Evliya Celebi Way of Turkey

Discover Turkey and its first horse riding route

Turkey's First Horse Riding Route

Evliya Celebi Way is the first culture route for horse riders in Turkey. The route provides fascinating insight into a traditional way of life, untouched for generations in places, and encourages tourists to explore a part of the country little known.

Evliya Celebi Way

Evliya Celebi Way was named after the 17th century Ottoman traveler Evliya Celebi who documented his travels in the book called Seyahatname (meaning Book of Travels).

Evliya Celebi Way is Turkey's first long distance walking and riding route, suitable for both walkers and horse riders, opened in 2011, the 400th anniversary of Evliya's birth.

Evliya Celebi Way, runs from the village of Hersek on the southern shores of the Sea of Marmara to Simav in the province of Kutahya, following the route and narrow paved roads used by Evliya as he set out on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1671. The route passes some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes in Turkey.

Highlights of the Trail

Turkey's first long distance walking and horse riding route, the Evliya Celebi Way, runs from the village of Hersek on the southern shores of the Sea of Marmara to Simav in the province of Kutahya.

Evliya Celebi Way route provides fascinating insight into a traditional way of life, untouched for generations in places, and encourages tourists to explore a part of the country little known.

The horse riding route is around 650 km long, and takes about 25 days to complete. The walking route is about 330 km long, taking about 22 days to complete.

Follow in the footsteps of fabled Ottoman traveler, sociologist and historian Evliya Celebi.

  • Ancient provinces of Bithynia and Phrygia.
  • Evliya Celebi's ancestral home, the historic city of Kutahya.
  • The terrain is rarely difficult.
  • The route contains history, first hand accounts, maps and GPS coordinates.

Responsibilities: Please fulfill some responsibilities while walking and riding in Turkey. Protect and respect the wildlife, plants and trees. Guard against all risks of fire. Take your rubbish with you.

Turkey's First Horse Riding Route
Evliya Celebi Way, Kutahya