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Riding holidays in Europe offer many different experiences: tolting across the lava fields of Iceland or learning high school dressage movements in Spain or Portugal; trail rides through vineyards in France or mountains in Spain; beach rides in Menorca or riding trails through snow in Finland. There are a multitude of horses to discover too - characterful Icelandics, athletic Lusitano's, expressive Andalucians and laid-back Haflingers to name just a few... Whether you want to relax in one place, move on every night or camp in remote locations, there is a riding holiday in Europe to suit everyone.

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  • Swim with horse in Toscany
  • Dressage in Tuscany, Italy
  • On horseback in the dunes in Sardania
  • High School dressage riding, Spain
  • Cantering on spain beach
  • Horse riding in Island
  • Counter in Pyrénées mountains
  • On the Azores Wild Coast

Types of riding holiday

Pack trips with Equus Journeys 

A horse riding expedition takes you on a long-distance itinerant horseback ride with all your baggage, equipment and food carried by either pack mules or horses or a support vehicle. You will ride through isolated and spectacular regions often only accessible on horseback. You will sleep in simple, yet comfortable, tents out under the stars.


Horseback trails with Equus Journeys

A trail riding holiday is an itinerant ride through stunning scenery. You will ride a progressive route through the local landscape and stop at a different place each night. The transport of the baggage, horses and riders is all done by support vehicle. At night, you will sleep in comfortable tents, gîtes, equestrian hostels or charming hotels.


Ranch stay with Equus Journeys

A ranch stay most often takes place on a cattle or horse rearing estancia or ranch - depending on the part of the world you travel to. We choose to send our riders to small or medium-sized, family-run ranches where you can really get to know the owners and workers. Nights are sometimes spent camping out, but more often than not are spent in the comfort of a simple gîte or high quality lodge.


Horseback safari with Equus Journeys

A horseback safari offers a unique chance to explore native wildlife and spectacular scenery on horseback. Routes can either be itinerant, with you camping ‘Out of Africa’ style, or centre-based, riding out each day from a lodge or camp which are comfortable and generally open to only small groups of riders. The horses you will be riding are truly exceptional as they will get up close to the wildlife while you observe.


Dressage with Equus Journeys

A dressage training holiday allows riders to either train and improve or perfect their dressage technique. The riding instructors are highly qualified and by working with perfectly-trained horses, riders will be able to progress and feel the precision of each movement. 


Equestrian stay with Equus Journeys

A centre basedriding holiday offers riders daily trail riding or other equestrian activities from a fixed location with accommodation. The rhythm of the ride is entirely flexible and these rides are often open to non-riders. The type of accommodation varies, depending on the country, from gîte to ranch or yurt to luxury lodge. 


Cattle drive

A cattle drive focuses on the herding of cattle, deer, or sheep working alongside the cowboys, gauchos, pantaneiros or mongols who raise them. Riders joining these drives will get involved in the many different aspects such as corralling, sorting, watching over the herd, branding, and castrating. Nights will be spent under canvas or on ranches, farms or yurts.


Horse drive

A horse drive involves moving herds of horses from pasture to pasture. In general, the riders tasks will involve circling ahead of and behind the herd in order to keep the horses in check, notably the youngsters. Nights will be spent in tents or on ranches and farms.


Natural horsemanship with Equus journeys

Natural horsemanship holidays allows for the discovery or the perfection of ‘Natural Horsemanship’ (ethological equitation), of which the aim is complicity and close cooperation between horse and rider. The instructors have been trained in a variety of methods such as those of Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts and Buck Brannaman, which they have then adapted to form approaches of their own. Accommodation varies depending on the destination and may include gîtes, ranches and guest houses.


Long distance horse ride

An enduranceriding holiday allows for the discovery and perfection of endurance riding through open countryside. This equestrian discipline is suitable for all experienced riders. The usual aim of these types of holiday is to complete the preparation for a long-distance race. Accommodation varies depending on the destination, and may include gîtes and guest houses.


Polo with Equus Journeys

On a polo playing trip, you will be introduced to this invigorating equestrian sport involving 4 players on horseback on two opposing teams. This riding discipline is within the skill-set of any experienced rider. Accommodation varies depending on the destination and may include estancias, hotels or guest houses.


Exploration with Equus Journeys

A trip led by an extraordinary guide with a specialist knowledge of the destination.  Whether it be an open itinerary or a trip full of memorable events, it is often the guide that truly sets these trips apart; the guide’s insight and skill allows for total and unique immersion into different horse cultures found throughout the world.


Family Trip

During a family horse riding holiday, the pace of the ride, the riding level, accommodation comfort and guides are chosen to suit the needs of a family riding together. The transport of the luggage and of the riders and horses is done by support vehicle. Non-riders are often welcome on these holidays. A family horse riding holiday is also a fantastic opportunity for non-riders to get into the saddle for the first time.

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

Nights in yurts, the traditional housing in Central Asia, with beds and sometimes stoves for heating.

Nights in luxury or boutique accommodation. Rooms have private bathrooms. 

Nights in basic shelter such as a mountain hut/cabin. Usually dormitory beds with shared bathrooms.

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

Nights in luxury camps with proper beds and linen. Toilets and showers are usually provided.

Ideal For Families

These rides are ideal for families and offer maximum flexibility

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Non riders

Non riders are welcome to join their riding friends as activities are available for them such as riding   lessons for beginners, cyling, walking, fishing, golf...

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AVAILABLE RIDES

  • IRELAND Connemara Coastal Trail

    8 days / 6 days riding from £ 1,390

    This amazing horseback trail ride in Ireland is perfect for lovers of Irish hospitality and beach rides. Discover the beauty of the Connemara coast on horseback and experience the mountains LEARN MORE

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  • IRELAND Wild Connemara Trail

    8 days / 6 days riding from £ 1,390

    Discover mythical Connemara on this horseback trail west of County Galway. Where the mountains meet the sea, forming breathtaking peninsulas, lakes, fjords and deserted islands, ride brave Connemara ponies and LEARN MORE

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  • ICELAND Northern Exposure trail

    8 days / 5 days riding from £ 2,215

    On this riding trail in Iceland discover the spectacular north of the country with it's natural wonders and diverse landscapes. Visit Europe's largest waterfall, Dettifoss and the strange rock formations LEARN MORE

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  • ICELAND Snaefellsnes Beach Trail

    8 days / 6 days riding from £ 2,015

    Experience the pleasure of the Icelandic horse whilst tolting and cantering along miles of sandy beaches on this incredible beach trail ride in Iceland. Ride through lava fields and past LEARN MORE

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  • PORTUGAL Wild North Portugal Trail

    8 days / 6 days riding from £ 935

    A beautiful trail ride through the wild mountain landscape of northern Portugal, crossing open pastures, heathland and forest. Ride through two different national parks and discover wild herds of Garrano LEARN MORE

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    SUITABLE FOR NON-RIDERS

  • IRELAND Ring of Kerry

    7 days/ 5 riding from £ 1,290

    A horse riding holiday in County Kerry in South-West Ireland, offers some of the finest scenery there is, from high mountain ranges, lakes, waterfalls and a wonderful rugged coastline. This LEARN MORE

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  • CROATIA Adventures along the Adriatic Coast NEW !

    8 days/ 6 days riding from £ 810

    A unique horseback adventure along the coast of Croatia, in Istria. This six-day trip offers excellent riding in an area where nature remains unspoilt and untamed. You will explore a LEARN MORE

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  • ITALY Sardinia's Three Isles

    8 days/ 6 days riding from £ 1,520

    Enjoy a trail riding holiday on horseback in Italy, exclusive to Equus Journeys, across three of Sardinia's islands : discover Sardinia's southern isle, the isle of Sant'Antioco and the isle LEARN MORE

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  • BULGARIA The Orpheus Kingdom

    8 days / 6 riding days from £ 1,285

    Ride a horseback trail in southern Bulgaria through varied and spectacular landscapes, through ancient coniferous forests, along winding mountainous paths and lush river banks. Ride forward-going horses in the Rhodope LEARN MORE

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  • AZORES Azores, Horseback Trail Across Pico

    8 days / 6 riding days from £ 1,280

    On horseback, explore Pico and Faial Island, two of the Azores' remote and tranquil isles in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. First take ride trails across Pico, home to LEARN MORE

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YOUR ADVISOR

Riding in Europe

The size and diversity of Europe means that the riding holiday possibilities are almost endless. From mountain trails to canters along the beach; from lava fields to lush vineyards; from sunny Menorca to snowy Finland - there is something to suit everyone.

TRAIL RIDES Moving on almost every night means that you can explore a different landscape from horseback each day. Whether you love mountains, the sea, flower-filled meadows or wild volcanic horizons, there is a trail ride in Europe. On some trails you stay in rustic accommodation whereas others are comfortable hotels - you can even stay in grand chateaux!

For Volcanoes: Iceland - Kjolur Trail

For flower-filled meadows: Romania - Riders of Transylvania or Portugal - Kingdom of the Lusitano

For beach riding: Portugal - Dolphin Trail or France - Sauternes to the Sea

For mountains: France - Mountain Pass trail or Spain - White Villages of Alpujarras

PACK TRIPS are long trail rides where for some or all of the trail your belongings are carried by pack animals. It is likely that you will be camping or staying in remote mountain cabins or refuges so these riding holidays are for those with a spirit of adventure!

France - The Three Countries or France - Pyrenees High Lakes

CENTRE-BASED RIDES offer the flexibility to ride as much or as little as you like. Unpack your bags, relax and explore the countryside on horseback.

For winter rides: Finland - Horses, huskies and reindeer

For sunshine: Italy - Tuscan Farmhouse

RANCHES & CATTLE DRIVES Whilst Europe may not have the sprawling cattle ranches of North America, there are still opportunities to move livestock to and from their summer pastures.

France - The Great Transhumance or Iceland - Sheep Round-Up

INSTRUCTION riding holidays are ideal if you want to learn a new skill, or improve your riding technique.

Italy - Classical Dressage in Tuscany

Spain - Epona High School Classical Dressage

Portugal - Classical Dressage