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.
No supplement if willing to share. Otherwise:
2016 Puszta Trail: £54/€63/$71/SEK599
SAMPLE ITINERARY - PUSZTA TRAIL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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:
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A - You've never been on a horse before or only walked on a horse.
B - You can mount without help and have had a few lessons in a riding school. You can trot and may have ridden out at a walk.
C - You've mastered the basic aids. You can ride a well-schooled horse in walk, rising trot (posting), and for short periods of canter in a school or even outside.
D - You can control a well-schooled horse at walk, trot and canter in open country. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.
E - You are confident and relaxed on horseback at all paces in open country and are happy to jump. You have an independent seat and soft hands. You may have owned or shared your own horse and have experience of riding a variety of horses.