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Beautiful ruska landscape
from $1,969
Summary:
Come enjoy the spectacular Autumn colours of magical Lapland. Ride Finnish horses on this exciting trail in the Arctic Circle and witness Finnish hospitality at its best.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 27 July; 11, 25 August
  • Trip Length: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 8-10 hours
  • Meeting point: Kittilä Airport, Finland. It may also be possible to fly into Enontekiö Airport if flights are available.
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate riders onwards
  • Usual Group Size: 4-6
  • Transfer: Included from meeting point.
Riding through the mountains
from $1,245
Summary:
A point to point trail along the 'Via Alpine' through Mercantour National Park. With stunning scenery and traditional villages, this horse riding holiday takes you well away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Accommodation is in a mix of hotels, guesthouses, mountain refuges and B&Bs.
Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 27 Jun; 11, 18 Jul; 15, 22 Aug
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours (some days may exceed 7 hours in the saddle)
  • Meeting point: Ranch near Saint-Martin Vésubie
  • Riding Ability Required: All abilities catered for. A good level of fitness is required due to long hours in the saddle and some walking required.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2019: From Nice Airport , €65 each way payable on site or from Saint Martin Vesubie bus station 1.50€ each way. See sample itinerary for more options.
Riding through the Morvan National Park
from $1,989
Summary:

An exhilarating endurance trail in central France covering 40-60 km a day, this is one for fit, adventurous riders only. Excellent food, stunning scenery, spend the night in a castle and enjoy the extensive gallops. Not for the faint-hearted.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 22 Jun; 27 Jul; 24 Aug; 21 Sept
  • 2020: 20 Jun; 25 Jul; 29 Aug
  • Trip Length: 9 days / 8 nights / 7 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5-6 hours
  • Meeting point: The equestrian centre in the Morvan National Park. Transfer available from Le Creusot TGV station (1h20m from Paris).
  • Riding Ability Required: Comfortable and independent at all speeds and on varied terrain. Must be physically fit and in shape.
  • Usual Group Size: 6-12
  • Transfer: 2019: €100 from/to Le Creusot TGV station (60 km) per car (max 4 people). Transfer is payable on-site. Complimentary transfer from/to Autun station.
Horses at a mountain lake
from $1,235
Summary:
Take part in the ancient tradition of transhumance by joining this 6-day trail through the French and Italian alps, moving horses to their summer grazing. Riding from the sea up into the mountains, the trail passes through the lush Italian pastures of the Riviera dei fiori (Riviera of flowers), famous for its azure waters, alpine and medieval towns. Riders will be able to enjoy the remarkable landscapes of this part of the Italian Riviera before reaching the steep pastures of the snow-capped alps. Suitable for fit intermediate riders onwards.
Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 21 - 27 September
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Sainte-Agnes
  • Riding Ability Required: Must be confident at walk, trot and canter and riding/leading horse on steep terrain.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-8
  • Transfer: 2019: From Nice Airport or train station, €50 each way. From Menton train station €25 each way.
Riding through the mountains
from $1,049
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:
  • 2020: 12 Apr
  • 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 $1,025
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.
Herding sheep, Icelandic style
from $2,899
Special Offer:

10% off all departures for 2020 if booked by 31st December 2019

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.
Horses on the beach
from $4,615
Summary:

Head to the west of Iceland for this week-long trail taking in glacier-capped volcanoes and plenty of beach riding. You'll be riding some of the best horses in the business in a small group setting. Accommodation is in double rooms with private bathrooms and even an outdoor hot tub to soak in.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 3-10 August
  • Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: The BSÍ bus station in Reykjavik
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate: Control a horse at a walk, trot and canter confidently over open ground.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-12
  • Transfer: 2020: Included from Rekjavik.
View of Glacier Trail
from $2,605
Special Offer:

10% off all departures for 2020 if booked by 31st December 2019

Summary:

Adventure riding trip with splendid views of the glacier Langjökull and riding alongside the glacier fed lake Hvítárvatn with its floating icebergs.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 20, 27* June; 4*, 11*, 18*, 25* July; 10*, 17* August (*denotes high season)
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/6 days riding - 185km
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5 to 7 hours
  • Meeting point: BSI Bus Station or closest designated bus stop to your hotel in Rekjavik
  • Riding Ability Required: Control a horse at a walk, trot and canter confidently over open ground. Minimum age 7
  • Usual Group Size: 10 to 20
  • Transfer: 2019/20: Included from BSI Bus Station or closest designated bus stop to your hotel in Rekjavik.
Iceland Horse Round Up
from $2,025
Special Offer:

10% off all departures for 2020 if booked by 31st December 2019

Summary:

Autumn 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 hundreds of horses.

Departure Dates:
  • 2019: 2 October
  • 2020: 30 September
  • Trip Length: 5 days/4 nights/4 days riding - 120km
  • Approximate riding time per day: Up to seven hours
  • Meeting point: Your hotel or closest designated bus stop (central zone) in Rekjavik
  • Riding Ability Required: Control a horse at a walk, trot and canter confidently over open ground
  • Usual Group Size: Maximum 20
  • Transfer: 2019/20: Included from your hotel or closest designated bus stop in Rekjavik.

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