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Enjoy the beautiful scenery on horseback, while hoof beats break the silence! 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. Your trails in nature are hundreds of kilometres long, and they are a place where imagination becomes reality. This holiday is ideal for those looking for adventure and challenges, as well as for the less experienced riders who will enjoy the easy trot and breathtaking scenery with a cup of hot tea. This is the riding experience you will remember forever.
You will be accommodated for a total of seven nights in different accommodations around the Olympic Mountains. You will stay at Lazy Horse Equestrian Center for two nights and then at various accommodations including Mountain Lodge Lopata, Mountain Lodge Pogorelica, in one of the huts in the Prokoško Lake area, and also in Fojnica area.
You will enjoy unique horse riding through pine forests, fields, and paths along mountain creeks of Sarajevo Olympic Mountains. At one of the secret spots in the mountains, you will take a break, be served fresh local food, and enjoy the quietness and unspoiled countryside and nature. On your track, you will be able to see and enjoy the highest altitude and most remote villages. Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden before, you will be on hand to help, instruct, and support you.
You will be picked up at Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) and transferred to the accommodation at Lazy Horse Equestrian Center in the afternoon. You can have optional activities such as old city (Bas Carsija) walking tour and dinner in a traditional Bosnian restaurant.
You will have an introduction to horses and the evaluation of the riding skills of the group. Based on the analysis of the riding skills, LazyHorse Equestrian Center will discuss the riding pace and trail details. They pay special attention to 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 will 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 week.
You will start early in the morning before breakfast on a trail to the northwest. Rested horses and flat section invite a light trot or canter and after about 30 minutes, you stop in a small village, Medvjedice, where you will find a mystical scene in a small beech forest - a large group of centuries-old monuments (stećak) without markings, covered with moss, and carelessly scattered in a small area.
A forest of monuments, as you call it is also the place from which there is a fine view towards Lepenica and Rakovica. You will slowly continue downhill towards the Topličina River where you will enjoy riding through the shallow Topličina River and enjoy its waterfalls. Besides the natural beauty of Topličina and Toplica, the nearby Brdanjak offers an opportunity to see, in the opinion of many archaeologists, the most beautiful tombstone in Bosnia and Herzegovina, tombstone of Radoja Radosalić.
Along the river bank of Topličina, you will enjoy breakfast and prepare for a very demanding section that is before you. For the next 15 or so kilometres, you will mainly ride on forest paths with few glades. 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.
After a good breakfast and strong coffee, you will prepare the horses for part of the route towards Pogorelica. Moving further to the northwest, the elevation will continue to rise and after 1,324 meters above sea level, your first stop will be Bitovnja 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 kilometres of hard riding behind you, and your logistics (Lazy Car and Edo) will invite you to a well-deserved picnic on Bitovnja with mountain tea from local herbs and a snack before you continue north.
You will 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 your next overnight destination Mountain Lodge Pogorelica. After a well-deserved dinner, you will summarize impressions and plan for tomorrow.
With your horses rested and riders well slept, you will have a demanding riding section of about 25 kilometres 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 and Lepenička valleys from this position. On this beautiful lookout, LazyHorse Equestrian Center plans to have a deserved break with refreshments. 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 spend the night.
You will leave the beautiful scenes of Prokoško Lake and ride towards the village of Tovarište, where your transportation to LazyHorse Equestrian Center will be waiting. The section is approximately 10 kilometres long and it links Prokoško Lake and the small picturesque Bosnian town, Fojnica. Fojnica is famous for its wellness and spa centre 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.
Now you will be spoilt for choice. LazyHorse Equestrian Center offers you great 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.
Today is your departure day.
On the seventh day of the tour, LazyHorse Equestrian Center will offer you great excursions to choose 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.
Adi is a passionate horseman and the main trainer at LazyHorse Equestrian Center and Equestrian Club Sarajevo. For many years, he holds the title of the best senior dressage rider of Bosnia and Herzegovina and has extensive experience and many awards in endurance competition. Most of his knowledge and skills he gathered in Bosnia and Germany.
This horse riding will take part in Bjelasnica and the surrounding mountains, the most famous Olympic Mountains.
During your visit to Fojnica, you will spend the afternoon enjoying a full body massage, thermal water, and pools, all included in the price.
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