Ride Overview - Galiny Palace Ride
A delightful horseback riding vacation in Poland! The ride is located on the border of Warmia and Masuria in northeastern Poland, and 135 miles/217 km north of Warsaw. Your trails cross endless meadows and forests and are destined to picturesque villages. Your lodging is either in a 19th century Grange or a 16th-century palace. The palace is recognized as one of the best restored antique treasures and is one of the few remaining examples of Renaissance architecture in the former Duchy of Prussia. Erected as a fortified structure, the palace was surrounded by a moat. In addition to trail riding, beginner and novice riders can also take lessons in one of the many arenas. More experienced riders can improve their skills in flatwork exercises and gridwork/showjumping classes. There is also carriage driving! After a long day in the saddle, you will have the opportunity to unwind in the spa, which offers a choice of massages.
“Very well organised. Friendly, professional staff. Loved being able to see the foals, walk around the grounds, cycle, etc. (Accommodation?) Excellent standard. Loved the bedroom. Food was both tasty and beautifully presented. (Horses?) Probably the fittest best-schooled horses I have ever ridden on a riding holiday. I rode 5 in all over 3 days and loved the variety. Tack & equipment put mine to shame! (Guides?) Competent, friendly, professional with a sense of humour. I learnt loads.” C.G.
Ride Itinerary - Galiny Palace Ride
Trail Riding: (Intermediate – Advanced Rider)
You will be transferred from Gdansk Airport. The 2 1/2 hour drive will bring you to a comfortable hotel. You will meet your guide and fellow riders during a delicious Warmian dinner. After the dinner, you will visit the stables and mount up for a 2-hour ride in the riding arena. During this time, your riding skills and style will be matched with a horse.
Each day begins with a traditional breakfast. Afterward, you will begin your guided trail which is about 18 miles/30 km and lasts approximately 6 hours (including the time for a lunch and a short break). Every day is a different route. Lunch will be served in every location. When you return to Galiny, you will enjoy a robust dinner served in the restaurant.
Get ready for an intense trail ride! After breakfast, an old hunter’s path through forests and meadows will lead you to the historic village of Sulowo. You will ride for about 3 hours and enjoy picturesque views. Your group will stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant and then ride back to Galiny.
Together with your guides, you will prepare your horse for a terrain trip. Your trails will traverse across Warmia’s wonderful meadows and forests. This is a historical region in northern Poland. You will have plenty of opportunities to trot and gallop. Your destination is the 17th-century Stoczek Klasztorny monastery known for its baroque rotunda, cloisters and cornered chapels. The monks at the monastery will prepare the lunch for you. After a short rest in the monastery gardens, you will mount up for a ride back to Galiny.
Another beautiful route will lead you to the picturesque village of Krawczyki. Before 1945, the area was part of Germany (East Prussia). Lunch will be served in a traditional agritourism farm. After lunch and a short rest, your group will ride back to Galiny.
After another filling breakfast from the buffet, you will prepare for a ride to the small village of Wegoryty. Lunch will be farm to table menu. The chef is known for delicious vegetable pates.
Your trail will pass beautiful roadside chapels and long megalithic barrows, common elements of Warmia’s landscape. When you arrive at the quaint village of Sarnowo, you will have lunch in beautifully restored early 20th-century court. On returning to Galiny, you will enjoy a traditional farewell dinner.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
Ride Details - Galiny Palace Ride
Dates: Year Round, minimum 3-night stay
Airport: Olsztyn-Mazury or Gdansk
Riding Days: Trail Riding: 5 Lessons: your choice
Daily Riding Hours: 2 – 5
Riding Ability: BEGINNER TO ADVANCED: For trail rides: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters in open country.
Group Size: 4 – 10
Weight Restriction: 219 lbs.
Horses: Holstein, Westphalen, Polish halfbreed, Fresian
Non-riding Activity: fishing, hiking, tennis, biking
May, June, September: $1,595.00 per person, double occupancy
July, August: $1,675.00 per person, double occupancy
$169.00 single supplement
* Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 6 nights’ accommodation, horse, tack, guide, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners,
Not Included: airfare, transportation to and from the airport (250 euros per car, roundtrip)
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