Escorted Trips for 2013
For 2013 we have organised four group trips (so far!) which you are welcome to join. These ‘escorted’ rides are ones which one of us from the Far and Ride office will join ourselves and they are an excellent option for single travellers looking to make new friends. Single travellers can be accommodated on almost all of our riding holidays (and in fact make up a large proportion of our customers) but we find that there is more and more interest in joining one of our escorted trips. Not only are you guaranteed some likeminded company but these dates are also more likely to gather several bookings, therefore creating a friendly group with the same interests and usually of a similar riding level. We’ve been running these trips successfully for the past few years now and have really enjoyed meeting new people and sharing wonderful riding experiences around the world.
Have a look at the options available so far and get in touch if you’d like to join in. If these dates don’t work for you then please contact us anyway as we can often match you up with other riders in the same boat. Many lasting friendships have been formed this way!
Note: Prices are correct at time of publishing but will alter slightly as the exchange rates change (our website is always up to date). We will hold the price we quote you at the time of enquiry.
Western Week, Kiskunsagi Ranch (El Bronco), Hungary, 12 – 19 May with Holly.
Ladies only! This trip is a one-off programme which has been organised specially for Holly and her group. The week focuses around western riding and includes trail rides, western riding skills (barrel racing, pole bending etc.) and also some other activities such as a carriage ride to the local cheese factory and a wine tasting session. There are already nine ladies booked on to the ride but there is space for more to join. No prior experience of western riding is necessary and this trip is actually open to all riding levels, though those comfortable riding at walk, trot and canter will gain the most from it.
The ranch lies not far from Budapest and is surrounded by sandy countryside, ideal footing for long canters. Accommodation during the programme is on site at the ranch for the whole week. This is a relaxed, fun trip for those interested to try something new!
£846 per person to seven nights of shared accommodation, all meals, horse riding and activities as described in the programme. Transfer available from and to Budapest.
Transhumance, Cattle & Team Penning in Aragon, Spanish Pyrenees, 1 – 8 June with Sarah.
Sarah from Far and Ride is planning to join the ‘Transhumance, Cattle & Team Penning in Aragon’ programme in Spain from 1 – 8 June. Learn all about sorting and penning cattle in the Spanish Pyrenees in Aragon, where the ancient tradition of transhumance goes right back to the Middle Ages. The team spirit, the hard work and the freedom in the saddle make this a wonderful opportunity for budding cowboys and girls to drive herds of cattle to higher pastures across spectacular landscapes. The scenery is really out of this world!
During this ride you spend most nights at the base hotel and riding centre but have two nights out at a different hotel in a small village. This programme is suitable for experienced riders who are happy to ride at all paces and for long hours. During the ride you can expect to explore magnificent countryside and see some fascinating wildlife, as well as experiencing the excitement of moving cattle just as they did in days gone by.
£1265 per person to include seven nights of shared accommodation, all meals and six and a half days of horse riding. Transfer available from and to Zaragoza or Pau.
Mountain to Sea Trail, Catalonia Trails (formerly Can Jou), Spain, 15 – 22 September with Holly.
This is an exciting trail through the beautiful region of Catalonia in Spain, including riding on mountain paths, through medieval towns, across meadows and along the beach. The programme involves riding for 5 – 6 hours a day at all paces, covering 240km during the week (up to 50km in one day) and so is for fairly fit riders who are happy to spend long hours in the saddle. You will need to be able to tack up your own horse.
This is a trail programme and therefore involves moving between different accommodation each night. It begins in a typical Spanish farmhouse and moves on between hotels and guesthouses (last night back at the farmhouse). A great chance to explore northern Spain and to sample the culture, cuisine, landscapes and their wonderful Spanish horses.
£1077 per person to include seven nights of shared accommodation, all meals, wine with dinner and six days of horse riding. Riders can fly into Barcelona or Girona and be transferred from there at set times (added cost). *There is a €75 per person early booking discount if you confirm with a deposit by 15th March!
Stationary Programme, Ranch Hotel, Turkey, 26 September – 3 October with Sarah.
A comfortable based stay at a welcoming hotel in Turkey, not far from Antalya. Riders can join the 15 hour or 28 hour riding programme, spreading their riding hours out during their stay. These riding hours can be in the form of daily trail rides or you can take some as lessons if you prefer. It is open to all levels of rider and groups will be split by ability. There are opportunities for riding in the mountains and even on the beach, including swimming with your horse in the sea if the weather is good enough.
The hotel has excellent facilities including an outdoor pool, tennis court, volleyball court, fitness centre and mountain bikes available for hire. There is a free daily shuttle service to the beach too! Guests can stay on a half board or full board basis, according to their preferences.
28 hour programme: £829 per person (full board) or £710 (half board).
15 hour programme: £733 (full board) or £614 (half board).
Transfer available from and to Antalya.
To Book: If you are interested in any of these rides then please get in touch. Holly can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah on email@example.com. You can also call the office on 01462 701110. If none of these rides are what you’re looking for then don’t forget to check out our website – we have more than a hundred riding holidays in nearly fifty countries and can cater to all riding levels and a variety of budgets and preferences.