Zagoria Trail

8 Days  |  £849pp

Albania ( Best airport: Tirana)

Travel back in time and follow the mediaeval Zagoria caravan pathways into the land of myths and tales. Your ride will pass through ancient ruins, medieval villages with their churches, and unique stone bridges built during the period of Ali Pasha.

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, canters and gallops in the valleys and where the terrain allows faster riding.

Good riding fitness in required as you’ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle each day.

Weight limit: 14 stone / 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.

Maximum number of riders in a group is 10.

The Horses

The horses used on this ride are of local Albanian breed, Tarpan, mixed with Arabs. They are small, strong and perfectly suited for the challenging, rocky terrain being surefooted and accustomed to trekking over long mountainous trails.

Tack and Riding Equipment

The tack is English style with small saddlebags provided for items such as water bottles, packed lunches and cameras.

Tacking up is optional.

Riders are expected to help with feeding and watering the horses during the trail.

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Accommodation and Dining

The first and last night of the trail will be spend in a hotel. The rest of the nights are spent at local, friendly family homes which offer a great opportunity to soak in the rural Albanian lifestyle. The accommodation during the family stays is very basic with shared bathroom facilities. Your hosts may not speak English.

The food served during the trail will be of local produce and traditional Albanian meals. Picnic lunches will be brought to you by the support vehicle or alternatively carried in your saddle bags while riding. Dinners will be served in a local restaurant when staying in a hotel or by your hosts when spending the night in a local family home.

Allergies and special dietary requirements can be catered with advance notice.

There is a very limited access to Wi-Fi during the trail. Access to electricity is possible every night and the whole area has a good phone signal coverage.

Your luggage will be transported by car between the overnight stops.

Get a free Zagoria Trail mini-brochure in PDF format.

Itinerary

Zagoria Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
£849pp

No single rooms available. Riders must be prepared to share with someone of the same sex.

Small Group Supplement
This is applicable if only 2 riders are booked on the ride. Small group supplement is £125 per person.

Airport transfers
Tirana airport to Gjirokastra: £65 return per person, duration 3-4 hours. Transfer available on arrival day at 12pm (midday) and 3pm.

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

Plan your flight to arrive at Tirana on Day 1 of your holiday by 2pm. On Day 8 your departure flight can be any time after 12pm (midday).

Price Includes
  • 6 full days f riding
  • Trail riding horse, tack & small saddlebags
  • Shared accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Evening meals
  • Drinks during meals
  • Services of guide
  • All arrangements for duration of holiday
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Entrance tickets to monuments & parks

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