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Join this stationary summer vacation with relaxing full days of riding from Navarredonda de Gredos to different direction every day with changing landscapes and opportunities for swimming in the crystalline waters of Gredos Mountains, Spain. There will be one day in the middle of the week in which you will ride on a mini trail to a different village. Come and enjoy a relaxing horse ride with Jerebeque Trails and your family in a fun summer atmosphere!
In this holiday, the accommodation and the customer attention in every aspect of the rides is all to an excellent standard. You will spend five nights at the same charming rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos and one night at a rural hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes. All rooms have private bathrooms and every one of them is very clean and comfortable. There is Wi-Fi in every place you stay and it is available for free. In addition, there are towels, shampoo, and liquid soap in each room.
Your accommodation has been carefully chosen by Jerebeque Trails. Due to the quality and also for the place for horses, they will rest in a field next to the hotel where you spend the nights. A support van follows the group during the whole week, meeting you in the morning for tapas-breaks, lunches, dinners at night, and also to move your luggage, so you have access to your luggage during the day at least three times or when is necessary. The service along the rides is outstanding.
This holiday has a center based itinerary with one night on a mini trail. You will have different rides each day with opportunities for swimming at lunch stops in the crystalline waters of Gredos, rivers, gorges, etc. You will have a relax and comfortable ride - good for families. The daily trails will have different itineraries every day through the wild landscape of the Gredos Mountains where you can see Iberic Goads, golden eagles, or black vultures. Lunches will be held in the countryside with barbecues, paella, and much more after a relaxing swimming in the crystalline waters of the rivers at the mountains. You will experience very relaxing day rides. In the middle of the week, you will travel to another town located in the Tormes River valley to spend one night. Emilio knows the terrain and the route very well and will show you interesting facts along the way.
The pace of the riding will be moderated with walks, trots, and canters. Usually, when the terrain allows for a safe canter, you will canter. However, in the mountains, there are many areas where the terrain does not allow for trotting or cantering, so you will enjoy walking with breathtaking views around instead. In this four valleys' ride, the riding majority will be at a walk which will be very relaxing with a trot and canter on the first day, then at least one canter or more on every other day. This holiday will take seven days, six nights, and five days of riding from Sunday to Saturday. The length of the ride is around 150 kilometers. Every ride is personally guided by the experienced Emilio.
This horse riding holiday is for intermediate to experienced riders which mean that you should be comfortable to walk, trot, and canter in a group as well as in open spaces and your seat should be independent of your hands. On the rides, you will be riding for between four to seven hours a day so it is important to be as riding fit as possible. Please note that the weight limit for the rides is 90 kilograms / 198 pounds. There is no an upper age limit as long as you are riding fit and healthy. Therefore, please keep in mind that you will have long hours on the saddle for four to seven hours a day. The minimum riding age is 10 years old but they must be competent riders accompanied by an adult.
You will ride on excellent PRE horses or Hispano-Arabs that are born at home, very much loved, very well-trained, beautifully looked after, good-natured, and very easy to ride. They are all well fed and in great riding shape. Moreover, Jerebeque Trails uses the finest quality English saddles and tack with silicon seat saver and small saddlebags in front of the saddles. All the tack is in excellent conditions, very comfortable for horses and riders. The horse tack quality is outstanding.
You will meet Jerebeque Trails at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) at 15:00. Then, you will be transferred to Navarredonda de Gredos which is a two-hour drive with a break in Ávila town for a short visit. Ávila town is an amazing walled medieval town of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel with Jerebeque Trails in Navarredonda de Gredos, a mountain village at 1,600 meters altitude with beautiful views of the highest peaks in Sierra de Gredos.
Today will be an easy day as you will ride from Navarredonda to the mountains through summer pastures. The lunch stop will be by the river near San Martín del Pimpollar with an excellent picnic cooked at the spot. In the afternoon, you will be riding through the pine woods with good canters and trots before coming back to the stables. Dinner will be at a rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.
You will be riding in the morning to Cañada del Gallo lagoon with some great views of the peaks of Gredos with great canters in an open landscape. After that, you will be riding down to the Tormes valley for another luxury picnic with an excellent paella cooked at the spot with an opportunity for swimming. After a relaxing lunch break, you will ride back to the stables with some good canters. Overnight and dinner will be at a hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.
In direction to the highest mountains with stunning views of Gredos, you will be riding up to Puente de las Juntas and down to Barbellido gorge, then stop for an excellent lunch with Avilan beef barbecue at a fisherman hut which is also a good spot for swimming in crystalline waters of Barbellido gorge. After a relaxing lunch stop, in the afternoon, you will enjoy good canters along the pine woods then riding to a different hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes. You will overnight and have dinner at a rural hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes.
You will be following the Tormes River valley through Navacepeda - a historic town in the mountains - to Navalperal for a tapas-break, then continue to Pozo de las Paredes which is a 14th-century bridge over the Barbellido gorge. Lunch will be at that beautiful place which is also perfect for swimming. In the afternoon, you will be riding along the Tormes River and come back to the stables. Dinner and overnight will be at a rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.
You will have a fast morning ride to Hoyos del Espino, then have a lunch stop and swimming at an excellent spot. In the afternoon, you will enjoy funny riding with canters through the pine forest. Overnight and farewell dinner will be in Navarredonda de Gredos.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart at 10:00 to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) at 12:00.
Note: This is a suggested or sample itinerary with descriptions of a typical day program. Itinerary may vary due to weather or other circumstances.
The ride is suitable for non-riding companions. They can travel in the support car and join in meals, dinners, and others activities, or if they wish can rent a car in Madrid too. They can also move on their own and join the group for dinner.
You will enjoy a short visit to the amazing walled medieval Ávila town on the first day.
Emilio was born in Sierra de Gredos, El Barco de Avila, the grandson of the most important Avilan cattleman in the region. Every ride is personally guided by the experienced Emilio with over 30 years of experience. As an equestrian guide, he is terrific. Emilio is an English-speaking expert rider and has a special ability to match his horses with riders. He leads the groups with his confident and well-mannered horses that are a pleasure to ride that you will always feel very safe.
You will ride to various locations in the Gredos Mountains area in Spain including Navarredonda de Gredos, San Martín del Pimpollar, Cañada del Gallo lagoon, Puente de las Juntas, Barbellido gorge, Navacepeda de Tormes, Navalperal, Pozo de las Paredes, Tormes River, and Hoyos del Espino.
During this holiday, you will be served all meals from the welcome dinner on the first day to the breakfast on the last day. You will also enjoy white and red wines with lunch and dinner. The food is one of the highlights of this trip. Mamen will delight you with the tapas-breaks waiting for you in an unexpected place with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives, nuts, etc. The lunchtime will be relaxing and you will have a social affair with delicious homecooked Spanish dishes such as Paella, Tortilla Española, Avilan beef barbecue, salads, etc. followed by a siesta and swimming.
After the day's riding, your dinner in the evening will be at around 9 p.m. and you will have a choice of different dishes and courses of local Spanish recipes. Dinner will be at your guesthouse accommodation. All the drinks provided during the meals including excellent Spanish red and white wines, beer, canned drinks, and water. Furthermore, special diet (vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, etc.) can be arranged with advance notice.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Transfer available for additional US$85 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
The meeting point is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) for all the itineraries. Emilio, Mamen, or both will personally do the transfer. The meeting time is at 3 p.m., so please book flights that arrive no later than 2 p.m. In case of delay, please telephone Jerebeque Trails. Transfer from Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) to Navarredonda is about two hours. The transfer back to the airport on the last day will be at 10 a.m. so you can arrive at the airport at about 12 p.m. Therefore, please book flights that depart no earlier than 2 p.m.
Furthermore, the transfer from and to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) is included for a group of four riders or more. If you are traveling with less than four people, an additional cost for the transfers is needed. For three riders, the transfer cost is 50 EUR per person from and to the airport while for two riders, the transfer price is 75 EUR per person from and to the airport. Please send an inquiry for more information.
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