Serbia Horseback Riding Holiday

Good Piglet Ranch invites you to join a horseback riding vacation in beautiful nature of Fruska Gora, Serbia! Fruska Gora offers fantastic horseback riding opportunities. It has such beautiful nature with many creeks and springs of drinkable water, majestic old forests, and viewpoints. The rides start every time from Good Piglet Ranch, radiating in different directions, with routes taking you through forests and up and down mountain tracks, with opportunities for trots and canters in the open fields and where the terrain allows it.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 154 pounds / 70 kilograms, 198 pounds / 90 kilograms, and 243 pounds / 110 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 152 and 167 centimeters
  • Tack Type: English
  • Horse Breed: English thoroughbred, Nonius, American trotter, and paint horse

Meet the instructors

Dragan
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Highlights

  • 4-day riding in nature
  • Riding through Fruska Gora
  • Opportunities to trot and canter
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4-5 hours
  • Use of well-schooled and responsive horses
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and homemade juices
  • Organic vegetarian / vegan meals
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 3
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board

While staying in Good Piglet Ranch's place, you can expect clean air, sleeping in silence, waking up with the birds chirping and watching the starry skies at night. You will stay in an apartment on the ground floor of a house. It is a cozy apartment with mountain view. There is one room with four beds, made from recycled wooden pallets (one double bed and two single beds). Each bed has its own locker with a key so that your personal belongings will be safe while you’re outside.

All guests can use a shared bathroom with shower. Water is always warm, due to the instantaneous water heater. Towels are included. There is also a common room and shared kitchen, as well as the outside area. Pets are also welcome to stay with you. Coffee-maker, kettle, hairdryer, refrigerator, oven, stove, iron (upon request), and laundry (washing and drying, upon request and free of charge) are available.

The interior space is heated throughout the whole winter season, so that no matter when you arrive, your accommodation will be pleasantly warm. During the summer season, on the other hand, the temperature is naturally pleasant without the use of air conditioners. The whole area is covered by free Wi-Fi and the apartment is a non-smoking area. For smokers, a covered area is provided in front of the apartment. There is only street parking if you arrive by car.

Program

Overview

  • Distance: approximately 20 kilometers per day
  • Group size: families or group of friends up to three people
  • Level: intermediate and advanced riders
  • Limited weight of riders: up to 70 kilograms for the first rider, up to 90 kilograms for the second rider, and up to 110 kilograms for the third rider

Requirement

To participate, you should be an, at least, intermediate rider, comfortable in the saddle at all paces as the tour requires four to five riding hours per day on varied terrain. The minimal requirement is that you are in control of a horse at a walk and trot and are used to riding in the open country and over different types of terrain. Your guide is carefully attentive to your needs and can adjust the rides and pace as needed.

Horses

Good Piglet Ranch has four horses (and one Welsh pony), who are all very fit and healthy, very well-cared for, well-schooled and responsive. Each horse has a different personality and Good Piglet Ranch will always try to match each rider with the right horse.

Schedule

Day 1

  • 14:00 Arrival (or earlier upon agreement)
  • Accommodation in an apartment
  • Introduction with Good Piglet Ranch and the horses
  • 17:00 Dinner followed by free time

Day 2 / 4 / 6 / 8

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Preparing a horse for riding
  • 10:30 Horseback riding tour with a short break for brunch
  • 16:00 Back to the ranch
  • 17:00 Dinner
  • Free time

Day 3 / 5 / 7

  • 09:00 Breakfast followed by free time for activities

Day 9

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Departure (or later upon agreement)

Instructors

Dragan Lauš
Dragan is a horse lover. He deals with horseback riding since 2004. He has participated many times in endurance contests in Serbia. As a riding instructor, since 2011, he has been working at a local equestrian club. There he trains children and adults, both in basic riding lessons and advanced riding in nature. He tries to teach his students to understand the nature of the horse in order to know how to request certain commands from the horse. He is constantly improving in the fields of caring for horses and horseback riding.

Location

Good Piglet Ranch is located in Stari Ledinci, suburbs of Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia (Europe), famous for the Exit Music Festival. That small town is a quiet place only 10 kilometers away from the city. It lies in Fruska Gora National Park which is a beautiful mountain that, once upon a time, was an island in the Pannonian Sea. Within five kilometers (three miles) is a lookout point Cukala, spring near Popovica, Popovica Lake, Vaga, Pera’s cave, lookout point Orlovo bojiste, a hermitage in a rock, Lake Ledinci, spring Zvecan, Turkish fountains, Ledinci Tower, the orthodox church, an old cemetery, etc.

Within 10 kilometers (six miles), you can find the Rakovac Monastery, resting point Zmajevac, Vrdnik Tower, Dumbovo waterfalls, Iriski Venac, Danube River, etc. Also, you can visit monasteries (16 orthodox monasteries), Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Sremski Karlovci, local wineries, goat cheese tasting house, etc. Belgrade is 90 kilometers away and Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) lies within 83 kilometers.

Nearby places

  • A hermitage in a rock, 3 kilometers
  • An old cemetery, 2 kilometers
  • Danube River, 4 kilometers
  • Dumbovo waterfalls, 10 kilometers
  • Iriski Venac, 10 kilometers
  • Lake Ledinci, 5 kilometers
  • Ledinci Tower, 0.5 kilometer
  • Lookout point Cukala, 1 kilometer
  • Lookout point Orlovo bojiste, 5 kilometers
  • Novi Sad, 10 kilometers
  • Pera’s cave, 3 kilometers
  • Popovica Lake, 3 kilometers
  • Resting point Zmajevac, 7 kilometers
  • Spring near Popovica, 2 kilometers
  • Spring Zvecan, 3 kilometers
  • Sremski Karlovci, 25 kilometers
  • The orthodox church, 1 kilometer
  • The Rakovac Monastery, 7 kilometers
  • Turkish fountains, 1 kilometer
  • Vaga, 3 kilometers
  • Vrdnik Tower, 10 kilometers
  • Vrdnik, 15 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding

General

  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry

Food

Good Piglet Ranch prepares fresh vegetarian or vegan meals every day based on locally and organically grown food, cooked and served with love. They can also offer you a raw food if you desire. They carefully choose their food. Mainly, they use vegetables and fruits produced in their own organic garden. If necessary, they supply themselves with foods from local certified organic producers.

Good Piglet Ranch seasons the meals mostly with a combination of herbs gathered and dried by themselves. They don’t use artificial flavors and additives or preservatives. Besides that, Good Piglet Ranch also uses a lot of wild edible plants and mushrooms collected in the surrounding area. If you have to use some kind of special diet, they can adjust your menu on demand.

Included meals

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch / lunch package (two big sandwiches with vegetables, one or two apples, one homemade energy bar, and 100-gram nut mix)
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and homemade juices
  • Dinner (soup, main dish, homemade wholemeal bread with seeds, salad, and dessert)
  • Aperitif before dinner (Serbian brandy / rakija)
  • Bottle of local wine for the welcoming evening

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Birdwatching
  • Booking a massage in one of many massage centers
  • Canoeing on the Danube River
  • Catamaran sailing on the Danube River at sunset
  • Creative cooking workshop
  • Goat cheese tasting
  • Going by yourself or with a guide on a hiking tour in the National Park of Fruska Gora
  • Going on a tour of Novi Sad
  • Guided tour in underground tunnels of Petrovaradin Fortress
  • Having lunch or dinner at one of the numerous restaurants (čarda) on the Danube with fish specialties
  • One-day visit to Nis or some other historical towns in Serbia
  • Photo safari of a large number of plant and animal species
  • Tandem paragliding or jumping from the airplane
  • Tour of the Petrovaradin Fortress *Treasure hunt (geocaching)
  • Visiting Belgrade
  • Visiting some of the 16 orthodox monasteries
  • Visiting Sremski Karlovci
  • Visiting the spa center or a pool with healing water in Vrdnik
  • Wine or Serbian brandy (rakija) tasting in one of the local wineries

What's included

  • 4-day riding in nature (4-5 hours per day)
  • Riding through Fruska Gora
  • Use of well-schooled and responsive horses
  • Vegetarian or vegan breakfasts, brunches / lunches, and dinners
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and homemade juices
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Aperitif before dinner
  • Welcoming bottle of local wine
  • Residence tax

What's not included

  • Riding equipment for riders
  • Extra activities you wish to book
  • Travel costs
  • Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the daily schedule
  • Drinks not mentioned

How to get there

Driving directions from Novi Sad

  • From the road, Novi Sad - Beočin, turn to Ledinci.
  • After about 300 meters (1000 feet), you will come to a crossroad.
  • But, just continue forward (toward Stari Ledinci).
  • Drive around three kilometers (two miles).
  • Upon entering Stari Ledinci, after the first two speed bumps (near a kindergarten), take the second street on your left (about 10 meters (30 feet) before turning.
  • You can see two signs pointing left, on a pole.
  • One says Klisa on an arrow, and the other one has a silhouette of a horse on it.
  • Drive on the asphalt road to the top of the hill.
  • Right at the top is a crossroad (left-forward-right) where you should turn right.
  • After 100 meters (300 feet), turn right once again.
  • Drive to the end of the road (dead end).

Arrival by bus

Please use the bus line 76 which departs from the train station in Novi Sad and goes through the Oslobodjenje Boulevard across Liberty Bridge. Exit the bus at the kindergarten in Stari Ledinci. You can ask the bus driver where the kindergarten is. Continue on foot, following the direction of the bus. Before the grocery store Dacka, take a turn to the left, that leads to the part of a village called Klisa.

There are two signs pointing left, on a pole located on the right side of the road. One says Klisa on an arrow, and the other one has a silhouette of a horse on it. Follow the asphalt road to the top of the hill. Right at the top is a crossroad (left-forward-right) where you should turn right. After 100 meters (300 feet), turn right once again and walk to the end of the road (dead end).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available from April to June and September to November with daily arrivals, depending on availability.

 

Pricing information

You can borrow Good Piglet Ranch’s riding equipment (riding helmet, protective riding vest, gloves, and chaps) with an extra charge of 10 EUR per day per rider. If you want to borrow the equipment, please let Good Piglet Ranch know your size.

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