Mountains, forests and coastline of Sardinia

Explore the contrasting landscapes of this Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea with this 150 km horseback trail ride! This trail is designed to allow riders of at least an intermediate level to enjoy a variety of landscapes and experiences. In the saddle, discover the mountains and forests of Sardinia, and enjoy long canters along breathtaking beaches. This riding holiday brings together comfort, traditional Italian cuisine and fit endurance horses!
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Centre based holidays
8 days / 6 days riding
From £1,410
Open to non-riders
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Itinerary

Highlights

- Ride along mountain trails and along the coast.
- Stay at a comfortable hotel with swimming pool, located in an equestrian farm.
- Enjoy the Mediterranean climate, particularly lovely in the Spring and Autumn
- Ride beautiful Anglo-Arab/Arabian horses.
- Discover contrasting landscapes on a 150 km ride over 6 days.
  • Day 1 1 : LONDON - MANDRA EDERA

    Hotel Mandra Edera
    Fly to Cagliari, Alghero or Olbia airport. If you have opted in for a transfer as part of your holiday, you will be met by a member of our local team who will take you to your hotel. You also have the option to rent a car to have the freedom to come and go as you please.

    Registration at the riding centre/hotel is between 15:00 and 20:00. Once checked-in, you will have a chance to settle into your room before dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 2 2 : HILLS OF SARDINIA - 1-2 HOURS RIDING

    Hotel Mandra Edera
    After breakfast you will meet the horses. The guide will assign you to a horse according to your riding ability and expectations. On your first day, you will head out on a short trek before returning to the hotel for lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. The hotel has a pool and lovely gardens - those with a car can also explore further. Overnight and dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 3 3 : MOUNT FERRU - 3 HOURS RIDING

    Hotel Mandra Edera
    Today you will follow shepherds paths, passing through old oak forests. You will then start your ascent to reach Mount Ferru. At the top (approximately 700 meters above sea level), you will leave the horses in a paddock before being transferred back to the hotel by car for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 4 4 : SAN LEONARDO - MONTE FERRU PARK - 4 HOURS RIDING

    Hotel Mandra Edera
    After a delicious breakfast at your hotel you will join the horses. You ride through the village of "San Leonardo", known for its water fountain. The landscape changes and becomes progressively more rocky and mountainous once you enter the protected area of Monte Ferru. At lunchtime, you stop for a short picnic break surrounded by the almost lunar landscape. Ride uphill to the peak of the mountain to an altitude of 1100metres, where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the island and the Mediterranean sea. At the end of the day you will ride down the mountain and prepare the horses for another night. Overnight and dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 5 5 : MONTE FERRU - SNEGHE MOUNTAIN - 3 HOURS RIDING

    Hotel Mandra Edera
    Adventure on horseback deep into the forest where tall trees will provide you with shade and a cool breeze. You will reach the heart of Sneghe mountain and enjoy the typical Mediterranean vegetation that surrounds you as you make your way down to the bottom, reaching more arid grounds. Once you arrive at the Catzeddu ranch, you will leave the horses to rest. Lunch at the hotel and afternoon to your leisure. Overnight and dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 6 6 : IS ARENA BEACH - IS BENAS BEACH - 3-4 HOURS RIDING

    Hotel Mandra Edera
    Enjoy today a long day in the saddle with long canters. The blue sea of the Mediterranean awaits!. Start your trail between rocky paths and gorgeous flower-filled meadows. After riding through a pine forest, you will arrive at Is Arena Beach, where you will take a break to enjoy a picnic lunch in the sand. Then you will have a chance to swim with your horse before a last controlled canter along the shore and arriving at Beach Is Benas. Leave the horses there for the night and return to the hotel for dinner.
  • Day 7 7 : IS BENAS BEACH - MAIMONI BEACH - MADRA EDERA - 4-5 HOURS RIDING

    Hotel Mandra Edera
    This morning you will return to Is Benas beach to tack the horses for your last day on horseback. You will follow the coastline inside a protected area. With its pine forests, wide open fields, salt lakes and cliffs with views of the emerald sea, this is the perfect location to say goodbye to this beautiful island. The trail will end once you reach the white sandy beach of Maimoni Beach. Return to the hotel for lunch and dinner.
  • Day 8 8 : SARDINIA - LONDON

    After breakfast, you will say farewell to the team and head to the airport for your trip back home.

Dates & prices

Price details

- International flights are not included, but can be booked upon request. Rates are per person and based on two riders sharing a standard double room. Room upgrades are possible, please contact us.

- The group is made of 4-10 international riders maximum.

- If you sign up for the ride as a single rider, a small single room supplement will be invoiced to you (€160/£140). If you are willing to share and a sharer is found, then this supplement will be reimbursed to you.

- Transfers from Cagliari, Alghero or Olbia airport are not included: they are €120/£105 per way from Cagliari or Alghero (1 hour 30min drive) and €130/£115 per way from Olbia (2 hours drive).We recommend renting a car to make the most of your stay in Sardinia.
Taking a train (http://www.trenitalia.com/) from Cagliari airport to the city of Abbasanta is also an option (around €20/£18 return). Transfer to the hotel from the station is included if you arrive before 6:00 pm.

- Additional riding lessons can be booked on site (to be paid locally)

- Prices for non-riding guests are available on request

- Children sharing with their parents will receive a discount, please contact us.

- Rider weight limit: 90 kilos, 14st1lbs. Heavier riders please contact us, but the limit is quite strict, especially on the endurance programme.
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

Accomodation

Shared double or twin room in a local 4* hotel

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverages and personal extras

Transport

International flights
Visa fees

Extras

Tips to the local team

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

Optional

Accomodation

Single room supplement

Transport

Airport transfers

Extras

Extra equestrian activities to be paid for on site
  • March - April 2021

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Equestrian info

Horses

The stable is made up of Anglo-Arabs and pure-blood Arabians. They are fit and trained for endurance races - some of the horses are ranked at an international level.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

This holiday is suited for intermediate and experienced riders who ride regularly outdoors. You must be able to control a fit horse at all three paces (walk, trot and canter) across varied terrain.

Rider weight limit: 90 kilos, 14st1lbs. Heavier riders please contact us, but the limit is quite strict.

Pace

The main pace for this trail ride is the walk, however there will be plenty of trots and some long canters. The riding hours are shorter than on most trail rides and this riding holiday would suit confident riders looking to relax after their ride.

Tacking ability and participation

All riders are responsible for grooming and tacking their own horse. You can also help distributing food and water.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

There are no particular difficulties during this trail ride. Riders should be confident across varied terrain, such as sandy paths, beaches, forest and mountain trails.

Previous experience is a plus but not mandatory.

Equestrian equipment

Helmets are mandatory. We recommend you bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

English tack and endurance bridles. Small saddlebags can be provided.

Travel info

Comfort

You will be staying in a small hotel with a swimming pool in the Sardinian countryside. The hotel is in the grounds of a stud farm where you will return every night for a good rest.

Meals

All meals are provided on this trail.
Breakfast will be taken at the hotel and offers good continental options.
Lunch: Picnic during the trail or lunch at the hotel.
Dinner is a three meal course at the hotel restaurant.
Extra drinks and alcohol are not included and can be purchased locally.

Climate

Sardinia enjoys a sunny subtropical maritime climate, temperatures being at their best in May and September. From May to the end of October the Mediterranean is the perfect temperature for dips in the sea. In July and August the temperatures stay around 35°C.

The late autumn rain replenishes the countryside, so in November you will be able to enjoy a green and refreshed Sardinian countryside. These rains last throughout the winter months when the climate becomes mild and humid, with snow falling on the mountain peaks and in the higher altitude regions of Gennargentu.

Guide and local team

Your main guides for this trail are English speakers.

Tips

Tipping is not mandatory, however it is left at your discretion.

Packing list

Head
- A riding helmet is MANDATORY. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable.
- Sunhat: cap for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust

Upper Body
- Short or long-sleeved cotton shirts (to provide protection from the sun) or T-shirt in a quick-drying material
- Lightweight fleece or jumper.
- Warm Goretex-style jacket (water-proof and breathable) in case of rain

Legs
- 2 pairs of riding trousers
- 1 change of trousers (riding trousers or jeans)
- A bathing suit and a towel.
- Cotton or synthetic underwear (non-irritant)

Hands and feet
- 1 pair Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps or long boots.
- 1 pair of sandals
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Night gear
- Pyjamas

Other useful items
- Small bumbag to be worn whilst riding
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not to be worn whilst riding. Everything should be kept either in pockets or in a bumbag : lip balm, sun screen, small camera, glasses, rope etc.
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Vitamin C tablets
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Painkillers
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic zip-lock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, iPod, iPad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Visa & Health

Formalities

British citizens: other nationalities, please contact us.

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
Visas: If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Italy

Visas from 1 January 2021
The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change from 1 January 2021:
- you will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
- if you are travelling to Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel would count towards the 90-day limit
- The 90-day limit for visa-free travel will begin on 1 January 2021. Any days you stay in Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 will not count towards the 90-day limit.

At border control you may need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay, and
- use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
- Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

Passport validity from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

Please visit for the FCO website for up-to-date information - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade à l'étranger :
    Piazza Farnese 67
    00186 Rome
    Tél. : +39 06 686 013 02
    Fax : +39 06 686 015 66
  • Ambassade en France
    51 rue de Varenne
    75007 Paris
    Tél. : 01 49 54 03 00
    Fax : 01 49 54 04 10
    ambasciata.parigi@esteri.it
  • Ambassade d'Italie
    ChancellerieElfenstrasse 14
    3006 Berne
    Tél. : 031/350 07 77
    Fax : 031/350 07 11
    ambasciata.berna@esteri.it
  • Ambassade d'Italie
    Rue de Livourne 38
    1000 Bruxelles
    Tél. : 0032/2/543.15.53
    Fax : 0032/2/537.57.56
    passaporti.bruxelles@esteri.itvisti.bruxelles@esteri.it

Health

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK.

For up to date information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

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.

Voltage

The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. UK citizens will require an adapter.

Budget and money

The main currency is the euro. You will find ATM ("Bancomat") in every city, town and most villages. Both credit and debit cards are used.

Telephone and jetlag

Phone code: +39