8 Days Enthralling Horse Riding Holiday in Muhu, Estonia

Enchanting Estonia Horse Riding Holiday

You are invited to join this enthralling horse riding holiday in the beautiful island of Muhu in Estonia. In this holiday, you can choose to have a picnic ride for the whole day or a simpler and shorter ride to places nearby the Tihuse Horse Riding's farm. Whatever your choice is, the experience will still be fascinating. You can ride to the natural fields, forest roads, and even the local villages of Muhu. Get absorbed with the beauty of the land of fairies on a horseback!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: From 13 to 15 hands
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Estonian native horses

Highlights

  • 6 days' horse riding sessions
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 to 5 hours
  • Supervision from Tihuse Horse Riding's experienced guide
  • Awesome riding experience within beautiful treks
  • 7 breakfast, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Estonian, Finnish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 11
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Tour assistance

Tihuse Horse Riding’s farm is situated on the magical Muhu Island where 65 pre-Christian rite sites have remained. They offer accommodation for up to 43 people and catering for more than 50 people in Tihuse's tea house. There is also plenty space for campers and caravans. Tihuse Horse Riding has accommodations in three different buildings. The total number of beds is 43.

The new house

The new house has beds up to 15 and rooms up to five. There are a private shower and a WC in each room. The place is facilitated with Wi-Fi. Rooms are located on the first floor. Meanwhile, Ancient Culture Café and a sauna with an electric heater are located on the ground floor. The house was built in 2010.

The old house

The old house has 18 beds and eight rooms. The first floor consists of a private shower and a WC in each room. There are two triple rooms (an extra bed can be put into one of them), two twin rooms, and one single room. Meanwhile, the ground floor consists of rooms without a private shower and WC. There are two shower rooms with a WC for common use on the ground floor. The ground floor has one triple room and two twin rooms. There is Wi-Fi, a sauna heated with a firewood, common room with a fireplace, and dining room on the ground floor. The house was built in 1934.

Program

In this holiday, it is possible to choose five-hour whole day trips (with picnic) and also two to three-hour trips near Tihuse Horse Riding's farm. You may read the detailed program below.

Long riding journeys for experienced riders (five-hour whole day trips)

The destination route of long riding journeys have to be agreed at the latest by the evening of the previous day, depending on the weather conditions, road conditions, and the wishes of the majority of the company. Tihuse Horse Riding does not organize two different routes with a picnic on the same day. You can choose one of the following routes:

Pädaste route

The route will begin from Tihuse Horse Riding's farm at 10:00. The route to Pädaste Manor will take about two and a half to three hours. If you wish, you can ride past Mäla burial site. Later, you will have a picnic at Pädaste and a break for about two hours. Thereafter the horses will be saddled and you will ride back to Tihuse Horse Riding farm (one and a half and two hours). A four-hour route will end at 16:30 and a five-hour route will end at 17:30.

  • Time on the saddle: 4 or 5 hours (according to the group request) plus picnic
  • Break time: Picnic, a possible walk on Pädaste Manor yard, park, and an opportunity to go swimming

Võilaiu route - a trip to the young horse island

The route will begin from Tihuse Horse Riding's farm at 10:00. The ride will include a walk through water and greeting to a herd of young horses on the islet. The first half of the route will include riding for about three to three and a half hours. After that, a picnic for about one and a half to two hours will take place at the site of the artillery emplacement from World War I. Thereafter the horses will be saddled and you will ride back to Tihuse Horse Riding's farm for one and a half to two hours. You will ride across a lot of fields and go past the ruins of Kuivastu Manor. The ride will end at about 17:00 to 18:00.

  • Time on the saddle: 5 hours plus picnic
  • Break time: Picnic

Koguva route - museum village

The route will begin from Tihuse Horse Riding's farm at 10:00. The first half of the route will take about three hours and then there will be a picnic in Koguva for about two hours. For an additional fee, you can visit Muhu Museum and order a guided tour in Koguva. Then, the horses will be saddled and you will ride back to Tihuse Horse Riding's farm for two to three hours. The ride will end at about 18:00 to 18:30.

  • Time on the saddle: 5 to 6 hours plus picnic
  • Break time: Optional visit to the museum

Üügu route

The route will begin on Tihuse Horse Riding's farm at 10:00. The first half of the route will include riding for two to three hours. You will be riding along the coastline with a picnic at Üügu Cliff for about one and a half to two hours. Then, the horses will be saddled again and you will ride back to Tihuse Horse Riding's farm for about two hours. The ride will end at around 17:00.

  • Time on the saddle: 4 or 5 hours (according to the group request) plus picnic
  • Break time: Picnic and a visit to the Eye Spring ("Goat Chamber" and "Roebuck Room" caves under the cliff)

Muhu stronghold route - Linnuse Village

The route will begin from Tihuse Horse Riding's farm at 10:00. The first half of the hike will include riding for about two and a half hours. You will be riding through forests, across fields, and past picturesque villages. Before the picnic, you will pass the summer house of the famous Estonian singer, Ivo Linna. Later, you will have a picnic for one and a half to two hours. Muhu Stronghold is at a short walking distance. Then, the horses will be saddled again and you will ride back to Tihuse Horse Riding's farm for about two and a half hours. The ride will end at about 17:30.

  • Time on the saddle 5 hours plus picnic
  • Break time: Picnic and a walk in Muhu Stronghold

Oosaare (North Muhu) route

The route will begin from Tihuse Horse Riding's farm at 10:00. The route to the northern coast of Muhu will take about two and a half hours. In Tamse village, you will pass a manor house called Tamse Schoolhouse by the local people. There is a shelter with table and benches at the picnic site but it is also possible to have a picnic on the beach for a break of one and a half to two hours. Then, the horses will be saddled again and you will ride back to Tihuse Horse Riding's farm for two and a half hours. On the way back, you will ride through Külasema village which is known for its active village society. If the road is good and all participants agree, then a long gallop will be possible on the way back. The ride will end at around 17:30.

  • Time on the saddle: 5 hours plus picnic
  • Break time: Picnic and an opportunity to go swimming

Note: On a ride, Tihuse Horse Riding suggests you to take along a small drink / water of a half liter, sun protection, and an insect repellent. Moreover, because the picnics will be held outside, the five-hour long riding trips are only available from April to October.

One to three-hour routes for advanced riders

You will enjoy a one-hour route to neighboring villages and mysterious forests around the tourism farm. It is also possible to visit the Rock Father and knock on the magic stone of wishes and say Hello to Fairies.Then, you will have two to three-hour rides on different routes. This could include riding on coral cliffs, a ride on wide-open fields, and magic forests or seeing the sea sparkling on the horizon.

An ancient culture trail lasts for three hours, riding through the magical crossing of seven roads and knocking on the wishing rock. You may visit Lehtmetsa Rash Rock and be sliding down from the Lalli slide rock. Also, you may have an opportunity to see an old man who is "stucked in the Püssina Cliff" and 430-million-year-old coral cliffs of Püssina and Rannaniit. Please note that if you want to visit the ancient culture trail, let Tihuse Horse Riding know about it. For more information, please send an inquiry already when booking.

Horses

The horses are steady and when sitting on the saddle and you can admire the variety of nature and picturesque landscapes. Horses are assigned to riders based on their level of riding experience. Also, taken into consideration is compatibility - the horse best suited to you as well as the level of difficulty and duration of the trip. All routes will be led by an experienced guide. As the Estonian native horse is rather small, Tihuse Horse Riding cannot offer horseback riding to people who are heavier than 110 kilograms. However, you are welcome to the joyful carriage and sleigh rides.

Good to know

Due to safety considerations, the maximum size of a group per one guide is 11 people. Usually, the groups are smaller. Tihuse Horse Riding reserves the right to make riding groups according to the riders’ skills. A group is formed of people with the same level of riding skills. If there is a timid or less experienced rider in the group, the speed is chosen according to him / her. To ensure your safety it is obligatory to wear a riding helmet and if you do not have one with you, Tihuse Horse Riding can provide you with it.

Typical daily schedule

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Ridings
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Ridings
  • 18:30 Dinner

Note: Normally, people will arrive around dinner time for the first day and you will start with the ridings on the next day. For the first day, Tihuse Horse Riding recommends taking shorter riding trips to get used to their riding systems and horses. Please send Tihuse Horse Riding an inquiry if more information is needed.

Location

Tihuse Horse Riding to Tallin is located about 153 kilometers. Muhu Island is a 430-million-year-old coral island. There are 52 villages on the island. Muhu Island has a kindergarten, basic school, nursing home, post office, pharmacy, out-patients’ center, shops, and three churches. Moreover, you will enjoy a long ride to one of the following places:

Pädaste Manor

Pädaste forests are well known for its fascinating colors and a large variety of different flowers especially in spring and in autumn. In summer, the Pädaste Cove invites you for a swim.

Võilaid

On the Islet of Võilaid, young horses and bovines live freely. Pasturing cattle creates ideal conditions for a very rare species of bird in Europe called dunlin (Calidris alpina schinzii). There are about 140 pairs of these birds in Estonia.

Koguva

Koguva is the best preserved living village complex in Estonia. The center of Muhu Museum is Tooma Farm, which was the home of the well-known Estonian writer Juhan Smuul.

Üügu

The north-eastern coast is hemmed in with smaller and bigger cliffs. The approximately 450 meters long Üügu cliff is the largest and most attractive of Muhu Island. Visit the "Goat Chamber" and "Roebuck Room" caves and the magic Eye Spring.

Muhu stronghold

In the old times, Muhu together with Saaremaa were the most densely populated areas in Estonia. The eight-meter-high walls of the stronghold were built by people. Muhu stronghold was a scenery for one of the last battles in 1227 before Estonians were conquered by the Livonian Order. The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia speaks about 20,000 men beleaguering the castle for five days, Older Rhime Chronicle of Livonia speaks of 2,500 were being killed and only one managing to escape. While building a dam over the small strait in the 19th century, the stones from the fort's strong walls were used as the filling material. A memorial stone dedicated to the tragic historical event is in the yard of the stronghold.

Tamse School

Tamse School started its activity lead by Mihail Pallas in the old manor house in 1919. The latter was the headmaster until 1932 when the school was taken over by Karl-Osvald Juht, who managed the school until his deportation in 1941. K.O. Juht continued active social life at Tamse. The number of pupils in the school was 50 to 80 years old before the war. The number of pupils increased when it became a six-year school in 1930. In 1940, the construction of a new school house according to the design of Jaagup Linnakivi started at Tamse. Due to the war, the work was hindered and was actually never completed.

Nearby places

  • Hellamaa bus stop, 1.5 kilometers
  • Kuivastu, 7.5 kilometers
  • Kuressaare (the county center), 70 kilometers
  • The shop, 1 kilometer

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Sauna

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

Food

You will be provided with two breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners. The Ancient Culture Café offers hot and cold drinks and home-made cakes. Catering for up to 50 people has to be booked in advance. Each day, there is a basic day menu for all guests. However, Tihuse Horse Riding always takes into account the guests wishes and allergies.

Food provided in the Ancient Culture Café or at a picnic during a long ride includes meat or fish dish, fresh salads or steamed vegetables, a cake or a dessert, and drinks. The new dish this season will be the vegan beefsteak offered at lunch and dinner. The accommodation cost includes also breakfast with porridge and pancakes. If you want to have extra lunch / dinner, you have to pay the extra. Lunch is 13 EUR per person and dinner is 13 EUR per person. Special diet (allergies, intolerances, etc.) will add 4 EUR per meal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • 30-minute massage (26 EUR per person to book in advance)
  • Barbecue (5 EUR per person, including dishes and woods for making fire from Tihuse Horse Riding)
  • Biking (2 EUR per person for one hour / 10 EUR per 24-hour)
  • Carriage trip (14 EUR per person for one hour)
  • Guided tour in Koguva (18 EUR per hour for each group)
  • Private carriage trip (28 EUR per person for one hour)
  • Two saunas - a sauna heated with firewood and a sauna with an electric heart (4 EUR per person)
  • Visit to Muhu Museum (3 EUR per person)
  • Visit to the ancient culture trail

What's included

  • 6 days' horse riding sessions (25 hours in total)
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 to 5 hours
  • Guidance from Tihuse Horse Riding's experienced guide
  • 7 breakfast, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Extra meals

How to get there

Driving directions from Saaremaa / Kuressaare about 70 kilometers

  • Drive along Risti - Virtsu - Kuivastu - Kuressaare road up to Hellamaa bus stop.
  • Turn left opposite the bus stops and drive 700 meters.
  • Then turn right at Tihuse signpost.
  • Drive 800 meters along the gravel road and when you see a log house on the left, you have arrived.
  • Find the parking lot that remains on the right.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport (TLL). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request.

Tihuse Horse Riding can help you buy the bus tickets from Tallinn to Muhu and back and Tihuse Horse Riding has one transport-company with whom they work together. However, the transport organizing is also pre-ordering and Tihuse Horse Riding can't give a 100% guarantee that the desired dates are available, but Tihuse Horse Riding will try to give their best to find a way to everybody to come here anyway.

It is possible to order a bus to meet you at the airport to take your group to Tihuse Horse Riding and at the end of the holiday, you will bring back to Tallinn. The vehicle is a mini-bus with eight seats, a bus for 20, and for bigger parties, a bus with 66 seats. Please send an inquiry for more information.

Arrival by bus

Bus tickets are available on Tpilet website. From Tallinn to Muhu and back, the tickets cost 28 EUR. Tihuse Horse Riding can help buying the tickets 10 days before the arrival. The starting point is at Tallinn Coach Station. The destination is Kuivastu (Muhu Vald, Saare Maakond) or Hellamaa (Muhu Vald, Saare Maakond). From Kuivastu, it is about 7.5-kilometer distance to Tihusele Horse Riding. Meanwhile, from Hellamaa bus stop, it is about 1.5-kilometer distance to Tihuse Horse Riding. Please note that not all buses will stop at Hellamaa.

For transfer, if you wish, Tihuse Horse Riding can come by car to meet you and take you to Tihuse. Please let them know in advance when and where Tihuse Horse Riding should come to meet you. Kuivastu to Tihuse costs 15 EUR per car while Hellamaa to Tihuse costs 5 EUR per car. Otherwise, you may also have a starting point at Kuressaare Coach Station with the destination to Hellamaa (Muhu Vald, Saare Maakond) by buying tickets online on Tpilet (can be bought ten days before the trip). From Hellamaa, the bus stop will be about 1.5 kilometers to Tihuse.

Arrival by ferry

From Tallinn, it is recommended to book ferry tickets in advance on Praamid website. The direction when coming to the island is Virtsu to Kuivastu while when going back is Kuivastu to Virtsu. The ferry trip lasts for about 30 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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Pricing information

​The following options are also available. Please send Tihuse Horse Riding an inquiry for more information.

  • Shared triple room (shared bathroom) in the old house (ground floor): 850 EUR per person
  • Shared twin / triple room (personal bathroom) in the old house (first floor): 878 EUR per person
  • Private triple room (personal bathroom) in the old house (first floor): 2,634 EUR
  • Accommodation and catering for children up to 3 years is free
  • For children from 4 to 11 years, accommodation, catering, and carriage ride will be deducted with 50% discount
Wednesday October 3, 2018
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