Ride Overview - Great Hungarian Plains Ride
One of the best European horseback riding vacations is in Hungary! There are no fences or tarmac to hinder your route and the sandy roads appear endless. The flatness of the land begs for invigorating gallops along abundant peach orchards, fields of corn and sunflowers. Cool down your Hungarian warmblood horse in shady acacia forests home to native deer and boar. Your guide has a deep knowledge of not only your dynamic trails but also the colorful characters of Hungarian past. Evenings are filled with warm Hungarian hospitality and robust traditional cuisine – paprika seasoned goulashes, home-cured hams and local cheeses. You have your choice of lodging either a traditional renovated country house with thick adobe walls, a reed thatch roof and graced with antiques from around Europe or you can go “glamping” by staying in an award winning luxury yurt which is fully insulated, private sunbed furnished terrace with panorama view, individual entrance, split levels gallery with King sized bed, seating area, air-condition, heating, Minibar with complimentary champagne + fruit basket, coffee and tea complimentary, kettle, safety deposit box, desk, reading light, free Wi-Fi internet, TV, stone floors, curtains, wardrobe/closet, slippers, whirlpool, rain-shower, double sink, separate WC, hairdryer, free toiletries, magnifying mirror, and bathrobe. In addition, a variety of enjoyable non-riding cultural events can be added.
“It was one of the best riding holidays ever. Oliver is a superb host and guide. His horses are wonderful.” G.S. U.K.
Ride Itinerary - Great Hungarian Plains Ride
Day 1: Sunday
You will be met on arrival at Budapest “Ferenc Liszt” Airport around 4:30 PM. After a scenic 2 hour drive across the Hungarian Southern Great Plain, you will arrive at the traditionally renovated farmhouse or yurt. After you settle into your room, you can tour this working farm and meet your horse. In the evening, you will enjoy a typical Hungarian meal accompanied by the local wine.
Day 2: Monday
A Hungarian farmers breakfast is a great way to start the day followed by an introductory ride to acquaint you with your horse. This first ride will give you an opportunity to experience the openness of the country; the seemingly never-ending sandy tracks, meadows and forests. Your ride will pass near well kept crops and fruit orchards following the border of the surrounding farm steads until you reach a typical Hungarian village in the Puszta Plains of Hungary. You learn about the culture, how the homes were built, and see happy pecking chickens among the garden vegetables. Lunch will be served at the Presszo where they prepare the most gigantic hamburgers Hungarian style (drinks and lunch included). On the way back, your trail will lead you through shady poplar forests and sun kissed plains. During the remaining afternoon, you can relax at the Homoki pool, (open from May 1st until September 30th) and enjoy the sandy beach and infinite views of the Hungarian Puszta. Wine tasting of Hungarian ecologically produced top wines from different regions is available. Dinner is served with a 3 course menu or a degustation menu consisting of 6 courses, pairing wine is offered at the Homoki Fine Dine restaurant and will be prepared by a Dining Guide awarded chef (not included in the package price).
Day 3: Tuesday
After breakfast, you will follow the hoof prints of the 19th century highwayman. Along the way, you will discover the former wetlands and forests of the so called “Witch House” region. It represented an ideal area for bandits to hide themselves from the authorities. During this ride, you will pass the legendary ‘Rózsa Sándor Tree’ which has witnessed trespassing highwaymen for more than 200 year old. Next you will visit the Rózsa Sándor commemorative house in Ásotthalom to learn more about this famous folk heroes and their hunted lives. A picnic lunch of local cold cuts and cheeses will be served in the forest. Your day ends with a fast gallop back to the stable. Body treatments like classical massages or Shiatsu will be available (not included in package price payable locally). Dinner with your guide will be served at a traditional restaurant with Gypsy music (not included in the package price).
Day 4: Wednesday
After breakfast, your horse will carry you to the buffalo reservation in Mórahalom. This long tour across the beautiful flat Puszta. After a stop at the observation platform to view protected wetlands through the naturalization of water buffalos (bubalus) and a large number of waterfowl such as swans, gray herons, storks, stilts, herons, you will enjoy a traditional lunch (drinks and lunch included). You will return to the stable along sandy paths with a chance to observe a fallow deer breeder. During an afternoon tea, you will be able to share highlights of your ride with your fellow riders. Dinner will be a 3 course menu or a degustation menu consisting of 6 courses with a pairing wine prepared by a Dining Guide awarded chef (not included in the package price).
Day 5: Thursday
Breakfast, check out until 10am. If booked in advance, you will be returned for arrival at the airport for a 3:30 PM arrival.
The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances.
SPECIAL NON-RIDING OPTIONS:
GREAT! Peasant Market Rides – every 3rd and 4th Sunday a month (except on Catholic holidays)
The Sunday markets are a special event of the municipalities. Find agricultural products, used goods, antiques, items of daily use and a large number of livestock offered by the marketers. Furthermore, this bustle is a cultural experience and provides culinary specialties of the region to taste for lunch. Horses are cared for and guests can immerse themselves in the markets scenery accompanied by one of the guides.
- BELOVED TOUR! Largest Hungarian annual animal market – Hódmezővásárhely, May 21
23rd Hungarian Great Plain Animal Husbandry and Agricultural Days, International Exhibition and Fair and International Furioso – North Star Horse Show. Experience of traditional horse displays, culinary event and cultural event. Day tour/ transfers and entrance fees are included.
- HORSE THEATER –
- June 25,26 and July 9,10 and August 20,21,22,26,28
Riders theatrical performances shown in the city’s indoor riding stables like “The first two days of the conquest, ” The closing of Matthias” and “Rock Opera Repertoires” Evening program/transfers and entrance fees are included.
- THE HIGHLIGHT! KURULTAJ – Bugac Puszta, August 13
Tribal assembly of the Hun – Turkic nations, celebration of the preservation of the HISTORY OF KURULTAJ , Traditional yurt camp, about 600 horses, horse displays of ancient fighting techniques, handy craft works from the exhibiting nations, folk dance and musical displays, culinary experiences. Day tour/ transfers and entrance fees are included.
- FUN AND CULTURE! Annual event in the village – Hungarian Wedding Play – 27th August
The whole village of Ruzsa pretends to celebrate a traditional Hungarian Wedding for a whole day! Taking part in a procession with horses and carriages, wine and Pàlinka tastings, weddings folk music, street dances and a stolen bride….Evening in the culture building with wedding dinner and the ceremony traditions following until the morning.
- TRADITION AND FUN! National Gallop in Budapest, mid of September 2016
Amateur gallop race on Hungarian horse breeds in the heart of Budapest city. This colorful spectacle is the season ending for all participants who have been qualified by local races all over the country. Traditional food mile, funny and well commented races are filled with fire, tears and lots of emotions! This event can be visited by the guests themselves without any guiding.
Ride Details - Great Hungarian Plains Ride
Dates: Sunday – Thursday April 19th – 23rd, May 10th – 14th, May 31st – June 4th, August 30th – September 3rd, September 13th – 17th, October 11th – 15th
Meeting Place: Budapest Airport
Riding Days: 4.5
Ride Time: 3 to 4.5 hours per day
Riding Ability: STRONG INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Restrictions: Minimum age is 14, maximum weight is 90 kg.
Group Size: 3 – 4
Horses: Hungarian warmbloods
Saddles: Hungarian Trail
Non-Riding Activities: Horse driven carriage ride, game viewing, Jeep game drive, spa, Mayfly UNESCO preserve, Lace House, Szegad tour, archery, boat tour on Tisza River, massage, Shiatsu treatment
Accommodations: Renovated country homes and yurts
Regular room: $276.00 per person, double occupancy, $395.00 single package
Twin room: $305.00 per person, double occupancy
Suite: $410.00 per person, double occupancy, $665.00 single package
Superior yurt: $1,115.00 per person, double occupancy $1,745.00 single package
Deluxe Yurt: $1,175.00 per person, double occupancy $1,815.00 single package
Luxury Yurt: $1,195.00 per person, double occupancy $1,865.00 single occupancy
*Prices will fluctuate with the USD/EURO exchange rate and be fixed at your final payment.
You can shorten this ride. Contact us for prices.
Included: 4 nights, 3 days riding, breakfasts, lunches, guided tours, horse, tack, guide, WIFI
Not Included: airfare, all dinners (from 49 euros), transfers to and from airport (290 Euro, from hotel or downtown Budapest – additional 35 Euro), drinks
ANNUAL TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL:
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Great Hungarian Plains Ride