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Guided Group Rides

#10RIDES80DAYS

Steven and I wanted to personally invite you on a globetrotting pilgrimage like no other. On our #10rides80days tour we’ll leap frog from Ireland (County Clare Ride, Castle & Estate Ride, Hunting Ride) to France (Bordeaux Wine Trail, Camargue Ride) to Spain (Train & Trail Ride, Catalonia Ride, Andalusia Ride) to Portugal and finish in Morocco. You can choose between 10 rides, totalling 80 days in the saddle, where you have the option of joining us for the entire, crazy, whirlwind road-show OR back-to-back rides OR just the one departure. Whatever tickles your globetrotting fancy (dependant on your budget and holiday time) we welcome you with open arms and can’t wait to ride side-by-side in dreamy locales soaking up the intoxicating horse cultures. 

Even though this is technically an Exploratory Tour (we haven’t personally road-tested the rides) – we’ve spent endless hours researching and hand-picking riding experiences that embrace their native horse cultures, has knowledgable, down-to-earth guides, varied scenery, change of pace, while being blanketed in that country’s culture from the regional fare and vino to the history. We firmly believe that we’ve found ten extraordinary rides, and as globetrotters we’ll have the unique privilege of stepping into their world, where we’ll live and breathe the local’s way of life, from the enviable viewpoint of a horse. 

With the world spinning at such a rapid pace, we invite you to pick a ride that resonates and speaks to you – in a country that you’ve always yearned to visit, a ride that will fulfil life-long dreams. We urge you to slow down, meet the rhythm of your horse and be swept away by a globetrotting experience like no other. 

There are limited saddle seats on each departure, so I wouldn’t recommend too much pondering time, that’s for sure.

With that said, Laura, Steven and myself, can’t WAIT to meet you in person, alongside a bunch of like-minded globetrotters, in your chosen country. 

Now enough talk, let’s get into it shall we? See below the #10rides80days tours in departure date order. 

horse riding holiday SpainEXPLORATORY RIDE IN CATALONIA, SPAIN

Globetrotters, astride an Andalusian, we’ll ride from the unruly and crinkled sierra of the Pyrenees to the ‘Wild Coast’ of the Mediterranean Sea.

Departure date: August 25 to 31, 2018
Ride price: 
€1390 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days
Saddle seats available: 10 **SOLD OUT.

Click here to find out more about this exploratory ride.

horse riding holiday IrelandEXPLORATORY COUNTY CLARE RIDE, IRELAND

For six days astride your Irish Tinker horse, you’ll trit-trot and lope through Ireland’s most natural, rugged, dramatic and unruly landscapes.

Departure date: September 22 to 29, 2018
Ride price: 
€1335 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights with 6 days riding
Saddle seats available: 6 **SOLD OUT

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horse riding holiday irelandEXPLORATORY CASTLE & ESTATE RIDE, IRELAND

This is a fairytale wonderland for ANY equestrian enthusiast where we’ll spend five days cross-country jumping and estate riding while staying in a deluxe, historic Irish castle.

Departure date: October 7 to 12, 2018
Ride price: 
€1600 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 5 days, 5 nights
Saddle seats available: 12 **SOLD OUT!

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horse riding holiday irelandEXPLORATORY HUNTING RIDE, IRELAND

We’ll button-up our tweed jackets and join country Irish folk to follow the hounds in hot pursuit of a fox.

Departure date: October 15 to 20, 2018
Ride price: 
€1580 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 6 days, 6 nights
Saddle seats available: 10 **7 globetrotters booked

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horse riding holiday FranceEXPLORATORY BORDEAUX WINE TRAIL, FRANCE

Riding from vineyard to vineyard in France’s most famed wine region – Bordeaux. It’s in the saddle that we’ll get an intimate understanding of this ancient wine growing region.

Departure date: October 21 to 28, 2018
Ride price: 
€1795 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 7 days, 7 nights with 6 days riding
Saddle seats available: 10 **SOLD OUT

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horse riding holiday FranceEXPLORATORY RIDE IN CAMARGUE, FRANCE

It’s here in the watery wonderland of Camargue, where we’ll discover first hand the passion and traditions of this region astride a ghostly-white Camargue horse.

Departure date: October 29 to November 2, 2018
Ride price: 
€2256 per person twin share or €2550 per person twin share for the Junior Suite + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Saddle seats available: 14 **9 globetrotters booked

Click here to find out more about this exploratory ride and click here to watch an epic video to give you a taste of what’s in store.

horse riding holiday SpainEXPLORATORY TRAIN & TRAIL RIDE, SPAIN

Andalusia is the birthplace of Spanish horse culture, so it comes as no surprise that on this riding itinerary, we’ll not only be mounted on the revered Andalusian horse, we’ll learn to dance to its majestic rhythm in the dressage arena and then switch it up by exploring the surrounding region in the afternoon.

Departure date: November 4 to 10, 2018
Ride price: 
€1625 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Saddle seats available: 5 **SOLD OUT

**SECOND departure date added: November 11 to 17, 2018 – ONE SADDLE SEAT LEFT!

This second departure includes a very special visit to SICAB – an international trade fair of EPIC proportions dedicated in full to the Purebred Spanish Horse (PRE). Our hosts will give us a guided tour of this fair and we’ll take in the evening performance. I don’t want to give too much away, but just know this event is set to be one of the huge highlights to this riding itinerary.

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horse riding holiday AndalusiaEXPLORATORY RIDE IN ANDALUSIA, SPAIN

It’s here in the south of Spain in the region of Andalusia, where the scent of orange blossom is pungent and white villages perch precariously on mountains-sides, where we’ll get to ride the famed, Spanish horse (P.R.E – Pura Raza Espanola – Andalusian).

Departure date: November 16 to 23, 2018
Ride price: 
€2325 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights with 5 days riding and a rest day in between where we’ll be taking part in a cultural excursion
Saddle seats available: 6 **SOLD OUT

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horse riding holiday PortugalEXPLORATORY RIDE IN PORTUGAL

Guests ride from A to B every day along the Portugal coastline, stopping into villages that are still undiscovered by the main throng of tourists that visit Portugal daily.

Departure date: November 25 to December 2, 2018
Ride price: 
€1550 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights with 6 days riding
Saddle seats available: 8 **SOLD OUT

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Horse riding Sahara holidayEXPLORATORY SAHARA RIDE, MOROCCO

As a united Globetrotting posse, we’ll conquer the world’s largest desert – the Sahara! Astride our finely balanced Barb mare, we’ll become spellbound by the colourful culture of Morocco.

Departure date: December 9 to 16, 2018
Ride price: 
€1100 per person twin share + 2% credit card surcharge
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights with 6 riding days
Saddle seats available: 12 **SOLD OUT

Click here to find out more about this exploratory ride. 

WHAT GUIDES WILL BE ON THE RIDE?

I want to be completely transparent about our #10rides80days adventure before you sign up. My husband Steven and I will be on the ride, alongside our 3-globetrotting girls and nanny, Jasmine Hill. We don’t believe our children will effect your globetrotting experience in anyway. BUT I also understand if this situation doesn’t work for you, hence why I’m being completely upfront about it. Rest assured, on any given riding day either Steven or myself or the amaze-balls Laura Rae (our colleague) will be riding alongside you while being accompanied by our local guide and host. Normally on a guided trip there is an additional cost to cater for the guiding and making sure your riding holiday is a trip of a LIFETIME. Because these are Exploratory rides this guided rate is wavered. Included in the ride rate you’ll have professional photography and video taken of you throughout your ride experience. It’s a pretty amazing keepsake to have professional images and videos of your ride experience to do what you please for decades to come. So as a globetrotter on this exploratory tour, you’ll get a copy of ALL of the images and the final video.

WHAT IS AN EXPLORATORY TOUR?

Exploratory tour means we haven’t road tested this ride personally hence ‘Exploratory ride.’ It’s globetrotting policy that we road test and experience rides first-hand before adding it to our globetrotting portfolio. We’re constantly asked by our globetrotters – when are you going to offer rides in Europe?  I knew we couldn’t leave the country without inviting our loyal globetrotters to come along for the ride. We’ve invested hours of research; read reviews, spoken directly to respected globetrotters and the outfitters to make sure this ride is a perfect match for our portfolio. BUT please be aware that this ride is a NEW experience for us also. 

WHY CHOOSE A GUIDED or exploratory GROUP RIDE?

Some of our clients prefer the safety net of a guided group trip to ensure they are well looked after from when they arrive in their chosen country to when they leave after the ride. It takes the guess work out of travelling so that you can truly relax throughout your holiday.

Typically the day before the ride starts your guide will spend a day with you and the group visiting the tourist attractions of the capital. Also if you have any problems throughout the ride, it’s the guide’s job to fix them. The guided component also includes a disc of professional images and video of your riding holiday, photographed and filmed by your guide, a globetrotting safari shirt (very stylish!) and a professional hardcover coffee table book of your ride which you’ll have forever.

Each year globetrotting schedules guided group rides to Africa, South America, Mongolia and now Iceland and Europe, led by either founders and guides Kate & Steven Pilcher, Laura Rae or Angus Johns who have ridden extensively around the world.

To request more information on our guided rides for 2018 click here.

Bernadette Kelly

So good to be able to book with confidence knowing that the Globetrotting rides have all been road tested for quality. I now have four incredible Globetrotting rides under my belt and I have no doubt I will be back for more.

Maasai Mara, Kenya 10/12/2015

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