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Exciting Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

Castilla province is not only the heart of Spanish culture but also home to a rich tradition of wine and food. On this riding holiday in Spain, you will explore the vineyards of Ribera Del Duero on superb purebred Spanish horses. You will stop to taste fine wines at some of the oldest and most iconic wineries in Spain. You will overnight in excellent hotels with much character and comfort and have dined in some of the finest restaurants and sample the best and freshest local cuisine which are wine and meat and good horses are the focus of this ride.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 231 pounds / 105 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 15 to 16.2 hands
  • Tack type: traditional deep-seated Spanish saddles with soft sheepskin covers and traditional big stirrups
  • Horse breed: Spanish, Arab X, Andalusian X, and ponies

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Explore the vineyards of Ribera Del Duero
  • Ride in the habitat of hundreds of Leonados vultures
  • Visit the most emblematic wine cellars of the region
  • Riding along the Duratón river and Duero river
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

You will be accommodated at La Cerca Blanca or Posada del Duratón or similar in Sebúlcor, hotel Posada Real Castillo de Curiel or similar in Curiel de Duero, Hotel Fuente de la Aceña or similar in Quintanilla de Onésimo, and Covarrubias.

The hotels used en route are all very comfortable or even luxurious with twin or double rooms and en-suite shower, toilet, bidet, and basin in the bathrooms. They are always located in spots of particular interest and have a local character all of their own.

Program

Overview

The owner breeds pure Spanish horses (PRE). The horses used for the trails are Spanish, Arab X, and some Andalusian X, and there are 35 excellent riding horses to choose from. They range in height from 15-16.2 hands with some ponies available. They are all in well-rounded condition and beautifully polished on a daily basis with traditional flowing manes, mainly kept stabled, shod all round, and very well mannered. They are ridden in traditional deep-seated Spanish saddles with soft sheepskin covers and traditional big stirrups. The bridles are mainly curbed bits and the horses are ridden loose-reined and respond easily to weight shifts and subtle signals. This is a very easy and relaxing style of riding similar to Western, and some instruction will be given if wanted.

The horses are all experienced and sure-footed trail horses with temperaments that vary from quiet and reliable through responsive to fiery and showy. With 35 horses to choose from, you are sure to find your ideal partner for the week. The riding is mainly at a walk due to varying terrain, but there are plenty (4-6) of opportunities for long and fast canters every day. Vaquero style does not include trotting although this is possible if requested. The riding starts in the late morning, and after 2-3 hours, a break is made for lunch followed by a siesta and a similar length afternoon session to arrive late afternoon at your destination. All saddling and grooming are done for you although you are welcome to assist with your own horse.

Riders need to be able to walk, trot, and canter. These horses are trained in the Spanish style and are used to being ridden with a loose rein when at a walk and a light contact at the canter. Due to the long rides, this ride is not suitable for children under 12 and all children should be competent riders. There is no need to saddle or clean your own horse on this ride unless you wish to. Assistance is available for mounting and dismounting and minimal walking next to your horses is required.

Day 1: Arrival

You will arrive in Madrid, Spain and be transferred to the first night's hotel. It may be possible depending on the time of arrival, to visit Sepúlveda in the afternoon. It is beautifully situated with picturesque town walls, churches, and traditionally built houses. Dinner and lodging in La Cerca Blanca or Posada del Duratón or similar.

Day 2: Sebúlcor - Fuentidueña

You will start your route in Sebulcor, a small town that allows the most direct access to the natural park of “Las Hoces del Río Duratón”. Riding between pine groves, forests of shores, sabinas, and junipers, you will traverse the park and enjoy a precipitous view of the meandering S bends of the Duratón river. You will ride in the habitat of hundreds of leonados vultures and some Egyptian vultures, kites, eagles, sparrow hawks, and if you are really fortunate, you will see the only pair of real eagles that nest in the park. Otters, genets, and other species are prevalent. Upon arriving in the small town of San Miguel de Bernuy, you will stop for a wonderful lunch in a restaurant. After your siesta, you will head down the river Duratón to Fuentidueña and it will be the end of your first day. Dinner and lodging in La Cerca Blanca or Posada del Duratón or similar.

Day 3: Fuentidueña - Peñafiel - Curiel

Riding along the Duratón river, you will find the point where it joins the Duero River. You will head towards Peñafiel with its majestic castle (tenth century and reconstructed in the fourteenth century and the national historical monument) and the Provincial Wine museum, both of which you will have the opportunity to visit. You will stop for a picnic in Peñafiel. Dinner and lodging is in the hotel Posada Real Castillo de Curiel or similar.

Day 4: Curiel - Valle del Cuco - Curiel

Today, you will ride a circuit around the plateau of Peñafiel, taking in the Valley of Cusco, down by the Castle of Curiel to come back again to the foot of the mountain where the castle is located. You will get the chance to visit to the wine cellar of Protos or other. Dinner and lodging in the Hotel Posada Real Castillo de Curiel or similar.

Day 5: Curiel - Quintanilla de Onesimo

You will cross the Duero river and once on the right bank, you will visit the most emblematic wine cellars of the region which are Pesquera, Dehesa de los Canónigos, and Emina. You will also visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Valbuena (San Bernardo) of the order of the Cister and permanent seat of the Foundation “Las Edades Del Hombre”.

You will finish the day, too tired to ride further but with energy to visit another wine cellar or two, to drink (a little) and to eat, in Quintanilla de Onesimo. Dinner and lodging in the Hotel Fuente de la Aceña or similar.

Day 6: Quintanilla de Onésimo - Traspinedo

You will dedicate the day to riding, rising to the high lands from where shores of the Duero river can be seen stretching out before you. You will have lunch, wine-tasting, and traditional lamb dish called “Lechazo”. Your meal is in a wine cellar in Traspinedo. Dinner and lodging is in the Hotel Fuente de la Aceña or similar.

Day 7: Traspinedo - Portillo

Today, you will ride through resin pinewoods towards Portillo which is the village famous for its Encierros traditional bulls roundup, impressive fourteenth-century castle, churches, and butter almond cookies called Mantecados or Zapatillas. You will have lunch in a typical regional restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Covarrubias.

Day 8: Departure and airport transfer

You will be transferred to Madrid and your departure is after breakfast.

Note

All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organizing team.

Included excursions

You will have the chance to visit vineyards and taste local wine and special local meats.

Location

This holiday will be held in Ribera del Duero, Spain. You will also get the chance to visit several places such as Sebúlcor, Curiel de Duero, Quintanilla de Onésimo, and Covarrubias.

Ribera del Duero is a Spanish Denominación de Origen located in the country's northern plateau and is a famous 'quality wine' region within the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is also one of several wine-producing regions to be found along the course of the Duero river.

The region is characterized by a largely flat, rocky terrain and is centered on the town of Aranda de Duero, although the most famous vineyards surround Peñafiel and Roa de Duero to the west. Ribera del Duero was named Wine Region of the Year 2012 by the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Food

The food is typical of the region, lovingly prepared, and freshly cooked. On this trail, you will have breakfast and dinner at the hotels and lunch is in the vineyard or an extensive picnic lunch in nature. Continental breakfast, extensive lunch, and 3-course dinner are the norm.

The meals are taken at vineyards, fine restaurants, and hotels along the way. The local specialties are based on meat (often lamb or beef), sausages, cheeses, and the famous red wineries of Ribero del Duero valley. Everything is fresh and locally produced. The standard of food on this ride is gourmet.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • 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)

Massage is available on the last 3 nights in Fuente de Acena hotel.

What's included

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Wine and beer
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Return airport transfers to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Beverages other than with meals
  • Other transportation

How to get there

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Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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