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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.
Airport transfer available:Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport
Airport transfer available:Venice Marco Polo Airport
Airport transfer available:Ljubljana Jože PuÄnik Airport
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.
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.
You should be capable in all paces on a forward going horse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast you are transferred back to the airport for your flight home.
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.
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.
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.
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.