Etruscan Trail Tuscany

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1299pp

Italy ( Best airport: Rome Ciampino / Rome Fiumicino)

Ride the ancient Etruscan pathways and discover this little visited corner of Southern Tuscany. Canter across breath-taking mountain pastures, follow the banks of the river Fiora and find your way through the area’s mysterious sunken roads cut deep into the rock over 2,000 years ago.

The Riding

Ride past the terracotta rooftops of medieval villages and discover ancient historical sites of the Etruscan civilisation from horseback. Enjoy the views over lush mountain pastures and wooded valleys as you follow the wild paths by the Fiora River. The trail involves some river crossings on horseback and there are opportunities for wild swimming at some of the lunch stops.

During the trail the main pace is walk as youโ€™ll be riding on some steep mountain paths. There will be opportunities to trot and canter each day where the terrain allows faster riding and on some sections of the trail long, fast canters are possible.

Level of Riding and Fitness

The Etruscan trail is suitable for intermediate riders upwards. All participants should be comfortable at all paces and happy to ride over all kinds of terrain including river crossings. A good level of fitness is required as youโ€™ll be spending 5-6 hours in the saddle each day.

Guides and Group Size

Our partners in Italy have more than 30 years of experience in organising riding holidays. Your guides are very knowledgeable about the horses, local culture and history and make sure you are well looked after for the whole duration of your holiday.

There are a maximum of 8 riders in a group.

The Horses

The horses on this trail have been trained with natural horsemanship methods and with Western riding style. They are well-mannered, responsive rides and have had extensive training for riding through challenging terrain, making them extremely surefooted. The horses live out in a herd all year round on 100 acres of natural pasture land.

Tack and Riding Equipment

The tack used on the trail is Western style. The saddles have a large and comfortable seat which ensures an enjoyable experience during the long riding days. Saddle bags are provided so you can carry daily essentials while riding.

Etruscan Trail Tuscany
Etruscan Trail Tuscany

Accommodation and Dining

During the holiday you will stay in traditional countryside guesthouses. The accommodation is carefully chosen for comfort, tasty local food and suitability to accommodate your horse for the night. Your luggage is transported by a support vehicle between overnight stops.

The food is a real highlight of any trip to Tuscany and you can expect to eat extremely well on this trip. Lunches are provided picnic-style while out on the trail while dinners are lively affairs whichย  include a series of appetizers, two first courses, a second course and three side dishes, fruit and dessert. All food is local, seasonal and sustainable with many ingredients coming from your hostsโ€™ organic farm. Water and local, red wine from the Montepulciano region is always provided with both lunch and dinner.

Special dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for with advance notice.

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Itinerary

Etruscan Trail Tuscany

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
ยฃ1299pp

Single supplement
โ‚ฌ170 / ยฃ150 (high season)
โ‚ฌ150 / ยฃ130 (low season)

High season is from 21st July to 23rd August 2021

Airport transfers
โ‚ฌ250 / ยฃ216 return per person

Train station transfers
โ‚ฌ35 / ยฃ30 return per person

The rides are confirmed with 3 riders.

Flights & Airport transfers

The closest airports are Rome Ciampino and Rome Fiumicino.
Please donโ€™t book your flights before receiving the โ€˜Booking confirmationโ€™ email from saddletravel.com. Please plan your flights to Rome as follows:

Flights to Rome Ciampino:
Arrive by 2pm on the first day of your holiday.
Departure any time after 3pm on the last day of your holiday.

Flights to Rome Fiumicino:
Arrive by 3pm on the first day of your holiday.
Departure any time after 2pm on the last day of your holiday.

Transfers from Rome Ciampino:
Pick up on the first day of your holiday at 3pm.
Drop off on the last day of your holiday at approx. 1pm.

Transfers from Rome Fiumicino:
Pick up on the first day of your holiday at 4pm.
Drop off on the last day of your holiday at 12pm (midday).

Transfers from Chiusi-Chianciano Terme Station
Pick up on the first day of your holiday between 5.30-6.30pm.
Drop off on the last day of your holiday between 9-10am

Price Includes
  • 6 full days of riding
  • Trail riding horse, tack and saddle bags
  • Accommodation based on shared twin or double rooms
  • Breakfast
  • Lunches
  • Evening meals
  • Red wine and water with meals
  • Services of a guide
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips

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17th July 2021 - 7 Saddles Available - ยฃ1299pp
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21st August 2021 - 5 Saddles Available - ยฃ1299pp
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2nd October 2021 - 0 Saddles Available - ยฃ1299pp