Trail riders in the Azores
Azores

Azores, multi-activity programme

On this multi-activity riding holiday, discover Faial Island in the Azores, an archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Mix trail rides or riding lessons with other activities: hike into a crater, rent a scooter to explore the island or go on a whale-watching excursion. Plan your week as you see fit and enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of this beautiful place.
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Centre based holidays
8 days / 6 riding days
From £625
Family holidays
From 12 years
Open to non-riders

From the horse’s mouth

  • Azores, multi-activity programme
    Rebecca, Deerfield
    I had the best time on my riding holiday in the Azores! The scenery was spectacular and the horses were amazing. The other activities were great as well- we got to see a Blue Whale and climb volcanoes!
  • Azores, multi-activity programme
    Danielle, aged 24, Headingley
    Faial is a very special place. Although Patio is located fairly rurally, there was not a single moment where we felt bored. The lodgings were sophisticated and modern, all the staff were friendly, and the horses were all happy and healthy. I will definitely be returning to the Azores!
  • A rider training a Lusitano horse in Portugal
    Ride wonderful and well-trained Lusitanos
  • Hikers in the caldera of Faial Island
    Non-riders are welcome and can enjoy other activities
  • Comfortable accommodation at Patio Lodge
    Stay in a modern lodge, with the loveliest views!
  • Hiking trail on Faial Island, Azores
    Faial Island also offers excellent hiking
  • Whale watchers on a trip in the Azores
    A whale-watching trip is a unique experience
  • Dolphin-watching on a riding holiday on Faial
    Dolphin spotting - you can also swim with them!

Itinerary

Highlights

- A very flexible programme, ideal for groups of friends and families including non-riders
- Discover everything Faial Island has to offer: hiking, swimming with dolphins, whale-watching excursions...
- Enjoy comfortable accommodation in picturesque surroundings
- 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
  • Day 1 1 : LONDON- LISBON -HORTA - No riding

    You will be met at Horta airport on Faial Island by a member of our local team. Outside of June and August we recommend you to spend the night before in Lisbon and take the 2,5 hour flight the following day. We can take care of your reservations in Lisbon upon request. You can also fly to Sao Miguel and from there to Horta with SATA/Azores Airlines.

    From the airport, you will be taken to your accommodation in Cedros (30 minutes) where you will be based for the rest of your stay. That evening you will have your first Azorean meal at the lodge.

    Please note that the arrival and departure dates are very flexible: contact us with your requirements and we will check availability for you.
  • Day 2 2 : FAIAL - Flexible riding hours

    Pre-purchased activity vouchers are exchanged on site for riding lessons, rides or trails. You stay flexible and can ideally adapt the riding to your holiday programme and budget. This programme is B&B only, lunch and dinner is yours to organise (there is an on-site restaurant). A half-board option with dinners included is possible, and there are other options available within walking distance.

    You are welcome to organise your holidays as you see fit:
    - Riding lessons 45 min. (1 unit)
    - Trail Riding 90 min. (3 units) or 3h (4 units)
    - Full-Day-Horse-Trail (6 units)
    - Whale Watching (3 units)
    - Dolphin swimming (3,5 units)
    - Island Tour (4.5 units)
    - Hiking in the volcano crater (2,5 units)
    - Rent-a-Scooter (2,5 units)
  • Day 3 3 : FAIAL - Flexible riding hours

    Today is yours to organise as you wish. Beginner riders and people who have not been in the saddle recently may like to book a riding lesson in the morning, and a trail ride in the afternoon.
  • Day 4 4 : FAIAL - Flexible riding hours

    You may like to go for a longer trail ride around the lodge, on their safe Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese horses. A guided tour of 90 min or 3h will give you a good glimpse of this beautiful island. In the afternoon, swim with dolphins in their natural element. The gentle animals approach you up to one meter. Marine biologist and skipper accompany you.
  • Day 5 5 : FAIAL - Flexible riding hours

    After a few days riding, why not look into some of the other activities on offer. For instance, you may like to go on a tour of the Island in a Jeep or Van, a day full of highlights from the Island crater, the sleeping volcano Capelinhos, and the city of Horta.
  • Day 6 6 : FAIAL - Flexible riding hours

    This morning, follow your hiking guide in the crater, lying at a depth of 400 meters. In the afternoon, go on an exciting whale-watching trip - Faial Island is very famous for the huge sea mammals that abund off the coast. A team of marine biologist and skipper will accompany you.
  • Day 7 7 : FAIAL - Flexible riding hours

    For your last day, why not go on a full-day trail ride. For example, the guide will take you from the dry southern part of the island to the verdant north. Along the way you will have spectacular views across terraced meadows down to the blue of the Atlantic Ocean. For lunch (included), you will stop at the highest located village of Faial's Ribeira Funda from where you will overlook one of the most beautiful views of neighbouring Miradouro Island. Sat on sun-warmed rocks you will picnic to the sounds of soft breezes, distant waves and buzzard calls.

    Little by little, you will make your way to an old whalers watch and hopefully catch a glimpse of whales or dolphins out in the ocean. At the end of the day, you will head back to your lodge.
  • Day 8 8 : HORTA-LONDON - No riding

    After having an early breakfast, 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.

    You can also continue your trip with a extension to other islands or Lisbon. Please contact us for details.

Dates & prices

Price details

- International flights are not included

- Rate based on accommodation in a double room, B&B only, with 21 riding units to be used as follows:
- Riding lessons 45 min. (1 unit)
- Trail Riding 90 min. (3 units) or 3h (4 units)
- Full-Day-Horse-Trail (6 units)
- Whale Watching (3 units)
- Dolphin swimming (3,5 units)
- Island Tour (4.5 units)
- Hiking in the volcano crater (2,5 units)
- Rent-a-Scooter (2,5 units)

- Additional units can be pre-booked: €200/£176 for 10 units.

- Please note that the arrival and departure dates are very flexible: contact us with your requirements and we will check availability for you.

- Rides are confirmed for a minimum of 1 rider and a usual maximum of 9 riders, plus your guide.

- There is a single supplement of c.£200 (low-season), £215 (mid-season) and £280 (high-season) if you end up in a single room. In 2020 this is: €228/£200 low season (19.-26.01.2020 | 02.-09.02.2020 | 23.02.-01.03.2020 | 22.-29.03.2020 | 12.-19.04.2020 | 01.-08.11.2020 | 22.-29.11.2020 | 13.-20.12.2020), and €315/£280 high season. This is refunded if we find a sharer for you.

- Please note that the transfer between Lisbon and Faial island can be very long out of summer. Therefore you may overnight in Lisbon, if so, take the opportunity to explore the city.

- Extend your journey and explore Lisbon. Consult us for the accommodation 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 transport

Airport transfers

Accommodation

Double room in a guest house

Meals

Breakfast from day 2 to day 8

Additional equipment

Saddle bags

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverages and personal extras - outside of those served at meal

Transport

International flights

Extras

Tips to the local team
Park, museum and 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.

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement
Half-board supplement

Extras

Additional units
Australian coat rental: €5/day
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