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Sicily Horse Riding Holiday for Wine Lovers in Italy

Embark on an enchanting journey through Sicily's Mountains, where the allure of wine takes center stage, offering a truly exceptional experience. Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled hospitality, where culinary delights and exquisite wines converge amidst pristine landscapes and local heritage, crafting an unforgettable tapestry that showcases the splendor and abundance of this Sicilian region.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 1.42 - 1.73 meters
  • Tack type: English saddle

Meet the instructors

Thomas & Francesco
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Highlights

  • 5 full days on horseback
  • Daily 5-6 hours of horseback riding through breathtaking landscapes
  • Indulge in exquisite wine tastings paired with delectable cuisine
  • Explore authentic Sicily and Sicily's finest vineyards: Tenuta Regaleali and Planeta
  • 5 nights stays in enchanting locales: vineyards, ancient monasteries, and farmhouses
  • Spend a night at a 13th-century medieval Abbey
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian
Group size: 4-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$ 217 per person)
Airport transfer included: Falcone–Borsellino Airport (Punta Raisi Airport)
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Accommodation

You will have overnight stays in enchanting locales: vineyards, ancient monasteries, and farmhouses as per the itinerary.

Program

Your adventure commences at the esteemed Tenuta Regaleali, the historic estate of the Tasca d’Almerita counts. Delve into the wine culture as you venture through time-honored cellars, uncovering the artistry behind winemaking, culminating in a tasting of their most exquisite blends.

Fueling yourself with a sumptuous breakfast, you embark on a horseback expedition, traversing awe-inspiring panoramas of woodlands, rolling hills, and vineyards that offer vistas beyond compare.

Each day unfolds with immersive encounters at quintessential locales, predominantly run by storied families, where the exclusivity and authenticity of these venues illuminate the daily rhythms and heritage of the region. From charming farmhouses to ancestral vineyards and even a medieval Abbey, every stop paints a vivid portrait of tradition and local life.

The culminating point of your journey awaits at Cantina Ulmo, part of the esteemed Planeta Company, where the renowned family upholds ancient traditions of hospitality. Wander through their cellars, indulging in the sheer uniqueness of Sicilian wines paired with delectable local cuisine, a fitting conclusion to your odyssey through Sicily's wine country.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and welcome at Tenuta Regaleali Tasca d’Almerita

Upon arrival after lunch, immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of Tenuta Regaleali, your first vineyard. Check-in to your accommodations and acquaint yourself with the surroundings. In the afternoon, indulge in a test ride to familiarize yourself with the horses and fellow riders, followed by a captivating visit to the cellar for a technical tasting of 5 exquisite wines. Enjoy a delightful dinner and settle in for the night.

Day 2: Regaleali to Masseria Acque di Palermo via Roccapalumba

Start your day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a picturesque journey towards Roccapalumba. Traverse mountains and vineyards, relishing a tranquil picnic amidst nature. Arrive at the historic Masseria Acque di Palermo, owned by the esteemed Morello family. Explore the farm, delving into its rich history and operations. Enjoy a typical dinner and a restful overnight stay.

Day 3: Masseria Morello to Borgo Riena via Lercara Friddi

After a fulfilling breakfast, resume your journey westward. Traverse through three municipalities - Roccapalumba, Lercara Friddi, and Castronovo di Sicilia. Pause for a satisfying lunch in Lercara Friddi before reaching the ancient Borgo Riena, nestled amidst Castronovo di Sicilia. Enjoy the hospitality of Casale Riena farmhouse amid a stunning natural setting. Conclude the day with dinner and a cozy overnight stay.

Day 4: Casale Riena to Traina Agricultural Company via Monte Carcaci Natural Reserve

Saddle up and venture through the Monte Carcaci Natural Reserve, then head towards the Traina agricultural company in the Sosio Valley. Pause for lunch by the Sosio river before arriving at the Traina family-owned establishment. Unwind, explore the facilities, and take a guided tour of Palazzo Adriano. Relish an aperitif in the town square and indulge in a convivial dinner within the old railway toll booth. Retreat for a relaxing overnight stay.

Day 5: Traina agricultural company to Abbazia di Santa Maria del Bosco via Campofiorito

After breakfast, travel above Lake Raia through fields and mountains to Campofiorito near Corleone. Pause for lunch at an ancient farmhouse before continuing along the disused railway line to the Medieval Abbey of S. Maria del Bosco. Enjoy an aperitif and a guided tour of the Abbey upon arrival. Conclude the day with dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 6: Abbey to Tenuta Ulmo Planeta via Monte Genuardo Natural Reserve and Sambuca Di Sicilia

Embark on the final leg of the wine route, journeying through the dense forests of Monte Genoardo Nature Reserve and reaching a breathtaking panoramic viewpoint. Enjoy lunch at a family-run farm amidst pine forests in Sambuca Di Sicilia. Traverse the Planeta family vineyards to reach the historic Ulmo Estate and explore their cellar. Bid farewell to the horses, and you will be returning home via van. Relax and transfer to the Planeta Estate Foresteria in Menfi for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 7: Farewells and airport return

Conclude your journey with a final breakfast before departing for home.

Pre-arrival preparation

If you haven't been in the saddle for an extended period, Dharma Consulting recommends getting back on the horse 3 or 4 times before your trip. This will help train your muscles for an extended duration on horseback. Take the opportunity to review your equestrian skills, including posting trot, maintaining balance on stirrups, and using gentle hands. This pre-trip preparation ensures a more enjoyable and comfortable riding experience during your adventure.

Only for advanced riders.

Included excursions

  • You will visit all the places as mentioned in the itinerary

Instructors

Thomas La Dolce Vita Connoiseur

Francesco Traina

Location

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Sicily, where every turn reveals the island's authentic charm. This immersive tour takes you through a tapestry of landscapes, from the rolling hills and sprawling vineyards of Tenuta Regaleali to the rugged beauty of the Sicani Mountains.

Traverse ancient pathways and picturesque countryside, venturing through Roccapalumba, Lercara Friddi, and Castronovo di Sicilia, each stop unveiling a new chapter in Sicily's rich history.

As you journey westward, the route winds through Monte Carcaci Natural Reserve, leading to the Traina Agricultural Company in the Sosio Valley. Your path then meanders through Campofiorito and the Monte Genoardo Natural Reserve, offering panoramic vistas of Lake Arancio and the Mediterranean Sea.

Culminating in Sambuca Di Sicilia, the tour brings you to renowned vineyards like Planeta and Ulmo, offering an intimate glimpse into Sicily's winemaking legacy. Finally, the experience crescendos with a night's stay at a venerable 13th-century medieval Abbey, steeped in the whispers of centuries past.

Food

You will have lunches, dinners, and breakfasts for the entire duration of the stay.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Transfer to/from the Palermo airport
  • Guides, support staff
  • Horse and harness
  • 6 nights in luxury and premium hotels and accommodations
  • 5 full days on horseback
  • Lunches, dinners, and breakfasts for the entire duration of the stay
  • Transport of horses at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Baggage transfer during the tour

What's not included

  • Transfer to / from Catania airport
  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer available: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$ 217 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Falcone–Borsellino Airport (Punta Raisi Airport) Airport transfer included: Falcone–Borsellino Airport (Punta Raisi Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Availability

Arrival: Wednesday October 16, 2024
Departure: Tuesday October 22, 2024

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