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7 Day Via Dinarica Trail Horse Riding Holiday for Adults in Bosnia and Herzegovina

LazyHorse Equestrian Center, Tarčin, Hadžići Municipality, Sarajevo Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Horse Riding Holiday Bosnia and Herzegovina

On this holiday, you will enjoy unique horse-riding experience through pine forest, fields, picturesque slopes, and paths along mountain creeks of the Sarajevo Olympic Mountains and Via Dinarica trails. You will enjoy a structured but fun environment for riders of all levels in a friendly atmosphere.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Arab, Lipizzaner, Bosnian mountain horse, and Haflinger

Highlights

  • Ride to Prokoško Lake
  • Horses and riding equipment
  • Ride through beautiful vast pastures
  • 5 days of horse riding (4 full-day, 1 half-day riding)
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Sarajevo International Airport
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Accommodation

During this holiday, your accommodations would be:

Day 1 - 2

  • Accommodation: Equestrian Center Lazy Horse
  • 3 double bedrooms (one with private bathroom)
  • One 4-bed bedroom (shared bathroom)
  • Facilities: kitchen, terrace

Day 3

  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge Lopata
  • 2 double bedrooms (private bathroom)
  • One 6-bed bedroom, one 4-bed bedroom (shared bathroom)
  • Facilities: kitchen, terrace

Day 4

  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge Pogorelica
  • 4 double bedrooms (shared bathroom)
  • One 3-bed bedroom, one 4-bed bedrooms(shared bathroom)
  • Facilities: kitchen, terrace

Day 5

  • Accomodation: Roomy Cabin Jezero
  • 2 double bedrooms (shared bathroom)
  • One 6-bed bedroom (shared bathroom)
  • Facilities: kitchen, terrace

Day 6

  • Accommodation: Spa Center Reumal
  • Double rooms (private bathroom)
  • Facilities: massage, pool, sauna

Program

Day 1 (Sunday)

You will be picked up at Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) and transferred to the accommodation at Lazy Horse Equestrian Center (30-minute drive).

Day 2 (Monday)

You will have an introduction to horses and the evaluation of the riding skills of the group. Based on this, you will discuss the riding pace and trail details. LazyHorse Equestrian Center pays special attention to the equipment you will use because of demanding riding adventure in front of you and the importance that it is adequate and suitable for the rider and horse.

After selecting a suitable horse, you will have an afternoon ride at one of the local Lazy Horse trails, you visit Mountain Lodge Kraljevac at the slopes of beautiful Olympic Mountain, Bjelasnica, and enjoy the local food. The aim of this afternoon ride is to get used to the horse with whom LazyHorse Equestrian Center hopes you will spend an unforgettable riding week.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

You will depart in the morning after breakfast on a trail to the northwest. Rested horses and flat section invite a light trot or canter and after about 30 minutes, you will stop in a village, where you will find a mystical scene in a small forest – a large group of centuries-old monuments (tombstones) without markings, covered with moss, and carelessly scattered in a small area.

You will slowly continue downhill towards the Lepenica River where you will enjoy riding through the shallow river and enjoy its waterfalls. Besides the natural beauty of mentioned villages, the nearby hill offers an opportunity to see, in the opinion of many archaeologists, the most beautiful tombstone in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the tombstone of Radoja Radosalić.

Along the riverbank of Lepenica, you will enjoy hot coffee or tea and prepare for a very demanding section that is before you. For the next 15 or so kilometers, you will mainly trot and canter on forest paths with few glades and enjoy sight and sound or mountain river Crna Rijeka (Black River).

The riding camp is in front of you with fresh prepared grilled trout. The sound of Crna Rijeka and shade invites for a quick nap in hammocks. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at your first lodging house, the Mountain Lodge Lopata, and have an opportunity to summarize impressions and enjoy the local culinary delights.

Day 4 (Wednesday)

After a good breakfast and strong coffee, you will prepare the horses for part of the route towards the northwest. Moving further, the elevation will continue to rise and after 1,324 meters above sea level, your first stop will be a high plane which is located at an altitude of 1,744 meters. You will often find water springs by riding trails where it is possible to refresh. The incline is gentle through forest paths and open glades.

You will leave the forest belt when you cross the border height of 1,600 meters and there the spectacle called Bitovnja starts. The vast mountain pastures invite to canter and gallop and the scenery is breathtaking on all sides, it seems as if a man could see from one end of Bosnia to another. You will leave 10 kilometers of hard riding behind you, and your logistics (Lazy Car) will invite you to a well-deserved rider camp (picnic) on Bitovnja.

You will then continue through vast pastures and you can certainly say that it is the most beautiful section of your adventure. After a few hours of riding, you will leave beautiful Bitovnja behind and descend down to next overnight destination: Mountain Lodge Pogorelica. After a well-deserved dinner, you will summarize impressions and plan for tomorrow.

Day 5 (Thursday)

With the horses rested and riders well slept, you will have a demanding riding section of about 25 kilometers before you. You will start to climb towards the Mountain Zec and it will take you about three hours of riding. You will ride on the mountain pastures where shepherds graze thousands of sheep during the summer and, in the valley, you will see their huts, pastures, and folds for sheep.

All around you, you will have the slopes of the Zec Mountain with natural plantations of cranberries and blueberries. On a clear day, you can even see Sarajevo from this position. On this beautiful lookout, you'll build another riding camp to have a deserved break with refreshments and barbeque. After a few hours of rest, you will continue on to your next destination - Prokoško Lake.

Many have written about the beauty of this fairy tale lake, calling it an eye of the mountain or natural gem. It is located in the heart of the Mountain Vranica, which, according to many, is the most beautiful tourist destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are shepherds’ huts around the lake, built entirely of wood, logs, and covered with wood. One of these huts will be the place where you'll spend the night.

Day 6 (Friday)

You will leave the beautiful scenes of Prokoško Lake and ride towards the village of Tovarište, where horse transportation to LazyHorse Equestrian Center will be waiting. The section is approximately three riding hours long and it links Prokoško Lake and the small picturesque Bosnian town, Fojnica.

Here, you will visit a Franciscan Monastery, visit its beautiful church and museum and get to know more about Bosnian history.

Fojnica is famous for its wellness and spa center where you will spend the afternoon enjoying a full body massage, thermal water, and pools, all included in the price. You will stay in Fojnica overnight and enjoy the local food.

Day 7 (Saturday)

Today is your departure day.

Riding experience

Some of the day trails are suitable for beginners; others require experience in the saddle and confidence handling horses from the ground, as it could be necessary to lead the horses over steep or otherwise tricky parts of the trail. This horse riding holiday is for intermediate and advanced riders.

Self-evaluation differs widely. LazyHorse Equestrian Center ask you to please tell them about your actual recent experience in the saddle so that they may make a pre-selection of the route and make sure that any groups they make have compatible riding levels. A licensed equestrian coach will evaluate all riders in the safety of the arena before heading out on the trails.

LazyHorse Equestrian Center reserves the right to discontinue horse riding or a trail ride if it considers that to continue would be unsafe for riding or for one or more recipient of services.

Horses

The horses you will ride on this trip are both spirited and kind and immaculately kept, in a facility called Lazy Horse Equestrian Center. They compete in endurance, dressage and show jumping, and also are school horses for children from age 8. The breeds vary from Bosnian Arab horses, Lipizzaner to Anglo – Arab mixes.

Rider weight limit

A personal weight limitation of 95 kilograms is in effect for trail rides on horses suitable for beginners. LazyHorse Equestrian Center sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and would be happy to refer you to their partners in the region who organize alternative outdoor / sports activities.

If you are over 95 kilograms and an experienced rider, please contact LazyHorse Equestrian Center to inquire if they have a suitable horse available.

Fitness and health

In taking your reservation (booking), LazyHorse Equestrian Center assume you are in good health, with no pre-existing conditions or injuries that could make it dangerous for you to ride, that you are physically fit enough to mount and control a horse, and that you have sufficient strength and equilibrium to remain balanced and in control of the horse while riding for the arranged period of time.

If you have any questions about pre-existing conditions, your medical history, or your present individual health or fitness circumstances, please consult your physician before planning a ride with LazyHorse Equestrian Center.

Guest requirements

  • All guests must be at least 18 years old
  • Children cannot come along
  • Riding skills: intermediate and advanced

Location

Lazy Horse Riding Center is located in an area of approximately 6 hectares, 25 kilometers away from Sarajevo, at the foot of the mountain Ormanj with sweeping views of the peaks of the mountain Bjelašnica. Horse tracks surrounding it stretch over hundreds of kilometers through unspoiled nature, forest roads, meadows, mountains and mountain villages.

Food

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and refreshment are included in the price. Bosnia has had many culinary influences over the centuries. The result is mouthwatering. For vegetarians, there await many interesting combinations of flavors with roots from Middle Eastern, Slavic, and Mediterranean cuisines. Omnivores will enjoy the unbelievably tender beef and vegetable stews, as well as the traditional snack food “Cevapi”, char-grilled ground meat served with fresh flatbread and chopped onions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

Things to do (optional)

Through LazyHorse Equestrian Center's partners, LazyHorse Equestrian Center can offer you great optional excursions like:

  • "In vino veritas” (wine tasting in the famous Herzegovina winemakers)
  • Sarajevo walking tour (exploring Sarajevo)
  • Neretva rafting (adrenalin adventure at River Neretva) and many others

What's included

  • 5 days of horse riding (4 full-day and1 half-day riding)
  • Horses and riding equipment
  • Spa, swimming pool, full-body massage
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • All drinks and refreshments
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. LazyHorse Equestrian Center will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Sarajevo International Airport Airport transfer included: Sarajevo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Sunday September 27, 2020
Departure: Saturday October 3, 2020

Availability

This vacation is available from the last week of May to the end of September, with arrival on Sunday.

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