Antalya Trail

Cappadocia Turkey: (IT-TKIR01-A)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/turkey_antalya_mountains_trail.aspx

Introduction
Cappadocia Turkey

From Lake Beysehir to the Mediterranean coast.

Crossing the Taurus mountains from north to south, the trail starts in Anatolia with incredible canters along Lake Beysehir and ends on the Mediterranean side by crossing a river. This trail is notable because of the diverse landscapes and scenery: sandy beach and an umbrella pine forest; chestnut and arbutus trees and pomegranate orchards; rocky valleys and high pasture, as well as the majestic canyon of Köprülü for which the Köprülü Canyon National Park is named.

You will also discover Selge. Set on the historic Saint Paul trail, this ancient site has astonishing rock formations and Roman ruins - a little diamond between two mountains!
Although referencing miles does not always make sense in the mountainous areas, be aware that the trail will be fast and rhythmic! Frequent canters - some unforgettable - along with trots, walks and some passages where you will lead your horse: solid rubber sole shoes are compulsory.

In the anarchic limestone formations that characterize this region, we ride along tracks including roads, cute narrow paths, and a paved Roman-era road. There will also be some improvisation alongside the river. This is the perfect trail for a good rider who likes adventure and extraordinary landscapes.

Accomodation

The progressive trail in bivouac is for those who enjoy outdoor living, and sleeping in a tent or under the stars.
You will reach a different location on horseback at the end of each day, with the camp set up in the middle of nature, surrounded by beautiful views. Our exclusive camp spots are all situated in the heart of Lake Beysehir National Park or Köprülü Canyon National Park.
The camp includes a large communal tent like those used by the last nomadic families in the country. Dinners are taken the Turkish way, i.e. on the floor, sitting on a carpet around a large round tray set in the communal tent or outside by the campfire. The camp also includes a shower tent with a bucket and a gas stove for heating the water.
During the week, you will spend 4 nights in double tipi-tents with floor mats and single camp mattresses. Your arrival and departure nights, as well as Wednesday night, will be spent in comfortable guesthouses or hotels, in double rooms with en suite bathrooms.
Full board includes a continental breakfast, and a delicious picnic lunch featuring a local specialty each day. At the camp, dinner is a traditional dish cooked on the wood fire, along with salad and fruits. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Tea, coffee and mineral water are included; wine, beer and soft drinks are available as an option.
You will set up and take down your own tent, and replace the equipment in the trailer each morning. You must bring a suitable sleeping bag, a torch, towels and toiletries.

Logistics vehicle: 4x4 for luggage.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Physical Condition and Riding Ability
You must have a competent riding level to take part in our trails. Our horses are forward going and you must be able to stay in control during group canters. You must be able to stay in the saddle firmly during group canters, and be able to tack up your horse yourself. Before coming to Turkey, go for a few rides and get adequately fit in order to avoid muscular pain or irritations during the trail.
Riders must be in good physical condition. Circuit includes a few difficult ways where riders will be asked to dismount and lead their horse, sometimes up steep paths.

Pace
The pace is mostly at a walk, with opportunities for trots and canters each day. The program includes 6 riding days. On average, we will ride 25-38 km and spend 5 to 6 hours on horseback each day. We will take regular breaks throughout the day and stop for at least one hour for lunch. Each day begins and ends with a 5-10 minute walk (on foot), for the riders and the horses to warm up/relax.

Tack
The riding equipment includes standard bits and pelhams as well as McClellan light trailing saddles and saddles made by ourselves. These are fitted with two saddlebags for you to carry the picnic and personal belongings for the day.

Horses
Our stable is composed of forward-going Arab, and cross-Arab horses who will surprise you with their robustness and their agility. They are 1,50 m tall on average - the ideal size for trailing on tortuous paths! All our horses are responsive, well balanced and respectful of the rider and they are extremely sure-footed.
We have put a lot of time and investment into the quality of our horses. Since 2015, more than half of our cavalry has been renewed with pure Arabian endurance horses. Most of our horses have qualified in national endurance races.
We have invested in a horse walker and in an arena in order to continue to offer riders well trained horses.
Our horses live together as a herd and all spend their days outside grazing in our fields when not on the trail.
Horses are assigned according to riding levels and riders' preferences, but the size and the weight of the rider are also important criteria.
Our team will groom and prepare the horses, so no participation is required by the rider.
 
Weight Restriction
Riders cannot be over 90kg. We will weigh riders on arrival and those over will not be able to participate in the riding program.

Guide
We will provide 1 guide for every 4 riders.

Travel Insurance
You must have appropriate travel insurance to take part in our trails. Make sure your policy covers horse-riding activities abroad. Your insurance details will be requested on arrival.

Riders 12 years and older can participate, but anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Konya airport at 18:55 via the fight TK2038. You are driven to your hotel on the shore of Lake Beysehir, at the gate of the National Park. Dinner with the group and team at 21:00.

Day 2: Very equestrian morning: nice and fast, with frequent sandy canters along the lake, on earth track lined with small oak trees. A colorful lunch amid fishing boats, the blue skies and yellow reeds; and in the afternoon, we ride up the south delta of the lake, where herds of cows graze on these fat grassy spaces. We reach the road and cross a typical village - a mix of modernity and tradition. We walk in the stony riverbed until the canyon diverts us to an oak forest. The camp awaits us in the middle of a clearing.

Day 3: Via a wide path used in ancient times for transhumance (moving livestock from one grazing ground to another), we ride up until we reach a forest of beech trees. A quick change of scenery after a canter in the undergrowth, and we arrive at the bottom of the first pastures of the Taurus. On an earth and gravel track, we meet feral horses, and avoid them by accelerating our speed. Twenty minutes' walk in a narrow stony canyon, and we get back in the saddle to canter in an exceptional landscape: on both sides of a wide, dry riverbed, enormous pine trees grow on a carpet of greenery dotted between imposing rock blocks.
Shepherds on donkeys gather their sheep and goats during our lunch.
We start the afternoon on a mineral pass before getting down a long track offering a panoramic view of the valley. From pine trees to an undergrowth, we find our camp on a green pasture locked between a cliff and a stream.

Day 4: In a beautiful ravine created by a stream running through a large round rocky block, we walk on the pine needles. As the trail becomes rocky, we lead the horses for a bit. After crossing a village and terraced fields, we reach brush and then a forest.
After a long canter, we have lunch on the banks of a river with a view of Roman tombs carved in the cliff. This short afternoon will be fantastic for anyone who likes fun canters: 9 km along river, sand, gravel, and dust track and the border of a field. Alternating cadence, slalom between the bushes. With a big smile, we arrive at the only guest house in the area:
Erdinc's place, operated by a nice family who welcome us with a traditional meal.

Day 5: The village and the fog of the river are behind us when we take a narrow mule track overlooking the Köprülü Canyon. After passing the only bridge, we climb via a hard-surfaced road (very few to no vehicles). Lunch at a curious village built between rocks and chestnut trees. In this fairy-tale like landscape you could almost imagine trolls making an appearance!
Selge's rocks, a crater produced by a falling meteor, and the canyon will be viewed at a walk and canter from a high-altitude dirt road.

Day 6: We leave Selge and the antique theatre via a track in the forest inviting a canter. Then we reach one of the most extraordinary passages on this trail: a large path carved into the edge of a vertical mountain - we will be a few hundred meters above the valley! After 40 minutes of joy and a few passages, we must lead the horses; we eat under huge plane trees shading a fountain.
We then start the most challenging afternoon for both horses and riders. Climbing first by fields (terraced), and then through the forest, we reach one of the most remote parts of the trail – a beautiful pasture reachable only by horse or foot. After some short canter, we dismount and lead our horses on a mule path. No danger of falling, but we need to be focused to get through three rocky 400 meter passes – this will take about an hour. We finish by entering a forest, where we find the camp in the middle of a wide clearing.

Day 7: We descend the mountain via a large track sneaking its way along rock formations, pine forest and arbutus trees before reaching a cultivated plain. The rhythm of the afternoon will be active: cantering from field to field; crossing a river; and, finally, reaching the camp on a sandy beach along the river.
Transfer to your hotel by logistic vehicle.

Day 8: After breakfast, you will be driven to Antalya airport.


--Subject to change--


Rates and Dates for Antalya Trail

Rates include:

7 nights camping, all meals which include water, tea and coffee (vegetarian meals are available on request), 6 riding days with guide (5 or 6 hours per day - except half day ride only on Wednesday)

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP camping€1800$2160
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer included from Konya Airport at around 7pm, drop off to Antalya Int'l airport on last day 0 $0
2019 Transfer by taxi, each way, per car (1-3 pax) ~
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
120 $145
2019 Single supplement (3 nights) 90 $110
2019 Extra night (HB) -- please inquire 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 10/20 - 10/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP camping 4 /8 Sold Out

Dates Note: Additional tour dates possible, please inquire about availability

Rates do not include:

Wine, beer and beverages other than water, tea and coffee at meal times, mandatory travel and mediical insurance - must gave proof, staff gratuities, airport transfers outside of the daily group transfer, groom service (you are required to care for and saddle your own horses)

Other Info
Meeting: Lake Beysehir (~ 90 min. from Konya airport)
Airport: Konya
Transfer: Konya Airport

Climate:
                                                Antalya area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

59

60

65

71

79

88

94

94

89

80

70

62

Average Low Temperature (°F)

41

42

45

51

58

66

72

72

66

58

50

44

Average High Temperature (°C)

15

16

18

22

26

31

35

34

31

27

21

16

Average Low Temperature (°C)

5

6

7

11

15

19

22

22

19

15

10

7

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

9

7

5

3

2

0

0

0

0

3

5

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Antalya has a typical Mediterranean climate with wet-humid winters and hot dry summers. Winters are mild and rainy, and summers are hot and dry. During the months of April, May, October and November you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures.

Dry Season: June, July, August and September.
Rainy Season: January, February, November and December.

Antalya has 300 days of sunshine in a year. The annual average sea water temperature is 22.5 degrees. On average, the warmest month is July and the coolest month is January. December and January are the wettest months.

What To Bring:


*Send us a copy your travel insurance policy - with your reservation (or shortly after) All  non-insured riders will not be allowed on the trail*
-- to make sure --
and bring along a copy as well

Every rider should bring along:
• hard water bottles (preferably 2 x 1 litre). We want to avoid plastic waste so we provide mineral water in big tanks, not in individual bottles !
• warm and waterproof clothing in spring and autumn. Many people overlook the fact that Cappadocia is in altitude and may have some cold wind and rain.

In summer, dress as if you were going for the desert; in spring and autumn, bring some warm clothing and a waterproof (low risk of rain).
Every evening, the logistic vehicle will forward your luggage to the camp site or pension.You will have to move your luggage around several times during the week so you should pack several, lighter bags rather than one large, heavy suitcase.
The guides do carry first aid packs with them, but you may also want to bring your own water purifying tablets, aspirin, large spectrum antibiotics and sunscreen.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

Travel Insurance

 

RIDING GEAR

Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)

Long sleeved shirts

Good walking shoes, rather than boots! However, make sure your shoes are not too big, or they may get stuck in the stirrups.

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips) Riding without a hard hat is at your own risk.

Riding gloves

chaps or mini chaps

Hat with chin Strap

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Sweatshirt for evenings

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts

Jeans

Underwear and socks

Pyjamas

Bag for dirty clothes

Walking shoes

 

For Camping trips:

Sleeping bag rated down to -10 F (-20 C) at least

Flashlight

Flask

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for an emergency)

Sewing kit

Handkerchiefs

Camera and enough extra films

Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm