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Antalya Mountains Trail


Itinerary for Antalya Mountains Trail




Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
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 9:00 pm.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel near Lake Beysehir


Day 2 (Monday): Ride to first camp
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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 3 (Tuesday): Ride to second camp
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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 4 (Wednesday): Ride to Erdinc's guesthouse
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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Erdinc's guesthouse


Day 5 (Thursday): Köprülü Canyon Ride
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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Selge


Day 6 (Friday): Mountain Ride
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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 7 (Saturday): Down to the Beach
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 will be active: cantering from field to field; crossing a river; and, finally, reaching the camp on a sandy beach along the river.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 8 (Sunday): Last Ride
We ride along the river, from sandbank to roller beach, fording streams and brooks. Few canters bring us to a bushy hill. After half an hour of riding uphill, we arrive on a rocky ridge, offering us a magnificent view on the antique theater of Aspendos, on the river bellow and on the Mediterranean sea.
We meet the team at lunch under the shade of a big tree. The afternoon will run on long tracks along a canal, following fields and crops that will lead us to the pine forest of Saklikent. We cross it cantering through the rising afternoon light. Last and long canter on the dunes of the beach. After a last swim, you will be driven to your guest house in the center of the old city of Antalya where you will enjoy a seafood dinner. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Antalya


Day 9 (Monday): Departure
After breakfast, you will be driven to Antalya airport.
Meals included: Breakfast


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Antalya Mountains Trail
Tour Code: IT-TKIR01-A
9 days / 8 nights ~$2,400.00
Dates : November

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2021 10/23 - 10/31 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP camping 4 /8 Expired
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Tack: McClellan light trailing saddles with ...
Horses: Arab and cross-Arab mares
Pace: Mostly walk with some opportunities fo...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Konya
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