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Turkish Mediterranean Coast Ride

Itinerary for Turkish Mediterranean Coast Ride

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Important: because there are many beehives in the area, we cannot accept riders who are allergic to bees.

Note that this itinerary can be done in one direction or the other, depending on the week.

The description below is an example of a trail we often do, but due to the weather forecast or safety reasons, the guide can chose to change the itinerary at the last minute.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Arrival at Dalaman airport and transfer to your hotel. Dinner with your guide and the group of riders.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Koycegiz

Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Koyceyiz Lake
After breakfast you’re taken to the start of the trail. You’ll be able to get familiar with your horse, your equipment and the ride’s gaits (fast walk, endurance canter and trot). When the horses get warmed up, you’ll begin to cross a liquidambar forest, then canter along the orange orchards and follow wooden trails among the olive trees.
We will ford the Dogusbelen river with its pebbles and gravel, before we reach our lunch stop.
A different scenery awaits us this afternoon. We will cross a coniferous forest with garrigue bushes and enjoy long canter on mountain trails overlooking Koyceyiz Lake (pronunciation : Koïdjehiz).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping near Koyceyiz Lake

Day 3 (Tuesday): Koyceyiz Lake to Seaside Camp
This morning you will saddle your horse and begin to ride down the mountains, through a beautiful forest. From time to time, we get a lovely panorama over the lake and the surrounding villages. We reach the hot springs of Sultaniye for our picnic lunch. You can bathe in the springs and the lake if you want (swimming with horses is not possible here).
In the afternoon we have incredible views over the Dalyan laguna, probably one of the most remarkable view of the Turkish coast. We make our way down through the olive tree orchards and quiet trails, until we reach our picture-perfect camp by the sea: fine sand beach and superb view on Iztuzu beach.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping near the Sea

Day 4 (Wednesday): Seaside Camp to Dalyan
We start the day with a ride along the lagoon, where we will have the opportunity to canter on trails covered by pine needles. Later, we arrive at the ancient site of Kaunos (paying entry: 6 €).
We should reach the charming town of Dalyan for a seafood lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to a cruise through the beautiful reed chanels of the lagoon (the horses will rest).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Guesthouse in Dalyan

Day 5 (Thursday): Gokbel & Iztuzu Beach
Today, we reach the horses by boat and load them on a barge in order to cross the Dalyan river. Then, we quickly ride out of town, through the orange and grenade orchards. You will ride at the bottom of a deep sandstone canyon, on an old mule path leading to a wooden plateau. Long canter trails await. After crossing the beautiful postcard village of Gokbel, the road will lead you to the famous Iztuzu beach, where we stop for lunch. You can go for a swim if you want. After the break, we visit of the center for protection and rehabilitation of Caretta turtles.
This afternoon, we ride through a labyrinth of oleanders, on trails surrounded by beehives. Tonight's camp is located in a big clearing.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping

Day 6 (Friday): Sarigerme & Dalaman River
We ride down to the touristic village of Sarigerme through a forest with many different trees (carob trees, lentisc trees…) to a 5 km-long beach. Then, we ford the Dalaman river (in case of floods the horses will have to cross a bridge upstream, taking an extra 2 hours). Today, we enjoy our picnic on the beach, with a possibility to bathe in the sea.
In the afternoon you’ll walk, leading your horse by foot, along a steep path through sweet smelling bay-trees, mint and thyme. A breathtaking panorama awaits you at the top. Later, we delight in a few canters through olive orchards and abandoned fields. You will pass near an astonishing roman cistern and eventually reach the camp in a clearing, with views of the Gocek islands (pronunciation : Geudjek).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping

Day 7 (Saturday): Bay of Gocek
A long morning awaits with a fast ride on forest tracks overlooking the bay of Gocek. A steep path will have us walk our horses for a few minutes. Then, splendid panoramas and long canters will lead you to Gocek port, famous for its numerous yachts.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Gocek

Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
After breakfast, departure for the airport in time for your return flight.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Turkish Mediterranean Coast Ride
Tour Code: IT-TKIR05
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,145.00
Dates : March & November

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 11/07 - 11/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 11/14 - 11/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve
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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: Dalaman Airport
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