Riding in open grassland
Poppies!
Riding through bright blooms
Fast paced riding on the Puszta
Fast riding
Fantastic poppies
The group all ready to go
Well-earned dinner
Happy beautiful horses
Cooling the horses down
The farmhouse and swimming pond
Relaxed horses
Dining room
Small kitchenette
En-suite bathroom
The dining room
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Under the stoop
Relax under the stoop
The farmhouse
Stunning farmhouse bathed in sunlight
Breakfast outside on the terrace

Daily horseback riding trail rides offer the opportunity to explore the Puszta (great plains) of Hungary with an option to have riding lessons in the arena during the stay.  

The well-schooled and willing horses are a mix of Hungarian half-blood, Kisbéri and Arab/TB  and are ridden in English tack. This equestrian based-stay is ideal for horseback riders looking for a more relaxing holiday than the Puszta Trail, with less riding hours and including optional sightseeing tours. There are optional excursions to Budapest and the Bábolna National Stud Farm as well as wine tasting.

This is a good option for those who wish to do a bit more than horseback riding. Lessons are aimed at intermediate level riders who want to develop a more advanced partnership with horses using gentle techniques rather than force. Comfortable overnight accommodation is at the farm, with double rooms with en-suite bathrooms. There is a pond suitable for swimming in on site for those who would like to take a cooling dip. 

There is also a 7 night equestrian trail option available:  Puszta Trail.

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 MJ of on 03/09/2023

Ride Summary
Peaceful holidays with Maya and her family.
Maya is a real horsewoman. Great rider, calm,... I loved sharing experiences and learning more about her journey in horses world.
I spent the trail with Soraya, a beautiful and lovely mare. We get along just fine :)
We had the opportunity to observe the nature around the farm during the trails and saw deers, rabbits, birds,... which was lovely.
I particularly enjoyed the village festival to celebrate wine and horses. Lots of people were there to parade with their carriages and traditional clothes. I wish we had more experiences like this, to see more of the Hungarian folklore and culture.
In a nutshell, a great first experience in Hungary. I definitely recommend it for relaxing holidays.
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Was this trip accurately described to you beforehand?
YES
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Was there anything you should have known and were not told? NO
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What could we do to improve this ride?
Introduce a bit more cultural visits and experiences to understand Hungarian history and folklore
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
3
Please explain why you scored it as you did:
Really relaxing riding for experienced riders
Might be a bit challenging for those who don't ride 4 hours a day on a regular basis, but only for the 1st day
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
YES
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Large choices of trails, adapted to levels
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Unicorn comments: Thank you for your feedback. Glad you had a great time! :)
Sample 7 Day Itinerary
 
Day 1 
Transfer from Budapest Airport to the farm and settle into the accommodation. Take a walk through the grounds or just relax before a 3 course dinner. 

Day 2
After breakfast, meet the horses and ride out for 2-hours. Lunch is enjoyed back at the farm and the afternoon ride is optional. 

Day 3 
Ride out after breakfast into the surrounding countryside before stopping for a picnic lunch at a charming traditional Hungarian farm. Return back to the farm late afternoon and enjoy another 3 course meal. 

Day 4

Breakfast followed by 2 rides, broken up by lunch at the farm. In the evening there is an optional wine tasting session with dinner at a local winehouse.

Day 5
Today riders are free to choose between riding or going on a sightseeing trip to Budapest. This trip can be combined with a visit to the Bábolna National Stud Farm of the Hungarian Shagya Arabian Horses which is an optional programme. Sightseeing at night is also optional.

Day 6
After breakfast start the day-ride, enjoying a picnic in a natural spot, or on a traditional farm. After saying goodbye to the horses, enjoy a final farewell dinner together.

Day 7
Transfer to the airport in time for departing flight.
 

Riding Lessons
There is the option to have hour-long riding lessons (in place of two hours trail riding) during the based stay. These are aimed at intermediate level riders who want to develop a more advanced partnership with horses using good technique rather than force. The horses here are soft, sensible and well educated, and will help guests improve their riding with a better understanding of, and therefore relationship, with their horses. The lessons will be in groups of up to 4 people, or 1-to-1 for a supplement of €10 per hour. Please let us know at the time of booking if this is something you are interested in. Additional lessons can be booked on site for an extra charge (€20 for 1-to-1, €15 for small group).

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. For a well located good basic hotel we recommend Kalvin House Hotel in Budapest (www.kalvinhouse.hu).

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 of 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.



Trail riding: The light sandy soil makes the region perfect for riding under any weather conditions and offers a varied landscape just perfect to ride through. Ride time: 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 back at the farm usually at 4-5 pm. The going is mainly sandy and ideal for long canters.



Riding Lessons: There is the option to have hour-long riding lessons (in place of two hours trail riding) during the based stay. These are aimed at intermediate level riders who want to develop a more advanced partnership with horses using good technique rather than force. The horses here are soft, sensible and well educated, and will help guests improve their riding with a better understanding of, and therefore relationship, with their horses. The lessons will be in groups of up to 4 people, or 1-to-1 for a supplement. Additional lessons can be booked on site for an extra charge.


Rider requirements

Riders should be experienced, be comfortable spending up to four hours a day in the saddle and have a secure seat at walk, trot and canter. There is assistance with mounting and dismounting if required and no steep terrain or drop offs are encountered during the daily rides.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 187 lb/85 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

This is above average for Eastern Europe and the farm has double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The food is excellent; varied and filling and many National dishes are cooked. During the months of June and the beginning of September there is a swimming 'pond' available for guests to use. This is not a conventional pool filled with the usual chemicals, but a lovely refreshing pond to cool off in after a day in the saddle.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements within reason can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests before booking.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures and requirements while travelling.

When visiting Hungary, your passport should be valid for at least 3 months from the date you arrive.

Passport and Visa requirements can change regularly depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country.

Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary

In the USA: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Hungary.html

In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/hungary

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 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

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Hungary and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.

You should make sure you have sufficient medical supplies (including prescription medicines) for the duration of your stay and any unforeseen delays, adequate travel insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation.

Electricity

In Hungary the supply voltage is 230V. If the appliance or its power supply are not dual voltage rated, the single voltage appliance will have to be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly (unless the appliance operates at 230V).

Mobile, WiFi and charging

Mobile phones reception and electricity is available at the accommodation. Internet access is possible using wireless mobile devices. Please bring appropriate 2 pin European 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 sunscreeen
Swimsuit
Water bottle that can be attached to saddle

Towels are included at the accommodation

Please note saddle bags are not provided, you may wish to consider bringing your own saddle bag or a drop leg bag to carry your water in, if you do not have a water bottle that can be attached to the saddle.

Programmes

This programme can be tailored with a minimum 3 night stay between March and October. There are optional excursions to Budapest and the Bábolna National Stud Farm as well as wine tasting. This is a good option for those who wish to do a bit more than ride.

Departure Dates

2024: Dates available on request between March and October

Pricing
No single supplement is charged if the rider is willing to share with someone of the same sex, and a sharer can be found.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2024 3 night stay4d/3n2double pp475
2024 3 night stay4d/3n2single supplement53
2024 4 night stay5d/4n3double pp655
2024 4 night stay5d/4n3single supplement71
2024 5 night stay6d/5n4double pp839
2024 5 night stay6d/5n4single supplement88
2024 6 night stay7d/6n5double pp1,019
2024 6 night stay7d/6n5single supplement105
2024 7 night stay8d/7n6double pp1,205
2024 7 night stay8d/7n6single supplement125
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2024 3 night stay4d/3n2double pp539
2024 3 night stay4d/3n2single supplement60
2024 4 night stay5d/4n3double pp749
2024 4 night stay5d/4n3single supplement80
2024 5 night stay6d/5n4double pp955
2024 5 night stay6d/5n4single supplement99
2024 6 night stay7d/6n5double pp1,165
2024 6 night stay7d/6n5single supplement119
2024 7 night stay8d/7n6double pp1,375
2024 7 night stay8d/7n6single supplement139
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description US $
2024 3 night stay4d/3n2double pp625
2024 3 night stay4d/3n2single supplement67
2024 4 night stay5d/4n3double pp865
2024 4 night stay5d/4n3single supplement89
2024 5 night stay6d/5n4double pp1,105
2024 5 night stay6d/5n4single supplement109
2024 6 night stay7d/6n5double pp1,345
2024 6 night stay7d/6n5single supplement135
2024 7 night stay8d/7n6double pp1,585
2024 7 night stay8d/7n6single supplement155
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2024 3 night stay4d/3n2double pp6,605
2024 3 night stay4d/3n2single supplement715
2024 4 night stay5d/4n3double pp9,145
2024 4 night stay5d/4n3single supplement955
2024 5 night stay6d/5n4double pp11,689
2024 5 night stay6d/5n4single supplement1,189
2024 6 night stay7d/6n5double pp14,229
2024 6 night stay7d/6n5single supplement1,429
2024 7 night stay8d/7n6double pp16,769
2024 7 night stay8d/7n6single supplement1,669
Additional Night Pricing
  No of days/nights Product item description £
extra night and riding dayper nightdouble pp185
extra night and riding dayper nightsingle supplement19
extra night and riding dayper nightnon-rider129
  No of days/nights Product item description
extra night and riding dayper nightdouble pp209
extra night and riding dayper nightsingle supplement21
extra night and riding dayper nightnon-rider145
  No of days/nights Product item description US $
extra night and riding dayper nightdouble pp229
extra night and riding dayper nightsingle supplement24
extra night and riding dayper nightnon-rider165
  No of days/nights Product item description SEK
extra night and riding dayper nightdouble pp2,475
extra night and riding dayper nightsingle supplement249
extra night and riding dayper nightnon-rider1,735
Recommended Reading

There are no shortage of books on Hungary and it’s political past such as Hungary, A brief History – Istvan Lazar, however on a lighter note ‘Between The Woods and Water’ – Patrick Leigh Fermor, ‘Stealing From a Deep Place’ – Brian Hall and straight from the horse’s mouth ‘Vagabond’ – Jeremy James. For an excellent selection of equestrian travel and adventure books visit www.horsetravelbooks.com (part of the Long Rider’s Guild)


Other Activities

A guided sightseeing trip to Budapest, watching a traditional Hungarian horse display.
Optional programmes include a visit to the thermal baths, wine tasting with dinner, visiting one of the Hungarian Stud farms, or any excursions on request.

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 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:
2024: From meeting point €60 return per car (pick-up between 1pm to 6pm). Transfer time is approximately 1 hour from the airport and 1 hour 30 minutes from town. (subject to change)
Flight Guide:
London - Budapest return from £70 pp
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