Ride Overview - Croatia Hinterland Horseback Ride
An invigorating horseback riding vacation in Croatia! The country is located between Alps, the Panonian plain and the shores of Dunav. The land has been described as a magical place where every step descends into thousands of years of history. You will be riding on cobblestone alleys through picturesque towns and ascending trails to the summits of the Svilaja (4,974 feet) and Moseć Mountains. There will be plenty of opportunities to trot and canter across the lush pastureland. Ancient Roman roads and cattle paths will lead you through the beautiful undiscovered parts of Dalmatia known as Dalmatian hinterland. You will also be introduced to the friendly and hospitable Svilaja Mountain culture. There will be plenty of opportunity for invigorating canters and gallops. Optionally, you can visit the city of Split with the UNESCO-protected 18th century Diocletian’s Palace or the medieval town of Trogir which is also under UNESCO protection. RIDING IN CROATIA
“The holiday was very good. The riding was so good as such a good mix of paces, lovely horses and amazing countryside. The food was the best I’ve had on a riding holiday. The food was extremely fresh, the cherries amazing, very good. The rooms were lovely too. I had a gentle horse, she did everything I asked and she cantered/galloped just like my pony. We were both happy and the tack was comfortable. Stipe was very good, knew his rides.”
Ride Itinerary - Croatia Hinterland Horseback Ride
Day 1: Saturday
Transfer from the airport to the ranch. On arrival, you can relax with a small snack before dinner. You will also have time to get to know your fellow riders during a traditional dinner with homemade wine.
Day 2: Sunday
Your morning will start with breakfast and a hot cup of coffee or tea. After breakfast you will mount up and ride for 2-3 hours through the lush fields where you will canter and gallop. After you return to the ranch for lunch, you will again ride for another 2-3 hours. You will then return to the ranch where you can expect a delicious dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Day 3: Monday
After a hearty breakfast, you will groom and saddle your horse. Then you will mount up to ride on an ascending trail to the top of the Zelovo Hill which lasts just over two-hours. On the summit, you will have a pleasant lunch and a rest. After the break, you will continue to ride for about 3 to 4 hours to quaint villages. Along the way, you will be treated to amazing views of the fields, forests and nearby mountains. After the trail you will return to the ranch for a nice dinner and drinks with your hosts.
Day 4: Tuesday
After breakfast, you will continue to ride to the Svilaja Mountain where you will gallop across the field and ride through the historic Dalmatian villages of Ogorje, Leskur and Milesina. After passing through the villages, you will continue on ancient Roman roads to the mountain where you can relax over lunch. After a well-deserved break, your group will continue to ride over the mountains to the picturesque village of Buzov. Then you will ride through the tiny village of Pribude to the ranch where you will enjoy a delicious dinner with the other guests and their hosts.
Day 5: Wednesday
You will ride through the fields nestled at the foot of the Svilaja Mountain and near the old villages Crivac and Čavoglave. Along the spectacular ancient Roman roads you will have the opportunity to trot, canter and gallop. In the village of Marinići,you will pass old wells with clear cool waters and have lunch. After lunch, you can explore the hill above the village which is famous for its caves and underground waters. Later that afternoon, riding continues across the Crivac fields where you can trot and gallop. Forest trails through the glades will return you to the ranch.
Day 6: Thursday
The day begins with a gentle trot through a field which leads towards the top of the Mount Svilaja. Half way through, you will have a delicious lunch and a beverage (4,265 feet/1300 meters above sea level). You will then continue to the summit (4,947 feet/1508 m above sea level) where you will enjoy the view of the Perucko Lake, Cetina River, Adriatic Sea and nearby islands. The panoramic view is truly breathtaking! After the break, you will ready your horse and continue down the mountain to the ranch where you will have dinner.
Day 7: Friday
Today, you will ride to the Moseć mountain. Your trail is filled with beautiful fields and stream carved pastures overlooked by mountains. A gravel road will then lead you to your lunch destination. After lunch, you will ride through the mountain canyon and return to the ranch for dinner.
Day 8: Saturday
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
* Itinerary can be changed if necessary
Ride Details - Croatia Hinterland Horseback Ride
Dates: April 17th – 24th, May 1st – 8th, May 15th – 22nd, May 29th – June 5th, June 12th – 19th, June 26th – July 3rd, July 10th – 17th, July 24th – 31st, August 8th – 14th, August 21st – 28th, September 4th – 11th
Best months to ride: May, June, September or October.
Riding Days: 6
Daily Riding Hours: 2 – 6
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters in open country. Able to tack up your horse.
Group Size: 2 – 10
Horses: Lippizans and Croatian
Accommodations: Ranch house
$1,100.00 per person, double occupancy
$110.00 single supplement
* Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 7 nights’ accommodation, horse, tack, guide, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
Not Included: airfare, transportation to and from the airport (100 euros roundtrip), registration fee ($15.00)
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