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If you say ‘YES’ to this five day ride, you’ll be staying in Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia, Spain. Every night and stolen moments during the day {when you’re not in the saddle} you’ll explore this hilltop town that sparkles with noble palaces and majestic Mudéjar churches.  But I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s talk about the riding.

Andalucia is the birthplace of Spanish horse culture, so it comes as no surprise that on this riding itinerary, you’ll not only be mounted on the revered Andalusian horse, but you’ll also learn to dance to its majestic rhythm with the help of highly trained teachers that are adept at teaching to every ability and level. This itinerary is not just for highly-trained dressage riders, whether you’re a happy hacker, polo player (me) or beginner, you won’t feel out of your depth and regardless of ability, you’ll leave feeling more confident as a rider.

The classical training is then balanced with some ripping trail rides where you’ll be able to throw caution to the wind and float through olive groves, grassy meadows decorated in wild flowers (Spring time only), sunflower fields (seasonal) and enjoy a seaside beach canter.

Out of the saddle, the Spanish cultural highlights are crazy good – one morning you’ll be front-row spectators to watch the famous Andalusian Stallions perform and your last evening will involve a road-trip to nearby Seville to experience a typical Flamenco Dancing show. Your hosts and guides, the Garcia family, open their 16th century Hacienda, and allow you to live and breathe their way of life – not only on an equestrian level but also in the food, lively evening entertainment and colourful village life of Carmona.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: on average from 3.5 to 4 hours daily

breed of horses: the majority of the horses are Andalusians or Andalusian cross breeds, there are also a few Warmbloods.

type of tack: English saddles – dressage saddles for the lessons and general purpose saddles for the trails. On the day you ride along the beach you will be in Spanish Vaquero saddles which are covered in sheepskin for added comfort.

pace: the pace varies from a walk right through to a canter when the terrain allows.

riding ability: suitable for all riding abilities

weight limit: maximum of 95 kgs

accommodation: superior hotel accommodation at Alcázar de la Reina in the heart of the historic centre of the old part of the city of Carmona, just a ten minute drive from the Hacienda.

seasons: open all year round except for the Christmas/New Year holidays and two weeks in August (11 to 25 August).

group size: maximum of 8 riders

ride length: 7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days. *There are also 3-night (Sun-Weds or Weds-Sat) or 4-night (Sun-Thurs or Tues-Sat) stays available.

2019 departure dates:

This ride has departure dates scheduled weekly (as per the seasons above) with arrivals for the 6-night itinerary each week on Sunday.

2019 ride rate:

€1525* per person twin share for 6-night itineraries

€1035* per person twin share for 4-night itineraries

€780* per person twin share for 3-night itineraries

Non-riders are welcome to join this departure at a non-riding rate of €880 per person.

A single supplement charge of €270 will apply (subject to availability) for guests not wanting to share a room.

PLEASE NOTE: the single supplement charge will apply to solo travellers if we do not have another guest willing to share.

*The price includes twin share accommodation, breakfast and lunch each day, dinner on the first evening only, riding, guided visits to Jerez and Donana, transfers to/from Santa Justa Train Station and transfers from your hotel accommodation to the riding centre each day.

*The price does not include international or regional flights and travel insurance (compulsory) staff tips (please budget for around 10% of the ride price), dinner from Monday to Friday (your hotel accommodation is within walking distance to many bars and restaurants in Carmona so you’ll have your pick of amazing locations to eat) and tickets for the horse show in Jerez (€27) and the Flamenco Show (€35).

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

Complimentary transfers are available from Santa Justa Train Station in Seville only. Pick up time on day 1 is at 4.30pm (just outside the AVIS rent-a-car office which is INSIDE the station). If you fly into Seville airport you will need to take a shuttle bus to the train station in time for the pick up at 4.30pm, or take a taxi straight to the hotel in Carmona (we can help arrange this through our outfitter for approximately €45).

On the final day the transfer to the train station will depart your hotel at 8.00am. If you intend on flying out from Seville this day, please don’t book any departing flights before 12 midday.

Jenny Somerset

'I have certainly chosen the best ride to suit me. It was amazing. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating, they always tried to make you happy. Fernando made us feel so welcome and the extra arranged activities made it really special. I’m happy I chose this ride as the gentle trails were a lovely contrast to the fantastic lessons. I am a much better dressage rider now and Cherrie made it all so simple on my excellent schoolmaster horse.'

Train & Trail Ride, Spain

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