Riding through bright blooms
Poppies!
Fast paced riding on the Puszta
Fast riding
Riding in open grassland
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
Bedroom 3
Under the stoop
Relax under the stoop
The farmhouse
Farmhouse 2
Stunning farmhouse bathed in sunlight
Breakfast outside on the terrace

This is a full service based stay in excellent accommodation. Daily trail rides offer the opportunity to explore the puszta (or great plains) of Hungary. There is also an option to have lessons in the sand arena during the stay. 

The well-schooled and willing horses, a mix of Hungarian half-blood, Kisbéri and Arab/TB are ridden in English tack. Conveniently located not far from Budapest, this based stay is ideal for riders looking for a more relaxing holiday than the Puszta Trail, with less riding hours and optional sightseeing tours. 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 world heritage site) with its pastoral life and cattle breeding customs. Lessons are aimed at intermediate level riders who want to develop a more advanced partnership with horses using good technique rather than force. Comfortable overnight accommodation is at the farm, with double rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

There is also a 7 night trail option available called the 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 ST of on 30/10/2017

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Day 1 
Transfer from Budapest Airport to the farm and settle into your accommodation. Take a walk through the grounds or just kick back and relax before a 3 course dinner. 

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

Day 3 
We ride out after breakfast into the surrounding countryside before stopping for a picnic lunch at a very charming traditional Hungarian farm. We 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 you are free to choose between riding and 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 having breakfast at the farm we go for a day-ride, having picnic somewhere in the beautiful nature or in a traditional farm. After saying goodbye to your horse we have a beautiful 3 course farewell dinner together.

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

Riding Lessons – NEW for 2017!
There is now 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 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. 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 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 of €10. Additional lessons can be booked on site for an extra charge (€20 for 1-to-1, €15 for small group).

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 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 the farm has double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The food is varied and filling. There is a swimming 'pond' available for guests to use - this is not a 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 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 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 (ride specific)

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

Film and Camera Equipment

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

Programmes

This programme is available as a 6 night, 4 night and 3 night itinerary throughout the year. 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

Dates available on request, all year round any day arrival

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 £
2017 3 night stay4d/3n2double pp299
2017 3 night stay4d/3n2single supplement28
2017 4 night stay5d/4n3double pp389
2017 4 night stay5d/4n3single supplement38
2017 6 night stay7d/6n5double pp575
2017 6 night stay7d/6n5single supplement56
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2017 3 night stay4d/3n2double pp319
2017 3 night stay4d/3n2single supplement30
2017 4 night stay5d/4n3double pp425
2017 4 night stay5d/4n3single supplement41
2017 6 night stay7d/6n5double pp629
2017 6 night stay7d/6n5single supplement61
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2017 3 night stay4d/3n2double pp389
2017 3 night stay4d/3n2single supplement37
2017 4 night stay5d/4n3double pp519
2017 4 night stay5d/4n3single supplement50
2017 6 night stay7d/6n5double pp755
2017 6 night stay7d/6n5single supplement73
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2017 3 night stay4d/3n2double pp3,215
2017 3 night stay4d/3n2single supplement305
2017 4 night stay5d/4n3double pp4,219
2017 4 night stay5d/4n3single supplement405
2017 6 night stay7d/6n5double pp6,149
2017 6 night stay7d/6n5single supplement595
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

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.

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:
2017: €60 return per person from Budapest airport or town. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. Payable on site.
Flight Guide:
London - Budapest return from £85 with Easyjet, Malev or BA. Please see "getting there" for flight information
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