5  Thank Cheryl H
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

We visited Goreme and the surrounding area November 2011. Although it is very cold at this time of year most days minus degrees this did not stop us getting about. The area is very beautiful and easily accessed either by trips or on your own. The days are short but as there is not a lot of night life at this time of year it is ideal for sight seeing. We decided to do one trip with our hotel then made our way around on our own. We got the local bus and dolmus service to nevsheir and urgup. The times are posted outside the local tourist information centre (which was never open) near the bus stops in the centre of goreme. the cost is approx 2tl per person each way the bus take no more than half an hour, be aware that the last bus back from urgup is 4.00pm so check times before leaving the bus station. Urgup tourist information is very useful they leave the booklets and information outside when closed. We walked to the open air museum in Goreme takes approx 15 minute not too difficult with beautiful scenery very well sign posted.
We also walked to cavusin 4 kilometres from goreme a very easy flat walk through the beautiful red valley took about 30-40 minutes each way.
Night life is very limited at this time of year most bars and restaurants were empty we used oneway bar and restaurant in the centre of Goreme was very friendly and warm they had a sober and open fire. my husband asked if they could put the newcastle game on although they did charge 5 tl to watch the game this is normal in some bars, the next day besiktas were playing and they charged the local the same. They had free wifi and the food was quite good.
At this time of year it rarely gets above minus so wrap up warm take plenty of layers and warm clothes. Due to the cold we ate early then went back to the hotel on the occasions we were out later there was not many places with much happening. The area is quite hilly so checking the location of your hotel can be very important. our hotel was perfect just off the centre of the town.
A beautiful place to visit and very recommended I think the best time to visit would be either late may/early june and end sept/beginning oct.

1  Thank pelin1762
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

This is an open air museum. We have spent a few hours here but was not enough at all. I recommend at least an half day and to have a light with you to go into all holes. Luckily, I asked a mate passing and we had an opportunity to use his light.

1  Thank crownvict
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

this is one of the most amazing places I have ever been to.
Not just the open Air Museum, but the whole town or area,
The town, the museum, the hot air balloon trip the view from the hill above the town, the scenery, everything is so different to any place I had been before.
The people here were eager to please too.
We thought that it would be great to stay in a cave hotel so we booked in advance, at the Cave Hotel Saksagan.
They were waiting for us and our room was ready. Lovely place and thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
But we froze in the cave.
The next night he supplied us with a heater.
Loved Goreme and hope to return again someday

Thank leewen
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

3 of us booked a 2 hour sunset tour of the Rose Valley and surrounding area. The company picked us up on time and delivered us to the horse area. The guides were friendly and organized and had a good knowledge of the area. 2 went on the tour to ensure safety.

They did not provide lots of instruction for first time riders and I was happy that I had been on a horse before. My boyfriend had not, and while he managed quite well, he stated it would been less stressful if he had some instruction on how to command the horse.

2 hours was also long enough for our bums. Would them again!

Thank HilRay
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