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

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 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 JG of Dallington, Heathfield on 28/10/2019

Ride Summary
Good
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Myka was a very friendly, helpful and fun lady to have lead the trail
Horses and Tack

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8
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Lots of regular extended periods of cantering
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Thoroughly enjoyable holiday
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Sample Itinerary 8 days / 7 nights/  6 riding days
 
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 note the 7 days/6 nights/ 5 riding days itinerary will depart after breakfast on Day 7 (one day shorter).

Please follow this link for a map of the start point of this itinerary:  Puszta Based Stay

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 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.

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 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

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.

Health (ride specific)

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

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).

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 comprising 8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days or 7 days / 6 nights/ 5 riding days, please see the website for more details.

Departure Dates

2022 8d/7n: 24 (FULL) Sept (FULL); 22 Oct.
2022 7d/6n: 8 (FULL), 16 Oct.
2023 8d/7n: 15, 22 Apr; 6, 20 May; 3, 17 Jun; 1 Jul; 26 Aug; 9, 23 Sept; 7, 21 Oct.
Other dates available on request for groups of 3 and more.

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 £
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,139
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement93
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6non-rider815
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5double pp1,049
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5single supplement79
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5non-rider775
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,235
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement109
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6non-rider795
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,299
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement105
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6non-rider925
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5double pp1,195
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5single supplement90
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5non-rider885
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,405
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement129
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6non-rider905
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,435
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement115
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6non-rider1,025
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5double pp1,319
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5single supplement96
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5non-rider979
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp1,549
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement135
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6non-rider999
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp14,359
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement1,165
2022 Puszta Trail8d/7n6non-rider10,225
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5double pp13,215
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5single supplement995
2022 Puszta Trail (6 nights)7d/6n5non-rider9,765
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6double pp15,509
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6single supplement1,395
2023 Puszta Trail8d/7n6non-rider9,995
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

Hiking and Bird watching on nature trail.

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:
2022: included from Budapest Airport or town (pick-up between 1pm to 6pm; Transfers outside of these times will incur an additional fee). Transfer time is approximately 1 hour from the airport and 1 hour 30 minutes from town.
2023: 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.
Flight Guide:
London - Budapest return from £85 with Easyjet, Malev or BA. Please see "getting there" for flight information
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