Blue Coast Trail
Turkey ( Best airport: Dalaman)
Discover Turkey’s Mediterranean southern coast where you’ll ride on beaches, through forests and across rivers on endurance-trained Arabs. As well as thrilling fast-paced riding there are boat trips across stunning lagoons, a visit to a turtle sanctuary and opportunities for swimming every day.
Level of Riding and Fitness
This trail is suitable for confident intermediate to experienced riders. Although the pace is mostly walk, there are many trots and canters each day and riders must be in good physical condition. You should be fit to ride long hours and to enjoy fast canters on a forward-going horse. You will also need to be comfortable spending short periods of time hiking on steep mountain paths and leading your horse. The weight limit is 85kg.
Guides and Group Size
You will be guided by French-born Nicolas who has lived and organised horse riding tours in Turkey for over 15 years. He is very knowledgeable about the local history and culture as well as being passionate about his horses and always having their well-being at heart.
Group size for this trail is between 4-8 riders.
Tack and Riding Equipment
The horses are ridden in snaffle or pelham bits. The saddles are either McClellan saddles or handmade by our partners in Turkey to fit their horses perfectly. Both saddles are ideally suited for trail riding and long hours in the saddle. Two saddlebags are fitted for each horse to carry daily items such as water bottles, sun cream and camera.
The weight limit is strictly 85kg, including riding gear. All participants will be weighed upon arrival. If you are between 80kg and 85kg, please enquire before booking as there are only a small number of horses who can take the weight.
Accommodation and Dining
During the holiday you’ll spend 4 nights camping and 3 nights in guesthouse accommodation. The campsites used are dotted along the coast or in the forest and include a large dining tent for meals. Riders will then sleep in double tipi-style tents with single camping mattresses. Campsites are equipped with toilets, a shower tent and a gas stove although lots of the evening meals will be cooked over the campfire. This is a participatory trail where guests help with packing and unpacking their luggage from the support vehicle and help with the horses, tacking up and untacking.
The 3 nights in guesthouses include accommodation in double or twin rooms. Single rooms are subject to availability and a single supplement. Most of the guesthouses used are run by families and are located in pretty towns and villages. Guesthouses are equipped with Wifi and offer a laundry service if required. Your luggage will be transported between overnight stops by the logistics vehicle.
Dinner and breakfast are served at the guesthouses or campsite. You can expect Turkish cuisine for dinner consisting of a starter, one or two courses and a dessert when staying in a guesthouse. When camping, the dinners are cooked on the open fire, and served with various salads. Tea, coffee and mineral water are included. Local wine, other alcoholic drinks, beer and soft drinks are available for an additional cost. Lunch is either served in a restaurant or is a picnic lunch out on trail. Allergies and special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
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Blue Coast Trail
8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
2022 – £210
2023 – £239
Flights & Airport transfers
The closest airport is Dalaman Airport
There are direct flights from the UK to Dalaman with Jet2 or there are plenty of airlines that fly to Istanbul where you take a connecting flight.
Please plan your flight to arrive at Dalaman between 8am and 7pm on the first day of your holiday. Airport transfers are included in your holiday for flights arriving and departing between the set times. Airport transfers outside of these times are at additional cost.
- Dalaman Airport transfers
- 6 full days of riding
- Trail riding horse, tack and saddlebags
- 7 nights of shared accommodation (3 nights camping)
- Evening meals
- Tea, coffee and mineral water
- Luggage transportation
- Alcoholic drinks