Bregje W., Nov. 9, 2023
A fantastic holiday! Beautiful nature, people are really friendly, good food (lots!), great horses, very good guides who give you lots of information about the culture and history about Albania. Good wine and homemade raki!
Sean P., June 13, 2023
It was the best riding holiday I have ever had. Lovely long canters through the meadows on very strong and fast horses. The owner Kristina matched me perfectly with my horse to suit my abilities and to make me comfortable. The hospitality at the family house stays was wonderful, always tasty food and lots of drinks! The scenery was stunning and also planned well with many scenic stops at churches and waterfalls. Best trip - I want to go again!
Liz W., Nov. 17, 2022
A wonderful insight into Albania, a country I previously knew very little about. I loved it, it was an absolute tonic. I asked for a sensible, straight-forward but forward horse and Kristina certainly delivered with Boike - strong, forward and just an absolute sweet gent in every way. I couldn't have wished for kinder hosts and the food was delicious and seemingly never ending! Accommodation was simple, comfortable and clean and we always had hot water.
Glenys R., Oct. 19, 2022
It's varied and exciting riding, the horses were excellent and Kristina and Olti were perfect trail leaders. (favourite memory?) Just being on a horse in spectacular countryside in lovely weather.
Vyvyan W-G, Sept. 14, 2022
A really fantastic trip which matched up to everything promised and more besides: a perfect mix of exhilarating riding, spectacular scenery, fascinating archaeology, opportunity to explore a new country and its culture in good company with great food and accommodation and relaxed down-time every evening. Very well planned itinerary with a stop at least every couple of hours to explore an old church, swim in a river or visit a place of interest. Great mix of fast riding on more level ground and challenge up and down the very steep hillsides which aren’t for the faint hearted, but presented no issue for us or ponies.
Leah H., May 23, 2022
Incredible. The smaller group size on the trail meant we were all able to get close to one another and have good rapport, our guides were knowledgeable and personable, the trail was fun but challenging so you don’t get bored, and our trek was absolutely stunning, complete with the best food you could ask for. I wouldn’t have asked for anything else! Honestly I went in not knowing what to expect and was absolutely blown away by what a gorgeous country Albania is and how lovely the people we met were. I’m not a person who generally enjoys repeating a visit to the same country too many times, but I’m contemplating going back to Albania to try out the other trails!
Martin L., March 29, 2022
Excellent. Evident that great care had gone into providing high-quality fit horses and seeing that guests were well taken care of when staying in villagers' homes. Challenging ride but we knew the horses were so sure-footed and dependable.
Rose J., March 29, 2022
Very enjoyable overall. Exciting, adventurous riding on small but sturdy horses. Both the owners of Caravan Riding and the host families along the way could not have been more welcoming. Delicious homemade food, as well as a lot of homemade alcohol!
Jocelyn R., Oct. 6, 2021
Chose this trip because it combined mountain scenery with culture and historic interest - I was not disappointed. An excellent mix of scenery, the experience of staying with local families, very interesting explanations of history from guides.
Jenny and Jayne, Dec. 11, 2019
We had a wonderful holiday in Albania - you could not fault it. They went to so much trouble with every detail - just amazing. The list is so long of all the good things included - I can highly recommend this holiday.
Anna, Oct. 18, 2019
Albania may not be the most common tourist destination, but it proved to be worth a visit. Discovering it on horseback enables you to really dive in and enjoy those beautiful landscapes and views. The horses are strong and resilient and very well adapted to the mountainous terrain.
Rosalind, Oct. 2, 2019
A well organised ride, lots of ascent and descents, but good canters too. Beautiful landscapes. Really amazing touch horses who were capable of anything. Plenty of good food and drinks, most hospitable hosts.
Stina A. (King Skerdilajd), May 20, 2019
Arrived home yesterday evening from our trip to Albania. That was a wonderful trip. During our 3 holidays we have booked with you we haven't picked 100% of the best weather, but we always picked a small group. And that is better than great weather I think. The group was great fun. The guides was excellent, even the horses. It really seemed that they lived for the horses and the guests that came. Last day we went to the stable. Everything was in such a perfect order, clean and nice. The weather was also almost perfect. We had some heavy rain the first 2 days, but when a fire and a Raki are waiting for you at the end of the day its worth it. The guides even managede to give us a fire during the lunchbreak those rainy days. Cosy! Memory for Life! Highly recomended! Katarina and I talked about how well Far and Ride has described the tour. With steep climbs and thorny bushes. Is was a perfect mix of long gallops and climbig.
Sue M ., May 1, 2019
I thought it was excellent. The care and attention that was shown to us all was completely professional. (The guides) ...were excellent, attentive and caring. The food was fantastic - I had been expecting much simpler and plainer meals so was amazed at how we were wined and dined!
Holly L., May 1, 2019
This is something I have wanted to do since I was a girl - it lived up to all expectations - above and beyond. Scrambling up an almost vertical stony narrow track and lots of cantering/galloping about - AND THE VIEWS! (Food and accommodation) all much better than I was expecting and everything taken into consideration - even the weather. Really lovely, friendly hosts. Fantastic guides - it must be a huge responsibility and as far as I'm concerned they couldn't have been better, more helpful, entertaining, knowledgeable and fun!
Ruolin W., May 1, 2019
The holiday exceeded all my expectations! I had thought that there must be a trade off between scenery, speed and number of riding hours... clearly not! We had nice full days with lots of fast riding and a variety of landscapes. Really happy I chose this ride :)
Kate S. (Zagoria Trail), Jan. 30, 2018
A wonderful equestrian adventure, and a wonderful cultural adventure! Stunning scenery, interesting company, peace and quiet on the trails to enjoy the incredible views and some fun fast canters whenever we got the chance. Was great to stay with local families and to experience the justifiably famous Albanian hospitality. It's obviously not a trip for people who want 5* luxury, but every night there was a comfortable bed, a hot shower and more delicious homemade (and homegrown) food than we could possibly eat. Elena's home made spinach and feta pie was a particular highlight! My horse (Kastor) was quite a quirky character, but very loveable. All the horses are clearly well loved, well take care of, and incredibly fit and healthy! I was amazed at how fast and forward going they were, even after a whole day of strenuous mountain climbing. (The guides?) Great - funny, laid back, full of interesting stories about life in Albania.
Alexander C. (Zagoria), July 13, 2017
Adored every moment. 'Holiday' is too trite a term to describe it. I felt personally introduced into Albania, a country that is uniquely beautiful, uniquely historical and uniquely unspoilt. An adventure and a privilege. the horses were unimpeachable. Strong, sure and seemingly capable of doing and enduring anything. As a rider with small experience outside an arena, my Zanit was a perfect match and made me feel as skilled as any other on the trip. I trusted him fully but he was equally responsive to my commands and adjustments. The horses are well-known and well-loved.
Natalie Garner (Far and Ride), Zagoria, July 11, 2017
This is an adventurous trail which allows riders to discover the history, culture, food and traditional lifestyle of the people of Albania. The scenery you pass through will truly take your breath away! The perfect ride for lovers of adventure and culture, but certainly not for the faint of heart. Along the way, you will learn about the country's turbulent past, devastating recent history, traditional farming practices and colourful modern society as well. All from the back of the ultimate 4x4 vehicle!
Jackie A. (Zagoria), July 11, 2017
The horses and riding are great. The accommodations variable quality, but great to stay with local families. The owners and hosts are lovely. (I was) happy with the horses. They are very fit. (The) guide was great and the people who own and run the company are doing a great job.