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Reviews



The holiday was fantastic! By far, this is the best, most organised riding holiday we've been on. There was plenty of riding out on the trails and spending time with our horses, but it never felt like too much or too little. The trails were fantastic and each stop made the trip feel very unique. The horses were exquisitely cared for and very loved. My friends and I had a GREAT time!

Lori T.
Really good trip - Kristin takes good care of all guests and her horses are a delight to ride! Cantering on a windy beach with a well-mannered horse was pretty special. Food and accommodation all first class. Tack excellent. Kristin was informative, caring, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient!

Kate G.
Kristin provided beautifully schooled, obedient, forward-going and interesting horses that are very well cared for. The dressage-based training gave me a new insight and taught me a lot. The holiday was just as described! (Favourite memory?) Riding very nice horses through small towns and villages, visiting lovely quintas and other places we would never have seen otherwise, especially the winery! Also learning horsemanship from Kristin. V. good food, wine and beer, fantastic. The horses and tack were very good and Kristin was very good, well-informed and interesting. She made every effort to show us the people and the country.

Valerie C.
I arrived back from my amazing tour in Portugal. Imagine, I had the opportunity to ride Casique, that fantastic and lovely creature :) I enjoyed every minute of the tour. All the members of the group were very friendly, we had so much fun together and even were lucky with the weather. Kristin was beyond peradventure the best rider and tour guide I have ever ridden with. Also the horses were the most well trained and softest horses I have ever ridden on a riding tour. Kristin and Pedro were very nice and made every effort possible to make us satisfied. I won't ever forget the dishes we had together. Furthermore I have to admit that this tour had the highest standards regarding the accomodations and supply - I have never experienced such attention and delicate service. While everything went fluently, in the same time everything was at ease.

Lili C.
A super ride! Great horses, great trails, fine tack, a very congenial and capable host, lots of good/long long canters, the food was good and accommodations comfortable. The horses were likely the best trained horses we have ever ridden on vacation and that is after 50+ riding vacations so that really is a great compliment. They were such a pleasure to ride. Kristin has obviously spent a lot of time on the careful planning of this ride and we really appreciated that.

Judy and Ben
Very organised and beautiful thought through itinerary to provide variety throughout the holiday, with interesting insight into the area and culture if the region. My horse - Quartzo! Grumpy with other horses but lovely with me. Our "home" accommodation was especially excellent. Kristin bent over backwards to ensure our comfort.

Sheila L.
Kristin has put a lot of thought into this trail, providing diversity, interest, great accommodation and wonderful food in equal measure. Probably the best riding holiday I have ever had.

Roger T.
Very good - better than that! (I loved) my horse Ricardo (Richard I called him) and Conrad the dog! Wonderful - nothing overlooked. She (Kristin) was great, could not do more for us and good fun to be with!

Chris D.
Terrific. Wonderful and thoughtful hosts, varied rides, plenty of excellent food and wine, delightful horses (willing & easy to handle). Great accommodation (at the base in particular).

Jan J.
Every day was a new adventure. First and foremost, Kristin and her staff and horses are fabulous - what wonderful hosts each of them were.

Adele I.
Fabulous from start to finish. Great food, varied accommodation, great riding and attention to detail beyond expectations. Thoroughly recommended. All (accommodation) very different and all very nice. Drinks were free-flowing and more food than we could ever finish. All horses were outstanding. Tack and equipment top notch. The personality of the Lusitano horse is such that most of the steeds would suit all levels of rider and confidence. The best guides to date - nothing was too much trouble. At every stop our saddlebags were topped up with water bottles, we had beer and ice lollies served en-route and the pace was adjusted to our liking (ground and heat permitting). Catharina, in particular, is an asset to the trail rides and clearly loves people, her job and the horses. (Favourite memory?) Riding through the 9ft cornfield. Madeleine's house and meal, the equitation school in Golegã. Last day's working equitation lesson.

Amanda S.
In a word, wonderful! Horses, trail, accommodation, food, information, people. All great and it was over too soon. Favourite memory - cantering in formation on the beach. Very happy with lovely choices of accommodation and restaurants. I especially like Quinta da Vale Formosa. Sacha was lovely - calm and patient at all times and she explained things clearly. What a lovely person. Antonio is also worth a mention. He is so caring and courteous. And Kristin is great! I love them all

Louise A (2019)
I had a great time! Great people, beautiful landscapes, amazing horses - the perfect escape fro everyday life in a city.

Mireille
Fantastic horses, wonderful accommodation and food - A dream holiday! I would recommend this holiday 100% to anybody - it was awesome.

Diane H
One Word:- FANTASTIC

Geir
Collected canter in formation with my daughter across the beach - a great family experience!

Sue G
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Lusitano

Nature of horses:

Very well-trained and friendly

Height of horses:

15 - 16.2hh

Weight limit:

90kg

Tack type:

Traditional Portuguese.

 

Travel Advice



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

Ride Description

This beautiful trail ride is a chance to explore and discover the real Portugal from the back of a noble Lusitano horse, a native breed famed for their willing nature, friendly characters and soft paces. The qualified guide, Kristin, leads small groups on a journey through the most unspoiled locations of the Ribatejo region, travelling through open countryside, cork forests, vineyards, villages, valleys and even for a day at the beach!

Groups consist of no more than six riders, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a quality holiday on a well-trained horse. The horses are fit and very capable of long trots and enthusiastic canters, meaning that they are a joy for experienced riders. Each night you return to the base quinta or to a charming rural guesthouse, experiencing real Portuguese culture and traditions as well as enjoying the hours spent on horseback.

Kristin, originally from Germany, is a passionate horsewoman with a particular love of Iberian horses. She started riding as a young girl, enjoying lessons and riding holidays, and soon realised that riding amongst nature with a horse as a partner is a wonderful feeling! In 2011 she left her job and decided to follow her dreams and work with horses full time - she travelled and worked with different stables to gain experience, taking the time to become a certified riding guide, before starting out offering these fantastic rides in Portugal. Kristin strongly believes that good, happy horses must be turned out to run in the fields sometimes and she is convinced that training the horses for both dressage and trail riding results in an excellent riding horse who is easy, forward-going and controllable. Her favourite thing is to see happy guests who are enjoying riding her horses.

If you're looking to ride top quality horses and see authentic Portugal then this could well be the ride for you!

NB. Kristin's partner, Pedro, is a professional rider who can offer a high standard of classical dressage and working equitation tuition. We can create a combination package to involve lessons with Pedro and rides out with Kristin or you could add some lessons on before or after this trail.

Also, if you are looking for a Lusitano to buy then Kristin and Pedro can help you! They have several Lusitanos in for training at a time and they are happy to find your perfect partner. You can stay with them and try the Lusitanos for sale. The level of training here is exceptional and they only sell top quality horses from respected breeders.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

You are accommodated at the base quinta ('Quinta dos Pinheiros') or in charming rural guesthouses. The accommodation offers double or twin rooms with private showers and toilets, though there may be one or two nights when these facilities need to be shared.

The programmes include full board. Lunches are usually picnics eaten in beautiful places whilst dinners are taken in the garden during summertime or at a big, sociable table in front of a warm fireplace during winter. Occasionally dinners are in typical traditional restaurants.

The programme also includes drinks during the ride and with your meals (water, coffee, tea, beer and wine).

 

Activities

This riding programme is crammed full of riding so there isn't much time for other things! We can organise additional days with riding tuition (dressage and classical Portuguese style riding). There is sometimes also the possibility to add on trips to the local Golega fair.

 

Further Details

Languages: German, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Health requirements: General good health recommended.

Age limit: 12+

Tuition: Yes - classical dressage and working equitation tuition can be added!

Included: Lisbon airport transfers (at a set time), accommodation, full board and guided riding.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, tips and extra services.

 

Travel Information

It is just a 40 minute drive from the airport to the quinta and set-time Lisbon airport transfers are included in the trail prices, as per the timings below. Transfer can also be provided from/to the nearby station of Santarem at no additional cost, from where you can take an easy train to Lisbon.

Lusitano Trail:

On arrival day the pick-up is at 14:00 and on departure day your flight should leave 13:00 or later.

Atlantic Coast Trail:

On arrival day the pick-up is at 14:00 and on departure day your flight should leave 12:00 or later.

Airport: Lisbon

 

Programmes


7 Day Lusitano Trail



A six night trail ride through the Ribatejo region of Portugal with riding everyday, including arrival and departure day. Riders enjoy well-trained Lusitano horses and the chance to experience authentic Portugal, its countryside, culture and traditions. There's no better way to explore the country than on the back of a native horse!

Itinerary:

Day 1: Riders are transferred from Lisbon airport to Quinta dos Pinheiros, a drive of around forty five minutes. After a welcome drink you will get straight onto the horses to enjoy your first ride on one of these magnificent Lusitanos. You will ride through cork and eucalyptus trees and can start to relax and get to know your horse, your equine partner for the week. On returning to the Quinta there will be some time for relaxation before dinner which is eaten in front of the the fireplace during the winter or out in the garden during the summer months. Overnight tonight at Quinta dos Pinheiros or a lovely guesthouse nearby (depending on the number of participants). 

Day 2: Today is the start of the trail! For this day there are two beautiful alternatives, depending on the number of participants. 

A) If your group is a minimum of four riders then Kristin will try to include this option... a ride to the vineyard at Quinta da Ribeirinha. On these lovely Lusitanos you will ride out from the quinta in the direction of Povoa de Santarem. The riding is over rolling hills with beautiful views before you come to the narrow historical roads of a typical Portuguese village. After around two hours riding you will reach Quinta da Ribeirinha where you will receive a warm welcome, a wine tasting and a delicious lunch. After visiting the winery you will continue on in the direction of the Tejo, arriving at Quinta Boa Vista- this is home to a Lusitano horse breeder and they are especially successful in carriage driving at an international level. You will stay here overnight, enjoying special views of the river and gaining an insight into life at this gran Quinta. Approximate riding time of four hours. 

B) If the group is less than four riders then you will ride out from the Quinta in the direction of Alcanoes, passing through this typical Portuguese village. There are wonderful views all around you as you continue on through green meadows which are used by a bull and horse breeder. Whilst the countryside starts with rolling hills and patches of cork trees it will soon start to open up. You will reach the Tejo valley, home to impressive vineyards, and the flatter terrain brings lovely opportunities to canter. The shore of the Tejo River is the ideal spot for a picnic and you can take the time to eat, relax and enjoy your lovely surroundings. After the lunch break your ride continues into some mountain areas with excellent views over the river before making your way to Quinta dos Pinheiros. Dinner tonight is in the quinta or at a traditional restaurant in Santarem. Riding time is around five and a half hours.

Day 3: Today you will enjoy riding in the Tejo valley, experiencing the charm of the Ribatejo region. There are excellent opportunities for long trots and canters which are a pleasure on these comfortable horses! Upon leaving from Quinta Boa Vista the trail route takes you to ride upon the banks of the Alviela River before you once again reach the Tejo with its delightful sandbanks and beaches. You will pass by some old farmhouses before reaching your picnic spot, a calm and peaceful place where you can rest amidst the nature and simply enjoy the fresh air and good company. 

In the afternoon the ride leads you through huge corn fields, following twisting paths until you arrive in Azinhaga. This is renowned as being one of the most typical Portuguese villages in the Ribatejo region. After passing through this village you will soon be alongside some fields with grazing mares; this is Quinta da Brôa, the home of the famous Veiga stud farm and your destination of today. You will be welcomed to this traditional farm which can be called the cradle of the Lusitano, known for its long tradition in breeding Lusitano Horses. The Veiga family has been breeding these magnificent horses for more than a hundred years - breathe the atmosphere fill of tradition, experiencing the farmhouse and admiring their stunning Lusitanos. The guesthouses have been renovated and restored from former workers' houses. You will have time for a little rest in your apartment before you go out to dinner in the 'capital of the horses', Golega! Approx. riding time today is five hours. 

Day 4: This morning you can have a more leisurely breakfast and rest a little before taking a guided tour through the Veiga stud farm, learning more about this special place. With a bit of luck you will see Manuel Veiga (international dressage rider) training one of his beautiful Lusitanos. Often you can see him training one of his stallions with a special workout, riding in the same fields that his breeding mares are grazing in or even having a bit of fun by working two horses at the same time. 

After a little snack and feeling inspired by the morning tour, you will get your horses ready to leave Quinta da Brôa. Your trail takes you through the meadows of the Veiga stud farm, where you can see the mares grazing with their foals, and then continues along the natural reserve of Boquilobo. Some nice canters are waiting for you! After approximately three and a half hours of riding you will reach Golega, the 'Capital of the Horses', where you still spend the night. Golega has a long tradition and is famous for its annual horse fair in November. You may like to go for a little walk to discover the roads and hidden traditional shops or coffee bars, otherwise you are welcome to join your hosts as they visit their friend and artist Sabine Marciniak. Sabine has dedicated her lie to her passion, the painting of Lusitano Horse and equitation art. 

Tonight you will enjoy a delicious dinner with views over the main square. Approximate riding time today is three and a half hours. 

Day 5: You'll prepare your horses for another great day of riding. You will start by riding a round on the famous manga of Golega to get the feeling that you are participating in the festival! Then you will leave this 'horse town' by following small roads, following back in the direct of the Tejo River. In the morning you will pass by big corn fields and will come to understand why the region is named the 'Garden of Lisbon' - the very fertile ground of the riverbank creates rich fields with tomatoes, potatoes, corn, sunflowers and more. After approximately two and a half hours riding you will recognise again the stately, beautiful buildings of the Veiga stud farm. You will stop for lunch in a restaurant in a small village and will enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch in an authentic atmosphere whilst your horses wait outside. Well rested you will continue your ride, passing eucalyptus and beautiful old cork trees, riding amongst the cow herds before reach Quinta Mata Rural where you will enjoy dinner and spend the night. The quinta is a charming, family run farm producing olive oil and cattle. Do not miss a chance to marvel at the night sky full of stars! Approx. riding time is five to six hours. 

Day 6: It's time to leave this little paradise and head back in the direct of the home farm. The ride today begins over some rolling hills, passing a big cattle farm. Riding uphill and downhill, the ride takes you through a variety of countryside with cork trees and lovely views. You will ride through the olive trees until reaching your picnic place where you and the horses can have a little rest. Antonio is waiting for you with one of his well-known picnics. You will then continue riding through vineyards, going around a beautiful lake where the horses can drive. The horses already know that they are close to home. Full of new impressions you will arrive back home at Quinta dos Pinheiros, finishing the week with a delicious dinner. Your hosts hope that you keep their Lusitano Horses in your memories for a long time. Approx. riding time is five hours. 

Day 7: After breakfast it is time to say goodbye - you will be transferred back to Lisbon airport for your journey home. If your flight is later on then there may be time for you to have a riding lesson to discover the capabilities of these wonderful Lusitano Horses (additional cost). 

NB. At the discretion of the guide this itinerary may vary according to the abilities of the group, the number of participants and the weather conditions. 



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate and above. Riders should be comfortable at walk, trot and canter and able to rise to the trot and ride at a canter for long periods of time. The trail depends on riders being fit and experienced.
Type of ride: Trail.
Total riding time: 5 main days riding (3.5 - 6 hours per day) and a short ride on arrival day.
Departure dates: 2019: 24-30 November.

2020: 15 - 21 March, 29 March - 4 April (FULL), 19 - 25 April, 10 - 16 May (FULL), 31 May - 6 June, 14 - 20 June, 5 - 11 July, 12 - 18 July, 19 - 25 July, 26 July - 1 August, 30 August - 5 September, 6 - 12 September, 27 September - 3 October, 18 - 24 October (FULL), 22 - 28 November.

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: 5% discount on bookings for 2020 confirmed by the end of January 2020.
 
Pricing: 2019/2020:

The price is £1408 per person.
Single supplement £189.

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: 5% discount on bookings for 2020 confirmed by the end of January 2020.

This includes set time Lisbon airport transfers, 6 nights of double or twin room accommodation, all meals, drinks during the rides and meals (inc. water, coffee, tea, beer and wine), 5 full riding days (4 - 6.5 hours per day) and a short ride (1 - 2 hours) on both arrival and departure day.

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.



6 Day Atlantic Coast Trail



A beautiful five night trail to the Atlantic Coast riding on noble Lusitano horses. This ride includes lots of riding hours with long trots and enthusiastic canters, taking you from the stables near to Santarem all the way to the beach. The trail includes wonderfully varied terrain, typical Portuguese villages and lots of stunning views.

The ride includes five nights of accommodation, four full days in the saddle and also a short ride on arrival day. Full board is included with all drinks during meals and the rides (coffee, tea, water, beer and wine). Lunch is eaten as picnics in beautiful places along the way whilst dinners are a social affair with typical Portuguese cuisine.

A chance to see real Portugal, ride an impressive Lusitano and enjoy many riding hours on this exciting new trail!

Pick-up is at 14:00 from Lisbon airport on arrival day and flights on departure day should leave at 12:00 or later. 

Itinerary (subject to change): 

Day 1 - Monday:

Pick-up from Lisbon airport at 14:00 with transfer to Quinta dos Pinheiros, home to your hosts and horses. A late lunch is served before an introduction to the horses - on hot days the first ride will be later in the day, meaning you have time to relax and enjoy the swimming pool or simply admire the stunning Lusitanos living on site. You will be allocated a horse and will mount up in the indoor school, taking a few minutes to get used to them and to make any tack adjustments required. Then you will head out on a short ride through the neighbouring cork forests and fields, usually for around 1 - 1.5 hours, to see that you are well-suited. 

You will return back to Quinta dos Pinheiros and will have time to shower before heading to a local restaurant for dinner. Overnight at Quinta dos Pinheiros or Quinta dos Anjos.

Day 2 - Tuesday: 

Breakfast is usually from around 8:30 onwards as this is the earliest your hosts can collect fresh bread! Once you have eaten and are ready for the day, you will mount up for your first full day ride. Today is quite varied, taking you from Santarém, across local farmland and on to your picnic stop in the shade of a tree, overlooking vineyards. The horses are tended to first with their lunch and riders generally hold their horse for this before sitting down to enjoy a picnic. 

After lunch you will continue on towards Ribeira de Saõ Joäo. The ride this afternoon offers beautiful views and great tracks for canters! Tonight you will sleep at Casas de Sao Jose. 

Day 3 - Wednesday: 

After breakfast you and the horses will head back to Quinta da Ferraria to start the next leg of your journey. Today you are heading for Casais da Serra and will start out on some country tracks before the scenery and terrain becomes quite varied and more remote. You begin to have the feeling you are closer to the coast. The soil changes all the way and you will ride through eucalyptus plantations and areas of pine and low shrubs. Then you delve into thicker forest and follow the tracks of the stream, a lovely route which offers some welcome shade on hotter days. 

The tracks before you reach the lunch stop are steep and stony at times, really showing the fitness of your horse as they climb. After some light woodlands you will reach a restaurant in a small, old fortress where you will feed and tie the horses outside before joining the buffet. 

In the afternoon you will ride out from the town of Rio Maior and on to country lanes interspersed with cork trees. Your overnight stop is the beautiful Quinta do Vale Formoso, home to a welcoming English couple who are keen on Eventing. Your luggage will be waiting for you. This is truly a wonderful setting with great facilities for the horses and spacious rooms for you too. You can take a dip in the pool or simply take a hot shower and enjoy a cold beer. Dinner tonight is very nearby in a small restaurant. 

Day 4 - Thursday: 

Breakfast is served in the quinta kitchen, after which you should head to the stables with your luggage which will be collected later on. Departure is generally around 9:30 - 10:00 and you will make your way towards Óbidos, a charming old town known for its festivals throughout the year. The route this morning offers views of open countryside and farmlands, as well as country lanes through orchards of fruit trees (maybe you can pick a sneaky apple for your horse!). 

A picnic lunch is served in a peaceful spot before you ride on for a few more hours to your next accommodation, Quinta da Torre Obidos. This is a rural guesthouse located on the outskirts of town and owned by a delightful older man who organises everything himself, from the bookings to the breakfast. The horses stay on site with you and will have a good rest tonight. You might wish to take a swim, depending on the weather, or simply to shower ready for dinner out in the town. Overnight in the guesthouse. 

Day 5 - Friday: 

Today is your last riding day and you will be riding for the ‘Silver Coast’! Your host will serve a wonderful breakfast in the dining room, complete with fresh fruit and pastries as well as local meats, cheeses and fresh bread rolls. You will head down to meet your horses, mounting up ready to enjoy this last day. You will ride through parts of the town to get to the tracks running alongside the picturesque lagoon with many a great photo opportunity. The riding today is more easy-going and open with plenty of chance to feel the breeze as you come ever closer to the beach. 

The horses are fed and tied in the shade when you reach a restaurant with lagoon views. The fresh clams here make for a delicious lunch! After you and the horses are well-rested it’s time to head for the sea, enjoying some fantastic fast canters on the way. It’s often possible to see shoals of silver fish swimming and jumping in the lagoon waters as you ride by and the wild rosemary lining the tracks gives a pleasant scent. 

You will turn on to the sand and follow the edge of the lagoon waters, watching as the sand becomes more pale. Before you know it, you can hear the waves and then will find the blue ocean before you. This clean, picturesque beach is a wonderful end destination - depending on the sand, you may be able to enjoy some great canters there, feeling the power of your Lusitano horse. 

After enjoying some time by the sea, you will to a nearby bar to find a drink for the horses and yourselves. You will all be met by your transport who will take you back to Quinta dos Pinheiros where the horses can settle back in at home and you can prepare for a final dinner. This may be in a nearby restaurant or served on site. Overnight at Quinta dos Pinheiros or Quinta dos Anjos.

Day 6 - Saturday:

After a final breakfast and fond farewell to your horse, who you will find in one of the quinta's paddocks, it’s time to head back to Lisbon airport for departure. Flights should be booked for 12:00 onwards in order to take advantage of the transfers included but those leaving earlier or continuing travel in Portugal can take an easy train from Santarém station. There is sometimes time in the mornings for guests to book a riding lesson with Pedro Neves - please enquire with them if you are interested to take advantage of this opportunity.



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: To enjoy this trail you should feel comfortable to ride in all three paces, walk, trot and canter, including longer periods of rising trot and canter. This trail is technical more demanding than our Lusitano trail and includes some even longer riding days. Your fitness and experience makes several hours in the saddle possible.
Type of ride: Trail.
Total riding time: 5 - 6.5 hours per day for 4 days, plus a short ride on arrival day.
Departure dates: 2019: 18-23 November.

2020: 23 - 28 March, 6 - 11 April, 27 April - 2 May, 4 - 9 May, 18 - 23 May, 25 - 30 May, 8 -13 June, 22 - 27 June, 29 June - 4 July, 14 - 19 September, 21 - 26 September, 5 - 10 October, 26 - 31 October.

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: 5% discount on bookings for 2020 confirmed by the end of January 2020.
 
Pricing: 2019/2020:

The price is £1322 per person.
Single supplement £163.

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: 5% discount on bookings for 2020 confirmed by the end of January 2020.

This includes set time Lisbon airport transfers, 5 nights of double or twin room accommodation, all meals, drinks during the rides and meals (inc. water, coffee, tea, beer and wine), 4 full riding days (4 - 6.5 hours per day) and a short ride (1 - 2 hours) on arrival day.

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.



The Magic of Alentejo



Discover the magic of Alentejo and experience the joy of riding Lusitano Horses. This new programme combines a visit of the amazing Alentejo region with riding noble and loyal Lusitano horses in the best unspoiled locations! You drive with the horses to the picturesque and extremely beautiful mediaeval village of Monsaraz to spend some wonderful days in the Alentejo.

Day 1 : Arrival and pick up at the airport. Approx. 45min drive to Quinta dos Pinheiros. After a welcome drink you will get straight onto the horses to enjoy your first ride. By riding through beautiful cork trees and eucalyptus trees you can start to relax and get to know your horse who will be your friendly partner for the next days. Back at the Quinta you have time to relax before dinner, during the winter in front of the fireplace, and during the summer months in the garden. Overnight in Quinta dos Pinheiros or a lovely guesthouse nearby (depending on number of participants).

Day 2 : After breakfast departure to the beautiful Alentejo, Monsaraz is your destination. You drive approx 2,5h. The horses travel with you and you will spend some amazing days discovering the Magic of Alentejo. Monsaraz is an extremely beautiful, picturesque medieval village in the spectacular Alentejo countryside near the spanish border. The castle of Monsaraz gives the most amazing views to the big Alqueva lake, the biggest artificial lake in Europe. Upon arrival you take care of your horses which stay on the farm of your hosts' friend, a well- known bull breeder. You stay in a comfortable traditional guesthouse. After lunch, later in the afternoon, you go for your first ride here in the beautiful rolling hills of the Alentejo.

Day 3 : Today you have more time to discover the 'Magic of Alentejo' on the back of these lovely lusitano boys. You will saddle the horses and ride through the open spaces of the Alentejo catching some views to the big Alqueva Lake. You discover the farm with its cows and access to the Alqueva, playing with your horses in the water and enjoying the views to the Monsaraz castle and the magical light of the Alentejo. After lunch you have time to discover the picturesque village of Monsaraz or just chill at the hotel enjoying the views or a refreshing jump into the pool. Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Monsaraz

Day 4 : Visit of the wild black bulls in their natural environment at one of the most known bullbreeder of Portugal and traditional lunch https://youtu.be/Bk55CciuEGE

In the later afternoon you saddle the horses to enjoy the Alentejo countryside on horseback. Smell the aromatic alentejo air, enjoy the peaceful view to the countryside with its corktrees in the magic alentejo light and perceive the chirping sound of the crickets.

Time to visit the castle and village of Monsaraz before dinner.

Day 5 : After breakfast you will head out on a boat-trip on the Alqueva lake, another special experience to let you feel the Magic of Alentejo. After lunch you have to say goodbye to the Alentejo for this time and drive back with the horses to Santarém to the stables. You take your horses back to their fields and full of lovely memories from the trip you enjoy your dinner.

Day 6 : Transfer back to the airport.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Intermediate and above - riders must be able to walk, trot and canter on a fit and forward-going horse.
Type of ride: Stationary ride.
Total riding time: 3 afternoon rides.
Departure dates: 2020: 9 - 14 September.
 
Pricing: 2020::

£1245 per person.
Single supplement: please contact us.

Price includes set-time transfers from and to Lisbon airport, 5 nights of twin/double room accommodation, all meals, drinks with meals, 3 rides, a boat trip, visit to bull breeder.

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.



Trail to Golegã



This is a rare chance to step back into history, and discover the legend that is the home of the Lusitano horse.

Nothing can prepare you for the experience of riding the noble and loyal Lusitano horse renowned for their generous and willing nature - they will introduce you to a riding experience like no other. This trail takes you back

in time; you will be able to ride into the Capital of horses, Golegã! For centuries horse men have ridden their steeds into the streets of this historic town, paraded in traditional costume and competed to find the finest of this pure and athletic breed. This year you will have the chance to be part of this historic scene, to experience the thrill that is GOLEGA FESTIVAL OF THE LUSITANO HORSE. For ten days in November the usually quiet town of Golegã transforms into a scene from medieval history this is the horse lovers' 'swimming with dolphins'. This is your special invitation to ride with us and feel the unique atmosphere of this spectacle. The ride consists of small groups, on fit horses capable of long trots and enthusiastic canters. Ride your dreams and feel the difference! Experience the noblesse of the Lusitano horse and find the real Portugal here in the Ribatejo region. The Golegã horse festival is certainly one of the finest ways to get a deep and unforgettable impression of the Lusitano horses.

Day 1: Meeting and pick up at the airport. Approx. 45min drive to the Quinta dos Pinheiros. After a welcome drink you will get straight onto the horses to enjoy your first ride. By riding through beautiful cork trees and eucalyptus trees you can start to relax and get to know your horse who will be your friendly partner for the week. Back at the Quinta you have time to relax before you have dinner in the nice gallery or in one of the traditional restaurants in town. Overnight in Quinta dos Pinheiros or a beautiful rural tourism very nearby (depending on number of participants).

Day 2: Let the trail begin! On these very well trained Lusitano horses you ride from Quinta dos Pinheiros over rolling hills with glorious views before you arrive after approximately 2 hours riding at Quinta da Ribeirinha, where you are warmly welcomed with a wine tasting and a delicious lunch. After visiting the winery you ride in the direction of Alcanoes, passing through this typical Portuguese village. Whilst enjoying glorious views you ride through the green pastures of a bull and horse breeder and pass through cork trees before the countryside becomes more open. You arrive in the Tejo valley, with its beautiful vineyards, and where the flat terrain gives some lovely opportunities for cantering. Approx. riding time 5h.

Day 3: Today you enjoy the Tejo valley and continue to experience the charm of the Ribatejo region. Great opportunities for long trots and canters!! Leaving from Quinta Boa Vista you ride along the Alviela River before you reach the Tejo River again, with its beautiful sandbanks and beaches. Passing by some old farmhouses you arrive at the special picnic place with a peaceful and calm atmosphere where you can rest and enjoy pure nature. In the afternoon your trail leads you through huge corn fields, on winding paths close to the Tagus River, until you arrive in Azinhaga. Azinhaga is renowned as the most typical Portuguese village of the Ribatejo. You are welcomed in a lovely guesthouse where you stay overnight. Time to rest before you enjoy a nice dinner. Approx. riding time 5h.

Day 4: THE Lusitano day! Today you start with a short ride to Quinta da Broa, the home of the famous Veiga stud farm, well known for its long tradition in breeding Lusitano horses. After a brief stop for a visit, your trail takes you through the meadows of the Veiga stud farm where we can see the mares with their foals grazing, and in the direction of the UNESCO natural reserve of Boquilobo. After approximately 3,5hours of riding you arrive in Golega, the 'Capital of the Horses‘. Through the small roads you find your way. During this 10 days of the fair in November it’s all about the Lusitano horses! During the days there are top competitions going on in all disciplines, show classes, displays, working equitation competitions. At the same time the whole town is filled with horses and riders dressed in traditional Portuguese tack and riding costumes. In the afternoon and evening you have time to discover the very special atmosphere of this amazing horse fair. Riding time this day 3,5h. In the evening you will have the chance to have a ride on the festival area!

Day 5: The whole morning you have again the chance to enjoy the Golega horse fair, see some of the show classes or competitions or have a look around in the various stands in the narrow roads or have a talk to one of the Lusitano breeders who are welcoming guests in their Casettas around the manga to present their horses. Around lunch time you have to say goodbye for this time and we drive you back to Lisbon airport.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Strong intermediate and above - this ride is well-suited to riders who are happy and able to ride at walk, trot and canter on a forward-going and responsive horse. Golegã can be very busy with a lot of horses, riders, carriages etc. but the horses are well-accustomed to it.
Type of ride: Trail.
Total riding time: Riding on 4 days (short ride on arrival day, 2 full days and then 2 rides on Golega fair day).
Departure dates: 2020: 4 - 8 November.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1245 per person
Single supplement: please contact us.

Price includes set time transfers from and to Lisbon airport, 4 nights of accommodation in double rooms, all meals, drinks with meals, a short ride on arrival day and three days with around 3 - 5 hours riding per day (including riding at Golegã horse fair).

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.