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Horseback Holiday in Italy

Join Dharma Consulting on an unforgettable exploration of Sicilian cuisine and culture. Journey into the Essence of Sicilian Elegance: A Horseback Riding Retreat through Ancient Trails. Traverse the untouched beauty of historic Sicily astride your trusty companions, immersed in a tapestry of nature, rich culture, and timeless traditions. Be enchanted by the art of simple yet expertly crafted genuine cuisine, a tantalizing La Dolce Vita experience.

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

  • 6 days of horseback trekking and walking activities
  • Horse and harness
  • La dolce vita guide for Palermo cultural and culinary exploration
  • Guides, support staff
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Lunches, dinners, and breakfasts for the entire duration of the stay
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 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 spend 5 nights at a charming rural farmhouse in the Sicilian countryside and 2 nights in an old palazzo in the heart of Palermo.

Program

As esteemed guests of the horse ranch nestled amidst the Sicani Mountains, embrace the serenity of riding through majestic mountains, verdant hills, and the serenade of natural springs and babbling streams. Here, tranquility and harmony await, inviting you to become not just visitors, but cherished members of the farm family. Revel in the warmth of genuine hospitality, savoring exquisite local and seasonal fare, complemented by the finest wines.

Embark on a captivating journey astride the locally bred and trained horses and ponies, venturing through Sicily's most enchanting landscapes. Explore the hidden treasures of this captivating land, from lush natural wonders to the cobblestone alleys of ancient villages. Engage in cultural immersions, connecting with locals, and weaving tales that bring history to life.

As the grand crescendo of Sicilian indulgence, delve into the culinary and cultural magnificence of Palermo. Behold the opulence of the Florio Family and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Sicily's capital city, a fitting conclusion to your unforgettable exploration of Sicilian cuisine and culture.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • 10:00 Departure from Palermo to the enchanting horse ranch (2 hours)

Upon arrival, relish a delightful aperitif – in Sicily, any excuse is perfect for indulging in local delicacies! Settle into your cozy room and acquaint yourself with the farm and its magnificent horses. Enjoy a leisurely lunch followed by an exciting test ride along scenic Sicilian country roads. Savor a home-cooked dinner and unwind with an overnight stay on the charming farm.

Day 2

Awaken to the countryside charm and share a hearty breakfast together. Prepare for an exhilarating 3-hour horseback ride, returning to the farm for a delectable lunch. Embrace relaxation as you please – here, time is on your side! Later in the afternoon, venture to Palazzo Adriano, a picturesque village near the farm, for a delightful cooking lesson with a local pastry chef. Conclude the day with a cozy dinner and another restful night at the farm.

Day 3

Today, immerse yourself in the natural reserves of the Sicani Mountains. Begin with a satisfying breakfast before heading out for a mountainous lunch, enjoying a hearty picnic surrounded by nature's embrace. Return to the farm in the afternoon to pamper and feed the horses, followed by a serene evening and a comforting home-cooked dinner under the stars.

Day 4

Embark on an approximately 3-hour excursion to Monte Hippana, once a crucial trading center between Palermo and Agrigento. Lunch amidst scenic surroundings sets the stage for an afternoon exploration of Prizzi's ancient and contemporary history. Indulge in an intimate aperitif at the Totó cellar, concluding the day with a delightful home-cooked dinner and another peaceful night at the farm.

Day 5

Start the day with breakfast and a final breathtaking horse trek, indulging in a mountain picnic. Visit Quisquina, renowned for the captivating story of Santa Rosalia, exploring her ancient hermitage and the evocative Andromeda Theatre. Gather for a heartwarming dinner, cherishing moments together before the next day's departure.

Day 6

  • 10:00 Transfer to Palermo, check-in, and a brief walking tour of the vibrant city

Enjoy lunch amidst the city's rich ambiance, followed by leisure time. Later, relish an aperitivo either on a boat or on land, then savor a delightful dinner at one of the city's top restaurants, ending with a cocktail. Retreat for a night's stay in a historic palazzo in the city center.

Day 7

Begin with breakfast, followed by an engaging walking tour exploring Palermo's unique charms. Relish lunch at a local market and cherish leisure time for gelato tour and relaxation. You will wrap up your stay with a premium walking tour, discovering exquisite food and wine at Palermo's rooftops and top bars. Retire for another night's stay in a splendid old palazzo.

Day 8

Enjoy a final breakfast before your transfer to Palermo Airport, bidding farewell to the enchanting beauty of Sicily.

Instructors

Thomas La Dolce Vita Connoiseur

Francesco Traina

Location

The Sicani Mountains offer a mesmerizing landscape, characterized by their rugged yet breathtaking beauty in the heart of Sicily. This range presents a captivating blend of rolling hills, verdant valleys, and serene natural reserves. The area boasts a rich tapestry of nature, adorned with pristine forests, ancient oak trees, and meandering streams that traverse the land.

Amidst these mountains, there's an air of tranquility and harmony, inviting visitors to embrace the untouched splendor and serenity of the region. The Sicani Mountains stand as a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna, offering a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

Enveloped in a timeless ambiance, these mountains are steeped in history, carrying the whispers of ancient civilizations and embodying a sense of mystique. The area's charm lies in its fusion of natural wonders with cultural richness, as it houses archaeological sites, charming villages, and traces of a storied past.

Palermo's city center stands as a vibrant tapestry woven with centuries of history, culture, and captivating allure. Stepping into this bustling heart of Sicily unveils a mosaic of influences, from grand architectural marvels to narrow winding streets lined with ornate buildings showcasing diverse architectural styles. The city's beating heart resides within its lively markets, where the aromas of local delicacies mingle with the chatter of vendors, creating an immersive sensory experience.

Palermo's historic landmarks, including majestic cathedrals, ornate palaces, and ancient theaters, reflect its rich past as a crossroads of civilizations. The city center is a treasure trove of art, culture, and gastronomy, inviting visitors to savor its flavors, explore its hidden corners, and immerse themselves in the spirited essence of Sicilian life.

Food

All meals are included during your stay. You will have homemade countryside food during your horse farm stay and premium food and wine during your Palermo stay.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

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

What's included

  • Transfers from / to Palermo airport
  • Guides, support staff
  • Horse and harness
  • 5 nights accommodation at the horse ranch
  • 2 night accommodation in Palermo in a noble palazzo
  • 6 days of horseback trekking and walking activities (as per programme)
  • Lunches, dinners, and breakfasts for the entire duration of the stay
  • La dolce vita guide for Palermo cultural and culinary exploration

What's not included

  • Transfer to Catania
  • Your own health and travel insurance
  • Any additional trips / visits in Palermo

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 17% 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.
Early bird Discount
This listing has a early bird discount of 10% if you book 90 days before the selected arrival date.
8 days / 7 nights
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Tour information

There is also an option for a shorter holiday of 6 days / 5 nights. Please enquire for more info.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Sunday September 15, 2024
(8 days / 7 nights)

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