Istria Mountain and Beach Trail

8 Days  |  From £949pp

Croatia ( Best airport: Pula)

Experience the glorious charm of Istria, in the north-west of Croatia where olive groves gradually give way to wooded hills and fertile valleys. Varied terrain on this trail offers excellent riding with some exhilarating gallops combined with mountain climbs where you’ll journey across mountain peaks and lush meadows to reach the cobbled fishing villages and crystalline waters of the Adriatic sea. Spectacular scenery and forward-going horses for intermediate riders onwards.

The Riding

This trail covers diverse terrain from flat river banks with fast gallops, to rolling, rocky scrub land, to forested mountain peaks and valleys. You’ll be riding across grassland pasture, dirt pathways, gravel roads, and narrow tracks through dense woods.

Riders may be asked to dismount and lead their horses up and down steep and difficult terrain. Your efforts will be rewarded with magnificent views over the lush, pine-covered mountains and valleys.

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 rough terrain and on a forward going horse. Good level of current riding fitness is required as you’ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle each day covering a distance of 160km over the course of the week.

Riders are expected to help take care of their own horse during the trail. This includes tacking up and untacking each day, as well as, helping with feeding and watering the horses during overnight stops.

Guides and Group Size

Your guides, Zeljko & Vanja, are experienced local horse-people with a herd of around fifteen horses to offer guests. This destination specialises in small groups for a personal, laid back trail experience.

Maximum number of riders in a group is 6.

The Horses

The horses on this trail are well-trained, forward going, sure footed and very fit. Mainly Arabs and Arab-crosses, draft crosses and some local breeds. Heights range from around 4.3hh to 16.1hh. They live out in a herd all year round in big pastures on your hosts ranch.

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.

Istria Mountain and Beach Trail
Istria Mountain and Beach Trail

Accommodation and Dining

The first two and the last two nights accommodation are in the village of Hrboki, apartments are built around a courtyard garden, with a traditional style tavern with built-in fireplace, and a roofed patio with BBQ facilities. Apartments are clean and spacious with private bathrooms and heating for chilly mornings and nights in early spring and autumn. During the trail your accommodation varies from villas with pools and apartments in small, traditional hamlets surrounded by verdant pine forests.

Ever since the Romans arrived in Istria the area has been famous for its food – oils, salami, cheeses and truffles. All food served during the holiday is freshly made using local ingredients and many products are grown on local farms, or supplied by the neighbours. Home-reared chickens provide fresh eggs and there are many traditional Istrian dishes to try. The local food is wholesome and often consists of home-made thick soups (based on a variety of beans, herbs and potatoes), meat stews (wild boar, beef, venison, rabbit, chicken) served with local varieties of pasta. Barbecues are also very popular and locally made prsut (prosciutto) and cheese are very common. Local drinks include red and white wine, and a variety of stronger drinks such as grappa, walnut brandy and biska (mistletoe liquor).

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

Get a free Istria Mountain and Beach Trail mini-brochure in PDF format.

Itinerary

Istria Mountain and Beach Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
£949pp

£949

Single occupancy £175

The rides will be confirmed with a minimum of 2 riders.

Flights & Airport transfers

The closest airport is Pula. Direct flights are available from London Stansted.

Please plan your flight to arrive at Pula between 8am and 7pm on the first day of your holiday.
Please book your flight to depart between 8am and 7pm on the last day of your holiday.

Airport transfers are included in your holiday for flights arriving and departing between the set times. Airport transfers outside of these times are at additional cost.

Price Includes
  • 6 full days of riding
  • Trail riding horse, tack and saddlebags
  • Twin/double room
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Evening meals
  • Tea, coffee and mineral water
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transfers
  • Services of guide
  • All arrangements for the duration of holiday
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Join a ride - Select your date:

5th September 2021 - 0 Saddles Available - £949pp
18th September 2021 - 3 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
25th September 2021 - 0 Saddles Available - £949pp
10th October 2021 - 4 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
1st May 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
15th May 2022 - 0 Saddles Available - £949pp
22nd May 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
5th June 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
4th September 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
11th September 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
11th September 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
25th September 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
2nd October 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date
16th October 2022 - 6 Saddles Available - £949pp
Select this date Clear date