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New Year on Faial Island

8 days / 5 riding days from 1497€

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.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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AZORES-New Year on Faial Island

8 days / 5 riding days from 1497€


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This New Year, explore Faial Island on horseback, a remote and tranquil isle in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. On this lodge-based holiday, first ride trails through the island's lush green meadows before exploring the more lunar landscapes of the volcanic area around Capelinhos. This idyllic holiday ends with a wonderful New Year's eve dinner complete with Portuguese wine to welcome 2020!

Strengths

- Enjoy comfortable accommodation in picturesque surroundings
- A New Year's dinner party to give 2019 a proper send-off!
- Ride full Lusitano and Lusitanian /Portuguese crosses through beautiful and occasionally lunar countryside
- Enjoy varied landscapes with a combination of volcanoes and coast line trails

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON- LISBON -HORTA - No Riding

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

You will be met at the Horta airport on Faial Island by a member of our team. We recommend you spend the night before in Lisbon and take the 8 o'clock flight the following day. We can take care of you reservations in Lisbon upon request.

A 30 minute transfer from the airport will bring you to Cedros where you will be welcomed at the Patio lodge. After a quick lunch you will get to meet the horses and settle into your room.
This trip sets the Patio Lodge as its base, each day you will set out from the lodge in a different direction to fully explore Faial Island.

You'll head back in the evenings to a welcome Azorean dinner.

Day 2 : FAROL DA RIBEIRINHA - 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

Today's ride takes you across the deserted countryside of this volcanic island, passing the occasional farmer. The Atlantic Ocean sparkles in the sunlight. Enjoy lunch at the Cabouco Forest Park with a barbecue and hot punch. After cantering past hedges of hydrangea bushes we reach the old Lighthouse Farol da Ribeirinha with impressive views of the volcano Pico.

The day winds down with a delicious supper at the Lodge.

Day 3 : LODGE - RIBEIRA FUNDA - CAPELO - LODGE - 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

The trail follows small paths along the coast to the highest village of the island, Ribeira Funda. Beautiful views into the valley with buzzards circling in the wind on the hunt for day bats. At the viewpoint, your picnic lunch is waiting for you. The path leads steep up into the mountains with absolutely wonderful views over the Atlantic. In canter you approach the mystical zone, Zona Mistério do Capelo. In the afternoon you leave the horses in their field before driving back to the lodge where dinner awaits.

Day 4 : CAPELO - CAPELINHOS - CAPELO - 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

Today's trail leads you to the impressive and bizarre volcanic desert landscape of Capelinhos. This deserted landscape has already been the set of several science fiction movies. You pass ruins of old houses covered under the ash from the volcano's last eruption in 1957. The highly acclaimed underground Volcano Museum is located underneath the lighthouse, buried with ash from the eruption. Ride over volcanic ash and enjoy a break close to a small volcanic cave. A long canter around the green volcano Cabeço Verde takes us back to our horses' paddock. The night ends with great food and drinks at our Lodge

Day 5 : LODGE - HORTA - LODGE - No riding

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

Today is a New Year's day rest day for the horses and you will be taken to an excursion to Horta Town. A tour of the city shows you the highlights of this picturesque and small harbour town. At the end of the tour, enjoy a G&T in the world-famous sailors bar, Peter Café Sport. In the early afternoon you are driven back to our lodge. Time to relax. In the evening you go back to town and enjoy in a cozy restaurant a Happy New Year's Dinner and later on the firework in the Bay of Horta.

Day 6 : LODGE - FAJA - LODGE - 3 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

Today you arrive at the black beach of Fajã Bay. After a beautiful canter in a wonderful eucalyptus forest, follow the steep trail down to Fajã Bay. This uniquely beautiful location is home of vineyards, gardens and wildly romantic places. Today's ride is a little bit shorter, and with time to relax at the Lodge or to walk along the coast in the afternoon.

Day 7 : CAPELO - CEDROS - 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

This is the last day of your trail. You cross the island from the dry south to the green north, enjoying views over terraced meadows down to the blue ocean. At lunchtime you arrive again at Ribeira Funda, getting closer and closer to your final destination. Pass the old whale watching point Vigia dos Cedros returning to the Lodge with the horses. A last beautiful dinner awaits.

Day 8 : HORTA-LISBON-UK - No Riding

After having an early breakfast at the island bakery with fresh bread, cheese and coffee, you will fly out to Lisbon.
We recommend booking the earliest flight possible to Lisbon so you can catch your connecting flight back to the UK.


Price details

- International flights are not included

- This ride is very flexible - please enquire about longer or shorter stays.

- For this special New Year ride to be confirmed there needs to be a minimum of 4 riders per group. The group maximum is usually 9 riders, plus your guide.

- If there are less than 4 riders on the ride, you will be charged a small group supplement of £175 per person. This supplement will be waived once the group reaches 4 riders.

- Non-riders are welcome and benefit from a reduced rate. Please contact us for a personalised quotation to include additional activities.

- If you end up in a single room, there is a supplementary charge of approx. €228/£200. If we later find someone to share with you, this charge will be refunded.

- PLEASE NOTE: the wait for a transfer from Lisbon to Faial island can be lengthy outside of the summer season. Because of this, we may suggest an overnight stay in Lisbon to give you the opportunity to explore the city
- If you wish to extend your journey and explore Lisbon, contact us for accommodation tips in the heart of Lisbon
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 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 vehicle and driver

Inland transports

Airport transfers

Accommodation

Double rooms in guest houses

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day (day 8)

Additional equipment

Saddle bags

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement. See above for more details

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extras - outside of those served at meals

Transport

International flights

Extras

Tips to the local team
Park, museum and other tourist site fees

Insurance

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

TIPS

Tipping is not compulsory but will be very much appreciated if you enjoy the services provided by the team. Tipping is totally at your discretion.

HORSES

A herd of gentle and well-schooled pure Lusitanos or Lusitano-Cruzado Portuguese cross horses await you on Faial Island. They spend the year turned out on the prairies and are worked with daily. Their average height is 15.2hh and they can carry a maximum rider weight of 95kg/ 15stone/ 209 lbs.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You should be able to ride in all paces and in all kinds of terrain. The terrain is quite mountainous due to the volcanic nature of the island and you should have a steady seat, but the ride is not overly technical.

There is a rider weight limit of 95kgs/ 15stone/ 209 lbs - if you weigh more than 95kg and wish to ride, please contact us

PACE

The riding is relaxed with all three paces (walk, trot, canter). Due to the mountainous nature of the terrain, most of the ride is at a walk but faster paces will be had whenever suitable.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Each rider grooms and tacks their own horse and helps the team to distribute water and food to the horses.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

A good level of fitness and endurance is required as you will spend several hours in the saddle each day.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Prestige trail saddles, saddlebags and Australian raincoats.

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

We recommend waterproof trekking boots, wind and waterproof jacket and trousers and a small refillable water bottle.

With Azorean airline SATA riding equipment is free of charge up to 10 kg.

COMFORT

You will stay in the comfortable Patio Lodge built on the property in 2016. Cosy and inviting to come back to after a day's riding, you will be able to enjoy the accommodation's terrace and garden.

CLIMATE

The Azores have a maritime climate with mild temperatures ranging from 16°C (60°F) in winter to a comfortable 26°C (79°F) in summer. The sea is warmed by the Gulf Stream and sea temperature varies from 14ºC to 22ºC. On average there is about three to four hours of sunshine a day in winter and seven to eight in summer. Rainfall is distributed around the year, but is heavier and more frequent in winter. Characteristic for the Azores is the wide variety of weather conditions within a short period; a single day can be windy and calm, sunny and showery in any combination! A typical and true remark is that if you don't like the weather, you just have to wait 10 minutes!

Meals

Dinner is typically Azorean cuisine with water and wine included.
Lunchtime is either a picnic or a light lunch in a local bar (with selected drinks).

Support Team

Guide and local team

Victor and Anja stumbled across this beautiful little island years ago, and decided to make a life for themselves here. They bought an old Quinta, renovated it beautifully and soon added rooms to the structure. They are German and speak perfect English and Portuguese. Victor is occasionally seen leading the trails, while Anja looks after the horses and manages the facilities.

Diogo is native to the Island and has trained in Lisbon. He is a competent horseman and a great lead guide. He's always happy to take you around his island and tell you about its secrets. He speaks Portuguese and English.

Carla will be looking after your meals and make sure you get a taste of the traditional Azorean cuisine.

Several interns complete the team in the summer, helping out at the stables and as back up guides.

Packing list

Head
- Helmets are mandatory and 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 are 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
- Swimming costume - for swimming/bathing in rivers/hot springs

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 but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 60-80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
- 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!
- Tall riders may benefit from taking a pair of long stirrup leathers with them (the local stirrups are adjustable but are sometimes limited in length)
- Even if foam mattresses are provided, you may pack your inflatable mattress for comfort sake.

Other useful items
- Towels - camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)
- Field glasses
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

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.

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
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities in XXX, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- You may wish to take some photographs or postcards of your home with you to show your hosts. You may also wish to take some crayons, colouring books etc for the children
- If you prefer travelling in a "light way" please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by British, Australian, Canadian and all other EU nationals.
Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact their embassy for visa 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

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

BUDGET AND MONEY

The Azores is a part of Portugal and the currency is Euro as well. Most of the restaurants, hotels and car-renting companies accept common credit-cards. But don't expect credit cards to be accepted in smaller restaurants and residencies. Be sure to carry small bills. There are places that it can be a problem to change bigger notes. Most banks accept Visa/MasterCard's. Most banks have employees who speak English or French.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

This New Year, explore Faial Island on horseback, a remote and tranquil isle in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. On this lodge-based holiday, first ride trails through the island's lush green meadows before exploring the more lunar landscapes of the volcanic area around Capelinhos. This idyllic holiday ends with a wonderful New Year's eve dinner complete with Portuguese wine to welcome 2020!

  • Powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean
    Horse riding trail in Azores
  • An air of Ireland...
    Riding on Pico Island in Azores
  • Riding through the lush meadows of Faial Island
    Horses in Azores meadows
  • Horse trail ride in Azores
    Horses in Azores
  • Spend New Year exploring the beautiful island of Faial
  • Victor and his team will guide you around Faial Island
    New Year trail ride in the Azores

STRENGTHS

- Enjoy comfortable accommodation in picturesque surroundings
- A New Year's dinner party to give 2019 a proper send-off!
- Ride full Lusitano and Lusitanian /Portuguese crosses through beautiful and occasionally lunar countryside
- Enjoy varied landscapes with a combination of volcanoes and coast line trails

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON- LISBON -HORTA - No Riding

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

You will be met at the Horta airport on Faial Island by a member of our team. We recommend you spend the night before in Lisbon and take the 8 o'clock flight the following day. We can take care of you reservations in Lisbon upon request.

A 30 minute transfer from the airport will bring you to Cedros where you will be welcomed at the Patio lodge. After a quick lunch you will get to meet the horses and settle into your room.
This trip sets the Patio Lodge as its base, each day you will set out from the lodge in a different direction to fully explore Faial Island.

You'll head back in the evenings to a welcome Azorean dinner.

Day 2 : FAROL DA RIBEIRINHA - 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

Today's ride takes you across the deserted countryside of this volcanic island, passing the occasional farmer. The Atlantic Ocean sparkles in the sunlight. Enjoy lunch at the Cabouco Forest Park with a barbecue and hot punch. After cantering past hedges of hydrangea bushes we reach the old Lighthouse Farol da Ribeirinha with impressive views of the volcano Pico.

The day winds down with a delicious supper at the Lodge.

Day 3 : LODGE - RIBEIRA FUNDA - CAPELO - LODGE - 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

The trail follows small paths along the coast to the highest village of the island, Ribeira Funda. Beautiful views into the valley with buzzards circling in the wind on the hunt for day bats. At the viewpoint, your picnic lunch is waiting for you. The path leads steep up into the mountains with absolutely wonderful views over the Atlantic. In canter you approach the mystical zone, Zona Mistério do Capelo. In the afternoon you leave the horses in their field before driving back to the lodge where dinner awaits.

Day 4 : CAPELO - CAPELINHOS - CAPELO - 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

Today's trail leads you to the impressive and bizarre volcanic desert landscape of Capelinhos. This deserted landscape has already been the set of several science fiction movies. You pass ruins of old houses covered under the ash from the volcano's last eruption in 1957. The highly acclaimed underground Volcano Museum is located underneath the lighthouse, buried with ash from the eruption. Ride over volcanic ash and enjoy a break close to a small volcanic cave. A long canter around the green volcano Cabeço Verde takes us back to our horses' paddock. The night ends with great food and drinks at our Lodge

Day 5 : LODGE - HORTA - LODGE - No riding

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

Today is a New Year's day rest day for the horses and you will be taken to an excursion to Horta Town. A tour of the city shows you the highlights of this picturesque and small harbour town. At the end of the tour, enjoy a G&T in the world-famous sailors bar, Peter Café Sport. In the early afternoon you are driven back to our lodge. Time to relax. In the evening you go back to town and enjoy in a cozy restaurant a Happy New Year's Dinner and later on the firework in the Bay of Horta.

Day 6 : LODGE - FAJA - LODGE - 3 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

Today you arrive at the black beach of Fajã Bay. After a beautiful canter in a wonderful eucalyptus forest, follow the steep trail down to Fajã Bay. This uniquely beautiful location is home of vineyards, gardens and wildly romantic places. Today's ride is a little bit shorter, and with time to relax at the Lodge or to walk along the coast in the afternoon.

Day 7 : CAPELO - CEDROS - 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Patio Lodge

This is the last day of your trail. You cross the island from the dry south to the green north, enjoying views over terraced meadows down to the blue ocean. At lunchtime you arrive again at Ribeira Funda, getting closer and closer to your final destination. Pass the old whale watching point Vigia dos Cedros returning to the Lodge with the horses. A last beautiful dinner awaits.

Day 8 : HORTA-LISBON-UK - No Riding

After having an early breakfast at the island bakery with fresh bread, cheese and coffee, you will fly out to Lisbon.
We recommend booking the earliest flight possible to Lisbon so you can catch your connecting flight back to the UK.

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