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Exploratory Ride in Andalusia, Spain

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Let’s face it – Spain is the epicentre of horse culture and that’s why it excites us so. The equine is weaved like a gold thread through Spain’s history and is the cornerstone of the nation’s identity. It embodies the culture, life and passion; it is the music from their guitars, the wine in their goblets, the sunshine on the hills, the blood spilled in the bullring. The Spanish horse is one of the jewels of the equine race. Enthusiastic testimonies to the qualities of the breed abound dating back to the sixteenth century. French King Henri III wrote: ‘I put the true Spanish horse in first place, giving it my vote as the most beautiful, the most noble, the most graceful, the most courageous and the most worthy of King.’

This EXCLUSIVE riding program has been thoughtfully compiled by our local hosts, Giles and Miranda, with us in mind and takes in the very best of Andalusia. It’s here in the south of Spain, in the region of Andalusia, where the scent of orange blossom is pungent, white villages perch precariously on mountain-sides where we’ll get to ride the famed, Spanish horse (P.R.E – Pura Raza Española – Andalusian). I’m not going to lie Globetrotters, I’m chomping at the bit to ride the famed Spanish horse, renowned for their placid and even temperament, strongly built yet elegant with a thick crested neck, flowing mane and tail. Through pricked ears, we’ll ride, drink, eat and dance through Andalusia where our knowledgeable guides will take us to local haunts not privy to the normal tourist.

The itinerary highlights are endless from tapas in the old town of Málaga, to riding to a Spanish bar in Coín, to free-flowing canters through paddocks sprinkled in wild herbs. This ride is NOT only about the fine horse flesh and the epic riding adventures but the off-the-horse cultural excursions that Giles and Miranda will take us on. You’ll need to ACT quick as we only have five globetrotting spots available.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: on average 4 hours per day

breed of horses: Spanish horses (Pura Raza Española or P.R.E.) and HispanoArabs (Spanish horse x Arab)

type of tack: barefoot treeless saddles

pace: the pace varies on a daily basis from a walk right through to a fast canter whenever the terrain is suitable. There will be plenty of opportunity to trot in between.

riding ability: this ride is suitable for intermediate to experienced riders only. This means you need to have an independent seat and you can competently ride a forward going horse over varied terrain in walk, trot and (fast) canter.

weight limit: maximum 85kgs *this is a very STRICT weight limit

accommodation: twin share spacious accommodation in beautifully converted 300-year old marble mill. The shared facilities include an outdoor terrace, swimming pool and a communal dining room where you’ll enjoy the traditional Spanish fare. Not only that, you’ll be within walking distance from the centre of town (Coin), so when you’re not in the saddle, you can sit idle in a cafe and soak up the culture or explore the boutique shops.

group size: maximum 5 riders (plus 1 Globetrotting guide)

ride length: 8 days, 7 nights with 5 days riding and a rest day in between where we’ll be taking part in a local cultural excursion with our hosts, Giles and Miranda.

2018 departure date:

November 16 to 23, 2018 – SOLD OUT

2018 ride rate:

€2325* per person twin share

A non-rider price of €1575 is available, with all the same inclusions in the itinerary outlined below, minus the riding element.

A single supplement charge of €280 will apply (subject to availability) for guests not wanting to share a room.

*The price does not include international or regional flights, travel insurance, alcohol at bars/restaurants and accommodation/meals outside the itinerary.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case EURO, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.

Why is the price quoted in European Euro?

With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Guests should be ready for pick up from Málaga Airport no later than 10am on day one. Departure time can be flexible but check out from your accommodation must be by 10am. Transfers both ways are included in the ride price.

Should you choose to stay in Málaga prior to the start of the ride, there will be a central meeting place (to be decided closer to departure) to assemble before the first activity on day 1.

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