Ottoman Explorer

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ999pp

Bosnia ( Best airport: Split)

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.

The Riding

There is between 3-4 hours of riding per day. Each season brings something different to enjoy, but highlights of your week include a trail ride to Lake Krenica, travelling through Herceg Stjepanโ€™s middle age trade route; a visit to Ravliฤ‡a peฤ‡ina cave and the ancient Roman tombstones on route, and canters through the Artemisia herb fields.

During the summer months there is an option to ride bareback to Lake Krenica. Your stay will be made up of either two rides a day, returning to the ranch for lunch, or you will go out for the day and enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail.

There is also a 20x40m outdoor arena at the ranch which is offered to guests to use, and there are riding coaches on site to assist.

Level of Riding and Fitness

Riders need to be of intermediate level and capable of controlling a horse at all paces over open ground. There are many opportunities to canter, and riders should have a good level of general fitness due to long hours in the saddle.

Beginners can be catered for on request. There is no minimum age requirement for this ride. The weight limit is 90kg.

Guides and Group Size

Youโ€™ll be guided by experienced and qualified guides who offer a bespoke riding experience. Riding groups are a maximum of 8.

The Horses

The horses are mainly Arabians, which is the traditionally used breed in Herzegovina; they are well schooled and suitable for both beginners and more advanced riders. Many of the horses have been at the ranch since they were foals, they are well looked after and considered to be part of the family.

English tack is used on most of the horses, but there are also western and trail saddles available.

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Accommodation and Dining

There is a guest ranch house with 3 bedrooms, all of which have en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen/dining room and large living room. There is also a heated swimming pool with views of the horses and the ranch.

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Ottoman Explorer

8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days

Per person sharing – ยฃ999
Single supplement – ยฃ259

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking Confirmation email from

The meeting point is the ranch, and there are a number of ways to get there. If flying; the nearest airport is Split in Croatia. You can also get the train to Mostar. Transfers can be arranged from either the airport, train station or the local bus stop and are paid locally.

Transfers from the airport and train station are โ‚ฌ100 each way for a car, or โ‚ฌ130 each way for a minibus (split between travellers).

If hiring your own car the address and driving directions will be given to you upon booking.

Price Includes
  • Accommodation
  • All meals from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure plus a beverage
  • Six days of riding
  • English speaking guide
Price Excludes
  • International flights and visas
  • Transfers (paid locally)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips