South Africa

African Explorer

8 days / 7 nights / 6 full days of riding

The African Explorer is a horseback safari which encompasses two riding destinations, one in the Waterberg region of Limpopo in South Africa and the other in the ancient and undisturbed landscapes of the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Spread over eight days (seven nights) the safari entails riding first across the game rich plains, wetlands and mountain landscapes in South Africa, and then, once transferred by road to Botswana, along the Limpopo River floodplains and up into the heart of the Mashatu Reserve, with regular sightings of Africa’s most charismatic wildlife species. This combination of an introduction to riding in Africa with non-dangerous game, followed by encounters on horseback with elephant, spotted hyena and often lion, cheetah and leopard, while experiencing two African countries on one safari, has won the African Explorer a global reputation as one of the most accessible and
varied riding experiences in Africa. The three other ingredients which make the African Explorer so special are the quality of the horses, the professionalism of the guides, and the hospitality provided in the three unique and memorable camps, and one luxury lodge, used along the way.

Portugal

Alentejo Beach Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Discover the beauty of Portugal’s Atlantic coast on this varied trail, beginning in the lush and green coastal mountains of Grandola before reaching the deserted beaches and lagoons of the Alentejo region. Beautiful, well behaved, Lusitano horses await with comfortable hotels and swimming pools for evening relaxation. A fantastic holiday in the sun for intermediate riders onwards.

Egypt

Ancient Adventures

8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days

This week-long tour will show you the best of Cairo and Luxor with a combination of riding and sight-seeing. Highlights will include a ride at the Pyramids of Giza, desert camping with your horses, a sunset dinner on the Nile and a visit to the Karnak and Luxor Temples. Ride forward-going horses through the desert and take in the incredible sights of this ancient land.

Albania

Ancient Pathways

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

This mountainous trail in Albania is a challenging and exciting experience for adventurous riders. Ride up and down steep mountain passes before enjoying long, fast gallops in the grassy valleys. This trail is a cultural immersion with accommodation on the trail with welcoming host families for a true insght into Albanian rural life.

Spain

Andalusian Beach Trail

5 days / 4 nights / 3 riding days

An exciting trail through the extraordinary natural park of Cabo de Gata. This unique ride takes you into the unspoilt landscapes of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, with its open beaches and volcanic mountain paths. The ride will take you along the picturesque coastline, across beautiful beaches and into the fascinating inland valleys. The scenery you will encounter is unlike anything else in Andalusia. The region’s excellent climate, characterised by low rainfall and mild temperatures, allows you to enjoy this experience at any time of the year.

Spain

Andalusian Hacienda

8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days

A based stay at a hillside ranch in the heart of Andalusia suitable for all levels. Riders can enjoy a mix of lessons and hacking out in the beautiful Andalusian hills. There are activities for non-riders in the local area and riding is available for children from 6 years onwards. Ride through picturesque olive groves and spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool before an early evening lesson at this 16th century hacienda.

Spain

Andalusian Short Break

4 days / 3 nights / 3 riding days

This unique hacienda is based in the heart of Andalucia. With a stable full of impressive horses, and enjoying over 300 days of sunshine a year, this hillside ranch offers the perfect short break for all levels of rider. Explore this glorious sun-dappled region of Spain, following secret trails through the olive groves with plenty of time to relax poolside in the afternoons. Shorter riding hours than some of our trails with a mixture of short hacks and lessons. Read a review of this destination in Elle magazine here.

Morocco

Argan Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days

Delve into the hinterland of the Essaouira region on this 8 day trail through the largest area of ​​Argan and cedar forest; trees that have created the area’s reputation for craftsmanship. Cross canyons along the Ksob river and ride among the great dunes of Cap Sim, the very long beach that connects Sidi Kaouky to the city of Essaouira, where you can gallop for miles on your faithful Arab Berber horse.

Morocco

Atlantic Coast Ride

8 days / 7 nights/ 6 days riding

Follow the Moroccan coastline and ride across the sands of the deserted beaches while enjoying the fresh Atlantic breeze. Climb on the rocky cliffs and admire the views over the blue ocean, ride on the sandy dunes and follow the windy paths that take you through local fishing villages. Taste the delicious Moroccan cooking and spend your evenings sitting around a campfire at the traditional bivouac camp.

Ecuador

Avenue of the Volcanoes Trail

10 days / 9 nights / 8 days riding

A unique adventure in the spectacular Ecuadorian high Andes. This trail takes you through the heart of Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes, just 45 minutes south of the historic colonial city of Quito. The perfect trail for riders looking for an adventure in comfort, the traditional hospitality with a touch of luxury at this hacienda is second to none. Running for over a decade, this trail was understandably voted one of the top horse treks in the world by CNN.

Morocco

Berber Ride

8 days / 7 nights/ 6 days riding

Ride over the High Atlas Mountains from Agadir to Essaouira. This ride takes you through the rural mountain setting on old Berber paths and past traditional villages. Reach the Atlantic coastline and enjoy exhilarating gallops on the sands. Experience the atmospheric evenings spent around a campfire and taste the delicious, traditional Moroccan cooking.

France

Bordeaux Wine Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Ride through the vineyards of Bordeaux, tasting some of the world-famous wines produced in the region: Médoc, Côte de Blaye, Côte de Bourg, Bordeaux Supérieur, Lalande-Pomerol, St Emilion and Sauternes to name a few. Wash these down with plenty of local cheeses, meats and potato dauphinoise for a truly indulgent experience combined with fast-paced riding through the quintessentially french countryside.

Wales

Border to Coast

6 Days / 5 Nights / 6 Riding days

The Border to Coast trail takes you from the lush grenery of  the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley, and finishes on the open sands of the Welsh coast. Prepare for a real trail riding expedition, covering 100 miles, crossing Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and valleys filled with waterfalls, staying overnight at small inns and guest houses along the way. A true adventure.

Italy

Brigands Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 5 riding days

Explore the charm of Tuscany, crossing vast, unspoiled territory without restrictions. Riding alongside lakes through unchanged villages admire the castles, palaces and archeological sites that dot this region. Your Italian guides at this family run castle will lead you along some of the hidden trails used by the “Brigands” (outlaws) to escape 200 years ago.

The castle offers a perfect location for an authentic country holiday in the south of Tuscany, where you can explore the picturesque neighbouring historic towns of Orvieto, Sorano, Pitigliano and Bolsena.

Short on time? Take a look at the Tuscany Short Break.

Spain

Cadiz Coastal Trail

5 days / 4 nights / 3 riding days

Head to the Costa De La Luz in south western Spain for superb horse-riding on golden beaches and sandy tracks through unspoilt forests. An ideal introduction to riding holidays, with morning rides followed by tapas lunches with time left to spend swimming or wandering around the local area, before going out for dinner in the evening. With a fantastic warm and sunny climate this stretch of Atlantic coast offers a real treat for horse riders. A warm welcome, fun atmosphere, well schooled horses and fabulous riding complete this long weekend.

France

Camargue Mountains and Beach Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding

Discover the beauty of the south of France with this expedition through the natural parks of the Luberon, the Alpilles and Camargue. Start your trip in the heart of the aromatic region of Provence and ride through the most beautiful lavender fields of France before reaching the marshes and beaches of Camargue.

Canada

Canadian Rockies Lodge Trail

6 days / 5 nights / 5 days riding

Travel high into the wild mountains and valleys of the Canadian Rockies on this adventurous pack trip in the Banff National Park. This is a pack trip where you’ll travel from lodge to lodge with towering snow-capped mountains on three sides. Ideal for all levels of rider, however a good head for heights is necessary, the trail takes you up to over 8,000 ft for some truly spectacular views. A trail for adventurous riders who want to explore the wild-life filled mountains off the beaten track.

Turkey

Cappadocia Guesthouse Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

This wonderful, active riding adventure takes you right into the heart of Cappadocia national park. The unique moon-like landscape with its geological wonders of fairy chimneys, lush green canyons and vast high plateaux will take your breath away. Visit the famous underground cave villages full of history and experience the second to none Anatolian hospitality.

Ireland

Castle Leslie ‐ Learn To Ride

6 days / 5 nights / 6 days riding

Castle Leslie Estate and its world class Equestrian Centre is located in County Monaghan and is only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, the Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure.

The Castle, at the heart of the Estate, offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world. The Lodge is the social hub of the Estate and brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. The Old Stable Mews are the perfect spot for groups that want the convenience of hotel living combined with private self catering.

It is the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. This beginners programme offers three hours of riding each day, comprising of a series of lessons which ultimately culminate with a two hour ride around the estate.

France

Champagne Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

For lovers of horses and wine, visit the region of Champagne where you can canter across scenic vineyards, through rural French villages and sip champagne in after a day’s riding. This trail is a fascinating exploration of rural France coupled with excellent riding terrain.

France

Chateaux of the Loire

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

The great castles of the Loire Valley are an incredible example of French legacies. Chenonceau, Cheverny, and Chaumont offer examples of the tremendous flowering of French culture during the Renaissance period and can be visited on this seven night trail ride offering fast riding through the royal hunting forests. You will journey across the Loire Valley, stopping at its majestic castles en route. Beautiful scenery, responsive horses and great food and wine, this is the ideal trail for lovers of French history, culture and architecture (not to mention food!).

USA

Circle Bar Ranch

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Experience the magic of Montana at the Circle Bar Ranch, a 520 acre ranch sitting at the base of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Explore the mountain scenery by horseback, fish for trout in cascading streams, hike to see the bountiful wildlife, or follow a mule train for overnight stays in a mountain cabin. Come together with other guests in the evening for delicious home-cooked food, drinks and barbecues before bedding down in your cosy cabin.

Ireland

Clew Bay Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding

The Clew Bay Trail Ride takes small groups of experienced riders along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way through small villages, breath-taking sandy beaches, off-shore islands, country lanes, mountain tracks and local heritage sites, stopping for a picnic along the way. This trail is expertly hosted by three generations of the Foy family who have been breeding horses here since 1970.

Italy

Coast to Coast

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

A fantastic adventure which allows you to cross Sicily on horseback, from the north to the south coast. This trail offers unparalleled immersion in Sicily’s complex history and agricultural heritage, its magic and its legends.

Colombia

Colombia Coffee Trail

9 days / 8 nights / 6 days riding

This 9 day horseback adventure shows you the very best of Risaralda in the heart of the coffee triangle of Colombia. You will ride from the “green capital of Colombia” – Marsella, to the thermal springs of Santa Rosa. Traversing the Colombian Andes, an area rich in wildlife, you’ll pass coffee farms and endless breathtaking views. Enjoy nights around camp fires, soak in the therapeutic waters of the natural thermal hot pools and discover what makes this part of Colombia so special.

Spain

Conquistador’s Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days

Ride in the beautiful Extremadura region of Spain over 5 days, starting in the lovely town of Trujillo, following the trail east to the Villuercas Geopark (UNESCO) and staying in picturesque villages on route. Travel through the Villuercas Mountains with it’s spectacular panoramic views and see a hidden side of Spain from horseback.

Croatia

Dalmatian Mountains Ride

8 days / 7 nights / 5 days riding

Explore a hidden side of Croatia on this week-long break in the Dalmatian mountains. You’ll be riding in an area of Croatia rarely visited by tourists where you can enjoy delicious homemade food and wine and explore Croatia’s natural wonders on horseback. The trail takes you on winding, ancient roads through the mountains and across wide valleys; this is ideal horse-riding country. This is  a faster than average trail with long canters and fast gallops to enjoy.

England

Dartmoor Cattle Drive

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding

Move hundreds of Scottish Highland cattle over the vast Dartmoor landscape ​on well-trained Quarter horses with accommodation in a traditional Dartmoor inn or hotel. A rare chance for ​confident riders to join the UK’s only cattle drive.

USA

Drowsy Water Ranch

7 days / 6 nights / 6 days riding

For over 90 years this 600 acre family guest ranch has provided authentic western ranch holidays for all levels of rider. Nestled in its own private mountain valley in Colorado, the ranch promises an exciting week under the backdrop of big mountains and starry skies. Explore the vast Colorado backcountry on one of the Quarter horses crossing creeks, passing hot springs and climbing through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The ranch suits adults and children alike and is considered a fantastic family destination where guests of any age and ability can enjoy ranch life, adult only weeks are also offered.

Canada

Erling Strom Trail

4 days / 3 nights / 4 days riding

On this trip you will follow the Erling Strom Trail, a path forged through the dense Banff forests by renowned explorer Erling Strom in the early 1900s.

Uruguay

Estancia Beach Trail

9 days / 8 nights / 7 days riding

Ride on deserted beaches, over shifting sand dunes through tropical palm groves, and protected wetlands while you spot shipwrecks and marine life such as dolphins, whales and seals on this diverse riding expedition across Uruguay. Further inland, you’ll ride with the gauchos and practise your cattle driving skills at traditional estancias on Criollo horses before relaxing in the evening with excellent food and wine. An undiscovered gem in the heart of Latin America.

Italy

Etruscan Trail Tuscany

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Ride the ancient Etruscan pathways and discover this little visited corner of Southern Tuscany. Canter across breath-taking mountain pastures, follow the banks of the river Fiora and find your way through the area’s mysterious sunken roads cut deep into the rock over 2,000 years ago.

Wales

Explorer Trail

2 days / 1 nights / 2 days riding

This two day, one night trail ride starts and ends at Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English border in the Wye Valley. It is a fantastic two-day-getaway covering 30 miles, exploring the stunning landscape we are lucky enough to have right on our doorstep. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the green, rolling hills and heather swept moorlands with unbeatable views of the Black Mountains and Radnor Hills.

Iceland

Fire and Ice Trail

5 days / 4 nights / 4 days riding

Stay in a unique area of exceptional beauty with volcanic formations, green valleys and hot springs while you spend four days riding over Iceland’s varied landscapes of meadows, waterfalls and black sand beaches.Discover the fast-flowing, glacial waters of the Ölfusá river and see the hot, geothermal streams of Reykjadalur. This short break culminates with a day of fantastic beach riding.

Spain

Forest and Beach Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 5 riding days

Head to the Costa De La Luz in South Western Spain for superb horse-riding on golden beaches and sandy tracks through unspoilt forests. An ideal introduction to riding holidays, with morning rides followed by lengthy tapas lunches with time left to spend swimming or wandering around the local area, before going out for dinner in the evening. With a fantastic warm and sunny climate this stretch of Atlantic coast offers a real treat for horse riders. A warm welcome, fun atmosphere, well schooled horses and fabulous riding complete this fantastic week.

Looking for a shorter getaway? Take a look at the Cadiz Coastal Trail.

India

Freerein: Taste of the Raj

8 days / 7 nights / 5 days riding

Join Freerein guide Kat in north west India this October for five days of exploring on horseback with wildlife spotting and visiting the beautiful town of Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh Fort. Experience India at it’s best on expertly-trained Marwari horses. Start the trail high up in the Aravalli hills, before cantering across the wooded valleys and open plains to reach camp. Jeep safari is available for morning and evening leopard spotting. Ideal for intrepid travellers who want to experience a true trail riding adventure.

Spain

Galicia Short Break

5 days / 4 nights / 3 riding days

Rushing rivers, epic Atlantic scenery and delicious meals combine to great effect on this short break based on Spain’s most beautiful coastline. Lush green valleys and rugged mountains, sheer cliffs and wild, frothing seas. Galicia, the north-west corner of Spain, is a diverse region, ideal for exploring on horseback. This short break offers 4 nights of Galician hospitality with shorter riding days of betwen 3-5 hours. Open to all riders happy in walk, trot and canter.

Costa Rica

Golden Hills Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding

This ride takes you through the tropical rainforests, cloud forests and mountainous landscapes of Costa Rica. Close to the Pacific coast, you’ll be staying in a comfortable hacienda high in the Montes de Oro (Golden Hills.) The hacienda itself boasts three waterfalls with natural pools perfect for swimming and each day you’ll head out on horseback into the surrounding rainforest. This destination offers intermediate riders onwards an idyllic combination of exotic jungle, fabulous riding on highly trained horses and outstanding wildlife.

Albania

Kings Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days

Experience true Albania on this challenging trail where you’ll begin the week riding in remote and wild mountains with steep downhill sections all the way to the Ionian sea and back.  Wind your way through a variety of landscapes combining mountain climbing, river crossings, woods and the beach. This trail is for confident intermediate and advanced riders and you must have a head for heights! Some fast gallops in the valleys are a treat when the terrain allows.

Iceland

Kjolur Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 6 days riding

The Kjölur route is an ancient riding trail crossing Iceland’s uninhabited highland, intimately associated with many dramatic events in Icelandic history. Visit the popular attractions of Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs before heading to the interior of Iceland, passing glaciers, hot springs and the fascinating wilderness of the highlands.

USA

Lake Ranch

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Come and stay at a real working ranch. Lake Ranch covers 30,000 acres of the North-East region of Wyoming in the famous Black Hills, not far from Montana and South Dakota borders. The ranch has around 100 horses, 1200 cattle and an abundance of wildlife, including pronghorns, deers, raccoons, marmots, beavers and prairie dogs. Get stuck in with cattle work, visit local rodeos and enjoy trail rides in the vast wilderness surrounding the ranch.

Bulgaria

Land of the Thracians

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

This fun ride is run by experienced tour guide and vet Bogdan Syarov. The Thracian Valley is an ideal location for riding with smooth, picturesque terrain of rose and lavender fields which allow for a faster pace. The trail combines plenty of canters and amazing scenery with ancient Thracian and Roman ruins along the way, delicious wines and spa opportunities thanks to the healing mineral springs. Accommodation is comfortable  and you will often have access to a swimming pool, sauna or spa at your hotels.

Wales

Learn To Ride Trail

3 days / 2 nights / 3 days riding

This trail is for adult beginners and novices. On this introduction to riding in the hills, our purpose is that you should feel at home with your horse and enjoy being in the saddle as you travel along the tracks and trails. Even those with little or no previous experience will soon be able to prepare their horse for the trail – catch, feed, groom, and tack up.

Argentina

Los Potreros

8 days / 7 nights / 7 riding days

Argentina. Land of the gaucho, wide open spaces, the finest beef and some of the world’s best wine. Where horses are used for work and transport, and where cattle roam free. Where your hosts, The Begg Family wait to welcome you for a taste of authentic estancia life.

The estancia is easy to reach from Córdoba but away from the tourist trail. Offering a unique insight into rural culture and traditions, the family invite you to share their home and lifestyle.  Whether your passion is horseback riding, bird-watching, exploring scenic walking trails or simply relaxing amongst local tradition and culture,  guests enoy a once in a lifetime holiday. Come and fall in love with Argentina as you eat, drink and breathe it alongside the gauchos.

“A magical place! I cannot imagine any other riding experience … beyond comparison.”

– K.K Feb 2022.

Egypt

Magic of Luxor

5 days / 4 nights / 3 riding days

Travel back in time to the ancient city of Thebes on this enchanting riding holiday. Ride, relax, and immerse yourself in the local culture and the magic of Luxor. Highlights include a visit to the Valley of the Kings, canters along sugar cane fields and a sunrise hot air balloon ride.

Kenya

Masai Mara Safari

9 days / 8 nights / 9 riding days

This is the ultimate riding safari through some of the most prolific wildlife areas in Africa. Home to one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth; the wildebeest migration where more than a million hungry wildebeest travel from Tanzania to Kenya’s Mara National Reserve alongside a few hundred thousand zebras and half a million gazelles, these safaris are characterised by the relaxed pace, luxurious camps and interaction and collaboration with the indiginous Maasai people. On this mobile tented safari you’ll ride alongside an abundance of wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra, as well as huge numbers of plains game and birdlife.

Mozambique

Mozambique Beach Trails

8 days / 7 nights / 8 days riding

Head to the tropical shores of Mozambique for arguably the world’s best beach riding. Endless white sands, turquoise waters and remote archipelagos all await. This destination is renowned for its welcoming and friendly hosts and relaxed riding itinerary. Swim with the horses in the Indian Ocean, sail in a traditional dhow and even fit in some snorkelling. A completely unique destination with accommodation in beachside villas for intrepid travellers looking for a tropical paradise.

Namibia

Namibia Desert Crossing

11 days / 10 nights / 8 days riding

One of the most challenging trail rides in the world. Fast riding across 400km taking in the wide open spaces of the Namib desert, the highlands and semi-desert sheep farms, through mountainous terrain and red sand dunes until finally reaching the Atlantic ocean. Camp in tents or sleep under the stars, this is an extreme riding experience for experienced riders craving a real adventure.

New Zealand

New Zealand Pack Trip

14 days / 13 nights / 11 days riding

Join the longest pack trip in New Zealand in the heart of the South Island, on this trail riding expedition. Cross some of the largest rivers in New Zealand, (some taking up to an hour to cross). The surefooted, steadfast horses travel alongside free-running pack horses and make sure that riders are in safe hands. A real adventure for intrepid and adventurous travellers.

Camping in shearers huts and under canvas adds to the magic  of this ride, on some nights there is no electricity or running water, and every night meals are cooked around an open fire. A good bottle of New Zealand wine is never far away.

Iceland

Northern Lights Trail

4 days / 3 nights / 3 days riding

Visit a remote winter wonderland with a cosy hotel stay and the chance to witness the Northern Lights in the night sky. Spent three days riding the willing Icelandic horses on volcanic mountain slopes before relaxing in thermal swimming pools and watching the snow fall from the outdoor hot tub. The Icelandic winter is an incredibly special time to visit this region. This trail also includes a half day excursion by bus to take in the waterfalls, geysers and hot springs scattered across southern Iceland.

Kenya

Offbeat Safari

8 days / 7 nights / 8 riding days

Head to the wilds of Kenya to join this unrivalled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game. Riding up close to elephants, lions and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are exhilarating experiences. If you are a rider, there is no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a horse. This safari takes you across the Masai Mara, Laikipia, and Amboseli, over 5-10 days with a mobile tented camp that moves with you, this is the epitome of what a true wildlife safari is all about.

Bosnia

Ottoman Explorer

8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days

Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life with this based stay riding holiday at a family run ranch in Herzegovina. Enjoy daily rides surrounded by nature, wildlife and forests, and then relax in the evenings at the comfortable guest house which has a swimming pool for you to enjoy during your stay. Open year round, this holiday caters for intermediate to experienced riders, but beginners can sometimes be accommodated on request.

Morocco

Pearl of Essaouira

6 days / 5 nights / 4 riding days

This condensed riding trail shows you highlights of Morocco over 6 days, perfect for those who want to get away but are short on time.

Portugal

Portugal Beach Break

4 days / 3 nights / 3 days riding

Spend a long weekend riding on the glorious Alentejo coast on this varied trail, beginning in the lush and green coastal mountains of Grandola before reaching the deserted beaches and lagoons of the Alentejo. Beautiful, well behaved, Lusitano horses await with comfortable hotel accommodation with swimming pool. Plenty of opportunities for faster riding, for intermediate riders onwards.

Bulgaria

Rhodope Mountains Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

The Rhodope is a mountain range with crystal clean air, untouched areas of beauty, and incredible natural phenomenons formed thousands of years ago.

Famous for their magical villages and diverse and unspoiled nature, the Rhodope Mountains offer sceenry rarely encountered in Europe and the wildness of the region and lack of fences make it the perfect place for horse-riding.

Ireland

Ring of Kerry Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding

Explore the highlands of Kerry with the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s greatest mountain range as your backdrop. Ride on country lanes, mountain tracks through forests, over bogs and on the golden beaches. Journey on historic Celtic trails stopping for picnic lunches in breathtaking landscapes, it’s easy to see why this trail has been named one of the World’s Greatest Horse Treks by CNN Travel. Accommodation in local hotels/b&Bs in traditional Irish villages and small towns.

France

Sancerre Heritage and Gastronomy Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Vines as far as the eye can see, picturesque streets and historic monuments, full of secrets. Around Sancerre, you will ride from villages to hamlets among the hillsides. Recognised as one of the oldest vineyards in France, Sancerre is a charming old medieval town, as well as an elegant wine with its own appellation of origin since 1936. The Sancerre region also boasts another pillar of French gastronomy: the “Crottin de Chavignol” goat cheese that goes perfectly with a Sancerre Blanc… Embark on this heritage and gastronomy trail in the heart of France, riding among History!

Spain

Sierra de Gredos

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding

Sit back and enjoy the incredible panoramic views

Ride the ancient paths of the Gredos Mountains on this true trail ride across central Spain. Travel west following the Tormes river valley, through breathtaking landscapes which differ each day – from medieval villages full of history, to the tops of rocky mountains, to stunning valleys. An unmissable adventure!

Wales

Silver John Trail

3 days / 2 nights / 3 days riding

This three day, two night trail ride starts and ends at Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English border in the Wye Valley. It is a fantastic, varied three days covering 45 miles, exploring the best of the Radnor Hills. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the green, rolling hills, ancient farmlands and heather swept moorlands with unbeatable views of the Black Mountains and Radnor Hills.

Mexico

Silver Route Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Travel between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the ancient silver route in Mexico. Encounter an unseen, forgotten Mexico; colonial cities, majestic shrines, and traditional rural communities, all while following the old Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, a 2.500 long trade route used to transport silver. Take in the beautiful natural landscapes of oak forests, mountains passes and wildlife-filled floodplains and discover 500 years of history, through cobbled streets little changed in centuries and an indigienous culture rarely glimpsed by outsiders.

Kenya

Sosian Lodge

7 days / 6 nights / 7 riding days

Create your perfect trip with a completely bespoke itinerary at this 24,000 acre wildlife ranch. Sosian Lodge is a ranch house which has been beautifully restored to accommodate up to 14 people. Four double cottages are dotted throughout the gardens, against a backdrop of Mt Kenya with views for miles over the Laikipia Plateau. This is true unspoilt Africa. The lodge has a beautiful swimming pool, plus a tennis court, organic vegetable garden and a stable yard of 30 safari horses. The list of safari activities available is extensive and the ranch lies at an altitude of 5500ft, which makes for a perfect climate, with no record of malaria.

England

The Dartmoor Crossing

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

A progressive ride around Dartmoor staying at different B&B’s and hotels each night. A unique riding adventure, you’ll enjoy fabulous horse riding across the Dartmoor landscape on high quality, forward going Quarter horses. You’ll be guided through incredible scenery, past prehistoric settlements, neolithic stone circles, ancient tin mines and beautiful forestry, this trail is a real showcase of Dartmoor’s natural beauty.

Wales

The Welsh Prince

4 days / 3 nights / 4 days riding

This four day, three night trail ride starts and ends at Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley. This is an incredible journey covering 70 miles, exploring the heart of Mid-Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and valleys, staying overnight at country inns and family run B&B’s along the way. The route is steeped in mystery and historic tales, dating back to the 1st Century.

Morocco

Touareg Desert Trail

8 days / 7 nights/ 6 days riding

Ride through the epic and diverse Moroccan landscape on sure-footed Berber-Arabians, crossing varied terrain and spending your nights at a comfortable bivouac camp. During the trail you will visit Berber villages, ride through palm groves and over sand dunes before crossing the Oued Draa river which provides a lifeline for the watermelons growing nearby.

Spain

Tramuntana Mountains Trail

4 days / 3 nights / 4 days riding

Ride through the stunning mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca, Spain. Deserted, wild beaches, forests, mountaintop pools and wild camping all await on this unique short break. Nature has created wild gorges and with more than 50 peaks, a horse is the ideal companion for exploring this wild and wonderful landscape.

Botswana

Tuli Safari

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

The Tuli Safari is an adventure that covers a distance of over 120 miles and enjoys long extended canters across the open land. Traversing the Mopane savannah and stunning river valleys, with accommodation in three unique and beautiful camps, each with distinct design and character.

Italy

Tuscany Short Break

5 days / 4 nights / 3 riding days

Head to this 17th century castle and indulge in riding, spa treatments and wine tasting on this short break in Tuscany. Explore the charm of this region, crossing vast, unspoiled territory, dotted with lakes, traditional villages, palaces and vineyards.The castle offers the perfect location for exploring the south of Tuscany, nestled inbetween the neighbouring historic towns of Orvieto, Sorano, Pitigliano and Bolsena.

Jordan

Wadi Rum Desert Trail

10 days / 9 nights / 6 days riding

Discover the southern parts of Jordan on horseback where the rugged nature is breathtakingly beautiful. The natural wonder of Wadi Rum is one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. This echoing and colourful desert is a true paradise for nature lovers. Ride over the mountainous area around Petra with stunning views of the desert and enjoy long canters across the vast sand plains. Spend the evenings at camp sitting around a campfire, tasting delicious Arabic dishes and soaking in the quietness of the desert under starlit skies.

Ireland

West Coast Trail

7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding

This six night trail ride is perfect for small groups of experienced and adventurous riders, allowing you to explore some of the most spectacular scenery on the west coast of Ireland as well as your host’s private island. Explore quaint villages, sandy beaches and rocky coastline and immerse yourself in the lush splendour of the north west of Ireland known as the Wild Atlantic Way. This region packs as much scenery, myth and folklore into its borders as any visitor could hope for and you’ll be hosted by the O’Connor family who have lived here for generations.

USA

White Stallion Ranch

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Discover the Southwestern charm of Arizona and the saguaro-dotted deserts of Tucson at this family ranch in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains and neighbouring Saguaro NAtional Park.. Just 70 miles north of the Mexican border, this is a fabulous slice of the American West with a real frontier feel. With 3000 acres to explore and varied riding itineraries there is something to suit all levels at this friendly and welcoming ranch.

As well as riding there are tennis courts, swimming pools, hiking opportunities and rodeo demonstrations. Ideal for both families with children as well as single travellers the ranch is renowned for its warm welcome, Wild-West heritage, and the spectacular, unspoiled landscape of the Sonoran Desert.

South Africa

Wild Coast Horse Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Explore the rugged, unspoilt, natural beauty of the Wild Coast of South Africa. A malaria- free area, the Wild Coast offers an unparalleled riding experience over rocky headlands, through the rolling hills of the former homeland of the Transkei and along vast tracts of empty golden beaches. This is not called the most spectacular beach riding in the world for nothing – the riding is quite simply, fantastic.

Portugal

Wild Horses Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Discover Portugal’s wild side on this trail through the Peneda Geres national park where you can spot eagles, deer and even wolves. Look out for one of the last species of wild horses in Europe: the Garranos, who roam these remote mountains in herds. This northernmost area of Portugal is peppered with hidden valleys, hilltop villages and prehistoric rock art, while tangled woods envelop ancient castles and forts.

Italy

Wild Sicily – Madonie to Etna

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Experience this epic trail which crosses the greenest and wildest parts of Sicily, setting off from the eastern Madonie Mountains and crossing the wooded Nebrodi Mountains to arrive at Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Horse Riding Holidays Worldwide

Horse riding holidays, also known as equestrian vacations, offer a unique and unforgettable way to experience the beauty and diversity of the world. Trail riding, in particular, has become increasingly popular due to its versatile appeal, suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced riders. With the ability to accommodate any skill level, trail riding allows the journey and the stunning landscapes to become the focus, providing an immersive connection with nature and local cultures. In this article, we will take you on a global tour, highlighting some of the most exceptional trail riding destinations in 33 countries, each offering unique equestrian experiences.

Beginning in the charming nation of Wales, known for its lush landscapes and rolling hills, trail riders can find serene paths that wind through national parks like Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons, offering majestic views of the Welsh countryside on horse riding holidays in Wales

Heading south to the Mediterranean, riding holidays in Albania might not be the first country that comes to mind for horse riding, but it offers untouched trails through its rugged, mountainous terrain. In contrast, horse riding in Croatia offers tranquil rides along the stunning Dalmatian Coast and the expansive plains of Slavonia.

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In the heart of the Balkans, horse riding in Bosnia and riding holidays in Bulgaria present a blend of rich history and natural beauty. Bosnia's diverse trails weave through ancient villages, while Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains offer exhilarating high-altitude trails.

Traveling west, England, Ireland, and France offer breathtakingly diverse landscapes. Horse riding in England boasts serene paths through Dartmoor and the Lake District, while Ireland's riding holidays in the Ring of Kerry and Connemara present magnificent coastal and countryside routes. Horse riding in France involves trail rides through the stunning Loire Valley and Camargue region offer a blend of vineyards, historic castles, and nature reserves.

Continuing to the south, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Portugal invite riders to immerse in their rich equestrian heritage. Horse riding holidays in Spain are based in Andalusia whereas riding in Italy is through the Tuscan countryside, the idyllic island of Rhodes in Greece makes for a fantastic Greek riding holiday, and Portugal's horse riding coastal rides in Alentejo, all make for an unforgettable European trail riding experience.

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Across the Mediterranean, riding holidays in Morocco presents rides in the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert, while horse riding in Egypt offers the extraordinary experience of riding Arabian horses around the Pyramids of Giza. In contrast, the ancient landscapes of Jordan offer the opportunity to ride through the unique Wadi Rum, on a horse riding holiday in Jordan also known as the 'Valley of the Moon.'

Heading south into the African continent, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, and Namibia offer diverse equestrian adventures. From horseback safaris in Kenya's Maasai Mara and riding holidays in Botswana's Okavango Delta to beach riding in Mozambique, and thrilling trail rides on a horse riding holiday in South Africa's game reserves. Not forgetting riding holidays in Namibia's desert plains, Africa offers a unique mix of wildlife and equestrian experiences.

Crossing the Atlantic, USA and Canada offer a vast array of horse riding holidays. From the historic Wild West trails in Colorado, USA, to Canada's majestic Rocky Mountain trails in Alberta and coastal paths in British Columbia, North America is a dream destination for horse riders.

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Further south, Mexico's Baja California and Argentina's fertile Pampas and Patagonia region offer a blend of beach, desert, and mountain trail rides. Meanwhile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Ecuador provide a rich Latin American horse culture. From 'cabalgatas' or massive community horse rides in Colombia, lush rainforest trails in Costa Rica, Caribbean rides in Cuba, to the Andean trails in Ecuador, the choices are endless.

Moving on to the east, India and Iceland present contrasting but equally fascinating equestrian experiences. In India, trail riding in the Himalayas and horse safaris in Rajasthan provide riders with a blend of culture and adventure. Iceland, with its unique Icelandic horses, provides rides through lava fields, waterfalls, and glaciers, creating a remarkable experience.

Finally, in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand's landscapes offer majestic trails familiar from "The Lord of the Rings" films, while Australia's Outback and coastal trails provide a unique blend of desert and beach riding experiences.

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Each of these countries offers a unique blend of equestrian tradition, cultural immersion, and natural beauty, providing diverse options for horse riding holidays. Whether it's a peaceful trail ride through serene landscapes or an exciting journey across more challenging terrains, horse riding holidays cater to a wide array of preferences, riding abilities, and adventure levels. The world is indeed full of wonderful destinations for horse riding holidays, each more enticing than the last, ensuring that wherever your wanderlust might lead you, there's always a perfect trail waiting to be explored on horseback

To complete our worldwide journey of horse riding holidays, let’s explore further the equestrian traditions and landscapes of the rest of our 33 countries. Our next stop is the vibrant nation of Turkey. Renowned for its unique 'fairy chimney' rock formations, Cappadocia offers horse riding holidays in landscapes that seem straight out of a fantasy world. Exploring these surreal landscapes on horseback is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Moving across the Atlantic, Uruguay might be small, but it offers substantial equestrian experiences. Riding on estancias (traditional ranches) introduces riders to the gaucho lifestyle, Uruguay's cowboy culture. Trail rides across the rolling plains, along serene beaches, or through the hilly interior offer a variety of experiences to suit all preferences.

Over in South America, Argentina is synonymous with its 'gaucho' cowboy culture. Horse riding vacations here can take you through the fertile plains of the Pampas or the breathtaking Patagonia region. With a deeply ingrained horse culture, Argentina is a paradise for equestrians, offering immersive experiences in gaucho life and exciting rides through diverse landscapes.

Colombia is another South American country with a rich equestrian heritage. 'Cabalgatas', large-scale community horse rides, are a distinctive feature here. These exhilarating events, combined with trail rides through lush coffee plantations and Andean landscapes, make Colombia an enticing destination for horse riding holidays.

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Similarly, Costa Rica and Ecuador offer unique equestrian experiences deeply rooted in their culture. Costa Rica's lush rainforests and beautiful beaches provide a perfect setting for horse rides. On the other hand, Ecuador has an age-old tradition of horse riding in the Andes, providing riders with breathtaking views and the chance to experience the local culture.

Over in North America, a riding holiday in Canada or a riding holiday in the USA offer a vast array of trail riding experiences. From the Rocky Mountains in Alberta to the coastal trails of British Columbia, Canada's diverse landscapes make it a prime location for horse riding holidays. The USA, with its rich equestrian culture, offers everything from Wild West trails in Colorado to the lush forests of Vermont and wide-open spaces of Montana.

Horse Riding Holidays in Africa

On the African continent, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa provide exhilarating riding safaris amidst wild, untamed nature. Galloping alongside a herd of zebras in Botswana's Okavango Delta, exploring Namibia's starkly beautiful desert plains, or witnessing the 'Big Five' on a horse safari in South Africa's game reserves – these are experiences you won't easily forget.

Each of these countries offers unique equestrian experiences, with diverse landscapes to explore and rich cultural traditions to immerse oneself in. The allure of horse riding holidays lies in the deep connection they forge – between humans and horses, between travelers and the natural world, and between riders and the cultures they encounter. With each country offering its distinct flavor of these connections, there is a horse riding holiday out there to match every rider's dream and ability. From leisurely trail rides to exhilarating gallops, the world is your oyster when it comes to discovering it on horseback.