Day 1 - Sunday: Arrival day
Riding: No riding.
You will be met at Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) or bus station and transferred to your accommodation at the ranch (c.30 min drive). If you arrive early, then the afternoon will be free to explore the local area or to meet the horses at the riding centre. A group dinner will be served in the evening which will also give your hosts and guides the opportunity to go through their pre-ride and safety briefing.
Overnight at the ranch tonight.
Day 2 - Monday
Riding: 4 - 5 hours
Following a hearty Bosnian breakfast - the first of many - you will have an introduction to horses and a ride evaluation. Your hosts and guides like to pay special attention to your comfort on the trail and will discuss the equipment you will need for the ride and ensure everything is adjusted for you. There is a demanding riding adventure in front of you and so it is important that everything is in place before you set off.
After lunch and now matched with a suitable horse, you will head out on an afternoon ride on one of the local trails. This may see you visit the Mountain Lodge Kraljevac near the slopes of the beautiful Olympic Mountain, Bjelasnica, where you will stop to enjoy a tasty local meal.
The aim of this shorter afternoon ride is for you and your horse to get used to one another and be able to enjoy what is hoped will be an amazing week!
Dinner and overnight back at the ranch.
Day 3 - Tuesday
Riding: 5 - 6 hours
Setting off in the morning after breakfast you will follow a trail to the northwest. Well rested horses and plenty of flat sections will invite some good trots or canters. After about 30 minutes, you will stop in a village, where you will find a mystical scene in a small forest – a large collection of centuries-old stone monuments. The moss covered stones have no distinguishing markings, but have been scattered through this small area. You will then continue slowly downhill towards the Lepenica river where you will find a shallow place to ride through and enjoy several pretty waterfalls. You will pass by a number of small and pretty villages and the tombstone of Radoja Radosalic, which is the most beautiful tombstone in Bosnia, in the opinion of many archaeologists.
You will stop for a hot coffee or tea on the banks of the river Lepenica to prepare for a very demanding section of the trail ahead of you. For the next 15 or so kilometers, you will mainly trot and canter on forest paths and through a few glades, enjoying the sight and sound of the mountain river Crna Rijeka (the Black River).
You will stop for a lunch of fresh grilled river trout and a quick rest in hammocks with the sounds of the river all around. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the Mountain Lodge Lopata in time to take a quick rest before another delicious local dinner this evening.
Day 4 - Wednesday
Riding: 5 - 6 hours
After a good breakfast and strong coffee, you will prepare the horses for the day of riding ahead. Moving further northwest, the elevation will continue to rise until you will take your first stop on a high plain which is located at an altitude of 1,744 meters. You will often pass small natural water springs by the trails where it is possible to refresh your bottles or offer the horses a drink. The incline to the plain is gentle and mostly through forest paths as well as open glades.
Eventually, you will climb above the forest belt and here you will see the amazing spectacle of Bitovnja mountain. The vast mountain pastures invite you to enjoy some good canters and gallop and the scenery is breathtaking on all sides. From this point, it seems as if you could see from one end of Bosnia to the other! After some thrilling riding, you will be met by the support crew and stop for a well-deserved picnic lunch on Bitovnja.
In the afternoon, you will continue through vast pastures and, arguably, the most beautiful section of your adventure. A few more hours of riding will see you leave beautiful Bitovnja behind and descend down to your next overnight destination, Mountain Lodge Pogorelica. After another tasty dinner, there will be a chance to discuss the day of riding and make a plan for tomorrow.
Day 5 - Thursday
Riding: 5 - 6 hours
With both horses and riders well-rested, you will begin your journey on the next demanding riding day. You have around 25 kilometres of riding ahead of you, including some good ascents. You will start by climbing up towards the Mountain Zec, which will take about three hours of riding. Crossing mountain pastures where shepherds graze thousands of sheep during the summer months; in the valleys, you will spot their huts and sheepfolds too.
All around you, the slopes of Mount Zec are covered in crops of cranberries and blueberries too. On a clear day, you can see as far as Sarajevo from this position. Stopping on this beautiful lookout, you will enjoy a deserved break with refreshments and a barbecue lunch. Once everyone is full and well-rested, you will continue on to your next destination – Prokoško Lake.
Many have written about the beauty of this fairytale lake, calling it the "eye of the mountain" or a "natural gem". It is located in the heart of the Mountain Vranica, which is recorded as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Again, there are many wood-built shepherd huts located around the lake and you will be staying in one of these huts tonight.
Dinner and overnight in cabin Jezero.
Day 6 - Friday
Riding: 2 - 3 hours
After breakfast this morning, you will prepare your horses and will leave the beautiful scenes of Prokoško Lake, riding towards the village of Tovarište. The final morning ride will take approximately 3 hours and there will be transportation waiting in Tovarište to take the horses back to the ranch. Waving goodbye to the horses, you will be transported to the small picturesque Bosnian town of Fojnica.
In Fojnica you will be able to visit a Franciscan Monastery, with its beautiful church and museum, as well as getting to know more about Bosnian history. The town is also famous for its wellness and spa centre, which where you will spend the afternoon. Enjoy a full body massage and take a dip in the thermal water and pools, which is all included in the price. You will stay in Fojnica overnight and enjoy the delicious local food.
Overnight at Spa hotel Reumal.
Day 7 - Saturday
Riding: No riding.
Departure after breakfast today.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.