Puszta Plains Trail

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.
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Trail Riding
8 days / 6 days riding
From £1,080

From the horse’s mouth

  • Puszta Plains Trail
    April 2018 CAROLIN aged 40
    A few days back from the Hungarian Puszta trail and I really recommend it (it was my 5th trail). Maya's horses are adorable! Beautiful, happy, well-balanced and fast horses that listen and react really well to your voice (and a lot better to Maya’s ☺) and are in the perfect condition for a week in the Puszta plains’... Read all
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Itinerary

Highlights

- 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
  • Day 1 1: LONDON - BUDAPEST - PUSZTA - No riding

    Maya's Farm
    Flights to Budapest are not included. You should arrive between 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm if possible.

    You will be transferred from the airport to the farm. Transfers to/from the airport are included, but you may require a private transfer if you arrive late. 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 2: RIDING ON THE FARM - 2 hours riding

    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 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 4: PUSZTA PLAINS - 5,5 hours riding

    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 5: PUSZTA PLAINS - 2-4 hours riding

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

    Red Castle
    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 7: RIDING ON THE FARM - 3-4 hours riding

    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 8: BUDAPEST - LONDON - No riding

    After breakfast you are transferred back to Budapest for your flight home. Your flight should leave between 7:30 am and 11:00 am. If it departs later you may have to wait at the airport and pay for a private transfer.

    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

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights to your destination are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates. 

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a double or twin room.  

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 3 international riders and a maximum of 7 riders, plus guides.

- Please note: the ride will also confirm for 2 riders on payment of a supplement of c. €140/£120 per person (not available in September and October, when groups must be of a minimum of 3 riders). Once the group has reached 3 people, we will remove this supplement from your invoice and refund you if you have already paid it.

- Transfers to and from Budapest airport at set times are included. The times for arrival pick-up should be between 2:00-6:00 pm and for departure 7.30-11 am. Private transfers and transfers to/from the city centre are possible on request.

- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. €90/£80. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date. 

- Non-riders are welcome and benefit from a €450/£400 discount.

- Accompanied children 12 years and older are welcome

- You can choose to spend the last night of the trip in Budapest for a supplement (around €30/£25 per person). Please contact us.
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

Inland transport

Airport transfers at set times

Accommodation

Double room in local guesthouses

Meals

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

Price doesn't include

Meals

Alcoholic beverages and personal extras

Transport

Private airport transfers
International flights can be booked upon request

Extras

Tips to the local team
Small group 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

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement
  • March - April 2021

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    17/04/2021 24/04/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
  • May - June 2021

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    08/05/2021 15/05/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
    22/05/2021 29/05/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
    05/06/2021 12/06/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
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  • July - August 2021

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    03/07/2021 10/07/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
    31/07/2021 07/08/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
  • September - October 2021

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    04/09/2021 11/09/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
    11/09/2021 18/09/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
    02/10/2021 09/10/2021 £1,080 Open Book now
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    23/10/2021 30/10/2021 £1,080 Open Book now

Equestrian info

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

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

Travel info

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

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.

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.

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!

Tips

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

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.

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 Hungary

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/hungary/entry-requirements

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

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

220 V, 50 Hz

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

Telephone and jetlag

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

Did you know?

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. 

Customer reviews

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  • CAROLIN aged 40 Paris 3 trips
    April 2018
    A few days back from the Hungarian Puszta trail and I really recommend it (it was my 5th trail). Maya's horses are adorable! Beautiful, happy, well-balanced and fast horses that listen and react really well to your voice (and a lot better to Maya’s ☺) and are in the perfect condition for a week in the Puszta plains’... Read all
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