Winter Trail

8 Days  |  From £889pp

Albania ( Best airport: Tirana)

Experience winter in the South of Albania. This trail combines 4 horse riding days in a changing landscape of valleys, hills, small forests and rivers, with another 2 days of culture, hospitality, monuments, thermal baths, archaeological sites and Ionian coasts. This trail offers real moments in the saddle and some dynamic off road experiences to explore the very unspoiled parts of the South. Riders can interact, participate and live part of the Albanian local life.

The Riding

Take in the dramatic, mountainous views and trust your sure-footed steed to take you safely across the narrow, unknown paths.

Enjoy the exhilarating canters through the river valleys and dive deep into the heart of rural Albanian culture, staying as a guest in the homes of local families.

Level of Riding and Fitness

This trail is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders with a good, balanced seat. You will be riding over challenging mountainous terrain and enjoying long trots and canters in the valleys and where the terrain allows faster riding.

Good riding fitness is required as you’ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle on riding days. The weight limit is 90kg.

Guides and Group Size

The guides are professionals with many years of experience in guiding trails through the Albanian mountains. They are adventurous, knowledgeable about the history and nature, and most of all, passionate about their horses.

The group size is 4- 10 riders. A departure date will confirm for 3 riders for a supplement.

The Horses

The horses used on this ride (Albanian horses) are local breed mix of Tarpan and Arab horses. They are small but perfectly suited to the rocky terrain being surefooted and accustomed to trekking long mountainous routes, in all kind of weathers, allowing riders to feel confident, relaxed and free to enjoy the stunning views.

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Accommodation and Dining

You will be accommodated in local or family guesthouses every night where your host families will provide a delicious local meal and conversation is enjoyed by all over dinner. Most of the dishes are homemade while fruits, vegetables and meat come from local gardens and farms.

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Itinerary

Winter Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 4 riding days
£889pp

It may be possible to pay for a single supplement on the first, third, sixth and last night of the trail but for the rest participants must be prepared to share accommodation and facilities. If single rooms are booked it will be a €20 supplement per each night, payable on-site.

 

Airport transfers
Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Tirana airport to Gjirokastra: €70 return per person, duration 3-4 hours.
You need to have landed and be ready for the transfer by 3pm. Departing flights should be after midday.

Price Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast of day 8
  • English speaking guide
  • Water and drinks during the meals
  • Luggage transport by car during the trail
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and parks
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Extra drinks
  • Other services or expenses during free time.

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10th December 2022 - 10 Saddles Available - £889pp
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24th December 2022 - 10 Saddles Available - £889pp
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7th January 2023 - 8 Saddles Available - £939pp
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