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Hippo-Trail- Groenendijk 2 - 9981 St.Laureins - België

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Prijs per persoon excl. reiskosten
1255 €
4 days trek + 3 days ranch based trail / 23-30 June -- Departure guaranteed
1255 €
4 days trek + 3 days ranch based trail / Every date is good / Open from January 1 to December 31

 

 

MOUNTAIN TRAIL RIDES IN SICILY


A mountain trail ride in Sicily – an unforgettable experience! Seasoned riders who have been on a horse trek, can tell you it is an experience never to be forgotten. And the Sicilian mountains are ideal for this. They offer spectacular scenery combined to a sense of freedom and space not easily found in Europe.

Best weather in Europe – In Sicily 10 months of almost summerlike weather means that you are practically guaranteed great weather (can’t promise though!), whilst the altitude also means that the hot days turn into lovely cool night in the hottest of months.

Superb Horses – The horses are well trained and friendly.

Lovely stays every night – At the end of each day we arrive at a beautiful rural accommodation in the countryside and relax with dips in the pools, followed by proudly prepared Sicilian multi-course meals accompanied by wine and laughter! What better way to finish the day.

Two types of trail rides – We are offering 2 types of trail rides in Sicily: ‘Standard’ and ‘Soft’.
The trail rides in Sicily don’t demand that you have done trail riding previously but they do require you to be a fairly competent rider, confident in all gaits.
During the 'Standard' trail (4 days) we cover a distance of approx. 120 kms, on average 30 kms per day, this is 6 to 8 hours of riding, depending on the terrain.
We will be trotting and do some speedy gallops along the way, so you need to be comfortable with all gaits and be able to spend many hours in the saddle.
However, this is not a 'difficult' trek, the difficulty level is average, so the pace remains comfortable even for less experienced trail-riders.

The ‘Soft’ trail is very similar to the standard version, except we cover a distance of about 60-80 kms, this is 3 to 4 hours of riding per day. We arrive at our daily destination earlier and have more time to relax around the pool, etc... Where possible we might even visit a nearby town for a short sightseeing tour.

Group discounts are available for this trek (email us for more details!). info@hippo-trail.be

This destination has an excellent price-quality ratio, just check what these treks holidays have to offer ...
The price includes: all accommodation, transfer from the airport to the ranch, all riding, all meals including wines (excellent house wines), beverages, liquors etc, all excursions and visits, all transport for these visits.
Price does not include flights and drinks not consumed with meals (such as drinks at late night bars).
The price is for the full 7 days holiday. The trek lasts 4 days, the other days are filled with local horseback riding, excursions to interesting locations and dining out.

Included

• full board 
• drinks with meals (including wines and liquors)
• transfer from the airport to the ranch
• transfer back from the ranch to the local train station    
• all transfers for visits
• all activities as described in the program
• guides (English-speaking)

Not included

• Flights
• transfer back from the ranch to the airport (75€/trip, max 3 persons/trip, so in that case 75€ divided by 3).
• Personal travel insurance (mandatory)
• Personal expenses
• Extra night on the farm: 50€

Riding ability
Intermediate & experienced riders: walk, trot & canter.
Weight limit:
100kgs for max. 2 persons in a group, others max. 85kgs
Group Size:
Max. 8
Min. age:
No minimum age, depends on the riding experience and the stature
Horses:
local breeds, Andalusian, San Fratellano, ‎Swedish warm bloods, .... All bombproof and suitable for all levels.
Saddles
English
Food:
During the 4-day trek we have breakfast and dinner in a local agroturism. Lunch on the trail is a packed lunch.
Other days breakfast at the ranch: toast with butter, jam, cereals, yoghurt, croissants, jam cakes, fruit juice, coffee or tea). Lunch is also usually served at the ranch. Lunch is light (pasta dishes, salads, dessert, wine, fruit, liquors, coffee), as the evening meal is often very extensive.
We choose the best restaurants in the area and aim to experience as much variety as possible.
Guides:
English-speaking
Pasport
Identity card is sufficient for European citizens
Transfers:
Pick up at the airport included (ride to the ranch takes 1 ½  hours from Palermo airport).
Transfer back to the airport of Palermo (75€, up to 3 people) or you will be dropped off at the local train station. Public transport is very reliable and very reasonably priced. Trains usually go to the airport terminal (train to Palermo Central Station, with a simple transfer to the terminal). The ride by train takes 2 hours and costs 8€.
Catania airport: 2h. Transfer back: 95€, up to 3 people.
Trapani airport: 2,5h. Transfer back: 95€, up to 3 people. For Trapani airport you can also take the train to Palermo Central Station (1h, costs 5€) and then a bus to the airport terminal (2h, costs 12€).
Adventure:
Comfortable and enjoyable trek
Accommodation
At the ranch or a local agroturism. The rooms at the ranch are furnished in 150-year-old converted barns, tastefully furnished in antique style. They all have a private bathroom, bed linen and towels are provided.

Personal accident insurance required.

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days in the saddle (of which 4-day trek)

The holiday includes the 4-day trek and other activities as described in the itinerary below.
We are quite flexible and will accommodate your available flights.

Disclaimer:
Below is an example of the week-long program (subject to minor changes due to arrival/departure times etc).
You can arrive at any of the Sicily airports to suit availability and schedules from your country.

Day 1
(depends on arrival time etc…) On arrival in the morning at the airport: breakfast near the airport.
Lunch at the ranch, followed by a short afternoon ride (time permitting), and a lovely dinner at a rustic local restaurant in a nearby town.

Day 2
Morning ride, lunch at the ranch, afternoon visit Caccamo with castle tour, visit to a horse training centre.
We drive down to the lake and see the dam, have dinner in the castle and (if we are all up for it) pop into a local nightspot for a drink or two…. (drinks not included in price).

Day 3 tot 6: 4-days trek
Daily ride of about 25-30 kilometers (approximately 8 hours riding, including an hour's break for lunch).
The trek goes through gorgeous scenery in the Sicilian hills. Each day ends with a stay at a local, very comfortable agriturismo. Most, if not all, of them have a swimming pool so we can take a refreshing dip. We enjoy an extensive evening dinner (all wines, beverages and liquors included). (Drinks after dinner and late into the night are not included in the price).
Lunch on the trek will be a packed lunch.
During the trek there is a back-up car on call, transport of your personal belongings from one agriturismo to the next, an English speaking guide who accompanies the group and a local, knowledgeable guide.
Our guide was born and raised on these hills. He loves horses and riding and has been riding in these mountains for the last 40 years.  
The last evening we arrive back at the ranch, followed by a very extensive dinner at a nearby restaurant where we celebrate in style.

Day 7
Today we have a chance to relax … we sleep in, next a late brief tour of the local town. Late lunch will be a sumptuous BBQ on the terrace with views of the Gurfa valley and loads of excellent food and wine etc…

Day 8
Departure day.
There will be breakfast, lunch etc. depending on your departure time.

There are a number of helmets available on site, but it is advisable to bring your own.
Suitable clothing depends on the season. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for Sicily.