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Riding through the mountains
from $1,039
Summary:

Discover the wild Ligurian mountains and coastline on this 8 day, point-to-point trail crossing from France into Italy on willing, sure-footed horses. Ride through mountain passes and pine forests before visiting ancient, medieval villages.

This trail is for adventurous riders who want to get away from it all. Accommodation is in hotels and B&Bs in small villages along the trail. there is also the option to undertake a shorter version of this ride, completing a 6 day ride rather than the full 8 days.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 27 April - 4 May;
  • Petite Liguria - guests can join the High Liguria for the first or last 6 days
  • Trip Length: High Liguria: 8 days/7 nights/7 days riding
    Petite Liguria: 6 days/5 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Saint-Agnes
  • Riding Ability Required: Riders should be confident in walk, trot and canter in open spaces and on steep terrain. Riders must be able to mount and dismount unaided.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: From Nice Airport or train station, €50 each way. From Menton train station 25€. Transfers payable on site.
Riding through the Southern Alps
from $1,015
Summary:

A trail in the Southern Alps with a visit to Europe’s largest collection of bronze age engravings. Ride through the spectacular scenery of the Valle des Merveilles (Valley of Wonders) in the Mercantour national park, crossing the Italian frontier with views of the highest and most beautiful summits of the Southern Alps passing mountain lakes and local wildlife.
This ride would suit fit, adventurous riders who have an interest in seeing the unique, Bronze Age petroglyphs. Accommodation is in comfortable guesthouses and hotels along the route.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 21-26 July; 28 July - 2 August; 4-9 August; 11-16 August
  • Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Saint-Martin Vésubie
  • Riding Ability Required: Confident in walk, trot and canter and on steep terrain.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2019 From Nice Airport or train station, €65 each way. See below itinerary for more/lower priced options.
Summary:

Learn to ride on the sunny island of Crete. Available all year, comfortable hotel, beautiful scenery

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: Available throughout the year except 15 Jan to 15 Feb and when Guided Lasithi Trail is running (High Season: 17 March - 3 November and 15 Dec - 8 January 2020).
  • 2020: Available throughout the year except 13 Jan to 14 Feb and when Guided Lasithi Trail is running (High Season: 29 March - 14 June and 6 Sep - 8 Nov 2020).
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 1-1.5 hours per day
  • Meeting point: Heraklion (HER)
  • Riding Ability Required: Complete beginners welcome
  • Usual Group Size: Maximum 10
  • Transfer: Payable on site, available any time. Transfer is €50 each way per car (1-4pax). Transfer time is approximately 45 minutes
Looking down onto Lassithi
from $1,375
Summary:
Only for intermediate or experienced riders, this adventurous trail of 100 miles takes you through the remote mountains and friendly villages of Crete.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019 Guided Trail High Season: 8, 22 Sept; 13 Oct
  • 2019 Guided Trail Low Season: 3 Nov.
  • 2019 Unguided: Available all year around except when the guided trail is running (high season 17 Mar - 3 Nov and 15 Dec - 8 Jan 2020).
  • 2020 Guided Trail High Season: 29 Mar; 24 Apr; 10, 24 May; 7 Jun; 6, 20 Sept; 11 Oct
  • 2020 Guided Trail Low Season: 1 Nov.
  • 2020 Unguided: Available all year around except when the guided trail is running (high season 22 Mar - 1 Nov and 14 Dec - 10 Jan 2021).
  • Hotel and Stables closed 13 Jan - 14 Feb 2020
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4 - 7 hours
  • Meeting point: Heraklion (HER)
  • Riding Ability Required: Guided: Strong intermediate riders onwards: Must be riding fit and able ride at all paces
    Unguided: Must have experience caring for horses, must be able to walk, trot and canter, mount and dismount unaided.
  • Usual Group Size: Unguided: 2-6
    Guided: 1-10 (March and November treks min 2 to confirm).
  • Transfer: Payable on site, available any time. €50 from Heraklion Airport or €55 from Heraklion centre each way per car (1-4pax). Transfer time is approximately 45 minutes
Greece Panoramic Rides, Crete
from $1,065
Summary:

Daily different outrides, based in a 4 star hotel set in the peaceful mountain retreat, not far from the coast. Excellent riding from novice riders onwards.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: Available throughout the year apart from 15 Jan to 15 Feb and 2 July to 1 Sept; and when the Lasithi Trail is running (High Season 17 March - 3 November and 15 December to 8 January 2020)
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2.5-5 hours per day
  • Meeting point: Heraklion (HER)
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be able to walk, trot and canter on a good horse, more experienced riders are seperated. Minimum age 8
  • Usual Group Size: max 10
  • Transfer: Transfer is €50 each way per car (1-4pax), payable on site. Transfer time is approximately 45 minutes, available any time.
Swimming with the horses
from $1,509
Summary:

Head to Rhodes for this circular trail taking in beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. Confident riders can discover hidden villages, mountain trails, wine tasting and monasteries. There's also beach riding and the chance to swim with your horse in the sea, all rounded off by delicious mediterrean meals.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 15 (FULL), 29 (FULL) Sep; 20 Oct (FULL); 3 Nov
  • 2020: 22 Mar; 5, 26 Apr; 10 (FULL) 17 May; 7 Jun; 27 Sep; 18 Oct; 1 Nov; 22 Nov
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours per day
  • Meeting point: Rhodes International Airport (RHO), Greece
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate onwards - riders should be able to walk, trot and canter and ride on steep terrain.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-6
  • Transfer: 2019: Transfer from/to Rhodes airport is €60 each way per booking, payable on-site.
Summary:

Great value family getaway on the beautiful island of Crete with easy access to the beach and riding in the cooler hours.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: Available from 09 June - 01 Sept except when Guided Lasithi Trail is running.
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2 hours
  • Meeting point: Heraklion (HER)
  • Riding Ability Required: From novice riders, experienced riders separated
  • Usual Group Size: 1-10
  • Transfer: Transfer is €50 each way per car (1-4pax), payable on site. Transfer time is approximately 45 minutes, available any time.
Horses in Rhodes
from $1,249
Summary:

Explore this picture-perfect Greek island on horseback by visiting this friendly Western ranch. Experience wild swimming, mountain panoramas and delicious Mediterranean food. You'll discover ancient Byzantine treasures and hidden waterfalls on this week-long based stay. Ideal for those seeking a relaxing holiday who want to combine riding with days on the beach.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: Any day arrivals between April-October
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 3-4.5 hours per day
  • Meeting point: Rhodes International Airport (RHO)
  • Riding Ability Required: Novice onwards - riders should be able to walk, trot and canter for short periods.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-6
  • Transfer: 2019: Transfer from/to Rhodes airport is €60 each way per booking, payable on-site.
Herding sheep, Icelandic style
from $2,865
Summary:

Autumn sheep herding is a tradition in Iceland and you feel really involved in the culture and history of this fascinating country by taking part in the round up of thousands of sheep.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 20 September
  • 2020: 18 September
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/6 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 3-10 hours
  • Meeting point: Your hotel or closest designated bus stop (central zone) in Rekjavik (own booking)
  • Riding Ability Required: Control a horse at walk, trot and canter over open ground
  • Usual Group Size: Maximum 8
  • Transfer: 2019/20: Included from your hotel or closest designated bus stop in Rekjavik.
View of Canyon Trail
from $2,435
Summary:
Visit the best known sights in Iceland, the Geysir Hot Spring area and the Golden Waterfall Gullfoss riding in the traditional way with a herd of horses. Comfortable made up beds each night.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 17*, 24 August (* denotes high season)
  • 2020: 30 May; 6, 13 June; 11*, 18*, 25* July; 1*, 8*, 29 August (*denotes high season)
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 7 hours
  • Meeting point: BSI Bus Station or closest designated bus stop to your hotel in Rekjavik
  • Riding Ability Required: Walk, trot and canter for short periods on a good horse. Minimum age 7
  • Usual Group Size: 10-20
  • Transfer: 2019/20: Included from BSI Bus Station or closest designated bus stop to your hotel in Rekjavik.

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