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Puszta Plains Trail

8 days / 6 days riding from 1144€

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

 

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HUNGARY-Puszta Plains Trail

8 days / 6 days riding from 1144€


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Discover the flat plains of Puszta on this riding holiday in Hungary. The flower-filled meadows of the Puszta plains are perfect for fast riding and nature lovers, with a multitude of birds accompanying your journeys. Horses here are part of the local culture and you can marvel at the skill of the local horsemen.

Strengths

- Unforgettable long canters across the Puszta Plains.
- Comfortable accommodation (including sauna and jacuzzi)
- Warm Hungarian hospitality
- Visit Kiskinsag national park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Pass traditional farms and admire the local Magyar riders at work
- Hungarian food and wine

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - BUDAPEST - PUSZTA - No riding

Accommodation : Maya's Farm

Flights to Budapest are not included. You should ensure you arrive no later than 19:30 - best to arrive between 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm if possible.

You will be transferred from the airport to the farm - this is payable locally in cash - please see "dates and prices". At the farm you will be met by your guide who will show you around and talk to you about your ability and horse preferences.

Dinner and night at the farm.

Day 2: RIDING ON THE FARM - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : Maya's Farm

After breakfast you will be introduced to your horse before setting of for an introductory ride of couple of hour to another farm and return. This is your first chance to glimpse your beautiful surroundings. You will have lunch and then the afternoon is free to relax or explore the farm.

Dinner and overnight at the farm.

Day 3 : FARM - PUSZTA PLAINS - 4-5 hours riding

After breakfast, riding for two hours across the plains until reaching a charming traditional farmhouse where you stop for lunch. The farm animals will roam freely around you!
In the afternoon continue riding until reaching your accommodation for the night.

Day 4: PUSZTA PLAINS - 5,5 hours riding

Accommodation : SARLOPUSZTA HOTEL

Today is your longest day of riding as you spend almost 5 hours in the saddle. Cross the pristine landscape of the national park - vast meadows, sandy hills and forests where you may spot wild boar, birds of prey, rabbits and deer, Your lunch is taken by a fishing lake.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the plains, where you stay for two nights.

Day 5: PUSZTA PLAINS - 2-4 hours riding

Accommodation : SARLOPUSZTA HOTEL

In the morning you ride for two hours to discover the beautiful countryside surrounding the hotel.

In the afternoon you can choose to ride again, exploring the woods on the property, or you can opt to utilise some of the hotels luxurious facilities - outdoor pool, sauna, quad, adventure course, massage etc. In the summer months the afternoons can be hot and so the afternoons are devoted to relaxation.

Day 6: PUSZTA PLAINS - FARM - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Red Castel

Today you ride back to the farm and the pace increases as you cross terrain which is ideal for longer canters! Stop for lunch en-route at the Red Castle before continuing onto the farm.

You will then be transferred back to the Red Castle for a night of wine, music, dinner and ambience.

Day 7: RIDING ON THE FARM - 3-4 hours riding

Accommodation : Maya's Farm

Transfer back to the farm in the morning and set out riding across the farmlands. Lunch will be taken during the day before returning to the farm in the afternoonfor dinner.

If you prefer then you can be transferred to Budapest in the afternoon to spend a night there - dinner will be to your own account and we will book you a night at either hotel Corvin or hotel Sissy (depending on availability).

Day 8: BUDAPEST - LONDON - No riding

After breakfast you are transferred back to Budapest for your flight home.

If your flight is late in the day then you can be dropped in the city and explore for the afternoon. A taxi to the airport will cost c. 20 euro


Price details

- Flights are not included.

- Groups are made up of 3-8 riders (max.). For groups of only two riders, a small group supplement of €140 (c. £120) per person will be added to your invoice.

- There is a single room supplement of €90 (c.£77). If at the time of your booking there is no one you can share with, we will invoice this supplement, and refund it once a sharer is found.

- Return transfers from the airport are to be paid locally, about €60 (c.£55) per person. In 2020 Transfers to and from the airport are included in the price.

- Accompanied children 12 years and older are welcome

- You can choose to spend the last night of the trip in Budapest for a supplement. Please contact us.

- This year, the guide - who is also a horse breeder and riding instructor - offers either dressage and obstacle courses lessons on the Tuesday and Friday instead of the rides stated for these two days. The discipline taught will be selected according to the majority's wishes. Instruction will be in English.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide

Logistics

1 support vehicle
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle

Accommodation

Double room in a rural inn

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
Mineral water

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Alcoholic beverages and personal extras

Transport

Return airport transfers to be paid locally
International flights can be booked upon request

Extras

Tips to the local team
Small group of supplement. See above for price details

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

It is customary to tip 10% in restaurants and to taxi drivers.

HORSES

The horses are a mixture of Hungarian warmbloods, sport horses, Furioso (from English Thoroughbreds) and Kisberi. They are very forward going, balanced and well trained. They are all in great condition and have very healthy, hard hooves, allowing them to be ridden barefoot.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You must be a competent rider, capable of cantering and galloping in balance across open terrain in a group whilst maintaining full control of your horse.

There is a maximum weight limit of 100kg but riders over 85kg must be excellent riders.

PACE

There are lots of opportunities for longer trots/canters and gallops across the open plains where the going is a mixture of sandy tracks and grassy meadows. There can be some long periods of canter.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You are expected to groom, tack up and untack your horse each day. You can also assist with feeding and watering if you wish.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You will cover 160 - 180km over the week and some of the days are long, so you need to be fit and in good physical condition.
Previous experience of a trail ride lasting several days is an advantage but not essential.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

English tack only.
Saddlebags and seat savers are not provided.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit

COMFORT

3 nights at the farm of your guide, which is comfortable but basic
3 nights in hotels (some with swimming pools)
1 night in a castle

CLIMATE

The southern plains have a continental climate with strong differences between the harsh winters and hot, dry summers. It can be humid in May/June with thunderstorms. Maximum temperatures are around 26c in summer and 1c in winter, although it can reach 30c in July/August.

Meals

You eat traditional local Hungarian fare. Lunches and dinners are taken at small restaurants along the way or at your hotels.

Water is included throughout. Extra drinks and beverages are not included but can be purchased locally.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your guide, Maja, is from Budapest and speaks good English. She left the formality of riding schools in the city for the wide open landscapes of the plains for unbridled gallops!

Packing list

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and add an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Thermals
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps.
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
- Pyjamas

Other useful items
- A soothing cream to alleviate any areas irritated by long days spent in the saddle
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Water bottle
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic Ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

UK CITIZENS - other nationalities please contact us for up-to-date information.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

If you're a British citizen, you don't need a visa to enter Hungary and stay for less than 90 days.

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary/entry-requirements for up-to-date information on entry requirements.

BREXIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

After 29 March 2019:

You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport's expiry date. These extra months will not count.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade de Hongrie en France
    5 square de l'avenue Foch
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 00 33 1 45 00 94 97
    Fax : 00 33 1 56 36 02 68
    mission.par@mfa.gov.hu

  • Ambassade de France en Hongrie
    27 Lendvay Utca
    1062 Budapest
    Tél. : 00 36 (1) 374 11 00
    Fax : 00 36 (1) 374 11 40
    consulat.budapest-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

HEALTH

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine

For recommended vaccinations, please visit https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/103/hungary#Vaccine_recommendations

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

Country code: + 36
Hungary is on GMT+1 (one hour difference with the UK)

BUDGET AND MONEY

The local currency is Hungarian Forint.

Don't use street money changers. Take care not to accept bank notes that are no longer valid but which are still in circulation. There have been a small number of reports of taxi drivers deliberately passing these notes to tourists - as well as notes from neighbouring countries that are not valid in Hungary.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary/money

VOLTAGE

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ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Discover the flat plains of Puszta on this riding holiday in Hungary. The flower-filled meadows of the Puszta plains are perfect for fast riding and nature lovers, with a multitude of birds accompanying your journeys. Horses here are part of the local culture and you can marvel at the skill of the local horsemen.

  • The incredible Magyar riders of Hungary
    Horseback trail ride in Hungary
  • Cantering in the meadows during springtime
    Horse riding trail in Hungary, Europe
  • Exploring the Puszta plains on horseback
    Exploring Hungary on horseback
  • Discovering the Hungarian heritage in Budapest
    Horse travel in Hungary
  • The great outdoors - excellent riding in Hungary
    hungary on horseback
  • On horseback in the Puszta plains
    Horseback trail ride in plains of Puszta in Hungary
  • Cantering in the great prairies
    Horses cantering in Hungary
  • Expect long gallops in the beautiful plains of Hungary
    Canter in Hungary

STRENGTHS

- Unforgettable long canters across the Puszta Plains.
- Comfortable accommodation (including sauna and jacuzzi)
- Warm Hungarian hospitality
- Visit Kiskinsag national park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Pass traditional farms and admire the local Magyar riders at work
- Hungarian food and wine

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - BUDAPEST - PUSZTA - No riding

Accommodation : Maya's Farm

Flights to Budapest are not included. You should ensure you arrive no later than 19:30 - best to arrive between 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm if possible.

You will be transferred from the airport to the farm - this is payable locally in cash - please see "dates and prices". At the farm you will be met by your guide who will show you around and talk to you about your ability and horse preferences.

Dinner and night at the farm.

Day 2: RIDING ON THE FARM - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : Maya's Farm

After breakfast you will be introduced to your horse before setting of for an introductory ride of couple of hour to another farm and return. This is your first chance to glimpse your beautiful surroundings. You will have lunch and then the afternoon is free to relax or explore the farm.

Dinner and overnight at the farm.

Day 3 : FARM - PUSZTA PLAINS - 4-5 hours riding

After breakfast, riding for two hours across the plains until reaching a charming traditional farmhouse where you stop for lunch. The farm animals will roam freely around you!
In the afternoon continue riding until reaching your accommodation for the night.

Day 4: PUSZTA PLAINS - 5,5 hours riding

Accommodation : SARLOPUSZTA HOTEL

Today is your longest day of riding as you spend almost 5 hours in the saddle. Cross the pristine landscape of the national park - vast meadows, sandy hills and forests where you may spot wild boar, birds of prey, rabbits and deer, Your lunch is taken by a fishing lake.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the plains, where you stay for two nights.

Day 5: PUSZTA PLAINS - 2-4 hours riding

Accommodation : SARLOPUSZTA HOTEL

In the morning you ride for two hours to discover the beautiful countryside surrounding the hotel.

In the afternoon you can choose to ride again, exploring the woods on the property, or you can opt to utilise some of the hotels luxurious facilities - outdoor pool, sauna, quad, adventure course, massage etc. In the summer months the afternoons can be hot and so the afternoons are devoted to relaxation.

Day 6: PUSZTA PLAINS - FARM - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Red Castel

Today you ride back to the farm and the pace increases as you cross terrain which is ideal for longer canters! Stop for lunch en-route at the Red Castle before continuing onto the farm.

You will then be transferred back to the Red Castle for a night of wine, music, dinner and ambience.

Day 7: RIDING ON THE FARM - 3-4 hours riding

Accommodation : Maya's Farm

Transfer back to the farm in the morning and set out riding across the farmlands. Lunch will be taken during the day before returning to the farm in the afternoonfor dinner.

If you prefer then you can be transferred to Budapest in the afternoon to spend a night there - dinner will be to your own account and we will book you a night at either hotel Corvin or hotel Sissy (depending on availability).

Day 8: BUDAPEST - LONDON - No riding

After breakfast you are transferred back to Budapest for your flight home.

If your flight is late in the day then you can be dropped in the city and explore for the afternoon. A taxi to the airport will cost c. 20 euro

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know ?

Furioso-North Star, the Hungarian horse breed

Used for both leisure and light farm work, The Furioso is a Hungarian horse breed developed at the Mezőhegyes Stud Farm, with a large thoroughbred influence. It also called Furioso-North Star, after the two primary stallions of the breed. The Furioso generally shows a bay coat, whereas black and chestnut coats are less common. It has a calm and energetic temper, and is renowned for his balance and intelligence.

It is today more and more used as a sport horse and can be seen at carriage driving competitions.

Although the breed is present in the whole of Central Europe, it is relatively rare and on the verge of extinction. 

Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.