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Trace the Lycian Way Horse Riding Holiday in Turkey

Join Akhal Teke Horse Center and smell the fabulous forestry predominates; where pines are mixed with strawberry trees and carob, and give way to juniper and cedar at higher elevations while passing through the gates that open to the magnificent sea view. This tour is for experienced riders only, where you will be riding for 4-5 hours daily with well-mannered, high-spirited Arab and Anatolian-Arab breed mares.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 215lb / 97.5 kilograms, over the weight limit, there will be a second horse with an extra charge (870 EUR)
  • Tack type: Western, Australian tack
  • Horse breed: Arabian, Anatolian, Arabian / Anatolian, Anatolian-Akhal-Teke


  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Meeting and chatting with the locals in the area
  • Encountering herds of sheep and goats along the way
  • Passing through centuries-old olive trees
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Turkish
Airport transfer included: Dalaman Airport
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Accommodations will be arranged according to Covid-19 restrictions. However, at all times and in all conditions, the guests will be provided with comfortable accommodation.

The first night's accommodation will be in Karadere. The exact hotel / accommodation depends on availability.


Akhal Teke Horse Center is pretty sure that you have heard the famous word “Lycian Way” even once in your life. If not let them tell you a little bit more about the area and take you around so that you have a better grasp of this cultural site.

Lycian way, one of the most picturesque routes in the world, is famous for being over 500 kilometers long, starting from Hisarönü stretching to Antalya. 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 Turkey’s old roads. This route has been a home for many trekkers, hikers, mountain bikers, as well as horseback riders and Akhal Teke Horse Center definitely believes that now is your turn to discover the beauties of it and “travel in history” on horseback.


Day 1: Arrival and meeting day

You will arrive at 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 a guest house or hotel for your lodging and relax for your first day on horseback.

Day 2: 20-25 kilometers horseback ride from Karadere Village to Pınara

After a refreshing night's sleep, you will enjoy a delicious traditional Turkish breakfast accompanied by a stunning sea view. Following 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 ancient city of Kurucan (Sidyma) Pınara. Afterward, you will transfer to Karadere Village where you will stay overnight, accompanied by the beautiful sea view. You may enjoy chatting by the fire during dinner. Stay warm because here you will experience a guest house or hotel accommodation.

Day 3: 20 - 25 kilometers horseback ride from Karadare village to Patara

After breakfast, you depart from Karadere and set out for the ancient city of Letoon. You will visit the historical theater in the ancient city of Letoon. Then you continue your journey toward the ancient city of Xanthos by riding the horses along the Eşen river. You continue a dream journey in the ancient city of Xanthos, where the 3000-year-old Lycian civilizations lived. End the tour at the point of the enchanting sea and the desert (Patara Sand Dunes) for a photo shoot. After the photo shoot, you go to the hotel where you will stay overnight.

Day 4: 20-25 kilometers horseback ride from Patara to Karadare Village

After breakfast, you set off from the ancient city of Patara. You bring the horses back to Karadere village by riding the horses from the shore of the Eşen river. At the end of the day, you return to the hotel where you will stay overnight to rest.

Day 5: 20-25 kilometers horseback ride from Karadare village to Gavurağılı village

After breakfast, you will depart from Karadere and ride to the villages of Gavurağılı. After a long horseback ride on Patara Beach which is a world-famous paradise beach with soft sand and sand dunes and the turquoise blue sea, you will reach Karadere, the starting point. You will have another chance to taste local food during dinner at the restaurant. When it is time to have a good night's rest, a guest house or hotel will take away all the exhaustion you had.

Day 6: Rest day

You will be mesmerized by the sea view you will wake up to. Surely, the smell of eggs cooked with butter, accumulated from the surrounding villages will enhance your traditional Turkish breakfast experience. Once you are done with breakfast, your private transfer will pick you up to take you to the guest house or hotel in Fethiye. Don’t worry! The Akhal Teke team has made everything they could to make sure that you have some time for shopping before you leave. After some free time, you will have dinner and enjoy the last hours with the group.

Day 7: Departure day

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

Quick facts:

  • Suitable for intermediate and experienced riders
  • Private guided group tour
  • Route includes: Karadere, the castle of Pydynai, Sidyma, Eşen River, Xantos, Letoon, Patara
  • Guest house and hotel accommodation
  • Reliable and modern equipment
  • Riders are advised to bring their own riding equipment (helmets, boots, etc.)
  • Helmets are provided upon request
  • The long and short courses will be determined according to the terrain conditions.



The price includes full board meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights of accommodation (hotel or guest house)
  • Full board meal plan
  • All non-alcoholic beverages you enjoy
  • Average of 4-6 hours of guided horse riding
  • All shuttle transfers

What's not included

  • All flights
  • Entrance fees where necessary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Dalaman Airport Airport transfer included: Dalaman Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Pricing information
  • Single supplement for hotel rooms: 40 to 80 EUR. Prices vary according to room availability (daily)
  • Extra nights will be priced at 90 EUR to 130 EUR depending on the room type
  • If the rider is over the weight limit of 215 lbs / 97,5 kg, they will use a second horse and that will charge an extra 870 EUR
  • Private transfer is available, ask Horseback Riding Turkey for more information.


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The prices below are priced with the 2023 prices. Book your space now!


Friday September 13, 2024
(7 days / 6 nights)

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