Dalyan Coast riding holiday in Turkey - Far and Ride
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Dalyan Coast, Turkey




Programme


• Dalyan Trail

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Primarily Arabs and Arab Crosses.

Nature of horses:

Forward-going, responsive, sure-footed.

Height of horses:

Around 15 - 15.2hh on average.

Weight limit:

85kg / 187lbs.

Tack type:

McClellan trail saddles and horses primarily ridden in snaffles.

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

This rhythmic new ride is a week trail from Koyceyiz to Gocek, passing by Dalyan, and follows along the spectacular Mediterranean coast and around Koycegiz Lake. Riders will canter on endurance Arabians overlooking the magnificent waters of the blue sea and will have many opportunities to swim with and without their horses. The ride is offered by our partners Nico and Helene who organise our rides in Cappadocia and Antalya - this option will appeal to those of you who love the coast and to swim, but also to those who have ridden on our other Turkish trails and who would like to be reunited with this team on a different route.

The ride is based along the southern coast of Turkey, in the province of Mugla, and offers you a range of landscapes including the seaside, Gocek Islands, forests with many species of tree, dust tracks (ideal for cantering), steep paths, networks of canals, the lake reeds of Koyceyiz, quiet beaches, the historical site of Kaunos, river crossings and the famous Dalyan lagoon.

This is a brisk-paced itinerary and riders must be confident, competent and fit to ride long hours and to hike on mountain paths. There are chances to swim everyday (some with your horse), in the sea, in the lake and in the hot water sources of Sultaniye. There are many canters in the forests and scenic walks on ancient paths or by flowering villages. There are some mountainous stretches where you will need to hike and lead your horse - good boots are essential!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

This seven night programme includes four nights camping and three nights in hotels or guesthouses.

The campsites are situated along the coast or in the forest and include a large communal tent with a table and chairs for meals. You sleep in double tipi-style tents with single camping mattresses and these are put up by the ranch team. The camp also includes camping toilets and a shower tent with a bucket shower and gas stove for heating the water. You are asked to help participate in camp life by packing and unpacking your luggage from the support vehicle and helping take care of the horses, including tacking them up. You need to bring a sleeping bag and towels but we will give you some packing suggestions.

When you stay in the guesthouses/hotels you will be in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Single rooms are available for a supplement, depending on availability, and the hotels offer internet and a laundry service.

All meals are included from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day. Breakfast is continental/Turkish and each day lunch includes a local speciality (it may be eaten outdoors or in a local restaurant). When in camp the dinners are traditional dishes cooked on the open fire, served alongside salad and fruits. Vegetarian options are available on request, please enquire.

Tea, coffee and mineral water are included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available as an option at additional cost.

 

Activities

Hiking and swimming is included as part of the programme, but this trip is not suitable for non-riders.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, French, Turkish.

Health requirements: This ride is not suitable for those allergic to bee stings as there are large numbers of bee hives in the area.

Age limit: 12+ but children must be happy to ride a small horse and be confident, competent riders.

Tuition: No.

Included: Dalaman airport transfers, 7 nights of accommodation (sharing, includes some camping), all meals, water, tea, coffee and 6 days of guided riding with transportation of luggage.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, single rooms (additional cost), drinks, tips or extra services not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

Dalaman airport transfers are included. A shuttle bus will collect you from the airport and take you to your first hotel in Koycegiz (approx 30 minutes drive). You need to arrive between 08:00 and 18:30 to use the shuttle service.

Departure is possible anytime after breakfast.

Airport: Dalaman

 

Programme


Dalyan Trail



A progressive trail ride, including camping, for those who enjoy the seaside, outside living and beautiful landscapes. This is a rhythmic ride and participants should be fit to ride long hours, to enjoy brisk canters on a forward-going horse and to hike on mountain paths. There are good opportunities to swim.

Day 1:

Arrival to Dalaman airport with transfer (by shuttle bus) to your first hotel. Dinner with your guide and the group.

Day 2:

After breakfast you'll be taken to the ride start point. There is time to get to know your horse, your equipment and the pace of the ride - this includes fast walks, endurance-style canters and some sections of trot.

Once the horses are warmed up you'll start by crossing woods of liquidambar trees (sweetgum trees) before cantering through orange orchards and along trails amongst the olive trees. Before lunch you will cross the Dogusbelen River with its bed of pebbles and gravel.

The afternoon offers quite different scenery as you'll ride through coniferous forests and areas of shrubs. There are some long mountain canters along trails overlooking Koyceyiz Lake (pronunciation: Koïdjehiz). Tonight you'll camp at altitude in the wilderness.

Day 3:

After a serious breakfast you'll saddle your horse and start the day by descending through the forest, enjoying a beautiful panorama over the lake and the villages. You'll reach the hot water springs of Sultaniye where you can enjoy a traditional lunch before bathing in the springs and the lake (swimming with the horses is not possible here).

In the afternoon a quick ride will offer you sensational views over the Dalyan lagoon, probably one of the most remarkable views of the Turkish coast. From here you'll make your way down through the olive trees, following quiet trails to your campsite a the seaside. There is a fine sand beach and superb views of Iztuzu beach. This could be the place for the best photo of your holiday.

Day 4:

The morning starts with a ride along the lagoon before you canter on trails covered with pine needles. You'll arrive at the ancient site of Kaunos (entry costs you €6 at time of writing). 

The afternoon today is a rest for the horses. You'll reach the charming town of Dalyan for a fish lunch and then the afternoon is dedicated to a cruise through the beautiful reed channels of the lagoon. 

Overnight tonight in a guesthouse in Dalyan. 

Day 5: 

Today requires a boat ride to reach the park! The horses will travel on a barge in order to cross the Dalyan River. You'll mount up then for a quick ride out of town through the orange and pomegranate orchards. You'll ride down to the bottom of a deep sandstone canyon, following an old mule path leading to a plateau of woodlands with long trails for cantering. 

After crossing the beautiful village of Gokbel, which looks like a photo from a postcard, your road will lead you to the famous Iztuzu beach. You'll stop for lunch and swimming before visiting the centre for protection and rehabilitation of Caretta Turtles (Loggerheads). 

From here you'll ride through a labyrinth of oleanders, on trails surrounded by beehives, to reach your campsite located in a big clearing. 

Day 6: 

You'll ride down to the tourist village of Sarigerme through a forest with many species of plants, such as Carobs and Lentiscs (Mastic Trees), before reaching a 5km-long beach. You will ford the Dalaman River (in case of floods the horses will have to cross a by a bridge upstream, adding two hours to the day). 

A picnic lunch is eaten on the beach with a chance for swimming. In the afternoon you will walk, leading your horse, along a steep path through sweet-smelling bay trees, mint and thyme. A breathtaking panorama awaits you at the top! There are a few canters through olive orchards and abandoned fields. You'll pass near to an astonishing Roman cistern before arriving to your camp in a clearing. Your campfire is in front of Gocek Islands (pronunciation: Geudjek). 

Day 7: 

A long morning with a fast ride on forest tracks overlooking the bay of Gocek. There is a steep path which requires you to walk your horse for a few minutes. More fantastic views and long canters will lead you to Gocek port, famous for its numerous yachts. Overnight in a guesthouse/hotel. 

Day 8: 

After breakfast you'll depart for Dalyan airport to make your way home. 



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Confident intermediate - experienced riders. The pace is mostly walk overall but there are many trots and canters each day and riders must be in good physical condition.
Type of ride: Trail.
Total riding time: 6 days riding, approximately 5.5 - 6 hours on horseback each day on average (20 - 35km each day) but the horses have a free afternoon to rest halfway through the week.
Departure dates: 2021: 14 - 21 March, 21 - 28 March, 7 - 14 November, 14 - 21 November.
 
Pricing: 2021:

£1559 per person, sharing basis.
Single supplement (for rooms and single tents): £212, subject to availability.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.