The farmhouse and swimming pond
The farmhouse base
Ready to ride
Tacking up, ready to go
Kick on!
Fast riding
Shady tracks, perfect for riding
Long canters
Group photo
Riding over the Plains
Rolling hills
Uphill riding
Riding through the grazing cattle
Happy riders over lunch
Open plains
Pefect sandy tracks
Relaxing after a ride
Fields of poppies
Tacking up time
Break time
Beautiful shady trees
Overnight accommodation
Grand accommodation
Sumptious surroundings
Test ride in the arena
Forest tracks

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

Conveniently located not far from Budapest, this trail is ideal for nature and animal lovers. The terrain includes open plains, ideal for long canters, forests with shady sandy paths and meadows of brightly coloured flowers. We explore hidden tracks and small traditional farms in the Kiskunság National Parkold (a World Heritage site) with its pastoral life and cattle breeding customs.

The well-schooled and willing horses, a mix of Hungarian half-blood, Kisbéri and Arab/TB, are ridden in English tack. They are forward-going and love their job, happy for the thrill of galloping over the Plains or just as comfortable walking along the sandy paths of the forests. Riders need to be experienced in handling their horse in open countryside and be riding fit to enjoy this adventure.

Comfortable overnight accommodation in local guesthouses completes the picture - all have double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, on-site restaurant and swimming pool every night. All in all this is an ideal trail for those who like forward going horses, comfortable accommodation and freshly homecooked traditional fare. 

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from ME of Gustavsberg on 11/07/2016

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Unicorn comments Tack för din återkoppling :)
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 follow this link for a map of the start point of this itinerary: Puzta 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.


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.
 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The horses are a mix of Hungarian half-blood, Kisbéri, Arabian half-blood and Thoroughbred mostly a fair size (15:2-17hh) with a few 14-15hh. They are all experienced trail horses and are kept in very good condition (rest period from November to March), warmblooded and forward going. The tack used on this ride is English and the riding style is English. The light sandy soil makes the region perfect for riding under any weather conditions and offers a varied landscape just perfect to ride through.

Riding timing: usually about 2 hrs in the morning (starting at 9-10 am) followed by a picnic break and then 2-3hrs in the afternoon. Arrival at our overnight accommodation usually at 4-5 pm. The going is mainly sandy and ideal for long canters.

Rider requirements

Riders should be experienced, be comfortable spending up to five hours a day in the saddle and have a secure seat at walk, trot and canter. A lot of ground is covered and there are some opportunities for faster riding. There is assistance with mounting and dismounting if required and no steep terrain or drop offs are encountered en-route.

Weight Limit

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

This is above average for Eastern Europe and all nights have twin or double bedrooms with private bathroom. At the farm base there is a 'swimming pond' rather than a swimming pool, which is ideal for a refreshing dip. At the accommodation during the trail there is a swimming pool available every night. All hotels have an on-site restaurant. The food is varied and filling.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Climate Summary

The best times to ride in Hungary are May, June, September and October. July and August can be hot and winter time a little chilly. The terrain is always good for riding as the sand absorbs water immediately, and the temperatures in November are also nice during the day (8-15 degrees). If it is very cold you can choose the beautiful thermal bath instead of riding which is 18 km away from the accommodation.

Climate Chart


Health

We strongly advise you to consult with your General Practitioner before travelling. The best medical advice regarding suitable immunisations and prophylaxis to enable you to travel safely requires knowledge of your medical history and therefore cannot be covered in this advice sheet. Recommendations are also subject to change and it is important to obtain the most up to date information available.

Health (ride specific)

Sunscreen is advisable in the summer months as there is little shade on the plains.

Film and Camera Equipment

Mobile phones can be used for almost the whole trail. There is electricity for recharging at each overnight accommodation. Internet access is possible using wireless mobile devices and at some of the overnight stops there are PCs for guests to use. Please bring appropriate adaptors.

Packing List

Due to the variable nature of the climate it is best to be prepared for all events.
Riding pants - jeans or breeches
Lightweight Rainwear (recommended for March/April and Sept/Oct)
Riding boots, paddock boots or long boots
Lipbalm with sunscreen
Half chaps (optional)
Riding gloves
Sunblock
Riding hat with brim
Sunglasses
Hard hat (recommended)
T-shirts and shorts
Mobile phone
Sandals or flip flops
Camera with strap/pouch
Long sleeved shirts
Binoculars (recommended)
Heavy sweater or sweatshirt
Warm Jacket
Informal wear for evenings
Bumbag for camera and sunscreen
Water bottle that can be attached to the saddle
Swimsuit

Towels are included at the accommodation

Programmes

A trail ride and a based programme is available on set date departures, please see the website for more details.

Departure Dates

2017: Every Saturday from April to October

Pricing
No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2016 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp939
2016 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement54
2017 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp929
2017 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement53
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2016 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,089
2016 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement63
2017 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,065
2017 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement61
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2016 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,199
2016 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement69
2017 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,185
2017 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement68
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2016 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp10,939
2016 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement625
2017 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp10,665
2017 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement609
Wildlife

The Kiskunsag National Park is an area of specialised flora and fauna. The juniper woodlands and extended meadows are typical of the region but thre are many types of forests (birch, acacia, poplar etc). The abundant vegetation is a haven for numerous roe deer, hares, pheasants, wild hogs, storks, great bustards and the indigenous Hungarian Grey cattle. Oxen and sheep also live extensively in the meadows.

Other Activities

Hiking and Bird watching on nature trail.

Other Country Information

Hungary is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It is mostly flat, with low mountains in the north and north-east and to the north-west of Lake Balaton (Western Hungary). Hungary has some limited natural resources as well as fertile soils and arable land.

Hungary is a democratic republic. It joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. It played an important role in the fall of Communism in 1989 by opening its borders allowing East Germans to enter Western Europe.

Hungary is a heart-stealer; it will lure you back again and again to sample its rich wines, lounge in its thermal spas, gaze at its birdlife and make one more attempt to master its hermetic language. It has all the luxury of western Europe with a Magyar twist.

Its graceful capital Budapest has a lively arts, cafe and music scene, and is host to a range of cultural and sporting festivals. In the countryside you'll find majestic plains, resort-lined lakes, Baroque towns, horse markets and rustic villages.

Hungary is on GMT plus one hour and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram. The international dialling code for Hungary is +36.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Budapest Airport (BUD) or town
Transfer:
2016: €60 return per person from Budapest Airport or town
Transfer time is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes
Flight Guide:
London - Budapest return from £85 with Easyjet, Malev or BA. Please see "getting there" for flight information
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