Ride Overview - Portuguese Traditions Ride
This horseback riding vacation will take you across Ribateio in central Portugal where neither a coastline nor the border with Spain touches the perimeter. Crossed by the Tagus River which according to legend, Hercules traced this river around Toledo with his sword, this flat region contains rich agricultural and wine producing lands. A top breeding ground for the bulls used in the bullfighting ring. Here, the Puro-Sangue Lusitano horses, noble gentle animals with a proud posture, roam freely in rich pastures. Your Lusitano partner will carry you across picturesque landscapes to rural villages. You will enjoy delicious wine and locally produced foods. Your trails include a visit to the medieval Santarem, the Quinta de Vale de Fornos winery, quaint fishing villages, Golega, the capital of the horse, and 18th century Casa da Azinhaga. Regal country manors provide your lodging. There is no better way of experiencing traditional Portugal! RIDING IN PORTUGAL
Ride Itinerary - Portuguese Traditions Ride
You will be met by your guide at the Lisbon Airport at 6 P.M. and then transferred from the Lisbon Airport to the Lusitano stud farm. You will meet your guide and fellow riders during a traditional Portuguese homemade dinner. Afterward, you will transfer to your comfortable country manor.
Your day begins with a visit to the stud and mares’ park. Here you will learn about the different aspects of Lusitano breeding. Then you will mount up to ride through the forests and vineyards that surround the stud. A picnic lunch will be arranged in a fields close to grazing foals. A traditional delicacy, Torricado, will be prepared on site. You will then mount up for more riding around the stud farm. Afterward, you will be driven to your Casa for dinner and lodging.
Today, you will ride to the slowly flowing water of the River Tejo. A traditional fish lunch will be served in the quaint fishermen village of Porto da Palha. After lunch, your trail will lead you to Porto de Muge where you will dine and lodge at Quinta das Palmeiras.
Your day begins with a boat ride across the Tagus River for a visit to the horse’s island. Your trail will lead you to medieval Santarem. The city defends a plateau on the right bank of the Tagus River and was the home of Portugal’s kings throughout the middle ages. You will meet your group for dinner at the Taberna d’O Quinzena restaurant and then overnight at Casa da Alcáçova do Sol. You will delight in the great view of the Tagus River from your hotel.
Riding along the gnarled vineyards north of Santarem will bring you to the 12th-century village of Ribeira de Santa. A picnic lunch is planned by the mouth of river Alviela. Your day ends at Casa da Azinhaga for dinner and overnight.
Today, you will visit a traditional saddle maker in Pombalinho and enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant. After lunch, you will return to Quinta da Brôa to visit the stud Manuel Veiga. This ancient stud has a long history of breeding Lusitano horses and is responsible for many of the most successful bloodlines in the breed today. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and overnight at Quinta da Brôa.
Your trails will take you through the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Paul do Boquilobo. This marshland between Tagus and Almonda River is home to thousands of aquatic birds. Your next destination is Golega, the capital of the horse (Capital do Cavalo). The town has been the site for the gathering of breeders since the 18th century. You will enjoy lunch at the Lusitanus Restaurant Lusitanus where you can view the Golega’s horse fair’s main venue. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to visit the town. Dinner and lodging will be at the 4**** Hotel Lusitano.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Lisbon Airport at 9:00 AM.
Ride Details - Portuguese Traditions Ride
Dates: February 23rd – 29th, May 10th – 17th, July 21st – 28th
Best Months to Ride: March – May and September – October
Riding Days: 3 – 6
Daily Riding Hours: 6
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Group Size: 4 – 12
Restrictions: Minimum of 10 years of age and the weight restriction is 198 pounds
Saddles: Specific saddles for trails
Accommodations: 4* country manors and hotel
Price: $2,060.00 per person, double occupancy $395.00 single supplement
*Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 7 nights’ accommodation, meals, horse, tack, guide, transfer to and from airport
Not Included: airfare
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