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South Rhodes Trails

Overview

Rhodes is an island in the Aegean Sea and the largest within Greece's Dodecanese Island complex. The island mainly comprises hills and low mountains, many of which are covered with forests of pine and cypress. The coastline is rocky but punctuated with beaches, and inland there are arable strips wh…

Highlights

  • Perfect your Western riding on beautiful trails
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the rocky and hilly landscapes
  • Canter along the 4km beach to Monolithos
  • Ride to (and through) interesting historical sites
  • Look out for the resident fallow deer population

Essential Facts

  • 3 itineraries available
  • Max 6 riders per group
  • Average of 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 80kg / 176 lbs / 12 stone 8 lbs, but one rider at 85kg and one at 90kg may be accommodated.
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Description

Rhodes is an island in the Aegean Sea and the largest within Greece's Dodecanese Island complex. The island mainly comprises hills and low mountains, many of which are covered with forests of pine and cypress. The coastline is rocky but punctuated with beaches, and inland there are arable strips where citrus fruits, grapes, olives and other vegetables are grown. The main city of Rhodes is based in the north of the island, but our trails are in the less populated south.

Our partners here have been running riding trails here since 2012 and specialise in small groups to avoid mass tourism. They are keen for you to build a partnership with your horse and so ask that you are involved in grooming and tacking up (except on the Comfort Trail) so that you can familiarise yourself with your horses likes and dislikes. They have a small team of well-loved horses, always allowing for one or two spares in case of problems.

The riding is Western style and each of the itineraries includes a short introduction in the arena to get used to the style of riding and your horse. The rocky and hilly landscape means that these rides are not fast, but there are opportunities to trot and/or canter a couple of times each day. You may even be lucky enough to spot some of the islands resident Fallow deer herd as you are riding - sightings are more common around the time of the rut, from September onwards.

You are accompanied on the trails by Capri the donkey, who carries your lunchtime snacks, hammocks for relaxing and extra water.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Leisure Western style.

Horses

There is a small team of well-loved and well cared for horses at this ranch. They include two purebred shetland ponies and a thoroughbred, as well as a variety of mixed breeds including crosses of Arravani (local Greek horses), Arabians, Andalusian, Appaloosa, Haflinger, Murgese (originating from Italy) and Mustangs too.

Riding

There are 3 itineraries:

  • South Rhodes Trail is a trail ride
  • South Rhodes Comfy Trail is a based ride
  • Cloverleaf Sunshine Ride is a based ride

Ages

16 years for the trails

Weight

80kg / 176 lbs / 12 stone 8 lbs, but one rider at 85kg and one at 90kg may be accommodated.

Food & Accommodation

Food

All meals are included and will be typically Greek.

Lunch is only light - a snack which is taken along with you on the ride. Dinner has much larger quantities, so you won't go hungry!

Water is provided throughout along with one drink at meals, but other drinks can all be purchased locally.

Accommodation

The usual accommodation is based 1km from the ranch and next to the monastery of Thari. The rooms are owned by the church and a portion of the room charge goes towards helping orphans.

There is a double/twin room, a family room (double and bunk room) and a house with two separate bedrooms. Toilets/showers may be shared. The rooms are basic but clean, with a fridge and kettle.

There are relaxing areas at the ranch, such as an inflatable pool and hammocks/sun loungers.

On the main South Rhodes trail you spend your first and last nights here, but then other nights are in a range of hostels and hotels along the route. On the camping trail, you spend your first/last nights here but then camp for three nights on the trail.

The Comfort Trail uses different accommodation in Laerma village, which has en-suite shower rooms and air conditioning. It is also possible to upgrade to these rooms on the other trails, for payment of a supplement.

Itineraries

South Rhodes Trail Standard accommodation.

South Rhodes Comfy Trail Standard accommodation.

Cloverleaf Sunshine Ride Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

When not in the saddle there is time to relax, visit the beach (depending on which day of the programme you are on) or book some extra activities in the region. There are many nice places to visit such as the nearby monastery or a local donkey sanctuary.

Travel

There are many flight options to Rhodes, with mainstream and low-cost airlines. Transfers are available from the airport to the ranch at additional cost.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrive at the ranch and overnight at the nearby hostel.

Day 2

Riding: 3 hours

You'll be introduced to your horse in the arena where there's time to get to know him and the riding style. Your guide will help you adjust to Western riding if you aren't used to it. This orientation takes 30-40mins, by which time you should know a little about the character of your horse and can swap if you aren't happy. You then set off on a panoramic ride for about 3 hours before returning to the ranch. After a relaxing break you can visit the famous monastery of Thani before dinner.

Day 3

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Depart the ranch on your trail. After 10km you reach Asklipeo, the birthplace of Asclepius (Aesculapius), the son of Apollo and the God of healing. Located in the central village square is one of the most remarkable churches on Rhodes - built in 1060 as a cross-domed church, it was expanded in the 14th century. Its wall paintings show scenes from the Old Testament. In the southern cross arm of the church, a typical representation of the Apocalypse is shown with a seven-headed dragon, trumpeters and the four apocalyptic horsemen.

As well as the church you can also visit the tiny museum which contains original farm tools and an old olive press. Whilst walking through the narrow streets of Asklipeo you'll approach Asklipeo Castle which was built by the knights in the 15th century.

After visiting Asklipeo, you head deeper into the countryside, riding through a valley before climbing up to the mountain village of Profilia, which offers gorgeous panoramic views across to the Aegean Sea. Continue riding to the village of Arnitha which has c. 300 residents. This small village dates back to the Hellenistic period. Here you will spend the night, in a small monastery called Saint Filimonas. Your dinner is a delicious variety of Mediterranean dishes.

Riding: 30 kms

NB. In case of extreme weather (heavy rain or heatwave), the riding route will miss out Asklipeo and take a shorter route of c. 20km.

Day 4

Riding: 5 hours

Start the day by riding up a little hill at the top of the village, passing the church of Saint Nicolas which originates from the 13th century. Continue through a nice valley until reaching the beach. Here you will stop for a rest and swim. Depending on the weather you may also get the chance to swim with your horse!

After your break, you ride along the beach for 4km to the cliffs of Monolithos. The name means 'huge single rock' and a castle was built upon it in the 14th century in order to guard the sea in the Dodecanese. The charm of Monolithos comes mainly from it's amphora form with charming white stone houses with tiled roofs and red geraniums. Overnight in Monolithos and enjoy a wide selection of Mezze (tapas) to satisfy your appetite.

Day 5

Riding: No riding.

Today is a rest day for the horses, leaving you free to explore the village, experience some culture or just relax at the beach. In the evening you can sample some wines in the little old wine cellar before dinner. Overnight in Monolithos again.

Day 6

Riding: 4 hours

A day of beautiful panoramic views as you ride along forgotten donkey and carriage paths to the mountain village of Aigios Isideros, located 523m below Rhodes' highest mountain, Ataviros. Overnight in the village, and in the evening the locals will welcome you at their traditional village tavern and serve some delicious dishes for you to enjoy.

Day 7

Riding: 4 hours

For those with the energy, you can hike up part of Mount Ataviros along an old goat path before breakfast! It's a c. 30min hike and the views are amazing.

After breakfast you mount up for your ride back to the ranch, enjoying your final hours with your equine companion. Upon returning to the ranch, you'll either have a BBQ or head to the village tavern for dinner.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

Depart after breakfast (or stay for another week!)

Accommodation

First and last nights at the main accommodation located at the monastery of Thari, but then other nights are in a range of hostels and hotels along the route.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be comfortable in all paces. The riding pace is not fast, but there are opportunities for some trots and canters.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

May 23, 2021 - May 30, 2021

June 20, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Sept. 19, 2021 - Sept. 26, 2021

Oct. 10, 2021 - Oct. 17, 2021

Oct. 24, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021

Pricing

2021
Per person sharing
£1105 $1510 €1290
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, transfers between accommodations and where the horses stay as required, full board meals, coffee and juice at breakfast, one soft drink at lunch and one drink at dinner, drinking water, 5 days of riding.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, additional drinks, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Rhodes airport transfer, each way
2021 - Single Supplement £129 $176 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
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.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrive at the ranch and overnight at the Elpida rooms.

Day 2

Riding: 3 hours

You'll be introduced to your horse in the arena where there's time to get to know him and the riding style. Your guide will help you adjust to Western riding if you aren't used to it. This orientation takes 30-40mins, by which time you should know a little about the character of your horse and can swap if you aren't happy. You then set off on a panoramic ride for about 3 hours before returning to the ranch. After a relaxing break you can visit the famous monastery of Thani before dinner.

Day 3

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Depart the ranch on your trail. After 10km you reach Asklipeo, the birthplace of Asclepius (Aesculapius), the son of Apollo and the God of healing. Located in the central village square is one of the most remarkable churches on Rhodes - built in 1060 as a cross-domed church, it was expanded in the 14th century. Its wall paintings show scenes from the Old Testament. In the southern cross arm of the church, a typical representation of the Apocalypse is shown with a seven-headed dragon, trumpeters and the four apocalyptic horsemen.

As well as the church you can also visit the tiny museum which contains original farm tools and an old olive press. Whilst walking through the narrow streets of Asklipeo you'll approach Asklipeo Castle which was built by the knights in the 15th century.

After visiting Asklipeo, you head deeper into the countryside, riding through a valley before climbing up to the mountain village of Profilia, which offers gorgeous panoramic views across to the Aegean Sea. Continue riding to the village of Arnitha which has c. 300 residents. This small village dates back to the Hellenistic period. Here the horses will spend the night, near a small monastery called Saint Filimonas. Your dinner is a delicious variety of Mediterranean dishes, after which you are transferred back to the Elpida rooms.

Riding: 30 kms

NB. In case of extreme weather (heavy rain or heatwave), the riding route will miss out Asklipeo and take a shorter route of c. 20km.

Day 4

Riding: 5 hours

Transfer back to meet the horses after breakfast. Start the day by riding up a little hill at the top of the village, passing the church of Saint Nicolas which originates from the 13th century. Continue through a nice valley until reaching the beach. Here you will stop for a rest and swim. Depending on the weather you may also get the chance to swim with your horse!

After your break, you ride along the beach for 4km to the cliffs of Monolithos. The name means 'huge single rock' and a castle was built upon it in the 14th century in order to guard the sea in the Dodecanese. The charm of Monolithos comes mainly from it's amphora form with charming white stone houses with tiled roofs and red geraniums. Dinner in Monolithos and enjoy a wide selection of Mezze (tapas) to satisfy your appetite before transferring back to Elpida.

Day 5

Riding: No riding.

Today is a rest day for the horses, leaving you free to explore the village of Lindos, experience some culture or just relax at the beach. In the evening you can sample some wines in the little old wine cellar before dinner. Overnight at Elpida rooms again.

Day 6

Riding: 4 hours

A day of beautiful panoramic views as you ride along forgotten donkey and carriage paths to the mountain village of Aigios Isideros, located 523m below Rhodes' highest mountain, Ataviros. In the evening the locals will welcome you at their traditional village tavern and serve some delicious dishes for you to enjoy. Later transfer back to your rooms at Elpida.

Day 7

Riding: 4 hours

For those with the energy, you can hike up part of Mount Ataviros along an old goat path before breakfast! It's a c. 30min hike and the views are amazing.

After breakfast you mount up for your ride back to the ranch, enjoying your final hours with your equine companion. Upon returning to the ranch, you'll either have a BBQ or head to the village tavern for dinner.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

Depart after breakfast (or stay for another week!)

Accommodation

All nights are spent at the comfortable Elpida Rooms, in twin/double rooms.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be comfortable in all paces. The riding pace is not fast, but there are opportunities for some trots and canters.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

May 9, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Oct. 17, 2021 - Oct. 24, 2021

Nov. 7, 2021 - Nov. 14, 2021

Nov. 14, 2021 - Nov. 21, 2021

Pricing

2021
Per person sharing
£1190 $1630 €1390
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, transfers from the accommodation to the ranch each day, full board meals, coffee and juice at breakfast, one soft drink at lunch and one drink at dinner, drinking water, 5 days of riding.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, additional drinks, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Rhodes airport transfer, each way
2021 - Single Supplement £129 $176 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
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.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrive and relax at your accommodation.

Day 2

Riding: 2 hours

Meet the horses and enjoy a two hour ride to get to know your mount and the western style of riding. You'll experience some beautiful views and also get to visit the monastery Thari.

Day 3

Riding: 4 hours

Ride into the wilderness and to a small monastery. As you ride through the forests and valleys you may be lucky and have some deer cross your path. There may be some opportunities for canters along the trails, and weather depending, you could also visit the Donkey Sanctuary.

Day 4

Riding: No riding.

Non Riding day. You can go exploring if you wish, or simply relax. If you choose to hire a car or motorbike then you can discover some of the beautiful places on Rhodes. Alternatively, you hosts will drive you to the beach. There is also the option to book tours, but these will be additional cost, payable locally: catamaran tour, tour to Irleand Symi, tour of Rhodes Town, or massage at the ranch.

Day 5

Riding: 2 - 4 hours

Have you ever tried T-Touch? This is a way of giving something back to the horses. Your hosts will teach you some of the Tellington-Jones Touch techniques which can help a nervous horse become relaxed and calm. Understand how to create steps towards a more confident horse, relieve pain, help to keep the horses back in good condition and how to teach the horse to concentrate. You can also try a little bareback riding or try the horses in the round pen and then head out for a little trail.

If you are not interested in the T-Touch programme, then an alternative trail ride may be offered instead. Both options last c. 4 hours in total.

Day 6

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Ride to the dam at Laerma where you can swim or take a canoe out on the water. After relaxing in the hammocks, ride back to the ranch via some stone graves dating to 300BC.

Day 7

Riding: 3 hours

Ride up to heights of 400m for fantastic views of the dam below. Upon returning to the ranch a delicious BBQ will be waiting for you.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

Depart after breakfast

Accommodation

All nights are spent at the church rooms, a short distance from the ranch.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be comfortable in all paces. The riding pace is not fast, but there are opportunities for some trots and canters.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

At any time during: April 25, 2021 - May 9, 2021

May 16, 2021 - May 23, 2021

May 30, 2021 - June 6, 2021

At any time during: June 13, 2021 - July 4, 2021

At any time during: July 11, 2021 - Sept. 5, 2021

Sept. 12, 2021 - Sept. 19, 2021

At any time during: Sept. 26, 2021 - Oct. 10, 2021

Oct. 31, 2021 - Nov. 6, 2021

Nov. 21, 2021 - Nov. 28, 2021

Pricing

2021
Per person sharing
£915 $1255 €1070
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, transfers from the accommodation to the ranch each day, full board meals, coffee and juice at breakfast, one soft drink at lunch and one drink at dinner, drinking water, 5 days of riding.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, additional drinks, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Rhodes airport transfer, each way
2021 - Single Supplement £129 $176 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
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.