Sicilian Explorer

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1450pp

Italy ( Best airport: Palermo / Catania)

This residential week offers guests the opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Sicily from the comfort of your host’s country house on the north coast, within the Madonie Natural Park. Guests will enjoy beautiful and varied riding, including visits to a local vineyard, nearby villages, the breathtaking north coast, and a taste of the high Madonie Mountains, not to mention delicious meals prepared using local produce and a true insight into Sicilian rural life.

The Riding

This trail is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders. All participants should be confident and comfortable at all three paces riding over varied and rough terrain and they should have experience in hacking out in the open. Good level of fitness is required as there may be long trots and gallops along the way, riding between 5 and 6 hours a day.

Guides and Group Size

You will be hosted by Alex and his family. A true expert of Sicilian culture, history, biodiversity and natural wonders. Alex has guided trails through the island for more than ten years and will guide you safely through this remote part of Sicily.

Maximum number of riders in a group is 10.

The Horses

The horses are Sicilian native breeds crossed with Arabs. All bred in Sicily. They live out all year round in a herd environment and are hardy and sure footed on the rough terrain. All horses are trained to be obedient, well-behaved, energetic and forward going.
The saddles used are light weight and English style with a sheepskin cover to add some extra comfort. Bridles are special trail riding bridles. Small saddlebags are provided for items such as water bottles, sun cream and extra layers.

Guests are not required to groom and tack up the horses.


Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation is at Casa “Il Bosco”, a charming restored nineteenth century country house, immersed in the wild countryside of the Madonie Park, with breathtaking views of the island’s north coast and the Aeolian Islands.

Evening meals consist of authentic Sicilian cuisine prepared with local produce. A typical evening meal will include a variety of starters, a pasta course, a meat/main course, dessert, wine, water and a digestif. Picnic lunches could include fresh bread, salads, cheeses, olives, charcuterie, Sicilian specialities, wine or other drinks on request, coffee or tea. Special diets and allergies can be catered for with advance notice.

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Sicilian Explorer

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding

Single supplement ยฃ130

Flights & Airport transfers

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

Airport transfers to/from Palermo airports are included in the holiday. Pick-up times on the first day of your holiday will be confirmed after the booking has been made.

Price Includes
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 full days of riding
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Tips

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