Karst Plateau riding holiday in Slovenia - Far and Ride
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Karst Plateau, Slovenia




Programme


• Green Karst Trail

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Quarter Horse, Warmblood, Icelandic

Nature of horses:

Relaxed and calm but forward-going

Height of horses:

14 - 16 hh

Weight limit:

100kg / 15 stone 7 lbs

Tack type:

English style saddles for the Icelandic horses or Western saddles for the Quarter Horses and Warmbloods

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

The Karst Plateau is a limestone plateau extending across the border of south-western Slovenia and north-eastern Italy. The plateau descends steeply towards the Adriatic sea and so doesn't get effected by the Mediterranean climate along the coast. The region was largely covered by oak forests but vast deforestation means that only one third of the area is now forested and most of these are pines. Much of the wood for the closely spaced piles which support the city of Venice came from this area but this was carefully managed and so the main reason for the deforestation was in clearing pastures for grazing sheep.

The area is most famous for its caves, including Vilenica (the oldest show cave in Europe) and Skocjanske Cave (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Our trail through the Karst leaves time to visit some of the local sites with your experienced guide who will be able to show you things that most tourists miss.

It is impossible to visit this region without taking time to visit the Lipizzaner stud farm at Lipica - one of the oldest stud farms in the world, dating back to 1580. Here you learn about the history of this world-famous breed in their museum or watch the masters at work training their stallions.

Your riding trail will be on either Warmblood or Icelandic horses which have been bred by your guides, or Quarter Horses. Your hosts have been organising riding holidays for many years and pride themselves on matching you with the right horse to suit your size and character. Your guide has experience of trail riding, agility riding and Western competition riding as well as being very knowledgeable about the local wildlife. His wife used to compete Icelandic horses and your hosts at the B&B, Lise and Zvone are both horse trainers, with Zvone also being an international judge for Icelandic horse competitions. They have their own horses around the B&B, and your horses will stay here too for a couple of nights.

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Food & Accommodation

You stay in a B&B in Trnje and return there each night. The B&B has two twin rooms and a triple room. The rooms are clean and comfortable but not glamorous.

Each of the rooms has a private bathroom but this is not necessarily en-suite. They also have views across the fields to the horses or over the gardens.

Breakfast is taken at the B&B and is buffet style with breads, home-made jams, cheese, honey, yoghurt and cereals, with tea and coffee.

Lunches and dinners are taken in different locations and usually in pubs offering delicious homemade food. Most of the meals will include meat but it is possible to arrange vegetarian meals with advance notice.

 

Activities

A number of visits are included in the itinerary, but there are also many options within a short drive of Trnje, such as Postojnska and Skocjanske caves, Krizna cave, Predjama Castle, Postojna, Castle Sneznik and Lipica. These destinations are approximately 40 minutes drive away.

Further afield and recommended for a full day trip would be Piran, Portoroz, Bled Lake, Bohinjsko Lake, Ljubljana and River Soca.

Your guides can also arrange rafting, hiking, cycling, mountaineering and photography as well as bear watching trips.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Croatian, Italian, Slovenian

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: Riders need to be 16 years or older to join the trail

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals, soft drinks with meals, horse riding, non-riding trips as described in itinerary (except entrance fees)

Not included: Flights, insurance, transfers, entrance fees to non-riding sites, extra drinks, extra activities

 

Travel Information

The usual route is to arrive into Ljubljana airport where transfers can be arranged to Trnje, or you can hire a car if you prefer. The journey is 82km and takes approximately 1.5 hours.

Transfer prices are as follows:
2 passengers: 50 euro per person return
3+ passengers: 30 euro per person return

Transfers can also be arranged from Trieste or Venice airports in Italy, or Krk airport in Croatia. Please enquire for prices.

Airport: Ljubljana

Alternative Airport: Trieste (Ronchi)

 

Programme


Green Karst Trail



Ride on the scenic Karst Plateau of Slovenia, discovering ancient caves and castles as well as having the chance to visit the home of the Lipizzaner horse - Lipica. If you're lucky you may even spot a bear on an evening's trip to a woodland hide.

Day One:

On arrival at your accommodation in Trnje you will be shown your room and then offered lunch. It's a short drive to Sembije (c. 15mins) where the horses are located. After being matched with a suitable horse you set off on gentle ride up a nearby hill to appreciate the view and see the route you are going to travel over the next few days. Return to the stables and have dinner in a local pub before heading back to Trnje to overnight.

Riding time: 3 hours

Day Two:

After breakfast you again transfer to the horses and set out on the trail, following a path which goes under a natural wall and through a tunnel carved in the rock. Upon reaching Silentabor you'll have spectacular views of the wildness around you. Your next stop is the village of Narin where you have time to rest and enjoy lunch in a pub. There is also a pool here for a cooling dip if the weather is hot.

After lunch, continue riding on the hillsides of Primoz where you will be able to look at the remains of the tunnels from World War I. The path leads though woods and onto flooded areas of the river Pivka, before reaching Trnje. Leave your horses here and have dinner before returning to your B&B to overnight.

Riding time: 7 hours

Day Three:

Straight after breakfast you head out on a half day ride to the lake Petelinjsko Jezero. The path takes you through unspoilt nature and a small village full of generous people who will offer you their authentic homemade sheep's milk cheese to try. Head back to Trnje for lunch and to change for the afternoon activity. You can choose to visit either Postonjska jama (cave park) or Predjamski grad (castle built into a cave mouth). Entrance fees are not included.

After sightseeing you head out for dinner and then return to Trnje to overnight.

Riding time: 4 hours

Day Four:

This morning you have another half day ride, this time to the lake Palsko jezero following a route through green forests, stopping to view sights along the way. After returning to Trnje for lunch, you head to Kobilarna Lipica in the afternoon - the home of the Lipizzaner horse. You can take a ride in the horse-drawn carriage or simply relax in the surroundings. Entrance fee is payable locally. Later return to Trnje for dinner and to overnight.

Riding time: 4 hours

Day Five:

Today is a full day of riding as you head out through Trnje to the flooded areas of the river Pvka, passing an old mill and the ruins of castle Kalec. Stop for a rest in the shade of some huge lime trees before continuing on woodland paths to the village of Bac, where you have lunch. In the afternoon, ride to Sembije, following the forest route uphill to Mala Milonja which offers heavenly views. Leave the horses here and have dinner before returning to Trnje to overnight.

Riding time: 7 hours

Day Six:

Non-riding day as you head to Piran - this old port town has remnants of a medieval wall which is protected as a cultural historical monument. Narrow streets and closely constructed houses descend from the hill to the church and central square of Mediterranean character. This town, which developed under the influence of Venice, is considered to be one of the most authentic and photogenic towns on the Adriatic coast.

No riding

Day Seven:

A short drive to Sembije to saddle the horses and then you ride to Milojna. This is bear territory and if you are very lucky, you may see one, or evidence of one along the trail. This wild area offers breathtaking views from the hilltops, and a special lunch of wild boar goulash served at an idyllic cottage in a clearing near some WWI tunnels. Continue your ride back to Sembije for an early dinner. Then head out with an experienced guide to a hunting observatory where if you sit quietly enough and long enough, you may get to view wild bears. Late at night you return to Trnje to rest.

Riding time: 5 hours

Day Eight:

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Confident Intermediate to Experienced riders. You should be capable in all paces on a forward going horse.
Type of ride: Centre based trail ride
Total riding time: 6 days of riding, three days of which are half days (3-4 hours) and three full days (5-7 hours)
Departure dates: 2017: Flexible arrivals from 1st March - 1st December
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1169 per person