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Horses



Type of horses:

Anglo-Hispanos and Andalucian crosses

Nature of horses:

All horses are selected for their good nature and endurance. They are very well trained, regularly taking part in school work, dressage and jumping, as well as the trail rides. They are very fit, very willing and they are fun to ride.

Height of horses:

15-16 hh

Weight limit:

90kg / 198lbs

Tack type:

English tack in excellent condition, seat savers and saddle bags provided. The saddles are good quality general purpose leather saddles with deep knee rolls.

 

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Ride Description

The province of Segovia is located in Central Spain, within the Meseta, the great high plateau of the Iberian Peninsula. It is situated between the provinces of Madrid, Guadalajara, Soria, Burgos, Valladolid and Avila, in the region of Castilla y Leon. These trails will take you on a journey back in history, across open landscapes, ancient woodlands, and through sheltered river valleys. What makes this ride so unique is the ability to combine amazing historic sites, accessible on horseback, with the open and unspoilt Castilian countryside which is just ideal for riding. Truly, you will discover history whilst at a canter!

From horseback you will discover some of the wonderful and well kept jewels of Spanish history: the castles of Pedraza and Castilnovo; the Romanesque churches of Sotosalbos and Sepulveda; the royal site of La Granja de San Ildefonso, with its grand baroque palace and its beautiful gardens. You will be lead through diverse natural landscapes, travelling from the alpine views of the Sierra de Guadarrama, to the old transhumance trails and the open grazing fields beyond. Along the ancient Valsain forests of pines, oaks, holm oaks and holly bush, where the Spanish kings used to hunt bears and wild boars and finally through the vast grain fields, the Eresma river valley and the gorges of the Duraton river nature reserve.

The terrain is excellent for traversing on horseback and here you will discover the pleasure of a well trained and fit mount, with plenty of opportunity to cover the country at a canter or even a gallop. These can be quite active rides, if the riders wish to go for it, and each one begins and ends in the medieval city of Segovia, World Heritage Town by the UNESCO. The city boasts a magnificent cultural heritage including the colossal Roman Aqueduct from the 1st century AD (one of the greatest in Europe), with 163 arches and 29m tall at its highest point. There is also the Alcazar Fortress, with its stunning views of the city, among some other great attractions.

Maria, the host of this ride, has been arranging trails in the Segovia - as well as many other regions of Spain - for a number of years. She is at home with her guests, and has an abundance of knowledge in regards to natural history and the culture of each region. This truly makes her a wonderful travel companion throughout the holiday. The Segovia rides are also led by Enrique, the owner of the stables in Segovia. He too is a knowledgeable, qualified and hospitable horseman, as well as a terrific travel companion... The assistant guides and helpers are enthusiastic, motivated, attentive and charming.

Every attention has been given to the detail of these trails, meaning that an outstanding experience can be enjoyed by all. Your hosts will go as far as they can to anticipate every little thing to ensure that you have a wonderful stay.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The accommodations chosen for these rides are all of an excellent standard, as well as because of their special interest within the setting of the trail itself. You will enjoy some truly magical historic sites which are now incredible, unique hotels. You will stay in a selection of luxurious 3 & 4* palace hotels as well as some smaller, charming country hotels chosen for their character. All accommodation is provided in double or twin-bedded rooms and en-suite bathrooms.

In all accommodations you will be made to feel incredibly at ease, with a welcome drink, refreshing and revitalising bath or shower and many modern facilities to take advantage of.

Single accommodations can be arranged at an additional charge.

Breakfast, aperitifs, lunches and dinners are included while on the ride. The local cuisine is excellent and much consideration is taken when planning the meals to provide visitors with a good sample of the many different dishes produced in the area. Lunches are exquisite picnics in the countryside with set tables and chairs... a small feast everyday! Dinners at the hotels will feature a varied selection of the typical cuisine. All the drinks are included during the meals, including; Spanish red & white wines, beer, juices, soft drinks and water.

Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice.

 

Activities

If you wish to spend some time in Madrid, Avila, Segovia or Salamanca before or after your ride, please contact us for recommendations.

Segovia is a city of Towers, Romanesque churches, squares, steps, mansions and Renaissance palaces, synagogues, porticoes, convents, gardens… it boasts a whole host of amazing monuments and an almost endless list of interesting places. You will notice, above all, the spectacular Roman Aqueduct; an engineering achievement dating back almost 2,000 years and whose colossal appearance is still intact today. The best views can be obtained from the popular Plaza Azoguejo square: the huge blocks of granite stand 29 metres tall, seeming to dwarf everything in the vicinity.

 

Further Details

Languages: English and Spanish

Health requirements: Reasonable health & fitness required. Must be able to cope with long hours in the saddle.

Age limit: No under 18's.

Tuition: No

Included: Set time transfers from and to Madrid, accommodation, meals, beer and wine during meals, aperitifs and riding with guide as per itinerary.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, tips and extra drinks outside of meal times.

 

Travel Information

Flights to Madrid are offered by a number of low cost airlines. Transfers are included in the price from Madrid-Barajas International Airport Terminal 4. There is a Cafeteria Capprizzio by Gate 10 and you will be collected from there at 15:00pm on the Sunday of your arrival.

Flight departure on the Sunday after your ride should be booked for any time after 13.00pm.

Airport: Madrid

 

Programmes


History at a Canter



A fabulous trail combining elements of Segovia's varied and rich history, culture and natural environments. Over the centuries, various civilisations (Romans, Arabs, Jews and Christians) have left an artistic heritage that is difficult to match elsewhere. Discover, on horseback, the splendour of the Castilian countryside, the majesty of it's history and a place ideal to enjoy fast canters and even the occasional gallop if you wish!

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Madrid (group pick up at 3pm) to the city of Segovia in the north (about 1 and a half hour drive). Your accommodation for tonight will be at the Hotel San Antonio El Real (4*), a luxurious and charming hotel in the very heart of the city. It was built in the cloisters of an ancient monastery dating back to the 15th century and is only a 5 minute walk from the famous Roman Aqueduct which overlooks the city. 

Once you have settled into your rooms and had a chance to rest, you will be transferred to the Equestrian Centre in order to see the stables and meet the horses. The evening will be rounded off by a panoramic tour of the city of Segovia, by car, and a welcome drink in Segovia's main square. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel San Antonio el Real (which offers some truly exquisite cuisine!).

Day 2: La Granja de San Ildefonso

Today you will enjoy a delightful morning ride from Segovia to the forest of Valsaín. You will follow ancient transhumance trails (cattle herding trails) such as those through Cordel de Santillana and the Cañada Real Soriana. These will lead you to the source of the river which feeds into the Roman aqueduct; which you will continue to follow. Upon reaching the forest of Valsaín, you will stop for a delicious picnic lunch and a chance to take in your peaceful surroundings. These forests were traditionally hunting reserves for the Kings of Castile, but nowadays they are beautiful protected nature parks open for all to enjoy. In the afternoon, you will ride to La Granja de San Ildefonso where you will be accommodate at the luxurious National Parador of La Granja 4*. 

Once you are all settled, you will enjoy a late afternoon visit to the baroque palace and the beautiful gardens of this royal site, which were built in the times of King Felipe V. Dinner and overnight will be at the Parador.

Day 3: Medieval Village of Pedraza

Today you will depart from La Granja and rejoin the transhumance trail of Cañada Real, at the point where it meets the Caserio de Gamones. You will take some time to enjoy riding on the slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama until you reach the charming village of Sotosalbos, with its distinguishing yellow stone Roman church. Here you will enjoy a refreshing stop for an aperitif before taking a short tour of church, which has been standing at this spot since the 13th century. Later, you will ride through the countryside, passing holm oaks, through the small village of Requijada, before reaching your picnic stop, near the river Cega. In the afternoon, you will ride close to the mountain settlement of Ermita de Las Vegas and follow the Cega river to the medieval village of Pedraza. 

This is a beautiful little village, with an imposing castle, charming cobbled streets and a jovial main square. Dinner and overnight will be in the Hotel de la Villa, a 3* hotel in the heart of the village.

Day 4: Castillo de Castilnovo (Half-day ride).

From the village of Pedraza you will follow the ancient bridle paths, passing through nearly deserted rural villages with houses built from stone and timber, displaying the traditional and typical architecture of the region. You’ll stop for a well earned aperitif in the country surrounding the villages, before continuing to ride through the open farming land. You will eventually reach the plains of Segovia, where you will spot the first signs of the impressive fortification of the Castle of Castilnovo. Today’s ride will end here and you will enjoy a tasty lunch in Castilnovo. The afternoon will be free to visit the Castle or take a drive to the Duraton river gorges - the jewel Ermita de San Frutos - to enjoy a swim if the weather is good. 

Dinner and overnight at the grand Castle of Castilnovo, offering 10 fully restored guest bedrooms with all the modern comforts - but an atmosphere reminiscent of the medieval times.

Day 5: Mountain Village of Prádena

Today you will begin your ride by following the Duraton river, riding through the valleys and hills of los Cortos. You will stop for your aperitif at the village of Duraton which sits astride the river by the same time. Once rested, you will continue heading towards the Sierra and join up with the Cañada Real (the wide and open transhumance cattle trail). You will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch close to the caves at Enebralejo. In the afternoon you will pass Enebralejo, where you can stop to visit the prehistoric caves if you wish. The last stretch of the trail will see you riding on to Prádena; a typical mountain village. 

Dinner and overnight will be at the Posada del Acebo (The Holly bush Inn), typical local guesthouse dating from the 18th century, which has been wonderfully restored in order to welcome modern guests.

Day 6: Collado Hermoso

Today you will find yourself back on the slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama, following the later end of the Cañada Real and riding through the oak forests which surround Prádena. A delightful aperitif stop will be enjoyed as you follow the Cañada, which you will continue to trace until you get to Navafría. This is another beautiful and typical mountain village, with a history deeply routed in timber production. You will enjoy a tasty picnic lunch by the banks of the river Cega.

In the afternoon, you will continue to ride all the way to the town of Collado Hermoso. Dinner and overnight will be enjoyed at the Posada Molino del Rio Viejo - a splendid old country house with plenty of charm and character.

Day 7: Segovia

A lovely morning ride will see you passing through the quaint local villages of Santo Domingo de Pirón and Torrecaballeros. Today you will enjoy an early picnic lunch at the well preserved remains of an old sheep ranch; where shepherds use to stop with their flocks in order to sheer their sheep on the long transhumance journeys across the Sierra. Another short afternoon ride will lead you back to the stables in Segovia, before a transfer to the hotel in the city. The rest of the afternoon is then free to spend some time in Segovia, checking out the sights and learning more about the city. 

Dinner will be at a typical restaurant in Segovia and overnight at the Hotel San Antonio el Real 4*.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to Madrid, arriving around 12 noon. All riders will be transferred at the same time, so if any rider needs to arrive in Madrid prior to noon, all riders will depart earlier - or an alternative transfer will be arranged (at an extra cost).

Itinerary may be altered due to unforeseen circumstances. All departures are guaranteed but the programme may be varied slightly in the event of less than 6 riders, but will be kept to the same high standards. 



Accommodation: Lodging is planned in some luxurious, character properties, and some small and charming country hotels, providing double or twin-bedded rooms and en-suite bathrooms. The accommodation is chosen to suit both riders and the horses - every night the horses stay in a field next to the hotel making for a special contact between the group of riders and the herd.

The first and last nights will be at the Hotel San Antonio el Real 4* in Segovia, the second night at the National Parador of La Granja 4*, one night is spent at the restored Castle in Castilnovo, whilst all other nights will be in typical and comfortable local guesthouses.
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate and above, capable of riding at all paces, handling a horse on the ground and with trail riding experience. The pace of the ride will vary but includes walks, trots, canters and gallops depending on the terrain. Guests can assist in taking care of their horse but this is not necessary, horses will be ready for riders to get straight on every morning.
Type of ride: Trail.
Total riding time: Anything up to 30 kilometres per day (except one day in which you will cover 40km).
Departure dates: 2017: 26 March-2 April, 23-30 April, 21-28 May, 27 August-3 September, 10-17 September, 8-15 October.
 
Pricing: 2017: £2064 per person

Prices include seven nights shared accommodation in comfortable and charming hotels including the luxurious Hotel Convento de San Antonio el Real and the Parador of La Granja 4*, six days of riding, all meals, beer and wine with meals, aperitifs, a support vehicle and airport transfers from and to Madrid at set times.

Single supplement £169. (Please note supplement will be implemented if there is no one to share with)

Price does not include flights or travel insurance.



Gredos and Segovia



This extraordinary ride combines 3 days riding in the province of Segovia with 3 days riding in the Sierra de Gredos; the historic heart of Castile. The ride begins in the Sierra de Gredos Nature Park, which boasts a light and colourful landscape. This area is truly rural Spain and the small villages you will pass through, isolated in their virtually inaccessible surroundings, display unique architecture and tradition. It is excellent riding terrain, comprised mainly of open fields with magnificent views and paths, that follow the course of rivers.

The second part of the ride will take you to Segovia, a journey back in time, with many historic sites accessible on horseback. Riding through the unspoilt and open Castilian countryside, you will visit the medieval city of Segovia, which boasts a magnificent cultural heritage including the colossal Roman Aqueduct from the 1st century AD. You will ride to the Romanesque church of Sotosalbos, the castle and fortified city of of Pedraza and the Royal site of La Granja de San Ildefonso, with its grand baroque palace and beautiful gardens.

The quality of the accommodation is outstanding, with characterful hotels in great locations. You will enjoy a 4* hotel built in an ancient convent in the heart of Segovia, a 3* hotel in the heart of Pedraza, a 4* National Parador in La Granja, and the 3* National Parador of Gredos, built in an ancient hunting lodge and the first Parador to open in Spain.

Day 1: Madrid - Navarredonda de Gredos

You will be transferred from Madrid to Navarredonda (approximately 2 hours by car), a small village in the heart of Castile with a splendid view of the Sierra de Gredos. This is a region steeped in history, where the Moors and Christians fought and where Romans built roads that have lasted for centuries. Riders will enjoy a welcome dinner and an overnight stay at the Gredos National Parador.

Day 2: The Pinewoods and Summer Pastures

Circle ride from Navarredonda, an easy introductory day, with a picnic lunch in the countryside. You will ride through pine woods, open fields and trails, towards the mountains with great views of the Sierra de Gredos. You will stop to enjoy a picnic lunch near the Tormes river, in a traditional small bar where your food is cooked on the spot.

In the afternoon, you will ride back to the stables in Navarredonda, todays ride is short so that riders and horses can become accustomed to one another. If a change of horse is necessary it can be done before leaving the next day.

Day 3: Navarredonda de Gredos - Barbellido Mountain Gorge

Ride towards the heights of Sierra de Gredos with magnificent views. Climb the Covach gorge and descend towards the Barbellido mountain gorge. A pinic lunch will be served by the river, which is an excellent spot for a cooling swim. In the afternoon you will ride to the heights Siete Fuentes and descend into the pinewood forests by the Tormes river before riding back to the stables.

Day 4: Navarredonda de Gredos - Laguna Canada el Gallo - Hoyos del Espino

Ride towards the heights of Canada Lengua, through a yellow ocean of broom in spring time. Following the ancient Cañada, you will reach the heights of los Cervunales and ride through open fields of summer pastures at an altitude of 1700m. You will discover the beautiful Laguna of Canada el Gallo and enjoy overwhelming views of the Sierra de Gredos from this alpine plain. A gourmet picnic lunch is served near the lagoon.

You will ride a descend towards the village of Hoyos del Espino before arriving back at the stables in Navarredonda de Gredos. A special dinner menu is prepared at La Dehesilla in Barajas de Gredos. Overnight stay at the Parador of Gredos.

Day 5: La Granja De San Ildefonso - Pedraza, Villa Medieval

From La Granja you will rejoin the Canada Real at the Caserio de Gamones. You will ride across the slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama, until you reach Sotosalbos. Here, you will stop and visit a Romanesque church from the 13th century, before riding through the small village of Requijada. After stopping for lunch near the Ermita de Las Vegas, you will follow the Cega river to Pedraza. This is a beautiful medieval village, with an imposing castle, charming cobbled streets and a traditional main square. Dinner and an overnight stay in the Hotel de la Villa, a 3* hotel, located in the heart of the village.

Day 6: Pedraza Villa Medieval - Collado Hermoso

From Pedraza, you will follow ancient bridle paths, through virtually abandoned rural villages which display typical stone and timber architecture. You will pass the 13th century Romanesque church of San Juan Bautista before reaching the slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama. You will stop in the Canada Real before passing through Navafria, a mountain village with a timber production tradition. A picnic lunch is enjoyed by the river Cega and in the afternoon you will ride to Collado Hermoso. Dinner and an overnight stay the the country hotel Finca del Duque.

Day 7: Collado Hermoso - Segovia

The mornings ride passes through Santo Domingo de Piron and Torrecaballeros. Riding through open farming land, you will pass by the remains of an old ranch, where shepherds would stop with their flock and sheer their sheep during the long transhumant journeys. A late lunch is served at the equestrian centre Hipica Eresma where the horses are stabled. You will be transferred to the National Parador of Segovia, with great views of Segovia and a beautiful open air swimming pool and spa. This is your chance to explore Segovia before enjoying a farewell dinner at the Parador.

Day 8: Segovia - Madrid

After breakfast you will be transferred to Madrid Airport, arriving at around 12 noon. All riders will be transferred at the same time however, should you require an earlier transfer, this may be arranged at an additional cost.

NB: The pace of this ride varies according to the terrain. Overall, it can be a sportive ride, with long trots and canters, even some small cross country fences should guests wish. However, the pace will be adapted to suit each rider's ability.



Accommodation: The accommodation for this ride is excellent and includes nights at historic sites which have been converted into very unique hotels. All the hotels provide double or twin-bedded rooms and en-suite baths.

In the Sierra de Gredos, 3 nights will be spent at the 3* National Parador of Gredos, built in an ancient hunting lodge and the first Parador to have opened in Spain. In Segovia, the first night will be spent at the luxurious 4* National Parador of La Granja, in a fantastic location near the Royal Palace of La Granja.

Two nights will be spent in charming rural hotels, the 3* Hotel de la Villa, in Pedraza, built in an ancient noble house and the country hotel Finca del Duqye a very comfortable country style hotel. The last night will be spent at the 4* National Parador of Segovia, with a spa and beautiful outdoor pool overlooking the great city of Segovia.
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate and above, capable of riding at all paces, handling a horse on the ground and with trail riding experience. The pace of the ride will vary but includes walks, trots, canters and gallops depending on the terrain. Guests can assist in taking care of their horse but this is not necessary, horses will be ready for riders to get straight on every morning.
Type of ride: Trail.
Total riding time: 6 days, approximately 4-6 hours riding per day.
Departure dates: 2017: 4-11 June or 24 September - 1 October.
 
Pricing: 2017: £2064 per person

Prices include seven nights shared accommodation in comfortable and charming hotels including the luxurious Parador of Gredos, six days riding, all meals, beer and wine with meals, aperitifs, a support vehicle and airport transfers from and to Madrid at set times.

Single supplement £169 (Please note supplement will be implemented if there is no one to share with)

Price does not include flights, travel insurance or extra drinks outside of meal times.



*NEW* Ribera del Deuro Wine Tour



The Ribera del Duero region is set within the heart of the old Castile, on the extensive elevated northern plateau of the Iberian Peninsula. As the name suggests, the region follows the course of the Duero river - a river which provides water for such famous wine producing areas as Toro and Rueda in Spain, as well as Douro and Porto over the border in Portugal. The trail will take you through the provinces of Segovia and Valladolid, beginning at Sepúlveda, towards the Duraton river canyon, following north and then west along the course of the Duero river. You will discover the beautiful landscapes, nature and fascinating history of this region, as well as enjoying a brisk canter through the "Mar de Pinares" (Sea of pinetrees) with excellent sandy tracks, prefect for horse riding.

This ride offers an exclusive, hospitable and personal introduction to the art of wine production in the Ribera del Duero. Wine has been produced in the area since the time of the Romans, with much of their ancient influences and civilisation still present to this day, making for a wonderfully diverse and interesting experience. You will be able to sample wines produced by some famed larger Bodegas, as well as having the opportunity to visit many smaller, less known wineries. In every case, the hospitality, people and of course the wine you will find in this little-known region is truly unforgettable!

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Madrid (group pick up at 3pm) to the city of Segovia in the north (about 1 and a half hour drive). You will be accommodated for the night at the Hotel San Antonio El Real (4*), a luxurious and charming hotel in the very heart of the city. It was built in the cloisters of an ancient monastery dating back to the 15th century and is only a 5 minute walk from the famous Roman Aqueduct, standing tall above the city. Once you have had a chance to settle into your rooms, you will be transferred to the Equestrian Centre in order to see the stables and meet the horses. The evening will be rounded off by a panoramic tour of the city of Segovia (by car) and a welcome drink in Segovia's main square. Dinner will be at the hotel San Antonio el Real (which offers some truly exquisite cuisine!).

Day 2: Sepúlveda - Sebúlcor

After a delicious breakfast you will be transferred, along with the horses, to the beginning of the trail in Sepúlveda. Enjoying a slow morning ride, with the chance to get to know your mounts better, you will ride along the Duraton river canyon with spectacular views of the countryside below. At midday you will enjoy a stop for aperitifs and a tasty picnic lunch with a difference, as it will be enjoyed at a set table, laid out by the support team for your arrival. In the afternoon you will enjoy a pleasant ride through the pine forests, where you will be able to pick up the pace and enjoy some long trots and canters along the sandy trails. 

Dinner and overnight will be at the charming rural hotel Posada del Duraton in the small village of Sebúlcor.

Day 3: Sebúlcor - Las Mencías - Fuentidueña

Today's ride will offer some spectacular views of the river canyon walls, a popular nesting site of griffon vultures, with one of the largest colonies known in Europe. You will enjoy a refreshing aperitif at the ruins of the Monastery de la Hoz. Built back in the 13th century A.D., the monastery was a favoured haunt of the late queen of Castile; Isabel la Católica, during the 15th century. Nearing the village of Carrascal del Rio, you will ride towards the lake of Las Mencías for a delicious lunch, a well deserved siesta and even a swim in the lake if you so wished!

Feeling rested, you will leave your horses and take a road transfer to Fuentidueña where you will visit old derelict caves, now used for wine storage. The afternoon will be spent tasting some of the wines of the local region, before dinner and overnight at the hotel Palacio de los Condes. The hotel was originally built in the 18th century as a baroque chapel and is now listed as a cultural heritage site in Spain.

Day 4: Fuentidueña - Curiel

In the morning you will ride through the open landscapes of the Spanish "Meseta" - vast plains, perfect for moving along at a good pace. You will soon reach the medieval village of Fuentidueña (where you were accommodated the previous night), with its ancient fortifications and Romanesque churches. You will begin to spot the prominent bodega and wineries of the region as you ride through this wide open country. A brief stop for an aperitif will have you riding on again, passing the monastery of San Francisco - surrounded by beautiful large cypress trees - until you reach the Duero river. You will stop for a tasty picnic lunch by the banks of the river. A short afternoon ride will take you into the historic village of Peñafiel, with it's impressive castle standing above. Leaving the horses here, you will take another road transfer to Curiel del Duero and visit one of the local bodegas for some wine tasting. 

Dinner and overnight at the hotel Residencia Real Castillo del Curiel, set within the castle fortress above the city, originally built in the 11th century.

Day 5: Curiel - Quintanilla de Onésimo

Today you will enjoy the splendour and freedom of riding along thousands of hectares of open vineyards in the Ribera del Duero. A peaceful stop for aperitifs on the outskirts of the village of Pesquera del Duero will see you mount up and head towards the Duero river itself. Here a delicious picnic will be set-up for you, at the 12t century Cistercian Monastery of Santa María de Valbuena. In the afternoon you will ride along the banks of the river and follow its course to the village of Quintanilla de Onésimo. A private tour of the Bodega with wine tasting and a meeting with the wine producer, will round off the afternoon nicely.

Tonight, dinner and accommodation will be at the 4* hotel, Posada Fuente de la Aceña, a renovated 18th century mill with a modern feel.

Day 6: Quintanilla de Onésimo - Abadía Retuerta

Today you will enjoy a half day of riding, starting out from Quintanilla and heading towards Sardón del Duero and the prestigious vineyards of Abadía Retuerta beyond. Abadía Retuerta is a beautiful historical vineyard of the Duero region, set within a 700 hectare private estate. You will be met by a guide from the estate who will lead you through the vines on horseback, sharing their knowledge of the unique set-up and history of this magnificent vineyard. You will enjoy an aperitif amongst the grape vines, with a chance to taste some of the estates own wines. A short ride after your aperitif will finish off the ride and see you ready for a tasty picnic lunch in the countryside.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Abadía Retuerta Bodega for a tour of the cellars and some wine tasting. If the vineyards are the heart of this magnificent estate, then the 12th century abbey - which has been lovingly restored and renovated - is surely its soul. Recognised as a Spanish cultural heritage site, the abbey is now a refined and opulent 5* hotel - Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine - welcoming guests and clients from all over the globe. Within the impressive Roman-Baroque monastery walls, guests can enjoy the privacy, privilege and luxury of this glorious and historic setting.

Day 7: Quintanilla de Onésimo - Peñafiel

After a sumptuous breakfast, you will head off for a pleasant morning ride back through the vineyards and green fields of the Ribera del Duero. Enjoying a relaxed aperitif in the countryside will allow you time to take in the natural environment surrounding you, before heading on towards the river itslef. You will reach your picnic spot by the banks of the Duero river. After lunch you will leave your horses and take a road transfer to the village of Peñafiel, where you will enjoy a tour of the Protos Bodega and a session of wine tasting.

The afternoon will see you paying a visit to the impressive 10th century castle of Peñafiel and the Museo del Vino (wine museum) within. In the evening you will enjoy a final dinner at a beautiful restaurant set within a renovated watermill by the banks of the Duero river. 

You will be accommodated for the night at the 4* hotel Convento de Las Claras, set within an 18th century abbey in the very heart of the village of Peñafiel.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to Madrid, arriving around 1pm. All riders will be transferred at the same time, so if any rider needs to arrive in Madrid prior to this time, all riders will depart earlier - or an alternative transfer will be arranged (at an extra cost).

Itinerary may be altered due to unforeseen circumstances. All departures are guaranteed but the programme may be varied slightly in the event of less than 6 riders, but will be kept to the same high standards. 



Accommodation: The quality of the accommodation is outstanding, with hotels in fabulous locations, abounding with character and charm. The first night you will stay in a 4* hotel in the very heart of the city of Segovia. Other nights you will stay in a restored medieval palace and church, a watch tower fortress, as well as the grand, exclusive 5* hotel Abadía Retuerta, within the hold of a 12th century abbey... All are once in a lifetime destinations!
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate and above, capable of riding at all paces, handling a horse on the ground and with trail riding experience. The pace of the ride will vary but includes walks, trots, canters and gallops depending on the terrain. Guests can assist in taking care of their horse but this is not necessary, horses will be ready for riders to get straight on every morning.
Type of ride: Trail.
Total riding time: 6 days, riding for up to 5-6 hours per day (some days are shorter, allowing for afternoon visits and activities).
Departure dates: 2017: 7-14 May
 
Pricing: 2017:

£2654 per person

Price includes 7 nights accommodation in twin or double bedrooms, all meals during the riding trek (from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day), beer and wine during meals, aperitifs, six days of horse riding with experienced and knowledgeable guides, as well as wine tasting and winery visits during the trail. Set time Madrid airport transfers are also included in the cost of this holiday.

Single supplement £253 per person.

Price does NOT include flights, travel insurance, transfers outside of the set times and any additional drinks outside of meal times.