Wild Horses Trail
Portugal ( Best airport: Porto)
Discover Portugal’s wild side on this trail through the Peneda Geres national park where you can spot eagles, deer and even wolves. Look out for one of the last species of wild horses in Europe: the Garranos, who roam these remote mountains in herds. This northernmost area of Portugal is peppered with hidden valleys, hilltop villages and prehistoric rock art, while tangled woods envelop ancient castles and forts.
Level of Riding and Fitness
This trail is suitable for strong intermediate and experienced riders only. Riders must be able to 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 5-6 hours in the saddle each day. You should be comfortable in all paces including gallop and you should also be happy to complete river crossings on horseback. The weight limit is 90kg.
Guides and Group Size
Carlos and Luis are the friendly guides that accompany this trail. Both are Portugese natives with a deep knowledge of the region and speak English, Spanish and Portugese.
Group size 2-6
Accommodation and Dining
Your first accommodation is in a large traditional manor house, built in the 18th century and just outside the charming village of Arcos de Valdevez, built on the banks of the river Vez. There are seven bedrooms equipped with private bathrooms, TV and radio. The accommodation also has an outdoor swimming pool for relaxing after rides. The second accommodation on the trail is also a traditional manor house, all rooms have private bathrooms and there is a swimming pool and barbecue area. Towels are provided.
Breakfast is served at your accommodation each morning. This is typical Portugese fare and includes bread, sliced cheese, sliced ham, bread, jam, and a milky coffee. Lunch is sometimes a picnic on the trail or eaten at a local tavern or restaurant. Evening meals are mainly eaten in local restaurants. Typical dinners include a starter, one or two courses and a dessert. Tea, coffee and mineral water are included and local wine is provided with dinner.
Allergies and special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
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Wild Horses Trail
8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
Small group supplement:
2 riders £80
1 rider £350
Single supplement £185
Flights & Airport transfers
Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.
Please plan your flights to/from as follows:
Your flight can arrive into Porto at anytime on the first day of your holiday.
Your return flight should depart after midday on the last day of your holiday.
Airport transfers are €165 each way split between the group.
- Accommodation in twin or double rooms with private bathrooms
- Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks
- Wine with dinners
- 5-6 hours riding on up to 6 days
- Transfers during the trail
- Luggage transfer
- Airport transfers
- Other alcoholic drinks