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Portugal Dressage Holiday

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With this cultural program, guests have an opportunity to improve their riding skills and visit the most beautiful and important places in the region, West Lisbon. This is a five-day program and starts with a morning lesson on all days, for a total of four lessons, lunch, and after, you will start the tour at selected places; all the visits and transfers are included!

Key Information

  • Horse Breed: Lusitano Horse

Meet the instructors

João
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Highlights

  • 5 Days with 5 Dressage Lessons and 4 Tours
  • All transfers (tours) and visits to cultural places are included
  • Free Access to the SPA and outdoor/indoor swimming pool
  • Transfers from and to airport not included.
  • Daily breakfast and dinner will be provided
  • 4 nights accommodation at 5* Hotel

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$93 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

After riding, relax in your comfortable Deluxe Single or Double room (31 to 36 square meters) with plush linens, a soothing color palette, and a balcony with a quiet courtyard view that creates the perfect backdrop for restful sleep. Soak up the sun by the glamorous outdoor pool, lounge on the Mediterranean-style terrace with a drink from the bar, or enjoy a soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi.

Kids have a play area of their own. You can take an invigorating swim in the 20-meter heated indoor lap pool. All guests can enjoy free access to the water circuit, including the sauna, jacuzzi, and Turkish bath, relax and restore your energy after a long day of riding, or exploring the region. Guests may use the free weights, weight machines, outdoor running, and stretching areas and seasonal aerobic classes in the courtyard. The workout gym, located in the main hotel building adjacent to the spa, is furnished with advanced cardio and strength equipment.

Program

This is a five-day program and each day will start with a morning Dressage lesson; there will be lessons on all days for a total of five lessons. After you can have the tours at the cultural places will begin.

Dressage

The program consists of one-hour lessons where various types of exercises are performed from the simplest to the most complex, focusing on the evolution of the rider and building his ability up. All of the horses are purebred Lusitanos and are trained up to execute the most difficult exercises of the Grand Prix.

In order to make the most of your lessons, riders should already be comfortable in walk, trot, and canter. However, if you feel with a lack of experience and practice, visit and learn with the magnificent horses.

The riding instructor is highly experienced; he taught for many years at a well-known horse riding center which is referred to in the Equestrian Tourism of Portugal; he is now collaborating exclusively with the Lusitano Riding Centre.

Sample Schedule:

  • Arrival Day: Afternoon Lesson (Last hour 17:00pm)
  • Day 2 : 1 Morning Lesson, Óbidos Tour at afternoon
  • Day 3 : 1 Morning Lesson, Winery Tour at afternoon
  • Day 4 : 1 Morning Lesson, Mafra Tour and visit a Tack Shop at afternoon
  • Departure Day: Morning Lessons (9:00am)

Health requirement: General good health recommended

Maximum weight: 100 kg

Clothes: Riding clothes, helmet, boots or chaps

Included excursions

Óbidos

Óbidos has had strategic importance in the territory. it had already been settled prior to the Romans' arrival in the Iberian Peninsula and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queens' Estate), who improved and enriched it throughout the various dynasties. This is one of the main reasons for the high concentration of churches in this small place.

You will find a well-preserved castle within the walls and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. Along with the Manueline porticoes, the colorful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town's golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.

Winery with Wine Tasting

Quinta da Almiara is surrounded by 160 hectares of vineyard and is located in a place of great scenic beauty, in the parish of S. Mamede da Ventosa in Torres Vedras, part of the Lisbon Wine Region. It's a very old wine production region with a temperate climate without any wide temperature variations with gentle hills and strongly influenced by the Atlantic due to the proximity of the ocean.

Quinta da Almiara is a family business that has been dedicated to the production of high quality red and white wines since 1980. They have planted selected red and white grape varieties in their vineyards, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Castelão, Merlot, Aragonés, Caladoc, Shyrah, and Fernão Pires.

Mafra Palace and Traditional Tack Shop

Built in the 18th century by order of King João V (1689-1750) in fulfillment of a vow he made to be blessed with an heir from his marriage to Maria Ana of Austria or be cured of a serious illness, the Royal Convent and Palace of Mafra is the most important baroque monument in Portugal.

All in limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 meters squared), including 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways, and 29 inner yards and courtyards. Such magnificence was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing the king to carry out his patronage of the arts and the strengthening of royal authority.

At the end of the day, after the visit to Mafra, you will visit a traditional Tack Shop to see and buy some traditional bridles or to see the culture of the horses in Portugal.

Instructors

João Batalha

Location

The hotel you will be staying at is a peaceful heaven located in the heart of the Protected Landscape of Socorro and Archeira Mountains in Torres Vedras with a Green Destination Award.

Features

Activities

  • Golf course
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Terrace

Food

Daily breakfast at the hotel and dinner at restaurants will all be provided during your stay.

You will be served with traditional Portuguese food.

If you have any special diet you need informe us.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

  • Lunch
  • Massage and Golf courses, need book and have a extra cost.

Spa treatments

SPA treatments have free access.

What's included

  • 5 Dressage lessons + 4 Tours
  • Transfers and tickets for the tours
  • 4 nights accommodation at 5* Hotel
  • Breakfast and Dinner included
  • Free access to the SPA and outdoor/indoor swimming pool

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Airfare
  • Aiport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfers from this airport are not included in the package but are available at an additional cost of 80 EUR per way; please pay directly to the driver.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$93 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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