Horseback Riding in Turkey

Lycian Way

Overview

Lycian way, one of the most picturesque routes in the world, starts from Hisarönü and stretches to Antalya. Over 310 miles long, it takes its name from the ancient civilization Lycia, which once ruled the area. Being Turkey’s very first long-distance walking route, it was made in order to identify and protect some of the country’s old roads. The route is now used by trekkers, hikers, mountain bikers, as well as horseback riders and now it is your turn to discover its beauties and travel through history on horseback. Ride through forests of pines giving way to magnificent sea views at high elevations.
This tour is for experienced riders only, where we will be riding for 4-5 hours daily with well mannered, high-spirited Arab and Anatolian-Arab breed mares.

Stay in comfortable hotels and guest houses.

Meals will be provided in cafes and restaurants in the villages along the route. The food is typical of Turkey, featuring grilled meats, homemade soups, meyze and locally produced fruits and vegetables. Vegetarian meals can easily be provided with prior notice. (Most special dietary considerations may be accommodated, but it is best to check first with the specifics.)

  • Overview:
    The horses are Arab cross. These small horses (14-15 hh) are strong, forward, sure-footed and well adapted to the region.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Arabian cross
  • Trip Pace:
    All paces with some fast canters depending on terrain
  • Tack:
    English and McClellan
  • Weight limit:
    200 lbs

Dalaman airport.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

You will arrive Dalaman Airport and private transfers will take you to your accommodation, which will be around the equestrian center. Here, you will meet the team and have dinner. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to enjoy your lodging and relax before your first day on horseback.

Day 2

Patara to Dodurga

After a refreshing night’s sleep, you will enjoy delicious traditional Turkish breakfast accompanied by stunning sea view. Following the breakfast, you will depart to the equestrian center to meet the horses. The first day’s route will start from the village of Karadere where the horses are located, passing by the castle of Pydynai and reach to the village of Bağlıca. Then following the Karadere Strait, you will reach the village of Dodurga where you will stay overnight, accompanied by the beautiful sea view. Enjoy chatting by the fire during dinner.

Day 3

Dodurga to Kurucan Pinara

After breakfast, you will gallop to Boğazköy, which is surrounded by unique natural beauties. Along the way, you will pass the old windmill, Avlu and Boğaziçi districts and reach Kümbet. Here, you will enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch, you will pass by the Ancient City of Kalbantia, the village of Alınca and end up in Dokuzgöl. After Dokuzgöl, you will reach the Ancient City of Kurucan (Sidyma) Pınara. Here, you will have another dinner by the fire and stay overnight in or hotel.

Day 4

Sidyma to Saklıkent

After breakfast, you will start your day by riding through the Minare village, passing by Maçın road after the village of Alacak and finally you will reach Eşen River. Here, enjoy a picnic lunch on the river bank. During post-lunch ride, you will pass through Karabükü and Kayadibi to reach the final destination of Saklıkent Canyon, one of the deepest canyons and most beautiful and mystic spots in the world. Saklıkent Canyon is 11 miles long and is a National Park. Summer is the best time to visit Saklıkent Canyon, as the canyon is deliciously cool and shady with cold water. You will have dinner here and stay overnight near Saklıkent Canyon.

Day 5

Saklıkent to Patara

After breakfast, you will depart from Saklıkent and ride to the villages of Dinek and Balamut. Along the way you will pass by the village of Çavdır and reach the ancient City of Santos, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing by Karaköy, you will reach to Ancient City of Letoon.
After a long horseback ride on the Patara Beach, a world-famous paradise beach with soft sand and sand dunes and the turquoise blue sea, you will reach Karadere. You will have another chance to taste local food during dinner at the restaurant before a good night’s rest in a hotel.

Day 6

Rest day

Enjoy waking up to the sea view and a traditional Turkish breakfast experience. Once you are done with breakfast, your private transfer will pick you up to take you to the hotel in Fethiye. After some free time for shopping, you will have dinner and enjoy the last hours with the group.

Day 7

Departure

After the last breakfast at the hotel, you will be checking out and be transferred to Dalaman Airport for your flight.

Itinerary Addendum

This itinerary is flexible and may be adjusted at the guide's discretion due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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  • $2,610
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Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $2,610
  • Single Supplement
  • $110

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Having ridden along positively pinching ourselves that we were finally doing what we had for so long longed to do, and that we were not dreaming but actually riding across this beautiful, open, hospitable countryside and seeing so many historical treasures, we can confidently say that we think others would enjoy the experience. Imagine the pleasure of hours in the saddle under a mild September sun, splashing through rivers, riding through shady groves, trotting and cantering along earthen tracks, and stopping in picturesque villages to drink Turkish tea in delicate little glasses with our friendly hosts. What could be better? - Donna Landry, professor of English at Kent University and well known Ottoman scholar.

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