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Top Horse Riding Weekend Breaks Around the World

by Octavia Drughi

The go-to resource for planning your horse riding holidays. Find all you need to know about the top destinations and take your riding skills to new heights.
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Longing for an escape from your daily routine? Can’t get away for an entire week? No problem! A short yet intense horse riding break offers all the fun and excitement of a regular holiday.

From epic adventures, such as pack trips and camping in the wilderness, to authentic ranch activities and all the way to professional show jumping classes, there are numerous options for a regular or extended weekend on horseback.

Unleash your adventurous soul or find deep relaxation with our selection of top horse riding weekends for all levels and budgets located all across the globe.


3 Days Valley Trail Horse Riding Holiday in Wales, UK

3 Days Valley Trail Horse Riding Holiday in Wales, UK

  • Skill level: All levels
  • Styles: Trail riding & point to point trails
  • Availability: April to October 2023
  • Price: From € 495 per person

Only got a couple of days to spend? Worry not – though a longer duration is ideal for a horse riding holiday, this 3-day excursion in Wales packs in a whole lot of riding that you’ll feel as if it’s far longer than it actually is!

When it comes to horse riding, the peaceful traditional hill farming area around the Welsh Valley offers a great experience for riders of all levels. Plus, you’ll be able to witness incredible wildlife such as hen harriers, buzzards, red kites, and peregrines.

During this short holiday, you’ll enjoy off-road riding on bridleways, moorland, and ancient drovers tracks, packed with gorgeous views. Experienced guides will answer all your questions and offer friendly instruction.

The package includes 2 nights’ accommodation in a small private cottage on the farm and a picnic lunch out on the rides.


» READ MORE: The Best Places for a Horse Riding Holiday in the UK



4-Day The Northern Lights Horseback Riding Holiday in Selfoss, Árborg, Iceland

4 Day Riding and The Northern Lights Horseback Riding Holiday in Selfoss, Árborg

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Style: Trail riding & hacking
  • Availability: October - March
  • Price: From € 1,200 per person


Visiting Iceland in winter offers a magical experience, complete with the colorful Northern Lights dancing in the Arctic night sky.

This short escapade visiting the best-known sights in Iceland is everything you could dream of. Ride Iceland horses along bridle paths and get a first-row seat at the fantastic lights show!

Stay at Kálfhóll Farm, in south Iceland. The surrounding area is gorgeous and offers great horse riding trails. Close by, there’s the Golden Circle, which consists of a national park, hot spring areas, and a mighty waterfall.

You’ll ride through lava and moss-covered terrain, along mighty rivers, and enjoy stunning views of volcanos and glaciers.  

The package includes three days of riding, a visit to the Secret Lagoon, where you can relax in the mineral-rich water, three daily meals, and all transfers. 



3-Day Horse Riding Holiday in Lanjaron, Granada, Spain


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Styles: Trail riding & hacking
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From € 390 per person

This adventure-packed weekend will take you horse trekking through the stunning Alpujarra Hills and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Andalusia. Stepped in history, the area is dotted with towns featuring fascinating Gothic and Moorish architecture, as well as numerous delightful almond, olive, and citrus groves.

During your stay, there will be one full day of guided trail riding, suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to advanced. You’ll be paired with a well-schooled horse to suit your abilities. You’ll also benefit from complimentary use of the horse riding equipment to ride as you wish outside the guided trip.

Stay in the spa town of Lanjarón, famous for its mineral water with curative properties. The stables are located at an elevation of 1,200 meters, just above the spa town of Lanjarón.

Two breakfasts, two packed lunches, and two dinners are included in the package.


3 Day Ranch Vacation in Benson, Arizona


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Style: Trail riding
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From US$ 525 per person

Ride in the mountains that were once home to Apache chiefs Geronimo and Cochise. Experience the true Western lifestyle that most only get to see in movies.

Well-trained horses are the heartbeat of this ranch in Cochise County, which offers diverse horse riding programs. Whether it’s your first time in the saddle or you’re already an experienced rider, the team will adapt the program to your individual needs. For beginners, there are many gentle trails near the ranch, while many of the mountain trails will challenge even the most experienced riders.

During your stay, you’ll enjoy three days of horse riding against spectacular scenery, with approximately eight hours of riding per day. You’ll also participate in typical ranch activities, such as roping lessons, target shooting, horseshoe pitching, archery, barrel racing, and team penning (mini cattle drives).

All daily meals are included.

» READ MORE: Top 5 Destinations for a Ranch Vacation in the USA



4 Days Exhilarating Horse Riding Holiday at Galiny Palace, Poland


  • Skill levelAll levels
  • Styles: Flatwork, jumping, lunge lessons, hacking
  • AvailabilityMarch to December 2023
  • PriceFrom € 320 per person

Stay at a 16th-century Renaissance manor surrounded by 12 acres of meadows and forests, bisected by the meandering Pisa river, so that you can ride as you wish.

During this holiday, you can choose between flatwork lessons, lunge lessons, jumping, or countryside riding. You’ll enjoy two riding sessions per day but there’s no need to stick to a specific schedule. You can make your own together with the highly-experienced instructors.

The instructors will fit you into small groups of similar abilities and interests, and pair you with a suitable horse. The riding center has 70 horses belonging to the Holsteiner, Westphalian, and Polish half-bred breeds. If you’re a beginner, the first lesson will be performed on a lunge line and will last no more than half an hour. 

The package includes energizing breakfasts and dinners featuring local eco products. You will also be served non-alcoholic drinks with your meals. 



2-Day Horse Riding Vacation in Rila National Park, Bulgaria


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Styles: Trail riding & hacking
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From € 185 per person

Go on this all-inclusive horse riding weekend in the Rila mountain range and explore the pristine nature of Bulgaria from a different perspective.

There will be two days of riding in Rila National Park, for about four to six hours each day. There is a variety of trails to choose from in the Rila Mountains, the tallest on the Balkan Peninsula, and the guides will pick the ones that are most suitable for your skill level.

You’ll be paired with a horse that fits your needs and visit historic and natural sites, including the hidden gem of Chapel of St. George, perched on a cliff and with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon, after the trail ride, you’re welcome to join the fun archery lessons.

The riding center is based on a sunny mountain hill, surrounded by forests, only half an hour from the famous ski resort of Bansko. You’ll wake up to an energy-charging breakfast, with coffee or herbal tea gathered from the surrounding mountain pastures.

All daily meals are included, featuring delicious organic food prepared according to your dietary requests. Most vegetables are homegrown, while the rest of the ingredients are from the local farms. Coffee, tea, water, juices, and alcoholic beverages are also included in the package.

» READ MORE: Different Types of Horse Riding Holidays Explained


4-Day Long Weekend with Jumping & Flatwork Training in Fermo, Italy


  • Skill level: Intermediate & advanced riders
  • Style: Show jumping
  • Availability: All year round
  • Price: From € 1,150 per person

It is very much possible to cover a lot of ground and improve your show jumping skills over an extended weekend.

Five kilometers from the town center of Fermo and 12 km from the beaches of Porto San Giorgio, a beautifully renovated property welcomes a limited number of guests at a time to offer the highest standard of hospitality, privacy, and quality of service.

Set on a hilltop, in a quiet and secluded location with panoramic views, the property is surrounded by 25 hectares of land with olive trees, a vineyard, and an equestrian center. Enjoy luxury accommodation either at the country house or at the equestrian center.

Italian, English, German, Dutch, and Flemish-speaking instructors offer professional show jumping and flatwork classes. There will be five lessons in total.

Breakfast, evening aperitif, and welcome drinks are included. Half board and full board are available for an additional cost.


4-Day Horse Riding Holiday and Ranch Vacation in Big River, Saskatchewan, Canada


  • Skill level: All levels
  • Styles: Western Riding and Hacking
  • Availability: October to December
  • Price: From € 742 per person

Enjoy an adventurous horseriding holiday in the lush Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan. With accommodations near the Sturgeon River Valley, you’ll be able to explore the teeming wildlife in the area and maybe even get to see the wild plains bison during your exciting ride!

The daily riding time will last for about 3 to 5 hours, with different trails to ride on every day. You also have the option to go canoeing or host a campfire at night to top the trip.

This package includes a 3-night accommodation and full access to a kitchen. Meal packages can also be purchased for an additional fee.


Horse riding doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Go on a budget horse riding holiday and ride more with less!

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