5 Days Historical Castles Horse Riding Holiday in Bac, Slovenia

Horseback Riding in Slovenia

Discover the fascinating history of Slovenia whilst visiting a number of beautiful castles in the area. Come and ride along scenic paths and through forests, and sample the fantastic local wines. Slovenia is a safe, welcoming, scenic country and as you ride between tall pines and old turrets you feel as if you are in a fairy tale! This short break is ideal for those who wish to explore the area but don't have time for the full week-long trail.

Key information

  • Tack type (both English and Western)
  • Horse Breed (Iceland Horses, Quarter Horses and Warmbloods )

Meet the instructors

Borut
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Highlights

  • 3 full days of riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6-8 hours
  • Ride across the Reka river and past an enchanting mill
  • Discover beautiful castles in the area and remains of ancient caves
  • Daily meals with lunch in various locations
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Croatian, Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer available: Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport
Airport transfer available: Venice Marco Polo Airport
Airport transfer available: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
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Accommodation

All nights in this holiday will be at a tourist farm in Bac which has six twin rooms with private bathrooms. The rooms are clean and comfortable but not glamorous. Each room has a private entrance for privacy.

Program

The horses and trails

Your riding trail will be on either Iceland Horses, Quarter Horses or Warmbloods (some are ridden in western saddles, some English style). Your hosts have been organizing riding holidays for many years and pride themselves on matching you with the right horse to suit your size and character. Your guide has experience of trail riding, agility riding and Western competition riding as well as being very knowledgeable about the local wildlife. His wife used to compete Icelandic horses.

Ability description

  • Confident Intermediate to Experienced Riders

You should be capable in all paces on a forward going horse.

Type of ride

  • Center based trail

Total riding time

  • 3 full days with 6 to 8 riding hours

Day 1

Depending on the time of your arrival, you can stop to see the pearl of the area - Predjama Castle - during your transfer from the airport. This castle has been built into the mouth of a cave. If time allows then you can also take a short ride along the forest paths before reaching your accommodation at Bac where you'll have a delicious dinner. 

  • Riding time: 2-3 hours depending on arrival time

Day 2

After breakfast you are transferred back to the horses and follow a path through beautiful natural landscapes to reach the castle of Kalec, where you stop for a break in the shade of some trees. Continue riding to the village of Knezak where you tie your horses and take lunch in a pub. After lunch, ride uphill for views of the area before returning to Sembije where you leave the horses. Drinks and dinner in Bac.

  • Riding time: 7-8 hours

Day 3

Follow a path alongside a magnificent natural rock wall, through Kilovce village and onto the village of Prem, which is famous for its well preserved medieval castle. There is time to stop and take photos before continuing your ride through the old village of Smrje and onto the tourist farm Bubec. Stop for lunch and rest in the shade before riding across the Reka river and past an enchanting mill en-route back to Sembije.

  • Riding time: 7-8 hours

Day 4

Ride along pleasant macadam paths to a bar situated on the Crne Njive plateau and stop for a drink. Continue along forest paths with breathtaking views of the valley. Lunch is taken in a hut in the middle of the forest and unspoilt nature. Here it is possible to visit the remains of Italian caverns before riding your descent towards Sembije over the peaks of the Milonja hills - in clear weather it is possible to see the Adriatic Sea.

  • Riding time: 6-7 hours

Day 5

After breakfast you are transferred back to the airport for your flight home. 

Instructors

Borut
Your host, Borut, comes from a hunting background and is an expert tracker, able to tell you all about the different animals and their habits. His horses are well-trained and relaxed, ideal for riding on a long rein through this magical countryside.

Location

The horse riding holiday will take place in the Karst region. The Karst Plateau is a limestone plateau extending across the border of south-western Slovenia and north-eastern Italy. The plateau descends steeply towards the Adriatic sea and so doesn't get affected by the Mediterranean climate along the coast. The area is most famous for its caves including Vilenica, the oldest cave in Europe open to visitors, and Skocjanske Cave which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit several places such as the village of Knezak, Kilovce village,Smrje village,turistic farm Bubec, Sembije, Bac,Crne Njive plateau, the Reka river and Milonja hills.

Food

All meals are included in the price of this horse riding holiday. Breakfasts and dinners will be taken at the tourist farm in Bac. Lunches will be taken in different locations and usually in pubs and in a hut in the middle of the forest and unspoiled nature, offering delicious homemade food. Most of the meals will include meat but it is possible to arrange vegetarian meals with an advance notice. Lunches include delicious local wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

A number of visits are included in the itinerary, but there are also many options within a short drive of Trnje, such as Postojnska and the Skocjanske caves, Krizna cave, Predjama Castle, Postojna, Castle Sneznik, and Lipica. These destinations are approximately a 40-minute drive away. A full day trip would also be recommended to Piran, Portoroz, Bled Lake, Bohinjsko Lake, Ljubljana, and River Soca. Your guides can also arrange rafting, hiking, cycling, mountaineering, and photography, as well as bear watching trips.

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 full days of riding
  • Daily meals and soft drinks
  • Horse riding across beautiful landscapes
  • Non-riding trips

What's not included

  • Entrance fees to non-riding sites
  • Extra drinks
  • Extra activities
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Ljubljana Airport (LJU). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The round-trip transfer prices is 50 EUR per person for two passengers and 30 EUR per person for three passengers. You can also hire a car if you prefer; the journey would be 82 kilometers and would take approximately one and a half hours of travel time.

You may also arrange your flight to arrive at Trieste - Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS), Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE), or John Paul II International Airport Kraków - Balice (KRK). Transfers from and to these airports are available upon request please send Lifetime Experience an inquiry for the prices.

Airport: Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport Airport transfer available: Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport Airport transfer available: Venice Marco Polo Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport Airport transfer available: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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.
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This vacation is available until December 2018 with daily arrivals.

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