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Cappadocia 2020 - Wild Horses



Cappadocia in Turkey is a region of exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys, a unique historical and cultural heritage. The earliest record dates from the late 6th century BC. Its many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features make it an amazing location for spectacular photography.

Under the guidance of two professional photographers, this photo tour will take you to breathtaking landscapes, wild horses and horsemen at sunrise, hot air balloons at sunrise, beautiful night skies, underground cities and give you a taste of the Cappadocian hospitality and the tasty local cuisine.


  • Day 1 - Yılki Horses
  • Day 2 - Sultan Sazlığı Sunrise
  • Day 3 - Cave Dwellers and Camels
  • Day 4 - Hot Air Balloons, Horses and Horsemen
  • Day 5 - Reflections
  • Day 6 - Underground Cities
  • Day 7 - Horse Portaits
  • Read the detailled itinerary



Day 1

  • Meet at the Kayseri Erkilet Airport (airport code ASR)
  • Accommodation at the hotel
  • A special meal of Turkish Cuisine (In the Hürmetçi Village)
  • Photography of the Yılki Horses in their natural environment at sunset in the Hürmetçi Village (over 300 wild horses)
  • Drive to Kayseri
  • Dinner (Local tastes from the Kayseri Cuisine at Çemen’s Restaurant)
  • Accommodation at the Nov Hotel Kayseri

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to Sultan Sazlığı for sunrise (1 hour drive)
  • Photography of horses, local life and marshes
  • Drive to Kapuzbaşı Waterfalls (1,5 hours drive)
  • Photo shoot at the waterfalls
  • Lunch (delicious fresh fish from the waterfalls)
  • Drive to the other side of Sultan Sazlığı for sunset
  • Sunset photography with Erciyes Mountain and the marshes in the back
  • Return to Kayseri
  • Dinner in Bereket Develi Cıvıklısı (special Kayseri cuisine)
  • Return to hotel

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Transition to Cappadocia (1 hour drive)
  • Check in at the new hotel and have a little rest (Cappadocia Cave Suits)
  • A little trip around the district (Ürgüp, Göreme and Avanos)
  • Lunch (Aravan Evi Restaurant - Special Pottery Meals of Cappadocia)
  • Continue exploring the district
  • Cappadocia views with camels
  • Dinner (Dayının Yeri Restaurant – Special meat of Turkish cuisine)
  • Return to hotel
  • As an option, star exposure with fairy chimneys of Cappadocia

Day 4

  • Sunrise shoot: hot air balloons, horses and horseman in different places, Swords Valley and Love Valley
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • A little rest time
  • Transition to Kırgız Village
  • Lunch with special Kirgiz Cuisine in the tent (Special Cuisine of Central Asia)
  • Kirgiz Village and the local cultural life of people
  • Horses and horseman with cultural clothes in front of the marquees
  • Drive to Cappadocia
  • Special Turkish entertainment (music, dance, mixed Turkish cuisine)
  • Back to accommodation
  • Optional: Cappadocia night sky

Day 5

  • Landscape and hot air balloons at sunrise
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • A little rest time
  • Transition to salt lake (2 hours drive)
  • Lunch in a restaurant in Aksaray (Special Turkish Steak)
  • Horses or other special subjects like ballerina or model on the lake with their reflections at the sunset (3-4 horses)
  • Dinner a la carte, on the way
  • Return to Cappadocia
  • Back to the hotel
  • Optional: Night skies at the best points of Cappadocia

Day 6

  • Landscape and hot air balloons at sunrise (optional)
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Continue to explore the district: Ihlara Valley, Kızılçukur Valley, underground cities
  • Lunch (Special Cuisine of Cappadocia, Kebap)
  • Drive to pottery workshops
  • Panaromic photo opportunities at sunset
  • Dinner (Kadıneli Special Turkish Cuisine)
  • Back to the hotel

Day 7

  • Sunrise photography with landscapes (optional)
  • Breakfast and hotel check out
  • Drive to Cappadocia horse farms, horse portraits
  • Drive to Kayseri
  • Lunch with Kayseri cuisine (Altınsaray Pöç, a special meat recipe)
  • Transition to Hürmetçi Village Yılkı Horses
  • Photo highlight: 300 Yılkı Horses at sunset
  • Departure from Kayseri Airport (after 8PM)


Title: Cappadocia 2020 - Wild Horses
Start: Sep 21 2020
Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
Location: Cappadocia, Turkey
Language(s): English, German
Host(s): Chris Marquardt, Tim Vollmer
Price: 3990 EUR

Single Supplement: 300 EUR

Shoe rating:
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How physical is this workshop/tour?

Rating for Cappadocia 2020 - Wild Horses:

This is for the most part a "2 shoes" tour. There will be a couple of smaller hikes to get to places where we want to shoot from.

easy (mostly in and around the classroom)
light (some walks, mostly easy terrain, no flip-flops please)
moderate (includes usually optional walks over mixed terrain, suitable shoes and clothing required if not mentioned otherwise)
heavy (includes trekking, hiking boots, altitude under about 10,000 ft)
very heavy (think trekking at altitude, Himalayan tours)

If you have questions about details, please don't hesitate to contact me any time via email at chris@chrismarquardt.com, on Twitter @chrismarquardt or on Facebook

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✔ Accommodation
✔ All meals starting with Dinner at day 1 to lunch on day 7
✔ All soft drinks during meals
✔ All transfers and transportation
✔ Tips for the horsemen and others

Not Included

✗ Flight tickets to and from Cappadocia
✗ Hotel extras
✗ Personal expenses
✗ Alcoholic drinks
✗ Museum entrance
✗ Travel insurance

Single supplement

Prices are per person in a double room. Single travelers must pay single supplement: EUR 300

Getting there

You will organise your own travel to and from Kayseri Erkilet Airport (airport code ASR).

Getting to Kayseri is pretty straight forward, if you fly Turkish Airlines through Istanbul.


  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • Wild horses and horsemen at sunrise
  • Hot air balloons at sunrise
  • Fairy chimneys
  • Night skies
  • Cave hotel
  • Underground cities
  • Turkish hospitality
  • Cappadocia and Kirgiz cuisine


  • Kayseri
  • Sultan Sazlığı
  • Kapuzbaşı Waterfalls
  • Ürgüp
  • Göreme
  • Avanos
  • Aksaray
  • Ihlara Valley
  • Kızılçukur Valley

Registration and Payment

Payment for this tour will be split into two installments. To secure your spot on the tour you pay an immediate deposit payment of EUR 1000. This deposit is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due 5 months before the tour. Please read the Terms and Conditions for more details.











Author: Chris Marquardt

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Shoe pictograms 1 and 2 by Alex Podolsky under a CC BY 3.0 US license