Spain ~ Segovia
The province of Segovia is in Central Spain, in the Meseta, the great high plateau of the Iberian Peninsula. The ride offered here is a journey back in history, through open landscapes, ancient woods and river valleys. It starts and ends in the medieval city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Town, which boasts a magnificent cultural heritage including the 1st century AD colossal Roman Aqueduct and the Alcazar Fortress with its stunning views of the city.
The exceptional combination of historic sites accessible by horse and the open, unspoilt Castilian countryside that is ideal for riding make this a unique ride. History at a canter!
Rides are run from fixed dates between April and October for 7 nights.
Riding: 4-6 hours a day.
Horses: Andalucian crosses, Anglo-Hispanos.
Pace: moderate overall.
Riding ability: intermediate to experienced riders.
Weight limit: 90kg (14st 2lbs).
Accommodation: 3* and 4* hotels and Parador.
Group size: max 10
Season: April to October
Horses: The horses used are Andalucian crosses, mainly Anglo-Hispanos (Andalucian and Thoroughbred cross. They are fit, willing and fun to ride. Tack is good quality English style, with leather general-purpose saddles with deep knee rolls, and saddle-bags provided.
Hours: There is between 4 and 6 hours riding a day riding, with breaks for rests and lunch.
Pace and experience required: To join these rides you should be a reasonably experienced rider who is comfortable, secure and in control on a well schooled horse at a walk, trot and canter in open country and over varied terrain. You should also have a fairly good level of general and riding fitness. The rides are run at a good energetic pace overall, with plenty of chances for long trots and cross-country canters.
Accommodation is in a selection of comfortable hotels, all carefully chosen for their location and character. The first and last nights are spent at a charming 4* hotel built in the cloisters of a 15th C monastery in the heart of Segovia. One night is at the 4* National Parador of La Granja. Rooms are en-suite and are mostly twin bedded although single rooms can be arranged at a supplement. Your luggage is transported from accommodation to accommodation by vehicle. Breakfast and dinner each day will be eaten at the hotels. Lunches are usually picnics out riding.
Segovia; History at a Canter - Euros 2600
Segovia; History at a Canter
Itinerary in brief - Segovia; History at a Canter
|Day 1||You will be met at Madrid, usually at about 3 pm, and driven around an hour and a half to Hotel San Antonio in Segovia. Dinner and the night at the hotel.|
||Breakfast, then drive a short way to meet the horse, following cattle drovers route, Canada Real, to the forest of Valsain. A picnic lunch the ride on in the afternoon to the Parador de La Granja where the night is spent.|
||From La Granja re-join the Canada Real, riding on the slopes of the Guadarrama range to Sotosalbos. Continue through holm oaks to lunch spot by the river Cega. In the afternoon ride on to the medieval town of Pedraza. Dinner and night at a hotel in town.|
||From Pedraza a half days ride along ancient bridle paths takes you across open farmland and plains. Leave the horses and transfer to Sepulveda. The afternoon to visit the Duraton gorges. Night at the hotel in Sepulveda.|
||A short drive back to the horses. The ride today follows the Duraton river then up towards the mountains. A picnic near the prehistoric caves near Enebralejo and ride on to a traditional mountain village where the night is spent.|
||Breakfast and set off riding again, riding on the slopes of the sierra Guadarrama and through the oak forest of Pradena. A picnic by a river and then continue to Sotosalbos where the night is spent in a country hotel.|
||The morning ride takes you past the towns of Santo Domingo de Piron and Torrecaballeros. Picnic near the ruins of an old ranch and in the afternoon a short ride takes you back to the stables. Farewell dinner and the night at the Hotel San Antonio in Segovia.|
||Breakfast and then transfer back to Madrid for your onward journey, arriving about 12 noon.|
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The meeting point for the rides is Madrid airport. There are several flights a day to Madrid from London. British Airways have regular flights from Gatwick and Heathrow and Iberia fly several times a day from Heathrow. Easy Jet usually have a daily flight from Luton and also some flights from Stansted. Fares vary with the airline and season but budget around £150 to £250 return.