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PUSZTA TRAIL - HUNGARY

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This is a full service trail ride through the puszta (or great plains) of Hungary.

The well schooled and willing horses, a mix of Hungarian half-blood, Kisbéri and Arab/TB and ridden in English tack. Conveniently located not far from Budapest and the trail is ideal for nature and animal lovers. The terrain includes open plains, ideal for long canters, and forests varied with flowery meadows.  We explore hidden tracks and small traditional farms in the Kiskunság National Parkold (a worlds heritage site) with it's pastoral life and cattle breeding customs. Comfortable overnight accommodation in guest houses all double rooms with en suite bathroom, on site restaurant and swimming pool on 2 nights. All in all an ideal trail for those who like forward going horses and comfortable night time accommodation.

 
Trip length8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days
Ride price detailed prices
price promise
2014 Puszta Trail: double pp £869/€1,035/$1,349
Departure dates

2014 Trail: Every Saturday from March to October

Approximate riding time per day4-5 hours
Riding ability required Click for detailsSecure seat at walk, trot and canter in open spaces. Experienced riders only
Group size3 - 8
Meeting point (getting there)Budapest Airport (BUD) or town
Transfer2014: €60 return per person from Budapest Airport or town
Transfer time is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes
Flight guideLondon - Budapest return from £85 with Easyjet, Malev or BA. Please see "getting there" for flight information
Single supplement detailed pricesNo supplement if willing to share. Otherwise:
2014 Puszta Trail: £52/€61/$80

SAMPLE ITINERARY - PUSZTA TRAIL

Day 1 
A warm welcome with some Hungarian pastries and pálinka (Hungarian spirit) in the afternoon. A pleasant walk around the farm to work up an appetite before sitting down to dinner together.
 
Day 2 
After a leisurely breakfast we head over to the stables and spend some time choosing the perfect horse for everyone. There is the option to visit a traditional horse show at one of the most famous stud farms of Hungary before your afternoon ride (2 hours) which will take you around the local area. Evening meal at the farmhouse. 
 
Day 3 
We have breakfast around 8.30, and then the ride starts at 10 am. At noon we stop at a traditional horse farm to have a picnic lunch and then head towards our next accommodation, another 2 hour ride. Here you can enjoy their outdoor swimming pool, bowling, billiard, etc… Around 19.00 a traditional Hungarian meal is served.  
Day 4 
We have breakfast as usual, and we start our riding day around 10 am again. Today we stop at a very traditional Hungarian farm with a menagerie of animals and ran by a couple of local elders. The host "Marika néni” cooks us pancakes and "recsege” with hot wine and pálinka in cold weather and nice cold refreshments in warm weather for lunch. After another 4-5 hours riding we arrive at our accommodation. There are many facilities on offer to occupy your evening including sauna, outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, billiard, laser shooting, quad etc… We have a 3 course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.
 
Day 5  
Again a day that combines luxury service and perfect nature! We ride out in the morning for 2 hours and the rest of the day is free to choose from optional programmes. Those choosing relaxation on site can have a massage, or swim in the swimming pool or just sit in the jacuzzi or sauna.
 
Day 6  
Time to head home. We have a long ride today back to Kunsagi Manor passing through the fabulous untouched nature of the Kiskunsági National Park. We have a picnic on a small farm and after the days long ride we are welcome by your hosts with an outdoor cooked traditional Hungarian meal.
 
Day 7 
We spend our last day at the farm riding out in the morning having a picnic outdoors and heading back to the farm in the afternoon. We spend a beautiful farewell dinner together with music and a lot of fun.
 
Day 8 
After a nice breakfast we say goodbye and go back to reality….

Please note: This itinerary is given for your guidance only and it may be altered in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Please follow this link for a map of the start point of this itinerary: Puzta Trail

NOTES - PUSZTA TRAIL

Additional stay in Budapest:
Budapest is a beautiful city and well worth a visit in its own right. Highlights include: a night time cruise on the Danube; a spa experience at the magnificent historical Gellert Baths; the Chain Bridge across the Danube, Buda Castle, St Stephen's Basilica, Parliament Buildings and Heroe's Square to name but a few. The city centre is compact and most sights are easily accessible on foot.


The weight limit for this ride is 14 st/198 lb/90 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

FURTHER DETAILS
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WHAT IS INCLUDED
Riding, English-speaking guide, accommodation, meals, wine or beer/bottled drinks/ water/coffee/tea with picnic meals but at the evening meals only water and one drink.
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WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Flights to and from Hungary, transfers from Budapest, tips and items of a personal nature. Alcoholic drinks with evening meal.


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Reading List
We're avid readers here at Unicorn Trails and have selected several books connected to this ride. If you're interested in reading more about the area before you travel, or want to get into the cultural background, here are some suggestions that may inspire you. Click on the links for more information.

There are no shortage of books on Hungary and it’s political past such as Hungary, A Brief History – Istran Lazar, however on a lighter note:
Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor,
Stealing from a Deep Place – Brian Hall 
Vagabond – Jeremy James.

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