Ride & swim under the Tuscan sun

Don't forget your swimsuit! This horseback trail through Tuscany will give you the chance to swim with your horse in the Albenga river in the stunning Etruscan countryside. On these beautiful horse riding trails through Italy, you will explore Etruscan remains and monuments dating back over 2000 years. Bathe in the thermal waters at their waterfall source, ride along the Via Cava and dine alfresco on authentic Tuscan cuisine before camping out under the stars. A horse riding adventure not to be missed!
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8 days / 6 days riding
From £980
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Itinerary

Highlights

o Western riding through the Tuscan countryside and nights spent camping under the stars
o Go swimming with the horses
o Opt to take the plunge in the thermal waters at Saturnia
o Ride impressive Etruscan road of stone more than 2000 years old
o Enjoy authentic Tuscan cuisine both at a comfortable guest house and alfresco

In 2020, the rides starting 11th July and 15th August are only eligible for riders between 16-24 years old. In 2021, this is for the week starting on July 10th.
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - ROME - CATELL'AZZARA

    Agriturismo Il Cornacchino
    After your arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport, at 4 pm you will be met by one of the local team and driven to your guest house (approx. 2h 30 mins). In the evening, you will have the chance to get settled in, to meet your guides and the other riders in your group. On the menu for the evening is a traditional Tuscan dinner after which you will spend the night at the guest house.
  • Day 2 2 : CATELL'AZZARA - 5 - 6 hours riding

    Agriturismo Il Cornacchino
    An entire day spent on horseback with your picnic lunch taken from your saddle bags and enjoyed in the great outdoors. During the first day's ride, your guides will check each rider's compatibility with their horse; they will also introduce you to the equipment you will be using throughout your ride as well how the trip will unfold. In the evening, you will return to the guest house for dinner and your last night in a proper bed - at least for the next 4 days!
  • Day 3 3 : CATELL'AZZARA - FIORA VALLEY - 5 - 6 hours riding

    Camp
    Setting off from the horse farm, you will head towards the Fiora river where, on your arrival, you will stop for your lunchtime picnic. In the afternoon, you will continue your path along the river banks following the ancient Etruscan road, La Via Cava. This ancient paved way is made up of stones over 2000 years old and you will follow its well-rutted often gorge-like route to reach Ildebranda's tomb, a well-known monument in this part of Etruria.
    After a short stop to see the tomb, your ride will continue until you reach the camp for the night. Your camp will already have been set up by the support team, and dinner will be served in the mess tent.
  • Day 4 4 : FIORA - STELLATA - ALBENGA - 5 - 6 hours riding

    Camp
    Leaving behind the Fiora valley and following the Stellata, a river of thermal waters, you will reach Saturnia where you find the river's source at the famous waterfalls. After your picnic lunch, you will be able to go for a swim in the wonderfully warm water. Continuing along the banks of the Stellata, you will come to the Albenga river which you will follow until you reach your camp for the night.
  • Day 5 5 : ALBEGNA - 3 - 6 hours riding

    Camp
    The day's unforgettable moment comes when you go swimming with the horses. You will make your way along the Albenga river until you find the right spot to take a dip - taking your faithful steed in with you! You will then head back to your camp to relax for the rest of the afternoon, enjoy your dinner in the great outdoors and spend another night under the stars.

    IMPORTANT: As finding a suitable place to swim in the river will change depending on the season and the river itself, this will affect how long your day's ride will be.
  • Day 6 6 : ALBENGA - NECROPOLIS AT PUNTONE - 5 - 6 hours riding

    Camp
    Leaving the camp behind you, you will ride along the banks of the river through the stunning Tuscan countryside. Dinner will be had in the mess tent at the camp and you will spend your final night camping out under the Italian sky.
  • Day 7 7 : FIORA RIVER - CATELL'AZZARA - 5 - 6 hours riding

    Agriturismo Il Cornacchino
    For your final day's ride, you will descend the length of the Fiora river before heading back to the horse farm. In the evening you will have a farewell dinner when you will have a chance to say goodbye to your guides and also every rider will receive a surprise to celebrate the end of the trip.
    You will spend the night at the guest house.
  • Day 8 8 : CATELL'AZZARA - ROME - EUROPE

    After a final breakfast at the guest house, you will be driven to the airport in Rome for your flight back to Europe. Flights booked to take off after 1:30 pm are advised.

Dates & prices

Price details

IMPORTANT
- The rides starting 11th July and 15th August 2020 are only eligible for riders between 16-24 years old. In 2021, this is for the week starting on July 10th.

- Flights are not included.

- Groups are made up of 4 to 8 riders of varying nationalities. Your guide will speak Italian and English.

- The transfers to and from Rome airport to the guesthouse are not included in the price. Transfers are €250/£220 per person:
> Saturday pick-up in Rome Ciampino: 3:00 pm. or Rome Fiumicino: 4:00 p.m.
> Saturday departure from the centre at 9:30 a.m, arrival in Rome between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.

- It is also possible to take the train from Fiumicino airport to Chiusi Chianciano - tickets found here http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-fr. Return tickets cost around €40-€50 and the trip takes around 2 hours 40 to 3 hours. The return transfer from Chiusi Chianciano to the guesthouse is €35/£32 (1 hour drive). Transfers to and from Chiusi Chianciano train station are on Saturday between 9:00 and 10:00 am and between 17:30 and 18:30 pm. Private transfers can be organised outside of these hours but at an extra cost of €80/£70 return rate per person.
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 cook
1 vehicle and driver
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 support vehicle

Accommodation

Double rooms in guest houses or tents depending on the week selected

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day (day 8). Water and red wine are included.

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverages and personal extras

Transport

International flights

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

Transport

Airport transfers
  • July - August 2021

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    10/07/2021 17/07/2021 £980 Open Book now
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  • September - October 2021

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    11/09/2021 18/09/2021 £980 Open Book now

Equestrian info

Horses

A herd of 60 horses: Arabs, Arab-Halfinger crosses, Appaloosas, Paints and Maremmano, all sure footed, energetic and well suited to Western riding.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

Riders should be at ease at all 3 paces across uneven terrain.

There is a rider weight limit of 100kg/ 15½ st/ 220 lbs

Pace

You will ride at all 3 paces walk, trot and gallop (terrain permitting), certain terrains will be challenging. However, the main pace of the ride is a walk. You will travel around 160km over the course of the week and spend around 5-6 hours in the saddle each day.

Tacking ability and participation

Each person is responsible for grooming, tacking and untacking their horse. You also have the option to assist with feeding and watering.

A guide and an assistant drive ahead of you whilst you ride to prepare your camp for the night.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

The majority of the ride will take place over uneven terrain, woody paths, gravel roads and Etruscan stone paths.
Minimum altitude of 150m and a maximum altitude of 850m.

Depending on road and river conditions, the trip itinerary may be changed without warning.

Equestrian equipment

Western saddles and saddlebags.

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

Travel info

Comfort

For 3 nights, you will be staying in a comfortable and welcoming guest house in the grounds of a horse farm. You will be staying in double rooms with either a private or shared bathroom.
For the other 4 nights, you will be sleeping out in the Tuscan countryside, sharing a 2 man tent. Comfortable mattresses will be provided and we advised you bring with you a sleeping bag and liner, as well as toiletries for washing without facilities (in a river etc.)

Meals

The chefs always search out fresh and healthy products for their traditional Tuscan cuisine. The day's menu is never the same twice and each day there are delicious meat and vegetarian options.
Your picnic lunches will be prepared in the morning and carried in your saddle bags.
Breakfasts and dinners will be had in a large mess tent.

Water and red wine included.

Climate

Tuscany has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, cold winters and a rainy season from the start of autumn to the beginning of winter. The months that are the most humid are October and December - often seeing heavy rain that can last for several days.
However, autumn and in spring, it is still likely that it will be hot during the day, with a lot of sunny days. July and August are the hottest and driest months.

Guide and local team

Giulio, Flavia and Alesso work with the horses and guide the rides; they all speak Italian and English.

Fabio has been raising, breaking in and training horses for over 30 years. He has made a reputation for himself through his skills breaking in young horses as well as reeducating, so-called, problem horses. Specialised in outdoor western riding; it is Fabio who supervises the horses' care and acts as blacksmith, as well as teaching horse riding and the taking care of the general management of the farm.


Tips

Tipping is not obligatory, however one can be made to the local team at your discretion.

Packing list

Head
- A riding helmet is strongly recommended and mandatory for minors. 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
- Thermals in case of cold weather (long or short-sleeved T-shirts)
- 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 polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm Goretex-style jacket (water-proof and breathable)

Legs
- 2 pairs of jodhpurs or long leather trousers
- 1 change of trousers (riding trousers or jeans)
- 1 pair of waterproof over trousers)
- A swim suit is a must!
- 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
- Sleeping bag (if camping)
- Sleeping bag liner (if camping) - silk, cotton or fleece - adds an extra layer
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

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.
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars

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
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked-in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than 20kg; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage is limited to 7kg (measuring 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm), it mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container.
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic ziplock 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.

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

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
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