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Horse riding holidays in Europe are growing in popularity for reasons of convenience, price and, of course, enjoyment! Europe offers a variety of terrain from the flower-laden Kupres Plateau in Bosnia and Herzegovina to the rocky Mijas Mountains of Southern Spain. European horses, particularly those from Spain and Portugal, are world famous for their athleticism as well as their beauty, and the continent offers some of the worldŐs best tuition as well as fast and exhilarating trail rides. Galloping across green fields in Croatia on a spirited horse is an experience hard to beat but there are also plenty of options for all levels of rider. Europe offers quick weekend breaks (weekend break link) as well as affordable adventures and for a minimal sum you can explore beautiful countryside in a way that suits your desires and riding ability.

Relaxed western riding through Italy is ideal for the easygoing holidaymaker, as is cantering through the poppies of Mallorca on a well schooled Andalusian. Riders can experience top class dressage tuition from Nuno Baptista in Portugal or showjumping lessons in Turkey... not to mention the world-famous cross country opportunities available in Ireland! Europe also has some of best beach riding opportunities in the world and, unlike some other places, there is no set season - there are holidays on offer all the year round.

There are several destinations offering based riding holidays on a flexible basis and many welcome complete beginners to start their riding education. No matter what level of rider you are or how far your budget extends, there will be a horse riding holiday in Europe to suit your needs. Budget holidays as well as luxurious high-end getaways are all available here and easy to get to.

 

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Cappadocia Trails, Turkey


The Cappadocia Trails horse riding holiday, in Turkey
Experience the incredible and unusual beauty of Turkey's Cappadocia region from the back of a horse. Something like a cross between the Grand Canyon and a moonscape, Cappadocia boasts some of the world's most unusual and spectacular landscapes. Traversing the countless valleys and mountains by horseback brings riders in touch with the area's breath-taking beauty. Forget the tour buses or even the rental cars - this astonishing region of Central Anatolia is best seen by horseback.


 

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Gredos Mountains, Spain


The Gredos Mountains horse riding holiday, in Spain
An opportunity for intermediate and experienced riders to explore the Northern and Southern valleys of the Gredos mountains. This is excellent terrain for riding, mostly open fields with magnificent views and paths that follow the course of rivers. The small villages along the trail display the architecture, traditions and way of life of the people who, isolated in this remote place, have had their characters shaped by their unique surroundings.


 

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Sea & Pine Forest, Sardinia


The Sea & Pine Forest horse riding holiday, in Sardinia
A fantastic and diverse resort with something to offer everyone. Imagine riding in an immense pinewood, on the dunes that border the beach and the sea and looking up to admire the flight of rose flamingo. Horse riding can be tailored for your needs. There are lessons for beginners and more advanced tuition if required. You can enjoy gallops along the beach and explore the pine forests on horseback.


 

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Molise, Italy


The Molise horse riding holiday, in Italy
There are six trail riding options to enjoy here at our Molise ride, including one centre-based stay. Riders will explore rural and unspoilt parts of Italy, riding along old cattle tracks, through beautiful meadows and up and down the mountains. Carmine is an amazing host with responsive horses and his knowledge of this area is second to none. Both Sue and Holly have visited this destination (Sue has stayed at the farmhouse a few times and both have escorted a trail there). Either ladies are more than happy to answer your questions and to share their enthusiasm for this wonderful place. If you want to ride through unspoilt-countryside with magnificent views then this is an unmissable destination.


 

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Western Ranch (El Bronco), Hungary


The Western Ranch  (El Bronco) horse riding holiday, in Hungary
This welcoming ranch is situated in the south of Hungary, approximately 80km from Budapest, and offers western riding tuition and trail rides. The ranch breed their own Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and local Hungarian breeds which are successful in the western shows and the instructors are experienced horsemen who look forward to sharing their unique knowledge with the guests. The ranch is situated in Kiskunsagi National Park where the sandy ground is ideal for long gallops and relaxing trail rides, whilst carriage driving tours and lessons are also a superb option.


 

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Horse or Sheep Round-Ups, Iceland


The Horse or Sheep Round-Ups horse riding holiday, in Iceland
There is nothing more authentic in Iceland than joining one of the annual Round-Up tours and bringing sheep or horses down from their summer pastures to their winter grazing. The rides are for competent riders only as the animals you are herding will not wait for you to catch up! Join local farmers in their celebrations and enjoy riding with a true purpose.


 

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Northern Iceland, Iceland


The Northern Iceland horse riding holiday, in Iceland
This family run farmhouse has been welcoming guests for extraordinary riding adventures since 1985. The incredible landscapes of Iceland are a wonder to behold and feature remote valleys, winding rivers and a myriad of colours from white ice and snow in winter to beautiful greens in the summer months. There is a choice of rides choose from and they bring chances to explore Iceland's treasures - the Northern Lights, the coastline of the North Sea, impressive volcanoes (including the world's most volcanic region!), remote fishing villages, whale-watching, magical woodlands and Viking history. It is a land of mystery and legend!


 

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Tuscany Castle, Italy


The Tuscany Castle horse riding holiday, in Italy
Located one and a half hours from Rome, this splendid 17th-century castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. The family has breathed new life into it by restoring the cottages and farmhouse once used by the farmers. Those keen on horse riding will be delighted with the certified equestrian centre as the quality of the horses, the trails and the English speaking staff will ensure that your stay here is memorable.

Current special offers:

10% discount on riding holidays taken between 1st July - 31st August 2019.


 

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Celtic Trails, Ireland


The Celtic Trails horse riding holiday, in Ireland
A riding destination to bring you a touch of the true Irish spirit, taking you riding on Celtic trails through historic parts of the Irish countryside and beautiful nature. Guests can take part in fascinating trail rides or perhaps enjoy a more relaxed based stay at the 300 year old farmhouse, benefitting from beautiful hacking in the nearby woodlands and across farmland. More novice riders are welcome to some basic tuition and to explore the land on a trusty Irish horse.


 

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Algarve Coast and Tuition, Portugal


The Algarve Coast and Tuition horse riding holiday, in 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 landscape full of wildflowers and herbs as well as being close to golden beaches and a nature reserve. The prefect destination for single travellers, as there is no additional supplement for single room use, as well as families, as it offers the unique chance to meet and interact with other children.

The climate means riding is possible throughout the year as, even in winter, the sun is virtually always shining. Warm evenings provide the opportunity for enjoying wonderful sunsets from horseback and the unique experience of riding under a full moon.


 

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Sierra de Gredos, Spain


The Sierra de Gredos horse riding holiday, in Spain
Discover the beautiful Sierra de Gredos of central Spain, with it's numerous river valleys and medieval villages, whilst riding beautiful and well-loved Andalusian or cross-bred horses. Your guides have been running rides in this area for over 20 years and are very knowledgable about the area. Different trails head in various directions and there is even a centre based option for those who prefer to relax in one place.


 

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Lot Valley, France


The Lot Valley horse riding holiday, in France
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. The countryside here allows for trekking through enchanting French villages and unspoilt woodlands with an abundance of fascinating wildlife such as deer, wild boar, red squirrel, hares, buzzards and kites. There are rivers and gorges leading down to open valleys where riders can canter over the rolling landscapes.


 

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Andalucia Trails, Spain


The Andalucia Trails horse riding holiday, in Spain
This unique trekking centre centre, based in the heart of Andalucia, offers 2-8 day treks and trail rides for families, friends and singles, and from the beginner to the experienced rider.

From this base you will explore a beautiful part of Spain, riding free from traffic and walkers, following secret trails in the wonderful countryside. Your hosts' knowledge of the local terrain means that they know all the best trails to suit all abilities or rider. You will ride in remote locations.


 

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Irish West Coast, Ireland


The Irish West Coast horse riding holiday, in Ireland
Ireland is known as "the land of the horse"; a claim that can be evidenced by its great green landscapes and the Irish people's natural affinity with their steeds.

Located on the Western coast of Ireland, the Foy family have been involved with horses, in the locality for generations and leading rides out of their family farm in 1995. The riding here encompasses some of the most fantastic scenery surrounding the Clew Bay. From the steep slopes of Croagh Patrick in the East, to the wild expanse of the Atlantic ocean in the West.


 

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Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails, Portugal


The Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Horseback riding through the territory of the Iberian Wolf and the wild Garrano horse. Your hosts guide you on rides into the Peneda-Geres National Park where you can explore the mountainous region and search for tracks of the wolves and wild horses that still live there. These holidays are a chance to combine being in a peaceful, natural environment with good horse riding and a fascinating insight into the lives of the wolves and Garranos.


 

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A Taste of Sicily, Sicily


The A Taste of Sicily horse riding holiday, in Sicily
This is a small business run by a welcoming host who has a great knowledge and love of this beautiful island. This one week package caters for riders who wish to enjoy exploring the beautiful Sicilian hills on horseback, combining their stay with some sightseeing and wining and dining at local restaurants. Riders are expected to be able to walk, trot and canter although the ride will be very much tailor made to suit your experience.


 

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Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria


The Balkan Mountains horse riding holiday, in Bulgaria
Situated on the northern side of the Balkan Mountain Range in Bulgaria, on the outskirts of the mountain village of Apriltsi, lies this fantastic riding centre which offers a range of beautiful trail rides and based programmes. Here in the heart of Bulgaria the riding is sensational - far away from traffic, work and everyday life, you can ride right into the mountains to find the freshest air and the cleanest rivers. Nature is everything here and the wildlife adds to the sense of adventure with the smell of the roses and lavendulas, the taste of the cool, white wine made from the local grapes, the real yoghurt and the sun-ripened tomatoes.


 

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Menorca Rural Hotel, Menorca


The Menorca Rural Hotel horse riding holiday, in Menorca
Menorca was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1993 with the S'Albufera d'es Grau national park, a bird-filled wetland at its heart. Menorca can offer many unspoiled green areas to be discovered by visitors on horse back. Here you can ride along rural tracks like the Cami de Cavalls and enjoy the magnificent landscape and views offered by this island. You will be accompanied by professional horseman who will show you parts of the island only possible to reach by horse.


 

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Aquitaine Adventures, France


The Aquitaine Adventures horse riding holiday, in France
Set in the stunning Landes Forest, this ride offers some dreamy beach riding as well as wonderful paths through the forests and across various terrain. The different programmes offer adventures into the Pays Basques, experiencing wild valleys, trips along the Atlantic Coast with vast beaches of foamy waves, perfect for a summertime dip on your horse, and even based stays at the organised and certified riding centre in the pretty resort town of Mimizan-Plage.


 

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Costa de la Luz, Spain


The Costa de la Luz horse riding holiday, in Spain
Enjoy the experience of combining an exciting horse riding adventure with relaxation and socialisation, on the beautiful Spanish Coast. Your multi-talented owners, hosts and guides Steve and Caroline will do their very best to ensure you have a holiday to remember. The riding centre borders the Barbate nature reserve and offers direct access to fantastic off-road riding through unspoilt forests, as well as unforgettable days on the beach. Long wide firebreaks and twisty forest tracks ensure the park could not have been better designed for horse riding. Each day there are plenty of opportunities for long controlled canters, as well as faster gallops along the soft sandy tracks. Between canters the horses relax and walk at a leisurely pace, enabling you to take in the peaceful tranquillity of the forest.


 

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Cathar Trails (Guided or Unguided), France


The Cathar Trails (Guided or Unguided) horse riding holiday, in France
These rides along the Cathar Trail offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the unblemished countryside of this Southern part of France. Here you will be close to the Spanish border, riding into the Pyrennean mountains and enjoying the red earth and sights of the region. There are both guided and unguided tours so depending on your wishes and level of experience, a trip can be made to suit you.


 

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Bosko's Ranch and Croatian Culture, Croatia


The Bosko
This friendly Croatian ranch offers varied riding in the countryside and their famous Krka Trail. They have well trained, forward-going horses to take you out along the Cetina river and across the lovely landscapes and there is also the option of fascinating cultural excursions. The Krka Trail is a beautiful adventure through the Croatian countryside where you can enjoy long canters, mountain climbs and even swimming with your horse in the river.


 

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Magic of Istria, Croatia


The Magic of Istria horse riding holiday, in Croatia
Istria provides a wonderful setting for horse riding due to its charming landscapes, comfortable climate and the warm hospitality that guests receive. Your guides, Zeljko & Vanja, and their enthusiastic, skilled team have many years of experience in horse riding and trail guiding. Here you can sample traditional cuisine, meet local people and enjoy the company of a great horse and new friends! We have loved Croatia for many years and we have been ourselves so we know its great.

Current special offers:

LAST MINUTE OFFER:

€100 EUR per person discount on the 1 - 8 September trail.


 

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Karst Plateau, Slovenia


The Karst Plateau horse riding holiday, in Slovenia
These scenic riding programmes are an absolute dream for those who love nature and beautiful landscapes - the Karst region is incredibly green with varied terrain, hidden treasures and spectacular wildlife including deer, boar, bears, wolves and a range of birds. Your host, Borut, comes from a hunting background and is an expert tracker, able to tell you all about the different animals and their habits. His horses are well-trained and relaxed, ideal for riding with a long rein through this magical countryside. In addition to its natural wonders, such as some of the world's most famous caves, the area is also full of fascinating history with old castles to be discovered. Slovenia is a safe, welcoming, scenic country and as you ride between tall pines and old turrets you feel as if you are in a fairytale.

Current special offers:

10% off 12 - 19 October departure for the Green Karst Trail.


 

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Menorca Trails, Menorca


The Menorca Trails horse riding holiday, in Menorca
Anyone who knows Menorca will know that one of the pillars of its culture, one of the basic elements we have to understand and interpret the history and the character of Menorcans, is the horse. Already in the XIV century the horse was the main player in Menorca's defensive system, associated with the Bridle-path - the Camí de Cavalls which goes all round the edge of the island. Harmony between man and horse persists to this day in a perfect balance between work on the fields and traditional celebrations in which the horse is the veritable star.


 

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Mallorca Tuition & Trails, Mallorca


The Mallorca Tuition & Trails horse riding holiday, in Mallorca
This farm, situated in the idyllic Levante hills of Mallorca, is dedicated to riding and offers tuition and trail rides as well as breeding some impressive Spanish horses. Horse lovers can enjoy the peaceful Mallorcan countryside or can do some more advanced dressage with the stunning stallions bred here. There are traditional style bedrooms, a welcoming restaurant, a swimming pool and terrace for guests to enjoy after a fabulous day spent in the saddle.

Current special offers:

September Special:

5% discount for all riding programmes taken between the 8th-22nd of September 2019.


 

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Dordogne Wine & Dine, France


The Dordogne Wine & Dine horse riding holiday, in France
This exclusive destination is set in and around the spectacular Dordogne countryside in South-Western France. Guests ride through thousands of hectares of beautiful private estates, exploring thick forests, valleys, vineyards and meadows, on well schooled and loved horses. Picnic lunches and luxurious dinners, accompanied by fine local wines, add the finishing touches to this high end holiday destination.


 

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Rhodope Mountain Trails, Bulgaria


The Rhodope Mountain Trails horse riding holiday, in Bulgaria
This family-run riding destination is owned by a qualified vet who speaks excellent English. He keeps a small herd of forward-going, responsive horses who are fit for mountain adventures. The riding is very scenic including plenty of trots and canters and great opportunities to explore the region's history and culture along the way.

Current special offers:

The Rhodopes - A Secret for Long Life: €80 EUR pp. discount on 27th July and 21st September rides.

Mursalitsa Trail: €80 EUR pp. discount on 7th September ride.


 

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Kupres Farm, Bosnia and Herzegovina


The Kupres Farm horse riding holiday, in Bosnia and Herzegovina
This destination is set in the natural beauty of the Kupres Plateau and is a lovely way to see some untouched landscapes and a little known part of the world. There are fields, forests, lakes and rivers to be explored and you will receive a friendly welcome from the hosts. This riding destination is extremely good value and an insight into the rural life of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Most of the horses are quite forward-going (there are some steadier options available) and riding generally involves plenty of canters and gallops.


 

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Brecon Beacons and Beyond, Wales


The Brecon Beacons and Beyond horse riding holiday, in Wales
World class trail riding over the Brecon Beacons and beyond. These riding holidays are set in some of the most beautiful and undiscovered parts of Wales and fit, fine and sure-footed Welsh Cobs are the perfect mounts. Run by the Turner family with over 40 years experience, this is trail riding not to be forgotten.


 

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Black Perigord, France


The Black Perigord horse riding holiday, in France
Discover the most visited area of the Dordogne on horseback and ride between picturesque villages and their castles. Experience the culinary delights of the region whilst staying in homely B&B's or small hotels. There is a free afternoon included so you can explore the beautiful medieval village of Sarlat.


 

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Wines and Beaches of Bordeaux, France


The Wines and Beaches of Bordeaux horse riding holiday, in France
Explore the vineyards and beaches of the Gironde region whilst stopping for wine tastings and delighting in gastronomic meals. These trails are for lovers of fine food and fine wine as well as riding.


 

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Slitere National Park, Latvia


The Slitere National Park horse riding holiday, in Latvia
A centre based riding holiday situated near to the empty white beaches of the Baltic Sea. The accommodation lies just 800m away from the beach in an old fishing village within Slitere National Park. This is a great riding destination for wildlife enthusiasts!


 

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Northern Lights and Winter Rides, Iceland


The Northern Lights and Winter Rides horse riding holiday, in Iceland
Ride Icelandic horses during the day and watch the sky for the Northern Lights at night. Although summer is the usual riding season in Iceland, winter is the main training season so you can join Icelanders on their regular winter rides. Although we cannot guarantee the Northern Lights they are definitely an unforgettable experience if they appear!


 

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Almeria, Spain


The Almeria horse riding holiday, in Spain
This riding base near to Almeria can offer riding along the coast and beach. In this wonderful countryside we can offer you some first class horseriding. Programmes here can be tailor made so do not hesitate to ask if you would like something a little bit different to those listed here. Your host, Manolo is a skilled horseman whilst remaining a kind, caring and attentive host. His love of people, horses and nature is evident in his holidays and he describes horses as "our companions through life".


 

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Medieval Dordogne, France


The Medieval Dordogne horse riding holiday, in France
Ride through this varied and beautiful region of the Dordogne and discover the history, chateau and bastides the area is known for. Instead of tumbling out of a hot car, you can ride up to the sites and feel at one with the area and its people.


 

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Loire Castles, France


The Loire Castles horse riding holiday, in France
Trail rides exploring the castles of the Loire. You will visit a variety of beautiful buildings and enjoy some great riding opportunities in this wonderful part of France. Picnic lunches, wine tasting, magical surroundings and the company of a good horse! There are three routes to choose from - one runs regularly whereas the other two each run on just one date a year.


 

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Flowerhill Equestrian, Ireland


The Flowerhill Equestrian horse riding holiday, in Ireland
Flowerhill is a haven for riders who love to jump or who would like to improve their jumping skills - located on 250 acres of glorious countryside and with a range of fences, you can jump to your heart's content! Your host, Oliver, is a former field master and current Huntsman who will advise you as you tackle the obstacles around you. He has more than 45 working horses and will match you to a suitable steed, whatever your jumping experience.


 

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Sicily Explorer, Sicily


The Sicily Explorer horse riding holiday, in Sicily
These adventurous riding holidays are the perfect way to explore Sicily. You will be riding with one of Sicily's most knowledgeable riding guides, spending full days in the saddle on one of many beautiful routes on the island. These are adventurous rides exploring varied terrain but also offering comfortable accommodations and delicious food and wine.


 

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Gauja National Park, Latvia


The Gauja National Park horse riding holiday, in Latvia
This beautiful destination offers a trail ride through the Gauja National Park, a route which covers forest riverbeds and delightful landscapes. Guests can enjoy swimming with the horses and wade through rivers such as Amata, Ligatne, Strikupe, Gauja and others. The riding route leads you along cliffs and rocky outcrops to places where you can drink freely from the clear water of natural springs.


 

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Forests and Beaches of Adazi, Latvia


The Forests and Beaches of Adazi horse riding holiday, in Latvia
A riding holiday offering a lovely getaway amidst the beautiful beaches and forests of Latvia. Guests can ride amongst hilly pine forests and across wild landscapes before moving on to white sand beaches of the Lilaste nature park. The nature reserve features protected plants and untouched areas.


 

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Catalonia, Spain


The Catalonia horse riding holiday, in Spain
Ride out through the beautiful Catalonia countryside or along the Mediterranean coast - this destination offers a selection of fantastic riding holiday programmes. The area is full of spectacular towns and villages, surprisingly untouched by the hands of time, and the architecture still reflects the glory of days gone by. Catalonia is a wild and unspoilt wilderness just waiting to be discovered on horseback.


 

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A Taste of Armagnac (Guided or Unguided), France


The A Taste of Armagnac (Guided or Unguided) horse riding holiday, in France
These riding holidays are set in the beautiful French area of Armagnac. Your host, Evelien, is a trained horse riding guide who speaks fluent Dutch, French and excellent English. Her stables of well-trained horses offer the ideal means by which to explore the stunning countryside - whether you wish to ride with Evelien or without a guide, you are sure to love this peaceful setting.


 

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Azores - Faial Island Trails, Azores


The Azores - Faial Island Trails horse riding holiday, in Azores
This welcoming quinta is based on the island of Faial in the Azores and offers a choice of horseback trails as well as a programme for beginners. Guests are accommodated in comfortable guesthouses each night, sampling local Azorean cuisine and riding a beautiful Lusitano or crossbreed around the island.


 

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Monte Velho Equo Resort, Portugal


The Monte Velho Equo Resort horse riding holiday, in Portugal
A Lusitano stud farm offering luxurious accommodation and wonderful riding opportunities in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Guests can enjoy top class dressage tuition or rides out into the countryside, enjoying the charming grounds of the farm, before relaxing by the pool or just enjoying the sunshine. Bikes and canoes are also available for those who like to explore!


 

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Bordeaux Wines, France


The Bordeaux Wines horse riding holiday, in France
Wonderful rides around the great Bordeaux wine region. The organisers of this ride are responsible for several fascinating trails across France and keep a small herd of experienced horses for their guests to enjoy. These particular rides are the perfect choice for those who love good riding and wine tasting!


 

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Old Mulberry Country Estate, Croatia


The Old Mulberry Country Estate horse riding holiday, in Croatia
A stay on this traditional farm will allow you to explore this lovely Croatian countryside from the back of a horse. The countryside around the estate has an abundance of wildlife and is breathtaking with unspoilt mystical woodlands, hills, fields and crystal clear springs. The undulating terrain allows for riding at all paces. Here you can experience traditional farm life as it was many years ago and enjoy all the farm has to offer. You will love the peace and tranquility of the beautiful surroundings and get to know all the farm animals and spot deer and other wildlife. There are programmes to suit both experienced riders and beginners.


 

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Il Paretaio, Italy


The Il Paretaio horse riding holiday, in Italy
A Tuscan country house offering a high standard of riding tuition (especially classical dressage) and hacking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The rooms are warm and inviting, decorated in a traditional Italian style, and guests enjoy four course Tuscan dinners accompanied by quality Chianti wine. Ride a few hours each day and then relax by the pool, admiring the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and fields. The perfect Italian escape!


 

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Lusitano Trails, Portugal


The Lusitano Trails horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Beautiful trail rides exploring the Ribatejo region of Portugal. The horses are native Lusitanos, famed for being noble, willing and handsome, and these rides are only suitable for small groups to ensure that everyone has a top class experience on a quality horse. The countryside and culture of this area is wonderful with everything from open meadows, forests and rivers to a day trip at the beach!


 

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Greek Island Escape, Greece


The Greek Island Escape horse riding holiday, in Greece
Riding out of a small, authentic, family run riding stables in the heart of the island town of Molyvos, on the Northern coast of the Island of Lesvos. You will be offered the unique opportunity to explore the surroundings of Molyvos, on horseback. You will ride on wide sandy beaches and discover breathtaking views, from the top of steep, rocky mountains. This island has so much to offer you and it is just waiting to be discovered.


 

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Galiny Palace, Poland


The Galiny Palace horse riding holiday, in Poland
This welcoming country estate features a stud farm offering riding lessons, hacking and carriage driving. There is a host of non-riding activities also available such as fishing, cycling, hiking and swimming, plus the estate features various sports courts. You can choose whether to stay in the Palace or in the Grange!


 

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Western Adventures in Tuscany, Italy


The Western Adventures in Tuscany horse riding holiday, in Italy
This is a welcoming, friendly destination which specialises in western riding in a beautiful Tuscan setting. There are riding programmes here to suit all levels of rider and even children, with a wide range of horses to ensure that everyone can feel safe but have fun at the same time. Based holidays, point to point trails and tuition courses are all available and guests are given a warm welcome with comfortable accommodation and delicious local cuisine.

Current special offers:

Came and enjoy summer in Tuscany!

10% discount for all week long riding stays taken at our Western adventures ranch between the 31st August and 7th September 2019.


 

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Dalmatian Hinterland, Croatia


The Dalmatian Hinterland horse riding holiday, in Croatia
A based/stationary riding holiday in the Dalmatian Hinterland of Croatia. This ride is suitable for confident intermediate riders and above, happy to ride at all paces through varied scenery. This is a budget-friendly but welcoming destination for those looking for a rural adventure.


 

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Catalan Pyrenees, Spain


The Catalan Pyrenees horse riding holiday, in Spain
The riding centre here offers you trails in the Catalan Pyrenees and in the Natural Parks of Garraf which is 30 kms south west of Barcelona. The riding centre was established in 1992 by a farming family who still take care of livestock. The owner Xavier Pastoret has been a horse riding guide for 30 years and, together with his wife Montse, runs three equestrian centres in the area.


 

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Cilento Farmhouse, Italy


The Cilento Farmhouse horse riding holiday, in Italy
This lovely Agriturismo is set in the heart of the Cilento National Park in South-western Italy. Each day you will ride out and explore the beautiful and protected landscape of the National park, as well as experiencing the stunning panoramic views across the Amalfi coastline. On some days you may climb high into the mountains to make the most of the views, or perhaps you will head down to the shore (please note that horse riding on the beach is only permitted during the winter months of September to May). On the way you will discover peaceful fruit orchards, quiet farm tracks, olive groves, meadows of wild herbs and ancient villages filled with impressive monuments.


 

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Portugal Showjumping & Dressage, Portugal


The Portugal Showjumping & Dressage horse riding holiday, in Portugal
This is a small family owned equestrian centre with horses and instructors of the highest class. Having been a venue for national and international competition for the last few years, It has now opened its doors to riders from all over the world. Offering lessons in both dressage and showjumping (or a combination of both), with well-schooled horses and knowledgeable instructors, as we all as more relaxed trail rides for those who wish to enjoy the countryside and ride in the sun. The picturesque town of Golega is located just 45 minutes drive from the centre and is the site for the annual Lusitano horse fair - a true celebration of the breed Portugal has become so famous for.


 

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Sierra Nevada Trails, Spain


The Sierra Nevada Trails horse riding holiday, in Spain
Fantastic trail rides led by Manolo from our Almeria horse riding destination on the southern coast of Spain. These rides are based in the Sierra Nevada national park, which is home to some of the most impressive terrain in Andalucia. With landscapes ranging from high mountains to deep river valleys and gorges and out to the stark wilderness of desert and farmland beyond, you will experience a land almost designed for discovery and adventure. These impenetrable mountainous barriers have for centuries played major roles in the historic battles and conquests of these lands; abetting and impeding military advances in equal measure.


 

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Historical Malbec, France


The Historical Malbec horse riding holiday, in France
Ride through the vineyards of Cahors with its famous Malbec grape and then venture into the wild, isolated valleys of Cele. Discover the famous prehistoric caves of Pech-Merle with it's cave paintings, and pass troglodyte houses carved into the cliffs. Sample local Malbec wines and specialities including the "Black Diamond" truffle!


 

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Medieval Albanian Trails, Albania


The Medieval Albanian Trails horse riding holiday, in Albania
Discover the mountainous landscapes of southern Albania on hardy local horses, whilst staying with local families and learning about their traditions and cultures. Follow ancient caravan routes or trails followed by pre-Roman armies to uncover ancient artefacts and ruined castles. The challenging landscape holds a wealth of beauty and wildlife as you get well off the beaten track.


 

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Alentejo Coastal Trails, Portugal


The Alentejo Coastal Trails horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Ride into the hills above Grandola, passing cork trees which have grown for centuries as well as eucalyptus and pine forests. In the opposite direction lie the beaches, sand dunes and lagoons of the coast. This riding holiday combines both landscapes, as you spend the first half of the week riding in the hills, and the second half riding along the coast. There are plenty of opportunities for long loping canters or occasional gallops as well as relaxing and watching the landscape unfold around you.


 

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Historic Transylvania, Romania


The Historic Transylvania horse riding holiday, in Romania
Experience Transylvania's historical landscapes of endless rolling hills adorned with wild flower meadows, forests and tiny villages, set against a backdrop of the Carpathian mountains. The trails take you across un-marked terrain, over hills and through forests, connecting small villages with a multitude of un-noticeable tracks which are only used by horses and carts.


 

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Luxury Finca (La Donaira), Spain


The Luxury Finca (La Donaira) horse riding holiday, in Spain
This luxurious and exclusive eco-farm, hidden in a conservation area about 25kms from the small town of Ronda, offers the combination of spectacular dressage lessons on their home-bred horses with extremely high levels of accommodation. The farm is 100% organic and features a spa and spring water pool as well as offering high standards of dressage.


 

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Armagnac Chateau, France


The Armagnac Chateau horse riding holiday, in France
These riding holidays are set in the beautiful French area of Armagnac. Your host, Evelien, is a trained horse riding guide who speaks fluent Dutch, French and excellent English. Her stables of well-trained horses offer the ideal means by which to explore the stunning countryside. You are based at this stunning Chateau.


 

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Tusheti Mountain Trails, Georgia


The Tusheti Mountain Trails horse riding holiday, in Georgia
These adventurous treks on horseback take you through the heart of the Tusheti national park in the Caucasus mountains and riding over passes of 3,000m high. The scenery is spectacular and you will feel as though you are riding on top of the world. Drop down into flower-filled meadows and camp beside mountain streams. Meet local nomadic Tush people who spend their summers in the high mountains and their winters in the valleys.


 

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Antalya Mountains, Turkey


The Antalya Mountains horse riding holiday, in Turkey
Ride across the Taurus Mountains from the central Anatolian Plateau to the Mediterranean Coast, discovering ancient Roman ruins and dramatic rock formations. Camp each night in a different location on this trail which starts at lake Beysehir and ends on the coast.


 

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Lusitano Dressage, Portugal


The Lusitano Dressage horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Our Lusitano Dressage Centre is a small farm and training environment which has been built around the Lusitano horse. The stables are just 30-40 mins drive from Lisbon and are situated in an area where you can "get lost in time" and feel the rhythm of a typical old Portuguese village surrounded by vineyards, gorgeous landscapes and mountain views. At our dressage centre you will ride Lusitano horses for both Dressage and Working Equitation as the horses have been well trained in both these disciplines.


 

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Carpathian Mountain Trails, Romania


The Carpathian Mountain Trails horse riding holiday, in Romania
This destination offers pack trips through the Eastern Carpathian Mountains of Romania exploring Székely Land, a historic area lying within Transylvania. The region offers beautiful, varied scenery ranging from high mountains to rolling hills, wild forests and open meadows. The land is primarily unfenced as shepherds still move their flocks through the countryside like in times gone by.


 

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Szekely Trails, Romania


The Szekely Trails horse riding holiday, in Romania
Horseback trails along the main ridge of the Carpathian mountains take travellers to untouched and pristine mountainous landscapes with old pine forests, pure creeks, dramatic limestone rocks, hidden farming villages, vast fields and lush meadows still cultivated traditionally by locals. On these trails you'll meet the Szekely - a Hungarian speaking ethnic group from eastern Transylvania that live in the valleys and hills of the eastern Carpathian mountains.


 

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Crossogue Equestrian, Ireland


The Crossogue Equestrian horse riding holiday, in Ireland
Crossogue House specialises in offering riding tuition in open countryside and allowing all standards of rider the opportunity to enjoy riding across the farm. This can be a gentle ride for those who want to relax and simply enjoy being on horseback and part of the natural surroundings, or for the more adventurous there are gallops and a diverse range of cross country obstacles all over the farm with lots of challenges for both horse and rider.


 

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The Mountains of Montenegro, Montenegro


The The Mountains of Montenegro horse riding holiday, in Montenegro
Montenegro is stunningly beautiful and remarkably diverse. The frenzy of the beach culture on the coastline abruptly gives way to an untamed interior where wolves and bears still roam the dark mountain forests which gave Montenegro its name. Our rides in Montenegro explore both the north and south mountains. Until the 1960's many villages were only reachable by horse or on foot and even today horses still play an important role.


 

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Extremadura Trails, Spain


The Extremadura Trails horse riding holiday, in Spain
Extremadura is a region in western Spain which is a paradise for horse riders. Boasting a fabulous climate in autumn, winter and spring, with hot summers, it has excellent preserved natural reserves and historical sites, many of which are UNESCO protected. Characterised by "dehesa" - wooded pasture - it is one of the most prized destinations in Europe for bird-watching enthusiasts and nature lovers the world over. Crossing this land are wide grassy pathways or Canadas Reales, which are ancient routes used by cattle herders for moving their stock between summer and winter pastures. These routes offer safe and enjoyable trots and canters for riders on the beautifully cared for horses of your host and guide.


 

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Cevennes National Park, France


The Cevennes National Park horse riding holiday, in France
Explore the Cevennes national park on horseback and venture through the dramatic rock formations, deep canyons and rivers, whilst marvelling at the mountains and plateaus. The area is rich in history too, and your knowledgeable guide will regale you with tales as you traverse the stunning natural vista. This area is a new addition for 2018.


 

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Kabardino Balkaria, Russia


The Kabardino Balkaria horse riding holiday, in Russia
This exciting new ride for 2019 is offered to those with a pioneering spirit of adventure. You arrive/depart in Georgia but cross the Caucasus mountains by vehicle to reach Russia and the horse trail, passing through spectacular gorges and interesting landscapes along the route. The first 3-4 days of the ride take you up to the high plateaus to reach the summer grazing pastures of the Kabardin horses, where you may find herds of 150 horses gathered. Here you set up camp and spend three days exploring the glorious landscape and discovering ancient cave systems, waterfalls and canyons.


 

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Hasmas Wilderness, Romania


The Hasmas Wilderness horse riding holiday, in Romania
The Hasmas mountains and national park are embraced by the Carpathian mountains and one of the hidden gems of Europe. These riding tours start from the 1,200m high Kovacspeter ridge where scattered summer shelters can be found and you ride local Hutzul horses across the varied and rocky terrain. These riding tours start from the 1,200m high Kovacspeter ridge where scattered summer shelters can be found. You ride local Carpathian horses which are small but incredibly hardy and very suitable for the rocky and varied mountain terrain.


 

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French Alps, France


The French Alps horse riding holiday, in France
The beautiful French Alps, between Chamonix and Geneva, are more commonly recognised as ski destinations through the winter months. Our new ride in this area starts from the town of Samoens and from this unrivelled mountain location, you ride local cross-bred horses on a circular trail through mountains and valleys, staying in remote gites and guesthouses along the way.


 

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Tarn Valley Natural Horsemanship Retreat, France


The Tarn Valley Natural Horsemanship Retreat horse riding holiday, in France
The beautiful Tarn region of south-west France is the location for this new luxurious ride. Set in a lush valley overlooking the historic and picturesque hilltop village of Cordes-sur Ciel, the stunning, large stone house is nestled within landscaped gardens and meadows, surrounded by over 150 acres of private hillside woodland. The horse-riding guide is an advocate of natural horsemanship and all the horses are trained and ridden kindly. Even on the trail weeks you'll discover the freedom of bitless riding. For those who wish to learn more, there are also Natural Horsemanship Clinics where you can learn skills and develop a bond with your horse under his watchful eye.


 

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Icelandics in Carpathia, Romania


The Icelandics in Carpathia horse riding holiday, in Romania
The rolling hills of the Harghita Mountains with its fresh streams, rich wildlife and dispersed mountain villages provide a great setting for getting to know the Icelandic breed or for those looking for a relaxing riding week in nature. The daily riding program is varied, beginning with a tölt lesson for novice Icelandic Horse riders and continuing with 25-40 km daily rides on forest roads, up to great viewpoints, through pastures, dense pine and beech woods and along river valleys. The pace is dictated by the terrain with certain opportunities to tölt, but it is also tailored to the group’s riding skills.


 

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Epona Dressage and Trails, Spain


The Epona Dressage and Trails horse riding holiday, in Spain
This wonderful dressage centre lies just outside of Seville and suits almost every type of rider, from those who wish to combine dressage with trails through the countryside, up to experienced dressage riders who wish to experience training clinics with the Olympic silver medallist Rafael Soto. They have over 40 horses so there is something to suit everyone. Some of the horses are trained in High School Dressage movements, whereas others are more suited to the trail environment, but all are beautifully schooled and responsive. They are also an Approved British Horse Society Training and Examination Centre so you can be assured that the instruction is of the highest calibre.


 

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Land of the Thracians, Bulgaria


The Land of the Thracians horse riding holiday, in Bulgaria
A beautiful ride offered by our partner Bogdan, a qualified vet and experienced riding guide. The Thracian Valley is a beautiful region for riding with lots of smooth terrain, fabulous wines and ancient Thracian and Roman ruins. There are plenty of chances to canter in this area and to experience the real countryside and culture, whilst still enjoying comfortable accommodations and spa opportunities.


 

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Northern Portugal Training and Trails, Portugal


The Northern Portugal Training and Trails horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Ride in the sun at this top class equestrian facility which is located in the North-West of Portugal, just outside the picturesque town of Esposende. Over 90 horses are kept at the centre, with a wide selection of horses available for dressage, showjumping or trail rides. For dressage most of the horses are Lusitano trained up to Prix St Georges level, whilst for show-jumping there are a variety of warmbloods jumping up to 1.35m.


 

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Pays de la Loire, France


The Pays de la Loire horse riding holiday, in France
Ride on horseback through the stunning Loire Valley, stopping at chateaus for leisurely lunches and wine tastings. There are week-long trails as well as short breaks for those who have less time. Most trails move on each night, but there is a centre based option too.


 

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Andalucia Retreat, Spain


The Andalucia Retreat horse riding holiday, in Spain
This fabulous new ride is situated on a hillside above the south-western coast of Spain, close to the beautiful hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera. The beautiful cortijo is a relaxed and welcoming home-from-home with many animals around. Your horses are all Andalucian and Andalucian crosses that have been schooled well and are a pleasure to ride. Riding trails head out into the surrounding countryside and up into the hills to offer beautiful views of the mountains and coastline.


 

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Kiskunság Trails, Hungary


The Kiskunság Trails horse riding holiday, in Hungary
This is a new and fantastic opportunity for advanced and confident riders. This is a long trail ride around the east side of the Kiskunsági National Park. This is a six night trail and will take you around the whole of the National Park, riding mostly on sand. The Kiskunság National Park is a UNESCO biosphere reserve, which comprises of seven units scattered throughout the area. Created in 1975, the park stretches across the Great Hungarian Plain.


 

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Finnhorse Adventures, Finland


The Finnhorse Adventures horse riding holiday, in Finland
Trail riding adventures on rare Finnhorses, the native horse of Finland. These calm, sturdy little horses have played an important part in their country's history and their numbers are now sadly in decline. Your hostess' dream was to breed them and use them for trail riding... and here they are!


 

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Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch, Croatia


The Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch horse riding holiday, in Croatia
Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is an award-winning, authentic guest ranch situated inside the UNESCO Velebit Mountain Biosphere Reserve in Croatia. This friendly ranch and "restorative retreat" is small and privately owned, open all year to guests from around the world and with a focus on unique horsemanship alongside a high level of comfort and service. They offer a range of daily activities to suit all the family and also have a special riding programme available once a year, the 'Ultimate Cowboy Adventure', for those who want to explore this beautiful region from the saddle in more depth. The ranch is run with a focus on sustainable development and in accordance with their own concept known as CIDER: Community, Integrity, Development, Evolution and Responsibility.


 

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Winter in Albania, Albania


The Winter in Albania horse riding holiday, in Albania
New for winter 2019/20 is this ride from our partners in Albania. Using the same horses as their summer rides, you can discover the highlights of southern Albania during the colder winter months. Combining three days of horse riding across ever-changing landscapes of valleys, hills, forests and rivers, with plenty of steep climbs and descents, you will also spend three days enjoying the culture, local hospitality, monuments, thermal baths and archaeological sites of Albania.