4 Days Adventure Nomad Horse Riding and Archery Camp at the Magical Coast of Vág River, Slovakia

Peaceful Slovakia Horse Riding Holiday

If you’re looking to escape the monotony of everyday life and noise and stress of the city to find yourself in a calm, peaceful place surrounded by beautiful scenery and serene animals, then Vermes Balázs has just the place for you. Adventures are plenty to be had as you will learn about the Hungarian culture and nomadic lifestyle, sleep in a yurt, become closer to nature, ride a horse, learn archery and other throwing weapons, and participate in the ancient Hungarian martial art of horseback archery. Look no further, this is your place. The Vermes family offers experiences for all ages on the edge of the wonderful Vág River where the peaceful farm and village atmosphere permeates everything.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 221 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: 15 hands
  • Tack Type: English saddles
  • Horse Breed: Arabian, furioso, Welsh pony, and mixed breed

Highlights

  • Horse riding lessons
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1.5 hours
  • Fun archery and throwing weapon lessons
  • Team building games, Hungarian folk dancing, and handmade crafts
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hungarian, Slovak, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12

Airport transfer available:
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (US$116 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Garden
  • Special menu request
  • Tour assistance

The accommodation that is offered will be different from the normal hotel style accommodation because the guests will share a yurt. The yurt was the foundation of the nomad lifestyle in the past where one family lived their everyday life on the big sprawling pastures. It’s easy to take apart and very portable in comparison to a normal house. Many people think its a tent but that is far from the truth. The structure of a yurt is very stable as it needed to endure the huge storms and the form plays to this necessity.

At night through the opened chimney cover, one can enjoy sleeping by starlight. This kind of living is extremely close to nature and is still used as a common housing option in Middle Asia to this day. The team will set up their yurt together on the day of arrival. You must bring a sleeping mat as well as a sleeping bag or you can rent one from Vermes Balázs. The shower and the restroom are separated in outside the housing which also gives the feel of the nomad lifestyle.

Vermes Balázs Horse Riding Holiday in Slovakia Program

Every program will run in the great outdoors and will change only if the weather turns. The programs will offer an active rest with a lot of motion. The main goal is learning to use the bow and other weapon techniques along with horseback riding from professional trainers. The equestrian training will contain the basic groundwork with horses, bareback riding, and riding in a saddle. Vermes Balázs has seven very kind horses and one pony in the service of the guests. Vermes Balázs puts a big emphasis on team spirit and this is felt through the team building games and calm bonfire discussions under the stars. There is always the option to participate in handmade craft activities.

The typical day

The day will start with morning exercises and stretching if the team desires and continue with breakfast. The rest of the morning will be filled with archery, weapon training, and horseback riding. After a delicious lunch, there will be options for handmade crafts and participating in team games where there is always much laughter and fun. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner and as the day comes to a close, there will be always a new unique experience followed by a bonfire underneath a starlit sky. You may listen and meditate to ancient tribal drum sounds in the traditional yurt and enjoy the rich culture as you learn folk dance lessons.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 150 cm
  • Tack Type: English and Hungarian
  • Horse Breed: Arabian, one Furioso, one Welsh pony and the others are mixtures.

Instructors

Balázs Vermes
Balázs started to ride horses and shoot with the bow when he was seven. His family owns seven horses and one pony. He works with horses for 21 years. During that time, he had mainly worked with fools and problematic horses or started young horses. He used mainly natural horseman methods. For a shorter period, he was the personal assistant of Monty Roberts. He worked in farms and barns where he trained horses and people also. Since 2007, he leads a horse riding and archery summer camp for kids whit big popularity. He and his father are one of the best horseback archers in the world. Balázs was part of the five top horseback-archers in the world. Also, he reached the third place on nomad world games and last year he won the championship in Kazakstan. In everyday life, he works as a horse trimmer, horse trainer, and leather craft man.

Location

The Vermes farm is placed in south-west Slovakia in the region called Csallóköz near the city Kolárovo on the coast of the Vág River. In the past, this land was covered mainly with marshes and many floods occurred. Nowadays, farmlands dominate this area but thanks to the river that the character of the flood basin has been preserved.

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming

General

  • Garden
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

You will be provided daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Vermes family puts a big emphasis on the quality of the food that is served as well. The provided food is made mainly from organic produce from the local market in addition to their own garden and animals raised at the farm. Vermes Balázs serves traditional Hungarian meals prepared fresh by the family. Nobody can resist the smell of the Hungarian pie baking in the oven. Vermes Balázs provides full meal service with two hot meals daily. If you have a vegetarian diet, please let Vermes Balázs know in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
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)

  • Hike in the coastal wild forest
  • Trail riding (only for experienced riders)
  • Visiting the beach and swimming in the Vág River
  • Visiting the old water mill in the town
  • Watching a horseback archery demonstration

What's included

  • 1,5-hour horse riding lessons daily
  • 1,5-hour archery and throwing weapon lessons daily
  • Team building games
  • Hungarian folk dancing
  • Handmade crafts
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Transport
  • Extra excursions
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat

How to get there

Driving directions from Komárno

  • Get to Komárno what is on the border between Hungary and Slovakia.
  • Go the direction to the North Kolárovo and before the city on the right side after a canal is a samitory.
  • Turn to the right there and keep going on the panel road up to the end and you arrived.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD). Transfer from and to that airport is available upon request.

Arrival by train

You can come with public transport from Budapest. Then, you may get on a train in Budapest-Déli Railway Terminal direction to Komárom or Győr. Afterward, you can get off in Komárom and Vermes Balázs can pick you up there.

Airport: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport Airport transfer available: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (US$116 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Thursday August 23, 2018
Departure: Sunday August 26, 2018

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