Dalmatian Mountains Ride
8 Days | From £805pp
Croatia ( Best airport: Split)
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, explore sleepy villages and natural wonders on horseback. The trail takes you on winding, ancient Roman roads and cattle paths through gentle slopes and wide valleys; this is ideal horse-riding country. There are plenty of opportunities for long canters through flower meadows and over the six days you’ll experience Croatian hospitality first-hand staying at your hosts’ welcoming and friendly family ranch.
Level of Riding and Fitness
This trail is suitable for intermediate and advanced riders only. Riders must be able to tack up their horses and mount and dismount from the ground unaided. All participants must be competent, confident and in control at all paces over hilly terrain. A good level of current riding fitness is required as you’ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle each day.
Guides and Group Size
Your host, Stipe, is a young man who gained experience at another Croatian riding stables before setting up on his own to offer an affordable but fun stationary programme with comfortable accommodation on his family ranch. The group size is between 2-6.
Tack and Riding Equipment
Tack is a mixture of endurance and English saddles ideally suited for trail riding. Saddlebags are fitted for each horse to carry items such as water bottles, sun cream and a camera.
Accommodation and Dining
You’ll be staying with the owner and his family at their ranch in basic but comfortable double or twin rooms. There are four guest rooms on the ranch, each with an en suite shower room, with access to WiFi and a swimming pool in the summer months.
The meals at this destination are really special, all are homemade (including the wine!) and you can sample traditional Dalmatian cuisine with much of the produce such as fruits and vegetables homegrown at the ranch. You are welcome to join your host’s mother in the kitchen for an impromptu cooking demonstration to see how some Dalmatian specialties are prepared.
Breakfast at the ranch includes fresh bread, cheese, jam, eggs and seasonal fruit. Lunch is usually eaten as a picnic at a picturesque spot on the trail and can include sandwiches, quiches, cold meats, fruit and bread. In case of poor weather, you will then return to the ranch for lunch which could be a Dalmatian dish (based on fish or meat, greens, olive oil, and seasonings). Dinner is eaten back at the ranch and is another authentic home-cooked meal freshly prepared by the family. A drink is included with each meal (juice, wine, beer, tea, coffee, milk or water).
Allergies and special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
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Dalmatian Mountains Ride
8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
Single supplement £210 (payable unless a sharer is found)
Flights & Airport transfers
Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.
The closest airport is Split.
You can book flights to arrive and depart at any time. The ranch is a 1h30 drive from Split Airport. Airport transfers are not included. Return transfer from Split airport, bus or train station is €100 per car payable on-site in cash.
- 6 full days of riding
- 7 nights in twin or double room
- Evening meals
- Tea, coffee and mineral water
- Beer, wine, juice with meals
- Services of guide
- Airport transfers