Kiskunság Trails riding holiday in Hungary - Far and Ride
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Kiskunság Trails, Hungary




Programme


• East Side Story Trail

 

Horses



Type of horses:

The ranch breed their own Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and local Hungarian breeds.

Nature of horses:

Strong, willing and kind

Height of horses:

14.2-16.3

Weight limit:

95kg

Tack type:

Western

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

The trail begins and ends at this lovely ranch which is situated in the south of Hungary, approximately 80km from Budapest. For many years El Bronco have offered western riding tuition and based star rides but now they are offering an adventurous new trail. The ranch is situated in Kiskunsagi National Park where the sandy ground is ideal for long lopes and relaxing trail rides and from here your trail begins!

This is a new and fantastic opportunity for advanced and confident riders with a long trail ride around the east side of the Kiskunsági National Park riding Western on Quarter Horses. 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 and is a mosaic of plains, lakes and marshes dotted between the Danube and Tisza Rivers. Within Kiskunság National Park, there is a rich diversity of birdlife, which includes great bustard, red-footed falcon, European bee-eater, golden oriole, European roller as well as numerous herons, egrets, wildfowl and passerines. So there is much to see on this trail.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

There is a choice of accommodation on the ranch where you will begin and end your trail. The main accommodation at the ranch offers
double and family rooms, each with their own en suite shower room and toilet. The rooms have TVs and a good sound system to make your stay more comfortable. These rooms are suitable for one to four people.

On the trail you will stay at guesthouses and farms chosen for their comfort and traditional Hungarian style.

Food at the ranch consists of a continental style breakfast with bread, croissants, cheeses, ham, vegetables, jam, yoghurt etc. On the trail the breakfasts will be similar.

Lunches on the trail will be mostly picnic style and carried in your saddle bags.

Dinners will be typically Hungarian with meals such as goulash, potatoes, and vegetables. Meals are always served with bread and Hungarian salad.

 

Activities

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Hungarian, German

Health requirements: Fit and Healthy

Age limit: 18 or over

Tuition: No

Included: Full board accommodation, riding, transfer of luggage, English speaking guides

Not included: Flights, transfers from Budapest

 

Travel Information

Guests are recommended to fly into Budapest (approx 80km from the ranch) and then to either hire a car or we can arrange an airport transfer. Please note that airport transfers are paid locally at the ranch.

We can also organise transfers from/to Budapest hotels with advance notice - please ask us.

Budapest airport transfers:

1 - 3 people: €55 EUR each way per person
4 or more people: €45 EUR each way per person

Guests may also take a train from Budapest (Keleti) station to Soltszentimre.
Soltszentimre station transfers:
€20 EUR each way per person (2019)
€10 EUR each way per person (2020)

Airport: Budapest

 

Programme


East Side Story Trail



Riders will have to groom, feed, and tack up their horses. You will be shown how to tack up Western style on the Saturday your arrive. There will be roomy saddle bags provided for your daily requirements but your main luggage will be transferred for you and will be waiting at your guesthouse.

There are some opportunities for single rooms but riders must be prepared to share twin rooms or rooms with four beds in rooms at the first stop.

There will be two guides on this trail sometimes Robert, who many previous guests to the ranch will know already. For small group numbers there will be one guide only.

Itinerary (please note this may change according to local conditions)

Day One:

You will arrive on Saturday. You need to arrive by 12 noon. It is possible to arrive the previous day and there will be an additional cost for the stay. Today you will take a short test ride to check you are happy with the horse they have chosen for your abilities and that you are competent enough to make the long trail. The test ride will finish by 4 pm. For those who are not fit enough or considered experienced enough, it will be possible to stay at the ranch and ride out from there. You will enjoy a lovely dinner.

Day Two:

The trail ride starts today. Today you will ride for around 20km stopping for a picnic lunch on the way. Tonight you will stay at the Old Nice Farm. It is an opportunity to stay at a classical Hungarian farm where the village houses have thatched roofs. Here you will enjoy some pálinka tasting which is included in the price. Tonight you will taste a typical Hungarian dinner and some oven baked delicacies. There is also the opportunity to taste some delicious home made wines (these are not included and need to be paid locally).

Day Three:

After breakfast you will groom and tack up your horse and continue this lovely trail to Ballószög. You will stop for another picnic lunch which you will have picked up from the farm in the morning. Today you will ride for about 26 kms and eventually find a resting place for the horses at a western ranch. If the ranch owner is home, you will have the opportunity to see real cutting training with cows and buffalos. From here you will leave your horse and a car will take you to the hotel where you have another lovely dinner and well earned night's sleep. The hotel tonight is Csalánosi Csárda.

Day Four:

You will return to your horses at the ranch, once again by car. Today you will ride only about 15 kms as this day is shorter than the others. You are heading towards your next destination which is the Kunság Major guesthouse. As this day is shorter you will arrive at the guesthouse so you will enjoy your lunch here. The Kunság Major has many facilities including an outdoor pool so this afternoon you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Day Five:

After another delicious breakfast you will groom and tack up your horse. From here you will ride onto Kunadacs where you will stay in a wooden guesthouse which also has an outdoor pool. You will have the opportunity to taste the world famous fish soup.

Day Six:

After tacking up your horse for the last time, you will mount up and ride back to El Bronco where guests can relax, enjoy the sauna or jacuzzi or even request a massage.

Riders will need to use Hungarian forints to pay for any extras as guest houses and ranches here do not accept credit cards but it will be possible to change money at El Bronco or the ATM in the nearby town. It is not necessary to purchase forints before arrival. Water is included throughout the whole trip, at guesthouses and during the trail. Other drinks including juices, wine and alcohol are not included and have to be paid locally. Tea and coffee is included at breakfast and guests will be given a free bottle of wine on their return from the trail.



Accommodation: El Bronco ranch and other traditional guesthouses and farms
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Fit and experienced, capable of taking care of their horse
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 150 km in total . 4-7 hours a day
Departure dates: 3-9 August, 31 August -6 September, 12-18 October, 26 October-1 November. Please contact the office for other dates.
 
Pricing: 2019:

Price is dependent on group numbers
Price per person is as follows
£1096 (5 in group)
£1187 (4 in group)
£1278 (3 in group)
£1370 (2 in group)

Individual riders can book and the trail will run with 2 riders

Price Includes full board accommodation with picnic lunches
Includes 4-7 hours riding a day, transfer of luggage
Drinks are extra but water is included throughout. Tea, coffee and milk is included at breakfast time

2020:

£1004 per person sharing

Individual riders can book and the trail will run with 3 riders

Price Includes full board accommodation with picnic lunches
Includes 4-7 hours riding a day, transfer of luggage
Drinks are extra but water is included throughout. Tea, coffee and milk is included at breakfast time

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.