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Riding Holiday Destinations for Christmas and New Year

Riding Holiday Destinations for Christmas and New Year 2012

We are often contacted by riders looking for somewhere to spend Christmas and New Years and it is certainly a lovely way to spend the festive period. For the single traveller it is also a great way to make friends and to join others in a similar situation. Here we have listed some of the programmes that we have available during this time – some are New Years programmes only whilst others include Christmas itself. The list is not exhaustive as other destinations are also taking guests at Christmas but just do not have a set programme.

If you are interested in any of these options, have any questions or are looking for something specific then please do get in touch and we’d be happy to help you! Send us an email to info@farandride.com, call us on 01462 701110 or get in touch via the website and we’ll get right back to you.

Photos represent the destination generally as opposed to Christmas time specifically!


Christmas and New Year Special, Algarve Coast, Portugal

This equestrian centre, one of the Algarve’s most well-known and prestigious, is situated in an upmarket holiday area. It is an ideal location for enjoyable riding, with an abundance of sandy tracks, open land full of wild flowers and herbs as well close to golden beaches and a nature reserve. This is the perfect place for single ladies to enjoy Christmas and New Year at this wonderful destination. This well established riding centre offers friendly companions and the best riding tuition around. Trails in the sunshine will be part of the package!

Riding near the coast


New Year in Provence, France

A fabulous trip to finish the year riding under the famous sun of Provence. Enjoy day or half day rides in the Luberon Regional Nature Park, in the forests or along vineyards, olive and other fruit trees. Hot picnics will be brought by the assistant. You will come back every night to the comfortable farmhouse to enjoy an aperitif with Didier, your host, in front of the fire place. You will appreciate dinners prepared by the talented chef Gaël. And for the New Year Eve celebrations there will be a memorable Provençal dinner and party.

Chapel St Sixte


New Year Special, Bosko’s Ranch, Croatia

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy riding in Croatia during the festive season and spend New Years Eve in Split enjoying a concert with the locals. The programme offers seven nights at a friendly and welcoming Croatian ranch. A great destination for single adults or groups where you will have enjoyable rides out into the countryside. This is a chance to experience the culture as well as the beautiful outdoors.

Each day will take you in a different direction around this area – you can head out towards the river Cetina or explore the fascinating town of Sinj. The programme offers six days of riding with guests spending between 4  hours or so in the saddle each day depending on the weather. The horses have a kind temperament but are forward going, fit and spirited.

Bosko leads a canter


Tailor Made Ranch Stay, Colours of Mexico, Mexico

Here you can enjoy a tailor made ranch stay to include riding that suits your preferences. On Christmas Eve there is a special ten course dinner, followed by a trip into the local town to join in the fiesta! New Years Eve also involves another ten course meal followed by traditional Mexican dancing and a live band to ring in 2013.

The ranch offers daily riding opportunities to suit all levels, as well as having a host of great facilities including infinity pool and hot tub. They are excellent at hosting single travellers and making them feel welcome!

Ladies by a Mexican lake


Christmas and New Year Special, Puszta Ride, Hungary

This lovely destination is running two packages during the festive season – one for Christmas and one for New Years. Celebratory dinners include champagne and traditional live music and your stay will include 3 – 4 hours of riding a day, a horse carriage or sleigh ride, a massage and two visits to a thermal spa.

The sandy soils of the Puszta are divided into small farms and broken up by pine, poplar and acacia forests, steppe, lakes and meadows. People still farm in the old way producing meats, vegetables, fruit and wine for their own and their neighbours’ consumption. This is still a landscape of self sufficient farming, a way of life which has been wiped out in many places in Europe. You will be based at a beautiful restored traditional farmhouse and you will ride out from there taking the different tracks over the land. The land is quite flat but there is a tremendous variety of scenery. Great for exploring on horseback!

Cantering through the dandelions


Christmas and New Year, Lot Valley, France

Come and join the team at the Lot Valley to enjoy the festive season in this family atmosphere. During this festive period you will enjoy morning group rides, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts etc.

For the three days of the Christmas itinerary, they will guide an interesting shorter ride, up to half day. The rest of the day will be spent taking part in festive activities and enjoying larger home-cooked midday meals in this cosy, family environment. New Years Eve and New Years Day will also follow a similar format.

All other days will be in the normal format and will consist of tailored riding hours to suit guests and weather conditions. This destination is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some exciting riding in the beautiful Averyonese countryside, whilst also relaxing when out of the saddle. The charming surroundings offer both excellent riding terrain and an all round beautiful setting which different levels of rider can explore.

NB. Christmas is now fully booked at Lot Valley but New Years is available.

Derek and Sara leading a canter

See a full list of all our riding holidays here: All Ride Destinations.


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