Dalyan - Between Sea and Lakes

4.8 (4)
8 days 7 nights
Turkey
Difficulty
Extreme
Comfort
Basic
Weight limit
85 kg / 187 lb

This trail along Turkey's southern coast, within the Mugla province, unfolds a diverse tapestry of scenery: from the sea and Gocek islands to forests teeming with diverse flora, dusty trails for spirited canters, steep paths, intricate canal networks, reedy expanses around Koyceyiz lake, almost secluded beaches, the historic Kaunos site, numerous river and stream fords, and the renowned Dalyan lagoon.

Similar to our other expeditions, this route maintains a brisk pace. Expect daily opportunities to swim with or without your horse, at secluded beaches off the beaten path, in the lake, and amid the thermal waters of Sultaniye. Along the Mediterranean expanse, anticipate vigorous gallops through forests, leisurely strolls along ancient paths, traversing flower-laden villages, and occasional mountainous hikes where careful guidance of horses along narrow trails is imperative—sturdy walking shoes are a necessity.

from US$ 2 700 US$ 2 851
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Muğla Dalaman Airport
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 8 tourists over 18 years old
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Photo Nicolas G.
Nicolas G. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Nicolas Guillo has decided to make Cappadocia his home over 20 years ago and has been organizing horseriding trails since then. He speaks French, English, Turkish.

Tour highlights

Swim with the Horse
A quick and rhythmited trail for riders who like to bath with horse
Enjoy Breathtaking Views
Ride along a wide panel of landscapes: sea, islands, forests, dust roads for canter, steep paths, canals network, nearly desert beaches
Learn about the Local Heritage
Visit local historical places and ancient sites

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival at Dalaman airport. You’re transferred to your hotel. Dinner with your guide and the group of riders.

 

The itinerary can be in one direction or the other, according to the week chosen.

The description below is an example of a trail we often do, but for reason like weather cast or safety reason, the guide can chose to change the itinerary of the trail at the last moment.

Day 2
Koycegiz
Day 3
Sultaniye
Day 4
Kaunos
Day 5
Iztuzu Beach
Day 6
Valley of Roses
Day 7
Gocek
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Extreme
Tour provider's comments

- The difficulty of this trail is 4/4
- Riding level: confident intermediate to advanced riders.
To take part of all our trails, you must have a competent riding level to be able to stay in control during group canters on forward-going horses, ride or lead your horse on technical passages, get on or off your horse several times a day alone and groom, tack and untack your horse without assistance.
- Good physical condition is essential.

Rhythms of the trail :
- 5 and an half riding days
- 5 hours on horseback each day, except day 3 (ride in the morning and afternoon at leisure in Dalyan)
- 20 to 30 kilometres each day; stopping at a different location every evening
- Pace: mostly walk, with opportunities for trots and canters each day

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Tent
4 nights
Guest House
3 nights

5 nights in tents :
The progressive trail in camp 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.

3 nights in hotels or guesthouses :
Your arrival and departure nights, as well as night 3, will be spent in comfortable guesthouses or hotels, in double or triple rooms with en suite bathrooms.
- Hotels offer internet access and a laundry service.
- Single room supplement (depending on availability)

4 nights
Tent

- Our exclusive camp spots are all situated along the sea or in the forest.
- The camp includes a large communal tent like those used by the last nomadic families in the country, chairs and tables for meals.
- Dinners are taken in the communal tent or outside by the fire.
- The camp also includes toilets, a shower tent with a bucket and a gas stove for heating the water.
- Tents will be put on by our team (double tipi-tents with single camp mattresses)
- Equipment required : sleeping bag, towels, torch, power bank (to charge your electronic devices), mosquito repellent, an extra pairs of shoes and few small water proof bags for crossing rivers
- Your luggage will be transferred by our logistics vehicle. You should pack several, lighter bags rather than one large, heavy suitcase.
- We will ask your help to participate at the camp’s life for feeding and brushing your horse, tacking and untacking your horse and to take and replace your luggages and equipment in the trailer

3 nights
Hotel or Guest House

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Muğla Dalaman Airport
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Tour conditions

Included

  • 5 riding days and an half, 7 nights (accommodation in double, twin or triple room & tent);
  • the loan of a horse and riding equipment;
  • English speaking guides (1 per group of 8 or less);
  • nights and food accommodation full board;
  • regular transfers between local airports and hotels

Extras

  • international flights;
  • insurance;
  • optional activities (hammam, hot baths, museum and monument's entrance fees);
  • extra drinks.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Cancellation of booking

In case of early cancellation of the reservation, we will be forced to withhold from you a percentage of the price paid:

  • after the payment - No refund

Tour reviews

4.8
Based on 4 reviews
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    Sandra
    14 Oct, 2023
    about provider
    This ride is truly unique and unforgettable, perfect for experienced, balanced, and versatile riders. The journey includes long canters across plains and through narrow, bushy paths in valleys. You'll traverse mountains, valleys, climb, hike, and lead your horse up and down steep terrain. The horses are incredibly well-mannered, responsive to voice commands, and reliable in every situation. My ex-racehorse mare was powerful, energetic, and surefooted, creating legendary memories in the beautiful landscape. The food and guesthouses were nice and welcoming, ensuring no one goes hungry. Nico, our guide and owner, has clear rules for riding and handling situations, promoting independent riding while ensuring safety. I highly recommend this experience as the best way to explore Cappadocia and access untouched regions. However, littering in these natural spots is a major issue, with glass bottles, plastic, and paper being left behind by tourists and operators. I hope authorities take action soon to clean up and prevent further damage to this stunning environment.
    14 Oct, 2023
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    Anonymous
    26 Jun, 2023
    about provider
    We deeply appreciated how well the tour was organized and Nico's ability to take us to off-the-beaten-path places in Cappadocia. Discovering new roads with Nico allowed us to see a different and genuine side of the region. As first-time riders, we came with open minds and discovered a world we truly loved, thanks to Nico and his amazing horses. The challenging and technical ride was incredibly fun, and we learned a lot from Nico and the horses. The forward-going horses and the wonderful ranch run by Nico and Helene made this experience one in a million.
    26 Jun, 2023
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    Barbara
    28 May, 2023
    about provider
    What a fantastic experience! The ride was incredibly scenic and fast-paced. Nico, our guide, was exceptional, matching riders with beautiful, forward-going Arab horses. This ride is definitely for fit and advanced riders, with long canters through challenging terrain and steep trails to navigate. Nico's knowledge of Turkey and the area added to the experience, as he willingly shared information and answered questions. I can't wait for my next ride!
    28 May, 2023
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Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 2 700 US$ 2 851
    3 – 10 Nov 8 days 7 nights
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    16 – 23 Nov 8 days 7 nights
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