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2 Day Western Experience Horse Riding Holiday in Thessaloniki, Macedonia

Ziogas Western City, Thessaloniki, 57017, Lefkohori, Lahana, Greece

Horseback Riding Vacation Greece

Come to Ziogas Western City and make your dream come true. Experience being a cowboy for a while, in a beautiful small far west town. Dive into the unique atmosphere of the wild west just a few miles outside the city of Thessaloniki. With or without a cowboy hat, you can delve deeper into the wild west. Pack up your camera, focus, and shoot so as to preserve those incredible moments.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 100 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 14.27 to 16.24 hands
  • Tack type: Western tack
  • Horse breed: mostly cross Greek Mountain Breed with Appaloosa, Tinker, Thoroughbred, and Hefflinger

Highlights

  • 2 days of horse riding
  • Suitable for beginner riders
  • Horse grooming and tacking
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 hours
  • Lunch and Dinner on day 1
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 2
  • 1 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
Airport transfer available:
Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (US$24 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
00:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant

Accommodation will be in the restored western carriage in a private or double room.

Program

Horses

The Ziogases and horses are so closely united. Their first horse, Yohan, was an Arabian stallion. After that, there have been many more horses: local ones, imported ones, racehorses, jumpers, half-bred, hot-tempered ones, cold-blood, warmblood, tall, short ones; all horses are great as long as you treat them with trust and respect!

In Ziogas Western City you will not find the perfect stables or any luxury, you will not see them obey every equine rule. They have no intention of breeding champion horses, they are not interested in their figure, their discipline, the observation of every rule or the improvement of your riding skills. However, if you are seeking to explore the real world of horses, then visit to spare yourselves some harmful and unpleasant surprises.

In Ziogas Western City, they have come to think like horses do since it can’t be the other way round and so, they treat them in the best possible way. For these reasons and many more, their horses trust them. Dolly, Dora, Kate, Marx, and 30 more horses are happy and this is certainly obvious!

Daily itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival and welcome from the personnel
  • Guided tour to equestrian facilities
  • Lunch time at Saloon
  • Theoretical and practical equestrian lesson in the arena (1-hour duration)
  • Mountain trail riding experience with a guide (average 1 hour)
  • Dinner time at Saloon
  • Night accommodation in Western-style restored train carriage

Day 2

  • Cowboy breakfast at the carriage
  • Agrototourism activities (feeding the horses etc.) - optional
  • Horse grooming and tacking
  • Panorama Mountain trail experience (2 hours average)
  • Lunchtime at Saloon

Location

Just 39 kilometers from the center of Thessaloniki, you will find yourselves at Ziogas Western City in Lefkohori village. The road is in a very good condition (Egnatia highway) and the trip is great.

Distances

  • Thessaloniki, 39 kilometers / 24.18 miles

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Shopping

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant

Food

Saloon

Starting at 8:00 in the morning, you can enjoy the best coffee in the saloon with the magnificent view of Ziogas Western City and St. George’s hill. Later on, at the bar, you can find anything for the thirsty cowboy hidden inside you: an excellent choice of drinks, whiskey mainly (the “spicy” water) and beers.

In a warm and cozy western place listening to country music, old favorite rock, and blues songs coming from the rich collection, you can travel to the Wild West for a while and get away from the city roads.

For those who want to get a bite to eat, they offer what cowboys used to eat on their quests and trails leading their herds from the west to the east: special omelets, a wide variety of sausages, fried bacon, beans, rice, and more that will satisfy your hunger as long as you have no irrational demands.

Spend your time pleasantly, playing backgammon, cards, betting on your old foosball table, chatting with the other friends / customers / patrons, discussing your riding skills and experiences, enjoying the great music and the wonderful sunset.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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)

You are given the opportunity to escape from your daily routine, both you and your children. Western Ziogas City’s activities vary.

Hiking

There is a variety of routes that you can follow on the Klepe Mountain of Lefkochori, one of which is the chapel of St. George. It is situated on the top of the mountain at 750 meters altitude. From there, you can look down on the plains of both Thessaloniki and Kilkis. The trip is a 25-minute ascending ride.

Sharphooting - archery

Everyone can try their archery sharpshooting abilities! You must, however, know that it is in a game form with an air-gun and an amateur bow.

Western store

Influenced by the wild and independent spirit of Crazy Horse, chief of Lakota, they named their western general store of Ziogas Western City, “Crazy Horse”. In this store you will find anything that might be of interest to a horse lover and to anyone who loves the wild free way of living of the Indians and cowboys: shirts, hats, stetsons, boots, gloves, scarves, t-shirts, belts, buckles, ornaments, gifts, furniture, charms, and more.

What's included

  • Horseback riding on day 1 and 2
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Lunch and dinner on day 1
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 2

What's not included

  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic drinks

How to get there

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Driving directions from Thessaloniki

  • Follow Egnatia highway towards Serres-Kavala.
  • At 8 kilometers (4,96 miles) away from Thessaloniki, you come across the exit to Serres.
  • Get off that road and head to Serres.
  • 20 kilometers (12,4 miles) after that, you come across another exit.
  • There is a blue colored road sign that reads: Dorkada, Karterai, Lefkohori.
  • Get off the road after this sign (to your right).
  • Go up the bridge found on your left.
  • As soon as you reach the next crossroad, turn right.
  • 4 kilometers (2,48 miles) following the signs to Lefkohori (Λευκοχώρι) you reach the village.
  • Pass through it and find a sign that reads: Ziogas Western City.
  • Turn right to a country road.
  • After a few meters, you reach the facilities.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (SKG).

Arrival by bus

You get on bus number 27 and ride to the bus station in Stavroupoli. Then you get on the OAΣΘ Νumber 85Β bus to Lefkohori. Unfortunately, there are only three buses a day: at 8:20 a.m., at 4:00 p.m., and at 8:20 p.m. You get off at the bus terminal and Ziogas Western City is very close to that.

Arrival by Thessaloniki - Serron bus

From the Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (SKG) terminal you get on the bus to Serres that leaves every hour. Your ticket will be issued for the destination “Karteron bridge ”(Aerogefira Karteron). Ziogas western city can come and pick you up from that point as long as you have notified them beforehand.

Airport: Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" Airport transfer available: Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (US$24 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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