A horse riding holiday in the mountains has many unique qualities that make these rides so special; panoramic views, ever changing scenery, challenging and diverse terrain and great diversity of pace.
Riding in the mountains can be enjoyed by novice riders who are reasonably fit and well balanced. As the pace can be slow, trust in your horse and confidence is more important on those rides than technical riding ability. However on other rides, the time needs to be made up on the open terrain and the pace really picks up, making riding experience a prerequisite.
A large variation in comfort at night is also found: from charming guest houses, to primitive camping in remote and inaccessible places where all equipment is carried on pack animals.
You've either never ridden or may have had a few lessons. You may be able to trot or ride out at a walk.
You've mastered the basic aids in walk, trot and canter. You're confident on a well-schooled horse in walk, rising trot (posting), and for short periods of canter in a school or even outside.
You're a secure and confident rider on a well-schooled horse at all paces including a fast canter in open country. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.
You're an experienced rider, confident and relaxed on horseback. You ride regularly, have an independent seat and soft hands. You're capable of handling a spirited horse in open country and are happy to jump. You have experience of riding a variety of horses.
Does not wish to ride.
Like riding at home, service levels, language, standards and comforts similar to home.
A little different from home, there may be language barriers or different ways of doing things, still quite comfortable, may be unpredictable parts or some rugged terrain.
Different accommodations, attitudes or methods of riding are used to normal riding at home, may have challenging terrain, long days or itinerary changes, may involve camping or not so comfortable accommodation. An appetite for exploration and new experiences required.
Extreme adventure, very challenging terrain and possible extreme or fast changing weather requiring adaptation of the itinerary, must be very flexible, good humoured and fit.
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A mountainous trail ride staying in local guesthouses encountering medieval monuments and welcoming Balkan culture for intermediate riders onwards.
2017: Every Sunday from 5 Mar to 30 Apr and 1 Oct to 26 Nov. Also 14, 28 May; 11, 25 Jun; 9, 23 Jul; 6, 20 Aug, 3, 17 Sept.
Trip Length: 8 days/ 7 nights/ 6 riding days
Approximate riding time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Meeting point: Tirana airport (TIA) or Saranda Port - fly to Corfu (CFU).
Riding Ability Required: Intermediate and riding fit, secure riding in open spaces
Group Size: 2 - 8
Transfer: 2017: Tirana airport to Gjirokastra: €70 return per person, 225 km, 3-4 hours
Saranda Port to Gjirokastra: €40 return per person, 64km, 1 hour. If flying to Corfu, get the ferry to Saranda (available 2 -4 times per day, fast one 30 minutes and slow one 1h.15 minutes. Own cost.)
Start & finish at an exclusive & very secluded 6,000-acre working cattle farm that has been in the same Anglo-Argentine family for 4 generations. The estancia is 3,000 ft up between Pampas and the Andes
2017 - dates on request - minimum 3 riders
Trip Length: 8 days /7 nights
Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
Meeting point: Cordoba Airport, Argentina (COR)
Riding Ability Required: You should be comfortable at a walk, trot and canter and fit enough to ride for 6 hours per day
Group Size: Maximum 12
Transfer: Included from Córdoba Pajas Blancas airport or Rio Ceballos (but not Córdoba central) between 08.00 and 20.00. All other transfer requests will be quoted on a case by case basis.. Approximate transfer time is 1 hour
Ride through incredible Andes Mountain scenery at the highest part of the Andes near Mendoza. Highlights for those without the time to cross the full range.
Dates upon request from October to May
Trip Length: 6 days / 5 nights / 4 days riding
Optional extra days can be arranged
Approximate riding time per day: 3-6 hours
Meeting point: Mendoza Airport MDZ
Riding Ability Required: Novice but with opportunities for faster riding for more experienced riders. Min age 10
Group Size: 6-10, ride may be confirmed for less than 6 for a supplement, see detailed prices
Transfer: Approximately $60 one way per car (1-3 pax) from Buenos Aires Pistarini (international). Approx transfer time is 30 minutes. Transfer included from Mendoza Airport, approx transfer time is 1.5 hours
Explore the inca trails on horseback, including the tropical forests and crystal clear streams of the Lerma Valley, the Calchaquí desert with its multicoloured mountains and the Cafayate Creek with its red hills, a breathtaking contrast.
2017: 9 day programme - 12, 22 Mar; 13 April; 7 May; 3 Sept; 30 Oct; 26* Nov
2017: 12 day programme - 23 Apr; 6**, 20** Aug; 15 Oct; 12* Nov
Tailor-made rides can also be arranged all year round (*Polo Open, **Tango World Cup).
Trip Length: 9 days/8 nights/6 days riding OR
12 days/ 11 nights/9 days riding
Riding Ability Required: Novice (confident) to experienced. The pace of the ride is slow overall but there are opportunities for those who like to canter and gallop.
Group Size: 6-10. Ride may be confirmed for less than 6 at a supplement, see Prices and Dates tab.
Transfer: Approximately $60 one way per car (1-3 pax) from Buenos Aires Pistarini (international) or $30 from Buenos Aires Newbery (domestic) . Approx transfer time is 30 minutes. Included from hotel to domestic airport for internal flight on Day 2. Transfer included to Salta airport at the end of the ride. Transfer not included from Buenos Aires domestic airport or International Airport on departure
Experienced, fit riders only - you must be secure in the saddle, balanced and confident. This trail features some extreme terrain so you should be adventurous and quite brave! Some riding days can be 8 or 9 hours in length so you need to be fit and prepared for this.
2018: Please enquire
Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
Approximate riding time per day: 4-9 hours
Meeting point: Sofia Airport (SOF)
Clients can also fly into Plovidv (PDV) please contact us for transfer details
Riding Ability Required: Fit and experienced riders only
Group Size: 3-8
Transfer: 2017: Included from meeting point at set times. Other times can be arranged for a fee of €150 Euros per car each way, payable on site. Approximate transfer time is 3 hours.