24 August-02 September 2019
ON THE PHRYGIAN WAY 2019
Each year, we are going on a special ride with just a few guests. We will load the horses and transfer them to other areas of Turkey where we will discover historical routes or follow the hoofprints of historic travelers.
In 2019 we will ride on the Phrygian way, along the traces of legendary king Midas. Join us on a ride on historic routes through the land of the ancient empire of the Phrygians.
We will pass through areas of stunning landscape with rock formations similar to Cappadocia`s landscape, villages of rural Turkish life, hardly ever visited by tourists and see the monuments left by Phrygian culture.
Having done this ride in 2016, we were so impressed by the beauty of the landscape, the cultural heritage and the hospitality of the local people, that we have decided to do this journey again in 2019. More than that, the experiences made on the first trip have led us to making slight adjustments to the route so that we can see Midas City (near Yazılıkaya) with it’s most famous Phrygian monuments.
- Riding freely through stunning landscape
- Discover Phrygian cultural heritage
- Experience hospitality and rural life
- Comfortable camping
- Sightseeing in Afyon and Kütahya
2580 € per person (6-8 riders), 2300 € (9-10 riders), 160 € single supplement
10 days / 9 nights (4 x hotels, 5 x camping) / 6 days riding
Day 1: Arrive at the airport and transfer to our hotel. Welcome dinner at a local res- taurant.
Day 2: The next day we will visit Afyonkarahisar. From Afyon’s impressive castle, which was first built around 1350 BC, we have a spectacular view over the city and the area. The Large mosque (Ulu Cami) with carved wood pillars built in 1272 is one of the finest examples of this architecture. Afyonkarahisar is not only fam- ous for it’s marble but also for the hot springs. We can take our time to relax in a hot spring before starting our ride.
Day 3: After breakfast next morning, we will meet the horses and start out ride in the area of Seydiler and follow the phrygian valley north to Olukpinar. On the way, we pass through small villages, hardly ever visited by tourists and get an impres- sion of rural life in this area.
Day 4: The landscape becomes more dramatic as we carry on and we will dis- cover some decorated caves. We cam close to Ayazini with it’s carved church.
Day 5: On our ride we pass the phrygian sites of Maltaş (facade of a temple) and the grave chambers of Aslantaş and Yılantaş. We will see Arslankaya, the “Lions stone”, near the village of Bayramaliler.
Day 6: We ride along the shore of the lake Emre Gölü with its picturesque rock formations and head east to the mountain area, where we camp near Sarıcaova.
Day 7: We have a calm ride today passing through a beautiful forest and mountain area. Over night we stay near an ancient cave cemetery.
Day 8: We ride to Yazılıkaya, where the ruins of Midas city have been found. This is one the most important sites of phrygian culture. We will visit the plateau, seeing the Midas monument and other artefacts of phrygian culture. We follow the valley north where we see an impressive rock castle. We leave the horses near Çukurca in the afternoon and drive to Kütahya where we can take a stroll around the old city before dinner.
Day 9: We visit the historical town of Kütahya and have time for shopping.
After a short lunch, we drive to Cavdarhisar, where we visit the ruins of the roman city of Aizanoi, with it’s impressive Zeus temple.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport.
Accommodation and food
3* or Boutique Hotels in Afyonkarahisar and Kütahya. Afyonkarahisar is famous for it’s hot springs which we can visit. On the ride, we stay in tents. Shower and toilet facilities are available. Full board with local food and regional specialities and soft drinks. Selected alcoholic beverages are available at camping sites.
Arabian and Arabian-Anatolian cross mares (150 – 160 cm), reliable, sure-footed and fit, forward going, some of them successful endurance horses. Trail riding saddles with saddle bags. 6 days riding, about 5 hours per day, covering about 140 km. Moderate pace in mountain areas with some canters on open ground. Riders should be able to control their horse and have reasonable fitness for several hours riding. Some calmer horses for less experienced riders are available.
Included: Riding and visiting programme as described, full board with local speci- alities and non-alcoholic beverages, transfers from/to specified airport, entrance fee to museums/sites and hot springs.
Not included: Flights, travel insurances, additional drinks.